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Juniors/CMAS Science and SAT Preadmin on Wednesday, April 5
SAT, PSAT 9 and PSAT 10
SAT and PSAT 10 Student Data Consent Form
AP and IB Exams and Attendance
Juniors and AP Students: Get Your Tech Ready
Free Summer Concurrent Enrollment Courses
Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland/Summer 2024 Educational Travel
IB Visual Arts Exhibition
Girls Soccer Fundraising Night at Torchy’s Tacos
Support GWHS AVID and Enjoy Chipotle
Help Make our Assessment Days Fun!
Proctor an AP or IB Exam
After Prom Party Fundraising
GWHS Food Pantry
Donate to Bringing Music to Life
GWHS Landscaping Committee Updates
Buy a Brick
ASSESSMENT – JUNIORS/CMAS SCIENCE AND SAT PREADMIN ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
On Wednesday, April 5, all juniors will take CMAS Science, then complete their SAT preadministration session. Juniors, check your @dpsk12.net email account prior to your test day for your testing room assignment, testing end time, and other testing details. After completing their CMAS Science assessment, juniors will complete their SAT preadministration session, which saves substantial time on the SAT testing day. Juniors will then be dismissed for the remainder of the school day. Don’t forget to bring a fully-charged DPS Chromebook!
All other students will follow a regular Wednesday odd-block day schedule.
ASSESSMENT – SAT, PSAT 9 and PSAT 10
This April, all freshmen, sophomores and juniors will participate in Colorado School Day accountability testing. These assessments are critical to understanding student growth and school-level trends. The Colorado Department of Education requires at least 95% of our students take these assessments. Please be sure your student is in school and on time for the following assessments:
Students will receive an email to their @dpsk12.net email account prior to their testing day with details, including their room assignment and approximate release time. Every student who attends their testing day will be entered to win prizes, including some awesome grand prizes (AirPods Max, a PlayStation 5, and much more)!
- Wednesday, April 12 – All juniors take the SAT
- There will be no school for freshmen, sophomores, or seniors
- Thursday, April 13 – All freshmen take the PSAT 9
- There will be no school for sophomores, juniors or seniors
- Friday, April 14 – All sophomores take the PSAT 10
- There will be no school for freshmen, juniors or seniors
Important attendance requirement: Juniors attending Prom must participate in (1) CMAS Science on April 5, and (2) SAT School Day on April 12. Sophomores who are invited by an upperclassman to attend Prom must participate in PSAT 10 on April 14. Starting February 1, all juniors, seniors and invited sophomores attending Prom must have no more than four (4) unexcused absences this semester, which includes participation in our assessment days. Please note, as set forth in our Student and Family Handbook (also linked on our website under the “Students & Families” tab), absences must be excused within two (2) days of a student’s return to school.
If you have questions about exempting your student from these assessments, please email Dr. Davis. Include your student’s name and grade level in your email. Students who have been exempted from these assessments must have no more than three (3) unexcused absences this semester to attend Prom.
ASSESSMENT – SAT AND PSAT 10 STUDENT DATA CONSENT FORM
As part of the administration of the SAT (grade 11 students) and PSAT 10 (grade 10 students), the College Board provides an optional questionnaire to support students and their families in accessing key opportunities. A primary benefit of completing the optional questionnaire is to opt-in to Student Search Service, which connects students to college and scholarship opportunities that reflect their interests. Before testing, students will be required to complete a Student Data Consent Form to indicate whether they wish to participate in the optional questionnaire. The Student Data Consent Form is linked here for review in ENGLISH and SPANISH. Students may also opt-in to Student Search Service and complete (or make changes to) the optional questionnaire online at College Board’s Big Future site using their personal College Board account.
ASSESSMENT – AP AND IB EXAMS AND ATTENDANCE
After a student in grade 11 or 12 takes an AP or IB exam, they are no longer required to attend class for that course. For example, a grade 11 student who takes the AP English Language exam on Tuesday, May 9 will not attend their AP English Language class starting Wednesday, May 10 or thereafter. This policy only applies for grade 11 and 12 students who actually test on their exam date.
Grade 11 and 12 students who do not test will be required to continue to attend their AP or IB course until the end of the year and take a course final exam, as will students in grades 9 and 10 regardless of whether they test. Earning honors-weight credit is contingent on completion of a final exam.
Grade 11 and 12 students will attend elective courses until the end of the year.
As in previous years, all students will be cleared from their classes for the full day on any day they are taking an AP and/or IB exam. Students who are not testing will be expected to attend all classes that day. Lists of all students who are scheduled to test will be circulated later this year for your reference.
JUNIORS AND AP STUDENTS – GET YOUR TECH READY
Juniors and AP students, be sure you have what you need to test this spring! Many of our upcoming assessments will be online, including CMAS Science (which all juniors take April 5), and several of our AP exams (specifically, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Computer Science Principles and AP United States History).You will need a DPS-issued Chromebook to test. If you don’t have a DPS-issued Chromebook, please visit Mr. Embleton in room 323 as soon as possible. Questions? Contact Mr. Embleton.
FREE SUMMER CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT COURSES
Students, are you interested in earning free high school and college credit? If so, consider a summer Concurrent Enrollment course. This summer, there are both high school select and college select course options, providing you the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit at no cost. Click HERE for more info and a list of the amazing course offerings (everything from Intro to Criminal Justice to Music Appreciation!). Questions? Visit Mr. Wallace in room 112F (in the Success Center).
SPAIN, FRANCE, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND – SUMMER 2024 EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL
Interested in an educational trip to Europe? Ms. Reaves and Ms. Swain are leading a 13 day trip to Spain, France, Italy, and Switzerland in summer 2024! Spaces are limited. Questions? See Ms. Reaves in room 203 or Ms. Swain in room 205 for details.
IB VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION
Our IB Visual Arts program is hosting a pop-up exhibition at Stanley Marketplace on Wednesday, March 22. Our open house reception will be from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Everyone is invited to come view the works of these talented artists! We do need some parent and adult volunteers to assist with transportation, set up and break down the exhibition. If you are interested in helping, please sign up HERE. Questions? Contact Ms. Miller in Room 229.
The DSF Future Center will be hosting a Junior Night for rising seniors (current juniors) and their parents to learn more about the college application process. The event will take place on Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the Community Room here at GWHS. An invitation and signup link will be emailed to all juniors and their parents. Two concurrent presentations, one in English and one in Spanish, will be offered for families to choose from. Questions? Contact Ms. Minturn. For DSF grade-level checklists, visit our website’s Future Center page.
GIRLS SOCCER FUNDRAISING NIGHT AT TORCHY’S TACOS
Come out and enjoy a great meal at Torchy’s Tacos (at Boulevard One in Lowry) and support GWHS girls soccer! A portion of the sales made on Thursday, April 6 from 4:00 to 10:00pm will go toward the GWHS girls soccer program.
SUPPORT GWHS AVID AND ENJOY CHIPOTLE
Support the GWHS AVID program by ordering from the Chipotle location at Leetsdale and Monaco on Tuesday, April 11 from 4:00 to 8:00pm! The AVID program will receive 33% of qualifying orders placed in the restaurant and online. For online and Chipotle app orders, guests can apply the coupon code VNWNGZR in the Coupon Code line at checkout.
HELP MAKE OUR ASSESSMENT DAYS FUN!
To encourage our students for our P/SAT (April 12, 13 and 14) and CMAS (April 5) administration days, we need your help! We have plans to celebrate our students’ hard work through breakfast, testing room prizes and snacks, and some major giveaways (think a PlayStation5 and a set of AirPods Max per grade level). If you would like to donate to the fun, there are two ways: you can sign up HERE to bring in snacks or gift cards, or donate through MySchoolBucks HERE (select “Proceed as Guest” if you haven’t yet created a MySchoolBucks account). Submit your donations by Monday, March 20, and we’ll get them in the hands of our amazing students! Questions? Contact Dr. Bolz or Ms. Hunter.
PROCTOR AN AP OR IB EXAM
GWHS has over 500 students taking AP and IB exams from Friday, April 28 through Friday, May 19, and we need your help with proctoring! Sign up HERE to proctor an AP or IB exam. You may select any exam your student is NOT taking. Proctor training is easy, and your support is deeply appreciated!
AFTER PROM PARTY FUNDRAISING
The After Prom Committee is planning a fun, free and safe After Prom party for our prom-going students and their guests. This party is entirely managed by parent volunteers and funded completely by donations. Monetary donations are greatly needed and appreciated. Click HERE to donate (on the donation page, please select After Prom). Want to lend a hand as well? Volunteer opportunities are coming in April (this will be a great time for families of freshmen and sophomores to get involved in the fun)!
GWHS FOOD PANTRY
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.
DONATE TO BRINGING MUSIC TO LIFE
9NEWS partners with the nonprofit Bringing Music to Life to help support instrumental music programs in schools. Check out this news story featuring our own GWHS students and band and orchestra teacher, the amazing Mr. Grassler, and click HERE to learn how to donate!
GWHS LANDSCAPING COMMITTEE UPDATES
- Upcoming Community Service Days: Work outside while beautifying our campus! Upcoming dates are Saturday, April 8, April 22 and April 29, all from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Meet in the GWHS Community Garden. Bring old newspapers (used for weed barriers) – we are collecting them for Go Green Day 2023!
- Next Landscaping Committee Meeting: Help plan Go Green Day 2023! Join us Wednesday, March 22 at 5:00pm at Tessa Delicatessen.
- Free Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop: Join us on Thursday, March 23 at 4:00pm. Click HERE to register.
- Go Green Day 2023: Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6 from 8:00am to 1:00pm for this fun-filled annual event!
- Questions? Email Lisa Emerson.
BUY A BRICK
Dedicate a lasting gift to your graduate or loved one with a customized, engraved brick that will be installed at the north GWHS archway entrance path. Tree dedication plaques are available, too! All contributions benefit the GWHS campus through the GWHS Landscape Committee. Order yours today by clicking HERE!
ATHLETICS WEEKLY UPDATE
Patriots perform highly in academics and athletics! See our weekly athletics update HERE.
Women’s History Month
Spring Break/No Classes
Teacher Workday/No Classes for Students
CMAS Science/All Juniors (regular odd-block day schedule for all other students)