Weekly Wednesday Update - April 17, 2024

Weekly Wednesday Update - April 17, 2024
Posted on 04/17/2024
Eyewitness to History and more spring events

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for April 17, 2024.


Upcoming Dates

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

April 24: School Board Town Hall, 5:30 -7 pm at Golden High School

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

April 25: PTA night out at Urban Air, 4 - 8 pm

April 26: No school for students, staff development day

May 1: Middle School Kick-off for current fifth grade families, 6 - 7:30 pm

School News

A letter was sent to families on April 16 regarding a note turned into the school office that was found to be possibly threatening in nature. The note and situation are being investigated. There is no evidence at this time to suggest our building is unsafe. As we learn more, we will update families and the community. If you have any questions, please contact our main office at 303-982-3056.


With the completion of CMAS Science testing for our 8th grade students yesterday, our scheduled CMAS testing is complete. Any students who have been absent for CMAS testing have been sent passes to complete make-up testing this week. Please email Amy Baker at [email protected] or Justin Squires at [email protected] with questions about CMAS testing at our school.


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.


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.


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.

Adult family members are welcome to attend the event. They should plan to check in at the office upon arrival, and will be hosted in Room 109 in a Coffee with Counselors format. 

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.


Join us for a night out at Urban Air (8196 West Bowles Avenue) on Thursday, April 25th from 4 - 8 pm. 20% of proceeds from our Spirit Night come back to the WJMS PTA to put towards school needs! We hope to see you there! More details are available in the event flier.


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 opening at our school for an Independence Support Para Educator in the 2024-2025 school year: Job 27573 - Para Educator - Center 6th and 7th 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!


Football Weightlifting Camp: Conifer Lobos Football invites families of of 8th grade students interested in playing high school football to learn about the program at Conifer High School on Thursday, April 18th at 7:30 pm. Please contact Jen Knolmayer at [email protected] with any questions.


Evergreen Children's Chorale: Tickets are available for Into the Woods Jr. by Evergreen Children's Chorale's 5th - 8th graders at Center Stage this weekend, April 19 - 21. Use code SCHOOL for $3 off your ticket ($12 for adults and $9 for kids).

Students currently in first through seventh grades interested in joining Evergreen Children's Chorale are invited to auditions for the fall season on Tuesday, April 23rd at 4:30pm at Evergreen Lutheran Church.


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].


School Board Town Hall: Board of Education District 2 representative Paula Reed will be hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 -7 pm at Golden High School (701 24th Street, Golden). The event is an opportunity to share the work of the Board and to hear from the community she represents. Please refer to the event flier (folleto del evento) for more information. 


Conifer High School MTB Team: Families of students that will be in eighth through twelfth grade in the 2024-2025 school year interested in joining the Conifer High School Mountain Bike Team are invited to a preseason meeting on Wednesday, May 1st from 6 - 8 pm in the Conifer High School cafetorium. Please contact Jereme Wehr at  [email protected] with any questions.


Bingo Night: Conifer Lobos Football is hosting bingo at the Aspen Park Community Center (26215 Sutton Rd, Conifer) on Thursday, May 2nd. Come out and support the football program, have fun playing bingo, and bid on silent auction items. The suggested donation is $10 for 5 games. Appetizers and drinks will be available with donations. Please RSVP on the Conifer Lobo Football Bingo SignUpGenius to help the organizers plan for food and drinks. 


Future Cougar Volleyball Camp: Evergreen Cougar Volleyball is hosting a volleyball camp for students in sixth through eighth grades, 4:30 - 6:30 pm on Monday, May 6 and Wednesday, May 8 in the Evergreen Middle School gym. Registration is open through Thursday, May 2. The cost is $40 for both days, or $25 per session if you can only make one, and includes a camp t -shirt!


Spring and summer youth activities and camps:

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.

Juniors Beach Volleyball Camp: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9 to 11 am at Flourish Beach in Indian Hills, sessions June 3 - June 28 and July 1 - July 26

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 Understanding and Managing Transitions for Gifted Learners with Julie Skolnick on Thursday, April 18, 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 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)

April 27: Resilience1220 Film Screening of The Upstanders, 5 - 7pm at Evergreen Fire Rescue Station 2 (1802 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen)

April 28: Resilience1220 Film Screening of Screenagers, 4:30 - 6:30 pm at Platte Canyon Fire Protection District (153 Dellwood Drive, Bailey)

May 14: 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


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

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

Saturday, May 11: Conifer Creation Station, 11 – 11:45 am, Conifer

Tuesday, May 14: Teen Time - Tissue Paper Canvas Art, 4:15 – 5:15 pm, Conifer

Saturday, May 18: Teen Volunteer Hours, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, Evergreen

Saturday, May 25: LEGO® ROOM!!!, 11 am – 3 pm, Conifer

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