Weekly Wednesday Update - January 13, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - January 13, 2021
Posted on 01/13/2021
MAP Testing, Shifted Block Days

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Thursday, January 14 with the subjects "WJMS P/T Conferences Sign-Up" and "WJMS - Great News about Pictures!", and Monday, January 18 with the subject "WJMS Weekly 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 13, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

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

January 6 - 22: winter MAP testing

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

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

January 25: Make Your Voice Heard survey completed by students during Homeroom

January 26: PTA meeting, 6 pm via Zoom

January 29: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 8 am - 3 pm by appointment

February 3: Restaurant Fundraiser at JJ Madwell's, 11 am - 8 pm


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 students should complete inputting their Conifer High School course selection and complete the registration completion Google Form by Friday, January 15. The information is also published on our Enrollment/Registration page.

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 may be scheduled by appointment on the SignUpGenius for January 19, with times between 3 and 7 pm, and the SignUpGenius for January 29, with times between 8 am an 3 pm. You may select your student's core teachers by subject area on the tabs at the top of the SignUpGenius page. If you need some support to find your student's teachers and sign up for conference slots, please watch the Conference Sign Up Video.

A district Gifted and Talented Family Learning Night will take place on Wednesday, January 20, from 6:15 – 8:00 pm. Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link to attend; all sessions will be recorded and published the following week.

Our students will have the opportunity to complete the Make Your Voice Heard (MYVH) survey in Homeroom on Monday, January 25. The voluntary, confidential student survey collects student opinions. Survey results are compiled into aggregate reports that are used by district leaders and school staff to help maintain the positive aspects of our schools and to address individual student needs.


Conifer High School Registration

Last Wednesday, January 6, eighth grade families received information from Conifer High School regarding students' inputting their 2021-2022 course selections into Infinite Campus and completing the registration completion Google Form by Friday January 15th. Counselors will contact students if they have any questions or concerns.

The information from last week's messaging to eighth grade families is also summarized on our Enrollment/Registration page.


School Picture Day Update

While were unable to get our 100% remote students, students that were unable to be here for the first picture day, and any retakes done on a second picture day before learning returned to a full remote model in November 2020, Dorian Studio has been able to get in a second photo day for us in February!

Our photo day for 100% remote students and retakes will be on Friday, February 5th from 7:30 - 11:00 am. If you had already pre-ordered pictures at our first picture day and your student missed that day, your order will carry forward to February 5th.

Families may order pictures online by visiting and searching for our school’s name or by going directly to our picture day page. Our school's picture day ID is JGFRUEPC.

Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day. After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.


Grub Club Virtual Drive

In Januaries past, area schools have collected non-perishable food items for Grub Club, a program of The Action Center that provides boxes of food items and toiletries to Jeffco high schools for students in need. This year, the community has an opportunity to "spread the peanut butter" a little further by making a financial donation. The Action Center can use their connections to bulk distributors to purchase the items they need the most with your donation.


Winter Break Snow Sculpture Challenge

Students may continue to upload entries for the winter break snow sculpture challenge to our contest Flipgrid through [DATE]. Students will need to sign in with their account to access the contest Flipgrid. 

Voting will take place the week of [MONTH] [DD] with winners announced on Friday, [MONTH] [DD]. 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

Each week West Jeff Middle teachers and staff will be nominating students who have exhibited exemplary behaviors such as growth mindset, responsibility, integrity, or teamwork. Each week during hybrid learning, three nominated students will be recognized during homeroom announcements and all students who have been nominated that week will be recognized in our weekly newsletter.

The following students were nominated for displaying Colt Character during the week of January 11: Josh C., Riley C., Jason J., Declan McC., Maisie M., Noah S., Kevin S. M., Alexys S., Aspen S., Declan T., and Denon W.. Congratulations!


PTA News

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.

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.

Nominations for the 2021-2022 WJMS PTA board slate will be accepted through the February meeting. Any current PTA member may run for office interested non-members may join for the current school year. Open positions include President, Treasurer, Secretary. Vice President of Education, and Vice President of Communication. Anyone interested in running for any of the board positions may e-mail The slate will be publicized on the PTA’s Facebook page, PTA website, and in the school’s Weekly Wednesday Update. Changes to the slate will be communicated in the same venues.

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.

The next event in the series will be on Wednesday, January 27th at 7 pm with "Understanding and Responding to Teens Who Self-Harm". The presenter, Heather Kassman, MS, has provided over 25 years of counseling, education and advocacy for teens and 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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