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Outdoor Lab

After Dark fundraiser celebrates 62 years of Outdoor Lab

September 13, 2019

The Outdoor Lab Foundation will host its sixth annual After Dark fundraiser on Oct. 12 from 5-11 pm at the Studios at Overland Crossing. With a “Dare to Explore,” theme, the event includes live music, games, a live auction, food trucks, and a wine grotto and beer garden. “You don’t necessarily have to have attended […]

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TechforEd

Jeffco launches TechforEd program

July 23, 2019

Beginning this August, Jeffco Schools will roll out its TechforEd program that will equip fifth and ninth graders with a new touchscreen Chromebook or iPad. Jeffco announced the 4-year program (formerly known as the 1:1 Technology Initiative) this week. “Jeffco Public Schools is very excited to start the TechforEd program,” said Diana Wilson, communications executive […]

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scholarships

14 Jeffco students receive prestigious scholarships

June 24, 2019

A recent news release from Jeffco Schools highlights 14 Jeffco students who received various prestigious scholarships, including one Boettcher Foundation scholarship, four National Merit Scholarship winners, and nine Daniels Scholars: Boettcher Foundation Scholarship 2019: Noelle “Ellie” Mayer, Two Roads Charter School National Merit Scholarship 2019: Zachary Chorny, Golden High School Rory Devin and Ian Widdmann, […]

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Columbine

Support available as Jeffco remembers Columbine 20 years later

April 19, 2019

Wednesday’s school closure and the 20th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy have made for a very challenging week for our community. Anniversaries are always difficult, as is finding a way to sensitively talk about school violence with children. There are resources that can help.  “Seeking out mental health counseling is not a sign of weakness, […]

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threat

Threat to area schools ends Wednesday morning

April 17, 2019

A “credible threat” that closed schools in Jeffco and all along the Front Range ended Wednesday morning after the 18-year-old woman in question was found dead near the base of Mount Evans. Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said that the FBI confirmed that Sol Pais was found deceased of an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” He said […]

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D'Evelyn

D’Evelyn 6-12 proposal tabled after questions about governance, sustainability

April 15, 2019

The Jeffco School Board tabled a proposal to add sixth grade to option school D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School while also keeping sixth grade at Dennison Elementary due to questions about cost, governance, and sustainability at their April 4 regular meeting. The revised proposal from the D’Evelyn Steering Committee called for sixth grade at both schools […]

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A closer look at Jefferson Junior/Senior High School, Jefferson articulation area

April 1, 2019

In an effort to continue highlighting the wide variety of choices available to Jeffco students, Jeffco PEN is covering the neighborhood high schools in each of Jeffco’s 17 articulation areas. To learn more about Jefferson Junior/Senior High School (JHS) and the Jefferson Articulation Area, we talked to JHS Principal Michael James. With more than two decades in […]

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legislators

Legislators discuss funding, full-day kindergarten with Jeffco School Board

March 22, 2019

Jeffco School Board members and Superintendent Jason Glass met with Jeffco state legislators on Feb. 12 to discuss the 2019-20 Jeffco Schools budget and current and upcoming bills. The meeting included Sens. Tammy Story, Jessie Danielson, and Rachel Zenzinger, as well as Reps. Colin Larson and Lisa Cutter. Governor Jared Polis has targeted funding full-day […]

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snow delay

Jeffco Schools may pilot 2-hour snow delay this week

March 12, 2019

Jeffco Schools may pilot a two-hour snow delay as an alternative to a snow day as early as this week, if current snow forecasts hold true. A letter explaining how the two-hour weather delay will work was sent to Jeffco families and staff on March 5. Superintendent Jason Glass announced the March weather delay pilot […]

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SELS

Social Emotional Learning Specialists (SELS), explained

March 1, 2019

Additional mental health support for Jeffco students is in the works due to funding from 5A, the mill levy override approved in November. The district will use some of that funding to expand mental health support by adding a half-time Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELS) to every elementary school. The goal of adding SELS is […]

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