January 9, 2020
superintendent's corner
Happy New Year, Jeffco!

If you are like me, the new year is a time for reflection and also for setting goals for the coming year. When I was a high school kid growing up in Kentucky, my dad sat down and taught me about the importance of setting annual goals in different categories and identifying outcomes associated with those goals.

For Jeffco Public Schools, our goals and measurable outcomes are set forth in our strategic plan. Each year, our board of education reviews the plan and our progress towards meeting our goals. One focus area for this year in Jeffco Public Schools is raising our academic outcomes as measured on standardized tests. While these tests certainly don’t tell us everything about how our kids and schools are doing, they do measure important concepts of basic literacy and numeracy.

With around 60 days until the state testing window opens, our schools are working to implement the Jeffco Deeper Learning Model as a way to create authentic and meaningful learning experiences for students that also prepare them with these fundamental skills.

Of course, goal setting is not just good for organizations. It is also good for parents, staff members, and students to consider as well. Some of you may know I’ve been a follower of Dave Ramsey’s financial program for years. Sarah (my wife) and I even taught it to employees in our previous district. Ramsey has some good advice for setting new year’s goals in specific areas.

These include:
Financial Goals - getting your finances under control and on budget
Fitness Goals - getting in better condition or reaching some accomplishment
Spiritual Goals - taking steps on your personal faith journey
Educational Goals - personal academic or intellectual growth
Family Goals - building stronger family connections
Career Goals - planning or taking that next career step or accomplishment
Social Goals - connecting and building relationships with others

I encourage you to think through some of your goals for 2020. And, like Dad did for me, I also encourage you to talk to your students about their goals for this coming year. 

Let’s all work to make 2020 the best year yet!
Dr. Jason Glass
Superintendent & Chief Learner

Jeffco students, parents, families, staff, and community members
may engage with Dr. Glass via Twitter and his blog, advancejeffco.
Colorado and Jeffco Public Schools are committed to educating students so they enter the workforce with in-demand skills that meet business, industry, and higher education standards.

Jeffco students graduating in and after 2021 must meet or exceed new graduation requirements.

Take a look at the new graduation requirements to make sure your student is on track to a successful future. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your student's path, please contact your school.

Jeffco Public Schools offers an online enrollment system - EnrollJeffco - that streamlines finding school information and the enrollment process, and ensures the same timeline for all schools. 

The round one enrollment window for the 2020-2021 school year closes January 15, 2020. 

As part of the EnrollJeffco platform, you can use School Finder to identify your neighborhood school and learn about other schools and programs. 

Completing enrollment during this round one period allows schools to plan for staffing needs, resources, and programming. So please log into EnrollJeffco today if you have not completed enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. 


Bus Drivers, Food Services Workers, Custodial, and Para-Educators Impact student Lives Too
Jeffco Public Schools support staff ensures students arrive at school safely, are fed nutritious meals, and learn in a clean, safe, and supportive environment. These team members provide vital support and contribute significantly to the work being done to meet student needs - often on a convenient school-day schedule and with meaningful purpose. Come inspire and serve our Jeffco generations!

Be A Guest Teacher
Jeffco Public Schools is looking for people who want to make a difference in students' lives, but with a flexibility. If you have a Bachelor's Degree and enjoy teaching, consider becoming a guest teacher. A Sub Authorization from CDE is required. Look for Job ID 3468.

New desks and spaces at Arvada High School on the newly-renovated 3rd floor
Arvada High School students and staff started off the new semester by moving into their newly renovated third-floor classrooms. Unlike many school renovations projects that focus on adding classroom space, Arvada H.S. combined many of their small and inefficient classrooms to create bright, open, and flexible spaces that will be used by their staff and students. 

This renovation was just the first part of a multi-stage project that will continue with additional interior projects and the construction of a new auxiliary gym. Groundbreaking for the new gym is set for late January, 2020. 


In today's society with constant access to real-time information at our fingertips, too much media consumption can create unhealthy physical and emotional habits.

This month's TechforEd topic addresses awareness of passive consumption versus active creation with our devices and how Jeffco strives to support students in developing healthy habits and a good sense of media balance.


How do you know when you are too sick to go to school or work?

Jeffco Public Schools follows the recommendations from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) regarding when staff or children should stay home from work or school.

Consult this guide that covers just about everything from fever to pink eye to flu.


Meet the team of SELS Coaches that support students and staff with passion and pride.

Thanks to Jeffco voters, the 2018 Bond initiative 5A is supporting the hiring of more Social Emotional Learning Specialists (SELS) and the implementation of other mental health programs throughout the district.

Just in the last year, Jeffco has increased hired SELS from about 35 to almost 100. Meet the team of SELS Coaches that are working to ensure safe and supportive learning environments in our schools.


Jeffco graduate selected for moon and Mars NASA missions.

Jeffco Public Schools Department of School Safety selects 2 champs for 2019.

Warren Tech wraps up life lessons in district cars.

Jeffco Schools collect donations for The Action Center's Grub Club.
happening in jeffco

Staying connected with our families and community is important to us. See the many ways we share news, info, and keep in touch!

in case you missed it

37 Jeffco schools earn Colorado Department of Education performance recognition awards
important dates

January 13 - Feb 7 - Collections for Grub Club

January 15 - Round 1 for EnrollJeffco closes

January 20 - No School, MLK Jr Day

January 21 - Round 2 opens for EnrollJeffco

January 23 - Warren Tech Open House, Warren Tech Central & North, 5 p.m.

January 27 - GT Parent Learning Night, Jeffco Ed Center. 6:15 p.m.

January 28 - How To Talk to Young People about Vaping, Pomona High School, 6:00 p.m.
New Graduation Requirements

Jeffco Public Schools students graduating in and after 2021 must meet or exceed new graduation requirements.

Take a look at the new requirements to make sure your student is on track to a successful future. 

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Preps with Pleuss

A final look back at the 2019 football season that concluded with Columbine facing Cherry Creek in the Class 5A state championship game. Dakota Ridge boys cross country team honored for its back-to-back 5A team state titles. Hoops season off to a fast start, and the first National Letter of Intent Signing Day.

board of education meetings
Thursday, January 9 , 5:00 p.m., Study Session
Thursday, January 9 , 6:00 p.m., Regular Session
Wednesday, January 15 , 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Study Session

Meetings are held at the Jeffco Ed Center Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive #27, Golden.
Meeting schedules and agendas are posted on BoardDocs.
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