Cameron Bell, Executive Director, Media Relations & Public Information
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August 26, 2020
And the 2020-21 School Year is Underway
We began remote learning this past Monday, August 24. We experienced a few technical glitches, but they worked themselves out quickly and overall, things went well. That day, we had 14,000 active classrooms in Google; 48,000 posts by educators the weekend prior and Monday; and, despite Zoom issues, we still had 1,200 users hosting over 3,000 meetings. We have heard from our schools they have successfully conducted student orientations, staff planning and professional development, and many meetings with students and parents. They are off and running!
And just look at the wonderful array of photos from our families in the comments on this Facebook post asking for first day of school pictures!
Videos from Jack
Starting Off With the Right Beat
Staff at one Jeffco school got the year started with an energetic drumming lesson.
Showing Off New Digs
Take a look inside Arvada High School, looking fresh, new, and exciting!
Jeffco Educators Honored with Recognition
Alameda Science Teacher Named 2020 Earth Science Teacher of the Year
Matt Thomas, science teacher at Alameda International Jr./Sr. High School is a recipient of the Earth Science Teacher of the Year Award given by The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) and the RMAG Foundation.

In their announcement, the RMAG recognizes Matt, a teacher for 22 years, "for utilizing the excellent geology available in Colorado to get his students outside and learn about geology through experience was well as classroom studies augmented with web-based/digital experiences." Matt shares, “Receiving this award is a great feels amazing to be acknowledged by colleagues and industry professionals for something that I have been passionate about for the past 20 years.”
Arvada West Social Studies Teacher Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
The National Society of High School Scholars has named Arvada West Social Studies Teacher Joann Komitor a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. Educators of Distinction are outstanding role models and exemplary practitioners who have made a lasting difference in a student's life by encouraging them to strive for excellence, not just in their academic pursuits, but in all their endeavors.
District Sends Columbine Quilts to Clinton Library
Jeffco Public Schools has presented two quilts to the William J. Clinton Presidential and Memorial Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The quilts were made and sent to the Columbine community after the 1999 event, and are representative of many outpourings from and symbols of other communities’ support of and solidarity with Columbine High School.
Former Jefferson County Board of Education President (2015-19) and current Vice President and former Columbine High School Principal (1989-96) Ron Mitchell and former Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis donated the quilts to provide this presidential library with genuine artifacts that reflect the efforts President and Mrs. Clinton made to convey the nation’s concern, love, and commitment to our community in its darkest hours. The quilts are also a symbol of our resiliency as a community, and as a nation, when we come together to support each other in times of tragedy.
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