The fourth annual Southern Gables Neighborhood Night Out had about 500 of our favorite neighbors playing games, checking out local businesses, getting to know one another, listening to music and chowing down on hotdogs at the schoolyard. People passing by the table at the gold-and green balloon arch entryway were sometimes taken aback when asked, “Do you have a ticket?” The tickets were not needed for admittance, but were being given out for the raffle featuring prizes connected with our Local Business Supporters.

In the first drawing, Kendyl won the Weber Grill and stand. She’s a tiger! Kendyl is the granddaughter of Southern Gables residents Doug and Judy Whitten.

The next winner was Margie Montrose, with a $250 gift certificate for car work at Emich Chevrolet. (“Do you think they’ll work on a Prius?” Answer: Yes!)


Wendy Diamonte won a game-day tailgate set: 2 Bronco chairs with a matching cooler, wagon, And tumbler.



Our next big winner was Charlee, granddaughter of Southern Gables residents Gregg and Monica Abelein. Charlee won FIVE fifty-dollar gift certificates for, um, let’s see… $250!

In the final drawing of the evening, Melissa Giardina won a $200 certificate from White Fence Farm. With that much buying power coming at them, ALL the chickens will be crossing the road! Just to round out the evening, Melissa’s prize was bumped up to $250 with a $50 gift certificate for Great Harvest Bread.


Success Story: Our Own Green Gables Elementary

We received some great news from Suanne Hawley, Principal of Green Gables Elementary School. She sent a copy of a press release from the Jefferson County School District, highlighting our very own favorite school.

Jeffco’s Performance Continues to Exceed the State

Golden, CO (August 16, 2018) — Jeffco Public Schools’ Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and college entrance test results for the 2017-18 school year continue to outpace the state of Colorado for achievement and growth data on CMAS and PSAT/SAT assessments.

Success Story. One of the many school success stories in Jeffco includes Green Gables Elementary in Lakewood, celebrating English language arts growth results that increased from the 37th percentile in 2016 to 56th in 2018. CMAS mathematics growth showed even larger gains, from the 28th percentile to the 58th percentile over three years. Achievement scores also steadily improved.

The Heart of the Neighborhood

“We are so proud to see our school vision of Leading, Learning, and Growing…Together! make a difference and that student growth is showing in our CMAS results. Over the last two years, we pulled together as a highly-collaborative school community with a laser-like focus on the student experience, professional learning, and fostering strong relationships through a commitment to restorative practices,” explained Principal Suanne Hawley. “Thanks to the hard work of our staff, student self-direction, and support from our families, our kids are learning more than ever!”

Points of Light. Notable Jeffco performance highlights include SAT and PSAT achievement and growth scores that substantially exceed the state of Colorado’s overall performance, as well as performance gains in middle school math achievement.

“It’s clear we have made progress, and we make a point to celebrate those successes. We also track the strategies that are making an impact so we can support this work in other areas of our district,” said Matt Flores, Chief Academic Officer.

Room to Grow. CMAS and SAT results provide an opportunity to identify areas that need attention as well, notably opportunity gaps for students who reside in lower income communities. Jeffco Public Schools has prioritized its commitment to equity in Jeffco’s strategic vision and strategic plan, as the organization believes a truly great system offers all students an opportunity to realize their full potential.

“Jeffco Public Schools continues its tradition of excellence, as expected,” said Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass. “However, our work in transforming the classroom experience for all students will give us more opportunities to make learning engaging, and I’m confident that our CMAS, PSAT, and SAT results will track that positive impact as we move forward.”

About Jeffco Public Schools

Jeffco Public Schools has been providing educational excellence for more than 65 years. The district serves over 86,000 students at 155 schools. Jeffco Public Schools is dedicated to changing the classroom experience through Readiness for Learning, Conditions for Learning, and Learning as outlined in the Jeffco Generations strategic vision. Find Jeffco Public Schools on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Article provided by Diana Wilson
Executive Director, Communication Services

Volunteers Needed

Festival Italiano at Belmar is going zero waste! ZWS will be on-site operating two zero waste stations during the event (Sept. 8 & 9). If you live in or near Lakewood, please help us by volunteering a couple of hours of your time so that we can keep as much trash out of the landfill as possible. There is no heavy lifting required and you won’t have to handle the trash. As a bonus, all volunteers will receive a meal voucher to enjoy a yummy treat from one of the vendors at the festival. [Sign up link deleted after the event] And… check out more volunteer opportunities here. Update: we had several Southern Gables volunteers. Thanks to Doug and Judy Whitten, Carol Lally, and yours truly, Bruce McDonald.