A Hard Day

The following message was sent to the Jeffco Public Schools community and staff, following the announcement of 14 Denver-metro districts that we would be closed to in-person instruction for the remainder of this school year. Today was a hard day.  While many already expected that in-person learning would not be happening for the rest of […]

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Grace Under Pressure

This message was distributed to Jeffco Public Schools’ staff on 3.13.2020, in response to the announcement of an extended school closure for students due to the coronavirus. Dear Colleagues, I want to begin by expressing my deep appreciation for your professionalism, work ethic, and patience as we navigate these unprecedented waters as a school system […]

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The Circle

Another. I wish that I had the right words, and that the words were enough. Another school shooting. Today at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. Two students killed, three injured. The shooter, also a student, in grave condition from a self-inflicted gunshot. It is believed the entire incident took 16 seconds. What can […]

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The Columbine Question

This article originally appeared in The Canyon Courier on June 20th, 2019. Earlier this month, we asked an important question of the Jeffco community: should we do something different with Columbine High School? Specifically, we put forth a preliminary proposal to rebuild a new high school west of the current site. The Hope Columbine library, […]

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A New Columbine?

June 6, 2019 Dear Jeffco Public Schools parents, staff, students, and community members, On April 20, 1999, the Jeffco community was rocked by the then unimaginable school shooting which took the lives of thirteen and injured twenty-one students and staff at Columbine High School. Amplified by media attention, the entire world watched as Jeffco struggled […]

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