Everitt Family Newsletter

For 100% Remote Learners ~ September 4, 2020


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Dear 100% Remote 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


Jeena Templeton, Principal

Everitt Middle School

303.982.6288

Jeena.Templeton@jeffco.k12.co.us

https://everitt.jeffcopublicschools.org/

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Connection and up-to-date information available here for all Everitt Families and Staff.

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Monday, September 7: Labor Day, No School


Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 11: Remote learners should follow the BLUE SCHEDULE (Picture below) all week. There will be no late start or asynchronous learning on Friday.


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!

We've shifted the schedule to create 4 days of Synchronous learning. That means no late start on Friday, and Live Zooms every day!
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100% Remote Students! ~ Weekly Remote Learning Expectations

We've compiled our weekly learning expectations into a week-at-a-glance for our 100% Remote Learners. On this document, families and students can view all assignments and due dates for all of their classes in one place. This document will be shared in the following three locations:

Mascot Redesign

Another theme that came up over and over again in my conversations about Everitt was that our current mascot does not necessarily reflect the diversity and spirit of our school. Though we are proud of our incredible history, we are excited to challenge both current and former Everitt Students to create a new mascot that honors and exemplifies who we are!


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!

Everitt Mascot Redesign Contest 2020
Need Mascot Inspiration? CLICK HERE!

Infographic showing the most popular mascots in college sports.

Remote Learning Code of Conduct

Our teachers will also share this with your students in CREW on Tuesday, but please take a minute to review these expectations with your students:


The Zooms/Google Meets you attend are like a physical classroom at Everitt. You should respect your teachers’ and Everitt expectations as if you were here at school.

  • Attend each of your live virtual classes-- arrive on time and stay in class until your teacher dismisses you! Teachers will post links to live classes on Google Classroom.

  • Read instructions and directions carefully.

  • Follow our dress code-- remember, remote school is still school.

  • Follow your teachers’ expectations for Zoom etiquette:

    • Turn on your video when they ask. Sometimes, it’s really important for us to see your face!

    • Mute and unmute when they ask.

    • Type in the chat when they ask.

  • Stay on task.

    • Avoid playing games on any of your devices while you’re in class.

    • Avoid using your cell phone while you’re in class.

  • Be alert and engaged in your learning; avoid laying down or lounging.
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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.)


If you missed the meeting you can view the minutes by clicking HERE or view the zoom recording HERE and find them anytime on our FaceBook group HERE.


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!

CLICK HERE: Accountability Committee Meeting Minutes

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!


https://www.customink.com/fundraising/everitt-middle-school-music/orders/products/new

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.