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DPS-Issued Chromebook Requirement
Building Entry and Exit Times
PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 9 and Accuplacer
Complete the “You Benefit!” Form for Healthy Free Meals and More!
Zero Fare for Youth Pilot Program: Free RTD Rides for Students
City Year After School Tutoring
Elite Patriot Dance Team Tryouts
Join the Self-Defense Club
Yearbook Sales and Senior Portraits/Dedications
Juniors and Seniors – Seal of Biliteracy Application Now Open
Freshmen – Host a Middle School Shadowing Student
Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland Trip/Summer 2024
Doughnuts with Dr. Davis
Colorado Rockies School Fundraiser Weekend
Back to School Night Recap
SAT Prep Course
Journalism, Broadcasting and Media Needs Your Help
DPS Fall Webinar Series – Empowering Healthy Choices
Calling all GWHS Alumni
DPS-ISSUED CHROMEBOOK REQUIREMENT
All students are expected to check out, use and maintain a DPS-issued Chromebook and charging cord. Several important assessments (including the P/SATs, ACCESS testing, CMAS Science and several AP exams) are pre-loaded into the DPS Chromebook App Kiosk, which are necessary for students to access. Students are expected to bring a laptop or iPad-type device to school each day. When required by GWHS, students should bring their DPS-issued Chromebook to school. When not required, students may bring either their DPS-issued Chromebook or a personal laptop or iPad-type device to school. Students who do not have a DPS-issued Chromebook should watch for an upcoming announcement about checkout procedures.
BUILDING ENTRY AND EXIT TIMES
Students are allowed in the school building between the hours of 7:15am and 4:00pm. If students have an athletic practice, club activity, or other school business to conduct before 7:15am or after 4:00pm, they must be admitted into the building by their coach or adult supervisor, and remain under the watch of their coach/adult supervisor.
ASSESSMENT – PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 9 AND ACCUPLACER
On Tuesday, October 17, all grade 10 and grade 11 students will take the PSAT/NMSQT. There will be no school for grade 9 or grade 12 students. On Wednesday, October 18, all grade 9 students will take the PSAT 9, and grade 12 students who need to demonstrate competency in math and/or English will take the Accuplacer (seniors, watch your email for info, or speak with your counselor). There will be no school for grade 10 or grade 11 students. Be sure your DPS-issued Chromebook is fully charged and ready for test day – all tests are now digital, and you’ll need to bring your Chromebook (and charger) to school!
COMPLETE THE “YOU BENEFIT!” FORM FOR HEALTHY FREE MEALS AND MORE!
All students in DPS will have access to free healthy, nutritious school meals beginning in the 2023-24 school year thanks to the Healthy School Meals for All program approved by Colorado voters! While meals will be provided for free to all DPS students through Healthy School Meals for All, families will still need to complete a form to ensure DPS gets full access to available federal funding.
What this means for families:
- Please continue to fill out the You Benefit! form (formerly referred to as the Meals Application). We ask all DPS families to please complete the You Benefit! form during registration for the 2023-24 school year. By completing the form, you will help us access all available funds to cover the cost of meals, and other nutritional programs for students.
- Families who fill out the You Benefit! form may qualify to receive discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support and more!
- All household income information provided through this form is strictly confidential and protected by law. Only one form is required for all children in the household. Immigration, migrant, citizenship or refugee status is not required when completing the form.
Learn more about the Healthy School Meals for All program in a short video in English and Spanish, this flier (Spanish is on page 2), or by visiting the Healthy School Meals for All website. If you have questions about completing the You Benefit! form, please contact the DPS Food & Nutrition Services department by calling 720-423-5600 or emailing the firstname.lastname@example.org inbox.
ZERO FARE FOR YOUTH PILOT PROGRAM: FREE RTD RIDES FOR STUDENTS
Starting in September, RTD will offer free bus and train rides for students as part of their new Zero Fare for Youth pilot program. Students can ride for free starting September 1, 2023 until August 31, 2024. To board the bus or train, students will need to show a form of ID. This can be a current school ID, valid government-issued ID, registration/permanent resident card, Military ID/dependent card with DOB, or RTD-issued youth special discount card.
With the pilot program in place, please note that DPS Transportation will not be providing paper or virtual RTD tickets for the 2023-24 school year. Although RTD is allowing students of all ages to ride for free, DPS strongly encourages parents or guardians to accompany their elementary school students.
CITY YEAR AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
City Year will be starting after school programing and tutoring this week! City Year will be available in room 317 until 5:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You must bring a completed permission slip to participate; you can get one HERE or visit Coach Folger in room 317.
ELITE PATRIOT DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS
It is that time of year! The Elite Patriot Dance Team tryouts will be hosted Monday, September 11 through Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 to 6:30pm in the GWHS Cafeteria. What to expect: the Head Coach will lead workshops for the first three days. On day four, showcase what you learned for the final tryout! All students are welcome! Please bring a water bottle and shoes you can dance in. Sign up using the QR code on the FLYER. Questions? Contact Ms. Jones.
JOIN THE SELF-DEFENSE CLUB
GWHS Self Defense Club has partnered with instructors at Colorado Krav Maga to help teach students and faculty at GWHS how to defend themselves. We will have three free sessions throughout the year, each full of hands-on training for real life situations. Anyone is free to join! Send an email HERE to sign up now. Questions? Contact Ms. Arlt.
YEARBOOK SALES AND SENIOR PORTRAITS/DEDICATIONS
Yearbooks are now available for purchase! Seniors, baby dedications and senior portraits are both due by Friday, December 15. Senior portraits should be RGB, 640 x 800 @250dpi (dots-per-inch) for the best quality. If you have questions or if you are having trouble uploading them in e-share please contact customer support. Instructions on ordering yearbooks and uploading senior portraits/baby dedications are HERE.
JUNIORS AND SENIORS – SEAL OF BILITERACY APPLICATION NOW OPEN
The DPS Seal of Biliteracy is an award for graduating high school students who can read, speak, listen and write at a high level in English as well as another language. It is a prestigious award that lets colleges and employers know you are proficient in more than one language. The Seal appears on your official transcript and your diploma, and you will receive an honorary cord to wear at graduation. If you are interested, please complete this APPLICATION by Friday, October 27. Completing the application establishes you as a Seal candidate and triggers a communication sent out in November with the next steps you need to take to earn the Seal of Biliteracy. Find more information about the path to obtain the Seal HERE. Questions? Contact Mr. Wallace.
FRESHMEN – HOST A MIDDLE SCHOOL SHADOWING STUDENT
Freshmen, would you like to show a current eighth grader all the great things happening GWHS? We have lots of eighth graders signed up for shadowing days October 2 through November 14. If you’d like to host one by taking them to periods 1 through 4 with you, please sign up HERE by September 29. Questions? Contact Ms. Foster in the Success Center.
SPAIN, FRANCE, ITALY AND SWITZERLAND TRIP/SUMMER 2024
Interested in going on an educational trip to Spain, France, Italy and Switzerland? Join us next summer for an amazing adventure! Contact Ms. Reaves or Ms. Swain for more details. Ready to sign up? Click HERE.
DOUGHNUTS WITH DR. DAVIS
Parents, guardians and community members, please join our principal, Dr. Davis, on Wednesday, September 13 (please note this is a new date) from 8:00 to 8:30am in the GWHS Community Room for doughnuts and conversation. Dr. Davis will be hosting a “Doughnuts with Dr. Davis” event the second Wednesday of every month (please note this is a new schedule), so watch future Weekly Roundup issues for reminders about upcoming dates. Dr. Davis would love to take your questions, engage in conversation, and listen to your ideas during this casual event.
GWHS Parent/Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21, from 4:00 to 7:30pm. If you’d like to discuss your student’s progress, you may either email your student’s teacher(s) to schedule a 15-minute check-in during these hours, or you may just drop by. We will also have resources available in the North Lobby, including Community Hub resources, Food Pantry information, and our Social/Emotional Wellness Team. We look forward to seeing you!
COLORADO ROCKIES SCHOOL FUNDRAISER WEEKEND
The Colorado Rockies are hosting their School Fundraiser Weekend during their home games against the San Francisco Giants. Ticket prices range from $12 to $50 depending on seat location. $2 from each ticket purchased comes back to GWHS, and each game includes giveaways to the first 15,000 fans to enter! Click HERE for the information and ticketing page, then scroll down to find GWHS in the listed schools. For more info, click HERE. Game times:
- Friday, September 15 at 6:40pm (flag giveaway!)
- Saturday, September 16 at 6:10pm (stay late for the post-game drone light show! Ticketholders in Sections 148-160 will be allowed on the field for the drone light show.)
- Sunday, September 17 at 1:10pm (tote bag giveaway!)
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT RECAP
Thank you to all GWHS families who were able to attend our Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 6! For those who were not able to come or need a refresher, please view this PRESENTATION.
SAT PREP COURSE
Juniors and seniors are invited to attend the SAT prep course offered by Campus Prep this fall. The 27-hour comprehensive course, including proctored practice exams, takes place at the University of Denver, and there is a live online option as an alternative. The cost is $175-$195. Campus Prep has provided this popular course at the University of Denver for the past 7 years, and is proud to be the official SAT provider for the Boulder Valley School District. Students who complete the course often increase their score by over 200 points. Visit Campusprep.org to see the schedules and to apply for the course. Questions? Email email@example.com or call (877) 805-2521.
JOURNALISM, BROADCASTING AND MEDIA NEEDS YOUR HELP
Journalism, Broadcasting and Media is a new program at GWHS designed to give students experience in journalism and broadcasting. We need your help building our equipment inventory! Please click HERE to donate funds, or HERE to donate equipment.
DPS FALL WEBINAR SERIES – EMPOWERING HEALTHY CHOICES
DPS Prevention is excited to announce a fall webinar series, with three different monthly programs to support your teen’s mental health and well-being. You can find more information and register online HERE.
CALLING ALL GWHS ALUMNI!
GWHS loves and appreciates all our alumni! We would like to foster alumni relations and preserve and promote the history of GWHS by having our alumni work in partnership with our school to build community and connection. Are you an alum interested in promoting student achievement, raising funds to benefit of GWHS’s community, or preserving and improving the buildings and grounds of our school? If so, please click HERE for a QR code to indicate your interest.
WEEKLY ATHLETICS UPDATE
Patriots excel in the classroom and on the field! Check out this week’s Athletics Update HERE.
SEPTEMBER 20 – 21
Teacher Work Day / No School for Students