Weekly Wednesday Update - May 12, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 12, 2021
Posted on 05/12/2021
Finish the year with a Spirit Week

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Sunday, May 16 with the subject "WJMS Weekly Update 5.14.21". 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 May 12, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

May 3 - 14: CMAS makeup testing

May 10 - 14: MAP testing, 7th and 8th grades

May 10 - 14: 2021-22 elective selection for 6th and 7th grades during homeroom

May 12: CHS Wrestling info for 8th graders at start of lunches

May 17 - 21: Spirit Week


School News

With the approach of summer, please keep the following in mind:

  • Keep highly-sugared and caffeinated energy drinks from coming to school;

  • Choose school attire within the WJMS Dress Code guidelines;

  • Bring a refillable water bottle to use at school; and

  • Continue making good choices about appropriately wearing masks and adhering to assigned seats in the cafeteria during lunch.

During the week of May 10, sixth and seventh grade students will be ranking their elective choices for the 2021-2022 school year during homeroom. Families may choose to have a conversation with their student(s) regarding electives they may want to take. We will do our best to place students in their top choices as we are able. Students may be scheduled in electives that are lower on their list as class sizes and scheduling logistics can make it difficult to get all top choices. Please reach out to one of the counselors if you have any questions.

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.

If your student has medication in the school’s health room, please plan to pick up any unused medication by May 27. All medication that is left in the school health room after May 27th will be disposed of according to district policy. If you have any questions, please contact our school health aide Jessica Leonard, 303-982-3056, Jessica.Leonard@jeffco.k12.co.us.


Spirit Week

WEB Leaders have selected the below themes for a fun spirit week next week, May 17 - 21, to end the year. 

Monday, May 17: Hawaiian Day
It's almost summer break, so it's time to get into the summer spirit! Dig out your best Hawaiian shirts, leis, and flip flops! All other regular dress code rules apply. If you have PE on Hawaiian Day, please make sure that you also have an appropriate pair of shoes for that class.

Tuesday, May 18: Decades Day
Do you sometimes think you should have been born during another time in history? Maybe you are a bit hippyish and from the 60's, or maybe you rock neon colors and big hair from the 80's. Here is your time to have some fun representing another decade!

Wednesday, May 19: Tie-Dye/Rainbow Day
It's time to bring some fun color to the gray, rainy days that we have been having! Wear your brightest and most fun tie-dye and rainbow colors to brighten things up!

Thursday, May 20: Dress Like A Teacher Day
Whether it's the good fashion sense of Mr. Little or the fun facial hair of Mr. Wooldridge, let’s see what teacher YOU can be for a day! Please make sure to take a pic and send it to SEL Mrs. Baker! Even better? Take a pic WITH that teacher!

Friday, May 21: Pajama Day
Dress in your comfy PJs and slippers from the comfort of your own home! Please remember to keep things appropriate for online learning.

Keep it classy, West Jeff! All other dress code rules still apply during spirit week!


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.


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.


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 May 10: Mitch D., Kaylee M., Madelyn P., Zoe P., Aspen S., and Quintyn S.. Congratulations!


PTA News

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

Resilience1220 Speaker Series: The 2021 Conversations & Connections speaker series for parents of teens and tweens continues on Wednesday, May 19 at 7 pm with "Exploring All that is Grief". Presenter Andrea Black is a registered psychotherapist and nationally certified counselor that uses creative counseling, imaginative play and the great outdoors as a source for healing. The presentation will explore loss, emotions, behaviors, and tools to mend and is appropriate for youth ages 12 and older. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.


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.


Resilience webinar: Resilience 1220 invites the community to a webinar on building resilient families on Monday, May 17th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Therapist Craig Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div. will be presenting Legit Parenting: Strategies for Actual (Imperfect) Parents to Build Resilient Kids and Families. Free registration is required.


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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