Everitt Family Newsletter
~ For Everitt Families: September 23, 2022 ~
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Dear Everitt Families:
This week started with a truly difficult Monday, but it ended with a really lovely Thursday. Thank you for reaching out this week with your questions about how to best support your children and with your support for us as a school. We feel grateful to be in this community and feel so cared for by all of you. I promise to always communicate as much as I can as soon as I can and to be as transparent as possible about what is going on at Everitt.
Our week ended with a wonderful pep rally. The pep rally started with Wheat Ridge High School's band, choir, cheerleaders, football players, and student council members leading us in songs and cheers. Our students then competed in grade-level games with "We are ____ grade!" resonating through the gym and down the hallways. The pep rally ended with 6th grade discovering that they are the first-ever recipients of the Everitt Spirit Award! Many thanks to Mr. O'Connor, Ms. Allen and our student council members for planning and leading the event, to Mr. Leonard for creating the spirit awards, and to Wheat Ridge High School for their partnership. Thank you, also, to the many Everitt families who went to the WRHS homecoming game last night to support the Farmers! Wheat Ridge is the best! (Sorry, fellow GHS alumni.)
Today, our staff spent time learning together about trauma, how to best work with students impacted by trauma, and how to ensure that we are not overwhelmed by vicarious trauma.
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?
Tues 9/27 ~ 8th Grade Warren Tech Field Trip 9:30 am
Mon 10/3 ~ October Count Day
Wed 10/5 ~ Picture retakes
Wed 10/5 ~ PTA Meeting 6:30 pm & SAC Meeting 7:30 pm
Fri 10/7 ~ Everitt Band @ WRHS Football Night
Tues 10/18 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-6:30 pm
Wed 10/19 ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-6:30 pm
Thurs 10/20 & Fri 10/21 ~ No school for students
SEPTEMBER SPIRIT WEEK & ASSEMBLY
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 October 3 - 31. 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
Warren Tech Field Trip
Attention all eighth graders and their families. On the morning of Tuesday, September 27th all Everitt eighth graders will be attending the Warren Tech Field Trip!
Warren Tech is Jeffco's designated career and technical education center that offers high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to engage in real world professional projects, earn college credits, credits towards high school graduation, and industry certifications. The Warren Tech field trip is a chance to learn more about Warren Tech and see firsthand all the incredible opportunities that they have to offer Jeffco students.
Permission slips will be handed out in your students' Language Arts class on Monday, September 12th, and were due back by Friday the 16th. Reach out to your counselor with any questions.
PICTURE RETAKE DAY
EVERITT'S MONTHLY SCOOP
Check out the Everitt Monthly Scoop (a digital newspaper). Click on the link below to enjoy interviews, movie and book reviews, horoscopes and so much more!
SEA CAMP 2023
SHOTS FOR TOTS AND TEENS
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Everitt 6-8 Grade Flag Football - The team has been having fun and showing great sportsmanship and teamwork at their games. It is great hearing them cheer and encourage each other throughout the game.
Nayelli V. - Nayelli stayed after 8th grade lunch was over and helped out in the cafeteria with a group of friends. Thank you for all the help!
Jonas A. - Jonas always offers a helping hand to others in class. By doing so, Jonas helps others be successful and feel welcome. Jonas helps other students during activity time and makes sure that everyone is included!
Alyssa D. - Alyssa stayed after 8th grade lunch was over and helped out in the cafeteria with a group of friends. Thank you for all the help!
Peyton S. - Peyton voices her thoughtful and insight opinions in class that brings deeper thinking and learning for those around her. Thank you for being a leader in class, you rock!
Jaymie S. - Jaymie stayed after 8th grade lunch was over and helped out in the cafeteria with a group of friends. Thank you for all the help!
Jazzy C. - Jazzy stayed after 8th grade lunch was over and helped out in the cafeteria with a group of friends. Thank you for all the help!
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.