Weekly Wednesday Update - February 5, 2020

Weekly Wednesday Update - February 5, 2020
Posted on 02/05/2020
Spring Girls on the Run, Val-O-Grams

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for February 5, 2020.

Upcoming Dates

January 13 - February 7: Grub Club Food Drive

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

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

February 19: PTA Meeting, 6 pm at Carreta Vieja

February 20: Choir performances, 6:30 pm

February 20-22: WJMS TSA students attend Colorado TSA Conference

February 21: Trimester 2 ends

February 24: Trimester 2 grades on Infinite Campus/Portal after 3:30 pm


School News

Upcoming Events

This week is the final week for two district-wide initiatives: the Grub Club food collection drive, which benefits homeless and emancipated teens attending Jeffco Public Schools and mountain area schools have been collecting canned chicken with pull-top lids to support; and the annual Make Your Voice Heard survey, which gives students in grades 2-12 the opportunity to provide feedback about student engagement. More information on the surveys administered by the district may be viewed at the Research & Data page on the district website.


This week is also National School Counseling Week, which highlights the contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. We are thankful for our great counseling team: Mr. Enlund, Mr. Keane, and Mrs. Jen Baker!


Our students (and one adult per student) may enjoy free admission with their student ID for Middle School Night as Lady Lobos basketball hosts Alameda on Thursday, February 6th at Conifer High School.


Val-O-Grams will be sold during lunches on February 11, 12, and 13. The items will be delivered to students' 6th period classes on February 13. Val-O-Grams an assortment of Valentine-themed items - small toys, little plushes, and the like - that are sold for $1-3 apiece. Buyers write the name of the recipient on an included tag and PTA volunteers sort the items by 6th period class for delivery. Adult volunteers may use the Val-O-Grams SignUpGenius to indicate how they would like to help with sales or delivery.


There will be no school on Friday, February 14 for staff development and on Monday, February 17 to observe Presidents Day.


The Coffee with the Counselors series continues in February with a date and topic TBA. Your input is welcome to inform future topics:


Our choir students will be performing on Thursday, February 20th at 6:30 pm in the West Jeff Middle cafetorium. Choir students are expected to be in the choir room at 6:00 pm.


Trimester 2 ends on Friday, February 21. Trimester 2 grades will be available on Infinite Campus/Parent Portal after 3:30 pm on Monday, February 24.


Trimester 3 schedules can be accessed through Infinite Campus/Parent Portal after 3 pm on Friday, February 21. Please be aware that schedule changes are limited to incomplete schedules or mistakes. For scheduling questions, please contact counselor Craig Enlund (6th grade and 7th M-Z) or Dan Keane (8th grade and 7th A-L).


EnrollJeffco Second Round Enrollment

Second-round enrollment for the next school year through EnrollJeffco opened 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.


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

If you would like to help sell Val-O-Grams during lunches on February 11, 12, or 13 or to deliver items at the end of the day on February 13, please use the Val-O-Grams SignUpGenius to indicate how you would like to help.

Everyone is welcome at the February PTA general meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 19th at Carreta Vieja restaurant (9064 Highway 285, Morrison). The January minutes have been published to the Documents page of the PTA website.

Please save the date in April for for our spring dance, which will be on Thursday, April 9th after school, and the Talent Show, which will have a date announced soon.

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

Frozen JR. at The Venue: The middle school company at The Venue Theatre is proud to present Frozen JR. every Friday and Saturday from February 7 to February 29 at 7 pm, with matinees on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, March 1. Come in costume and receive a special surprise! Tickets are on sale at


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


Platte Canyon Little League: Registration is open for Platte Canyon Little League, which serves boys and girls ages 4-16. Player assessments, required for players ages 8 and older (except for 8 and 9 year old Coach Pitch players), are February 15 at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey.


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: 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. LIKE is 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: Registration is open for the spring season of Heart & Sole, the middle school program of Girls on the Run. Practices take place after school on Tuesdays beginning March 3 and continue through May. 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.


i9 Sports Soccer: Registration is open for i9 Sports' spring soccer at Conifer High School on Sunday afternoons from March 15 to May 17. Early bird registration and sibling discounts are offered.


Jeffco League Middle School Sports: Registration is open for track through the Middle School Sports Program, offered in partnership with Evergreen Park and Recreation District. Practices and/or meets are twice a week from the end of March to mid-May for track. The cost is$120 for track and includes transportation to meets; families are responsible for transportation after the meet. 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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