Weekly Wednesday Update - September 16, 2020

Weekly Wednesday Update - September 16, 2020
Posted on 09/16/2020
Meal Pickup, Shifted Block Days

The following information was sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Thursday, September 17 with the subject "School Bus Service Canceled in Mountain Area Through Sept. 28" and Monday, September 21 with the subject "WJMS Updates Week of 9-21". The content has been formatted for the web and into our school's weekly newsletter format.

Good afternoon, West Jeff Middle families. This is your Weekly Wednesday Update for September 16, 2020.

Upcoming Dates

September 21-25: MAP testing only for 100% remote learners; no testing for hybrid learners

September 21-25: shifted block days (see School News below)

September 21 - October 9: no bus service (see No Mountain Area School Bus Services September 21 - October 9 below)

September 23: remote learning day for all students

September 28 - October 1: math MAP testing, 7th and 8th grades

September 28 - October 1: 6th grade attends Outdoor Lab

September 29: PTA meeting, 6:00 pm via Zoom

October 5 - 8: reading MAP testing, all grades


School News

Math workbooks and (if applicable) art kits for 100% remote students may be picked up during the school day. Families may call the school at 303-982-3056 or email Julie Barrett at to advise when they will be picking up their student's materials.

To be in line with a testing day at Conifer High School, our block days will be shifted the week of September 21. Students in Group A will be on campus Monday, September 21 and Thursday, September 24, and students in Group B will be on campus Tuesday, September 22 and Friday, September 25. The week's late start remote learning day with all class periods will be on Wednesday, September 23.

Bus passes will be distributed during the week of September 28. While students do not currently need to have a bus pass to ride the bus, they will need to use them starting immediately after they receive their pass.

Our sixth grade students will be attending Outdoor Lab during the week of September 28. Families whose student(s) will be attending should complete the medical form for their student. Please refer to our Outdoor Lab Information news article for additional information.


Grab and Go Lunch Pickup begins week of September 14

Jeffco Food and Nutrition Services will begin Grab and Go Lunch Pickup at schools the week of September 14th.

Students in hybrid learning will be able to pick up three days of take home meals on their second day of in-person learning each week.

Students in 100% remote learning will be able to pick up two days of meals on Tuesdays and three days of meals on Thursdays each week. Meal pickup is from noon to 1 pm.

Whichever learning schedule you choose, school meals are available free to all students through December 31, 2020. If you believe you may qualify for free and reduced meal benefits, please complete a free and reduced meal application to ensure you receive fee waivers if eligible, that your school receives proper funding and that meal eligibility is current when meal charges return.


Fall MAP Testing

Fall MAP testing is underway with sixth grade students in hybrid learning participating in MAP Math assessments this week.

Students in hybrid learning will not be testing the week of September 21-25 due to the interruption in bus services. 7th and 8th grade students will take MAP Math assessments during their normally-scheduled Math periods the week of September 28 and hybrid learners in all grades will take MAP Reading assessments during their normally-scheduled English/Language Arts periods the week of October 5-8. They will have independent, asynchronous assignments to complete on their days at home.

Students that are 100% remote will not see their Math or English/Language Arts teachers at all during the testing week, unless teachers choose to host a virtual meeting with them when students are not testing. Remote student attendance will be somewhat flexible during this week, as these students will be scheduling times with our instructional coach, Mrs. Mergendahl, to complete their MAP assessments.

Students that are 100% remote will be responsible for making up missed work that occurs during their scheduled testing times. They will be able to complete missed work during their normally scheduled Math and English/Language Arts classes.

Additional information specific to testing for 100% remote students will be communicated to families by Mrs. Mergendahl.

All students are required to take the MAP assessments on a school-owned device. If your student does not currently have a school-issued Chromebook, please email Amy Gutierrez Baker at to make arrangements to get a device checked out to your student prior to your student's scheduled testing.

For more information about the MAP assessment and how the information collected from testing is used, please refer to the MAP Growth Parent FAQ published by our district.

Any questions about MAP testing at West Jeff Middle may be directed to assistant principal Tricia Samuelson at or instructional coach Caity Mergendahl at


Attendance Procedures

We know that getting automated attendance calls is annoying. To try and help minimize these calls, we encourage families to use the following attendance procedures.

Absences: Please call the attendance line (303-982-3051) to to excuse the absence. This is the same for students in hybrid and remote learning. The student needs to be called into the attendance line even if they are going to be attending remotely on their in-person day.

Early Release: Please call the attendance line (303-982-3051) with the date and time your student needs to be released or log out of class. To pick up a student on campus, ring the doorbell and an office staff member will bring the sign-out sheet to the door along with your student.

Tardies: Please call the attendance line (303-982-3051) when a student will be late logging into their first class of the day. To sign in learners arriving on campus after 7:45 am, please accompany your student to the main entrance and ring the doorbell. A staff member will bring the sign-in sheet to you and screen your student. Students tardy to classes after arrival can only be excused for outside appointments or excused by a staff member.

If your student is having internet issues during class time, please call the attendance line so that class attendance can be adjusted.

For additional guidance or situations that fall outside those described above, please call the main office at 303-982-3056.


No Mountain Area School Bus Services September 21 - October 9

On the afternoon of Thursday, September 17, families were notified via SchoolMessenger that Jeffco Transportation West Terminal will be closed and bus services will be temporarily suspended due to a confirmed case of COVID-19. On Monday, September 28, the service stoppage was extended; bus services will resume on Monday, October 12. Students that receive specialized transportation through a T-1066 will continue to receive necessary transportation services.

If you cannot make other transportation arrangements for this time period, please contact the school about your student participating in remote learning during the interruption in bus service and/or supports to receive grab and go school meal services.

All close contacts of the positive COVID-19 case have been identified and quarantined. If your student was identified as a close contact and needs to quarantine, you will have been sent a separate letter titled "Important COVID-19 Health Alert - Positive Case of COVID-19." If you do not receive the letter mentioned, it is not believed that your student has been in close contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.

We understand the lack of transportation services may be inconvenient for some families and appreciate your patience as we navigate this challenging situation.


School Picture Days

Dorian Studio will be taking our school photos over two days in mid-October. A retake day for students that miss picture day or choose to have pictures taken a second time will be announced later.

The 2020-2021 school photo day will be October 12 for students in Group A and October 13 for students in Group B. Photo day information for remote students will be announced later.

Families have the ability to order pictures online by visiting and searching for our school’s name or by going directly to our picture day page. Our school's picture day ID is CDGJCBGM.

Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day. After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

Order packets will also be available in the main office.


Colt Character Students of the Week

Each week West Jeff Middle teachers and staff will be nominating students who have exhibited exemplary behaviors such as growth mindset, responsibility, integrity, or teamwork. Each week during hybrid learning, three nominated students will be recognized during homeroom announcements and all students who have been nominated that week will be recognized in our weekly newsletter.

The following students were nominated for displaying Colt Character during the week of September 14: Mitch D., Emery F., Jack F., Sydney K., Ben M., Cecilia R., Alex S., Eleanor S., Skyler S., Malachi T., Jack V., and Sammie (Bella) W. Congratulations!


PTA News

The West Jeff Middle PTA would like to welcome you and your student to the 2020-2021 school year! While this school year will look different due to COVID-19, PTA will continue to support the school and students. Last week the PTA provided welcome back goody bags to staff that included gift cards to help with supplies.

Everyone is welcome at our September PTA meeting via Zoom at 6 pm on Tuesday, September 29th. The meeting link will be sent to families via SchoolMessenger on Monday, September 28.

Our PTA helps the school provide opportunities for our students and staff through funding, classroom grants, and volunteer service. One simple way you can support PTA's mission is with your paid membership:

Our fall membership drive runs through October 1st, so we appreciate if you join by then! While you may join at any time during the school year, we report our membership to Colorado PTA on October 1 and February 1 each year.

As always, you are welcome to follow PTA on Facebook to stay in the loop about school and community events and contact the PTA board by e-mail at


Community News

Teen Groups at Resilience1220: Community organization Resilience1220 is a local nonprofit organization that provides counseling, support groups and community outreach to help young adults create wellness and resiliency in their lives. They have several ongoing groups that may be of interest to our students:

A mindfulness-based art therapy group meets via Zoom on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 pm.

A group for gifted and talented teens meets via Zoom on the second Sunday of the month from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Beyond the Rainbow, a group for those who want to learn, listen, or get support on LGBTQ issues, meets via Zoom and for some in-person activities which are facilitated by R1220 therapists.

Please visit for more information on these and other teen groups they offer.


Resilience1200 Poetry Contest: Poets ages 12-20 who live in the mountain communities (including Jefferson, Park, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties) are invited to submit their original work on the theme "Resilience" for consideration.

Resilience1220 will convene a panel of judges and select the top 50 poems, which will be published. A poetry reading will be held at HearthFire Books and there are cash prizes for the top three entries: $250 for first place, $175 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Please email your poem to Jennifer Pearson at by October 9, and include your name, age, home address, phone number, and a short statement about what inspired you to write your poem. No more than two entries per person, and poems should not exceed one page in length.

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