Everitt Family Newsletter

~ For Everitt Families: February 10, 2023 ~

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Dear Everitt Families:

Happy Friday, Everitt families!

We had our first modified PAWS time this week during Lab Time. Students participated in enrichment activities like origami and lego robotics as well as social-emotional groups and small group tutoring sessions. There are some photos below of some of the offerings. There is also information about what some of the small social-emotional groups worked on so that you can talk with your children about it if you believe it would be helpful to them.

On Monday, February 13, iPIE is donating up to 31.4% of the entire day's proceeds to Everitt Middle School in support of our students and teachers. Take a break - it's a great night for pizza! https://facebook.com/events/s/everitt-middle-school-fundrais/815339313079158/

Next week, on February 16th, we have parent/teacher conferences by appointment only. Teachers have reached out to families to schedule conferences. If you would like to meet with a teacher, you are always welcome to reach out to your child's counselor or to the teacher to schedule a time.

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day with the people you love next week.

Just a reminder, Friday, February 17th is a professional development day for teachers. Students do not have school on Friday or Monday, February 20th.

Thank you for supporting and believing in your neighborhood school. It is our privilege to partner with you!


Amanda Pouliot, Principal

Everitt Middle School





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What's Happening Next?

Mon 2/13 ~ Instrumental Music Festival for Band/Orchestra 5:30 & 7:30 pm

Mon 2/13 ~ iPie Pizza Dine to Donate PTA Fundraiser

Thurs 2/16 ~ Parent Conferences by Invitation Only

Fri 2/17 ~ NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS/Staff Development

Mon 2/20 ~ NO SCHOOL

Thurs 2/23 ~ Late start for students 8:59 am

Fri 2/24 ~ Sea Camp Hat Day $1

Fri 2/24 ~ Movie Night 6:00-8:00 pm Alvin & the Chipmunks. Snacks allowed but not provided.

Wed 3/1 ~ PTA/SAC Meeting 6:30 pm/7:30 pm in library

Wed 3/1 ~ Chipotle Dine to Donate PTA Fundraiser 4:00-8:00 pm

Thurs 3/2 ~ Late start for students 8:59 am

Everitt Happenings...


Everitt 8th grader, Van Bawi Lian, was selected as Everitt's winner in the 2022-2023 Sertoma National Heritage Freedom Week essay contest.

He will be celebrated with a luncheon on Tuesday, February 21st with other Jeffco school winners and will also receive a check in the amount of $100. His name will also be engraved on Everitt's Freedom Week plaque.

We are so proud of you!


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2022-2023 Bell Schedule

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Queridas familias

Hemos estado aprendiendo cómo funciona nuestro cerebro, especialmente en momentos de estrés. ¿Se da cuenta cuando las emociones de su estudiante se vuelven GRANDES y no importa lo que diga, no puede razonar con ellos? Bueno, lo más probable es que hayan VOLTADO SU TAPA. Esto es cuando la parte pensante de nuestro cerebro (corteza prefrontal) y la parte emocional de nuestro cerebro (Amígdala) dejan de comunicarse, ¡permitiendo que las emociones tomen el control! Este es un proceso natural y nos sucede a todos. Comprender cómo funciona nuestro cerebro y qué situaciones podrían "voltearnos" es una herramienta invaluable para todos nosotros.

Además, estamos explorando la interacción entre Pensamientos-Sentimientos-Comportamientos, esto se conoce como el Triángulo Cognitivo. El triángulo cognitivo es simplemente un diagrama que representa cómo nuestros pensamientos, emociones y comportamientos están interconectados entre sí y se influyen mutuamente. Por lo tanto, puedes cambiar, o al menos influir, un cambiando a otro. Consulta más información en el siguiente enlace

Dear Families,

We’ve been learning about how our brains work, especially during times of stress. Do you notice when your student’s emotions get BIG and no matter what you say, you can’t reason with them? Well chances are they’re FLIPPED THEIR LID. This is when the thinking part of our brain (prefrontal cortex) and the emotional part of our brain (Amygdala) stop communicating, allowing the emotions to take over! This is a natural process and happens to all of us. Understanding how our brains work and what situations might “flip our lid” is an invaluable tool for all of us.

Additionally, we’re exploring the interaction between Thoughts–Feelings–Behaviors, this is known as the Cognitive Triangle. The Cognitive triangle is simply a diagram that depicts how our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all interconnected with each other, and influence one another. Therefore, you can change, or at least influence, one by changing another. Check out more information in the link below.

Learn More HERE

From Our Assistant Principals

Currently, we have a few small groups working on conflict resolution during PAWS time. Part of that work focuses on identifying and using positive defense mechanisms. A defense mechanism is what you use to protect your feelings in various life situations, like a shield for your feelings. A defense mechanism is any behavior used to divert attention away from the pressure situation. People can learn to identify negative defense mechanisms that hurt them and select positive defense mechanisms that will help them deal with difficult situations. For the next few weeks, we will be practicing using positive defense mechanisms in various situations.

Defense mechanisms happen in situations where people feel disrespected, put down, embarrassed, frustrated, hurt, angry, blamed, or caught doing something wrong. Here are some steps we can follow to control our defense mechanisms.

1. Notice our feelings.

2. Identify our feelings, calm them, and express them in a controlled way.

3. Don't allow others to choose how we will respond.

4. Select a positive solution.

We will know we've selected a positive defense mechanism when we are helping (and not hurting) ourselves and others. Talking about ways to handle situations like this with our children helps them to know how to respond.


Hi Everyone,

We are a few weeks away from our wonderful community event "International Night: A Community Celebration" on March 9th from 5:00-7:30 pm.

We will be collaborating with our area elementary schools, community members, staff and everyone involved to share our amazing community story. There will be live performances, students and families representing their stories, food from our local international restaurants and resources from our service organizations. If you are interested in in participating in any way (volunteer, host a booth, perform, etc.) please reach out to:

Edgar Solis at 303-982-2869 or Edgar.Solis@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Thank you, I hope to see you there to celebrate our amazing community.

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Check out the February issue of the student-written Monthly Scoop below:





Our focus is on building lasting connections between families, getting to know our student’s teachers, and creating opportunities to come together as a community, valuing our diversity and celebrating our differences.

The PTA sponsored Student Sticker Contest has selected our 6 winning designs! You can see them all here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XvjCvzjc7cRBAc-Kd8I_ovmJsaGO0vAl/view?usp=share_link and can purchase the stickers for $1 each or all 6 designs for $5!

On Monday, February 13th, iPIE is donating up to 31.4% of the entire day's proceeds to Everitt Middle School in support of our students and teachers. Take a break - it's a great night for pizza! https://facebook.com/events/s/everitt-middle-school-fundrais/815339313079158/

On Thursday March 9th from 5:00pm - 7:30pm we have International Night. This year it will expand to be a celebration of the diversity in our Everitt and Wheat Ridge communities! Would you like to share about your own family's culture at the event? Or do you have ideas about local restaurants that might be willing to donate a platter of food or a performance group that might like to be featured at this event? We would love your help in making this event a success! Please click on this google form: https://forms.gle/8SsyaL9fqR1aiyJq8 .

We will send out reminders and post dates and meeting minutes on the PTA page (https://everitt.jeffcopublicschools.org/family_resources/p_t_a ) as well as our FaceBook site (https://www.facebook.com/groups/everittpta).

If you have not already done so, please consider joining the PTA TODAY to have a voice and be a part of our community - Sign-up here: https://forms.gle/iekuJqx6YGXFsg6q7

We are always open to new ideas on how to bring our great Everitt community together and look forward to learning from each other. Please feel free to send any questions or suggestions to the PTA at EverittPTA@gmail.com or to me directly at dan.b.weinstein@gmail.com or 720-291-1435.

Thank you,


CLICK HERE! To Join our Everitt PTA Facebook Page

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

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Jeffco Food & Nutrition Services is looking for enthusiastic individuals to work in Everitt's kitchen. This is a 6 hour position and includes the following perks:

• Receive pay increase after completing 60 day probationary period.

• Never work nights, weekends, or holidays!

• Have the summer off!

• Work with a wide variety of kids and staff members in a fast paced environment.

Still have questions?

Give our Human Resources team a call to learn about employment with Food and Nutrition Services! Stop by our office at 809 Quail Street, Building 1, Lakewood, CO 80215 or give Dianna Garcia a call at (303) 982-6747 or email at Dianna.Garcia@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Clubs & Activities

Students are always welcome to join a club already in session! If your child is interested in a particular club that isn't being offered, have them reach out to a teacher or staff member to ask them if they would be willing to sponsor it. Most of our clubs are born of student interest.

Here are the clubs and their meeting days:

After School Help - Mondays & Thursdays 2:30-3:00 pm

Chess Club - Mondays 2:30-3:30 pm

Cross Country - Mondays 2:45-4:15 pm

Fitness Club - Tuesday & Thursdays 2:40-3:30 pm. We have a limit of 20 so please let Mr. Gold or Mr. Black know that you will be attending.

GSA - Mondays 2:30-3:30 pm

Junior Optimist Club - Mondays 2:35-3:30 pm

Mountain Bike Club - Fridays 2:30-3:30 (weather permitting)

Native Student Group - Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 pm

Theatre Guild - Thursdays 2:30-4:00 pm


Raquel C. - Raquel is a self-disciplined student who is always demonstrating a growth mindset and completing exceptional work. She helps her classmates to be successful as she takes on the role of a peer teacher! I am proud of you Raquel and your motivation to learn Spanish!

Finley M. - Finley consistently pursues excellence in class. AMAZING!

Erin H. - Erin comes to class every single day ready to learn and share her ideas with others. Way to go!!

Isla B. - Isla is a welcoming presence in class, she is friendly and helps others to understand.

Marek P. - Marek is becoming highly skilled in accepting difficult tasks and completing them. He tries tasks or assignments before giving in to having help.

EdmondJ . - EJ is often asking questions that help the whole class learn deeper.

Lexionna S. - Lexi is often encouraging others and sharing her thinking in class.

Austen W. - Austen has worked so hard to understand and is an example in perseverance.

Jeter V. - Jeter continues to have a positive attitude and work ethic in 5th period. It is a challenging roster to be a part of and he is always focused on his work in this time.

Edward G. - Thank you Edward for stepping up and getting caught up on your work to return your grade to and A+!! Way to go!! I am proud of you for taking care of your responsibilities and being an excellent role model for your peers!

Jeremia G. - Thank you Jeremia for taking care of your responsibilities and completing work to raise your grade back to an A+! Way to go! I am very proud of you! Keep up the excellent work!

Gaven D. - Gaven I am proud of you for getting work caught up to raise your grade back to an A+! Please keep up the good work!

Mariann J. - Mariann you are a wonderful student and always take great pride in your work! I am so proud of you and your group with your accomplishments on your menu and preparing for International Night. Way to go!

Nayelli V. - Nayelli I am so proud of you and your positive work ethic! You always approach every project with creativity! Thank you so much for your positive participation and being such a kind, wonderful person!

Hope A. - Hope, you are a very sweet young lady and always demonstrate kindness to everyone. You are helpful and care deeply about others and produce quality work on a regular basis! I am extremely proud of you!

Emmy P. - Emmy is our number leader in musical theater. She is constantly asking important, thoughtful questions while taking note of her choreography and blocking. She is taking her job seriously and is a true leader for the expectations when developing a large production. I am so grateful to have Emmy lead, ask good questions, and show consistent enthusiasm for the class and our upcoming show.

Hudsenne G. - Hudsenne, you are a very kind, sweet young lady and a great role model for your peers! You have a strong work ethic and have an infectious curiosity for learning! I am very proud of you!

Gracin D. - Gracin, you are a very kind young man and have an avid curiosity for learning! I see you as being a leader among your peers and am very proud of you and your work ethic! Way to go!

Madelyn R. - Madelyn, I appreciate your hard work and dedication to learning! I appreciate your curiosity as you explore French! I see you as being a leader among your peers! Way to go!

Jaiden T. - Jaiden, I appreciate your motivation to learn languages and your curiosity as you explore and find songs and interesting information to share with me in and about Spanish! Thank you for making class fun! Way to go!

Hudson R. - Thank you Hudson for being a kind, peer teacher! I appreciate your helpful spirit as you help your fellow classmates who have missed days of class to understand the use of resources to do their work efficiently. Way to go! You Rock!

Amari N. - I am proud of you Amari for taking risks as you came to our World Languages class a little later in 2nd semester. I appreciate your motivation and curiosity as you are working to understand French! Way to go and welcome to Everitt!

Kimoni S. - Kimoni has come back to musical theater with a positive, and brave spirit. He asks excellent questions, leads hard sections of music and has been a joy to have back on the production!

Sophie S. - I am beyond grateful to have Sophie in class. Sophie reminds me of the kindness that is still present in this world. Sophie asks very thoughtful questions, making anyone's hard day better with the warmest smile and biggest heart of any student I know. I'm so grateful for this student!

Stella H. - Stella amazes me with the hard work she puts into her instrument. She leads the class in the expectations in music and does not give up. She is always working to achieve the next level while asking important and deeper questions. I am so impressed with her hard work, academic focus and curiosity she brings into the classroom.

Hudsenne G. - Hudsenne is hard working while having a positive demeanor in all she does. Her smile and laugh are infectious and gives me the courage and inspiration to keep teaching. She is supportive, actively listening and a true leader in class. I am so grateful to see her first thing in the morning, it is the best way to start the day!

Vuk B. - Vuk is one of the hardest workers I know. He is full of happiness and light that he can make anyone feel better with his kind heart. He is ALWAYS asking good questions and responsible in keeping track of important notes for our upcoming production. He is a true leader with a natural talent for music and making everyone smile!

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.