Everitt Family Newsletter
For Hybrid Learners ~ September 4, 2020
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Dear Hybrid Learning Families:
Before schools closed last spring (what feels like a million years ago), I went on a listening tour through our community, visiting with families from Everitt, our feeder elementary schools and Wheat Ridge High School. In these conversations, I asked questions like:
- What have you loved about the school your child attends?
- What do you hope for in your child's middle school experience?
- If you could rule the world, what things would you change about our school system or Everitt more specifically?
Although each school had its own personality and culture and set of values, four themes resonated across Wheat Ridge community:
- We love that Everitt, and Wheat Ridge more broadly, is a truly diverse community, and we want a school system that values and celebrates our differences as sources of strength and cultural wealth.
- We want our students to feel both emotionally and physically safe in a school where each of them is seen, taken care of, and belongs.
- We want our students to engage in learning that authentically and meaningfully connects to the real world and develops skills like solving complex problems, navigating disagreement across ideological difference, innovating, and demonstrating flexibility and grit.
- We want a middle school that's focused on learning and prepares students for high school and the world beyond.
Our community did not express interest in becoming a type or brand of school. There is overwhelming support and longing for an excellent system of comprehensive neighborhood schools that serve and grow all kinds of learners. There is something to be said for attending school with your neighbors, for staying in school with the same families and in the same community from kindergarten through graduation. There is value in making an investment of time and advocacy in our homes and neighborhoods, and connecting to one another seems more important than ever, in a time that feels both isolated and polarized.
I brought those ideas forward to our remarkable Everitt Staff-- people who are committed to upholding the values of our community and serving our diverse learners in ways that both meet their needs and challenge them to grow as students and people. They worked through a process that started with each staff member brainstorming and drafting on their own and culminated in a single statement that encompasses the most important ideals and phrases from each of our individual beliefs about what school is for.
We are proud of our Everitt Mission Statement, and we are proud to have written it together in the midst of the wildest school year any of us has ever seen: With foundations of equity and excellence, Everitt empowers and inspires our students as individuals, lifelong learners, and creative critical thinkers to engage in authentic learning and contribute meaningfully to their communities and their world.
As always, thank you for believing in the power of neighborhood schools to bring our communities together, and thank you for sharing your kids with us; it is our honor to serve them.
Jeena Templeton, Principal
Everitt Middle School
Connection and up-to-date information available here for all Everitt Families and Staff.
Monday, September 7: Labor Day, No School
Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9: Hybrid Learning begins. Students with last names A-K will be learning in the building.
Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11: Hybrid Learning continues. Students with last names L-Z will be learning in the building.
Monday, September 14: Outdoor Lab Parent Meeting for 6th Grade Families on Zoom! (A Zoom link will be sent through School Messenger on Friday, September 11).
Wednesday, October 7: PTA Meeting at 6:30; School Accountability Committee Meeting at 7:30. On Zoom!
Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14: Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences from 4-7. (Details to come Friday, October 2)
October 15-16: Fall Break~ No school for students.
Bell Schedule ALL WEEK; Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 11!
- Students who want to eat breakfast in our cafeteria should arrive between 7am and 7:10am. They should enter in ENTRANCE 5 (Cafeteria).
- Students in Cohort A-K who are not eating breakfast at Everitt should arrive between 7:10 and 7:20.
- Students with last name beginning A, B, C; L, M, N; Ms. Murray's Students; & any students attending opposite learning days per parent request should enter the building through ENTRANCE 1 (Front Doors).
- Students with last name beginning D, E, or F; O, P, Q should enter the building through ENTRANCE 2 (Back Doors).
- Students with last name beginning G or H; R, S, T should enter the building through ENTRANCE 3 (Southeast Entrance).
- Students with last name beginning I, J, K; U-Z should enter the building through ENTRANCE 4 (East Entrance).
- Students can bring and carry a backpack since we cannot use lockers this year.
- Make sure students bring their Chromebook (fully charged) and their charger (just in case).
- Make sure your student knows their schedule. You can look it up on Infinite Campus: https://campus.jeffco.k12.co.us/campus/portal/Jeffco_IC.jsp (Log in using your JeffcoConnect username and password).
- Please help our students be respectful of our dress code (pictured below).
Submissions can be new and improved Raiders OR they can completely new mascots all together. The sky, and our community's boundless creativity, is the limit. Watch the video below for details!
The Great Everitt Mascot Redesign Contest!
Infographic showing the most popular mascots in college sports.
Join the Everitt PTA today!
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s PTA meeting (via zoom)! Spanish interpreter will be available for our PTA meetings. We are excited for this new school year, even in these unusual times! As we continue to build our inclusive and diverse community we would love to see participation from all families in support of our solidified mission:
Our mission is to support Everitt Middle School and build the Everitt community. We will do this by valuing our diversity, celebrating our differences, and expanding the community to include parents, students, Everitt teachers and staff, as well as the broader community including our feeder schools and Wheat Ridge High School.
Attending meetings is only one way to be involved. Please join the PTA by completing this form today! Dues are only $15 ($7 for Teachers) and can be paid via Venmo (@Everitt-Middle) or Paypal. (Note: Dues are not a barrier to membership in the Everitt PTA Community! If you need assistance with membership dues, please complete the membership form and send a note to EverittPTA@gmail.com so we may assist.)
We are forming committees to do outreach to our feeder elementary schools, add PTA members, fundraise for defined Everitt needs (including International Night), and for teacher appreciation. We can use everyone’s ideas, help, and passion for our community. What’s holding you back? Join us today!
Please review the discussion our accountability committee had about our school!
All Everitt Families: Please apply for Free and Reduced Lunch to support our school funding!
Remember, families must reapply for free or reduced-price meals every year. The last day of the grace period is 10/6/2020.
The easiest and quickest way is to apply online at: http://www.jeffcoschoolfood.org/free-reduced or you may contact the school for a paper copy.
Support our Everitt Music Department!
This year Everitt music will be raising money by selling some cool personalized face masks! If you follow the link in this email you can purchase one for yourself! They will be shipped directly to you with no contact. Help support the Everitt Music Programs!
Everitt Middle School
With foundations of equity and excellence, Everitt empowers and inspires our students as individuals, lifelong learners, and creative critical thinkers to engage in authentic learning and contribute meaningfully to their communities and their world.