Weekly Wednesday Update - April 3, 2024

Weekly Wednesday Update - April 3, 2024
Posted on 04/03/2024
Best of luck to our DI teams!

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for April 3, 2024.


Upcoming Dates

April 2 - 4: CMAS testing, 12:45 pm dismissal

April 9 - 11: CMAS testing for extended time Math and makeup sessions

April 11: PTA School Store at lunches

April 16: CMAS Science testing for 8th grade students

April 22: School Accountability Committee meeting, 4 pm in the library and online

April 25: Day Without Hate, students follow modified schedule for Eyewitness to History

April 26: No school for students, staff development day


School News

Information on the elective selection process for current seventh grade students will be communicated soon. Families may view a list of electives in the Google Classroom for their student’s science class. Please contact Mr. Keane at [email protected] with questions.


Our students will have 12:45 pm dismissal on April 2, 3, and 4 for CMAS testing. Please refer to the Spring 2024 CMAS Testing Information post on the school website for more detailed information. For CMAS questions, please email Amy Baker at [email protected] or Justin Squires at [email protected].


Two teams of West Jeff Middle students competed in the Destination Imagination Jeffco Regional tournament on Saturday, March 9. The Fire Breathing Eagle Horses – Sienna W, Hilde G, Daniel W, Davian T, Oliver M, Van W, and Samuel W – took second place at the middle school level in the Fine Arts Challenge. The Warrior Eagles – Ella S, Cooper K, and Jada S – took first place at the middle school level in the Scientific Challenge. Both teams will compete in the Colorado State Tournament on Saturday, April 6. Adults interested in managing teams may contact Laurie Woulfe at [email protected].


The draft minutes from the February School Accountability Committee meeting are available on the school website. The next meeting will take place on Monday, April 22 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.


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.


Individual counseling services with Resilience 1220 therapists are now being offered at our school during the school day. If your student already works with a Resilience 1220 therapist and you are interested in your student meeting during the school day, please reach out to your therapist directly. If you are interested in beginning services with a Resilience 1220 therapist during the school day, please reach out to 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].


Eyewitness to History

In alignment with our journey to become a No Place for Hate®- designated campus and to recognize A Day Without Hate, West Jeff Middle students will participate in the Mizel Museum program Eyewitness to History: A Holocaust Survivor Speaks, featuring speaker Osi Sladek, on Thursday, April 25. We will have a modified schedule and students will start in Advise from 8:45 - 9:45 am to take part in this learning opportunity.

The program's curriculum is scaffolded to ensure the presentation is grade level appropriate and addresses state requirements for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Colorado Public Schools. If you have questions about this programming, please contact Melissa Shute at [email protected].


PTA News

The West Jefferson Middle School PTA has board positions available for the 2024-2025 school year. Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested or curious about serving on the PTA board.


The next School Store is coming up Thursday, April 11 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.


Join us for a night out at Urban Air on Thursday, April 25th from 4 - 8 pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our school. More details will be coming soon.


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 26181 - Para Educator - Independence Support 6th Various. The position is .875 FTE (7 hours/day) and starts at $19.13/hour.


Healthy School Meals for All: Mountain Resource Center invites families to help continue ensuring funding for Healthy School Meals for All, the program that voters approved that has been feeding all our school children at no cost in Colorado, by completing the Meal Benefits Application. No matter when families fill out the application, it can help with future funding!


Spay-Ghetti Dinner: Planned Pethood International and Intermountain Humane Society invite the community to join them for a Spay-Ghetti Fundraiser and Awareness Dinner on Thursday, April 4th from 5 - 7 pm at West Jefferson Middle School. Tickets are $10/person and includes dinner, dessert, and beverages, as well as the opportunity to meet Dr. Jeffrey Young from the Animal Planet series Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet.


Outdoor Gear Swap: Evergreen Bike Club is holding an outdoor gear swap on Saturday, April 13th from 11 am - 3 pm outside of Evergreen High School. Attendees may buy and/or sell any outdoor equipment (no weapons please), or donate items to raise funds for your choice of the Conifer High School Mountain Bike Team Evergreen MTB team, or Evergreen Bike Club. Sellers are asked to RSVP using the form on the Gear Swap page.


Football Weightlifting Camp: Conifer Lobos Football invites middle school football players to attend weightlifting camp from 6 - 8 pm April 15 - 18 at the Conifer High School Weight Room. The camp is open to students in 6th - 8th grade and the cost is $25, payable at the door using card, cash, or Venmo. Please fill out the form to sign up.

On Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 pm, we will have a meeting for 8th grade parents, to provide information about the Conifer football program and answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jen Knolmayer at [email protected].


National Charity League Meet & Greet: The National Charity League is a national non-profit organization that encourages community service and volunteering opportunities for mothers and their daughters in grades 7 - 12. Families interested in learning more about the Colorado Foothills Chapter are invited to our Meet & Greet on Sunday, April 21, from 2:30 - 4 pm at Evergreen Fire Station #2, 1802 Bergen Parkway. Attendance is not necessary to join. More information can be obtained from our website or email [email protected].


Safe2Tell Student Ambassadors: Safe2Tell Colorado is actively searching for students who are positive examples in their school and community and are interested in student safety, mental health, and/or equitable access to resources. Their ambassador program is an excellent opportunity to engage in challenging conversations and be part of the solution to issues teens face. Incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible.


Spring and summer youth activities and camps:

Satos Run Club: training sessions every Wednesday and Saturday March 27 - May 18; 3 - 4 night summer camp in August 2024.

Mountain Youth Rugby: practice Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 9 in Marshdale (Evergreen), games at Front Range locations each Saturday from May 25 - June 29.

Gold Crown Girls' Flag Football Spring League: practice/play each Saturday from 10 am - 12 pm, April 13 - May 18 in Wheat Ridge.

Inspire Juniors Rec Conifer: mountain biking Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 7 pm at parks in or near Conifer from April 16 - June 11, summer season June 13 - August 8.

Mountain Predators Football and Cheer: practices begin in August; 8-game season at Front Range locations from late August through November. First-year players may register for free using the code MYFNEW at checkout. Early Bird pricing ends April 30.

South Jeffco Coyotes Football and Cheer: practices begin in August; 8-game season at Front Range locations from late August through November.

Summer Musical Theatre Camp at CenterStage in Evergreen: theatre tech one and two-week sessions in June, and a two-week scenes from Hadestown session June 3 - 14.


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

April 4: Gifted Students and Underachievement, 6 - 7 pm via Google Meet (rescheduled from March 14)

April 18: Understanding and Managing Transitions for Gifted Learners with Julie Skolnick, 6:15 - 8 pm via Google Meet


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:

April 4: Stay Connected at Java Groove!, 5 - 7 pm at Java Groove, 28186 Colorado Hwy 74

April 9: 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 on the day of the event

April 10: Conversations & Connections: The Transformative Power of LGBTQ+ Stories, 6 - 7 pm via Zoom

April 17: Sensitive Collective for Highly Sensitive People, 6 - 7 pm, via Zoom

April 25: Support after Suicide Loss support group, 5:30 - 7 pm, both via Zoom and in person at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen)


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

Thursday, April 4: Teen Volunteer Hours, 4 – 7 pm, Conifer

Tuesday, April 9: Teen Time - Spheros, 4:15 – 5:15 pm, Conifer

Saturday, April 13: Grand Reopening, 9 am – 5 pm, Evergreen

Saturday, April 13: Conifer Creation Station, 11 – 11:45 am, Conifer

Saturday, April 13: LEGO® ROOM!!!, 11 am – 3 pm, Conifer

Saturday, April 27: Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 2 – 4 pm, Conifer

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