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Fall 2023 Final Exams Schedule
Student Progress Reports
Complete the “You Benefit!” Form for Healthy Free Meals and More!
City Year After School Tutoring
Math and Physics Tutoring
G-Dubb Barbershop Talk
Patriot Pairs Interest Meeting
Yearbook Sales and Senior Portraits/Dedications
Mondays are College and Career Gear Day
Seniors – Financial Aid (FAFSA and CASFA) Update
Seniors – Financial Aid Workshop
Support Teacher Appreciation, Classroom Grants and More through GWHS Colorado Gives Day TODAY!
Baseball PBO Meeting
Winter Arts Showcase
Restoring Peace: Practical Tools for Parents and Families
Doughnuts with Dr. Davis
Shop with a Patriot
IB Exam Administration
Patriot Pairs Mentoring
GWHS Food Pantry – Winter Break Baskets
This week’s events: click HERE
This week’s athletic events: click HERE
ASSESSMENT – FALL 2023 FINAL EXAMS SCHEDULE
Final exams will run Monday, December 11 through Wednesday, December 13. Course competency days (by teacher invitation only) will run Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December 15. Please find the exam schedule HERE.
STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS
Student progress reports will be emailed to families on the following schedule:
Student progress reports will include current grades in each course, as well as the number of absences and tardies accumulated. Please discuss these progress reports with your student to help them prepare for a successful finals week and semester course grades.
- Tuesday, December 5: Grade 9 students
- Wednesday, December 6: Grade 12 students
- Thursday, December 7: Grade 10 students
- Friday, December 8: Grade 11 students
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 email@example.com inbox.
CITY YEAR AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
City Year is hosting 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.
MATH AND PHYSICS TUTORING
Need help in math or physics? Come to the Success Center Mondays and Wednesdays during Student Enrichment for support. Questions? Contact Coach T.
G-DUBB BARBERSHOP TALK
Students, come meet and chat with Officer Coleman, our School Resource Officer, on Thursday, December 7 at 9:00am in the GWHS Cafeteria. Breakfast burritos will be provided! Officer Coleman is excited to get to know you and chat about anything that is on your mind. Click HERE for details.
PATRIOT PAIRS INTEREST MEETING
Students, would you like to be paired with an adult Patriot Pairs mentor who can be your advocate and ally throughout high school? If so, you and your parent/guardian are invited to join Ms. Locks for a virtual information session on Saturday, December 9 from 3:00 to 4:30pm. Virtual meeting info is HERE. Questions? Contact Ms. Locks.
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.
MONDAYS ARE COLLEGE AND CAREER GEAR DAY
Every Monday of the 2023-2024 school year, wear your gear that represents your post-high school plans! This can be anything from a college sweatshirt to a mechanic’s worksuit – be creative and represent your goals!
SENIORS – FINANCIAL AID (FAFSA AND CASFA) UPDATE
ALL seniors are strongly encouraged to complete a financial aid application, either the FAFSA (US citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-citizens), or the CASFA (any student not eligible for federal financial aid). If you’re not sure which application you will complete, stop by the Future Center for help. Completion of a financial aid application is the number one way students fund their college education (trade/technical college, community college, and four-year colleges and universities). The 2024-2025 FAFSA and CASFA will open by December 31, 2023. Please click HERE for step-by-step information to help you prepare to submit your financial aid application come January. There are TWO action items that are required for completion before you will be able to submit the FAFSA/CASFA:
Please note that StudentAid.Gov accounts (FSA ID) MUST be created at least three days prior to submitting the FAFSA. See the attached PDFs for help with creating accounts for FAFSA and CASFA.
- Gather all relevant 2022 federal tax documents from your parent/guardian, and
- Create a StudentAid.Gov account (FSA ID) and SAVE your username, password, and back-up code.
SENIORS – FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP
The DSF Future Center at GWHS will be hosting a Financial Aid Workshop from 3:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 25. Students will pre-register for a one-hour time slot where they will meet one-on-one with a financial aid expert to complete their financial aid application (either FAFSA or CASFA). Sign-ups will open at the beginning of January. Questions? Contact Ms. Minturn.
SUPPORT TEACHER APPRECIATION, CLASSROOM GRANTS AND MORE THROUGH GWHS COLORADO GIVES DAY!
Today is Colorado Gives Day! Visit GW Colorado Gives Day and sponsor a specific club, or choose to make a general donation to GWHS’s Be Inspired Annual Fund. Be Inspired provides money for things like teacher appreciation, After Prom, classroom grants and more. If you’d rather donate by cash or check, please feel free to drop it off in the Main Office with “GWHS Colorado Gives Day” noted. Currently, we are halfway to our fundraising goal. Join us today, and pitch in any amount to help support the amazing opportunities available to our students!
BASEBALL PBO MEETING
Is your student playing baseball for GWHS? Join other baseball parents for a PBO meeting on Wednesday, December 6 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the GWHS Hall of Fame Room (room 114). Questions? Contact Kristen Wieder.
WINTER ARTS SHOWCASE
Join us for an enchanting evening at GWHS’s Winter Arts Showcase on Thursday, December 7! The Arts Show Reception begins at 6:00pm in Pike’s Peak Lobby, followed by a music performance at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. Celebrate our student-artists during this very special event!
RESTORING PEACE: PRACTICAL TOOLS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES
“Restoring Peace” teaches restorative parenting, a philosophy that emphasizes building strong relationships, setting mutually age-appropriate boundaries, and repairing harm when boundaries are crossed. Sign up for a free virtual workshop offered by The Conflict Center on Saturday, December 9 from 9:00am to 4:00pm HERE.
DOUGHNUTS WITH DR. DAVIS
Parents, guardians and community members, please join our principal, Dr. Davis, on Wednesday, December 13 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, 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.
SHOP WITH A PATRIOT
GWHS is hosting its second annual Shop with a Patriot event on Saturday, December 9. GWHS students will be giving $200 to 20 elementary students in need, and will take them shopping at Target to purchase holiday gifts for their families. Everyone will then spend the afternoon at GWHS in a Winter Wonderland enjoying food, wrapping gifts, and playing games. Please help us make this event magical and meaningful by donating towards the $200 for each elementary student. Donations can be made HERE on MySchoolBucks; please add a note in the comments that it is for Shop with a Patriot. Questions? Contact Ms. Kristi.
IB EXAM ADMINISTRATION
Richard Maez, our previous IB Coordinator, will be overseeing and managing IB exam administration through May 2024. Questions? Contact Mr. Maez.
PATRIOT PAIRS MENTORING
Patriot Pairs Mentoring is in need of mentors to meet with mentees every Wednesday morning from 7:00 to 8:00am. Patriot Pairs Mentoring supports the academic, social, emotional and professional development of GWHS students through authentic mentoring relationships with trained community members who have prior experience navigating education and career systems. Mentors help their students experience new possibilities and graduate from high school prepared to become lifelong learners and contributing members of their communities in a diverse world. If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a mentor, please click HERE for more information and a QR code. Questions? Contact Jasmine Locks.
GWHS FOOD PANTRY – WINTER BREAK BASKETS
The GWHS Food Pantry provides Winter Break baskets to our students, their families and staff who are in need of meals over the break. Please SIGN UP by Friday, December 8 (please note this a new date) to receive a basket. Baskets will be distributed on Wednesday, December 13 from 8:00am to 2:00pm in the Food Pantry. Remember, the GWHS Food Pantry is available to all staff, students and their families who are in need of food. Please visit us every Wednesday after school until 4:00pm in room 3 (located in the sub-basement). Questions? Contact Jasmine Locks.
WEEKLY ATHLETICS UPDATE
Patriots excel in the classroom and on the field! Check out this week’s Athletics Update HERE.
December 11 – 13
Semester Course Finals
Course Competency (by invitation only)
Accuplacer (invited seniors only)
December 15 – January 2
All Students – First Day of Spring Semester