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  • Update: Finalized Quarter 2 Plans

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    Hello GW Community –

    Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we examined our options for moving to in-person instruction. As communicated by DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova earlier this week, all schools are expected to return to a hybrid form of in-person learning for Quarter 2. The District also acknowledged that these in-person opportunities may look different across secondary schools because each school has a unique staffing situation, based on the number of students selecting in-person instruction and the number of teachers who have requested to work remotely.

    Because of the unique circumstances at our school, GWHS has received approval from DPS leadership to continue with virtual-learning for the duration of Quarter 2, while providing targeted in-person assistance to students needing differentiated support as demonstrated by their current grades. At this time DPS is still asking parents to make a selection for either in-person or remote learning. As we will be remaining virtual, GWHS families will have the opportunity to change your selection when we are able to return to a large-scale and meaningful in-person learning experience. I recognize that this news will bring disappointment to some and relief to others. I hope you will read the entirety of this letter to understand why we believe this is the best option for our students.

    On Tuesday we shared the complex set of parameters high schools were given to plan for Quarter 2 in-person learning, as well as the challenges we believe will prevent a meaningful learning experience for every student. While there are many obstacles, the Denver Health cohorting guidance limiting students to cohorts of 35, coupled with the 25% of GW teachers who have received remote-teaching accommodations, creates an impossible situation. Because every student has a unique schedule with different teachers, the only way to bring everyone into the building while adhering to the cohort requirements would be to essentially continue distance learning through in-school study halls. This would result in instruction time lost to traveling, and teacher planning time lost to managing study hall cohorts. Additionally, students and teachers would face challenges navigating the inconsistency of moving in and out of in-person learning as the need for quarantining will inevitably impact our school. This is not in the best interest of all our students.

    As a Patriot community, we have committed to identifying and dismantling systems that are inequitable in our school. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing inequities in our society, and in our own community it’s underscored the variance of resources available to our students. To be clear – virtual learning is not ideal – we all want to be reunited as a community. However, online learning is impacting our students to different degrees. For some students, it’s unfortunate, undesirable, but workable. For others, virtual learning is a challenge that could become insurmountable and life-altering unless they are paired with differentiated and authentic support. It is critical that we equitably allocate our resources to supporting the nearly ⅓ of our students who are struggling to adapt to learning during a pandemic and as a result are facing a failing grade in at least one of their classes.

    While this is not positive news, it’s also not unexpected – COVID-19 has changed the format of school entirely. The majority of our struggling students are attending regularly, but facing challenges nonetheless. Right at the moment when our faculty is finding momentum and time to provide intensive support for this group of students, we are faced with the possibility of pivoting to an entirely new mode of instruction. We are worried that an in-person learning opportunity for all of our students – that wouldn’t include any actual in-person instruction – will result in leaving a significant portion our student body further behind.

    So, during Quarter 2, we will continue our targeted outreach to students who are demonstrating need based on their grades. At the same time our social emotional support team will continue working with students to address the increased need for mental health resources. We will conduct home visits for students who are experiencing challenges with regular attendance – we need to understand what obstacles they are facing and support them in a manner that is unique to each family. We are working with DPS to open a remote learning center for those students who need a safe environment with access to food in order to complete their schoolwork. Academic Advisors will continue to facilitate conversations with instructors to teach students self-advocacy while also ensuring they are meeting graduation requirements. There is so much we need to do as a school staff to ensure that each of our students is succeeding, and it’s only possible if we remain in a consistent learning environment.

    We know that you are missing the extra-curricular elements of school that make it fun and engaging. We are excited to bring back clubs, pep rallies, spirit weeks, and special events. Regardless of the learning environment we are in, these events will be virtual. But if we are asking students to travel every day for two hours of study hall, and if our staff is preoccupied with ensuring that they are ready to teach in any number of scenarios, we will have limited capacity for making these special events as innovative and engaging as possible. We are excited to connect outside of our virtual classrooms and bring back the fun in Quarter 2!

    As a community, each of us has a role in ensuring that every student at GW emerges from this unprecedented and tragic time with the ability to move forward. Today, that means committing to virtual instruction as long as the conditions around in-person learning remain untenable and inequitable. We know this is not ideal and that we are facing a long road back to normal. But we are strong, we are resilient, and we will find our way through this, together.

    Sincerely,
    Kristin Waters, Ph.D.
    Principal | George Washington High School

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  • Weekly Roundup September 22

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    Q2 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLANS
    If you missed our update about the planning process for returning to in-person learning, please click HERE to read.

    NO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 28
    Monday, September 28 is a teacher workday and there is no school for students.

    REMINDER: ASYNCHRONOUS WEDNESDAYS
    Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 23), Wednesdays will move to asynchronous learning only for students:

    • Teachers will hold optional drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30am, and the rest of the day will be for students to work independently on existing (not new) assignments from their classes.
    • Attendance will not be taken during Wednesday’s asynchronous work time.
    • Students will not have Community Learning Seminar on Wednesdays.

    We encourage students to pace their work on Wednesdays to take advantage of daylight hours to get outside, take breaks, and change-up their work process. Consider completing reading assignments outside, using pencil and paper to draft outlines for projects, or calling a classmate for group work instead of using a video chat. For more information about this change, please click HERE.

    Q1 GRADING TIMELINE
    Quarter 1 ends on Friday, October 15. Click HERE to see a detailed timeline for the remainder of Q1. Please note: In the quarter scheduling model, one quarter is equivalent to one semester’s worth of work. When Quarter 1 grades are transcripted, they will be labeled as “Semester 1” and when Quarter 2 grades are transcripted they will be labeled as “Semester 2.”

    Q1 FINALS SCHEDULE
    Finals for Q1 classes will be held Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday, October 15. See our School Calendar HERE for specific times for each final.

    AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
    Starting this week, City Year is holding tutoring sessions for all grades Monday – Thursday from 3:10pm – 4:00pm. Come and join for fun activities and homework help. Please email isaid@cityyear.org for more information and meeting links.

    COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS VIDEO SERIES
    In years past, we have hosted a College and Career Success Night where families can learn about the college enrollment process and figure out the path for life after high school. This year, Ms. Carlson from the Future Center will be using a series of videos, accompanied by office hours to communicate this information and help you plan for the future! Click HERE to view.

    This week’s videos are focused on financial aid, FAFSA, and paying for college.

    Join us for this week’s office hours on Wednesday, September 23 from 7:30am to 8:30am and from 6:00pm –  7:00pm. Note: Spanish interpreters will be available upon request for the office hours! For more information email emily_carlson@dpsk12.org.

    SPIRIT WEEK SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2
    Hey GW! The Student Council Executive Team is excited to announce our fall Spirit Week for the 2020-2021 school year! We want you to show your school spirit beginning Tuesday, September 29 and ending with our first ever virtual Pep Rally on Friday, October 2 during Community Learning Seminar. Please take this quick survey to give us feedback on our spirit days and we will announce them on Thursday via the GWHS Instagram account (@GWHSDenver).

    And, to welcome our Class of 2024, GW staff will be delivering a swag bag to your house to show off your GDubb spirit next week! We realize that Monday is a holiday for members of our Jewish community. If you do not want to receive your delivery on Monday please send an email to richard_maez@dpsk12.net.

    CLUBS TO START QUARTER 2
    Now that we are getting used to the new world of virtual learning, we are excited to get started with virtual student clubs! Club registration will open October 7 and a virtual club fair will be held in Community Learning Seminar during the first week of Quarter 2. All existing clubs will be required to renew their registration for this academic year, and all new clubs will have an opportunity to register for the first time! All clubs need a faculty sponsor, so if there is a club you want to start, begin talking to your teachers now! More information on the club registration process will be available on Tuesday, October 6.

    JOIN THE GW LUNCH BUNCH!
    Hang out with other students by joining the GW Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays! To join, go to meet.google.com, click “Join or Enter a Meeting”, and type in GWLunchBunch (all one word).

    MEET OUR SCHOOL PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
    Michelle Quattlebaum joins GW’s faculty as our new School Parent/Community Liaison. A parent of three GW graduates, she understands what it is like navigating these important years of high school. In addition to supporting parents by connecting them with resources and supports in our school, she will also be leading our Family Culturally Responsive Engagement work (more info below). Click HERE to read more about her role at GW!

    FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT (FCRE)
    The purpose of the Family Culturally Responsive Engagement initiative is to align parent and community engagement with the work GW staff is doing to address the systemic inequities and racial segregation at GWHS.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Waters, the GW staff is examining systems and structures that hinder full student engagement. We are engaging in honest conversations, sharing impactful experiences, and examining how we can create an inclusive culture that promotes excellence in every student. Using the same guiding principles, the FCRE initiative offers parents an opportunity to participate and support the critical work happening at GW.

    The family culturally responsive work will begin with affinity groups – a space where families of similar backgrounds can come together to share experiences, identify and examine how they can begin to change systems and structures preventing a culture of excellence for all students. Based on the current student population, we will begin with three affinity groups. The AGs will meet the last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each month.

    • White Family Affinity Group – Thursday, September 24 (register here)
    • African American/Black Family Affinity Group – Tuesday, September 29 (register here)
    • Latinx Family Affinity Group – Wednesday, September 30 (register here)

    Our students are asking for change and our educators are engaging in change. Parents, please partner with us to bring meaningful and productive change to GW.

    ELA DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    Denver Public Schools is excited to invite all our English Language Acquisition (ELA) Families to the English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC) online meeting on Thursday, September 24 from 5:00pm to 6:15pm.

    Topics include an overview of the ELA program, information on how Title 1 funds should be spent in parent engagement activities, and updates on In-Person Learning or the Virtual Program for October 2020.

    To register click HERE and then join the Zoom meeting HERE.

    FALL FUNDRAISING EVENT
    The GW Be Inspired Fund is holding a socially distant fall fundraising event for parents on the GWHS South Lawn on Sunday, October 4th.

    The Be Inspired Fund provides support to students in five main areas. These include classroom enrichment, student assistance, and food pantry, teacher grants, building improvements, and community outreach. Examples of funded projects include:

    • Picnic tables in the South Courtyard
    • Repainting the school hallways
    • Pikes Peak Lounge furniture
    • Teacher grants
    • Student assistance fund
    • Educational programming grants

    The October 4th event will be to raise funds for the Be Inspired Fund, connect GW families with resources and ways to get involved, and to meet Dr. Waters and GW’s new Parent Liaison, Michelle Quattlebaum.

    COVID Guidelines

    • To maintain social distancing, we will be offering three timeslots to attend for a total of 60 participants.
    • Use this sign-up form to see the times and RSVP for a timeslot
    • All attendees must wear a mask
    • Parents only, please!
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  • UPDATE: Return to In-Person Learning

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    Dear GW Community –

    I am writing today to share an update on the District’s plans for returning to in-person learning. While we don’t have details on what GW’s plan will be, I want to share the specific guidance that school leaders received this past Friday and this morning. To support school planning, the District has asked families to make a decision about returning to in-person learning by Wednesday, September 23. If you are satisfied with your current selection, no action is required on your part, but if you would like to change your learning option for Quarter 2, please complete the GW’s Learning Option Change Form HERE.

    When students return, the following guardrails as defined by DPS, in collaboration with Denver Health, will be in place:

    • Each student can belong to one academic cohort (group) that cannot exceed 35 students
    • Student cohorts must be maintained for at least the duration of Quarter 2
    • Teachers may interact with up to 2 student cohorts
    • Every individual must wear a mask at all times, and adhere to social distancing of at least 3 feet
    • Every individual will receive a health screen prior to entering the school building

    Layered into these guardrails are the following requirements from DPS leadership:

    • Students will receive a minimum of 10 hours of in-person interaction each week
    • Students will receive 3.5 hours of live instruction daily (this could be virtual or in-person) (please note this has recently been amended and approved for GW’s virtual schedule to allow for asynchronous Wednesdays)
    • Students will receive daily Social Emotional Learning (at GW this is Community Learning Seminar)
    • Teachers will be required to teach to the in-person students while simultaneously teaching to the students who have opted for virtual learning
    • All special education center based programs will return to 100% in-person learning

    Where we see significant challenges in meeting these requirements while adhering to the guardrails are:

    • Travel Time: As students would not be in the school building all day, we would need to build significant travel time in our daily schedule which will lengthen the day or eliminate classes from the schedule, potentially impacting overall graduation requirements.
    • Student Schedules: We feel strongly that eliminating courses or reducing instructional class time is not in the best interest of our students, however it may be necessary in order to meet each of these requirements simultaneously.
    • Meaningful Interaction: With these guardrails in place, even if students are in the building, they will still be accessing the majority of their instruction virtually.
    • Classroom Management: In the scheduling model shared by DPS, it is proposed that students gather in a cohort of 35 students to access their various classes virtually, and at the same time the teacher who is managing that classroom would simultaneously lead their own virtual classroom for a different group of students.
    • Internet Bandwidth: While we have a robust Wi-Fi infrastructure in our building, it has never supported 1000+ individuals conducting GoogleMeets at the same time. This is an unknown variable that we are working to proactively address.
    • Planning For Teacher Absences: We have been assigned one dedicated guest teacher, and this individual cannot serve more than 2 cohorts in a row without a 72 hour break from student interaction. In the virtual-learning environment, teacher absences are handled by assigning asynchronous lessons for the students. During in-person learning, if one teacher is absent and we are not able to provide a substitute, students would be required to stay home to complete work asynchronous since we will not have licensed adults available to monitor the classroom.
    • Virtual Only Teachers: 25% of our licensed faculty have received an accommodation to remain remote if we return to in-person learning. This means that no matter what format we return to in-person, classes taught by these instructors will be virtual.
    • Teacher Contract Day: Contractually, we are not able to exceed a 40 hour work week, and within that time we must provide 5.75 hours of planning and daily duty-free 45-minute lunch period. At GW, we have always built more than the minimum amount of planning time for teachers, and in a hybrid model, we believe that even more planning time is necessary.

    As a leadership team we are collaborating with our faculty’s instructional leaders and principals across DPS to address the significant challenges these guardrails create. District leadership is providing additional in-person scheduling guidance for secondary schools by end of day tomorrow. We hope this information clarifies how we can meet the guardrails and requirements while maintaining the integrity of our students’ school day and providing worthwhile in-person interaction and learning.

    We know that this is an incredibly challenging time, and we all want to be together again, learning and growing in-person. We know that the conditions outlined above are less than ideal. We will continue to update you as we move through this planning process, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate the significant challenges schools face in planning for a safe and meaningful return to in-person learning.

    Sincerely,
    Kristin Waters, Ph.D.
    Principal | George Washington High School

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  • Bell Schedule Adjustment

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    Dear GW Community –

    With the transition to virtual learning this year, we committed to conducting regular cycles of evaluation and adjustment to ensure that our online-learning system is meeting the needs of our students. Today I am sharing with you an adjustment to our weekly bell schedule. 

    In August, DPS provided high schools with strict parameters for building our weekly bell schedules. Among those guidelines were requirements for daily live instructional time, and limits on how much time could be spent in asynchronous learning. We followed these guidelines closely and they are represented in our current bell schedule.

    However, once school started, it quickly became clear that these schedule requirements, coupled with the increased speed of instruction in a quarter-block system, resulted in far too much screen time for both our students and staff. Additionally, we are hearing from our community that students need more time built into the school day to complete assigned work, and our teachers would benefit from more time to plan their lessons in this new, virtual environment.

    In response to these concerns, we have worked with District leadership to modify our weekly bell schedule.

    Starting next week (Monday, September 21), Wednesdays will move to asynchronous learning only for students.

    • Teachers will hold optional drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30am, and the rest of the day will be for students to work independently on existing (not new) assignments from their classes.
    • Attendance will not be taken during Wednesday’s asynchronous work time.
    • Students will not have Community Learning Seminar on Wednesdays.

    We encourage students to pace their work on Wednesdays to take advantage of daylight hours to get outside, take breaks, and change-up their work process. Consider completing reading assignments outside, using pencil and paper to draft outlines for projects, or calling a classmate for group work instead of using a video chat.

    Please note, these changes take effect this Monday and will last as long as we are in remote learning. At this time, we are still waiting for guidance about Quarter 2 scheduling (online versus hybrid). We will share this information as soon as we are able.

    To see our revised bell schedule click HERE. Students, if you haven’t already, be sure to add the Google Bell Schedule to your calendar!

    Sincerely,
    Kristin Waters, Ph.D.
    Principal | George Washington High School

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  • Weekly Roundup – September 15

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    Q2 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLANS
    This past Friday DPS shared an update about returning to in-person learning (read here). While we hoped to have information for you today, the meeting with district high schools and central leadership isn’t until tomorrow afternoon. Once we have more information about the specific guidelines for returning to school and a clear plan for how those guidelines will be implemented at GW, we will share an update with our community. We anticipate this update being no later than next Tuesday, September 22.

    We know that the District asked families to make their final selection between virtual or in-person by this Friday, but we understand without specific information you can’t make this decision! When we are able to share concrete details with you, we will provide a week-long window for you to confirm or modify your selection for in-person or virtual learning for Q2.

    As of right now, we can assure you that no matter what option you choose, you will be able to continue the classes that are currently on your schedule.

    Q1 FINALS SCHEDULE
    Finals for Q1 classes will be held Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday, October 15. See our School Calendar HERE for specific times for each final.

    BOOK VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS WITH ADVISORS AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TEAM
    Our Success Center team is now available for booking virtual appointments! If you need to see your advisor or a member of the Social-Emotional Support team, go to our website and click “Students” and then “Book an Appointment.” This easy process will connect you directly with GW staff members at a time that works for you!

    JOIN THE GW LUNCH BUNCH!
    Are you missing faces and conversations? Want to see some of your peers and just chat without worrying about schoolwork? Starting Tuesday, September 22 join us in the virtual Success Center for GW Lunch Bunch! The GWLunchBunch google meet will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15-12:00. Please drop in and join us once, twice, every day for some low-stress social interaction and laughs. To join, go to meet.google.com, click “Join or Enter a Meeting”, and type in GWLunchBunch (all one word).

    GW GRIEF PEER SUPPORT GROUP
    The GW Peer Support group will begin next week on September 16th at 10:00am. This is a safe place for students to discuss and share their grief and memories about their special people that have died. The focus is on peers being able to support each other and learn coping strategies. Please contact Sarah Hartman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker if you have further questions or would like to RSVP to the group. You can reach her at 720-504-6414 or Sarah_Hartman@dpsk12.net.

    SCHOOLOGY PARENT RESOURCES
    We are using Schoology in all of our classes to manage course materials, assignments, and grading. Parents have access to their student’s progress through their Parent Portal account. Click HERE for a parent guide to Schoology.

    COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS VIDEO SERIES
    In years past, we have hosted a College and Career Success Night where families can learn about the college enrollment process and figure out the path for life after high school. This year, Ms. Carlson from the Future Center will be using a series of videos, accompanied by office hours to communicate this information and help you plan for the future! Click HERE to view.

    This week will be focused on figuring out what you want to do after high school and how to apply to schools. Next week will be focused on Financial Aid and FAFSA.

    Join us for this week’s office hours on Thursday, September 17 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm by clicking HERE. Note: Spanish interpreters will be available upon request for the September 23 office hours! See the calendar event for more information.

    BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT RECORDING
    If you missed our virtual Back to School Night don’t worry – you can watch it at any time! Hear from faculty, students, and Dr. Waters about the priorities guiding our community as we continue the critical work of addressing the systemic inequities and racism at GW that have impacted our students of color since our school’s founding. Click HERE to watch the video.

    ELA DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    Denver Public Schools is excited to invite all our English Language Acquisition (ELA) Families to the English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC) online meeting on Thursday, September 24 from 5:00pm to 6:15pm.

    Topics include an overview of the ELA program, information on how Title 1 funds should be spent in parent engagement activities, and updates on In-Person Learning or the Virtual Program for October 2020.

    To register click HERE and then join the Zoom meeting HERE.

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  • Weekly Roundup – September 9

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    SEPTEMBER 9: VIRTUAL BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
    GW’s virtual Back to School Night is on Wednesday, September 9 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Families will hear from students about their experiences so far with virtual learning, and we will introduce you to our new Parent and Community Liaison, Michelle Quattlebaum.

    The focus of the evening will be hearing from GW’s principal, Dr. Waters. She will discuss the priorities guiding our community as we continue the critical work of addressing the systemic inequities and racism at GW that have impacted our students of color since our school’s founding. If you would like to read more about this work prior to this event, please click HERE.

    The pre-recorded event will be streamed on our website homepage starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 9 and will be posted on our website until September 30, 2020.

    LAST DAY TO SIGN UP: SAT AND PSAT FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS
    Juniors and Seniors: On Tuesday, October 27, seniors will have the opportunity to take a makeup SAT, and on Thursday, October 29, juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT as a makeup for the PSAT 10. Both exams will be offered at GWHS, and both are free to students.

    You must complete the survey by clicking HERE (you must be logged in with your DPS Gmail) by Tuesday, September 8,  in order to participate in either exam. Please contact Emily Hunter (emily_hunter@dpsk12.org) with any questions.

    ACTION REQUIRED: 9TH GRADE EARNED HONORS CREDIT QUARTER 1
    At GW, each of our freshmen is enrolled in English 1 Honors, and have a choice between taking a Biology or Biology Honors course.

    In Geography/Civics and Integrated Math 1, all students have the opportunity to earn honors credit by completing and passing extension projects/assignments outside the classroom. These assignments will deepen students’ content knowledge, and prepare them for upper-level courses (AP and IB). If students complete and pass all parts of the honors extension assignments, they will earn honors credit for the course which will be identified on their transcript and will result in an elevated GPA.

    Please let us know as soon as possible if your student will be working to earn honors credit in Geography/Civics and/or Integrated Math 1. Students can opt-in up until October 2, but will be responsible for completing and passing all of the extension work by the end of the first quarter on October 16.

    If students opt into earning the honors credit for Quarter 1, we will automatically enroll them for honors credit for Quarter 2, but there will be another opportunity to sign up for Quarter 2 honors credit at the start of that grading term.

    Complete the intent to earn honors credit form by clicking HERE (must be logged into DPS Gmail to complete).

    ACTION REQUIRED: PARENT CONSENT FOR ZOOM PLATFORM
    Every year parents are required to sign off on the academic technologies we are using at our school. This year, we are adding Zoom to that menu of platforms. As you are aware, we have experienced several glitches with the District supported live instruction platform, Google Meets. While many of these glitches are promised to be addressed with an October Google update, we would like to move our live instruction onto the Zoom platform. This will make our live classrooms more secure, and easier to manage for our teachers and students. In order to make this switch, DPS requires that we receive parental consent from every single family.

    Please complete the Academic Technology Menu consent for by clicking HERE. If we are able to achieve 100% consent, we will move our live instruction to the Zoom platform by mid-September.

    A NOTE FROM NURSE A
    We have heard from many students since the start of the school year who are experiencing varying symptoms as a result of the significant increase in their daily screen time. Below is a list of measures that can be taken to help mitigate mental fatigue, headaches, and eye strain:

    • Have your student enlarge the view on their laptop to between 125-150% when possible. Larger letters reduce both eye strain and cognitive demand.
    • When appropriate have your student enable voice to text through Google Docs for written assignments. This way they can start the assignment by dictation and then go back later and edit it by hand. This can reduce mental strain.
    • Consider dimming the brightness on the laptop screen or using an anti-glare screen.
    • Have your student take frequent movement breaks during TDIS, including going outside in the fresh air for a quick run or a bike ride.
    • Have your student work in dim or natural light.

    For questions or more information, please reach out to our School Nurse, Omisola Ari, at zeinaomisola_ari@dpsk12.org.

    JOIN OUR COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
    If you are interested in serving on our Collaborative School Committee this year, please reach out to Michelle Quattlebaum (michelle_quattlebaum@dpsk12.org). To learn more about our CSC, please click HERE.

    YEARBOOKS YEARBOOKS YEARBOOKS
    If you pre-ordered at 2019-2020 yearbook and still haven’t picked it up yet, you have three final opportunities to do so:

    • Wednesday, September 16 | 9:30am – 11:30am

    We will not be holding any further yearbook pick-ups after September 16. If you cannot pick up your yearbook during these times, we will hold it for you until we are able to resume in-person learning.

    If you did NOT pre-order a 2019-2020 yearbook and would like to purchase one, please complete THIS FORM no later than September 7, 2020. Yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Filling out the form does not guarantee a yearbook, we will fulfill orders in the order they are received. We will email you to let you know if your request was fulfilled and will add a $65 charge to your student’s MySchoolBucks account. Pick-up for yearbooks will be on Wednesday, September 16 from 9:30am – 11:30am.

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  • Boys Golf Update

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    Hello Golf Fans!  We appreciate your continued flexibility and patience, as we are sending information to you as we receive it.

    Boys Golf was approved this morning by Denver Public Schools and the Department of Health.  DPS Boys Golf will compete during the CHSAA season, which begins with tryouts and official practice on Monday, August 3.

    Here are your required steps for tryouts on Monday, August 3.  Tryouts will take place the week of Aug. 3rd  and these steps are a quick turnaround for your tryout eligibility.  Coach Barotz will be sent an “approved for tryouts” email by Monday 8/3.  Students that meet the requirements listed below will be able to try-out and attend practice.  Please remember you need to Register through familyID (Link below), pay by credit card, and have a completed and a current physical (emailed to madeline_cordova@dpsk12.org).

    • Provide family consent and registration for Boys Golf:  https://www.familyid.com/organizations/george-washington-high-school
    • Pay to Play will need to paid by credit card through familyid
    • Provide a current physical exam to Madeline_cordova@dpsk12.org
    • Coach Barotz will be setting up the team/parent communication as well as a zoom meeting providing all Fall golf sports information. Questions please reach out via email to Samuel_barotz@dpsk12.org
    • Health screenings for staff and students will take place prior to practice and events.
    • Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver Public Schools, Denver City Golf Courses will not allow spectators or fans this golf season.  In order for schools to launch the golf season, this was a required agreement.  We understand that you will find this frustrating, however, please know that this agreement is in place for the safety of everyone involved.
    • Transportation:  In order to tryout, you also understand that there will be no transportation to and from practice and events.  Students and families will need to find their own transportation for the 2020 season.  This agreement is in place for everyone’s safety.
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