Weekly Wednesday Update - January 22, 2020

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 22, 2020
Posted on 01/22/2020
School Store, Basketball, Yearbooks

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for January 22, 2020.


Upcoming Dates

January 13 - February 7: Grub Club Food Drive

January 13 - February 7: Make Your Voice Heard survey for students

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

January 30: WJMS Night for Conifer High School boys' basketball

January 31: Last day to pre-order yearbooks

February 6: WJMS Night for Conifer High School girls' basketball

February 10: School Accountability Committee meeting, 2:35 pm

February 11 - 13: Val-O-Grams sales at lunches

February 14: No school, staff development

February 17: No school, Presidents Day



School News

Upcoming Events

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.


The Make Your Voice Heard survey is open for students to take through Friday, February 7. The shortcut to the survey is available on school-owned computer desktops and can be accessed at Make Your Voice Heard has been given to students in grades 2-12 for over a decade to collect feedback about student engagement. The results are compiled into reports used by district leaders and school staff to help maintain the positive aspects of our schools and to address individual student needs. More information on the surveys administered by the district may be viewed at the Research & Data page on the district website.


Parent-teacher conferences will be held 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.


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. Your input is welcome to inform future topics:


Conifer High School sports has two upcoming Middle School Nights where our students (and one adult per student) may enjoy free admission with their student ID: boys' basketball on Thursday, January 30th against Englewood and girls' basketball on Thursday, February 6th against Alameda.


W-20 route changes through January 24

West Area Transportation released the following update on W-20 route coverage on January 14th:

Students that ride W-20 in the afternoon to stops on Gray Fox Drive, Armadillo Trail/Way, Grizzly Way and Red Fox Drive, plus the North Turkey Creek Road stops at Evergreen Memorial Park and Ocelot Trail will ride W-19. They will get home a little later than usual.

Students that ride W-20 in the afternoon to stops on Kilimanjaro Drive, Annapurna Drive, Olympus Drive, Silverhorn Drive/Lane, Jungfrau Drive, Willa Lane, and Danks Drive will all ride W-22.

These changes are expected to be in place through the end of the week ending January 24th. Thank you.


EnrollJeffco Second Round Enrollment

Second-round enrollment for the next school year through EnrollJeffco opens on Tuesday, January 21st. The second round is intended for families of new students, current K-12 students that would like to apply to a school of choice, and preschool applications. If you missed the first round but plan to attend your current or expected school, no action is necessary.



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 Position 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 a staff dinner during conferences 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.


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.


285 Winterfest: The 285 Winterfest returns on Saturday, February 29! The annual Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce event includes a snow tubing competition, snowman carving, and a free family movie at Stagedoor Theatre. Additional event information, competition registration, and event tickets are available on


Mountain Bike Team: Did you know that middle school students can ride and practice with the Conifer High School Mountain Bike Team? Club rides take place from April through June with practices and the high school race season running from July to October. For more information, please contact coach Tammy Deranleau at


Teen Mental Health Film Series: Dakota Ridge High School is hosting a teen mental health film series this spring with screenings of IndieFlix original documentaries: Angst, about anxiety, will be shown January 28 at 7:00 pm; LIKE, about the effects of social media, will be shown February 20 at 7:00 pm; and The Upstanders, about bullying and cyberbullying, will be shown April 15 at 7:00 pm. Admission to each of the films is free with registration to reserve your seat. Donations to Day Without Hate are welcome. Angst and LIKE are appropriate for viewers age 10 and order; The Upstanders is appropriate for viewers 13 and older. Links to RSVP will be published on the Dakota Ridge High School website.


Girls on the Run: The spring season of Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run, runs March through May and includes participating in a 5k at the end of the program. Registration opens on Monday, February 3. 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. Please contact Jeff Sweet at for more information.


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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