To all parents and guardians in the G-Dub Community, if your student will need to take any medications for any reason during the 2018-19 school year, including over the counter medications for allergies, menstrual cramps, headaches, sports injuries, or cold symptoms, please stop by the nurse’s table at Back to School Night to pick up a medication authorization for your student in order for them to be able to receive medication here at school. Per DPS policy, students may not self-carry their own medications. Instead, with a medication authorization signed by the parent and the PCP, a personal bottle of medication can be stored in the health office for your student to have access to at any time.
Thank you so much for your cooperation in this regard,
Omisola Ari, School Nurse
GW is in need of peer tutors to help out after school from Monday through Thursday. If you have the time and the ability to help your peers with Mathematics, English, Chemistry, and/or US History, we need you! Please see Mr. Bolz in Room 307 for more details.
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Educating our students about how to care for themselves and friends is an important task. Students are most likely to talk to their friends when having a problem, and some students entering adolescence experience a rollercoaster of difficult emotions. Depression is among the most common of mental illnesses, and it appears to be occurring at a much earlier age for recent generations. Depression is a leading risk factor for suicide, and is treatable. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth. While not every student will experience these feelings, any child may find themselves in a position to help someone who does.
To proactively address these issues, the GWHS mental health team will be training all 9th graders in the Signs of Suicide program this week, from September 5 through September 7. The program was developed by a highly regarded non-profit organization and has been used by thousands of schools nationwide since 2000. It has proven successful at encouraging concerned students to seek help for themselves or their friends (American Journal of Public Health, March 2004). The 9th graders will also learn about Safe2Tell Colorado. Safe2Tell is a Colorado model prevention strategy operating under the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Department of Law. Safe2Tell Colorado is required to be part of school safety planning by the Colorado Department of Education. Programming focuses on educating students on the importance of reporting concerns and how to anonymously report to Safe2Tell Colorado.
Our goals include:
- Helping students understand that depression is a treatable illness
- Explaining that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often results from untreated depression
- Providing students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
- Impressing upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a trusted adult about concerns
- Helping students identify the people in the school that they can turn to for help
- Supporting the healthy emotional development of all students
If you do not want your child to participate in this programming, passive permission slips went out to all 9th graders last week. Please sign the passive permission slip, and your child will be able to work in the GW Library during the scheduled class times. If you have further questions, please contact Sarah Hartman, LCSW at 720-423-8673. We appreciate this opportunity to meet your child and teach them important steps in taking care of themselves and their friends.
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Location: GWHS Library
Details: Snacks, childcare, and interpretation services will be provided.
P3 Organizer: Libby Neid (email@example.com)
Proud Patriot Parents introduces its first Community Meeting of the school year. All GW students, parents, and community members are invited to attend a showing of Screenagers, a film revealing how tech time impacts teens’ development and offering solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, you’ll discover surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists in this extraordinary and timely film.
Stay after the film for a thoughtful community discussion led by GW mental health professionals and students.
If you’d like to attend, please RSVP HERE.