Weekly Wednesday Update - February 21, 2024

Weekly Wednesday Update - February 21, 2024
Posted on 02/21/2024
Best of luck to our TSA students!

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for February 21, 2024.


Upcoming Dates

January 16 - February 23: Family-School Relationships Survey window for families

Through March: PTA School Supplies Drive

February 22: Choir concert, 6 pm

February 23: Coffee with the Counselors, 8:45 am in Room 109

February 23: last day of Trimester 2; Trimester 3 schedules available after school on Campus

February 26 - March 1: Spirit Week

February 26: first day of Trimester 3

February 26: School Accountability Committee meeting, 4 pm in library and online

March 1: PTA Glow Gala (spring social), 6 - 7:30 pm

March 8: Day Without Hate t-shirt order deadline


School News

Mr. Keane will be working with sixth grade students tomorrow, February 22nd to enter their elective course choices for the upcoming school year directly into Infinite Campus. Families may view a list of elective classes in their student’s Google Classroom for their science class. Please contact Mr. Keane at [email protected] with questions. Information on the elective selection process for current seventh grade students will be communicated soon.


Our choir students will be performing on Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm in the cafetorium. The set list features fourteen songs by artists that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!


Our Technology Student Association students are presenting projects and competing at the Colorado Technology Student Association State Conference tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday morning. We hope they do well and have a great time!


All Jeffco families are invited to complete the 2023-24 Panorama Education Family-School Relationships Survey by Friday, February 23. Our learners are our future, and your feedback will help our district continue to make decisions and measure outcomes based on how well we serve our students.


Our next Coffee with the Counselors will take place Friday, February 23rd from 8:45 - 9:45 am in room 109 on the subject of healthy relationships. Join us to learn how to strengthen our relationships with our children and ways to guide them into healthy relationship choices of their own. Please complete the Coffee with the Counselors RSVP form if you plan to join us!


Our eighth grade invites all West Jeff Middle students and staff to participate in a Spirit Week the week of February 26! The daily themes are: 

Monday, February 26: College/Sports Day

Tuesday, February 27: Ski/Snowboard Bum Day

Wednesday, February 28: Twins/Multiples Day

Thursday, February 29: Class Color Day (8th blue, 7th gray/silver, 6th white)

Friday, March 1: Pajama Day


The draft minutes from the January School Accountability Committee meeting are available on the school website. The next meeting will take place on Monday, February 26 at 4 pm.


Students that eat school lunch, please have your student ID ready to scan the barcode in the lunch line. If you need a replacement ID, please email Mrs. Baker and note your Period 2 class.


Students that have formed teams for the Jeffco Middle School Battle of the Books should be reading the books and taking notes in preparation for our school competition.


2024 Day Without Hate t-shirts are available to preorder for $6 with order form and payment turned into the main office by Friday, March 8. Shirts will be delivered by the week of April 15th.


Every January and February, Jeffco schools collect items for Grub Club, a program that provides boxes of food items and toiletries to Jeffco high school students in need. This year, West Jeff Middle is collecting macaroni and cheese cups through March 8. Direct donations may be made online.


Families were sent an email on Thursday, February 8 with information on No Place for Hate®, a national program that will help us incorporate new anti-bias and bullying prevention resources into our existing programs. The email listed several steps that families and students can take to participate. To learn more or to get involved with No Place for Hate®, please contact Melissa Shute at [email protected].


Jeffco students have access to telehealth visits at school or at home through the district’s partnership with Hazel Health. For more information and to complete the consent form, please visit https://getstarted.hazel.co/district/jeffcopublicschools#how-hazel-works.


Adult family or community members available at the beginning or end of the school day to help keep the drop-off and pickup of students safe and well supervised are invited to volunteer with our Watch D.O.G.S.! Please contact our Lead WatchDOG, Daniel Tucker, with any questions at [email protected].


PTA News

Our PTA is sponsoring a school supplies drive through March to restock pencils, non-spiral notebooks, two-pocket folders, colored pencils, glue sticks, tissues, washable markers, sticky notes, and Flair felt-tip pens. If you would like to support this initiative, please consider making a monetary donation or committing to pick up supplies from the list. There are bins at school to collect items. Thank you!


Get ready for the Glow Gala, 6 - 7:30 pm on Friday, March 1st at our school! Dress to impress and enjoy a photo booth, face painting, bracelet making, temporary tattoos, glow games, glow merch, a DJ, refreshments, and fun! Admission to the event is free with a completed permission slip, with extra glowing merchandise available to purchase. (Cash/card accepted, nothing over $5.)

If you are interested in serving as an adult volunteer to help with event setup, chaperoning, and post-event cleanup or donating snacks or bottled water, please use the Glow Gala SignUpGenius.


The next School Store is coming up Thursday, March 14 during lunches. Students may pay with cash, card or Google/Apple Pay. Nothing is over $5 and all proceeds benefit the PTA which goes right back to helping students! Check out the flier of new items for more information.


You can support our PTA while you shop with King Soopers Community Rewards! To designate our PTA as a recipient for donations based on your shopping, log into your King Soopers account, click on My Account and navigate down to Community Rewards, then search for West Jeff Middle School PTA. Contact our PTA with questions at [email protected].


Business owners, you can advertise your business and support the PTA at the same time! Check out our website for more information on becoming a fence sign sponsor.


Connect with PTA: PTA Website and PTA Facebook


Community News

Jeffco Public Schools is hiring! There are available positions in many areas for adults interested in working for Jeffco Public Schools. Learn more about available positions and apply online on the Jeffco Jobs Board at jeffcok12jobs.org.

We have an immediate opening at our school for an Independence Support Para Educator: Job 23678 - Para Educator - 6th grade Independence Support. The position is .875 FTE (7 hours/day) and starts at $19.13/hour.


Summit Jeffco: Jeffco Public Schools invites families to register to attend the free half-day spring Summit Jeffco event on Saturday, March 2nd at Summit Ridge Middle School in Littleton. Summit Jeffco offers families an opportunity to come together to engage with district staff and other experts about topics impacting students, learn more about Jeffco's focus as a district and walk away with helpful tools to help your student thrive. To see more of what Summit Jeffco has to offer, watch this video in English | Spanish and visit our Summit Jeffco webpage. See you there!


Trivia Night: Conifer High School PTSA invites the community to their annual Mind Blown Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, March 2nd at Our Lady of the Pines, 9444 Eagle Cliff Rd, Conifer. Tickets are available for $25 per single player or $175 for a table of eight players.


South Jeffco Football: South Jeffco Coyotes player evaluations for the 2024 football season will take place on Sundays - March 3, April 14 - at the Columbine High School gymnasium. Registration is required and players should be prepared with sneakers and a water bottle.


Register now for Conifer's Got Talent: Conifer's Got Talent is calling for youth talent submissions by March 15! Scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2024 from 6 - 9 pm at Conifer High School, winning contestants will earn the opportunity to perform as opening acts for the 2024 EPRD Summer Concert Series at Evergreen Lake or at Buchanan Fields. Conifer's Got Talent is open to musicians, singers, actors, and comedians 18 years old and younger who are part of the greater Conifer mountain community. For more info, visit the Conifer's Got Talent website. Direct questions to [email protected].


Satos Run Club: Registration is open for a running club program open to students in the mountain area. Training sessions are every Wednesday and Saturday from March 27 through May 18. Please visit the Satos Run Club website for more information.


Juniors Recreational Mountain Bike Program: Registration opens January 3 for a recreational mountain bike program in Conifer offered by Avout Racing. Practices will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting April 16 for the spring season. Most practices will be held at parks in or near Conifer. Please visit the Inspire Juniors Rec Conifer page on the Avout Racing website for more information.


Mountain Predators Football and Cheer: Registration is open for the 2024 Mountain Predators tackle football and cheerleading season! First-year players may register for free using the code MYFNEW at checkout. Early Bird pricing ends April 30, 2024. Please visit the Mountain Predators website for more information and to register.


Summer Musical Theatre Camp: Registration is open for Ovation West Performing Arts and Mountain Youth Musicals’ summer programs at CenterStage in Evergreen. Programs for middle-school-aged students include Theatre Tech one and two-week sessions and a two-week session for students ages 12 - 14 by June 1 to perform scenes from Hadestown.


Jeffco Gifted and Talented Events: Jeffco Public Schools' Gifted and Talented Department is hosting the following upcoming events for Jeffco families:

Tuesday, February 27: A Gifted 2e Journey: A Parent Perspective, 6 - 7:30 pm via Google Meet; free registration required to receive Google Meet link

Thursday, March 14: Gifted Students and Underachievement, 6 - 7:30 pm via Google Meet; free registration required to receive Google Meet link

June 3 - 7: SPARKS GT Enrichment Program at Everitt Middle School, cost is $205 plus class fees, registration opens March 1


Resilience1220: Connect, Grow, ThriveResilience1220 events: Resilience1220 is a local non-profit organization that provides free counseling sessions and support groups for young people ages 12-20, and community outreach and events that increase awareness of mental health issues. Some of their upcoming events:

February 21: Sensitive Collective for Highly Sensitive People, 6 - 7 pm, via Zoom

February 22: Support after Suicide Loss support group, 5:30 - 7 pm, both via Zoom and in person at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen)

February 29: Conversations & Connections: Mindful Eating, Mindful Living, 7 - 8 pm, via Zoom

March 10: Climb with Resilience1220!, 2 - 4 pm at Buchanan Park Recreation Center, (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen), cost is $12 (scholarships available, inquire at [email protected])

March 12: Beyond the Rainbow, 6 - 7:30 pm, separate groups for youth and adult family members that are LGBTQ+ or allies, please RSVP to [email protected] by 10 am the day of event


Jefferson County Public Library events: Please follow the links for more information on upcoming programs at the Conifer branch:

Saturday, February 24: Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 2 – 4 pm

Saturday, March 9: Conifer Creation Station, 11 – 11:45 am

Tuesday, March 12: Teen Time - Sandy Terrariums, 4:15 – 5:15 pm

Saturday, March 16: LEGO® ROOM!!!, 11 am – 3 pm

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