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Weekly Wednesday Update - October 2, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 2, 2019
Posted on 10/02/2019
Monster Dash packet and more

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 2, 2019.

Upcoming Dates

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

October 9: SeaCamp information meeting for 7th grade families, 6:00 pm

October 14: School Accountability Committee meeting, 2:35 pm

October 14: Orchestra concert, 7 pm

October 15: PTA Meeting, 6 pm at Carreta Vieja

October 16: Band concert, 7 pm

October 17: Social Change Day Fair

October 18: PTA School Store

October 22: Rachel's Challenge

October 23: PTA Reflections submissions due

October 31: Monster Dash

 

School News

Upcoming Events

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.

 

Our Book Fair opens tomorrow! The Ultimate Xpedition: Quest for Cool Books will run October 3rd through 9th. 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.

 

Spring 2019 CMAS score reports will be distributed in Advise classes on Thursday, October 3rd. Please ask your student for their report on Thursday evening!

 

Is your 7th grade student interested in going to SeaCamp? An informational meeting for families will be held in the library at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 9th. This optional summer trip takes place in early June for students going into 8th grade to take part in marine science workshops and labs with field activities that include snorkeling in a marine reserve and a trip to sea on a marine research vessel. If you cannot attend or have additional questions, please contact Mr. Malcolm at Ian.Malcolm@jeffco.k12.co.us .

 

On Thursday, October 17th, the eighth grade invites the community to visit their Social Change Day Fair between 10 to 11 am and 11:45 am to 1 pm. There will be 75 student displays on a range of social topics. Please come support our students exercising their communication skills and engaging as citizens.

 

On Thursday, October 31st, all students will be invited to participate in the Monster Dash fun run. Printed copies of the complete event packet are being distributed to students through their Advise classes. A digital copy is linked below. Copies of all the event material may also be found on the Fundraising page of our school website.

 

Halloween costume guidelines

Students are welcome to wear costumes on October 31st! If you wear a costume, please choose something that:

  • can be worn to school and be worn all day,

  • minimizes the use of face paint/makeup so the student remains recognizable, 

  • meets the school dress code, and

  • permits the wearer to sit and participate in the learning process throughout the day.

If you have PE, please wear or bring shoes appropriate to wear in PE.

Costumes worn to school should not:

  • distract from learning, either yours or others';

  • completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. gorilla suit, Scream Ghostface masks;

  • include masks, sound effects, lights or other components that may disrupt the learning environment;

  • include toy or facsimile weapons (swords, guns, knives, etc.);

  • be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender or gender identity (boys as girls and vice versa), sexual orientation, or individual (staff or student) at the school;

  • include props or equipment that are unsafe;

  • impair a student's vision or movement; or

  • show obscene materials, threats, or prohibited substances.

Students whose costumes do not meet the standards will required to change their clothes.

If you have questions about Halloween costumes at school, please contact Mr. Squires at Justin.Squires@jeffco.k12.co.us or 303-982-8381.

 

Google Group E-Mail Issue

A district-owned Google Group used to manage a digital tool was misconfigured, allowing approximately 10,000 students to be able to post messages to that group. Email updates sent every time a post was made to the group caused a chain reaction of email updates and more posts from additional students. The ability for students to post to this group has been disabled and students have been asked to delete messages they received from it. Please see the attached letter for more information on the incident. The district will be updating practices to limit the possibility of this occurring in the future.

 

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

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:

Everyone is welcome at the October PTA general meeting at 6 pm on Tuesday, October 15th at Carreta Vieja restaurant (9064 Highway 285, Morrison). The September meeting minutes have been published on the Documents page of the PTA's website.

One simple way you can support PTA's mission to provide opportunities for our students and staff is with your paid membership:

This year we have new opportunities for local businesses that would like to partner with us, such as promotion on our Facebook page and being promoted at PTA-sponsored events.

The October school store day is coming up on Friday, October 18th. Students can purchase snacks and inexpensive items right after school in the lobby.

Save the date: the winter dance will be Thursday, December 5th from 2:30 to 4:30 in the cafetorium.

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 wjmspta@gmail.com.

 

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 cathie@BHHSelevated.com 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 jsweet@eprd.co for more information.

 

Stingrays Swim Team: The six-week fall session will meet Sunday evenings, October 13th to November 17th at The Ridge Recreation Center in Littleton. Classes are open to youth ages 4-18, no prior experience needed; the cost is $90 per youth with a sibling discount available.

 

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 jncoder@gmail.com.

 

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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