Weekly Wednesday Update - October 9, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - October 9, 2019
Posted on 10/09/2019
Spirit Week, concerts, & Social Change Fair

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for October 9, 2019.

Upcoming Dates

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

October 14-18: Spirit Week

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, 10 am - 1 pm

October 18: PTA School Store

October 22: Rachel's Challenge

October 23: PTA Reflections submissions due

October 29-31: Boo Bag sales at lunches, delivered at the end of the day October 31

October 31: Monster Dash


School News

Upcoming Events

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


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 .


The GT Center testing application closes October 14 at 4 pm and testing takes place on Saturday, October 19 or Saturday, November 2. Students with GT Center status at West Jeff Middle receive preferential placement in honors-level core classes other than math, which is based on student data. For more information, please see the ID Referral and Center Application page on the district website.


Our students are putting on two instrumental music performances next week: orchestra on Monday, October 14 and band on Wednesday, October 16. Both concerts will take place at 7 pm in the WJMS gym.


WEB is sponsoring a Spirit Week next week to celebrate our great start to the year and have fun before Conifer High School plays their Homecoming game!

October 14: Meme Monday
Time to represent your favorite meme! Please choose one that is school appropriate and within the school dress code.

October 15: Team/VSCO Tuesday
Rock your favorite sports team or college gear - or go VSCO in your shell necklace, Vans, and Hydroflask (sksksk) on Tuesday! Theme-related hats ARE allowed.

October 16: Pajama Wednesday
Come to school in your comfy pjs! Students may wear footie pajamas over regular clothing and with shoes. Dress code applies otherwise.

October 17: Cosplay Thursday
Dress up as a character from your favorite movie, book, or video game! Hats and minimal costume makeup are allowed. Please leave props that resemble weapons or may be disruptive to learning at home.

October 18: Community Friday
Wear Conifer High School colors in honor of their homecoming, West Jeff colors, or something that you are a part of in Conifer. Conifer HS swag will be given out at lunch!

While Conifer High School's Homecoming game is not a home game this year due to field construction, there are upcoming Middle School Nights where our students (and one adult per student) may enjoy free admission with their student ID!

Volleyball: Thursday, October 24th against Skyview

Boys Basketball: January 30th against Englewood

Girls Basketball: February 6th against Alameda

Families, please help us keep spirit week a fun time by ensuring your student stays within dress code guidelines aside from the exceptions mentioned above. Questions, comments or concerns may be directed to social-emotional learning specialist Mrs. Baker at or to an administrator.


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 Tuesday, October 22nd, we will be participating in Rachel’s Challenge. The 60-minute student program shares the story of Rachel Joy Scott and the profound positive impact students can have on those around them by paying attention to the little things they do and say every day. We will have two student presentations during the school day: one for 7th and 8th graders, who will attend together, and a modified presentation for 6th graders. That evening, we will host a family and community presentation at 6 pm, open to youth in 7th grade and older and adults. Attendees are asked to RSVP online by Sunday, October 20th. Please see the flyer for additional information.


On Thursday, October 31st, all students will be invited to participate in the Monster Dash fun run. Students that have been signed up by an adult for online fundraising by the end of the day today will be entered in a drawing to pie the principal at lunch! The first fundraising participation tickets will be distributed in Advise on Friday for students to use to bid on gift cards and teacher experiences. Copies of all the event material may be found on the Fundraising page of our school website.


Our sixth grade students are going to Outdoor Lab during the week of November 4. We are asking families to review the packing list in advance so they have ample time to borrow or buy any items on the list that their student may need. Items may also be borrowed at the Outdoor Lab site once students arrive. The list is on the Outdoor Lab website under the Parents and Students tab. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's Advise or science teacher.


PTA Reflections accepting entries

This year's PTA Reflections arts program theme is "Look Within". We are accepting student submissions through Wednesday, October 23. Entries recognized with an Award of Excellence will go on to Jeffco judging and may progress to state and even national program judging.

Volunteer judges are needed on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25. The time commitment is less than an hour and scheduling is flexible. 

More information on the Reflections program at our school may be found on the Reflections page of the PTA 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 be required to change their clothes.

If you have questions about Halloween costumes at school, please contact Mr. Squires at or 303-982-8381.


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 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.

We also have ongoing volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in helping with restaurant nights, our healthy schools program, or teacher appreciation. Please contact Aimee at for more information.

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.

Boo Bags will be sold during lunches on Tuesday, October 29, Wednesday, October 30, and Thursday, October 31. The bags will be delivered to students' Advise classes at the end of the day on October 31. Boo Bags are a bagged assortment of Halloween-themed items that are sold for about $1-4 apiece. Buyers write the name of the recipient and the recipient's Advise teacher on an included tag and PTA volunteers facilitate delivery. Adults interested in volunteering to help with Boo Bags may contact Suzette Pell at

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


Community News

Halloween Carnival:​ Conifer High School is hosting a Halloween Carnival on Wednesday, October 30th from 5 to 8 pm at the school. The event is being put on Honor Society, Key Club, Student Government, Interact, and DECA. There is no cost for admittance; donations are welcome.


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.


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


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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