Building Bright Futures Podcast: Ep. 14 Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee looks at a new effort to get parents more involved with their children's education.
Metal Man A Jeffco student is forging a path as a professional metalworker thanks in part to the district's ASCENT program.
The Relaxation Station A pilot program at one Jeffco elementary school is using yoga to help students with autism.
The Homestead Colorado history comes alive at a unique field trip destination that has been a long time Jeffco Public Schools favorite.
Pack the House A Jeffco high school makes inclusiveness a centerpiece of its wrestling team.
2016 Facilities Master Plan Update & Community Meetings
At the April 21 board meeting, the Jeffco Public Schools facilities and operations staff presented a draft 2016 Facilities Master Plan to the Board of Education. As the plan involves numerous changes – all with the goal of providing the best learning environment for our students and the best teaching environment for our staff – we are inviting community members to join Board of Education members at the following community meetings to share their thoughts and concerns:
• April 23, 9-11 a.m. at Dakota Ridge High School
• April 27, 6-8 p.m. at North Arvada Middle School
• May 4, 8-10 a.m., Conifer High School
• May 4, 5-7 p.m. at Green Mountain High School
• May 31, 6-8 p.m. at Ralston Valley High School
• June 1, 6-8 p.m. at Pomona High School
• June 4, 8-10 a.m. at Stevens Elementary
• June 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Arvada West High School
• June 6, 6-8 p.m. at Golden High School
• June 8, 8-10 a.m. at Bear Creek High School
• June 8, 6-8 p.m. at Wheat Ridge High School
• June 9, 6-8 p.m. at Stein at O'Connell
After these public meetings conclude, the Board will discuss the plan again and make revisions, as appropriate. If the plan is accepted, changes will likely phase-in over a six year period starting in the fall of 2017 (dependent on funding). Learn more about the Facilities Master Plan.
Jeffco Public Schools Receives GFOA Award
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Jeffco Public Schools. This award reflects the commitment of the Board of Education and Jeffco Public Schools staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. The budget also received Special Performance Measures Recognition. Click here to learn more. Learn more about the Jeffco Public Schools budget here.
Online Budget Tool Results
As part of the community engagement process for development of the 2016-17 budget, the community weighed in on budget priorities by participating in an online budget tool exercise. The results are in and have been communicated to the Board of Education to help inform them, along with input from other stakeholders, as they provide direction for development of the 2016-17 budget. View the results and read more about the Budget Development process.
CMAS: An Annual Academic Check-Up
CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) is Colorado’s common measurement of students’ progress at the end of the school year. CMAS is the state’s annual check-up to help you and your student understand how on-track they are for graduation and how ready they are for college or a future career. Similar to your annual health check-up with your doctor, the CMAS “academic check-up” provides a lot of information. Click here to learn more.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is the newest district assessment to measure student learning in reading and mathematics. For more information about the district's new MAP assessment, please click here for a Parent Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.
Jefferson & Alameda Area Implementation
Student Based Budgeting
Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Jeffco Public Schools will use Student Based Budgeting (SBB) district wide. Read more.
Board of Education Seeking to Fill Advisory Committee Vacancies
The Board of Education is seeking engaged parents, staff, business and community members to support the district by serving on advisory committees. Committee vacancies will be filled by the Board of Education in June, so that members chosen begin committee work for the 2016-17 school year in August. If you are interested in providing insight and advice to the Jeffco Board of Education, please complete this brief application. Further information on the responsibilities and functions for committee members can be found here.
The Board is seeking applicants for the following committees:
• Performance Evaluation (1338) Advisory Committee
• District Accountability Committee
• Technology Data Privacy Advisory Committee
The following are eligible to apply:
• Teacher(s) employed by Jeffco Public Schools
• School administrator(s) employed by Jeffco Public Schools
• Individual(s) involved in business(es) in the Jeffco Public Schools district boundary
• Parents of current Jeffco Public Schools students
• Community members without students attending Jeffco Public Schools
Annual Report Now Available
Jeffco Public Schools is pleased to announce the availability of our 2014-15 Annual Report to the Community. The Report is posted on the district website here.
A Commitment to School Safety
With school safety forefront in the news, Superintendent Dan McMinimee shared his thoughts on school safety, the importance of social and emotional health for students, and the work Jeffco Public Schools is doing to keep our students and staff safe. Read the Superintendent’s letter here. Learn more about Jeffco Public Schools Security and Emergency Management here.
Building Bright Futures podcast is now available on iTunes!
The new podcast series "Building Bright Futures With Superintendent Dan McMinimee" can now be found on iTunes. Users can search iTunes with "Building Bright Futures" as keywords.
The Building Bright Futures Podcast series is produced with the assistance of students enrolled in the Digital Audio program at Warren Tech North. You can also find it on Jeffco's official YouTube Channel, JPS-TV, and via the Jeffco Public Schools App.
Jeffco Schools now has a mobile app!
It all the info you need for you and your family in one convenient, easily accessible place, and it's FREE. Read more.
JPS-TV Five Minute Film Festival
Take a break and enjoy this JPS-TV five minute film festival featuring stories about some of our amazing Jeffco students and programs. No ticket required! And if you haven't already, please subscribe to our official YouTube Channel so you'll never miss any great Jeffco Schools content.