Welcome and Welcome Back!

Welcome and Welcome Back!
Posted on 08/02/2022
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Tuesday, August 2 with the subject "WJMS Family Communication". The content has been formatted for the web.

Hello West Jeff Middle families,

Though the heat of summer is still in full swing, a visit to Target tells us that it is time to start planning for back to school. I am so excited to welcome all of you to a new school year with a focus on teamwork and learning.

Our office and administrative team have been busy preparing for both students and teachers and we are relishing the fact that we will be able to welcome our new and returning Colts in-person and be able to see their smiling faces.

Our first opportunity for families to connect will be Monday, August 15th at our WJMS Community Ice Cream Social. This event will be held outside from 5 - 7 pm. You will have a chance to meet teachers, see the school, and converse with members of the West Jeff Middle community.

Incoming 6th grade students will have the opportunity to bring their school supplies, find their lockers, and practice opening them - it always takes practice! - during the Ice Cream Social. 7th and 8th grade students may bring supplies on August 17th or August 18th.

Our Back to School Night will take place on Wednesday, August 24th. More information will be available closer to the date.

We believe that communication is key to a successful educational experience. Each Wednesday, you will be receiving our Weekly Wednesday Update via e-mail. This communication will contain upcoming event dates, school news, and links to community resources. 

To ensure you receive information from our school, please be sure to complete the Annual Update process in Infinite Campus. If you do not receive the first Weekly Wednesday Update on Wednesday, August 17, please contact our digital teacher-librarian Amy Gutierrez Baker at [email protected].

The 2022-2023 school year will be focused on collaboration and communication that creates an exceptional student learning experience. The past two and a quarter years have tested us all. This year we will be clarifying and renorming high expectations for learning and learning behaviors.

Please take time to read through the resources below, especially the Student Handbook, with your student. There are some changes in our scheduled days and to our student expectations. If you have any questions, please contact us at 303-982-3056 or email us. Staff e-mail addresses are published on the Classrooms page of our website.

I truly believe a strong partnership will provide the best learning experience and that will be accomplished through communication and shared goals that support all our students. As Michael Jordan wisely said, "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." Our students and our school community deserve to be champions. I hope you enjoy the last weeks of summer and I look forward to seeing all of you at West Jefferson Middle School!

Kim Halingstad
West Jefferson Middle School


August 2022 WJMS Calendar
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


Ice Cream Social
5 - 7 pm


Colt Day

First Day for 6th Grade


Colt Day

All students report
to school


Colt Day


Colt Day


Colt Day


Colt Day


Colt Day

Back to School Night
6 - 7:30 pm


Colt Day

School Picture Day


Colt Day


Colt Day


Colt Day


Blue Day


Silver Day


Colt Day


On Colt Days, students will attend Advise and then all six class periods (56 minute classes). On Blue and Silver Days, students will attend Seminar, D.E.A.R., and three class periods (90 minute classes).

Advise is similar to a "homeroom" where students make connections with peers and their teacher, work on social-emotional learning, and check in with their teacher.

Seminar is a time is for academic focus. Students will be working at their own level building math and literacy skills in an online program called IXL. It will also be a time for study hall, and some small group practice with content teachers.

D.E.A.R., an acronym for Drop Everything and Read, is a quiet time devoted to independent reading. Students are expected to have reading material with them on these days. This can include reading a digital book or magazine on a tablet or on their Chromebook, but not on their phone. Our school library is an incredible resource for middle grade and young adult literature and non-fiction selections.

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