Weekly Wednesday Update - September 11, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 11, 2019
Posted on 09/11/2019
Remembering is a noble and necessary act

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 11, 2019.

Today is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day of unity and charitable service observed throughout the United States on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

If you are looking for books about the events of September 11, 2001 for young people, America Is Under Attack by Don Brown, the young readers' edition of A Nation Challenged edited by Mitchel Levitas, Ground Zero: How A Photograph Sent A Message of Hope by Don Nardo, and the young readers' adaptation of The Red Bandanna by Tom Rinaldi (ISBN 9780425287644) are compassionate, age-appropriate choices. For elementary-aged readers, we recommend 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy, Saved by the Boats by Julia Gassman, and On That Day by Julia Patel. (All book links go to the Jefferson County Public Library catalog.)


Upcoming Dates

September 12: Vision/Hearing Screening

September 13: 8th grade Day-in-Denver field trip

September 17: lockdown drill, starting at 8 am

September 18: PTA meeting, 6 pm at Carreta Vieja

September 20: no school, staff development

September 27: school store, end of day in the Commons

September 30: 8th grade Warren Tech field trip

October 3 and 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 - 7:30 pm

October 3 - 9: Scholastic Book Fair in the library, open late on conference nights


School News

Upcoming Events

The 8th grade Day-in-Denver II field trip is Friday, September 13th. All permission slips must be received by Mr. Cushing by Tuesday, September 10th. Payment of the $8.60 cost for the field trip may be made at the financial office with a check, cash, or credit card, or online with a credit card through Jeffco Connect, the same way student fees are paid. The field trip charge will be waived for students that receive free/reduced lunch.


On Tuesday, September 17th, we will be conducting our yearly lockdown drill in cooperation with Jeffco Safety & Security. Students and staff will be practicing what to do in the event that a lockdown is warranted. The Standard Response Protocols (Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter, Hold) were reviewed with all students during the first week of school. Evacuation drills are held monthly and a lockdown drill is conducted at least once per school year. Please contact the school office at 303-982-3056 if you have further questions.


Science Night thanks

Our science department would like to thank all of the volunteers and attendees that made our fifth annual Science Night such a success!


Colts in the local news

Last week's Canyon Courier had stories on mountain-area principals new to the position this year. 

This week's Canyon Courier has a story on seventh grader Adeline Pulioff, who appeared on Chopped Junior this past summer.

Copies of positive press coverage of our school and community members related to our school can be found on our Press Clippings page.

Office Reminders, or 6 Weird Tricks to Optimize your School Day!

  1. Please take a moment to review our new dress code policy. We want to ensure that all students are taking pride in their appearance and that clothing is not a distraction to other students. Students will be asked to put a t-shirt on over shirts that do not adhere to our guidelines or will be asked to call home for a change of clothing.

  2. As fall is approaching, please be sure that your students are coming to school prepared for cooler weather. Students will be going outside for recess unless it is 20 degrees or below. Light layers are a great way for kids to stay warm during the cooler morning times and cooler during the warm afternoons.

  3. To help students get to their classrooms in a timely manner during morning drop-off, please do not wait until you are at the front of the drop-off line to have your students get out of the vehicle. We are asking that vehicles pull up as far as possible within the drop-off zone, then all the students in the drop-off area are to exit their vehicles at the same time, allowing for the next 8-10 cars to move forward to drop-off their students, and so on.

  4. The building is not open to students until 7:20 AM, even on colder days. Unless it is 20 degrees or below, students will be asked to stand outside the front doors. Please avoid dropping students off before 7:10 AM, as there are no staff members on duty until that time.

  5. The school has received several complaints about students' behavior in the neighborhood and in local businesses. Please talk with your student(s) about proper behavior in and around the community. Blocking the streets, flipping off adults, throwing/spitting food at one another in store aisles, and being rude to patrons of local businesses are all unacceptable behaviors. We greatly appreciate your support with this matter.

  6. If your student will be riding a different bus or getting off at a different stop, the office needs those requests in writing. Please be sure that requests include the bus number, the name of the stop or who your student is riding the bus with. All bus pass requests must be received in the main office first thing in the morning.


Box Tops for Education

Did you know that Box Tops for Education benefits middle schools? The funds earned from Box Tops turned in at West Jefferson Middle School last year were used to keep the recess equipment cart stocked.

The program is changing to use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online. Unexpired clipped Box Tops are still being accepted in the collection bucket in the commons outside Mrs. Jessee's window.


Interact seeks supplies to make Activity Bags

Our student service club, Interact, will be making activity bags this fall for sick children at Denver Health. Most of the supplies we need are very inexpensive at this time of year. If you happen to run across some good deals and feel like donating, we could use the following items:

  • 100 boxes 24-count crayons

  • 100 spiral notebooks

  • 200 pencils

  • 100 coloring books

  • 25 4-packs Dollar Tree brand of play dough

  • 14 yards assorted cotton fabric, suitable for young children (no florals please), in cuts of ¾ yard or more

  • 14 yards 45-inch wide muslin or 8 yards 60-inch wide muslin

Please contact digital teacher-librarian Amy Baker with questions or to arrange donations. Thank you. 


PTA News

Everyone is welcome at our first PTA general meeting of the year at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 18th at Carreta Vieja restaurant (9064 Highway 285, Morrison). No pressure to volunteer - just come and check out what's going on with our membership dollars.

The first school store day of the year is almost here! On Friday, September 27th, students can purchase snacks and inexpensive items right after school in the lobby.

Our PTA helps the school provide opportunities for our students and staff through funding, providing social event opportunities, classroom grants, and more! We appreciate your support in any form and one simple way you can support PTA's mission is with your paid membership. Please consider participating in our fall membership drive by October 1st:


As always, you are welcome follow PTA on Facebook to stay in the loop about school and community events and contact the PTA board by e-mail at


Community News

Girls on the Run: We did not have enough interest to participate in the fall season of Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run. We have the opportunity to be a site for the spring program, which runs March through May and includes participating in a 5k at the end of the program. Adult volunteer coaches are also welcome and needed! For more information on the program at our school, including scholarship inquiries, please contact Cathie Nicholson at or 303-946-2332.


Jeffco League Middle School Sports: Registration is open for volleyball and basketball through the Middle School Sports Program, offered in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Practices and/or games are twice a week from late October to mid-December for volleyball and mid-January to mid-March for basketball. The cost is $130 and includes transportation to games; families are responsible for transportation after the game. Space is still available in the cross country program; please contact Jeff Sweet at for more information.


Gold Crown Girls' Volleyball: Step up to the next level of competition and join your friends to play in a middle school league designed to prepare you for high school-level play. Tryouts have passed but girls in sixth through eighth grade may still join for practices at 6 pm on Mondays and Thursdays at West Jeff Middle beginning September 5 and continuing through the end of October. The four-week doubleheader competition begins in early October and will be held at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood on Sundays. Cost will be $210-260, depending on the level of play. For more information, please contact coach Laurie Eddy at


Mountain Lacrosse: Elementary and middle school students are invited to learn to play lacrosse with Mountain Lacrosse's fall clinic. Four Wednesday evening practices from September 11 to October 2nd (weather makeup October 9th), 6 to 7 pm at West Jeff Middle, will prepare students for small-sided games to show off their new skills at LaxtoberFest on Sunday, October 6th. Registration is $60 with a US Lacrosse membership (if you don’t have one, you will be directed to the site during registration to purchase a 1-year membership for $25).


West Jeff Baseball: Registration is open for West Jeff Baseball's spring 2020 competitive league season. Tryouts for players ages 8 to 14 will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Evergreen High School baseball field. For more information, please visit the league website.


Gold Crown Girls' Basketball: Tryouts for girls in sixth through eighth grade competitive league basketball are October 22 and October 29 from 6 to 8 pm at West Jeff Middle School for the 14-game season in January and February 2020. Cost will be $165. Volunteer coaches are welcome and needed and all levels. For more information, please contact coach John Coder at


Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Evergreen and Conifer branches.

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