Written by: Tim Schmeckpeper, Assistant Principal
The Heart of D’Evelyn is an award intended to recognize students who exemplify values such as honor, integrity, compassion, and kindness. Each quarter, beginning in calendar year 2021, we will acknowledge students who embody the heart of D’Evelyn through their actions. Faculty nominations are solicited on a quarterly basis. A committee, composed of staff and student leaders, selects two overall “winners” each quarter for school-wide recognition; additionally, each nominated student will receive a certificate with a copy of their individual nomination form.
It is a great honor and privilege to announce that Bria Williams and Faith Vijayabaskaran have been selected by the committee as the inaugural recipients of the Heart of D’Evelyn. Here is what the faculty members who initiated their nomination had to say about these exceptional young ladies:
Bria Williams has been our Jr. High Student Council president during this challenging year, and, under her leadership, the Student Council created many wonderful ways to create connections between Jr. High Students, particularly when we were full remote / hybrid. While all the student council members deserve recognition for their work on talent shows, contests, game days, etc., Bria led the way by keeping the council focused and by finding ways for each member to have a voice even when we were all separated. Thanks, Bria! (Brennan Gause)
Faith Vijayabaskaran is a model 9th grade student, a kind, caring young lady and an example of integrity and perseverance. It has been an absolute pleasure to be her teacher this year, and I know that many D'Evelyn students benefit from her kindness, compassion, and stoic leadership. She participates often and is always reading and thinking deeply. She has great insight and ideas that she often shares with our class, and her classmates, every day, benefit from her valuable contributions because her insight enhances the depth of our discussion. Throughout the trials and challenges of this school year, I have been grateful for her positive attitude, kind spirit, and hard work. I and her classmates can ALWAYS count on her to show up and give it her all. I have no doubt that she will have continued success at D'Evelyn and that she will make both our school community and our world a better place. (Kristine Sweney)
Written by: Tony Adams, President
During the 2020-2021 school year the D’Evelyn NJHS organization has held its long standing tradition of excellence in academics, school spirit, and community outreach, despite the numerous challenges presented due to the COVID-19pandemic. At the beginning of the school year the NJHS officers: Tony Adams (president), Grace Copland (vice president), Evelyn Oltmans (treasurer), and Lucrezia Connor (secretary) along with the NJHS staff leaders Ms. Johnson and Mr. Northway, were faced with the near impossible task of holding NJHS meetings, planning sessions, and events all completely remotely. This created numerous challenges such as getting students to participate, allowing our community to bond, and spreading the word about meetings and events. However, the entire D’Evelyn NJHS community came prepared to conquer these challenges together.
The school year began with the Boon Supply Fundraiser. This was a completely virtual fundraiser that allowed users to choose from a wide variety of items and gifts to be purchased online. In total there were over $1000 in sales, over$500 of which went straight to NJHS. This money went towards both an inner city health clinic in Denver and the Presbitarian St. Luke’s hospital for children. In addition to this, the D’Evelyn NJHS program has continued its tradition of promoting generosity and dedication through individual service projects. This year, NJHS members accumulated over 300 hours of community service in total. These projects included peer tutoring, food drives, volunteer work, and much more community outreach.
All in all, NJHS remains a successful and important group to our school and community as a whole despite countless hurdles to overcome. The organization serves as a reminder of just how big an influence a small group of teenagers can make when united under a strong sense of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. We encourage all NJHS members to continue to present these values in the rest of their academic careers, and we are more than excited to pass the torch on to the next group of students who I’m sure will work hard to spread hard work and positivity throughout not just our school, but the entire community.
We want to wish you all a wonderful and well rested summer! We can’t wait to see you all again next school year. The counseling staff will be out of the office for most of June and July. We will do our best to reply to your questions and concerns in a timely fashion, but we will officially be back in the office at the beginning of August.
Written by: Jon Watson, High School Counselor, A-K
Counselors will be taking schedule changes for next school year beginning on August 9, 2021. We will be in our offices on registration day, August 9th, to assist students with schedule changes. Remember there are exceptions to schedule changes, and we are not always able to accommodate all requests. If you have any questions about this process please contact your counselor.
Make sure you are finalizing those college applications and begin preparing for the next step. This is an exciting time of year getting to decide the next steps in your young and very bright futures. However, this time can also be overwhelming. Talk to financial aid offices for scholarship opportunities and other financial assistance. If you have any questions about your next steps please contact your counselor!
We want to wish you all the best, and we know that you will go on and do great things. You have been a pleasure to work with, and you all will be missed!
Your junior year is quickly coming to an end and before you know it the college application process will be upon you. We highly encourage you to start thinking about your college essays over summer, to visit college campuses, re-take the SAT or take the ACT if you want another shot at standardized tests, and to talk to your counselor before break if you have any questions. The college application process is supposed to be a fun experience for you and your family, not a stressful one. We are here to answer any questions you might have. The more you complete over the summer the less work you have to do in the fall.
Information about future SAT or ACT test dates can be found at collegeboard.org or ACT.org. You can also find links to those websites on the counseling website. If students want to begin working on their common application, which is an application that over 750 schools are using, they can begin filling that out at commonapp.org. If your student is applying to at least two schools that utilize the Common Application it is a good idea to apply through the Common App instead of the school directly. All of this information can be found online on the institutions website directly, Naviance, or the Common App website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your counselor.
Start participating in meaningful summer activities. Whether those are internships, volunteer experiences, a paying job, or other extracurricular activities. We want you to start building your resume for the college process and this is one of the best summers to engage in meaningful activities. Summer is also a great time to start visiting colleges to find out what type of school environment will best suit you.
Your PSAT results should have been released over the last week or so. If you do not have an account make sure you sign up on their website www.collegeboard.org , and your scores will be linked to your account. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the counseling department.
We hope that you have a wonderful summer break and you start exploring your interests in career fields. Even though college may seem far away, it is never too early to start discovering what type of careers will interest you. Summer is the best time to find internships, begin working, shadow professionals, and talk to members in the community about their careers.
Written by: Jennifer Ford
Hear ye, hear, ye! The procedure for buying novels for English classes has changed. Rather than pay a fee at registration and wait for English teachers to pass out novels during the school year, families will now need to visit the D’Evelyn Home page and click on “Academics” → “English Novels for D’Evelyn Families to Purchase.” There, you will find this link that lists all required novels for each grade level and their corresponding ISBN numbers. When ordering these required novels for the school year, families may use any book-buying sites. With this ISBN # information in hand, families should order novels for the upcoming school year so that students have them by the first day of school, August 17th, 2021.
It is extremely important to search for books using the provided ISBN number to ensure that all students get the same copy with matching page numbers, thus guaranteeing more cohesive class discussions. All book-buying sites-- Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Addall.com, and Abebooks.com, to name a few-- allow customers to search by ISBN number. When using Amazon.com, be sure to scroll past any sponsored ads to get to the correct book. Also, be careful: Sometimes Amazon suggests a similar book with a different ISBN number. Check “product details” for ISBN number match, and make sure the cover of the book you are purchasing matches the cover on the D’Evelyn book list. If the cover does not match, it’s most likely the same book under a different publisher with different page numbers, so please check another site.
With this change, we are hoping that families will be able to buy books more affordably and more efficiently than before. In the age of online shopping, the new system allows families to transition into the widely-adopted practice of buying books off a school supplies list from different vendors. It also cuts D’Evelyn out as the middle man between students and their books, saving a significant amount of class time.
Thank you for your attention to this new book-buying system. We hope it will bring more direct purchasing and savings for every D’Evelyn family!
Written by: Daniel Wille, Assistant Principal
Even though the school year will be ending soon, it is very important to apply in School Year 2020-21 for Free and Reduced-Price meal benefits if you previously qualified for Free and Reduced-Price meals or you believe you may qualify for this current school year. The Free and Reduced-Price meal application is used for many other benefits within the District (not just free and reduced-price meals); and, approval of an application is necessary to receive any of these additional benefits. Benefits may include waiver of fees for AP testing, standardized tests (SAT, PSAT, etc.), general school fees, textbook fees, technology fees, transportation fees, and may even include additional funding for your school!
If you have not already done so for the current school year, please log in to SchoolCafe to apply for Free and Reduced benefits before July 1, 2021. If you have further questions, please contact Lexie Kermani at Lexie.Kermani@jeffco.k12.co.us or call 303-982-6916.
Written by: Jenna Spendlove, DEF Executive Director
The D’Evelyn Dash is on August 28th, 2021
The DASH is D’Evelyn’s big back-to-school community event as well as a fundraiser for the D’Evelyn Education Foundation. Mark your calendar now!
All funds raised by the DASH go to the D'Evelyn Education Foundation which supports our students and staff by funding academics, athletics, performing arts, scholarships, technology and textbooks, after prom events, junior high boosters, girls and boys mentoring, and teacher training, just to name a few. The monies provided by DEF benefit every student in some manner throughout their time at D'Evelyn.
Come join a fun team! Here’s how you can get involved:
Dash Help Needed
We are looking for help in the following categories in addition to day-of event help. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can use your help in any way and would love to work with you!
Sponsorships – help solicit sponsorships, in-kind donations
Course Co-Chair – help manage all course related matters
Written by: Scott Spendlove & Becky Paschke
And the Very Rock Wept with Joy at the Sound.
From 1936-1942, 200 men of Company 1848/Mount Morrison worked during the Great Depression on one of the Civilian Conservation Corps greatest accomplishments. They created-revealed really- the stunning majesty of the Red Rocks Amphitheater. These men fashioned this cathedral by hand for much of the work. Carefully shaping what God had created into a work of art, a setting for other artists to perform and show their talents. Creating the seating between the towering 300-foot edifices of Ship Rock and Creation Rock. Unique in all the world, Red Rocks is the only naturally occurring acoustically perfect amphitheater on Earth.
Once called the Garden of the Angels, the Red Rocks Amphitheatre project was an outgrowth of FDR’s effort to help pull the Nation out of its Depression doldrums. And I like to think that wherever those workers might be- be they already in the mists of the Great Beyond, or whether they are in their last years on Earth-that those men were with us in spirit Wednesday night, cheering on the performances. With the reverberations of applause heard long past when the audience in attendance had ceased clapping, I believe it was the lingering echoes of cheers from the 30,000,000 visitors and audience who have sat in those seats in the last 80 years. If you looked hard enough through the twilight you could see the silhouettes of those crowd members of days gone by. And the glistening of the rock may not have been from the rain earlier in the day. For me, the very Rocks were weeping with joy for the return of the glorious sounds of music to this venerated setting. The cancelation of concerts, and Easter Sunrise Service, and Yoga and Films on the Rocks and all the other reasons that nearly a million people a year come to this place, has hurt. This past COVID-cursed year has hurt. It has hurt the community. It has hurt the musicians and workers and audiences who missed out on the wonderful power of music to bring us together and touch our soul. And Wednesday night was a proclamation to the Virus-to the Community, and to the World-MUSIC is BACK. WE are back! And the very Rocks wept with joy.
The D’Evelyn Marching Band was honored to perform on the last Wednesday of April for the “Red Rocks 8 pm Howl” concert that honored healthcare workers and other groups who ‘kept the music going’ during the dark days of the COVID Pandemic. Host Bret Saunders from KBCO welcomed the Band to the stage by noting their historic participation the Presidential Inauguration Virtual Parade Across America. The Band performed their inauguration piece, American Patrol; the D’Evelyn Fight Song “The Victors”; “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga. And the Band brought down the house with a jubilant rendition of crowd favorite “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.
Some of the other acts included the Emerald City Pipes and Drums who performed for nursing home and other places to raise spirits, and nurse Emily Worthem who sang to her COVID patients. Other acts were 11-year-old pianist phenom Rad Muljadi, Gospel group JoFoke, and the Longmont High School Drumline, two Jazz acts and the couple who started the ‘8 O’Clock Howl’ were invited to help welcome live music back to the iconic Red Rocks stage. And the D’Evelyn Marching band was honored to close out the show!
The D’Evelyn Marching Band now has the rare distinction of having performed on the same stage as such acts as U2, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and John Denver. D’Evelyn’s performance officially kicked off- the return of live music to one of the most famous music venues in the world. Good Job Jags, Good Job!
Written by: Jenna Spendlove, DEF Executive Director
Congratulations 8th Graders!
Time to celebrate your Junior High School experience!
Join us for a fun-filled event with all kinds of great outdoor activities, including a DJ!
Refreshments will be served. See you all there!
Date: May 27th, 2021
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: In Front of D’Evelyn
8th grade students only. Please RSVP so we have a count of kids for the celebration.
Parents – we could use your help!
Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44ADAC22A4FE3-8thgrade2
Michelle Reeb and Jill Kroog
D'Evelyn Jr High Social Committee
Written by: Greg Kottcamp, Assistant Principal
2020 - 2021 Sr. High & Jr. High School
Academic Awards & Recognitions
For the second year in a row, we are unable to host our Awards Nights and come together as a community to honor the many outstanding students as chosen by their teachers for their great accomplishments this year. However, we seek to honor them in this alternative format. Please join us in congratulating these students for their achievements in the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to our faculty and staff for taking the time to recognize these individuals with awards and the accompanying videos. The award certificates were distributed to students this week, hopefully they have already shared the good news with you. The two links below will take you to the Jr. High and Senior High Award Presentation videos.
Junior High Awards Videos 20-21
Senior High Awards Videos 20-21
Congratulations to all D’Evelyn students that were honored with the 2020-2021 Academic Awards and Recognitions. We are very proud of you!
Written by: Lisa Bell, Teacher Librarian
SENIORS!!! Want to take all of your hard work that you’ve created in your Google jeffcoschools.us account when you graduate?
ANSWER: Yes! You must take action! Your account will be archived on August 1st, 2021!
Use Google Takeout!!! This tool allows you to zip and take everything that you have on your jeffcoschools.us account! This service, offered by Google, backs up all of your Google account's data into one file, which you can then download wherever you want.
I’ve included a quick tech tip and am happy to help support in any way I can!
Please reach out if you need help! Lisa.Bell@jeffcoschools.us
Greg Kottcamp - Assistant Principal