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April 11, 2018


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  • Super News with Dr. Jason Glass
  • April 20 in Jeffco: A Message from Dr. Glass
  • Jeffco Schools Foundation Employee Giving Week
  • Appearance Change to the Jeffco Webmail Login Page


  • Student Birthday Celebrations
  • Going 1:1 Next Year?
  • Become a School Without Hate
  • Revised October Count Dates for 2018
  • Summer AP Training Funds Available - Deadline April 12
  • Transforming the Student Task Resources
  • Join the Jeffco Math Conversation
  • Got Behavior


  • Online GT Classes Available for 2018-19
  • SPED Newsletter

Mental Health Tip:

  • Taking in the Good: A Positive Way to Improve Your Life

Always be sure to check out Hats OffHappening in Jeffco, Professional Development & Trainingand #Trending for new items every week.


Super News with Dr. Jason Glass

Spring has sprung, and for us, that means a lot of activity. Testing, plays, concerts, proms, field days, track meets, conferences, graduations – it’s non-stop until the end of May. I want to thank you in advance for all your work that helps our students move forward academically, and also create memories they will cherish forever.

I’d like to talk a bit today about the budget. Ah, yes, the budget. Always a good time. Just kidding. Budget is never a good time for any K-12 public school in Colorado since public education funding in our state is such a challenge.
This year, we are hoping to receive about $30 million more than last year – still much less than we are due according to Amendment 23 – but better than nothing. Of course, this is not a lock; the state legislature may divert the funds to another need, but we are hoping our needs outweigh the others.

Thirty million dollars is a lot, but please remember, our operating budget is close to $700 million, so we need to put it in perspective. If the $30 million comes through from the state, we expect the bulk of it to go toward employee compensation in some form – step and level increases or raises a cost of living increase, insurance or other benefits costs, and possible PERA contributions. Of course, the Board of Education makes the final decision. I urge you to keep up with budget news through Board action to get an idea of the challenges we face. There is a lot under discussion: from current state allocations to potential state and local level ballot issues to the impact of federal decisions. So, the good news, it looks like more money for Jeffco next year. The bad news: everyone is still short on funding so we will continue to prioritize our needs and make tough choices.

On a more cheerful note, the Values Awards are just around the corner. Kudos to all of you that were nominated by your peers in recognition of your service to our organization. Exemplary Performance, Integrity, Teamwork, Valuing People, and Entrepreneurial Spirit are qualities that make Jeffco Public Schools a great place to work. I look forward to seeing those of you chosen by your department or school at the reception on April 25!

April 20 in Jeffco: A Message from Dr. Glass

columbine flowersDear Team Jeffco,

On March 14, our schools successfully, and respectfully, navigated the student walkouts supporting the students, families, and staff who were so devastatingly impacted by the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At that time, I also shared our desire and commitment, as a district, to meaningfully engage our entire community in the topic of school safety. As a first step, we hosted a community safety forum on March 20 at Lakewood High School, part of which included soliciting volunteers for a community safety task force. I will continue to keep you updated on the progress and recommendations of this group.

Given our own shared experiences, the events in Parkland, Florida certainly struck close to our heart. We are quickly approaching April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy. Though we offer our heartfelt support to Florida, on this date, most of us thoughtfully reflect on our own history. In Jeffco, we have marked this time of year with positive acts – Columbine High School students participate in a day of service, doing volunteer work for a variety of community organizations and the entire district supports Day Without Hate, with events that promote inclusion and acceptance.

While the folks in Florida encouraged a demonstration of unified, national support through student walkouts, I request our schools and students consider honoring the memory of Columbine by following the lead of the Columbine community, which believes firmly in the motto, “A Time to Remember, a Time to Hope.” Coming together, giving back, and having a collective positive impact on our community has been a Jeffco tradition, and I hope we continue that tradition. My hope is if our students and staff feel the need to recognize the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy during the school day, it will be with acts of kindness and service in honor of the memory of those we have lost.

I know school violence elicits strong emotions, but our organizational commitment to educating the children in our community is paramount. As a district, we have a responsibility to acknowledge the political aspects school violence, to help our students learn about current events, and respectfully discuss issues. However, we also have a responsibility to be objective and refrain from taking a position on issues that may cause divisiveness in our community. I know this is a difficult balance, but I have faith we can be a voice of reason in Jeffco.

Thank you for your perseverance, dedication, passion, and professionalism.

Warmest regards,
Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Superintendent & Chief Learner
Jeffco Public Schools

Jeffco Schools Foundation Employee Giving Week

Jeffco Schools Foundation logoApril 9-13, is Jeffco Schools Foundation (JSF) Employee Giving Week. JSF supports a number of programs that support our students, schools, and staff. Please support this great foundation dedicated to Jeffco Public Schools. It’s easy: you can go online to donate once, schedule a monthly donation, or sign-up for payroll deduction.



Appearance Change to the Jeffco Webmail Login Page

On the evening of Wednesday, April 19, the Jeffco webmail page will change in appearance from this:

old login page

to this:

new login page

The purpose of this change is to update our Jeffco branding and to minimize phishing attempts. Please be aware that on or after April 19, the webmail login page will look like the blue version above.

The current web link/address/URL will not be changing.

This change is for OWA webmail only, and there will be no change to Gmail/Google login pages.

When using webmail, users should also confirm the address is as an additional verification.

This change will be made behind the scenes between approximately 7:00-7:30 p.m. Users may be prompted for a login after the change.

We Want to Hear From You - Intranet Survey

survey iconBeginning this month, Jeffco will start the process of building a new internal website. Your answers to the ten questions in our survey will help our Steering Team make critical decisions about the new site. The survey will be open through April 13, but don't wait! Take it today!

Happening in Jeffco


Jobs & HR News 

Click here for jobs & HR news.

Board of Education Meetings

  • Thursday, May 3, 5:00 p.m., Special Meeting
  • Thursday, May 3, 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting

Meetings are held at the Jeffco Ed Center board room, 1829 Denver West Drive #27, Golden.

Meeting schedules and agendas are posted on BoardDocs.

Please note these study session schedule changes: 9:00 a.m. on May 7 and June 11.


Congratulations to all retiring Jeffco staff. We thank you for your dedicated service. Please submit all retirement celebration notices via The Messenger Google form.

Retirement announcements and celebrations are listed here.

Jeffco School Age Enrichment (SAE) Employment Opportunities

Currently seeking fun, energetic individuals to work with the Before and After School Program! We have openings at elementary schools throughout the district. Hours and positions available vary by location. See the attached flyer for more information.

Coaches Wanted:
Evergreen High School 

Evergreen High School Cougars are looking for fall coaches. We are currently hiring a Head Volleyball Coach and an Assistant Softball Coach to join us in the fall 2018 season! Email resumes to

Ed Tech Newsletter

The April edition of the Ed Tech Newsletter is now available! This month’s edition includes information on:

  • The blended learning cohort
  • Save the date for Get Your Tech On 2019
  • Ed Tech Spring professional learning opportunities
  • Bridge to Curriculum
  • mini grantsTool of the month: Symbaloo
  • The Jefferson Area Technology Expo

Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council 

The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. SHAC is a council of high school students from across Jeffco Schools. We are looking for hardworking and committed students from a variety of backgrounds who care about their communities. Please share this opportunity widely, in morning announcements, and with high school youth who may or may not be in typical leadership roles at their school.

Deadline to apply is Monday, April 16. Application and details can be found here or find Jeffco SHAC on Facebook.

SHAC is a program of Jeffco Public Schools.

Contact: Jeffco Healthy Schools

Warren Tech's Shell Eco Challenge Needs Your Support!

Warren Tech's STEM class was invited to attend the Shell Eco Marathon in Sonoma, California this April. The students will be creating a car which runs on a hydrogen fuel cell. When in California, the team will participate in a race against high school and college level teams to compete for most fuel-efficient car.

The Warren Tech STEM students need your support to complete their challenge! If you would like to contribute in any way please contact Warren Tech at 2-8600 or donate directly at


Fletcher Miller/Sobesky Secondary Art Exhibit

Now - April 29

Lakewood Cultural Center
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

480 S. Allison Pkwy.
Lakewood, 80226
Phone: 303-987-7000

In the Spring, Fletcher Miller and Sobesky Academy come together to celebrate the incredible artistic talent of our students. Thanks to the Lakewood Cultural Center, our secondary students have the opportunity to display their original artwork in a gallery setting. The Corner Gallery inside Lakewood Cultural Center serves the needs of the local arts community. The Fletcher Miller/Sobesky Secondary Art Exhibit will be on display April 3-29.

Contact: Pam MacLennan

Warren Tech Arson Investigation

April 17 

It usually isn’t a good sign when a fire truck parks outside your high school, but at Warren Tech, it is part of the planning for an elaborate learning experience. Warren Tech Fire Science, Criminal Justice, and Forensic Science students team up with fire investigators Rob Sprenkle and Mark Campbell to get some real-world experience in arson crime scene investigation.

Warren Tech’s Second Annual Arson Investigation will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at Warren Tech Central (13300 West 2nd Place, Lakewood, 80228). There will be two full-scale burns that will be staged in specially-designed buildings across from Warren Tech’s main campus at ACRES Farm. The first burn will be at 9:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m.

The Arson Investigation will include a fire K9, named Bandit, who has been trained to track accelerants. Fire Science students will be tasked with controlling and putting out the fire. Criminal Justice students will collect, preserve, and process the evidence from the burn and Forensic Science students will analyze fire dynamics and burn patterns. The students will also get real-world training on a thermite mixture, sometimes used by arsonists, which is ignited to 2,200 degrees. Here are some videos of last year’s event:

Job Fair for Teens & Young Adults

April 19

The Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center is hosting a job fair on Thursday, April 19, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbine Library, 7706 Bowles Ave., Littleton, 80123. Many employers in the retail, recreation, hospitality sectors are looking to hire! See the attached flyer for details.

Jeffco GT Share Fair

April 24

When students explore their passions, learning isn’t a chore. This year, Jeffco GT students have worked beyond fact acquisition to apply learning to authentic tasks. Projects presented are the culmination of identifying a passion, gathering information, and analyzing research to determine what has been discovered and relating it to the real world. GT students are invited to come and share their passions by participating in Jefferson County’s Annual Gifted and Talented Share Fair, April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Jeffco Ed Center, in the Board Room. See the GT Share Fair Website for more information. Please forward this opportunity to your GT families.

Lakewood High School Theatre Company Presents the Unified Drama Production of "The Wizard of Oz"

April 25

The Lakewood High School Theatre Company presents the Unified Drama production of "The Wizard of Oz" on April 25 at the Lakewood High School Theater, 6:00 p.m. "The Wizard of Oz" is a heartwarming tale of magic and fantasy, good and evil, and family and friendship, based on L. Frank Baum’s novel and the 1939 film.

The Lakewood High School Unified performance features a cast of more than 40 student performers led by student director, Abby Spaeth. Unified Drama features 18 student-performers with developmental disabilities. Complimenting our performers with disabilities are typical students that represent all parts of the LHS curriculum including sports, music, theater, and IB students. Teaching the class is Theatre Director Jace Smykil, supported by SPED teacher Jen Moriarty.

The LHS Theatre Company is a proud educational pioneer of true educational inclusion in dramatic arts. Opportunities are encouraged so that every student can show off their abilities on stage. Unified Drama challenges conventional perceptions of the capabilities of people with disabilities by providing an outlet to allow all to perform and tell a story using their skills and talents learned in and out of the classroom.

Suggested ticket donation is $10, and can be ordered by phone at 2-7096.

Next Facebook Live:
Talking Ed with Dr. Glass

Hot Topics in School Funding

April 26

Coming April 26, 3:30-4:00 p.m. What is Initiative 93? How does school funding work in Colorado? Where has all the marijuana money gone? What are Jeffco's facility needs? Join Dr. Glass, Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Askelson, and Chief Operating Officer Steve Bell as they discuss these and other school funding hot topics. Watch here!

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Jeffco Schools Foundation
Elevate Education Gala

April 26

Gala Invitation

Community Wellness Fair

April 28
Strengthening our community by promoting the mental well-being of youth, children, and families. This family-focused day of education and fun features classes, entertainment, resources, and a showing of Disney’s "Inside Out."

Saturday, April 28, 9:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (free food 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)
Golden High School
701 24th St., Golden

See the attached flyer for more info.

Two Roads Charter School Presents

"These Shining Lives"

May 4-5 & 11-12

Theatre students at Two Roads Charter School are glowing with excitement to share their production of Melanie Marnich’s beautifully written play, "These Shining Lives." During performances, actors will not only be glowing with excitement and pride but will also be glowing neon green.

Marnich’s play focuses on the aptly named “Radium Girls” of the 1920’s. These women worked in clock factories, painting clock faces with radium. The radium provided a beautiful glow in the dark effect on the clock faces but had ugly health ramifications for the women. These women tipped the radium covered paint brushes between their lips, thus ingesting the dangerous substance. They would glow in the dark on their way home from work in the evening and suffered from horrific tumors, fertility issues, and pain in the long term. By the end of these women’s shortened lives, they could pluck their jawbones out of their mouths. 

This play focuses not only on the women’s journey but also on the inner strength they exhibited during the ensuing legal battles. The clock companies were resistant to admitting any sort of fault and in paying for their employees’ medical bills and the women had to fight for compensation.

Performances will be May 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Two Roads Charter School. General admission is $10/adult and $5/student and are available at the door. Promotional VIP tickets ($30) are available in advance upon request - these tickets are a guaranteed front row, a gift of a signed poster from the production, and benefit the TRCS theatre booster club.

Contact: Emily Sullivan at 303-423-3377

Jeffco Says Goodbye to Legendary Golden High School Teacher & Coach Lowell Sharp

May 6

One of Golden High School’s most famous teachers, Lowell Sharp, passed away on February 8, 2018, after a short battle with leukemia. Lowell’s career spanned more than 50 years at Golden, where he worked with kids and advocated for teachers.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Lowell’s honor on Sunday, May 6, at Golden High School at 2:00 p.m. Also, contributions to a scholarship being established in his name are being accepted by the Golden High School Alumni Foundation. Donations can be sent to GHS Alumni Foundation, PO Box 472, Golden CO 80401-0472; please write "Lowell Sharp" on the check.

Learn more about Sharp and his impact of Jeffco here.

Lowell Sharp

Jeffco Summer of Early Literacy

June 6-July 18 
JSEL (Jeffco Summer of Early Learning) is a six-week, intensive summer school program that focuses on increasing students’ literacy and math skills. JSEL will be in session from June 6-July 18, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. each day, except July 4. Sessions will be held at seven schools this year: Emory, Glennon Heights, Lawrence, Lumberg, Parr, Stevens, and Swanson elementaries. Parents from any Jeffco school may choose from any of the seven locations. Dual language programs for students who are currently enrolled in dual language programs will be held at Emory and Lumberg.

Each day, kindergarten through third-grade students (grades for the 2018-19 school year) will have the same emphasis on reading and writing as they do during the school year. Students will also deepen their number sense and develop problem-solving abilities through a variety of math activities. Small class sizes will allow all students to learn in an authentic, experienced-based, and engaging manner.

Students who are not currently at end-of-year benchmarks or are on a READ plan who have been recommended by his/her teacher are eligible for JSEL. JSEL is for students who are entering grades kindergarten through third grade in the fall of 2018.

JSEL is free to all eligible students and also offers free breakfast and lunch through the Federal Summer Lunch Program. Click here to view the brochure (Spanish) which provides additional information about the program. Parents must complete the registration form (Spanish) by Friday, May 30. Additional registration forms are available from Kim Ballantyne.

Contact: Kim Ballantyne, 2-6425

JA Business Week

June 10-15

JA (Junior Achievement) Business Week is a one-of-a-kind summer program that lets high school students experience the business world, develop leadership skills, and focus on their futures. Students currently in grades 9-12 learn about business from hundreds of professionals while working on "Shark Tank"-style projects. They also get a taste of college life by living on a university campus. Click here for more information and to register.

JA Business Week

Field of Dreams Camp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

June 23-24

The 21st Annual – 2018 - Sertoma Field of Dreams Baseball Camp for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community is June 23-24 at All Star Park - Keli McGregor Field in Lakewood. See the attached flyers for details and registration info.



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Hats Off

Bell MS logoThe Bell Middle School Girls in STEM Club, sponsored by Jen Flores and Jen Bates, hosted their first annual Hackathon. Shortly after the final bell of the day, girls poured into the school auditorium to receive their challenge; create a game that appeals to other girls your age. The 40 sixth- through eighth-grade girls worked tirelessly through the night to create their games using the Scratch skills they had learned either in engineering class or on their own. In the morning, teams presented their game to a panel of female engineers from Colorado School of Mines.

WJMS Crystal AppleCongratulations to Laura Garrison, instrumental music teacher at West Jefferson Middle School (WJMS), who just received the Jeffco PTA Crystal Apple Teacher of the Year Award honoring excellence in teaching! Laura was presented her award in person by Jennifer Burtis, WJMS PTA member and VP of Communication for Jeffco PTA, with many PTA members, parents, friends, and Laura's family at school to surprise Laura with the announcement. Laura has been teaching at WJMS for the last 18 years and said she is only the teacher she is because of her wonderful students. Laura will be celebrated for her hard work and dedication at the Jeffco PTA Spring Fling on Wednesday, April 18. Thank you, Laura, for all you do!


Student Birthday Celebrations

birthday celebrationsStarting at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, student birthdays should only be recognized with non-food celebrations. Many schools already have similar policies in place and celebrate students through other types of fun recognition. This standard is in addition to the guidance on healthy celebrations and non-food rewards in the District Wellness Policy and Guidelines.

The Wellness Policy is based on federal requirements, community input, and addresses nutrition, allergy, and equity concerns. Click here for more information, including implementation ideas.We will also be sharing ideas developed by Jeffco students on healthy ways to recognize birthdays. Thank you for creating healthy, equitable environments in your schools!

Contact: Jeffco Healthy Schools

Going 1:1 Next Year?

Ed Tech logoJeffco Ed Tech has created a website with curated resources from Jeffco schools and other educational organizations to support you in your 1:1 planning and implementation. Check out Jeffco Resources to Support 1:1 Initiatives.

Contact: Mary Beth Bazzanella

Become a School Without Hate

school without hateDay Without Hate is coming up! Expand your efforts through the month of April by being a School Without Hate! Learn more about the student-developed initiative, and how to get a banner or sticker here!

Steps to participating in the School Without Hate initiative:

  1. Sign-up here! New schools will get a School Without Hate banner!
  2. Complete the PEACE Checklist.
  3. Let us know when your school has completed the checklist! You will receive recognition, and a sticker to add to your banner.
  4. Optional: add your work to the Billion Acts of Peace.

Contact: Jeffco Healthy Schools

Revised October Count Dates for 2018

October countThe Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has recently made a change to the official student membership count dates for the 2018-19 school year.

Per CDE, the correct date for the official student membership count is Wednesday, October 3. The 11-day window is Wednesday, September 26 through Wednesday, October 10.

Contact: Judy Manchette Driscoll (2-6703)

Summer AP Training Funds Available - Deadline April 12

college board logoJeffco is offering funds for summer AP training. There are two AP training offered in Colorado this year; Metro State and Cherry Creek High School. Click here for details.

Funds are limited please have teachers complete this question form by Thursday, April 12 if interested.

*We will be ensuring that as many interested schools as possible participate, so we may need to limit the numbers per school if there is broad interest.

Contact: Suzanne Sundbye or Marna Messer

Transforming the Student Task Resources

transforming student taskClick here to view the padlet with examples and resources to support transforming the student task.

We continue gather input from educators across Jeffco Public Schools about how to support transforming the task.

Please share this link ( with educators in your schools. There are only three questions. Our goal is 500 responses!

Contact: Jef Fugita

Join the Jeffco Math Conversation

Twitter logoThe Jeffco Math Team is excited to join Twitter! Connect with the Jeffco Math Team on Twitter to find professional inspiration and to celebrate the amazing work happening in our schools. Check us out @Jeffco_Math.



Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) Closeout

completeThe end-of-year closeout deadline for all Advanced Learning Plans is May 11. No ALP SMART goals can stay “In Progress.”

Any Advanced Learning Plan created after April 1 will not need an ALP goal set in Jeffco SOARS. We will create goals at the beginning of next year for students identified from this point until the end of May. See below for resources to assist in the ALP closeout process by level:

DCPA Announces Next Theatre for Young Audiences

CorduroyThe Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is proud to announce Corduroy as the fall Theatre for Young Audiences production, based on the children’s books Corduroy and A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman.

Last fall, the DCPA launched Theatre for Young Audiences with The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, welcoming in nearly 20,000 Denver area students, teachers, and families — 79% of whom attended on a full or partial scholarship. DCPA will stage more than 100 performances of Corduroy tailored for PreK through third-grade audiences in The Conservatory Theatre including a sensory-friendly performance on October 22. Click here for more information on Corduroy.

Tickets will go on sale in summer 2018. To receive information about single tickets on sale, student group scholarships, and class reservations, sign-up at

Principal Licensure Cohort Fall 2018

cohortAspiring leaders are encouraged to attend an information session to become part of the 11th Jeffco Cohort of the University of Colorado Denver’s Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies (UCD-ALPS) principal licensure program.

The UCD-ALPS program is designed for aspiring principals or teachers interested in becoming innovation leaders in their schools and districts. We are accepting applications through July 1.

Attend one of the following information sessions:
April 17, May 9, and May 17, 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Ed Center, Seminar Room.

Click here for more information regarding the (UCD-ALPS) principal licensure program and program contacts.

Got Behavior

Got BehaviorIn the attached article, "How to Manage Passive-Aggressive Behavior in Your Classroom," Dr. Randy Boardman asks, "Have you ever had to respond to a student who will move into slow motion when you ask them to complete a task? Or have you ever had that student who kind of smiles to your face but does everything they can to undermine what you're asking them to do as well as your authority behind your back?" Feel free to take a moment and read the five levels of passive-aggressive behavior described in the article.

Professional Development & Training

Professional Learning & Training Opportunities: One-Stop Shopping

PD CalendarCheck out the new Professional Learning Master Calendar for all employees on the Center for Professional Learning website.

This is an effort to tie together the many central learning/training opportunities our district offers in a user-friendly way. Whether your job is a bus driver, an educator, an admin assistant, an IT professional, or something else, the calendar has information for you! Some learning/training opportunities are job-specific or required, but many are to learn new work skills. Keeping our good employees is a priority, and this opportunity may help you grow your career with Jeffco.

Just go to the calendar and click on the title of the class that interests you. The details will pop up, including description and registration information. You can also use the filter to search for learning/training from a specific department.

Contact: Ellie Martinez

Upcoming Opportunities:

CO ALAS Leadership Conference

April 21

The 9th Annual Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents (CO ALAS) Leadership Conference is Saturday, April 21 at the Denver Public Schools downtown administration campus. Please see the flyer for details -- there are some dynamic speakers and engaging breakout sessions this year. This is also a great opportunity to network with educational leaders from across Colorado.

You do not have to be an administrator (or Latino/a) to attend. All educators are welcome, so please feel free to forward the flyer to your colleagues in and out of Jeffco.

We hope you will join the CO ALAS familia at the conference! The conference is $150 (which includes a membership to CO ALAS).

Contact: Tara Peña

Elementary Math Professional Development Opportunity:

Mathmatecal Situations: Using Structures to Solve Word Problems

April 27

Tackling word problems requires problem solving and reasoning skills. Mathematicians should be able to make sense of a problem and determine a pathway to the solution. This isn’t always accomplished with a quick trick or a simple set of steps. Students must think critically about the situation, recognize the structure of the problem, be able to analyze the information, and represent their thinking using models. You are invited to network with your fellow colleagues in this session as you learn the progression and various types of mathematical situations and strategies to help students become successful at solving word problems.

Date & Time: Friday, April 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Early Release Day)
Location: Ed Center Board Room

This professional learning opportunity is intended for K-6 teachers, learning specialists, and coaches.

Contact: Heather Hubbard

Interested in Principal Licensure?

Regis University is looking for outstanding teachers who are interested in joining our Educational Leadership/Principal Licensure Program starting May 2018. A flyer is attached with more information about the Regis MEd Ed Leadership program. If you are interested contact the Program Coordinator, Jerry Goings at 720-219-8592.

CU South Denver is excited to announce that they are now hosting a Principal Licensure Program to help aspiring principals and teachers become outstanding leaders in their schools and district. This program places a high emphasis on the school turnaround concept, highlighting the importance of developing nurturing relationships, setting high expectations, and encouraging family participation. See the attached flyer for more information.

Autism Training

May 29

Autism training is planned for school teams on May 29. Click here for more information. We are welcoming teams of up to three including; classroom teacher, learning specialist, mental health providers, principals, etc. Please have your teams sign up soon; training is expected to fill up quickly – don’t miss out!

Elementary Math Professional Development Opportunity:

Addition & Subtraction Fact Strategies

May 29

Addition and Subtraction Fact Strategies
The road to true fact fluency starts with conceptual understanding, proceeds to using strategies, and then ends when memorization occurs. Are your students stuck somewhere along this path?
This class will give you a systematic way to support mastery of basic addition facts through strategies. You will walk away with a supplementary resource full of printable games, activities, real world problems, and a diagnostic tool. This class and accompanying resource can support fact strategy practice with your whole class, centers, small groups, interventions, or one-on-one learning.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 29, 8:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Ed Center Room 2A

This professional learning opportunity is intended for Kindergarten through third-grade teachers, learning specialists, and coaches.

Contact: Marci Hellman

Elementary Math Professional Development Opportunity:

Multiplication & Division Fact Strategies

May 29

Multiplication and Division Fact Strategies
The road to true fact fluency starts with conceptual understanding, proceeds to using strategies, and then ends when memorization occurs. Are your students stuck somewhere along this path?
This class will give you a systematic way to support mastery of basic multiplication facts through strategies. You will walk away with a supplementary resource full of printable games, activities, real-world problems, and a diagnostic tool. This class and accompanying resource can support fact strategy practice with your whole class, centers, small groups, interventions, or one-on-one learning.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 29, 12:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Ed Center Room 2A

This professional learning opportunity is intended for third- through sixth-grade teachers, learning specialists, and coaches.

Contact: Marta Strom

Deepen Your Fossil Knowledge Professional Learning

Jeffco, in collaboration with Dinosaur Ridge, has been awarded professional learning funds through the Mikkelsen foundation. Jeffco fourth-grade and seventh-grade teachers are welcome to attend a FREE professional development and gain graduate credit through Colorado School of Mines!

Sign up now to reserve your space for summer learning! Preference is given to Jeffco teachers until April 1.

Session I: May 31 and June 1
Session II: August 2 and 3
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day

Click here to register.

Contact: Cathy Goodheart or Jacquie Adkins

Summer Ed Tech Workshops for Teachers

The Jeffco Ed Tech Team will be offering two workshop based professional learning sessions for teachers this June: Task with Transformational Technology and Blended Learning Lesson Design. Join Ed Tech Specialists to develop lesson plans utilizing technology to get a jump start on planning for the 2018-19 school year! Teachers will earn clock hours and $26/ hour additional pay. See below for session details.

Task with Transformational Technology will focus on learning, collaborating, creating and uploading. The learning will be centered around task and embedded technology that transforms the experience for students.

Task with Transformational Technology
Dates: June 4, 8:00-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-3:30 p.m.

Blended Learning Lesson Design will focus on planning lessons that utilize one of the four Rotation Models using tools such as Schoology, Multi-Media Text Sets, and other resources to shift the ownership of learning more to the student.

Blended Learning Lesson Design
Dates: June 1, 5 & 8 (must attend all three sessions) from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Contact: Mary Beth Bazzanella

Save the Date:
Professional Learning in June, July & August


Click here to view the exciting and inspiring professional learning opportunities for June, July, and August. Be sure to put these dates on your calendar.

Contact: Ellie Martinez

Save the Date:
Get Your Tech On

Jeffco Ed Tech will be hosting our 2nd annual Get Your Tech On teacher-led learning event on January 8, 2019. Mark your calendars now for a day of learning, networking, and fun. We can’t wait to see you there!


Online GT Classes Available for 2018-19

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Jeffco’s Online GT Academy will provide a range of options for gifted students to be able to equitably access enriched/accelerated content with a cohort of like-minded learners. These courses will be taught by GT-endorsed and trained teachers and are only available for identified GT students who are seeking accelerated courses but may not be able to access them due to scheduling issues, transportation concerns, or other barriers.

We will offer classes in the following subjects in 2018-19:
  • Seventh-grade ‘GT’ ELA
  • Seventh/eighth-grade ‘GT’ Math (Pre-Algebra)
  • Seventh-grade ‘GT’ Social Studies
  • Seventh-grade ‘GT’ Science

Courses will be open to all qualified and approved Jeffco students currently on an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP). Students will need to have an eligibility form completed and approved by their home school’s counselor or administrator. No students will be enrolled without the knowledge and approval of their home school.

See the attached for more information.

Contact: Roger Dowd (questions on content) or Bernard Hohman (logistics/registration)

SPED Newsletter

Click here to view the 13th edition of the Special Education Newsletter for the 2017-18 School Year.

SPED Newsletter

Mental Health Tip

Taking in the Good: A Positive Way to Improve Your Life

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In our brain, negative experiences trump positive ones. We believe humans were wired this way in order to survive wild animal attacks and other threats. Most of the time, we don’t need to have this type of alert system in our everyday lives.

A single bad event is more memorable to our brain than 1,000 good ones. It’s important to consciously and deliberately help the brain to register positive experiences. We want them to sink into the deepest layers of our brain. The benefits are great for our minds and bodies.

How do we take it in?

A brain has two kinds of memory: explicit and implicit. Explicit memories are the recollections of specific events. Implicit are the emotional memories retained. These are the memories you feel in your core. Powerful memories are rooted in the most fundamental structures of our brain. When a person holds a positive experience in his or her awareness for five to 20 seconds, you register the memory in emotional ‘implicit’ memory. This is the process of ‘taking in the good’ created by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

How do we apply this in our daily lives?

Since you are building up records of experiences in your most primitive memory banks, you need to focus on the emotions and body sensations you feel when having positive experiences. The acronym for the process is HEAL.

H - Have the experience

E - Enrich it

A - Absorb it

L - Link it to other similar past experiences

You can make positive experiences last by staying with them for as little as five seconds or up to 20 seconds; don’t let your attention skitter off to something else. Loyola University psychologist Fred Bryant has shown that savoring positive experiences intensifies our positive response to them. Research by Marc Lewis at the University of Toronto has found the longer a thought is held in awareness and the more emotionally stimulating it is, the more neurons will fire and thus wire together. This makes a memory stronger in the brain.

Pay particular attention to the rewarding aspects of the experience. Notice how good it feels to get a hug from someone you love. Focusing on the positive increases dopamine release and makes it easier to keep giving the experience your attention. This will strengthen its neural associations in the implicit memory. You can also deliberately enrich the experience. If you are savoring a relationship experience, you could call up other feelings of being loved by others. This helps stimulate oxytocin (the bonding hormone) to deepen your sense of connection. On the other hand, you could strengthen your feelings of satisfaction after completing a demanding project by thinking about some of the challenges you overcame.

Lastly, imagine or feel the experience is entering deeply into your mind and body like water soaks into a sponge. Keep relaxing your body and absorbing the emotions, sensations, and thoughts of the experience. Positive experiences can calm and even replace negative ones. If two things are held in the brain simultaneously, they start to connect with each other.

Adapted from Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson

What the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Can Do

If you would like further information, or to speak with an EAP counselor, contact EAP (2-0377) or visit the EAP website. EAP offers no-cost, confidential assistance to all Jeffco Public Schools employees, their family members over age 15, and retirees. Confidential help from caring professionals.


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