Lifting Jefferson Students to New Heights

Jefferson High School students, staff members and more than 400 family members recently celebrated JHS students reaching great heights.

“JHS has raised the bar for student expectations and experiences,” said Principal Martha Gustafson. “Rather than remediating student failures, our school is focusing on advancing student skill levels in order to compete with other high schools.”

The ceremony awarded 180 students with recognitions in one or more of five award categories of honor roll, attendance, staff-choice and high assessment scores.

Jefferson High School students Ozni Monarrez, Enrique Barraza and Oxli Monarrez proudly accepted recognition awards for high achievement.

Jefferson High School students Ozni Monarrez, Enrique Barraza and Oxli Monarrez proudly accepted recognition awards for high achievement.

“As a new JHS administrative team and staff we are going to do everything we can to support and reward our students for upholding and believing in our school’s mission of excellence,” said assistant principal Michael James.

Staff set the standards high in the first semester and planned to celebrate student achievements through the year. They gave away off-campus lunch passes as rewards. They also organized an all-school and parent breakfast with JHS students catering the event.

“Parents love any opportunity to support their kids so we have opened up our school doors to parents at JHS intentionally,” said James. “We had more than 360 parents at the awards ceremony and that’s a huge accomplishment for our school.”

Jefferson High students Nora Campos and Blanca Mejia worked hard for their honorable recognitions.

Jefferson High students Nora Campos and Blanca Mejia worked hard for their honorable recognitions.

*This story originally appeared in the Jeffco Public Schools publication “The Messenger” and was written by Jeffco Schools employees

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