My name is Jessica Roe and I attended Littleton Public Schools from 1st through 12th grade.
Today, our teenagers are at the same schools that my husband Gates and I attended.
While I have volunteered at those schools since our first child was in kindergarten at Sandburg, in the past year, I have had the opportunity to serve as a spokesperson for parents and educators in LPS. Our message to the Board of Education was that the district has room to improve on its assessment of how our schools can serve each student equitably - college bound or not. We have also pressed for better safety measures on campus and increased mental health resources for our students in a time where we have recently experienced a suicide epidemic.
The process for parents of students to receive adequate communication with educators, administrators and the board can be tough to navigate. It is my goal to gap that communication bridge and be the voice for all. I greatly appreciate your time in getting to know me and my vision for LPS. ~ Jessica Roe
Each and every student in the Littleton Public School System deserves the highest quality education, whether they are headed to college, to vocational/technical training, or straight into the workforce. Our classrooms are filled with students who all have different needs. Equal treatment, does not equal success for all. By instead focusing on EQUITABLE treatment, we can then consider those individual needs, then find resources, and support, to meet them, that way, all students can thrive in school.
Safety costs should be factored into the price the district pays to build a facility and maintain it. Third party risk assessments are vital, along with tourniquet kits in the classroom and “Stop the Bleed” training.I also support pro-active investments to keep threats outside and students safe on the inside. CLICK HERE to see a simple bulletproof liner we can use on exterior windows and interior doors and windows.
The Littleton Education Association's (”LEA”) position is, "We believe recruiting, preparing and retaining quality teachers is the central strategy for improving our schools." It goes without saying that those same quality teachers should be able to make ends meet and not have to work second and third jobs concurrent to their role in the classroom. CLICK HERE to learn more about the LEA's vision and mission.
The National Education Association (”NEA”) reports class size reduction studies have found that enrollment in smaller classes can lead to higher standardized test scores, an increased likelihood of taking college entrance exams, increased earnings, and higher college attendance rates. Read more: http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/PB08_ClassSize08.pdf .
Chances are, your Thursday nights may be a tad bit busy - whether it's sports or homework with the kids, or other personal commitments - you may not be able to join the LPS Board of Education in person at 6:30pm every-other Thursday night.
Our teachers are not psychologists, however they deserve the tools and training to navigate in a world where the mental well-being of our children has become a new reality. The board should do everything possible to ensure that all of our mental health outreach conveys to students, parents and educators that there should be no stigma attached with asking for help.
CLICK HERE to hear from the director of LPS's Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health in a video about the district's need for mental health awareness as a critical part of preparing students for real life after high school.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Coloradans age 10-24. We have seen a suicide epidemic (aka: "cluster") in recent years among LPS students. The district has implemented the nationally accredited Sources of Strength ("SOS"), and Jessica has been a strong proponent that SOS and any anti-bullying curriculum be scientifically based with an annual evaluation by the district.
CLICK HERE to read a new report on the fact kids in Colorado are dying at a record pace from suicide, far higher than the national rate. CLICK HERE to learn about the American Psychological Association's "Signs to Watch For" to prevent teen suicide.