Education

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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delayed start

School Board discusses snow days, mental health resources, preschool

February 27, 2019

Jeffco Schools will premiere a two-hour delayed start pilot in March as a potential option to a full-closure or regular school schedule for hazardous weather days, Superintendent Jason Glass told board members at their Feb. 7 regular meeting. “The question frequently comes up, ‘Why doesn’t Jeffco have a delay?’” Glass said. Several metro-area school districts […]

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innovation investment

Jeffco Schools continues investment in innovation

February 26, 2019

Jeffco Schools furthers its investment in innovative ideas with a new round of funded projects through the Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund. This round, known as 2.0, grouped ideas by cost. Two “big ideas” won funding, along with three “medium ideas” and 14 ideas receiving minimal funding. Big Idea Winners (> $50K) Chatfield High School hopes […]

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EnrollJeffco online enrollment to debut Jan. 22

January 18, 2019

Next week, Jeffco Schools families will use a new online enrollment system: EnrollJeffco, a district-wide school search tool and online enrollment system. Beginning Jan. 22, all current and incoming Jeffco Schools students and families will use EnrollJeffco to register for the 2019-20 school year, whether remaining at their current school, choice enrolling, or registering at […]

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5A 5B winning

5A, 5B winning after days of uncertainty

November 12, 2018

After days of counting and waiting, the fate of Jeffco Schools’ mill and bond is nearly resolved and both 5A and 5B are winning. Voters approved 5A, a $33 million mill levy override with approximately 55 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, the fate of the $567 million bond also looked positive, with the We Are Jeffco campaign reporting […]

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principals

As principal role expands, assistant principals added to support students

October 30, 2018

Evaluating teachers, managing discipline issues, and ensuring a safe, welcoming and warm environment are just some of the roles that principals are responsible for in schools today, according to Karen Quanbeck, Jeffco chief of schools – elementary, and the number of roles a school principal is responsible for has expanded considerably in recent years. “We’ve added […]

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