Weekly Wednesday Update - January 8, 2020

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 8, 2020
Posted on 01/08/2020
Choose fun in the new year!

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for January 8, 2020.


Upcoming Dates

January 8: Curriculum Showcase for current 8th grade families, 5:45 - 8:00 pm at Conifer High School

January 9: 6th grade Lemons Day

January 13 - February 7: Grub Club Food Drive

January 13: Accountability meeting, 2:35 pm

January 14: Geography Bee school finals, 8:10 am

January 14-15: Conifer High School counselors collect registration material via 8th grade Advise classes

January 15: Parent/Teacher Conferences by teacher invitation, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

January 15: School Showcase for incoming 6th grade families, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

January 20: No school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 21: EnrollJeffco second round window opens

January 23: Parent/Teacher Conferences by appointment, 3:30 - 7:00 pm

January 23: Coffee with the Counselors during conferences

January 24: PTA School Store

January 29: PTA Meeting, 6 pm at Carreta Vieja


School News

Upcoming Events

High school registration materials were distributed to eighth grade classes on Tuesday, January 7. There will be a curriculum showcase at Conifer High School from 5:45 - 8:00 pm on January 8th. Please discuss registration and plans for high school with your student. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our 8th grade counselor, Mr. Keane, or any of the high school counselors.


On Thursday, January 9th, our sixth grade will be participating in "When Life Hands You Lemons" Day, an all-day event that includes a presentation on key concepts relating to self-efficacy and motivation, team building and growth mindset activities, and ends with a lemonade social for students to reflect on what they have learned, build relationships with student leaders (WEB leaders) in the school, and get to know their peers in a relaxed setting. Please contact Mr. Keane as soon as possible if you wish to opt your sixth grade student out of participating.


Schools across our district will be collecting non-perishable food in January for Grub Club, a program that provides homeless and emancipated teens attending Jeffco Public Schools with food and hygiene products. This year, mountain area schools will focus on collecting canned chicken with pull-top lids January 13 to February 7.


Students will be participating in the National Geographic GeoBee in January with preliminary rounds in their classes. The top finishers will take part in the school championship round on Tuesday, January 14 8:10 - 9:10 am in the WJMS library.


First-round enrollment for the next school year closes on January 15. As of January 7th, only one-third of our school's families have logged in to EnrollJeffco to indicate what school their student(s) will attend for the 2020-2021 school year. Please do so at your earliest convenience; your Jeffco Connect login credentials are used for EnrollJeffco. If you have any questions, please call Debbie Jessee at 303-982-3056.


Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, January 15th by teacher invitation and on Thursday, January 23rd by appointment. Elective teachers will be on a drop-in basis in their rooms. Students are welcome to attend conferences; they must stay with their adult family members the entire time.


Our School Showcase for families of current fifth-grade students and interested community members will run from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The event provides an opportunity for students and parents to talk with current students and staff, learn more about the middle school experience, electives, Outdoor Lab, and our GT Center program.


The Coffee with the Counselors series continues in January with Behind the Academics, which will be presented during parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, January 23rd. More information will be available after winter break. Your input is welcome to inform future topics:



2019-2020 yearbooks may be purchased for $30 through January 31, 2020 in either of two ways: online through Jeffco Connect, findable under Jeffco Student Fee Payment, or by check, made out to West Jefferson Middle School and sent to the school office, that notes the student's name and "yearbook" in the memo line.

Non-reserved yearbooks are sold on a first come, first serve basis at the end of the year. Ordering in advance guarantees your student will have a yearbook.


Cafeteria Positions Available

If you know someone interested in working a 4-hour shift weekdays with the same days off as our students, our cafeteria has an opening for one part-time kitchen worker. 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

Our teacher appreciation committee is organizing food for staff during conferences with a snack buffet on January 15th and a dinner catered by JJ Madwells on January 23rd. If you can help with a donation or time, please indicate how you would like to help on the Conference Dinner SignUpGenius.

The January school store is coming up on Friday, January 24th. 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! One simple way you can support PTA's mission is with your paid membership. Please consider participating in our winter membership drive by February 1st by joining PTA online with CheddarUp.

Everyone is welcome at the January PTA general meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 29th at Carreta Vieja restaurant (9064 Highway 285, Morrison). The November minutes have been published to the Documents page of the PTA website.

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

Mountain Lacrosse: Registration is open for spring ball with Mountain Lacrosse through January 31st. Teams are open to all participants for boys from kindergarten through 8th grade and girls in from 2nd through 8th grade. The spring season runs from mid-February to late May with practice 2-3 times per week and games on weekends. There will be a meeting for new parents on Thursday, January 23rd from 7 - 8 pm in the Evergreen High School library.


Yoga Toolbox Course:  Growing Hearts Therapy is providing a 6 week class designed to teach kids how to manage the growing academic and social pressure in middle school by learning yoga and mindfulness practices. Classes will meet 3:00-4:30 PM on Thursdays from January 16 to February 20, 2020 in the Sunshine Yoga Room below The Loft studio at 6949 Hwy 73, MW3 in Evergreen. The course costs $150 and is open to students currently in 4th through 6th grades. For questions, please contact Laura Karuna Ferguson at 720-318-1373 or email at


JAGC Community Forum: The Jefferson County Association for Gifted Children (JAGC) invites interested families to attend the JAGC Board Meeting & Community Forum at Wheat Ridge High School on Thursday, January 16. The community forum will take place from 6 to 7 PM. JAGC is a nonprofit organization that provides leadership and support to families and educators of advanced learners in Jeffco.


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 basketball and track 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 for basketball and the end of March to mid-May for track. The cost is $130 for basketball or $120 for track 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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