Posted November 15, 2022
SAFETY – STUDENT ID BADGES REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
To better ensure the safety of our community, starting Monday, November 28 all students will be required to show their student ID badge to the security camera when they press the buzzer for building entry. Students, if you need a new ID badge, please come to the Main Office before school or during lunch only. The replacement fee for a lost ID badge is $5 (there is no replacement fee if you never received your student ID badge).
ASSESSMENT – FALL SEMESTER FINAL EXAMS SCHEDULE
Final exams will be administered Monday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 14. Course competency days will be Thursday, December 15 and Friday, December 16. Please see the final exam schedule HERE.
ASSESSMENT – PSAT/NMSQT AND PSAT 9 SCORE RELEASE DATES
Sophomores and juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT on October 12 should expect their scores to be released on Monday, December 5. Freshmen who took the PSAT 9 on October 13 should expect their scores to be released the week starting Monday, December 5. All students will receive an email directly from College Board once their scores are available in their student account. Scores are released only through student College Board accounts. If you don’t have a College Board account, click HERE and create one today to receive your scores!
As a reminder, all freshmen will take PSAT 9, all sophomores will take PSAT 10, and all juniors will take the SAT in April 2023. These assessments are mandated by the State of Colorado, and schools are required to ensure their entire population is tested. Please make plans now to ensure your student is on time and prepared for out testing days. Schools are rated based on the number of students who participate in testing, and GWHS needs your help to retain its “green” performance rating!
Are you interested in a well-paying and fulfilling career that may not require a four-year college degree? Want to learn about your options? GWHS is hosting a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Career Fair Thursday, November 17 during period 4 and Community Learning in the Gym. Careers like cosmetology, welding, real estate, building and construction careers, and some careers in medicine are a few examples of the career paths that will be represented at the fair. You will be able to talk with people who work in various careers about what they do and their path to get there, from trade school to apprenticeships to community college certificate programs. Several local unions will have representatives available to talk about the path to an apprenticeship. There will also be several trade schools present to talk about their programs. Come check out what your options are and start to figure out your path to the perfect career!
SENIORS – SENIOR PORTRAIT SUBMISSIONS
Seniors, remember to submit your senior portrait to the yearbook! Click HERE to get started, use code 6598, then go to eshare to submit your portrait. Our portrait code is GW. See the posters around the school, or check out the video tutorial on our school website.
YEARBOOK NAME CHANGE REQUEST FORM
The GWHS yearbook staff wants you to feel seen, valued and accurately represented. If you prefer a different name and/or pronoun than is listed in Infinite Campus, please click HERE for a QR code linked to a form that lets yearbook staff know how you would like to be identified in our 2022-2023 yearbook. If your name in Infinite Campus is correct, there is no need to fill out this form. Our yearbook is already in production, so please complete this form by Monday, November 28.
DRILL AND DRUMLINE
GWHS is proud to announce it is forming a drill and drumline! Practices will be in the Band Room (room 141) from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you’re interested, plan to attend practice this week. Questions? Email Mr. Middleton.
MOCK TRIAL CLUB
If you have ever wondered what a trial is like, or if you think you might like to be a lawyer, come to a Mock Trial meeting. The club is getting ready for a competition in February, and it’s not too late for new members to join! Questions? Come to a meeting Thursday mornings at 9am in room 314 or email Mr. Hildner.
MATH AND PHYSICS TUTORING
Got a problem? We can help you solve it! Come join us for math and physics tutoring in the Success Center every Wednesday during Student Enrichment from 3:10 to 3:50pm. Questions? Contact Coach T. in the Success Center.
FENTANYL AWARENESS NIGHT FOR FAMILIES
Tonight, the DPS Substance Use Prevention Program is partnering the Opioid Response Network and the Harm Reduction Action Center for a Fentanyl Awareness Night for Families. The event will feature a panel of experts who will answer questions from the community about the impacts fentanyl is having on our community and how to educate yourselves and your children about fentanyl. Additionally, there will be a resource fair for families to gain valuable information from DPS’s amazing community partners. Please join us November 15 from 5:30 to 7:00pm at East High School. For additional information about the dangers of fentanyl, tips on how to keep your children safe, and what DPS schools are doing, click HERE. DPS is here to support your teen and your family. Please feel free to reach out via phone (720-423-8720) or email to Rebecca Elliston, LCSW, LCADC for additional education and/or support.
GWHS ROBOTICS FUNDRAISER
The GWHS Robotics team 1410 The Kraken is having a fundraiser at Chipotle from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 16. You can show either the ENGLISH or SPANISH flier to the cashier, or you can order online using the code YWADAWH. Chipotle will donate 33% of the profits back to the team. Thank you for your support!
MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION DISTRICTWIDE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MLE DAC)
Denver Public Schools is excited to invite all our families of Multilingual Learners to an In-Person Multilingual Education Districtwide Advisory Committee (MLE DAC) meeting on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Wyatt Academy (3620 Franklin St, Denver, CO 80205). Childcare and dinner will be provided. Please register HERE to attend.
WINTER SPORTS PLAYER AND FAMILY MEETING
Interested in playing a winter sport? GWHS offers boys basketball, girls basketball, girls swim and dive, boys wrestling and girls wrestling. Join us for an INFORMATIONAL MEETING on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the GWHS Auditorium to learn more! Find information about the athletics registration process HERE. Questions? Contact Mr. Netherton.
Our theater department students will be presenting their individual work in a dessert theater showcase on Friday, November 18 at 6:30pm in the GWHS Auditorium. You won’t want to miss this fun night of dancing, singing, acting, and improvisation, not to mention scrumptious desserts! Tickets are only $5 and cover the cost of a dessert treat of your choice. See this FLYER for more information.
GWHS V. EAST ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME
Join us in the GWHS Gym on Friday, November 18 from 6:00 to 9:00pm to kick off basketball season! GWHS basketball stars of the past will be facing off against East High School basketball alums. Don’t miss the special halftime performance by a local hip-hop artist, as well as the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for our GWHS Class of 2022 basketball all-stars. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Gym box office. Check out this FLYER for more information.
GWHS V. EAST FOUNDATION GAME
Pre-season boys basketball play begins with GWHS v. East on Saturday, November 19 from 1:00 to 3:00pm in the GWHS Gym. Tickets are $7/adults and $4/children. The Foundation game will honor the late Dr. Sharon Bailey and her husband John, passionate community advocates for racial equity and justice within DPS and beyond.
SUPPORT GWHS THROUGH COLORADO GIVES DAY
GWHS is participating in Colorado Gives Day! If you make a donation to your favorite participating club or program, it will receive your donation AND a share of the Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund. To donate, click HERE then select the program you would like to support. Help GWHS students thrive by participating today!
Want to donate, but not sure where to allocate your money? Check out these two amazing activities:
Student Leadership is student-run class that promotes leadership within the school and the community. We plan and organize a large portion of the school events and communications, such as G-News, that take place at GWHS. We also reach out to our community through events like Shop With a Patriot (see below), where families receive support through item donation, food baskets, and more. Please consider donating to help support all GWHS students and the GWHS community by selecting Student Leadership. Thank you!
Boys Basketball is legendary at GWHS, with a storied program that often sends its teams on to state championships! Consider showing your Patriot Pride by donating to boys basketball – they need donations to buy uniforms, equipment, pay travel and tournament fees, and much more. Thank you for selecting boys basketball when you donate through Colorado Gives!
DENVER CLUB OF HUMANITIES FOOD DRIVE FOR GWHS FOOD PANTRY
The Denver Club of Humanities at GWHS is hosting a food drive! All donations will be going to the Food Pantry in our school to provide meals for families in our community. Please bring non-perishable food items and leave them in one of the cardboard boxes in the Pike’s Peak or North Lobby. Any donation would be greatly appreciated, and thank you so much for supporting your community! Questions? Contact Denver Club of Humanities.
GWHS FOOD PANTRY NOW OPEN
GWHS is proud to announce its Food Pantry is now open for the 2022-2023 school year! All students and staff are eligible to participate. Each Wednesday, food will be distributed at the Food Pantry (located in room 3 in the sub-basement) from 2:45 to 3:30pm. Family-sized bags for weekend meals are available by signing up in advance, and special distributions will be make for holidays, winter break, etc. Interested in participating, or in volunteering or making a donation? Click HERE for more information.
PARENT/GUARDIAN VOLUNTEERS WELCOMED
GWHS has so many opportunities to lend a hand! Complete the form linked to the QR code to let us know about your interests, strengths and availability. We’ll match you to the right volunteer role. Any help is deeply appreciated and needed! Questions? Contact Ms. Locks.
PARENT/TEACHER HOME VISITS
Would you like to participate in a parent/teacher home visit (a “PTHV”) with a GWHS staff member? PTHVs are voluntary appointments designed to build a trusting relationship between equal partners, so that the most important adults in a student’s life can work together to support the student’s learning and growth. If you are interested in participating in a PTHV, please contact Ms. Locks. More information on the PTHV program is available HERE.
SHOP WITH A PATRIOT FUNDRAISER
This year, GWHS is hosting our first annual “Shop With A Patriot Day”! We are partnering with feeder elementary schools to help families in need during the holidays. Elementary students will be paired with a GWHS student, and will join them for a shopping trip on December 10 at Target in Glendale, where Patriots will help their little student select gifts for themselves and their families. Everyone will then return to GWHS to join with their families for a winter celebration with games, food, photos, gift wrapping and more. Each family will also take home a basket complete for a holiday meal.
We need your help to raise money to make this venture possible! Please click HERE to make a donation through MySchoolBucks. If you prefer to donate goods for this event, please see our Amazon Wish List.
ATHLETICS WEEKLY UPDATE
Patriots perform highly in academics and athletics! See our weekly athletics update HERE. Exciting news: our Patriots football team will be playing in the second round 3A CHSAA state championship game Saturday, November 19 at 1:00pm! Check out the flyer in this week’s update for more info on how you can attend the game or livestream it at home.