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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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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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administration

Glass: Administration addresses district goals

September 26, 2018

Although senior district administration only make up 0.46 percent of the Jeffco Schools budget, the district is often asked why there are so many administrators. Part of the answer has to do with federal mandates and state reporting requirements that drive the number of administrative positions, explained Superintendent Jason Glass in a recent interview. The […]

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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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