Weekly Wednesday Update - November 13, 2019

Weekly Wednesday Update - November 13, 2019
Posted on 11/13/2019
Coffee with the Counselors next week

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for November 13, 2019.

Upcoming Dates

November 15: PTA School Store

November 20: Coffee with the Counselors, 7:30 am in the WJMS library

November 20: PTA Meeting, 6:00 pm at Carreta Vieja

November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

December 2: Winter MAP testing window opens 

December 4: 8th grade Orchestra performs at Mountain Area Orchestra Festival, Conifer HS

December 5: Glow in the Snow Winter Dance, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

December 10: 8th grade Band performs at Mountain Area Band Festival, Conifer HS

December 10: EnrollJeffco window opens


School News

Upcoming Events

First trimester grades are available on Infinite Campus/Portal. If you have specific questions about your student’s performance or assignments, please contact the teacher(s) for the class(es) where you have concerns.


The final distribution of Monster Dash fundraising participation tickets took place this week in Advise. Students' opportunities to bid on gift cards and teacher experiences will conclude this week. Our total raised, the top fundraising individual and Advise class will be announced soon. Thank you again to everyone that participated in, volunteered for, or donated to our annual fundraiser.


The Coffee with the Counselors series kicks off next week on the topic of talking with your tween/teen. Adult family members and community members are invited to the school on Wednesday, November 20 for the 7:30 am presentation. Light refreshments (coffee & donuts) will be served. Your input is welcome to inform future topics:


There will be no classes for Thanksgiving Break the week of November 25 through 29. Classes resume on Monday, December 2.


The winter dance will be Thursday, December 5th from 2:30 to 4:30 in the cafetorium. A signed permission slip and $5 are required for admission. Snacks and water are included with admission; glow jewelry will be available for purchase at additional cost.


School PTA Reflections Winners Announced

We would like to congratulate the following West Jefferson Middle School students for their entries in the PTA Reflections arts program:

Visual Arts
Award of Excellence: Anna Bockmon, "How I See Myself"
Award of Merit: Anaya Johnson, "More Than Skin Deep"

Award of Excellence: Brody Harpin, "Looking within the Eye of the Horse"

All three of these students' entries have progressed to Jeffco PTA Reflections judging. Students whose work receives an Award of Excellence or Award of Merit at the council level will have their work on display at Red Rocks Community College Arvada Campus in December.


EnrollJeffco first round enrollment opens December 10

EnrollJeffco is our district's digital enrollment system. From December 10, 2019 to January 15, 2020, all families will use EnrollJeffco to enroll their student(s) in their neighborhood school, indicate they are returning to the same school, or apply to a new/different school (preschool and choice enrollment).

Please take a few moments to check out and give some thought to where your student(s) will attend school in the 2020-21 school year. Families will receive an email in December with directions for next steps.


Winter MAP testing 

Our students will be participating in MAP testing after Thanksgiving break. Measures of Academic Progress, abbreviated as MAP, is given three times a year. The testing gives immediate feedback on students' growth to help guide teacher instruction.

The dates for MAP math and MAP reading testing will be published soon. Bell schedules are not impacted during this time.

Please be sure to avoid making appointments for your students during their testing times and encourage them to get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast prior to their tests.

Please contact Tricia Samuelson or Caity Mergendahl if you have any questions about MAP testing.


Paraeducator and Cafeteria Positions Available

We have an immediate opening for an Independence Support Paraeducator. The position is 7 hours/day and the hourly pay starts at $15.48. Interested candidates may contact principal's secretary Julie Barrett or apply through the Jeffco Job Board website.

If you know someone interested in working a 4-hour shift weekdays with the same days off as our students, our cafeteria has openings for two part-time kitchen workers. The hourly pay starts at $12.48. Interested candidates may contact Jeffco Food & Nutrition Services at 303-982-6748 or apply through the Jeffco Job Board website.


PTA News

Everyone is welcome at the November PTA general meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, November 20th at Carreta Vieja restaurant (9064 Highway 285, Morrison). The October minutes have been published to the Documents page of the PTA website.

We 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 November school store day is coming up on Friday, November 15th. Students can purchase snacks and inexpensive items right after school in the lobby.

The winter dance will be Thursday, December 5th from 2:30 to 4:30 in the cafetorium. If you can volunteer time or donate bottled water and/or snacks, please use the SignUpGenius for the Winter Dance to indicate how you would like to help.

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

Matilda at The Venue:The Venue Theatre's High School Company is presenting a musical adaptation of Matilda with shows the first three weekends of November. Showtimes and tickets are available on the theatre's website.


Willy Wonka Jr at StageDoor: The Junior Company at StageDoor Theatre is performing Willy Wonka JR on Fridays and Saturdays November 15 through 23. Showtimes and tickets are available on the theatre's website.


West Jeff Elementary Elf Shop: The 14th annual Holiday Elf Shop at West Jefferson Elementary will be held on Thursday, December 12th and Friday, December 13th. The event gives students the opportunity of purchasing gifts for their friends and family members. 20% of proceeds are donated to the WJE PTA to support our students. More information, including a vendor application, is available on the school website.


i9 Sports Basketball and Soccer: Registration is open for i9 Sports' winter and spring 7-week leagues: winter basketball at Elk Creek Elementary on Tuesday evenings from January 21 to March 3 and spring soccer at Conifer High School on Sunday afternoons from March 15 to May 17. Early bird registration and sibling discounts are offered.


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 through the Middle School Sports Program, offered in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Practices and/or games are twice a week from mid-January to mid-March. 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' Basketball: Tryouts have taken place for the middle school girls' 14-game season in January and February 2020. Cost is $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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