Weekly Wednesday Update - January 6, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 6, 2021
Posted on 01/06/2021
Find balance in the new year

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Tuesday, January 5 with the subject "Important: WJMS MAP testing (updated)"  and Wednesday, January 13 with the subject "WJMS Weekly Update, MYVH Survey, & Picture Update". The content has been formatted for the web and into our school's weekly newsletter format.

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for January 6, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

December 8 - January 15: all families use EnrollJeffco to indicate their student's school choice for 2021-2022

December 22 - January 8: submissions open for PTA's Snow Much Fun! sculpture challenge

January 6: Restaurant Fundraiser at JJ Madwell's, 11 am - 8 pm

January 6 - 22: winter MAP testing

January 8: virtual School Showcase for incoming sixth grade families

January 11: Accountability meeting, 2:35 pm via Zoom

January 18: no school, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:00 - 7:30 pm by appointment

January 26: PTA meeting, 6 pm via Zoom


School News

All families will use EnrollJeffco, our district's online enrollment system, by January 15, 2021 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.

During remote learning, grab and go meal pickup will be at West Jefferson Elementary School, 26501 Barkley Road, each Tuesday and Thursday between 2:00 and 4:30 pm. Additional information on meal pickup can be found at

Our sixth grade students will engage in digital citizenship learning this month related to media balance and well-being. Please refer to the family letter linked below for additional information about ways families can assist their students in understanding this month's digital citizenship topics, along with links to family activities by grade level, a family tip sheet, and additional resources.

Current eighth grade families will receive Conifer High School registration information today via SchoolMessenger. The information is also published on our Enrollment/Registration page.

The January Accountability meeting will take place on Monday, January 11, at 2:35 pm via Zoom. Please contact Kate Broyles at if you would like the meeting link.

The block days for the week of January 18 will be shifted as there will be no school on Monday, January 18 in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Second trimester parent-teacher conferences in January have been scheduled for 3:00 - 7:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19 and 8:00 am - 3:00 pm on Friday, January 29. Additional information will be published as it becomes available.


Conifer High School Registration

Eighth grade families received information about course selection for 2021-2022 Conifer High School courses on Wednesday, December 16. The following information was sent to eighth grade families today, January 6, via SchoolMessenger:

Now that you have watched the pre-registration videos and selected your classes for next year, it is time to input your information into Infinite Campus. Please view the below presentations on how to complete this process. Once you have finished the process of inputting your classes into Infinite Campus, your last step is to complete the registration completion Google Form by January 15th. Counselors will contact you if they have any questions or concerns.

The information from today's messaging to eighth grade families is also summarized on our Enrollment/Registration page, including dates for Zoom Q&A sessions, the curriculum showcase, and the deadline when course selections need to be entered into Infinite Campus.


Winter Break Snow Sculpture Challenge

Our PTA invites all West Jeff Middle students to share their creative snow sculpture - castles, forts, snow people, or anything you build - during winter break by uploading a photo to our contest Flipgrid through January 8. Students will need to sign in with their account to access the contest Flipgrid.

Voting will take place the week of January 11th with winners announced on Friday, January 15th. Winners by overall votes and categories will have a hand-crafted trophy mailed to them!


Winter MAP Testing

Our students will be participating in MAP testing during January. Mrs. Mergendahl has put together information about how testing will take place that will allow students to be more successful while testing at home. Please read through the information linked below. Please contact either Mrs. Samuelson ( or Mrs. Mergendahl ( if you have any further questions.


Attendance Procedures

To help minimize attendance calls from the school, please call the attendance line at 303-982-3051 to excuse when:

  • your student will be absent;
  • your student needs to log out of class early;
  • your student will be late logging into their first class of the day; or
  • your student is having computer or internet issues during class.

For additional guidance or situations that fall outside those described above, please call the main office at 303-982-3056.

If your student is logged in to their Google Classroom but not responding to the teacher verbally or in the chat, your student will be marked absent. In order to count as attending, students must be engaged with the teacher and other students in the Google Classroom during their class time.


Colt Character Students of the Week

The recognition of students nominated for displaying Colt Character – exemplary behaviors such as growth mindset, responsibility, integrity, or teamwork – will return in next week’s issue.


PTA News

Our Fall 2020 Educator Grants have been selected. This season's grants total over $2500 and will fund balsa wood, button making supplies, charging stations for robotics, digital microscopes, lab glassware, light boxes, and supplies for an extracurricular club and a social studies class project.

Jeffco PTA is offering a two-hour QPR Suicide Prevention Training on Thursday, January 21, from 6 to 8 pm. The training is free for adults ages 18 and older. Advance registration is required.

Please make lunch or dinner plans on Wednesday, January 6th to order curbside or carryout from JJ Madwell's for a Restaurant Fundraiser. All orders that mention West Jeff Middle School between 11 AM and 8 PM will have a portion of the sale donated to our PTA.

The January PTA meeting will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday, January 26th via Zoom. The meeting link will be sent to PTA members on Monday, January 25th and may be requested by e-mailing The December meeting minutes have been published.

Our PTA helps the school provide opportunities for our students and staff through funding, classroom grants, and volunteer service. Two easy ways you can support PTA's mission are with your paid membership and selecting our PTA as your charity when you shop with Amazon Smile:

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

Resilience1220 Speaker Series: The 2021 Conversations & Connections speaker series for parents of teens and tweens starts on Wednesday, January 13th at 7 pm with "The College Admissions Race and How to Stop the Madness". The presenter, Jill Athenour, MA, CEP, is an independent college counselor with over 15 years of experience in college admissions. The presentation is appropriate for students ages 12 and up, as well as adults. Free registration is required; donations are welcome.


LifeBridge Food Drive: LifeBridge Food Pantry in Bailey is collecting non-perishable food items, grocery gift cards, and cash at the Aspen Park King Soopers from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, January 16. All donations will remain in the 285 corridor and help those in our community who need our support the most.


Resilience1220 Talent Contest: Youth ages 12 to 20 that live in the the mountain communities in Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Park Counties are invited to share their talent by submitting a solo or group video by February 1. The contest rules are attached to the submission page linked below. Winners will be showcased in the Talent Spectacular show, held on Zoom, on Wednesday, February 10.


Resilience1220 Chronic Pain Group: An in-person support group for young people ages 12-20 dealing with chronic pain and other illnesses will be meeting on Sundays from 3:00 to 4:15 pm at 30922 Hilltop Drive in Evergreen (2nd floor, above Gather Yoga). To join the group or for more information, please contact Rebecca Kitey, MSW at

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