Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Please join me this Friday (August 4, 2017) to celebrate our summer learning together at my house! I would love to see you all and hear about what you have done with regard to any type of SDL this summer. You don’t need to have COMPLETED the process; you only need to have started and be willing to come and share!

We will meet from 2PM- 4PM at 11810 W 76th Drive, Arvada, CO 80005.

Parents are invited to stay!

Please RSVP to me as soon as possible 720-475-6241.

Bring artifacts and cookies to share!

Monday, June 19, 2017


Hello to my fellow SSDLers,
I hope you are enjoying your time away from room 231 and are taking advantage of a variety of life-long learning activities. While I have YET to start practicing Spanish, I have renewed my certification with Red Cross, taken a long hike, been to a few community art shows, started practicing carving for block printing, practiced the uke, and read a book about vampires and shape shifters. 
While I have not created a specific list of requirements for those who wanted to do a Summer Self-Directed Learning, I hope you are exploring some topics with the rigor and intelligence of a 7th grader. Don't loss those hard-earned habits that you acquired in sixth grade. 
Compared to last summer, are you better at self-motivating to get off the electronics and get into the world... or are you repeating the patterns you had when you were an elementary school student? Are you applying yourself to something challenging without having someone nag you? Are you pulling away from something that is easy and immediate and, instead, investing in learning and practicing something that requires focus, rigor, hard work, self-assessment, and goal setting? 
You absolutely should go ahead with all of your SSDL plans. If you finish one, do another... and don't forget to allow yourself to go slightly off topic or "down the rabbit hole". Sometimes the greatest discoveries are just out of view of the path. 
Email me at ghovinen@jeffco.k12.co.us to let me know what you are up to! 
Stay posted for the future date of our SSDL celebration (in August)
Until then, 
Be well and full of wonder, 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don't show up late on Friday or you may miss your ride!

Sixth Grade Boondocks  Fun!

The sixth graders want to spend a few hours playing together at the Northglenn Boondocks!
When: Friday, May 19, 2017.

We will leave JCOS at around 8:30 and arrive at Boondocks at 9:00.  We have unlimited play and a buffet scheduled.

Thank you Drivers: Authorized drivers will be taking groups of students to Boondocks from JCOS (leaving at 8:30) and returning students from Boondocks to JCOS (leaving at 1:00).

What we DON’T need: MONEY!  A big THANK YOU  to the PTSO and our Zombie Dash money for this day trip.  

3 Hours of Unlimited Use of of Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Go-Karts (Road Track, Slick Track, Rookie Track), Bowling, and Laser Tag Plus $5 Game Play per Guest.

Includes Deluxe Pizza and Pasta Buffet:Pizza and Pasta Deluxe Buffet

  • Premium Cheese, Meat and Veggie Pizzas
  • Penne Pasta Alfredo
  • Penne Pasta Marinara
  • Meatballs
  • Garlic Bread
  • Fresh Garden Salad
  • Ranch, Caesar, & Italian Dressings
  • Ice Cream For Dessert
Please note: Students who have not met the behavior/trust expectations held by the JCOS community will not be able to participate on this trip.

Can carry six passengers:
Can carry three passengers:
Can carry five passengers:
Can carry five passengers.
Can carry four passengers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Downtown Denver Day is WEDNESDAY! (YES- THIS Wednesday!)

Downtown Denver Day        Wednesday, May 17        9:00-3:15
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17, is our annual “Downtown Denver Day”.  During this day parents take small groups of students to one or two highlights our great city has to offer. Thank you to the parents willing to plan, provide transportation, and run a trip.  Students have been asked to bring in $10 to cover costs and to pack a sack lunch.  
Downtown Denver Day Plans
Gabrielle’s Cell #: 720-475-6241
JCOS Office Number: 303-9827045
Catherine Pisano
Driving: Pepsi Center Walking Tour
Luke, James
Adam Alleman
Driving: Pepsi Center Walking Tour
Noah, Felix
Dawn Quaiser
Driving in car: Clock Tower and Pepsi Center
Kaye Taavialma
RTD to Union Station, visit Capital, explore
Kaeyla, Madison
Jaimie Carnahan
Light rail: 16th Street Mall
Nevaeh, Mary,
Elizabeth Duhegraham
Light Rail: 16th Street Mall, Skyline Park, Hammonds Candy Factory
Jessica, Quintry, Haleigh,
Ali Gulaid
Light rail: Capital, Mall, etc...
Aden, Matthew, Cam
Carrie Hankins
Light rail: Union Station, exploring
Fiene, Julia, Kaya,  Xanthia
Meg York
Driving: Denver Art Museum
Arthur, Bo, Julian, Cormac
George Roderick
Can only drive Kolton: 16th Street Mall

Monday, May 8, 2017

Voyage Presentations

Thank you to all of the Voyagers who presented today!

Cut and paste the link below to see images from our first Voyage Presentations.

For full screen viewing, click on the "Present" button in the top right corner once you are in Google Slides.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Today is an important day for our Voyagers! If they are on schedule, they are BINDING their MAGAZINE!


Due Date:
Magazine Feature
Dec. 20, 2016
Proposal final draft:
Feb. 17, 2017
Feature Article #1 DONE Title:

March 3, 2017
Advertisement DONE Item: ____________________________

March 22
Non-Fiction Feature (Article #2)

April 14
Consultant’s Name: _______________________________
Date you met with him/her:______________________________
Consultant Summary and Biography DONE

March 16
Manipulations in Math: _____________________________

April 12
You completed the DO Component of your Voyage
What you did: _________________________________
Documentation of DO is DONE.

April 19
Glossary is DO

April 21
Extra feature:

April 21
Extra feature:

April 25
Letter from the Editor (reflection)

April 26
Magazine is BOUND

April 27

April 28
Table of Contents

May 1-5
Plan, Design, Edit, Revise, and Practice your Voyage Presentation.

May 8-12
Voyage Presentations

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