Author: Tina Gurdikian

Tina Gurdikian has been a Jeffco resident since 2008, and is the parent of two Jeffco Schools students. She has a BS in Environmental Analysis and Planning with a minor in Biology. In her not-so-spare time, she enjoys fostering dogs, scuba diving, backpacking, hiking, biking, and kayaking with her family. Please visit our "About Us" page to learn more about Tina and our other writers.
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Additional security staffing, secure entrances top Safety Task Force recommendations

October 10, 2018

Staffing all middle and high school entry points with Jeffco security personnel, ensuring there is a School Resource Officer (SRO) at each middle and high school, adding campus supervisors to all middle schools, and increasing the number of qualified behavioral health specialists were top recommendations presented by the Safety Task Force at the Jeffco School […]

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CMAS Exam Results

Jeffco Schools CMAS scores outpace state average in 2018

October 1, 2018

Jeffco Schools‘ Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) achievement results remained ahead of the state average for the 2017-2018 school year. The district’s performance reflected trends seen across the state, though Jeffco Schools students continue to score above the state average at every grade level. Colorado’s third through eighth graders have been taking the CMAS […]

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Columbine

Raw sewage in Columbine classrooms one among many ongoing repair issues

September 14, 2018

Just four days into the new school year, Columbine High School students noticed sewage seeping under the wall and into their English classroom, feet from where they were seated. Students in that classroom and two other affected classrooms were quickly evacuated to a different part of the building so maintenance personnel could address the situation. […]

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Community Engagement Task Force

Community Engagement Task Force seeks to strengthen connections

June 16, 2018

“How can we strengthen connections across Jeffco?,” Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason Glass asked the Community Engagement Task Force. The task force held their first meeting June 12 to discuss how Jeffco Schools can improve community interactions. In his opening remarks, Glass emphasized the importance of reaching the larger Jeffco community beyond staff and families with children […]

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TLCC survey

Colorado 2018 TLCC survey results released

June 4, 2018

The Colorado Department of Education released results from the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conditions in Colorado (TLCC) survey last month. The TLCC survey asks Colorado preschool through high school teachers and administrators to rate their school’s teaching and learning conditions. The TLCC survey, formerly known as TELL Colorado, is a confidential biennial survey required by House Bill 08-1384 to […]

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sixth grade

Jeffco Schools 6th grade transition, explained

May 14, 2018

This fall, most Jeffco elementary and middle schools will open their doors to sixth graders as part of a transition to a K-5, 6-8 school model across the district. The plan is to transition all existing K-6, 7-8 neighborhood schools to the K-5, 6-8 model by the 2019-2020 school year. The districtwide move is the result of […]

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middle school

Educational benefits of 6-8 middle school include accelerated math, electives

May 14, 2018

Approximately 75 percent of sixth-grade students attend middle school nationwide, according to Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason Glass. Starting this fall, most Jeffco middle school students will attend a 6-8 middle school here, as well. Many of Jeffco’s neighboring school districts also use a 6-8 model, including Cherry Creek, Denver, Douglas County, and Boulder.  Jeffco’s Bell Middle School, […]

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