Weekly Wednesday Update - May 19, 2021

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 19, 2021
Posted on 05/19/2021
Summer is almost here. Let's finish strong!

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Monday, May 17 with the subject "WJMS Collecting Donations for MRC" and Wednesday, May 19 with the subject "WJMS Last Week of School Information". 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 19, 2021.

Upcoming Dates

May 17 - 21: Spirit Week

May 18 - 25: Food Drive for Mountain Resource Center

May 25: 7th and 8th grade Chromebook turn in

May 26: Modified Schedule

May 27: Modified Schedule, Early Release 11:50 am


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.

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.

Ms. Hannawacker's Homeroom class invites West Jeff Middle families to collect non-perishable food and toiletries for the Mountain Resource Center. Specific needs include soups, canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, canned fruit, microwavable rice or grains, individually-wrapped snacks, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and deodorant. Donations may be brought to students' Homeroom classes May 18 - 25.

Chromebook turn-in for 7th and 8th grade students will take place on Tuesday, May 25. This is for Chromebooks checked out to 7th and 8th grade students through the school, not Chromebooks from TechForEd or Assistive Technology. Additional information can be found in the Last Week of School Information item below.

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.

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 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.

Jeffco Transportation asks that students issued a ZPass card for buses this year hold onto them. The ZPass is designed to be reused from year to year. Replacement cards are $15.


Spirit Week

There are two more days in our end of year spirit week:

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!


Last Week of School Information

Monday, May 24 will follow a regular Blue Day schedule and Tuesday, May 25, will follow a regular Silver Day schedule.

Chromebook Turn-In: During Homeroom on Tuesday, May 25, Chromebooks will be collected from 7th and 8th grade students. Please make sure that Chromebooks have been charged the night before and that both the Chromebook AND its charger are brought to school. Students that need a device to continue with learning after May 25 should email digital teacher-librarian Mrs. Baker to make arrangements. 7th and 8th grade students that have been in 100% remote learning may return Chromebooks and chargers checked out to them on Friday, May 28.

Students will be following a six-period schedule on Wednesday, May 26. Lunches will be based on students' Period 3 teacher.

Six Period Schedule for Wednesday, May 26:
Homeroom 7:30 - 8:05
P1 8:11 - 9:00
P2 9:05 - 9:55
L1 10:00 - 10:30 P3 10:35 - 11:30
P3 10:00 - 10:55 L2 11:00 - 11:30
P4 11:35 - 12:25
P5 12:30 - 1:20
P6 1:25 - 2:20

May 26 Lunch Schedule:
Lunch 1
10:00 - 10:30
Starts in cafeteria: Buffington, Cushing, Fisher, Hannawacker, Malcolm, Wiechec
Starts at recess: Bradley, Dignan, Fuchigami, Hodges, Little, Nickerson
Lunch 2
11:00 - 11:30
Starts in cafeteria: Escheman (Woods), Lopez, Reetz, Stephens, Wheeler, Wooldridge
Starts at recess: Bitterly, Johanneck, Lauer, Myers, Sarché, Sherman

Students will be following a six-period early-release schedule on Thursday, May 27 in addition to receiving yearbooks and the 8th grade Continuation ceremony. There will be no lunch services.

Six Period Schedule for Thursday, May 27:
P1 7:30 - 8:00
Yearbook Distribution
P2 8:05 - 8:35
P3 8:40 - 9:10
P4 9:15 - 9:45
Homeroom 9:50 - 10:35
6th and 7th grade
in Homeroom
8th grade
Continuation ceremony
on field
P5 10:40 - 11:10
P6 11:15 - 11:50

8th Grade Continuation:
While there have been changes to COVID rules and regulations in recent days, we want our community to know that Continuation is only for the students this year. In order to have a ceremony within scheduling and logistical constraints on an early release day, we have plans for a student-centered Continuation assembly and will be celebrating them throughout the day. Our wonderful PTA will be providing gift bags for each student as we celebrate their end of middle school. Thank you for your support as we do our best to keep our community healthy.

Our 8th grade students that have been in a remote learning environment are invited to attend school on May 27th. Students joining us on campus will follow their schedule and attend the Continuation assembly with their homeroom class. 8th grade students in remote learning that are unable to attend for the entire day are welcome to come for just the Continuation portion of the day with drop off at 9:40 am and pickup at 10:45 am. Families cannot stay on school property during the last day of school, so please plan on leaving after drop off and returning for pickup. Thank you for understanding, and we hope that your 8th grader will come join us to celebrate their year of school and transition into high school.


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.



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 17: Kanin C., Victor F., Scarlett H., Tanner K., Ashlyn M., Skyla O., Bryce P., Sage R., Alex T., and Taylor W.. Congratulations!


PTA News

Thank you to the following businesses who contributed to gift bags for our eighth grade students:

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 next event in the series will be on Wednesday, June 2 at 7 pm with "Domestic Violence: What It Is and How It Affects a Household". Presenter Shaun Hutto, LPC, is a therapist dedicated to helping people feel empowered and be able to author their own stories. The presentation addresses what domestic violence entails and encompasses, and how it impacts the people affected by it. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.


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.


Vaccine Clinic at Conifer High School: COVID-19 vaccines will be available at Conifer High School, 10441 Highway 73, on Saturday, May 22 from 9 am to 1 pm or until the supply is gone. Drive-through and walk-up stations are available and second doses will be given in three weeks. People younger than 18 need to have an adult family member, a signed consent form, or have their adult family member call to provide consent.


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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