Principal Blog

Principal News from Colorado's Oldest Continuing High School (est. 1873)

25 Sept
The Demon Dash 5K is coming up in November.  Register now for a discount. This race is a primary fundraiser for our Athletic Department, but funds can also be used for all of our clubs and activities.  If your team or club participates, you are eligible for a grant from the Dash.   Last year we raised $13,000.00!!
I look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Golden, CO at Golden High School 

25 Sept

Family 9Health Fair
Own Your Health--A family Affair

Along with Golden Family of Churches Health Ministries 
18th annual Family Healthy Fair
Saturday 21 October 2017
8:00 am-12:00
Bell Middle School 
1001 Ulysses St, Golden 

Bring the Entire Family!

  • FREE health screenings for the entire family*
  • Spanish interpreter available
  • Medical professionals
  • No ID required
  • Cash, Check or Credit Cards are accepted
  • Flu Shots
  • Low cost blood work**
    • Fasting no longer required
    • Drink plenty of water and take medications
    • Diabetics should not fast

For information on costs, screenings, volunteer opportunities or to pre-register to to

*Free screenings for children: Oral health, Hearing , VIsion
*Free screenings for Adults:  Foot, Hearing, Vision, Oral, Lung function, Skin and more
*Free screenings for everyone: BMI, Blood pressure/Pulse, Stress Assessment, Spinal exams
**Low cost screenings for adults ($20-45 range each):  Blood Chemistry, Blood Count, Vit D, Hemoglobin A1C,
Prostate PSA, Colon Cancer; a limited number of free vouchers for blood work for those who qualify (have no insurance or are under insured) B12 test is free with purchase of any one of the blood work tests.

21 Sept

The No Idle Zone is located in the parking lots nearest the school.  It was created by the GHS Environmental Club to reduce the GHS carbon footprint and to create a healthier environment for our students. Please join GHS in making the air our students breathe cleaner by "Turn off the Key, be Idle Free!"  
Thanks for supporting our students.

5 Sept

Dear Golden Parents and Students,

Last spring, your student took the state English language arts (ELA) and math tests called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).   The CMAS ELA and math tests were developed in collaboration with a consortium of states known as PARCC (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career).  Enclosed please find the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) report for your student’s CMAS ELA and Math performance.   

Your child's scores reflect state expectations and describe your child's performance in ELA and math as well as where your child needs to grow.   The CMAS tests include five performance levels:

Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations

Level 2: Partially met expectations

Level 3: Approached expectations

Level 4: Met expectations

Level 5: Exceeded expectations

Students in performance levels 4 and 5, met expectations and exceeded expectations, are considered on track to being college and career-ready in that subject area by CDE.   The score report also provides information about your child’s performance on specific skills within English language arts and mathematics, so you can see where your student is excelling or needs additional support. Each area includes a description of the skills needed to demonstrate a clear understanding of grade-level standards.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher.


Brian Conroy

Brian Conroy, Ed. S


Past Notes From the Principal 


Important Dates

updated 25 Sept 2017


Sept 26.  - Vision and Hearing screening

Sept. 25-Oct, 12 October Count

Sept. 26- Picture Retakes--Conf Room

Sept. 29 - Blood Drive

Oct.  4- Senior Class Picture during ACE.

Oct.  - Jostens: Grad Announcement/Class rings

Oct.  13-No School

Oct.  12-13- Choir & Instrumental Concert

Oct . 14- PSAT

Oct. - 18 Trick or Treat Street 5:30-8:00

Nov. 10 –Winter Sports Begins

Nov. 10th Veteran’s Breakfast

Nov. 15th Mr. GoldenRidge

Nov. 16 - 8th Grade Parent Nights 6:30-8:30PM

Nov. 20-24-Thanksgiving Break

Dec.  -  Wrestling Invitational

Dec. -02 Holiday Bazaar

Dec.  -Instrumental Holiday Concert

Dec. - Choir Holiday Concert

Dec. 18-20- FINAL EXAMS

Dec.21 -Jan.5 Winter Break 


Jan. 04- Teachers return

Jan. 08- Second Semester Classes Begin

Jan. 15- No School MLK Day

Feb 07- Parent/Teacher Conf 3:30-6:30

Feb.19 -No School – Presidents Day

Feb.-TBD  Sadie Hawkins Dance 7:-10:30

Feb. 22- Chili Cook off and Silent Auction

Feb. 20/21 23/24 27/28 BB Playoffs.  

Feb.- 26 Spring Sports begin

Mar.- 2/3 5/6 BB Playoffs

Mar. 22 -Academic Letter banquet 7:00AM

Mar. 26-30 Spring Break

Apr. 10-? PSA, SAT No school for 9th or 12th

May ?  -AP Exam Chem./Env. Sci.

May ? - Physics 1

May ?-  English Lit/Comp/ Physics 2

May ?- AP U.S. Gov’t/Politics

May ?- AP U.S. Hist.

May ?- AP Biology, Music Theory

May ?- AP Calc. AB, Calc. BC

May ?- AP English Lang

May ? Pops Concert

May ?- AP Stats

May 12-Prom

May ?- Micro Econ/Human Geog/Euro Hist


May 17- Senior Awards

May 18- Moving up ceremony

May 18- Graduation Rehearsal – Sr. Picnic

May 18- Senior’s last day

May 19- GRADUATION– Saturday 9:00AM School of Mines unless it is snowing, and then we will move to the gym, with limited seating.


May 22- Under classmen Awards 7 pm

May 24- Last day for students /11:55 dismissal.

May 28 - Memorial Day (No School)

May 30- Teacher’s Last Day

Important Announcements

25 Sept

Jeffco Schools is adopting the policy of no backpacks or outside water bottles in our sport stadiums.  Students, please do not bring them to the games, you may be asked to return them to your car before you are allowed in to the venue.

25 Sept

Academic Support Available to GHS Students

Since we are nearing the 1st 6 week grading period there has been increased interest from parents and students on how to get academic support to improve grades and understanding of the academic material. Good news- see below for FAQ's about the Demon Den (formerly the Learning Lab that was located in the library)

What is the Demon Den?

  • It is a space staffed every block with core academic teachers (English, Math, Science, And Social Studies), School of Mines students, and GHS student tutors available to help students in a variety of ways.

·         Students can get specific academic questions answered

·         Students can use the space as a quiet place to do school work-computers and printers (BYO printer paper) are available.

·         Need help with organization? We can help!

Where is the Demon Den located?

  • The Demon Den is located in room 220, with spill over space in room 218.

When can students use the Demon Den?

  • Every block period during every school day.

Please use this amazing resource and spread the word that the Demon Den is a great place to get help!

Picture retakes will be held on 26 Sept.  Please use the following code to order your photos:


Pictures are thru MYLIFETOUCH.COM

14 Sept.

Information on Jeffco's plan to move grade 6 to middle school can be found on the Bell Middle School website located with this link:

16 Aug 2017

Dear Jeffco community, families, and students, 

The events in Charlottesville, VA and what they mean for our country going forward weigh heavily on many of us. The purpose of this memo is to address how Jeffco Public Schools will respond to this event in terms of the operation of our schools – and how we can use this as an authentic learning experience for our students. 

Let me begin by stating, unambiguously, every one of our public schools is a safe place for all children and students in our community. This commitment to serve and welcome all is at the core of public education’s moral purpose. 

As Americans, we value and cherish the right to speak our minds as guaranteed by the First Amendment. At Jeffco Public Schools, we respect the right of any person or group to, peacefully, express their views and opinions.  

However, acts or expressions which threaten any student’s right to enter one of our schools, to feel safe, and to have the opportunity to learn will not be tolerated and will be subject to applicable district bullying/anti-harassment policies and/or state or federal criminal law. 

Our schools are not disconnected from our community or the nation. Discussions and feelings about the violence in Charlottesville, VA and the subsequent reactions around the country, will make their way into our schools – whether we are ready for them or not. As we have done when other tragedies present themselves, we will work to ensure we meet the social/emotional needs of students impacted by this event. 

While this presents challenges, it also brings the opportunity to engage students in an authentic and timely learning experience on issues relating to free speech, tolerance, race, leadership, and historical context. 

District curriculum and instructional staff have prepared resources to support our teachers in deciding how they will engage with students on this event and related topics. We entrust our classroom teachers and building principals to make professional decisions about the age-appropriateness of these discussions, as well as when and where activities related to this learning might take place. Instruction will be within the Board-adopted content standards and curricula, and will follow the usual district processes related to teaching controversial topics and providing alternative learning activities.  

We encourage you to consider speaking with your family about these matters, considering your own family values and context. 

On behalf of all of us at Jeffco Public Schools, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve your family, and to be part of this wonderful community. 

Kind regards,

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Superintendent & Chief Learner 

Student meal prices for school year 2017-2018

ü Breakfast: 

§  Secondary $2.10

§  Reduced meal price for all grade levels                   $0.00 

(The Smart Start Nutrition bill signed into law in 2007 allows all reduced eligible children to eat breakfast for free.)


ü Lunch:

  •  Secondary $3.35

§  Reduced meal price for grades PK – 5 students     $0.00

(HB 14-1156 was signed into law in June 3, 2014.  It allows students in grades PK–5 who are eligible for reduced price meals to eat lunch for free).

§  Reduced meal price for grades 6 – 12 0.40 


§  8 oz. milk carton $ 0.85


Adult meal prices are set to comply with USDA regulations.

§  Adult breakfast meal price A la carte

§  Adult lunch meal price w/o beverage             $4.15