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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

What’s next for 5A, 5B funds?

January 16, 2019

With voters approving additional funding for Jeffco Schools in the November election, school officials are now starting to make decisions about how those funds will be used. A community survey is currently available for the community to indicate funding priorities for $33 million in 5A mill levy override funding. Here’s what else you need to know. […]

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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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Golden

A closer look at Golden High School, Golden articulation area

October 25, 2018

In an effort to continue highlighting the wide variety of choices available to Jeffco students, Jeffco PEN is highlighting the neighborhood high schools in each of Jeffco’s 17 articulation areas. To learn more about Golden High School (GHS) and the Golden Articulation Area, we talked to Assistant Principal Gretchen Carter, 2018 Jeffco Schools Assistant Principal of […]

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recommendations

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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property taxes

Despite growing property taxes, Jeffco Schools budget limited by state

October 4, 2018

With a Jeffco Schools mill levy override, bond issue and the statewide Amendment 73 on the ballot this November, you may wonder why schools are asking for more money while property taxes continue to rise.  The answer has to do with how Colorado school districts are funded and how far those dollars stretch to educate students. […]

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