Education

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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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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Outdoor Lab

Outdoor Lab to hold open house Sept. 15

September 5, 2018

Jeffco Schools’ two Outdoor Lab sites will host their annual open house on Saturday, September 15  as an opportunity for students and their families to visit each site before spending a week there as part of the sixth-grade curriculum. The open house will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at both the Windy Peak […]

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Amendment 73

Initiative 93 approved for November ballot as Amendment 73

August 14, 2018

Amendment 73, an initiative that could add an additional $1.6 billion annually for Colorado schools, will officially be on the ballot this November according to the Colorado Secretary of State. Supporters turned in nearly 180,000 signatures in July and 130,000 were certified in compliance with the new Amendment 71 rules. Previously known as Initiative 93 while […]

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school choice

Your guide to school choice in Jeffco Schools

July 19, 2018

School choice has been a core feature of Jeffco Schools since the 1990s, offering students multiple options. Jeffco students can choose from 17 option schools, 21 charter schools or any neighborhood school, if space is available. School choice is available to any Jeffco family, as well as families who reside outside Jeffco, through a process […]

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school start times

Jeffco considers changing school start times

July 9, 2018

Should Jeffco middle and high schools have later start times? That’s the question that the School Start Times Task Force hopes to answer as they explore this complex and multifaceted problem. The School Start Time Task Force held their first meeting May 21 to make recommendations about changing school start times across the district. Superintendent Jason […]

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mental health

A look at Jeffco Schools mental health services

July 7, 2018

The nation has seen an increase in school violence, suicide, and mental health disorders, and Colorado is no exception. In Jeffco, there are a number of resources and services in place to support all Jeffco Schools students.  Kevin Carroll, chief student success officer, works in tandem with John McDonald, executive director of Jeffco Schools Security & […]

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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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innovation

Jeffco Schools Innovation Fund winners seek to improve student experience

May 1, 2018

Increased STEM and STEAM programming, more opportunities to learn about careers, expanded access to health services and mental health supports, and improved safety and security are just a few of the innovations Jeffco Schools began implementing this spring thanks to a new $1 million Jeffco Innovation Acceleration Fund. Jeffco Schools employees submitted 104 applications to […]

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