Weekly Roundup April 2

Posted April 2, 2024

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Mandatory April Testing Schedule, Attendance Requirement for Prom, and Prizes!
Mandatory April Testing Days – Room Assignments and Details
Student Guides and Student Data Consent Form
City Year After School Programming
Wish Week 2.0
Prom – “Old Hollywood”
DPS’s “Night of Noise” Dance
Denver Youth Employment Program
Class of 2028 Welcome Fest!
Baseball PBO Meeting
Landscape Committee Updates
GWHS Community Garden Plots
P/SAT Fundraiser
Prom Chaperones Needed
After Prom Volunteers and Donations Needed

Proctor an AP or IB Exam
DPS Family Wellness Fest
One George Initiative – Community Update

This week’s events: click HERE
This week’s athletic events: click HERE

All students in grades 9 through 11 are required by Colorado Department of Education to complete annual assessments for state and federal accountability. Our testing schedule is as follows:

  • On Wednesday, April 3, all grade 11 students are required to take CMAS Science. There will be a regular bell schedule for all other students.
  • On Monday, April 15, all grade 11 students are required to take the SAT. There will be no school for grades 9, 10 or 12.
  • On Tuesday, April 16, all grade 9 students are required to take PSAT 9, and all grade 10 students are required to take PSAT 10. There will be no school for grades 11 or 12.
Starting Wednesday, February 14, please note the following attendance and assessment participation requirements to attend Prom:
  • All grade 10 students who are invited by a grade 11 or 12 student to attend Prom must not have more than three (3) unexcused class absences, and must attend the PSAT 10.
  • All grade 11 students must have no more than three (3) unexcused class absences, and must attend CMAS Science and the SAT.
  • All grade 12 student must have no more than three (3) unexcused class absences.
If you do not want your student to participate in these assessments, you may print or visit the Main Office for an Opt-Out Form in ENGLISH, SPANISH or ARABIC. Forms must be returned immediately to the Main Office for review and processing.

Because we are proud of the hard work our students put in to these assessments, we want to celebrate them with giveaways and food! On April 15 and 16, students who are testing should arrive early to enjoy a catered breakfast. Each testing room will have prizes to give away (gift cards, small toys and more!), and there will be prizes raffled off each day – attending your mandatory testing day is your automatic entry! Grand prizes include a Nintendo Switch Lite and Beats Studio Pro headphones for each grade level, as well as a PlayStation 5, AirPods Max and a $250 GOAT gift certificate that can go to any grade level. Mark your calendars now, and be sure not to miss your testing day! 

Both CMAS Science and P/SAT assessments are digital. Students are required to bring their fully-charged DPS-issued Chromebook for every testing day in which they must participate. Students will be notified of their testing room assignment, approximate end time and other testing details on the following schedule:
  • CMAS Science/Wednesday, April 3: All grade 11 students received an email to their @dpsk12.net account on Monday, April 1. Grade 11 students should plan to arrive at 8:30am. Once grade 11 students have completed their SAT Digital Readiness Check immediately following CMAS Science, they will be dismissed for the remainder of the school day. 
  • SAT/Monday, April 15: All grade 11 students will receive an email to their @dpsk12.net account the week of Monday, April 8. Grade 11 students should plan to arrive at 8:30am. There will be no school for grades 9, 10 or 12.
  • PSAT 9 and PSAT 10/Tuesday, April 16: All grade 9 and 10 students will receive an email to their @dpsk12.net account the week of Monday, April 8. Grade 9 and 10 students should plan to arrive at 8:30am. There will be no school for grades 11 or 12.

Please find here Student Guides for the SAT, PSAT 10 and PSAT 9 for your review. Additionally, College Board, the provider of the SAT Suite of Assessments, provides a number of structures to support students’ and their families’ ability to connect to key opportunities available to them. As such, College Board gives students and families complete discretion regarding the additional, voluntary information they disclose beyond the minimum needed to register and score these assessments. During testing, students may choose to provide some additional information. All these questions are optional. Students will sign this STUDENT DATA CONSENT FORM if they consent to having the options to access their scores and more in the BigFuture School™ mobile app using a personal phone number (only available for the PSAT 10 and SAT), opt-in to Connections, and provide personal information as described in the form.

Need help with your homework, preparing for state CMAS or P/SAT testing, or creating a success plan? City Year offers after school programming on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and Thursdays until 5:00pm in room 317. To participate in this free after school program, have your parent or guardian complete a permission slip in ENGLISH or SPANISH, or pick one up in room 317! Questions? Check out this FLYER.


On Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, we will re-do our planned events from March 14th and 15th. We are continuing to collect coins and donations (in the buckets in the North Lobby or in Room 130), and we have an amazing opportunity to receive a matching gift up to $2,000 for funds collected between now and Friday, April 5! So far GWHS has raised over $2,000 towards granting wishes for kids like Ke’Zon; help us reach our goal of $8,500! Remember, you can earn spirit points by dressing up (Celebrity Day on Thursday, April 4 and Blue and Yellow Day on Friday, April 5) and by donating your change to your class bucket. So find your loose change, eat some waffles and pancakes on Thursday for $2, and get ready for our first ever Miracle Minute at the assembly to finish out our first ever Wish Week event. To donate online click HERE

Prom will be held Saturday, April 20 from 7:00 to 11:00pm at Forney’s Museum of Transportation. Tickets will be $50 for a single or $75 for a couple, and will be available on MySchoolBucks starting Monday, March 4 through Wednesday, April 17. Guest forms are available starting Monday, March 4 and are due no later than Wednesday, April 10. Forms can be found HERE, on Schoology, or in the Main Office.

Are you looking for camaraderie and support within the LGBTQ+ community? Come attend the “”Night of Noise” dance on Saturday, April 13 from 6:00 to 9:30pm, hosted by GWHS’s GSA! Join us on this vintage-themed night for food, music, a murder mystery game, outdoor activities, a quiet/movie room, and a video game room! We will be collaborating with other GSAs, such as East High School’s and DSISD High School’s. To purchase tickets, please check out this FLYER and scan the QR code. Students will not be turned away for lack of funds.

The Summer 2024 Denver Youth Employment Program (DYEP) provides youth access to workforce development, career exposure, and opportunities to further their individual passions and goals through foundational work experience opportunities with local organizations, businesses and other high growth industries. Youth are supported throughout their work experience and learn to leverage financial literacy practices and soft skills during the summer. Youth will have the opportunity to earn up to $2,194 and can work up to 120 hours. Youth must be 14 to 21 years old, be a Denver resident, attend school, and meet low income eligibility requirements. Please be aware that while the program attracts around 1,000 applicants each year, DYEP can only accommodate about 280 DYEP participants. To ensure fairness, a lottery system is used for placements. Despite this, all interested parties are urged to apply. Complete your application in ENGLISH or SPANISH today!

Calling all Class of 2028 Patriots: GWHS would like to welcome you to your new school! Bring your family and friends and join us in the Chauncey Billups Court on Tuesday, April 9 from 6:00 to 7:30pm. You’ll get to tour GWHS, meet some of our current talented students, learn about our amazing clubs and activities, chat with our fabulous staff, have your questions answered, and more!

Join other baseball parents for a PBO Meeting on Wednesday, April 3 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the GWHS library.


  • Our next Landscape Committee meeting is Monday, April 15 at 5:30pm at Tessa Delicatessen. Parents, students, teachers/staff and GWHS friends are all welcome!
  • GO GREEN DAY 2024 is Saturday, May 4. Mark your calendars! Click HERE to see what we sowed last year.
  • Students, do you need volunteer hours? Parents, want to help out, but don’t know how? Outdoor workdays on the GWHS grounds are coming up soon! Please join us on Saturdays, April 13, April 27 and May 11 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. We’ll meet in the Community Garden by the South Parking Lot. In case of inclement weather, check our website for any cancellations.
  • Need a lasting gift for your 2024 graduate while helping the Landscape Committee continue to beautify the GWHS grounds? Purchase a personalized brick or tree HERE!
  • Questions? Email Barb DeSarro

It’s time to sign up for your very own Community Garden plot at GWHS! Both large and small plots are available, for $75 and $60 annual rental, respectively. Rental fee includes a $25 charitable contribution to Denver Urban Gardens, and pays for compost, mulch, hoses, and other community garden supplies. Scholarships and reduced rental fees are available. The GWHS Community Garden is a fertile, protected oasis and a wonderful place to get your hands dirty and connect with fellow gardeners. No need to be an experienced gardener – come and learn with the rest of us. To request a plot, or for more information, email Lisa Emerson.

The P/SAT days are quickly approaching (Monday, April 15 for the SAT, and Tuesday, April 16 for the PSAT 9 and PSAT 10), and we need your support! We aim to provide every student with breakfast, snacks, and small giveaways in each of the testing rooms, and that is were you all come in! We would love donations – either via MySchoolBucks so we can purchase food and prizes OR donations you send in for prizes! Students love gift cards, and these are especially needed as donations. To support our students on their testing days, please click HERE. Questions? Contact Dr. Bolz.

Are you able to help set up for Prom on Saturday, April 20 at 5:00pm and/or chaperone the dance beginning at 7:00pm and ending at 11:00pm? If so, click HERE and sign up for the slot that fits your schedule. The dance will be held at Forney’s Museum of Transportation. Questions? Contact Ms. Kristi.

The After Prom Committee is planning a fun, free, and safe After Prom Party on Saturday, April 20 for our prom-going students and their guests. This party is entirely managed by parent volunteers and funded by donations. This is a great time for families of freshmen and sophomores to get involved in the fun (and get a preview of what their students have in store for their After Prom Party in upcoming years!). Please click HERE to sign up for volunteering and HERE for food and prize donations. There are many slots to fill: we appreciate your donations of time, creativity AND prizes. Thank you for supporting this event for our students!

GWHS has over 600 students taking AP and IB exams from Thursday, April 25 through Friday, May 17, 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!

Come join DPS for learning, food, giveaways and fun at Family Wellness Fest! There will be FREE Childcare, FREE Food, giveaways and MORE! Choose from three dates and locations. This event will include four sessions which families can attend and learn more about:
1. Substance Abuse Prevention
2. Social Emotional Learning: What is tSEL? 
3. School Culture and Bullying Prevention
4. Restorative and Trauma-Informed Practices
There will also be a small resource fair to learn more about other resources available in DPS and Denver. Please see the flyers in ENGLISH and SPANISH for details and to request interpretation!

Please read this LETTER for an update on our One George Initiative.

Patriots excel in the classroom and on the field! Check out this week’s Athletics Update HERE

April 3
CMAS Science (all grade 11 students)

April 15
SAT (all grade 11 students; no school for grade 9, 10 or 12 students)

April 16
PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 (all grade 9 and 10 students; no school for grade 11 or 12 students)

April 19
Teacher Workday/No School for Students
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