We have been fortunate to receive two exciting honors/recognition in the past week. At D’Evelyn, we believe that the strong liberal arts program afforded all of our students is a critical factor in their academic success. However, our school’s remarkable track record of achievement could not be achieved without the hard work of D’Evelyn students, the dedication of D’Evelyn faculty and staff, and the support of D’Evelyn parents. D’Evelyn is a challenging program, one that ultimately makes a big impact on the future of D’Evelyn students. I am grateful for the continued, sustained efforts of our students, and believe ultimately that the following recognition are a great tribute to them.
Newsweek recognized D’Evelyn as one of the top 500 STEM High School programs in the United States. As a liberal arts junior/senior high school with strong programs in math and science, we are honored to be recognized for the success of our students in disciplines related to science, technology, engineering, and math. To read more about the rankings, please visit the Newsweek release. This is an exciting follow-up to the April 2019 recognition by US News & World Report of D’Evelyn as the top high school in Colorado and the #136 high school in the nation. To read more about that recognition, please visit this US News & World Report release.
Additionally, the Colorado Department of Education recognized D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School as a 2019 Colorado John Irwin School of Excellence. This is the 16th consecutive year that D’Evelyn has received the John Irwin Award. The John Irwin Award is granted to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. To learn more about the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards, and view other schools recognized, please visit this website. We are proud that Dennison Elementary School, which serves as the only feeder school to D’Evelyn, was also recognized for their excellence with the John Irwin Award.
As we approach Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Break, we have a lot to be thankful for within the D’Evelyn community. I am honored to lead this outstanding school, and to work with students, teachers, parents, and families to continue the success of our liberal arts program in a manner that prepares our students for life. Given the hard work and dedication of our students during this semester, they have earned time off for rest and relaxation during the upcoming Thanksgiving Break. I hope that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, a great break, and many opportunities to spend time with loved ones.
The three weeks of school between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break will be fast-paced and busy.
On Thursday, November 21st, I look forward to hosting D’Evelyn parents for “Coffee with the Principal”. We will provide coffee, hot water, and tea, as well as some light snacks. The purpose of this Coffee with the Principal is to give parents an opportunity to speak directly with me and ask questions about the school. There is a lot going on at D’Evelyn in particular, and in public schools in general, and I am hoping to create an opportunity for D’Evelyn parents to have a chance to discuss these important issues that impact our students. The format will be very informal, and I do not intend to have a prepared presentation or remarks. However, I do look forward to meeting directly with D’Evelyn parents and will be prepared to speak about what is going on in our school based upon the input of parents in attendance.
D’Evelyn Assistant Principal Tim Schmeckpeper will join me for the Coffee with the Principal as well. He specifically works with student discipline, student support, and school safety. I have invited him to join us in this meeting to offer his insight on these particular matters and others as they arise.
I hope you all have enjoyed a wonderful weekend. With only five school days remaining until the Thanksgiving Break, I hope that the last week prior to break goes well for your student and family.
School choice is an important responsibility of all families. In an environment of increasingly distinct educational options in our county and state K-12 educational system, the thoughtful consideration of school choice for our children is a critical decision for all families. As a liberal arts option school for students in grades 6 - 12, D’Evelyn requires thoughtful parent consideration of the school philosophy, as 100% of D’Evelyn students enroll as “choice” students.
We have entered the season of choice enrollment in Jeffco Schools. As of November 5th, the updated EnrollJeffco School Finder system is available for all families in our community to review options available to students in Jeffco for the 2020-2021 school year. I encourage all families to thoughtfully review and consider Jeffco options, prior to choosing the most educationally appropriate school option for their children.
The 1st round Choice Enrollment window will run from December 10, 2019 - January 15, 2020. This is a critical window for all families, but particularly those interested in enrolling their students at D’Evelyn for 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in 2020-2021.
To be considered for priority enrollment, all students must be entered into the EnrollJeffco system as seeking enrollment at D’Evelyn by January 15th. This includes current Dennison 6th grade students, children of D’Evelyn faculty/staff, and students with older siblings already enrolled at D’Evelyn.
Additionally, families interested in D’Evelyn for their rising 6th, 7th, 8th, and/or 9th grade children should plan to attend one of our Prospective Student Information Nights in December or January. All Information Nights begin at 7 pm in the D’Evelyn Auditorium, on the following dates:
D’Evelyn offers a unique academic program to all of its students, a program based in a liberal arts curriculum with high academic and behavioral expectations for all of our students. The school is based on the belief that all students can succeed in a challenging environment, where consistently high expectations are maintained. We specialize in offering a rigorous liberal arts academic program to all of our students. As a liberal arts junior/senior high school, our focus is different from our surrounding comprehensive neighborhood junior and senior high programs. Because of this contrast, it is important for parents/families to know, understand, and embrace this philosophy before enrolling their child(ren) at D’Evelyn.
I encourage all D’Evelyn families to stay up-to-date with reminders and updates about the Enroll Jeffco system this year. The enrollment program is only in its 2nd year of usage, and as a result, we know that there will be frequent reminders and updates for our families. Please stay tuned for forthcoming updates regarding EnrollJeffco. If you have questions about the D’Evelyn enrollment process, please visit our Enrollment webpage, or contact our Registrar, Kathy Hays, at 303-982-6128 or Kathy.Hays@jeffco.k12.co.us.
Josh Griffin, Principal