Weekly Wednesday Update - September 14, 2022

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 14, 2022
Posted on 09/14/2022
Spirit Day, fall events, and more

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Hello, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 14, 2022.

Upcoming Dates

September 12 - 16: makeup sessions for MAP testing during Advise and Seminar

September 15: PTA meeting, 5 pm at Los 3 Garcias, Conifer

September 16: September Spirit Day

September 23: no school, student non-contact day 

September 26: 8th grade visit to Warren Tech, Lakewood

September 30: 8th grade Day-in-Denver II field trip


School News

Makeup sessions for our fall MAP benchmark assessments for Math and Reading are taking place during Seminar and/or Advise time this week. Please reach out to Tricia Samuelson or Amy Gutierrez Baker with any questions.


Join us in celebrating a September Spirit Day on Friday, September 16th by wearing school colors (Blue and Silver) or something from a West Jeff Middle team, club or activity!


There will be no school on Friday, September 23rd for a staff development day. Classes will resume as usual on Monday, September 26.


Warren Tech logoOur eighth grade students will be visiting Warren Tech on Monday, September 26th. Permission slips are due back by Friday, September 16. Any students not attending the field trip will have an alternate assignment to complete in lieu of classes. Adult volunteers are needed as chaperones for the trip. Please contact 8th grade counselor Dan Keane if interested.;


Families were sent an email on Friday, September 9th about the Social Skills Improvement System™ Social-Emotional Learning Edition Screening/Progress Monitoring Scales (SSIS SEL). If you want to opt your student(s) out of that screening, please complete and return the opt-out form to Social-Emotional Learning Specialist Melissa Shute or the main office by September 16.


Our eighth grade students will be going on the Day-in-Denver II field trip on Friday, September 30th. Permission slips must be received by Mr. Cushing by Monday, September 26th.


Free and Reduced Lunch ApplicationThe grace period for Free and Reduced Meals carried over from last year ends on Wednesday, September 28. If your family may qualify for the program and you have not yet applied for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete an application via SchoolCafé or on paper ASAP.


Our school will be hosting a screening of The Upstanders on Thursday, October 6 from 5:30 - 7:45 pm in the cafetorium. The documentary is about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying. Free registration is strongly encouraged. Students that will be attending without an adult family member will need to have a completed permission slip. Please contact Social-Emotional Learning Specialist Melissa Shute with any questions.


Rachel's ChallengeOur students will be participating in Rachel’s Challenge on Tuesday, October 11th. The 60-minute student program shares the story of Rachel Joy Scott and the profound positive impact students can have on those around them by paying attention to the little things they do and say every day. We will have two student presentations during the school day: one for 7th and 8th graders, who will attend together, and a modified presentation for 6th graders. Families that do not want their student(s) to attend the presentation should complete the Rachel's Challenge Opt-Out Form. Students that would like to participate in a Friends of Rachel Club are asked to complete the WJMS Friends of Rachel Club signup form.


A summary of reminders in recent issues:

Any student medication, including over-the-counter medications, should be checked in with our school health room along with a completed Medication Agreement. Updated immunization records may also be checked in with the health room if anything has changed since the last time a student's records were updated with their school.

More information about the math curriculum our school uses is in the district handout Information for Families: Illustrative Mathematics 6-12.

We thank the many donors whose contributions have funded classroom projects posted by individual teachers from our school on DonorsChoose.


Outdoor Lab Information

Our sixth grade students will be going to Outdoor Lab the week of December 12th. Outdoor Lab is an overnight, full week of science-based learning aligned to our sixth grade curriculum.  Students earn a grade for their work, make new connections with peers, and have a blast! More information will be available in a parent meeting coming up in October. 

Students attend either Mount Evans or Windy Peak depending on their Advise teacher. We will be announcing where students will be going soon!

In the meantime, check out the Outdoor Lab website and the Parent Packet. The Outdoor Lab Foundation offers Outdoor Lab Gear for sale. Advance orders placed through December 4 will be delivered to our school in time to accompany your student to Outdoor Lab. Please email Mrs. Buffington or Ms. Lauer, our Outdoor Lab Coordinators, with any questions. 

Items we are seeking donations of for Outdoor lab include:

A decorated "tree cookie" name tagTree cookies - about 250 slices of tree branches that are 5-6 inches in diameter and up to an inch thick. They are used as name tags during Outdoor Lab, so they will need a small hole drilled near the edge. We would also appreciate it if they were sanded smooth, so we can draw on them. Please get in touch with Mrs. Buffington if you are interested.

Card games - we are also looking for donations of Uno, playing cards, chess sets, and other middle-school-appropriate card games.


Gifted and Talented Program News

We have a new Gifted and Talented Social-Emotional Learning Counselor at our school this year, Bailey Craig. Please read her Meet the Counselor page to learn more about Miss Bailey.

The district offers just one testing window for GT Center placement in the following school year. The 2022-2023 GT Center testing application is open through 4 pm on October 14, and testing will take place on Saturday, October 15 or Saturday, October 29. More information on the Gifted Center Process and the application are available on the district's Gifted & Talented page. We have additional information for families on the identification process for the GT Center programs offered at Evergreen and West Jefferson Middle Schools at GT Center Application Process WJMS / Evergreen.


PTA News

A QR code that takes the user to https://copta-00020310.memberhub.com/storeJoin the West Jeff Middle PTA to connect with the West Jeff Middle community, stay up to date on events and fundraisers, and let your voice be heard! A 2022-23 school year membership costs $20 for an adult family member, or $10 for West Jeff Middle faculty and staff. Simply click on the QR code, go to our MemberHub store, orcomplete the sheet to join today!

A PTA meeting will be held at 5 pm on Thursday, September 15th at Los 3 Garcias, 25567 Conifer Road. Meetings will be held quarterly during the school year and will be held in person, subject to change.


Community News

Jeffco Public Schools is hiring! There are available positions in many areas for adults interested in working for Jeffco Public Schools. Learn more about available positions and apply online on the Jeffco Jobs Board at jeffcok12jobs.org.

Positions in Custodial Services offer a starting hourly rate of $17.73 with health benefits, PERA retirement, paid holidays, and weekends off.

Positions in Food and Nutrition Services offer a starting hourly rate of $17.00 - $18.83 for kitchen workers, depending on experience, and a starting hourly rate of $20.36 - $27.30 for kitchen managers, depending on program and experience.


Gold Crown girls' basketball: Registration is open through September 15 for 7th grade girls' basketball players to form a Gold Crown girls' basketball team through JP Sports. They will have two practices a week in Conifer with weekly games (never Sunday) based on availability at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse in Lakewood. Contact: Katie Ogdon, [email protected] or 303-358-4583.


Marucci Demo Day: Evergreen High School Cougar Baseball is hosting a Marucci gear demonstration on Monday, September 19 from 3 - 7 pm at Cougar Field. Youth, high school, and college level baseball players are welcome to attend. There is no charge to try 2023 products and new products will be available to purchase at a pro-deal discount.


Resilience1220: Connect | Grow | ThriveResilience1220 events: Resilience1220 is a local non-profit organization that provides free counseling sessions and support groups for young people ages 12-20, and community outreach and events that increase awareness of mental health issues. Some of their upcoming events:

Enjoy the music of Dakota Blonde at a concert benefiting Resilience 1220 on Saturday, September 17 at Lucky Penny Ranch, 5801 Bluebell Ln, Evergreen. Tickets are $35 and the event is limited to 160 attendees. In addition to a cash bar for adult beverages, food and soft drinks available for purchase from Slife's food truck!

The Sensitive Collective aims to inform and support highly sensitive people to live healthy and empowered lives. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 - 4:30 pm via Zoom and is open to all ages. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.

Support after Suicide Loss offers a safe place to share and learn after losing loved ones to suicide. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30 - 7 pm, both via Zoom and in person at the Resilience1220 office (32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen) and is open to youth ages 14 and older. Free registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link.

Resilience1220's Wilderness and Adventure Therapy group will be taking on the low and high ropes challenge at the Genesee Ropes Course and Outdoor Center from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday, September 25. The event cost is $40 per person with scholarships available and all challenges are by the participant's choice. Please register in advance. For more information contact Charis Jaeger, LCSW at [email protected] or 720-257-9867.

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