Remember, seniors, there are specific requirements you must meet in order to attend prom. You should have already attended the mandatory Senior Meeting or Make-up. If you missed it, see Ms. Richason ASAP. You also need to complete your ICAP/Naviance Requirements, pay your fees in full to the Treasurer, and complete 80% of your credit recovery courses. You will be receiving your Prom Requirements Proof of Completion Form in your English classes. This form must be signed and turned in to the Treasurer before you are able to purchase your prom tickets.
Tickets will go on Sale from Monday, April 30 until Thursday, May 10. Singles are $35 and Couples are $60.
African American Young Women at George: the Office of Equity and Inclusion is hosting a wonderful opportunity for African American girls on Friday, April 27 from 9:30am to 1:30pm that will take place here at GW. African-American girls in grades 9-11 are invited to participate in a day of affirmation and sharing. The focus of the day will be career planning, which will include having African American women professionals explain their careers and give advice. African American girls will also have the chance to share their experiences with DPS and provide feedback on what they may need from the district. Please ask your teachers or college counselors for the sign up link and come be part of this day designed just for you!
Every year, Americans generate about 250 million tons of trash. Come join the Environmental Club, dedicated to returning recycling to George, and you can be the change for a better environment! Our meetings are on Wednesdays during lunch in Mr. Lopez’s room (Room 29). Snacks will be provided.
Hello students, staff, and parents,
We need your help! The Colorado House of Representatives is likely to pass a bill about youth mental health through to the Senate. But, it is unlikely that the Senate will vote it through, so we need your voice to convince state Senators to pass this awesome piece of legislation. The bill does three things:
- The age of consent for a minor to seek and obtain outpatient psychotherapy services is lowered from 15 years of age or older to 12 years of age and older.
- Provides free “mental health first aid training” to adults working with youth – including teachers, camp counselors, recreation center employees, youth group leaders, clergy, and parents.
- Further directs the department to coordinate efforts to create and implement a statewide awareness campaign about suicide and youth suicide prevention, as well as awareness of the suicide prevention hotline.
To see the bill in its entirety, click HERE.
What can you do to help it pass?
- Write a letter to state Senators regarding why you believe the bill is good and would like their vote (can be handwritten or typed).
- Set up a meeting with a state Senator to tell them why the bill is good and would like their vote.
We will be going to the Capitol on Wednesday, April 18 during 3rd period (this is when the legislators are in session) to single out state Senators and meet with them one-on-one. If you have a letter you would like us to deliver, please drop it off at the Success Center before 3rd period on Wednesday. If you have an interest in joining us to speak with Senators, please let us know! We would love to have you!
It is important to note that the more personalized these emails or meetings are, the more impact your voice has. That being said, your voice is powerful regardless of what you decide to share and we want our legislators to hear you. We understand that everyone’s mental health story is not only extremely personal but can also be triggering to share. Attached is a template that you can use as much or as little of when drafting your email or scheduling an appointment. Thank you for helping us change the way we treat mental health.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact either of us,
Dear (Your Senator’s Name),
My name is ______ and I am a ______ at George Washington High School in Denver Colorado. I am writing to you about HB18-1177. This is the bill that lowers the age of consent for minors to seek confidential treatment from the age of 15 to the age of 12, provides my teachers and leaders with the opportunity to receive mental health first aid training, and further funds the suicide prevention hotline. There are many youth at my school who are 14 and cannot seek confidential treatment. Many of these youth have parents who would not support their decision to receive help for mental struggles. This may be attributed to the religious, cultural, or personal beliefs of the parents, but I believe that these peers of mine, who are clearly struggling, are fully capable of confidentially seeking help when they are struggling. I do not believe this infringes upon parental rights. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people, and the value of these lives vastly outweighs the consequences of parents feeling “left out.” I urge you to vote in favor of HB18-1177 when it reaches the senate floor. I urge you to vote so that you can save the lives of my friends, help people like me, and make a difference.
Thank you for your time,
As Proud Patriot Parents, let’s celebrate a year of hard work from our teachers and staff at George with a spring dessert fest! Please sign up to contribute cookies, brownies, cupcakes … something sweet to thank our teachers, especially during their last few weeks of school. Please bring your items to the Community Room (Room 110) before 11:00am on Thursday, May 10. Sign up HERE, and thank you!
2-3% of students in any given school both do not identify anyone as a friend and are not identified as a friend by others (Sources of Strength). This leaves those students in a very isolated space, and DPS is on a mission to change that statistic.
The week of April 23 – 27 is #DPSConnects! At GWHS, 20 students volunteered for an “Inspiration Project” to help all staff and students feel connected, valued and inspired. On Monday, April 23, special messages that were chosen and decorated by the volunteers will be delivered to each staff member and every classroom!
Student Volunteers: Sam Nguyen, Citlaly Lopez-Juarez, Manzer Montgomery, Diana Olague-Mena, Emily Medina, Daniel Bogachov, Angel Ceballos-Reyes, Cristian Juarez-Ramirez, Chantrell McLamb, Jaime De Loera, Euan Peart, Solomon Reinhorn, Ellie Lozow, Zach Tsao, Michelle Jargalsaikhan, Erick Cabrera-Munoz, Alex Rocha, and Jacqueline Valenzuela.
The Patriot Players return with their 2018 spring play! Arsenic and Old Lace is a murder mystery comedy. Showings will start with a free after school performance next Wednesday, April 18 at 3:00pm on the GW stage. Regular performances will take place from Thursday, April 19, though Saturday, April 21, starting at 6:30pm, with an additional matinee performance on Saturday at 1:00pm.
Student tickets are $6.00, and all other tickets are $8.00. Don’t miss this hilarious yet sinister production!
Students and parents, please come and help spruce up the GW grounds during our next service day on Saturday, April 14. Tasks include cutting back perennials, cleaning up in the school/community garden, and preparing for Go Green Day on April 21. Please meet us near the community garden on the south side of the school. Plan to work from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This is a great opportunity for students needing service hours!
George Washington High School, in collaboration with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, is hosting an all school assembly celebrating the LGBTQ Community. This event is not only a celebration, but also an opportunity to raise awareness for our LGBTQ youth while also providing information about the supports they have inside and outside of GW. This collaboration, the first for the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, will include stories from GW students and faculty accompanied by song selections about love and equality performed by the chorus.
If you would prefer that your student not attend this assembly, please complete the opt-out form HERE and have your student return it to their 7th period class by Wednesday, April 18.
The Patriot Coffee Cart is excited to provide a 50% discount on May bus passes to students who live outside of the boundary and do not qualify for free or reduced passes. See Ms. Vigil in the Main Office to apply. The first 30 students to apply will receive the discount.