Author: Lisa Cook

Lisa Cook, Ph.D., is a writer, editor, musicologist and Jeffco resident since 1999 with two children attending Jeffco Schools. Lisa earned a BA from Valparaiso University, a Masters in Music from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When not working, she can be found running (ideally on mountain trails) with Midnight, her miniature poodle. Please visit our "About Us" page to learn more about Lisa and our other writers.
Graph on our COVID dashboard comparing COVID cases among children ages 5-11 in August through October 2020 and August through October 2021.

Case updates from JPEN’s Jeffco Schools COVID dashboard

October 26, 2021

Earlier this fall, the Jeffco Public Education Network (JPEN) created a Jeffco Schools COVID dashboard that consolidates data from a variety of sources. Our dashboard adds to the data provided and maintained by Jeffco Public Schools. Data sources for the JPEN Jeffco COVID dashboard include the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Colorado Department of Public […]

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Picture of the BinaxNOW test box.

Everything you need to know about Jeffco’s student COVID testing incentive program

October 12, 2021

This fall, Jeffco students can earn gift cards by participating in an optional weekly COVID-19 testing incentive program offered by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Jeffco Schools began the first official week of testing on Sept. 13. We talked to four Jeffco students who are participating to learn more about what the […]

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Jeffco School Board candidates district 5

Meet the 2021 Jeffco School Board candidates: District 5

October 9, 2021

In November 2021, voters will select from seven school board candidates running for three open Jeffco School Board seats in Districts 1, 2, and 5. All candidates are running for four-year terms that will end in late 2025. Candidates Danielle Varda and Jeffrey Wilhite are running for the District 1 seat that is currently held […]

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Jeffco school board candidates

Meet the 2021 Jeffco School Board candidates: District 2

October 7, 2021

In November 2021, voters will select from seven school board candidates running for three open Jeffco School Board seats in Districts 1, 2, and 5. All candidates are running for four-year terms that will end in late 2025. Candidates Danielle Varda and Jeffrey Wilhite are running for the District 1 seat that is currently held […]

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Jeffco school board candidates

Meet the 2021 Jeffco School Board candidates: District 1

October 6, 2021

In November 2021, voters will select from seven school board candidates running for three open Jeffco School Board seats in Districts 1, 2, and 5. All candidates are running for four-year terms that will end in late 2025. Candidates Danielle Varda and Jeffrey Wilhite are running for the District 1 seat that is currently held […]

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Dorland

Dorland selected as Jeffco Schools superintendent finalist

March 26, 2021

The Jeffco School Board unanimously selected Tracy Dorland, the current deputy superintendent for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, as the only finalist for the Jeffco Schools superintendent position. The board announced their finalist selection at a special March 25 meeting. “I am deeply honored to have been selected as the finalist for Jeffco’s next superintendent. […]

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Jeffco Remote Learning Program

Jeffco Remote Learning Program to be offered Fall 2021

March 8, 2021

Beginning Fall 2021, Jeffco will offer families a new PK-12 100 percent remote learning option. The new program, Jeffco Remote Learning Program (JRLP), will offer synchronous remote instruction in dedicated remote-student only classes. The instruction offered through JRLP will differ from the remote instruction currently offered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, explained Tom […]

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budget forums

Jeffco Schools to hold 2021-22 virtual budget forums Feb. 17-26

February 17, 2021

Jeffco Schools will host four virtual budget forums for community feedback on approximately $50 million in budget cuts for the 2021-22 school year. The budget forums will take place on the following dates: Feb. 17 from 5 – 6 pm Feb. 20 from 9 – 10 am Feb. 23 from 6 – 7 pm Feb. […]

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superintendent search

Jeffco Superintendent Search community forums scheduled Jan 14-22

January 13, 2021

Jeffco Public Schools will host superintendent search online community forums this week and early next week, Jan. 14-22. During the online forums, community members can share thoughts about the characteristics, traits, and experience that Jeffco’s new superintendent should have. Forums are organized into five groups: Parents and guardians Thursday, Jan. 14, 9 – 10 am […]

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Rick Rush

Rick Rush appointed to fill Jeffco School Board vacancy

December 15, 2020

Rick Rush was selected to fill the District 5 Jeffco School Board seat vacancy on Dec. 8. Rush previously filled a vacancy for the District 5 seat from October 2008 to November 2009. Rush also sits on the board of the Jeffco Schools Foundation, and most recently is working with their Team Up Jeffco initiative […]

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