Weekly Wednesday Update - September 18, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 18, 2019
Posted on 09/18/2019
Conferences, Book Fair,  and more

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 18, 2019.

Upcoming Dates

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

There is no school this Friday, September 20, for staff development.

On Monday, September 30, our eighth grade students are visiting Warren Tech to learn about academic, career and technical training options available to them in high school. Permission slips were distributed on Monday, September 16 and are to be turned in to Advise teachers by the end of the day Thursday, September 19. Any students not attending due to not having a signed permission slip will have an alternate assignment to complete in lieu of attending their regular classes that day. Adult volunteers are needed to chaperone small groups. Please contact counselor Dan Keene for more information at

Fall parent-teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 3rd and Monday, October 7th with 10-minute time slots. We ask that families sign up for one time slot per teacher. Elective teachers will be on a drop-in basis in their rooms this year.  Students are welcome to attend conferences; they must stay with their adult family members the entire time.

Prepare for adventure! In just over two weeks, join in the search for the coolest reading ever with the Scholastic Book Fair as we go on the Ultimate Xpedition: Quest for Cool Books in the library October 3-9. Students will have the opportunity to visit during the school day and we will be open late on conference nights. Adult volunteers are especially welcome during class visits and at the start and end of the school day during our book fair.

Office Reminders, or Three Clever Things That Will Make Your School Day Easier

  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. 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.


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.


EnrollJeffco Dates

EnrollJeffco is our district's online enrollment system, which replaced the former paper-based Choice Enrollment system and allows families of currently enrolled students to indicate the school(s) their student(s) plan to attend in the upcoming school year.

All families will use EnrollJeffco between December 10, 2019 and January 15, 2020 to indicate whether their student(s) will return to their current school, plan(s) to attend an expected school, or apply for a school of choice. Choice enrollment offers will be sent at the end of January. 

Dates to save for the 2020-2021 school year:

October 14: last day to apply to test for 2020-2021 GT Center status

December 10: EnrollJeffco opens, including 1st round choice enrollment

January 15: EnrollJeffco closes

January 21: EnrollJeffco re-opens, including 2nd round choice enrollment through August 31


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.

One simple way to support PTA's mission to provide opportunities for our students and staff is with your paid membership. Please consider participating in our fall membership drive by October 1st:

The PTA is coordinating food during conferences: drop-in snacks on Thursday, October 3rd and a soup and salad dinner on Monday, October 7th. Both donation and volunteer opportunities are available:

As always, you are welcome to 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).


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


Epic STEM Fair: Jefferson County Public Library is blazing a path for student scientists to advance to regional STEM fairs by starting with their free Epic STEM Fair! Registration opens on October 1 for middle school students that want to participate individually or in teams of up to three people. Choose from one of seven categories, get paired with adult mentors who come to your school when it's convenient for you (during class, after school, or at a library) to help identify, create, and refine projects, and display your finished project on Friday, December 13, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Seven student teams will win a trophy and paid admission to a statewide or regional STEM competition or fair.


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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