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 […]Read More A New Columbine?
This week, Evergreen High School had their graduation ceremony at Red Rocks Amphitheater. An Evergreen teacher, Chad Mott, delivered this speech to the graduates. It is a message of hope and confidence in this next generation of young people and of optimism that tomorrow will be better. It is also a message to the rest […]Read More A Graduation Speech You Need to Read
I had planned on writing about Teacher Appreciation Week today, and taking note of the ways we can and should be sharing the positive stories that come from our schools every single day. Things change. Instead, this week, we are all reeling again from yet another school shooting. This time in Jeffco’s neighboring community of […]Read More Doing Something About School Safety
Today, the Colorado legislature gaveled out for the final time this year. The 2019 legislative session brought several positives to Colorado’s schools, and we are grateful to all our legislators for the time and effort they put in considering educational policy issues. The landmark accomplishment of this session will no doubt be the funding of […]Read More Reflections on the 2019 Legislative Session
Over the course of the school year, I have a practice of visiting classrooms frequently to talk with staff and students. While these conversations are brief, they do allow me to stay connected to learning happening in our schools and to hear directly from our teachers and students about what they are working on. Much of the […]Read More Unsung Heroes