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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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mental health resources

Student perspective: Jeffco Schools needs more mental health resources

September 11, 2018

In July, Jeffco PEN published an article about the various mental health resources available to Jeffco students. In response, we heard from a female Jeffco student who graduated in May. We have chosen to keep information about this student confidential, but have permission to share the following details from “someone who received lots of mental […]

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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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arts school

Jeffco arts school proposal leads to districtwide arts plan

August 28, 2018

 When Jeffco Superintendent Jason Glass suggested the district consider adding a new arts school last fall, not everyone was happy. “The announcement got a big reaction from community as well as teachers,” said Hope Hosier, choir and theater teacher at Wayne Carle Middle School.   While some families were excited by the idea, others were […]

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mill and bond

‘Our students deserve better’: Jeffco School Board puts mill, bond on 2018 ballot

August 24, 2018

The Jeffco School Board unanimously voted to put a mill and bond on the November ballot, and also approved a resolution supporting the statewide school funding initiative Amendment 73 at their meeting on Aug. 23. Board members voted after hearing Jeffco parents, teachers, principals and citizens talk for more than an hour about about how […]

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mill

Jeffco School Board to vote whether to put mill, bond on ballot

August 23, 2018

The Jeffco School Board will host a special meeting today, Thursday, Aug. 23 to discuss and vote on whether to put a mill levy override and bond on the November ballot. Before the discussion, board members will listen to public comment about the mill levy override and bond proposals. People wishing to address the board […]

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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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Brady Bridge

Brady Bridge program prevents nearly 200 student dropouts in 2017-18

July 23, 2018

Nearly 200 fewer Jeffco students dropped out of school this year thanks to the support of a Jeffco Schools program known as Brady Bridge.  Brady Bridge, a specialized program through Brady High School in Lakewood, seeks out students who have dropped out of high school and provides the bridge program as a way to get […]

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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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