Weekly Wednesday Update - April 28, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - April 28, 2021
Posted on 04/28/2021
Wear white tomorrow for Day Without Hate

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Wednesday, April 28 with the subject "WJMS Thank you & Reminder for Thursday" and Sunday, May 2 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 April 28, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

April 29: Day Without Hate, six period day

April 30: no school, student non-contact day

May 3 -7: CMAS makeup testing

May 3 - 7: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5: PTA restaurant fundraiser, 11 am - 8 pm at JJ Madwell's

May 10: Accountability meeting, 2:35 pm via Zoom


School News

Today's testing schedule was amended to accommodate late busses and students, resulting in less makeup CMAS testing and more instructional time. Thank you for your patience and support!

As we head into the final month of the school year, please encourage your students to stay the course by showing good judgment in school attire (see the WJMS Dress Code news item below for guidelines) and continuing to make good choices about appropriately wearing masks and adhering to assigned seats in the cafeteria during lunch to help keep our school open for in-person learning.

On Thursday, April 29, Jeffco students will observe A Day Without Hate, a celebration of peace, love, and unity. Students are encouraged to wear white - either a Day Without Hate shirt or other white clothing - and continue to be kind to each other on this day and every day.

Students will be following a six-period schedule on Thursday, April 29 in addition to observing A Day Without Hate. Lunches will be based on students' Period 6 teacher.

Six Period Schedule for Thursday, April 29:
P3 7:30 - 8:28
P4 8:31 - 9:29
P5 9:32 - 10:30
A 10:35 - 11:10 P6 11:14 - 12:12
P6 10:33 - 11:31 B 11:36 - 12:11
P1 12:15 - 1:13
P2 1:16 - 2:20

April 29 Lunch Schedule:
Lunch A
10:35 - 11:10
A1 starts in cafeteria: Cushing, Fisher, Lauer, Sage, Sherman, Study Hall/Geometry
A2 starts at recess: Bradley, Hodges, Myers, Popejoy, Stephens, Wheeler
Lunch B
11:36 - 12:11
B1 starts in cafeteria: Dignan, Hannawacker, Johanneck, Nickerson, Reetz, Sarché
B2 starts at recess: Bergkamp, Bitterly, Escheman (Woods), Lopez, Wiechec, Williams


There is still time to order your student’s yearbook! Orders may be placed by either Jeffco Connect (click on Jeffco Student Fee Payment in the left-hand panel) or by sending a check made out to West Jefferson Middle School and turning it in at the financial office; please note "Yearbook" and your student's name in the memo line. 2020-2021 yearbooks cost $12.

Our sixth grade students will engage in digital citizenship learning in May focusing on digital wellness and reviewing this year's material. Please refer to the family letter linked below for additional information about ways families can assist their students in understanding this month's topics, along with links to family activities by grade level, a family tip sheet, and additional resources.


WJMS Dress Code

Following is our school dress code, published in the student handbook:

Dress Code Diagram: must have straps, entire area from armpit to armpit and to bottom of 3-4" length must be covered

Dressing appropriately for all school functions is a way of showing personal and organization pride. Neatness and cleanliness are the hallmarks of appropriate dress. Good judgment in dress is expected. 

In an effort to promote a safe and educationally sound environment for students, the following dress code is in effect at all times at school and at school-related functions: 

  • Students must wear clothes that cover the area from armpit to armpit
  • Clothing bottoms must be down to 3-4 inches in length on the upper thighs 

  • Clothing tops must have straps that are at least 2 inches wide 

  • All undergarments must be covered 

  • Hats and hoods are not allowed 

  • Offensive language (profanity, sexually explicit, drugs/alcohol) or graphics depicting alcohol on clothing is not allowed 

Students in violation of the dress code will contact families for a change of clothing or will be provided with school-issued clothing. Students will not be allowed to return to class until the violation has been corrected. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary actions.


8th Grade Continuation

Eighth grade families were sent information on Tuesday, April 6 about the class photo, class t-shirts being provided by PTA, and the Continuation ceremony.

Students have the following upcoming tasks for the 8th grade slideshow:

  • Students may submit candid photos at forms.gle/6fKUb7iVvv8mtuaBA

  • Submit photos of yourself with a mask on and without a mask via the homeroom assignment "Mask and Unmasked" in Google Classroom.

The 8th grade Continuation ceremony will take place for students only on Thursday, May 27. We plan to record and possibly stream the ~45-minute event for family and friends.



School spiritwear is available for online ordering! Please visit the West Jefferson Middle School spiritwear page at Educational Outfitters to view, select customized options (size, color and graphic) and order spiritwear products. Payment for the product(s) and shipping is done online. The turnaround time from your order to fulfillment is about two weeks.


Summer Food Program

Will your kids need food and snacks during the summer when school meals aren't available? Families interested in receiving supplemental food over the summer may contact counselor Craig Enlund by May 1 to opt in to the summer food program through the 285 Backpack Project. Please let Mr. Enlund know how many children in your household will need food. Children do not need to be school-aged to receive food. Families will be notified of the location and day/time for delivery. The summer food program is a service of mountain area schools and the Rotary Club of Conifer, sponsor of the 285 Backpack Project.


Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

Even though the school year will be ending soon, it is very important to apply in School Year 2020-21 for Free and Reduced-Price meal benefits if you previously qualified for Free and Reduced-Price meals or you believe you may qualify for this current school year.

The Free and Reduced-Price meal application is used for many other benefits within the District, and approval of an application is necessary to receive any of these additional benefits. Benefits may include waiver of fees for AP testing, standardized tests (SAT, PSAT, etc.), general school fees, textbook fees, technology fees, transportation fees, and may even include additional funding for your school!

If you have not already done so for the current school year, please log in to SchoolCafé to apply for Free and Reduced benefits before July 1, 2021. If you have further questions, please contact Lexie Kermani at Lexie.Kermani@jeffco.k12.co.us or call 303-982-6916.


Conifer High School Instrumental Music

Eighth grade families are invited to visit the new and prospective members section on the CHS Instrumental Music website to learn more about the band and orchestra ensembles at Conifer High School. There will be clinics in May for percussion on May 3, 10, and 17, required for next year's percussion section, and Color Guard Experience on May 5, 12, and 19, open to any interested CHS students.


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 April 26: Bella A., Kaylee McN., and Madison R.. Congratulations!


PTA News

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7:
PTA is giving gift cards to local restaurants to all of our wonderful staff. We appreciate all of their hard work this year!

Next Restaurant Fundraiser:
Wednesday, May 5th from 11am to 9pm at JJ Madwell's! Mention our school, and PTA will donate 20% of sales to our school. Dine in or carry out!

Drop-off and Pickup Help:
The Watch D.O.G.S. program seeks adult volunteers that can give an hour at the beginning or end of the school day to help drop-off and pick-up run smoothly. Please contact Bryan Broyles at torgeaux@hotmail.com with questions or interest.

Questions? The PTA board can be reached by emailing wjmspta@gmail.com.


Community News

Drive-Through Vaccine Clinic: Stride Community Health is hosting a drive-through vaccine clinic at Jeffco Stadium on Friday, April 30 for Jeffco students age 16 and older. Interested students need to pre-register for the event. Spaces are limited; first come, first served. Depending on the response to this event, more clinics may be offered soon.


Resilience1220 Speaker Series: The 2021 Conversations & Connections speaker series for parents of teens and tweens continues on Wednesday, May 5 at 7 pm with "How to Support a Youth Who Has Experienced Trauma". Presenter Art Ginley is a Gestalt and Contemplative therapist with a focus on relationships, attachment, chronic illness and complex trauma. The presentation will help define trauma and ways to connect with, support and provide resources for someone who has had a traumatic experience. The presentation is free, but registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.


Gleeful at StageDoor Theatre: A cast of 8th - 12th graders brings Gleeful to the stage April 29 - May 1. Based on the TV show Glee, the musical extravaganza will have you humming along to pop song favorites. Tickets are available to purchase on the StageDoor Theatre website.


Rotary Food Drive: The Rotary Club of Conifer will be collecting nonperishable food, grocery store gift cards, and cash donations outside the Aspen Park FirstBank, 25617 Conifer Rd, on Saturday, May 8 from 10 am to 3 pm. Donations will be distributed among the Mountain Resource Center's food pantry in Conifer, and LifeBridge and Widow’s Oil in Bailey. Please visit the May 8th Food Drive page on ConiferFest.com for more information.


The Trail to Oregon at Conifer High School: The classic computer game The Oregon Trail comes to life as a musical production May 15 - 16 at Conifer High School. The show features a live country rock band and the audience has the very important role of deciding the fate of the cast of characters. Learn more about the show, purchase tickets, or donate to CHS Performing Arts at https://our.show/trail.


And Then There Was One at StageDoor: The StageDoor Junior Company presents And Then There Was One May 20 - 21. A spoof of the famous stage mystery, the show is all comedy, filled with hilarious sight gags and dialogue. Tickets are available to purchase on the StageDoor Theatre website.


Conifer HS Bleacher Bucks: New bleachers with back rests are coming in summer 2021 to the main athletic field at Conifer High School. The Conifer Lobos Unified Boosters invites the community to make a donation or buy a bleacher seat this spring at clubchs.org/donate.

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