Everitt Family Newsletter

~ For Everitt Families: August 27, 2022 ~

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Dear Everitt Families:

I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that this has been a difficult week. The news of the possible elementary school consolidations of Willmore Davis Elementary, New Classical Academy at Vivian, and Kullerstrand Elementary, the beloved elementary schools of many of our students and families, has been difficult for many in our community. These three wonderful schools are gathering places for our communities and hold memories for generations of learners. At Everitt, we are committed to walking with our elementary school colleagues and families as we, the Wheat Ridge community, navigate these possible changes. We are here to listen to you and support you.

I've been thinking a lot about transitions as I've spent the last couple of days taking our son, Noah, to San Diego to begin his freshman year in college. Last week, our 6th grade students made the very important and sometimes difficult transition to middle school. It was a privilege to watch our staff and our student council support our 6th graders (and new students) as they made that transition. Our 6th graders and new students have made an amazing transition that they should be proud of. They have quickly learned how to be successful learners at Everitt and have become part of the fabric of who we are. As we navigate the possibility of more transitions together as a Wheat Ridge community, I know that we will do so in thoughtfulness and kindness to one another.

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?

Thurs 9/1 ~ Late start for students 8:56 am

Mon 9/5 ~ Labor Day NO SCHOOL

Tues 9/6 ~ Sea Camp Information Night 6:00 pm

Wed 9/7 ~ PTA Mtg (6:30 pm); SAC Mtg (7:30 pm)

Sun 9/18 ~ Wheat Ridge Farmers 5000 Race 9:00 am @ WRHS

Fri 9/23 ~ No School for Students

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School Supply List

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Our First Lab Time!

What is Lab Time?

Lab Time happens during the first block of the day on Wednesdays. During Lab Time, we learn about and work on developing the character traits that we will focus on as a school for the month. This month, our focus is on curiosity. Please continue to send me celebrations of when you see your child demonstrating curiosity at home or at school.

This week during Lab Time, we came up with a definition of curiosity and demonstrated curiosity by asking as many questions as we could about Skittles or M&Ms. Our students had so many wonderful questions! We also spent some time connecting with each other through community circles. Each week, we finish Lab Time with some time to get caught up in classes, check in with teachers if we have questions, and work on upcoming assignments.

Everitt Dress Code 2022

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Everitt Rules and Conduct Code Presentation

If you haven't please fill out this Family Survey

Illustrative Mathematics

What is a problem-based curriculum?

In a problem-based curriculum, students spend most of their time in class working on carefully crafted and sequenced problems. Teachers help students understand the problems, ask questions to push their thinking, and orchestrate discussions to be sure that the mathematical takeaways are clear. Learners gain a rich and lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures and experience applying this knowledge to new situations. Students talk about math, listen to each other’s ideas, justify their thinking, and critique the reasoning of others.

This kind of instruction may look different from what you experienced in your own math education. Current research says that students need to be able to think flexibly in order to use mathematical skills in their lives. Flexible thinking relies on understanding concepts and making connections between them. Over time, students gain the skills and the confidence to independently solve problems that they've never seen before.

What supports are in the materials to help my student succeed?

Lesson Summaries

Practice Problem Sets

Learning Targets

Family Support Materials

Each lesson includes a lesson summary that describes the key mathematical work of the lesson and provides worked examples when relevant. Students can use this resource if they are absent from class, to check their understanding of the day’s topics, and as a reference when they are working on practice problems or studying for an assessment.

Each lesson is followed by a practice problem set. These problems help students synthesize their knowledge and build their skills. Some practice problems in each set relate to the content of the current lesson, while others revisit concepts from previous lessons and units. Distributed practice like this has been shown to be more effective at helping students retain information over time.

Each lesson includes a few learning targets, which summarize the goals of the lesson. Each unit’s complete set of learning targets is available on a single page, which can be used as a self-assessment tool as students progress through the course.

Family support materials are included several times in each unit. These materials give an overview of the unit's math content and provide a problem to work on with your student.

What can my student do to be successful in this course?

Learning how to learn in a problem-based classroom can be a challenge for some students at first. Over time, students gain independence as learners when they share their rough drafts of ideas, compare their existing ideas to new things they are learning, and revise their thinking. Many students and families tell us that while this was challenging at first, becoming more active learners in math helped them build skills to take responsibility for their learning in other settings.

Here are some ideas for encouraging your student:

  • If you’re not sure how to get started on a problem, that’s okay! What can you try? Could you make a guess? Describe an answer that’s definitely wrong? Draw a diagram or representation?

  • If you’re feeling stuck, write down what you notice and what you wonder, or a question you have, and then share that when it’s time to work with others or discuss.

  • Your job when working on problems in this class is to come up with ideas and share them. You don’t have to be right or confident at first, but sharing your thinking will help everyone learn. If that feels hard or scary, it’s okay to say, “This is just an idea . . .” or “I’m not really sure but I think . . .”

  • Whether you’re feeling stuck or feeling confident with the material, listen to your classmates and ask them about their ideas. One way that learning happens is by comparing your ideas to other people’s ideas, just like you learn about history by reading about the same events from different perspectives.

  • At the end of class, or when you are studying, take time to write some notes for yourself. Ask yourself, “Do I understand the lesson summary? Do the learning targets describe me?” If not, write down a sentence like, “I understand up to . . . but I don’t understand why . . .” Share it with a classmate, teacher, or other resource who can help you better understand.

We are excited to be able to support your student in their journey toward knowing, using, and enjoying mathematics.

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


We would love to have as much participation from our families in the PTA meetings and community events we are planning. We encourage you all to stay connected and get involved in the following ways:

1 - If you are on Facebook, please join the Everitt PTA group to stay up to date on information and to use as a resource on questions or concerns here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/everittpta

2 - Join the PTA TODAY to have a voice and be a part of our community - Sign-up here: https://forms.gle/iekuJqx6YGXFsg6q7

3 - Attend our first monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 7th and always the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Everitt library or online via Zoom (link to be sent out ahead or available on the PTA page of the Everitt website).

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.

Pick Up and Drop Off

Pick up and drop off went so much better this week! Here are a few reminders for making pick up and drop off a little easier:

1. Carpool -- Fewer vehicles in our parking lot means a shorter line.

2. Pull all the way forward in the drop off/pick up lane

3. Pick your child up at the Recreation Center and have them use the tunnel to cross under Kipling.

4. Drop off a little earlier and pick up a little later - We are on supervision duty at 7:00 am and the line is very short at that time. It is also short after 2:40 pm.

5. Once the buses have left in the afternoon, please feel free to turn right at the base of the parking lot and exit in front of the north side of the building. It will help you avoid having to turn right or left onto Kipling.

Annual Update Process

Each year all existing Jeffco families are asked to complete the Annual Update process. This gives families the opportunity to confirm their household information (address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc), their student's information, and sign the agreements required each year. Families complete the update process once for their entire household and it is reviewed by school staff once submitted.

1. Log in to Campus Parent Portal using your Jeffco Parent username and password.

If you need assistance with your username and/or password, please go to the Personal Account Manager to recover or reset your information.

2. On the left hand side, click the "More" option at the bottom of the menu.

3. Click the "Online Registration" option.

4. A new window will open, click "Existing Student Registration".

5. On the next page, you will see a list of your students who are enrolled for the upcoming school year. Click "Begin Registration".

6. At this point, you will be taken to the Online Registration module to verify and update your information. For more information on each screen you will be prompted to complete, please click here.

2022-2023 Bell Schedule

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Don't forget to take a look at the Everitt Spirit Store for exciting new items to show your school spirit! Some items have been marked down 20% and will be delivered to your home within 5 business days. Just use this link to start shopping and show your school pride:


Clubs & Activities

Students are always welcome to join a club already in session! There is a description of each club and more information about joining on the Everitt website.

Here are the clubs and their meeting days:

Chess Club - Mondays 2:30-3:30 starts September 12th

GSA - Mondays 2:30-3:30 starts August 28th

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

Theatre Guild - Thursdays 2:30-4:00 starts September 1st

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The Farmers 5000 Race is coming up soon and the WR Community Family Coalition for Education has added an incentive for schools:

Any school who gets at least 10% of students to participate will be invited to a party (at one of the local WR establishments). Any adult who helps to support getting the participation rate up is invited to join too.

Race is Sunday, Sept 18th

9:00 am @ WRHS

Register at famers5000.org

Middle School Sports Program

The Middle School Sports Program (MSSP) Jeffco League provides 6th-8th grade students at participating middle schools the opportunity to play in after-school sports.

All programs are recreational and open to all ability levels with an emphasis on fun, sportsmanship, and fair play.

Players are taught basic rules of play and receive an equal amount of playing time. Players must adhere to the Player's Code of Conduct and abide by team rules and expectations. For more information and to register click on this link:


Fall Sports

  • Cross Country: Coed - Practices are M/W 2:45-4:15. There is still time to sign up!
  • Volleyball: Coed
  • Flag Football: Coed Practices are T/Th 2:45-4:15.

Winter Sports

  • Basketball: Boys & Girls

Spring Sports

  • Soccer: Coed
  • Track and Field: Coed

There is still time to sign up, practices start next week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:15 PM. The program runs through August 23 until October 18.

Arvada West Youth Sports

Arvada West Youth Wrestling will host a parent meeting on August 30th at 6 pm at Arvada West High School in the Library. Please see the flyer for more information: Arvada West Youth Wrestling or visit the website: https://catswrestling.teampages.com/.

Arvada West Gold Crown Boys Basketball Tryouts: Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th at Arvada West High School. 3rd-5th grade tryout will be from 1:30 to 3:00 pm and 6th-8th grade tryouts will be from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. There will be a parent meeting at 1:30 pm for the first session and 3 pm for the second session. There will be a make up tryout on Sunday, August 28th from 10 to 11:30 am for anybody that can’t make Saturday. Register for tryouts at the following link: AWest Gold Crown Tryouts. If you have questions, please contact Dave Nichols (720-201-5299 or awyouthbasketball@gmail.com).

Arvada West Gold Crown Girls Basketball Tryouts will be Sunday, September 11th at Arvada West High School. 3rd-6th grade will be from 9 am to 10:30 am and 7th-8th grade will be 10:30 am to 12 pm. Please register at the following link: AWest Gold Crown Girls Tryout.

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Looking For A Few People to Join Our Amazing Staff

We are looking for an individual service provider to work one on one with one of our sweet students, someone to support students who are struggling, and someone to take notes in classes. If you are interested in any of these positions please call Amanda Pouilot or Debbie Dardano at 303-982-1580. We would love to have you join our team!


Thank you, Aidan K, for demonstrating curiosity about Spanish by digging into Duolingo and asking what words mean and how to say phrases both at home and in school!

Thank you, Emmy P, for holding the door open for students to come back in from recess. Thank you Emmy for always helping out.

Thank you, Dulce A, for helping on picture day by walking the photography crew to the Library so they could set up for picture day.

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.