This is a message from the district, not an individual school.

Greetings Jeffco Families!

We hope your summer break was filled with adventure and rest! 

School starts August 17 and it is time to start thinking about registration and back-to-school business. Registration and the student fee payment system are now officially open. Below are steps to take to get started, and here is a handy checklist too!

Go to JeffcoConnect to:

  • Review or edit student and parent contact information
  • Check every section via the menu on the left to ensure accuracy
  • We recommend you enter a mobile number, and select message categories for that number, to receive text notifications, a feature especially helpful for quick notification if there is a school emergency
  • Remember to hit “submit” after making changes and additions
  • You may also link to the fee payment system and MyPaymentsPlus for lunch accounts while in JeffcoConnect
  • If you need login assistance, contact your child’s school.

Some exciting announcements:

  • We have launched our new website! Check it out - Additionally, all our school websites have changed over to our new platform so they may look a little different, too. We appreciate your patience as school staff are updating their new sites as quickly as they can.
  • With our new website comes our new app - download it from the Apple store or Google Play beginning August 8. It is synced with the website, so information with be current and easily accessible via mobile device.
  • Don't forget to use our handy new Family Portal and Back-to-School web page - it features a list of everything you need to do to get ready for school.
  • Don't miss out on announcements and good news from the district! Follow Jeffco on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube. Facebook and Twitter are also the fastest way to get urgent information from Jeffco.
  • Jeffco students, parents, families, staff, and community members may engage with Dr. Glass via Twitter @COJasonGlass and through his blog,
  • Be sure to check your child's school website for additional, school-specific registration and start-of-school information.

We are looking forward to a great 2017 - 18 year in Jeffco and to seeing all your smiling faces very soon!

Diana M. Wilson | Chief Communications Officer
Jeffco Public Schools | 1829 Denver West Dr., Bldg. 27, 4th Fl. | Golden CO 80401
303.982.6808 |


Hydroponics Brings Science to Life

posted Apr 18, 2017, 10:27 AM by Christy Izmirian [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 7:38 PM ]


"Can we grow food on Mars?" science teacher Amanda Price asked her students in early February. The question launched a large-scale, hands-on project for 150 eighth grade students at Carmody Middle School.

The class worked on growing chard, lettuce, cucumbers, cilantro, spinach and seven types of basil with no soil or natural sunlight. Thanks to $5000 of in-kind donations from Lakewood business Way to Grow, $1000 from the Carmody family, and the support of school administrators, fellow teachers and the all-important financial secretary, Ms. Price was able to construct two large indoor growing stations. "And a ton of help from my husband," she adds, "he was great."

"My favorite part was learning about hydroponics," shared on student. "We garden at home, so building on that was really cool." "Plants can grow without soil as long as they have nutrients," added a classmate. In addition to learning to grow plants using nutrient-filled pellets and artificial light, the lessons related to the hydroponic growing project extended to genetics, variation, mitosis, cloning, chemistry, and more. The tie to Mars also enabled space, force and motion, energy, weather, and how matter responds to energy to the semester.

The culmination of the project was April 14 when the students harvested some of their plants to make pesto and then eat the fruits of their labor. With a task of learning "how chemicals help us understand our body" the students moved through stations to first process each plant, then use the periodic table of elements to identify how it might affect the body when eaten. "I don't like the chard," piped up one group member. "Oh, I do," chimed in another. "I want everyone to a least try at a bit of everything," Ms. Price advises the class.

When asked her thoughts on the how the project went, Price glows, "This really made learning come alive for the kids; for so many these are brand new experiences." Now that it's clear food can be grown on Mars, what's next? "We are going to grow algae for fuel next year," she shares excitedly. "I've heard it grows really well with our set up and the science behind it will be exciting."

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