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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
    All Cohorts Virtual | Modified Schedule
    Wednesday, February 17 – Friday, February 19 will be live virtual instruction in the mornings followed by asynchronous work time in the afternoons. Teachers will have office hours 1:00pm – 3:00pm each day for students to check in and get help with work, catch up on assignments and complete Q2 Competency Work.

    7:45am – 8:35am | Virtual 1st Period Live Instruction
    8:40am – 9:30am | Virtual 2nd Period Live Instruction
    9:35am – 9:55am | Virtual Community Learning
    10:00am – 10:50am | Virtual 3rd Period Live Instruction
    10:55am – 11:45am | Virtual 4th Period Live Instruction
    1:00pm – 3:00pm | Virtual Teacher Office hours

    TEACHER VACCINE UPDATE
    GW faculty and staff members will be receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, February 20. This means there will be no impact to our instructional calendar this month to accomodate the vaccination opportunity.

    HBCU VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION
    Looking for your perfect college? Have you considered a Historically Black College or University? Then this is for you! February 25 during ILB3 and ILB4 you will have an opportunity to learn about HBCUs! A panel of current HBCU students, HBCU alumni, HBCU admission representatives, and GW alumni will be on hand to share perspective and answer your questions. If you are a:

    • Senior not yet committed to a college
    • Junior creating your college application list
    • Sophomore getting ready to begin the college search process
    • Freshman gathering information on colleges
    • Not sure if college is right for you
    • Curious about HBCUs

    Click HERE to register for the HBCU Information Session!

    JUNIORS: CHOICE REGARDING CMAS SCIENCE DUE BY FEBRUARY 26
    Juniors: we will offer the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) in Science on Wednesday, April 7 at GWHS. This 11th grade science assessment is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, which are statewide expectations of what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

    While this test is important for data and instructional purposes, we understand that families may decide they do not want to come in-person to participate in CMAS testing this year due to COVID-19 (there is no remote option offered for CMAS). If you choose to opt out, you must fill out the opt out form located in the Parent Portal under the Academics tab by clicking on the link for “Complete Assessment Opt-Out Form.” Instructions are also linked HERE. This form is available for both students learning in-person and those learning in the virtual program. Please complete this form no later than February 26 as this information is vital to our planning process.

    If you are a virtual student in Cohort C and wish to participate in CMAS testing, please email Emily_Hunter@dpsk12.org before February 26.

    SPRING GIRLS SOCCER
    Spring sports start in late April, and the Girls Soccer is holding a virtual informational meeting on Thursday February 18 at 1:00pm to go over all the current information and preseason conditioning. Meets Nickname: 2021GWSOCCER. For more information click HERE or contact the coach at abbie_page@dpsk12.net.

    ROCK IT SOCK IT- SOCK DRIVE
    Rock it Sock it Sock Drive will take place from now through February 25. The Comitis Crisis Center is on a mission to donate 3,000 socks and travel size toiletries. These donations will go to families in need. Drop off your donated socks and travel-size toiletries at GW campus. There is a drop off box right inside the doors in the North Lobby. Questions? Contact Abigail Boyd at 798349@dpsk12.net.

    GIRLS GOLF IS LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS
    Want to learn a sport of a lifetime? Make new friends and become a part of a great group of ladies. Join the girls golf team, play against other DPS high schools at different courses around the city. No experience necessary and we have clubs for you if you need them. Contact Coach Rieber at rieber.cd@gmail.com or Natalie Brammer at nbrammer@abrammer.com. We will get in touch with more information and to schedule a Google meet for the whole team.

    SIGN UP FOR SPRING VOLLEYBALL
    Volleyball is set to begin March 8. If you’re interested in playing sign up HERE and make sure you have a current sports physical. More information will be forthcoming and you will need to fill out more registration information before tryouts.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS
    As mental health challenges continue to rise in our student population, the GWHS mental health team would like to share THIS ARTICLE from NPR on how to support youth that may be at risk for suicide. If after reading this article you have questions or concerns for yourself or another person, please contact our team at gw-mental-health.group@dpsk12.net, or connect to one of the resources provided at the beginning of this article.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING FOR PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
    On February 24, from 5:45pm – 7:00pm, GW is hosting a virtual Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training. The QPR Institute mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Please join us for this important training session and learn how you may save a life.

    For the safety of each participant it is important that everyone register for the webinar HERE and with QPR HERE. In the QPR registration it asks for the name of your presenter – GW’s presenters are Suzi Stein-Shevell and Chelsea Newton. Families attending together, please register each family member for the session. Due to the nature of the topic you must complete both registrations no later than Monday February 22. Please arrive no later than 6:00pm as we will not be able to admit attendees after this time.

    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Quattlebaum at m_quattlebaum@dpsk12.net.

    NOTE FROM GW’S PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
    This week in Black History Month let’s focus on notable African American/Black mathematicians and scientists.

    Katherine Johnson made her mark in the science community while working for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). A college graduate at the age of 18, Johnson worked as an aeronautics “computer”. Basically she worked with complicated math used to launch the United States Space program. Here are projects she was instrumental in their success: Flight Research, Freedom 7 mission analysis trajectory, Project Apollo’s Lunar Module, and Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Technology Satellite. Ms. Johnson passed away February 24, 2020 at the age of 101.

    Charles Drew is a notable surgeon in both the United States and Great Britain (two continents!) and his work in the medical field is still in use today. One might say his research is life changing and life saving. Here’s what he did…Mr. Drew is responsible for the storing of blood plasma for the purpose of transfusions. He oversaw his life saving blood plasma storage program during World War II in Great Britain. Mr. Drew also established the first “Blood Bank” for a large populace in the United States. Here is another fun fact about Charles Drew, he is a graduate of Dunbar High in the District of Columbia (D.C.).

    Transferring the power of knowledge,
    Michelle Quattlebaum

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