Weekly Wednesday Update - May 22, 2024

Weekly Wednesday Update - May 22, 2024
Posted on 05/22/2024
End of Year Reminders, Summer Events

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for May 22, 2024.


Upcoming Dates

May 20 - 24: Spirit Week

May 22: Orchestra concert, 6 pm in the gym

May 23: 8th grade Continuation party, 6 - 7:30 pm

May 24: 8th grade Continuation ceremony, 11:55 am

May 24: Last day of school, early release at 1:15 pm


School News

Student medications in the health room need to be picked up by an adult by 1:15 pm on May 24th. Please call 303-982-3056 and ask for the health room if you have any questions or need to make arrangements.


There are two more days to dance your way to summer with our prom spirit week

Thursday: Island in the Sun

Friday: Blue Carpet Formal

Anyone can participate in the daily themes at the levels they want. On Friday, completed passports will be turned in and winners will be drawn and announced.


Students' TechForEd Chromebooks will be sent home over the summer with all students. Eighth grade students will exchange their current school-owned TechforEd device for a new one in the fall during Freshman orientation. Please see the Chromebooks Over the Summer and 2024/25 Incoming 9th Grade Families TechforEd Communication letters for more information.


Our school office summer hours are 7 am to 2 pm weekdays May 28 through June 11 and July 8 through August 7. The office will be closed June 12 through July 5. Regular office hours of 8:15 am to 4:15 pm weekdays begin on Thursday, August 8.


Adult family members and community members interested in having a voice in what's going on in our school are invited to attend a School Accountability Committee meeting in the upcoming school year. The first meeting of the 2024-2025 school year will be Monday, August 26 at 4 pm. The May 2024 draft minutes have been published online.


Don't forget to register for Jefferson County Public Library's Summer Challenge! Have fun while you earn points and win prizes during the challenge, June 1 – July 31. Please select West Jefferson Middle School when you register to support our school as you take new quests through daring reads, discover sensational interests, write inspiring stories and find new ways to keep adventure alive through all stages of life. 


Jeffco students have access to telehealth visits at home through the summer, with physical health sessions available weekdays 8 am - 3 pm and mental health sessions available weekdays 7 am - 7 pm. For more information, please visit Jeffco Public Schools and Hazel Health


No Place for Hate

West Jefferson Middle School is now a No Place for Hate designated campus! Our No Place for Hate staff and student coalitions worked diligently to obtain this status in our first year of membership. We established staff and student coalitions, facilitated whole-school A Day Without Hate programming through the Mizel Institute, and many of our students signed the No Place for Hate pledge. We will continue our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and a safe welcoming environment next school year by reaffirming our schoolwide pledge, continuing our staff and student coalitions, establishing a parent coalition, participating in One Book, One School, and more. Please see the attached letter for more information.


PTA News

We are celebrating 8th Grade Continuation this week with the party for eighth grade students on Thursday, May 23 and the ceremony during the school day on Friday, May 24.


There are still opportunities to help with the 8th grade Continuation party on Thursday, May 23rd. If you are interested in helping, please confirm the role(s) you would like to help with at the Island in the Sun 8th Grade Continuation Party Planning SignUpGenius.


Are you interested in volunteering at our school with the Watch D.O.G.S.? Reach out to Daniel Tucker for next steps at [email protected].


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.


Teen Writing Contest: Jefferson County Public Library invites middle and high school students to enter their 3rd annual Teen Writing Contest. Enter your best 5,000-word or less short story inspired by the quote "When there are many worlds, you can choose the one you walk into each day" (Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming). Entries will be evaluated by a team of judges after July 31; the top five stories within each age group will be reviewed by local YA authors to determine first- and second-place winners in each age group. The first place middle and high school winner will receive an iPad; second place, an Owl Crate box; and third place, a writing gift basket. 


Spring and summer youth activities and camps:

Evergreen Hurricanes Swim Team: summer swim team special May 28 - July 8, approximately six opportunities to participate weekly.

Colorado Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp: one-week camp, 9 am - 3 pm June 3 - 7 at Gateway High School in Aurora, provides a variety of sports opportunities for youth who use a manual or power wheelchair.

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.

Summer Dance Camps: summer session June 3 - 28, classes available for different experience levels and ages at Kinetic Arts Dance Studio in Evergreen

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

Middle School Summer Lifting: weightlifting and agility for middle school athletes Monday and Wednesday mornings, June 10 - July 31 in the Conifer HS weight room.

Horsemanship Summer Camps: four-day camps 9 am - 3 pm Monday - Thursday the weeks of June 10, June 17, July 8, and July 15 in north Evergreen, limited to 20 campers each week.

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

Park County Fair: July 12 - 21 in Fairplay; events include a parade, 4-H and open shows, barn dance, carnival, open gymkhana, roping, CPRA rodeos, live music, vendors, ranch rodeo, junior livestock auction, mutton bustin', catch a greased pig, and much more!

Little Lobos Girls Basketball Camp: July 30 - August 1 for 3rd - 8th graders at Conifer HS.

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.


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!



Evergreen Farmers Market: The Evergreen Farmers Market at El Rancho is returning for its sixth year from 10 am - 2 pm Tuesdays starting May 28 and running through October 1. The market will have about 50 vendors weekly with a bit of everything including local produce, bakery, tamales, coffee, olive oils, and plated food as well as live music.


Park County 4-H Catch an Animal Program: On Sunday, July 21, Park County youth ages 8 - 18 are invited to compete for a one in three spot, per species, to receive a free animal (Beef, Goat, Lamb, Swine) to raise for the next 4-H year and show at the following year Park County Fair! For more information and to sign up, visit https://parkcofair.com/catch-an-animal/


Resilience1220 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. Please visit their website to see upcoming events, including outdoor activities, groups, and more.


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

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

June 1 - July 31: Library Summer Challenge

Friday June 7: Teen Pride Drag Dungeons & Dragons, 6 – 8 pm, Evergreen

Saturday, June 15: Dungeons and Dragons 101, 2 – 4 pm, Conifer

Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12: Teen Urban Farmer Camp, 9:30 am – 12 pm, Evergreen

Wednesday, July 24: Mobile Earth & Space Observatory, 9 am – 12:30 pm, Evergreen

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