Everitt Family Newsletter
~ For Everitt Families: September 30, 2022 ~
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Dear Everitt Families:
This week we had our first grade level meetings of the year. In the meetings, we celebrated students who earned awards for the first month of school, talked about upcoming events and goals for the year, reviewed our behavioral expectations, and talked about what students can do when they are in conflict with their peers. I have included the slides for the grade level meetings below if you'd like to see what we talked about.
Monday, October 3rd is October Count. October Count is a really big deal for schools. The most important thing you can do to support Everitt in terms of funding is to make sure your child is at school on Monday. If your child is sick, of course, please keep them home. We have a window in which to include students in the count - September 26th through October 10th. Our student count in October determines our funding. It allows us to hire teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff members. It funds our events and activities. It pays for our resources, too, like band instruments, choir music, tools for tech ed, and manipulatives for math. We appreciate your help in ensuring that your child is here on Monday.
Thank you for supporting and believing in your neighborhood school. It is our privilege to partner with you!
Amanda Pouliot, Principal
Everitt Middle School
What's Happening Next?
Mon 10/3 ~ October Count Day
Wed 10/5 ~ Picture retakes 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 10/5 ~ PTA Meeting 6:30 pm & SAC Meeting 7:30 pm
Fri 10/7 ~ Everitt Band @ WRHS Football Night
Fri 10/14 ~ Fall Festival
Tues 10/18 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-6:30 pm
Tues 10/18 ~ Area Choir Festival
Wed 10/19 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-6:30 pm
Thurs 10/20 & Fri 10/21 ~ No school for students
Thurs 10/27 ~ Music Department Fall Concert
Mon 10/31 ~ Hearing & Vision Screening
Wed 11/2 ~ PTA Meeting 6:30 pm & SAC Meeting 7:30 pm
Grade Level Meetings Slides
September Grade Level Meetings
SERVICE-LEARNING CLASS PET FOOD DRIVE
Our Service-Learning Class will be hosting a drive requesting donations of pet food and supplies for Foothills Animal Shelter from Monday, October 3rd - Monday, October 31st. We have already received our first donation from Petco in Arvada!
Students have been making phone calls and are currently working on posters and flyers to advertise. The student body will soon see announcements on E-TV about the drive, as well as, our upcoming bake sale of "Pawesome" cookies.
Students are beginning to understand all the details in running a non-profit business, as we receive merchandise and give of our own time and labor to quickly turn around and gift the goods and funds to a needy cause. This semester we are reaching out to help our 4-legged friends by making their care at the animal shelter more affordable! Please watch for updates and THANK YOU in advance for supporting our drive and bake sale!
Ms. Neve and the Service-Learning Class
SOS Signs of Suicide
We are writing to inform you about a pilot program that’s happening at our school and throughout Jeffco Schools for Secondary students. We are using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. Through this program, we will discuss this challenging topic and teach students about mental health and emphasize how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend.
SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.
Through the program, students learn:
that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help
how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend
to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend
who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it
Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk.
We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.
We are including:
Lessons will begin October 5th and rotate through each grade level through December. More specific information will be sent home when your student’s grade level lesson is approaching.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation, or would like your child to opt out of this program, please contact counselors directly via email with questions or concerns. Shaun.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Everitt Mental Health Team
Señales de Suicidio
Estimados padres / Tutor,
Durante este año de desafío, el personal de la escuela trabaja para enseñar a los estudiantes acerca de la salud mental y cómo buscar ayuda si están preocupados por ellos mismos o algún amigo. Estamos utilizando un programa llamado (SOS Signs of Suicide) Señales de Suicidio. El programa enseña a los estudiantes acerca de este difícil tema y los estimula a solicitar ayuda.
SOS ha sido utilizado por miles de escuelas durante las últimas décadas. Estudios han demostrado que enseña a los estudiantes eficazmente acerca de la depresión y el suicidio mientras que reduce el número de intentos de suicidio reportados por los mismos estudiantes.
A través del programa, los estudiantes aprenden:
1. La depresión puede ser tratada y por lo tanto se les estimula a buscar ayuda.
2. Cómo identificar la depresión y el riesgo potencial de suicidio de ellos mismos o algún amigo.
3. (ACT: Acknowledge, Care and Tell) ACTUAR: Reconocer, Cuidado e Informar a un adulto de confianza si está preocupado por sí mismo o algún amigo.
4. A que personas pueden acudir en la escuela para obtener ayuda, si la necesitan.
Los estudiantes observarán videoclips apropiados para su edad y participarán en un dialogo acerca de la depresión, el suicidio y además qué hacer si están preocupados por algún amigo. Después del video, los estudiantes completarán un método breve de evaluación de detección de la depresión. Este método no puede proporcionar un diagnóstico de la depresión, pero indica si una persona joven debe ser referida a una evaluación por parte de un profesional de salud mental.
Después del video, los estudiantes completarán una hoja de respuestas en la que se les pregunta si les gustaría hablar con un adulto acerca de cualquier preocupación. El personal de la escuela llevará a cabo reuniones breves con cualquier estudiante que solicite hablar.
Les recomendamos que visiten www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent para obtener información acerca de las señales de advertencia del suicidio de jóvenes, recursos útiles y algunos mensajes claves que los estudiantes aprenderán.
Las lecciones comenzarán el 5 de octubre y rotarán a través de cada nivel de grado hasta diciembre. Se enviará a casa información más específica cuando se acerque la lección del nivel de grado de su estudiante.
Incluimos: una infografía para que usted fortalezca el mensaje de ACT en el hogar, hoja de papel con información de recursos y lista de programas locales.
Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la participación de su hijo, o desea que su hijo opte por no participar en este programa, comuníquese con los consejeros directamente por correo electrónico con preguntas o inquietudes. Shaun.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everitt Mental Health Team
PICTURE RETAKE DAY
EVERITT'S MONTHLY SCOOP
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SEA CAMP 2023
PTA (Parent Teacher Association) CORNER:
As the days continue to get shorter I would like to encourage our community to get involved in the PTA as an important connection point for our families, students and teachers. Our full mission statement can be found at the top of every agenda & meeting minutes found on the PTA page, but here is an important excerpt from it:
"Our mission is to support Everitt Middle School and build the Everitt community."
As your neighborhood middle school, Everitt has the unique position in the K-12 school years of bringing the community together for the first time and setting it up for continuation as a community at Wheat Ridge High School.
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.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30pm in the library and online via Zoom, please mark your calendars. We also post reminders on our FaceBook site (https://www.facebook.com/groups/everittpta) and the PTA website (https://everitt.jeffcopublicschools.org/family_resources/p_t_a) including minutes from prior meetings.
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 have been asked a number of times if we need monetary donations for the events we put on. We have focused on building community versus fund raising and have counted on donations at the time of specific event needs. If you are interested in making a set donation to help our PTA hold more events and possibly consider how to meet classroom needs please feel free to donate through Venmo (@Everitt-Middle) or through MemberHub via credit card at: https://everitt.memberhub.com/store/items/781627 . (Please ask your employer if they match donations to K-12 schools to double your impact - if you need a set donation form please e-mail us at EverittPTA@gmail.com)
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 email@example.com or 720-291-1435.
Theme: “Show Your Voice”
Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections!
Click here for a flyer with more info: http://www.jcpta.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/student-info-flyer-2022.pdf
This is a free program. Find the rules and entry form in the Student Packet found here: http://www.jcpta.org/programs/reflections/reflections-students/
For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.
Entries must be submitted by 11/04/22 at 3pm. No exceptions.
If you have any questions, contact Angela Abeyta firstname.lastname@example.org
Connection and up-to-date information available here for all Everitt Families and Staff.
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:
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
Native Student Group - Tuesdays 2:30-3:30 pm
Theatre Guild - Thursdays 2:30-4:00 pm
Middle School Sports Program
In an effort to continue moving forward with volleyball registration, a paper registration form has been created. This form needs to be filled out in its entirety and emailed back to me at email@example.com. Priority enrollment will be determined by date and time form/email was sent. Once capacity has been met no additional registrations will be accepted. The registration form can be digitally filled in. Please verify all information is correct before submitting. All program information will be sent out via email.
If you already registered for volleyball (before the crash), please send me a copy of your registration/receipt. I currently have no way of accessing these records and therefore cannot communicate to those already registered.
This form is for Volleyball registration only. Registration for Basketball, Track & Field, and Soccer will be available (hopefully) online starting December 12th.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions and to share this with anyone who is interested in registering for Volleyball. Here is the link for paper registration: MSSP Registration Form.pdf
Mackey Power, Athletic & Facility Coordinator
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:
- Cross Country: Coed - Practices are M/W 2:45-4:15. There is still time to sign up!
- Volleyball: Coed/paper registration
- Flag Football: Coed Practices are T/Th 2:45-4:15.
- Basketball: Boys & Girls
- Soccer: Coed
- Track and Field: Coed
There is still time to sign up, practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:15 PM. The program runs through August 23 until October 18.
2022-2023 Bell Schedule
Jon Eddie T. - This year Jon Eddie took on the challenge of Honors ELA. From the beginning he was convinced it was a bad fit and shouldn't be in the class. However, he has stepped up the challenge and has demonstrated he is completely capable of achieving at a high level. Keep it up Jon Eddie!
Tucker C. - Tucker has continually taken risks in answering questions in science when he is unsure if he is correct or not. This bravery of curiosity in answering is the culture this school needs to have more of.
Tristen S. - Tristen did a great job advocating for himself and his understanding and comprehension of The Outsiders. Tristen is enjoying reading this book and is engaged and curious about the characters.
Destiny R. - Destiny helped two students complete a class assignment.
Hank R. - Hank consistently asks questions that go beyond the daily lesson and gave up his recess to discuss statistics and find answers to his questions. He is amazing!
Shyanna B. - Shy and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
Delilah Z. - Delilah has continued to excel in her academic efforts during 3rd period. She continues to ignore the distractions of a few and complete her assignments at the highest level. She is an honors student who should, but can't be, in my honors class due to a schedule conflict.
Tievoli W. - Tievoli and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
Jordan S. - Jordan does a great job of staying focused in class & completing all of his work and with great effort. Jordan asks great questions and is a great example of a student leader. Thank you for all your hard work!
Jesiah M. - Jesiah and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
Gabby S. - In art class, Gabby does a great job with getting focused and staying motivated to not only complete the work, but to complete GREAT work with creativity and quality effort.
Northreyez M. - Northreyez and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
Syriah D. - Syriah consistently comes to class prepared and ready to learn. She gives her best effort every day through her participation, classwork, and positive attitude. She is a model for what it takes to be successful in the classroom. Keep it up Syriah!
Joel Y. - Joel and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
Patience P. - Patience is a strong student, but I know working with others is out of her comfort zone. Thank you for being willing to take a risk to improve your learning!
Eliza R. - Eliza and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
Lily M. - I know ELA is not Lily's favorite subject, but she has demonstrated resiliency by giving her best effort everyday and taking a risk to answer questions in class even if she isn't sure she is right. Keep it up Lily!
Eli W. - Thank you for being brave and helping others become more aware of how to be kind.
Lily H. - Lily and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
Madison G. - Maddy did a great job on the Warren Tech field trip and showed her curiosity by asking great questions to each of the programs.
Ryan I. - Ryan and the rest of Ms. Niemeyer's 5th period class decided to share left over donuts from a reward with Mr. Dave, Ms. Tina, Ms. Reardon and Ms. Ronnie as a thank you for all they do in our building.
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.