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  • Weekly Roundup October 12

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    COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 2 active COVID-19 cases in our school community.

    We provide current active cases of COVID-19 each week in the Weekly Roundup. Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by our school nurse.  Unless you receive individual communication about exposure to a positive case, you do not need to take any action. As part of the public health investigation:

    • The person diagnosed is being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious
    • The person’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 were assessed
    • Per Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Health guidelines, students who are fully vaccinated and/or are wearing their mask over their mouth and nose at the time of exposure do not have to quarantine. Any students who do not meet this criteria are instructed to stay home from school for 10 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.

     

    VACCINATION CLINIC AT PLACE BRIDGE ACADEMY
    On Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15, the school based health center at Place Bridge is sponsoring a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 8:30am to 3:30pm for all DPS students. For interested students, parents must call the Place Bridge main line at 720-424-2050 to give their verbal consent.

    REMINDER ABOUT REPORTING POSITIVE TEST RESULTS
    Please remember that students are not permitted to attend school if they are waiting for results from a COVID-19 test. Free testing is available HERE. Please report all positive cases using THIS FORM.

    FALL BREAK
    School is closed for students on October 15 and 18 for teacher workdays. Enjoy your break!

    P/SAT TESTING ON OCTOBER 13 AND 14 
    GWHS is administering the PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 9 on the following schedule:

    Wednesday, October 13

    • All Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT
    • Students received an email to their @dpsk12.net account on October 7 with their room assignment, arrival and approximate end times, and testing details
    • There will be no school for Freshmen or Seniors

    Thursday, October 14

    • All Freshmen will take the PSAT9 and Seniors who need to demonstrate competency will take the Accuplacer (Seniors, your counselor will contact you if you need to take Accuplacer to graduate)
    • Students received an email to their @dpsk12.net account on October 7 with their room assignment, arrival and approximate end times, and testing details
    • There will be no school for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors not taking the Accuplacer

    Important reminders:

    • There will be no locker access, so students should bring only no. 2 pencils, a snack/drink, and a graphing calculator (GWHS will provide a calculator for students who do not have one)
    • Cell phones will need to be powered off and collected by proctors
    • Lunch will be available in the cafeteria immediately after testing

     

    COLORADO FREE APPLICATION DAY FOR SENIORS
    Seniors, remember that you can apply to any college or university in Colorado for free on October 19, 20, and 21! Make sure you are getting your applications ready to go this week so that you can submit them next week! Please see the Future Center for more information or help.

    BEHAVIOR AND EMOTIONAL SCREENING
    As part of our effort to support the Whole Child, our school will be implementing a universal social and emotional screening for students to provide a fair and impartial way of looking at how students are progressing in their social and emotional development. Screenings can also help identify areas where school personnel can improve or adjust our supports. Denver Public Schools currently uses a social and emotional screening questionnaire called the Behavior and Emotional Screening System (BESS). The online tool takes approximately ten minutes to complete and consists of 28 questions for the student to answer. This screener will be delivered to all George Washington students during their Community Learning Seminar the week of October 18. If you do NOT want your child to participate, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, October 15.

    SUPERINTENDENT MARRERO TO VISIT GW FOR LISTEN AND LEARN
    Students, Families, Staff, and Community are invited to meet. Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero when he visits GW as part of his Listen & Learn Tour. Here are the details:

    When: October 20, 2021
    Time: 5:00pm – 6:15pm
    Where: North Courtyard
    Registration: Click here to reserve your seat

    HOMECOMING SPIRIT WEEK
    Patriots, it’s time to let that Patriot Pride shine. October 19 – 22 is Homecoming Spirit Week:

    • Tuesday | PJ Day – come dressed comfy and warm
    • Wednesday | Character Day – dress up as your favorite characters
    • Thursday | Twin Day – wear the same outfit as a peer or a group of peers
    • Friday | Clash of the Classes – upperclassmen wear white and underclassmen wear green

     

    HOMECOMING SUPER BOWL
    GW Patriots! On Tuesday, October 19, at 4:00pm on the Turf Field, we are having our second annual Homecoming Super Bowl and pairing it with the Homecoming Tailgate. This is our Juniors vs. Seniors flag football game – a super fun and spirited event where our football players get to cheer on their peers. Come out to cheer on your class, have some food, and celebrate the football team before their big game.

    HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME
    Come out and cheer on the Patriots as they compete against Thomas Jefferson High School at our 2021 Homecoming Game at All City Field on Saturday, October 23 at 11:00am. Tickets can be purchased HERE starting October 15.

    HOMECOMING DANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Homecoming is Saturday, October 23, 2021, 6:00pm – 9:30pm in the GWHS South Courtyard. Tickets are $20 each and are now available for purchase through MySchoolBucks.You must have a ticket and school ID to attend the dance. Purchase tickets through MySchoolBucks and then bring receipt of purchase to the treasurer’s office to pick up your physical ticket by Wednesday, October 20. Due to COVID Restrictions, there are no guests allowed from other schools. Only GW students can attend our dance. Feel free to reach out to Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net if you have any questions!

    THESPIAN BAKE SALE
    The Thespian club is raising money for our annual trip to Thescon in December. Please come and support them by buying baked goods and treats. We will be in the North Lobby after school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during Spirit Week – October 20, 21. Come and satisfy your sweet tooth!

    SENIOR YEARBOOK PHOTOS NOW OPEN
    Senior Yearbook Photos and Quotes are now open and free for all seniors. The deadline for all submissions is November 19, 2021. To upload, visit our website HERE.

    SENIOR YEARBOOK BABY DEDICATION SUBMISSIONS OPEN
    Senior Baby Dedications are now open! Baby Dedications are five dollars. The deadline for all submissions is November 19, 2021. To upload, visit our website HERE.

    VOLUNTEER AT HOMECOMING
    Get involved in Homecoming by volunteering your time to help with GW Homecoming events. Our Homecoming Tailgate will a part of our Homecoming Superbowl event on Tuesday, October 19 and we will need help with set-up, serving food, and clean-up. We also need help with set up, chaperoning, and cleaning up at the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 23. Get more details and sign up HERE for one or both. We look forward to seeing you there!

    FOOTBALL CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER
    The football team is sponsoring a Chipotle fundraiser. Purchase dinner for the entire family. But be sure to mention GWHS at checkout or use Promo Code QPDK8FX when ordering online. Here are the details:

    What: Fundraiser Dine-out at Chipotle
    Why: to raise funds for equipment for the Football team
    Where: Chipotle at Monaco & Leetsdale
    When: Wednesday, October 13th 4:00-8:00pm

    RENTAL ASSISTANCE
    The Denver Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) assists eligible households with:

    • Up to 15 months of assistance for current and/or overdue rent payments
    • Relocation assistance, including security deposit and rent

    Immigration status and landlord participation are NOT required in order to receive assistance. Households with housing vouchers may receive assistance for their portion of the rent. To find out if you qualify and/or apply, visit Denvergov.org/RentAssistance or call 1-844-926-6632.

    GW FOOD PANTRY TO RESUME
    The GWHS Food Pantry will begin distributions every Thursday from 3:30pm – 4:10pm starting October 21 in the Community Room! Sign up not required! If you have questions or need delivery, please stop by to talk with us!

    Want to help out?

    • If you would like to donate food, please drop it off in the shopping cart located in the main office. If you would like to donate specifically for our Thanksgiving holiday, please sign up HERE
    • If you would like to volunteer to help us assembly food bags for distribution, please sign up HERE
    • If you are interested in taking on more responsibility as a co-organizer, please email jonellherndon@yahoo.com. They are looking for 1-2 people to help organize & manage the program. Background checks & Food Bank of the Rockies training is required.
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  • Weekly Roundup September 21

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    NO SCHOOL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
    School is closed for students on Monday, September 27 for a teacher workday. Enjoy your long weekend!

    FALL BREAK
    School is closed for students on October 15 and 18 for teacher workdays. Enjoy your break!

    P/SAT TESTING ON OCTOBER 13 AND 14 
    GWHS is administering the PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 9 on the following schedule:

    Wednesday, October 13

    • All Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT
    • Students will receive an email to their @dpsk12.net account prior to their test day with their room assignment, arrival and approximate end times, and testing details
    • There will be no school for Freshmen or Seniors

     

    Thursday, October 14

    • All Freshmen will take the PSAT9 and Seniors who need to demonstrate competency will take the Accuplacer (Seniors, your counselor will contact you if you need to take Accuplacer to graduate)
    • Students will receive an email to their @dpsk12.net account prior to their test day with their room assignment, arrival and approximate end times, and testing details
    • There will be no school for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors not taking the Accuplacer

     

    Important reminders:

    • There will be no locker access, so students should bring only no. 2 pencils, a snack/drink, and a graphing calculator (GWHS will provide a calculator for students who do not have one)
    • Cell phones will need to be powered off and collected by proctors
    • Lunch will be available in the cafeteria immediately after testing

     

    PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
    We are hosting virtual parent teacher conferences on October 12 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Information about how to schedule a conference with a teacher will be available in the next Weekly Roundup.

    COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC
    Rocky Mountain Primary Care ‑ Partners in Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at GW on September 30 from 11:00am  – 2:00pm. All eligible students and GW family members are welcome to attend. Vaccines are free for all individuals and medical insurance is not required.

    Vaccines are another tool in our toolbox in ensuring that our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff. Currently, vaccines are available in Colorado for those 12 years old and older. To learn more about the vaccine, please click HERE.

    If you or your student would like to sign up to receive the vaccine, please complete the consent form HERE. Students under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission, and all submitted forms will be verified before a vaccination is administered.

    SPIRIT WEEK
    Next week is our first spirit week! Show your spirit by participating everyday. The spirit days are:

    • Tuesday, September 28 is Tie Dye Day
    • Wednesday, September 29 is Dress to Express Day (dress in your favorite outfit and express yourself!)
    • Thursday, September 30 is Throw it Back to the 80s Day
    • Friday, October 1 is Crazy Green and White Day!

     

    SENIOR MEETING
    Seniors! There is a mandatory meeting in the Auditorium during teacher office hours on Thursday, September 30, 9:30am – 10:10am. You will be provided with important information for your senior year. Contact your counselor if you have any questions.

    SENIOR YEARBOOK SUBMISSIONS
    Senior Yearbook Photos and Baby Dedications will open for submission on Monday, October 4. We will send information via email to seniors and their families when the submission form is open.

    JOIN BLACK STUDENT ALLIANCE
    Black Student Alliance is having its first meeting during lunch on Wednesday, September 29 in Room 26. All students are welcome. Come share your black excellence! If you have questions, contact Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net. See you all next week!

    LA CASA MEETINGS NOW MEETING ON TUESDAYS
    La Casa, GW’s Latinx student association will now be meeting on Tuesdays, instead of Wednesdays. Come to Room 208 during lunch to join and experience a place to celebrate culture and discuss the experience of being LatinX. We have some really big projects coming up and would love your help. All are welcome!

    TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY TO WASHINGTON DC
    GW is thrilled to invite you to attend this 2022 travel opportunity to Washington, D.C.! We will be holding a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, September 30 from 6:00pm – 6:30pm. Attending the meeting is not a commitment to travel, just an opportunity for us to share information and sign up if your family is ready. For that reason, if you have any interest at all, please remind your parent(s) or guardian to register through the link below so that you all can learn more! We will cover:

    • What we’ll see and do (the fun stuff!)
    • Travel logistics
    • Safety and flexibility
    • How to earn high school credit
    • Affordable payment options and more

    To attend the virtual meeting, you must register HERE. Questions? Email: richard_maez@dpsk12.net. Can’t make the meeting but want more information? RSVP HERE and select “No but send more info” to stay in the loop.

    PROM FUNDRAISER
    Student Leadership is hosting its first fundraiser to raise $5,000 for Prom! Help raise money for Prom by eating dinner on October 6, 2021, 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Chipotle on Monaco – 820 S Monaco Pkwy Unit 1B, Denver, CO 80224. We can earn 33% of the sales from that day if you dine in or order a pick-up. If you decide to dine in, stop in between 4:00pm – 8:00pm and show THIS FLYER to the cashier when you checkout. If you decide to pick up an order, place your order online between 4:00pm – 8:00pm and enter our online code 2293LND. Online orders must be pickup – not delivery and you must use the Chipotle app. Hope to see you all there to create an unforgettable prom!

    FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT
    Welcome Home Patriot Families! FCRE welcomes you to our first session of the 2021-22 school year. Raikeis Timm, a parent of a GW student, will lead the the session: De-Stress with Mindfulness. During these unprecedented times it is important for us to take care of ourselves. Join us to learn breathing techniques, meditation, chair yoga, and other tips and tricks to help de-stress.

    Topic: De-Stress with Mindfulness
    Date: Thursday Sep 23, 2021
    Time: 6:00pm -7:00pm
    Registration: Please RSVP HERE to receive a meeting link

    PULSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE
    Your help is needed to raise $50,000 for the Pulse Health and Wellness Center. A brand new School-Based Health Center is coming to GW in 2021-22. DPS will fund general construction and GW is responsible for finishing the space, purchasing furniture, and creating an environment that enhances the visitor’s experience. Students will have access to well care, sports physicals, vaccinations, family therapy, and care for chronic conditions like asthma. Patients are seen whether or not they have insurance!

    The goal for the month of September is to raise $10,000. We also want to thank the generosity of a GW family willing to match funds raised. Click HERE  to learn how to give any amount. Patriots we can do this!

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  • Weekly Roundup September 14

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    RECENT BUILDING FIRE ALARMS
    Over the past week we have experienced four fire alarms and subsequent building evacuations. Each of these incidents has been triggered by either a vape pen or marijuana use in student restrooms.

    The disruption to the learning environment is frustrating for both students and staff. Vape pens, tobacco use, and marijuana use are strictly prohibited on school grounds. We are reviewing security camera footage to determine who might be responsible and following up with students and families.

    In the midst of a pandemic we are fortunate to be back in-person. Students, please talk to your peers, and families please talk to your students, and encourage them to behave appropriately and respectfully.

    COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC
    Rocky Mountain Primary Care ‑ Partners in Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at GW on September 30 from 11:00am  – 2:00pm. All eligible students and GW family members are welcome to attend. Vaccines are free for all individuals and medical insurance is not required.

    Vaccines are another tool in our toolbox in ensuring that our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff. Currently, vaccines are available in Colorado for those 12 years old and older. To learn more about the vaccine, please click HERE.

    If you or your student would like to sign up to receive the vaccine, please complete the consent form HERE. Students under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission, and all submitted forms will be verified before a vaccination is administered.

    FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION
    This year, Denver Public Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge, regardless of the student’s free or reduced-price meal benefit status; however, it is still very important that all families continue to complete and submit a Meal Benefits Application.

    DPS is asking that all families complete the Meal Benefits Application by October 1, regardless if they believe they will qualify. The submission and approval of a Meal Benefits Application provides advantages beyond eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. Submitting an application also helps ensure students receive the maximum amount of benefits they are eligible for, including discounts on bus passes and some school fees, such as athletics, and reduced AP testing fees. It also ensures schools receive additional resources to support healthy meals for students and afterschool programs. In addition, based on your application, you could be eligible for the P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer) program through the Department of Human Services. Please visit their website for additional information.

    Your assistance in completing and submitting the Meal Benefits Application is greatly appreciated and has the potential to help all DPS schools. Apply now HERE. All information provided is confidential and protected.

    CLASS OF 20222: NEW COLORADO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    Attention Class of 2022: To graduate, Colorado requires you demonstrate competency in Math and English (along with earning adequate credit requirements and completing your ICAP). If you haven’t yet met competency in one or both areas, your counselor will be contacting you directly before September 17 to review your options for competency demonstration. Be ready to let your counselor know whether you’ll provide a test score from an outside SAT or ACT, or whether you’ll take the Accuplacer on October 14 at GWHS. Remember, you must show competency in Math and English as soon as possible to be on your way to graduation! If you don’t hear from your counselor, you have already demonstrated competency in Math and English.

    AP EXAM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
    Register today for your AP exams! Registration is a two-step process: go to Total Registration to pay for your exams, then follow the instructions in your payment confirmation page to order your exams through College Board. Instructions are HERE. Each exam costs $96, and there is a $4 online payment processing fee. Late fees of $10 per exam begin November 1, and exam registration closes November 10. Remember, DPS policy requires students take their AP exam to receive weighted credit for their AP course.

    JOIN [panda]MONIUM!
    GW’s comedy improv troupe [panda]MONIUM! is having its first meeting! All are welcome to try it out and no experience is necessary! Come to Ms. Harkness-Quintana’s room (209) on Tuesday, September 21 during lunch. We hope to see you there!

    LA CASA MEETINGS START THIS WEEK
    La Casa, the Latinx Student Alliance at GW, is back! We will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 15 during lunch in room 208. Join us to learn more about planning for the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration as well as other events to celebrate Latinx culture. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

    TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY TO WASHINGTON DC
    GW is thrilled to invite you to attend this 2022 travel opportunity to Washington, D.C.! We will be holding a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, September 30 from 6:00pm – 6:30pm. Attending the meeting is not a commitment to travel, just an opportunity for us to share information and sign up if your family is ready. For that reason, if you have any interest at all, please remind your parent(s) or guardian to register through the link below so that you all can learn more! We will cover:

    • What we’ll see and do (the fun stuff!)
    • Travel logistics
    • Safety and flexibility
    • How to earn high school credit
    • Affordable payment options and more

    To attend the virtual meeting, you must register HERE. Questions? Email: richard_maez@dpsk12.net P.S. Can’t make the meeting but want more information? RSVP HERE and select “No but send more info” to stay in the loop.

    SUPPORT PATRIOT CHEER
    Patriot Cheerleaders will be selling chocolate bars for $1 until October 4 to raise money for their competition choreography and music. Help support them and curb that sweet tooth at the same time by buying some chocolate! They have milk chocolate, dark chocolate, wafer, caramel, crunch, and almond.

    ELITE PATRIOT DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS
    The Elite Patriot Dancers will be hosting tryout clinics September 13 – September 16 right after school from 3:50pm – 6:00pm in the cafeteria. You will learn choreography for the first few days with the final tryouts happening on September 17. Think you have what it takes? You might just be the talent we’re looking for! Come dressed in comfortable clothing and bring water. Tryouts are open to all students!

    FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT
    Welcome Home Patriot Families! FCRE welcomes you to our first session of the 2021-22 school year. Raikeis Timm, a parent of a GW student, will lead the the session: De-Stress with Mindfulness. During these unprecedented times it is important for us to take care of ourselves. Join us to learn breathing techniques, meditation, chair yoga, and other tips and tricks to help de-stress.

    Topic: De-Stress with Mindfulness
    Date: Thursday Sep 23, 2021
    Time: 6:00pm -7:00pm
    Registration: Please RSVP HERE to receive a meeting link

    GW BLACK EXCELLENCE BARBECUE PARTY
    Join the GW Black Excellence Center for its first Black Excellence Barbecue Party! We are inviting our black families to come out to the GW North Courtyard on Saturday, September 18, at 12:00pm to enjoy food, fun, and music and to hear more about how GW wants to honor and celebrate our black students! We can’t wait to connect! Feel free to reach out to Alyssa Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net if you have any questions!

    PULSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE
    Your help is needed to raise $50,000 for the Pulse Health and Wellness Center. A brand new School-Based Health Center is coming to GW in 2021-22. DPS will fund general construction and GW is responsible for finishing the space, purchasing furniture, and creating an environment that enhances the visitor’s experience. Students will have access to well care, sports physicals, vaccinations, family therapy, and care for chronic conditions like asthma. Patients are seen whether or not they have insurance!

    The goal for the month of September is to raise $10,000. We also want to thank the generosity of a GW family willing to match funds raised. Click HERE  to learn how to give any amount. Patriots we can do this!

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  • Weekly Roundup September 14

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    FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION
    This year, Denver Public Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge, regardless of the student’s free or reduced-price meal benefit status; however, it is still very important that families continue to complete and submit a Meal Benefits Application.

    DPS is asking that all families complete the Meal Benefits Application by October 1, regardless if they believe they will qualify. The submission and approval of a Meal Benefits Application provides advantages beyond eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. Submitting an application also helps ensure students receive the maximum amount of benefits they are eligible for, including discounts on bus passes and some school fees, such as athletics, and reduced AP testing fees. It also ensures schools receive additional resources to support healthy meals for students and afterschool programs. In addition, based on your application, you could be eligible for the P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer) program through the Department of Human Services. Please visit their website for additional information.

    Your assistance in completing and submitting the Meal Benefits Application is greatly appreciated and has the potential to help all DPS schools. Apply now HERE. All information provided is confidential and protected.

    AP EXAM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
    Register today for your AP exams! Registration is a two-step process: go to Total Registration to pay for your exams, then follow the instructions in your payment confirmation page to order your exams through College Board. Instructions are HERE. Each exam costs $96, and there is a $4 online payment processing fee. Late fees of $10 per exam begin November 1, and exam registration closes November 10. Remember, DPS policy requires students take their AP exam to receive weighted credit for their AP course.

    FUTURE CENTER MAJOR SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTATION
    Come to the Future Center during lunch on Monday, September 13 to learn about some of the major scholarships and how to apply! We will talk about scholarships like the Boettcher, Daniels Fund, Greenhouse, and more. We will also give advice about how to find scholarships for yourself.

    COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP
    Come to the Future Center at 8:00am on Tuesday, September 14 to learn about how to write a good college essay. We will talk about the personal essay, supplemental essays and more. We will also have time for you to ask questions or work on your own essays.

    JOIN THE YOUTH ACTION BOARD
    Hey Patriots! My name is Bailey Shelden and I wanted to share an exciting opportunity with you! I am a part of the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Youth Action Board on mental health and we are recruiting new members! This position is seeking high schoolers who are passionate about mental health advocacy. We are looking for a partner who will be able to continue my advocacy work after I graduate. We meet via zoom once a week for about an hour and you get paid for your time! Through the Youth Action Board, I have been able to testify to Colorado’s senate, speak to news outlets such as CNN and world news, and collaborate with amazing organizations like the partners for children’s mental health on a suicide prevention video! Apply HERE.

    SUPPORT PATRIOT CHEER
    Patriot Cheerleaders will be selling chocolate bars for $1 until October 4 to raise money for their competition choreography and music. Help support them and curb that sweet tooth at the same time by buying some chocolate! They have milk chocolate, dark chocolate, wafer, caramel, crunch, and almond.

    ELITE PATRIOT DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS
    The Elite Patriot Dancers will be hosting tryout clinics September 13 – September 16 right after school from 3:50pm – 6:00pm in the cafeteria. You will learn choreography for the first few days with the final tryouts happening on September 17. Think you have what it takes? You might just be the talent we’re looking for! Come dressed in comfortable clothing and bring water. Tryouts are open to all students!

    GET YOUR SPORTS TICKETS ONLINE
    The 2021 fall sports season is in full effect! Show that GW Spirit and let’s fill the stands to show support for all of our Athletes. You can now buy tickets to all sporting events online by clicking HERE. Don’t wait in lines to get your ticket, use the online tool and get your ticket sent directly to your phone!

    GW BLACK EXCELLENCE BARBECUE PARTY
    Join the GW Black Excellence Center for its first Black Excellence Barbecue Party! We are inviting our black families to come out to the GW North Courtyard on Saturday, September 18, at 12:00pm to enjoy food, fun, and music and to hear more about how GW wants to honor and celebrate our black students! We can’t wait to connect! Feel free to reach out to Alyssa Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net if you have any questions!

    PULSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER FUNDRAISING
    Your help is needed to raise $50,000 for the Pulse Health and Wellness Center. A brand new School-Based Health Center is coming to GW in 2021-22. DPS will fund general construction and GW is responsible for finishing the space, purchasing furniture, and creating an environment that enhances the visitor’s experience. Students will have access to well care, sports physicals, vaccinations, family therapy, and care for chronic conditions like asthma. Patients are seen whether or not they have insurance!

    We are hoping you’ll help us support this effort. Click HERE to learn about how to give at any amount or to donate goods/services.

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  • Weekly Roundup August 31

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    BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
    Date: September 2, 2021
    Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    Location: North Courtyard & East Lawn

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions the event will be held outdoors. We encourage attendees to wear comfortable clothing and shoes made for walking on grass and concrete. Families are asked to RSVP. This will help us plan for a successful Back-to-School Night.

    In case of inclement weather on September 2, 2021, a virtual Back-To-School Night option will be available on the GWHS website September 15, 2021. We will continue to monitor the weather and communicate any cancelation Thursday morning.

    MAKE HISTORY! DONATE YOUR AP UNITED STATES HISTORY BOOK
    Former APUSH students and their parent/guardian. Coach Page and Mr. Vicente would LOVE for you to donate your old APUSH book as we are running low on classroom sets. We will take them in any condition and reward with a high five or ten! Swing on by Room 227 or 133 and make history!

    ACTIVITY FAIR
    All students are invited to attend the annual Activity Fair, Friday, September 3, 2021, 9:40am – 10:40am in the South Courtyard. We will be operating on an Assembly/Pep Rally Schedule to allow time for students to learn about and sign up for the clubs and activities GW has to offer. If your club would like to have a table, please have your club faculty sponsor email Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net.

    COLLEGE REP VISITS ARE BACK
    Rep Visits are returning (virtually) September 10! These are great opportunities for you to learn more about universities across the country and even world (we already have schools like Boston University, Oberlin College, Villanova University, Temple University Japan, and many others signed up to meet with GW students)! We will still host you in the Future Center for these virtual visits so you can come and focus on what the representatives have to say. Come to the Future Center (Room 113) to get help registering for visits on MaiaLearning.

    ELITE PATRIOT DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS
    The Elite Patriot Dancers will be hosting tryouts September 13 – September 16t right after school from 3:50pm-6:00pm in the cafeteria. You will learn choreography for the first few days and will have a final tryout on September 16! Think you have what it takes? You might just be the talent we’re looking for! Come dressed in comfortable clothing and bring water. Tryouts are open to all students!

    AUDITION FOR CLUE!
    Attention ALL Theater Lovers: Auditions for CLUE will be Tuesday, September 7 after school in the auditorium from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Please sign up for audition time outside the auditorium or outside Room 213, the Theater Room using the QR code provided. Not interested in acting? Want to work on lights, sound, costumes, props, or set? Please join us for an informational meeting Wednesday, September 9 from 4:00 – 6:00pm in the auditorium and/or send an email to gwhs.clue@gmail.com.

    PULSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER FUNDRAISING
    Your help is needed to raise $50,000 for the Pulse Health and Wellness Center. A brand new School-Based Health Center is coming to GW in 2021-22. DPS will fund general construction and GW is responsible for finishing the space, purchasing furniture, and creating an environment that enhances the visitor’s experience. Students will have access to well care, sports physicals, vaccinations, family therapy, and care for chronic conditions like asthma. Patients are seen whether or not they have insurance!

    We are hoping you’ll help us support this effort. Click HERE to learn about how to give at any amount or to donate goods/services.

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  • Weekly Roundup August 24

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    BELL SCHEDULE
    Remember, we are on a later bell schedule this year and our school-day is 8:45am – 3:50pm. Subscribe to our Google Bell Schedule HERE.

    CHROMEBOOK
    If you have not yet received your Chromebook, please visit the North Courtyard before school tomorrow to pick one up.

    PARKING LOT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
    We are encouraging student drivers to utilize the South Parking Lot and staff to use the West Parking Lot, and to reserve the North Parking Lot for pick-up and drop-off. Please consider utilizing Virginia Avenue or Exposition Avenue to drop off your students as well.  Additionally, we have requested that CDOT conduct a traffic light timing evaluation to improve traffic flow on Monaco – this will help with parking lot congestion.

    PICTURE DAY
    School pictures will be taken during math classes on Monday, August 30. Students received picture packets in their math classes today. Please make sure they bring their packets on Monday if they are purchasing pictures.

    BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
    Date: September 2, 2021
    Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
    Location: North Courtyard & East Lawn

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions the event will be held outdoors. We encourage attendees to wear comfortable clothing and shoes made for walking on grass and concrete. Families are asked to RSVP. This will help us plan for a successful Back-to-School Night.

    SENIOR SUNRISE
    Seniors! Celebrate your last first Monday of school by attending Senior Sunrise! Join us in the GW North Parking Lot Monday, August 30, May 5, from 6:15am – 7:00am. Seniors should arrive at the North Parking Lot at 6:15am to watch the sunrise (predicted at 6:26am) and then have breakfast and celebrate the beginning of Senior Year.

    ACTIVITY FAIR
    All students are invited to attend the annual Activity Fair, Friday, September 3, 2021, 9:40am – 10:40am in the South Courtyard. We will be operating on an Assembly/Pep Rally Schedule to allow time for students to learn about and sign up for the clubs and activities GW has to offer. If your club would like to have a table, please have your club faculty sponsor email Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net.

    SENIOR SUNRISE DONATIONS NEEDED
    GW Student Leadership is in need of donations of breakfast items for the Senior Sunrise. Click HERE to sign up for a food or beverage item you’d like to donate. All food must be packaged. Food items on the list are from Sam’s Club. You can purchase from any other location. Drop off donations to the school by Friday, August 27.

    PULSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER FUNDRAISING
    Your help is needed to raise $50,000 for the Pulse Health and Wellness Center. A brand new School-Based Health Center is coming to GW in 2021-22. DPS will fund general construction and GW is responsible for finishing the space, purchasing furniture, and creating an environment that enhances the visitor’s experience. Students will have access to well care, sports physicals, vaccinations, family therapy, and care for chronic conditions like asthma. Patients are seen whether or not they have insurance!

    We are hoping you’ll help us support this effort. Click HERE to learn about how to give at any amount or to donate goods/services.

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  • Weekly Roundup August 11

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    CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION
    Every DPS student will be issued a new Chromebook for the 21-22 school year. If a student currently has a DPS Chromebook checked out, they will return it when they check out their new device. We are hosting Chromebook checkout events before school starts so that students can be ready to go on their first day of school! Please check out the dates and times below and mark your calendars. While we encourage everyone to get their device before school starts, we understand these times might not work for everyone and will have additional opportunities the first week of school. Parents/Guardians – we need volunteers to help with distribution! If you are interested in volunteering your time, please sign up HERE.

    Thursday, August 12 – Freshmen Only
    12:00pm – 1:00pm | North Lobby
    Freshmen Only – As students depart Ninth Grade Academy on Thursday, freshmen will have the opportunity to checkout their new Chromebook for the 21-22 school year. If you still have a DPS Chromebook from middle school, be sure to bring this with you to return it at this time as well.

    Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19 – All Students
    8:00am – 9:00am and 2:00pm – 4:00pm | North Lobby 
    All students are invited to the school to return their current Chromebook (if applicable) and checkout their new device.

    SCHOOL STORE
    The pop up Patriot School Store is having a sale through August 18. Click HERE to get Patriot gear!

    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
    The first day of school for 9th and 10th graders is Monday, August 23.  All grades will report on Tuesday, August 24. Check out our school calendar HERE.

    REQUIRED REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
    All students are required to verify their enrollment for the upcoming school year by completing online registration starting July 30. This must be completed by August 13. Click HERE for instructions.

    CLASS SCHEDULES AND SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUESTS
    When Can I See My Schedule?
    Class schedules are not final until Tuesday, August 17. Right now advisors are carefully reviewing each student’s schedule to ensure you have the classes you need, as well as ensuring that class sizes are balanced. Schedules may be visible in IC before this time, but it is important to know that they will likely change as advisors complete this important process. We will provide detailed instructions on how to view your schedule on Tuesday, August 17. 

    How Do I Request A Schedule Change?
    Schedule changes will not be made for period or teacher preference. Schedule changes are for compelling academic reasons only:

    • Graduation Requirement
    • College Requirements
    • Strengthening of schedule (level changes)

    Schedule change requests will be considered on the following dates and times in the Community Room:

    • Seniors: Tuesday, August 24 from 8:00am – 8:40am and 12:25pm – 1:10pm
    • Juniors: Wednesday, August 25 from 8:00am – 8:40am and 12:10pm – 12:55pm
    • Sophomores: Thursday, August 26 from 9:30am – 10:10am and 12:10pm – 12:55pm
    • Freshman: Friday, August 27 from 8:00am – 8:40am and 12:25pm – 1:10pm
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  • Weekly Roundup August 4

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    Please take a moment to meet your academic advisors for the 2021-2022 school year. We are excited to welcome Gracie Munoz to the team this year! The alphabetic breakdown has shifted slightly this year, and while we prioritized keeping students with the advisor you had last year, it wasn’t possible in all cases. Please review the new breakdowns and learn more about our advising team by clicking HERE.

    CLASS SCHEDULES AND SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUESTS
    When Can I See My Schedule?
    Class schedules are not final until Tuesday, August 17. Over the next two weeks advisors are carefully reviewing each student’s schedule to ensure you have the classes you need, as well as ensuring that class sizes are balanced. Schedules may be visible in IC before this time, but it is important to know that they will likely change as advisors complete this important process. We will provide detailed instructions on how to view your schedule on Tuesday, August 17. 

    How Do I Request A Schedule Change?
    Schedule changes will not be made for period or teacher preference. Schedule changes are for compelling academic reasons only:

    • Graduation Requirement
    • College Requirements
    • Strengthening of schedule (level changes)

    Schedule change requests will be considered on the following dates and times in the Community Room:

    • Seniors: Tuesday, August 24 from 8:00am – 8:40am and 12:25pm – 1:10pm
    • Juniors: Wednesday, August 25 from 8:00am – 8:40am and 12:10pm – 12:55pm
    • Sophomores: Thursday, August 26 from 9:30am – 10:10am and 12:10pm – 12:55pm
    • Freshman: Friday, August 27 from 8:00am – 8:40am and 12:25pm – 1:10pm

    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
    The first day of school for 9th and 10th graders is Monday, August 23.  All grades will report on Tuesday, August 24. Check out our school calendar HERE.

    REQUIRED REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
    All students are required to verify their enrollment for the upcoming school year by completing online registration starting July 30. This must be completed by August 13.

    To register online, sign in to Parent Portal, click on “See All Apps,” then click on “Online Registration” to verify or update your student’s information. Online registration can only be completed by the parent/guardian listed in the primary household of the student record.

    UPDATED BELL SCHEDULE START AND END TIMES
    Before leaving for summer break in June we learned that DPS Transportation had assigned us to the new Tier 3 schedule with a 20-minute later start time than we had planned. After several calls and meetings, our request for an adjustment has been denied and our new schedule has been adjusted to reflect the new times.  

    For the 2021-22 school year, classes will start at 8:45am and end at 3:50pm. We will have a late start on Thursdays at 10:15am with a normal release at 3:50pm. Click HERE to subscribe to the final bell schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

    TENTH GRADE ACADEMY
    Hello Class of 2024! We hope you can join us for Tenth Grade Academy that starts tomorrow! We are hosting an in-person Tenth Grade Academy August 5 and 6 from 8:00am – 12:00pm to welcome back our Patriots who didn’t get the full in-person GW experience last  year. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can sign up HERE! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net.

    NINTH GRADE ACADEMY
    Hello Class of 2025! We hope you can join us for Ninth Grade Academy that is happening next week! We are hosting an in-person Ninth Grade Academy August 9 – 12 from 8:00am – 12:00pm to welcome you to the Patriot Family! 

    9th Grade Academy is the ultimate orientation for students. Over the course of the week, freshmen will have a chance to make positive connections with other ninth-grade students, student leaders at George, and GW’s faculty and staff. Led by students and designed to help students build a foundation for successfully navigating high school, 9th Grade Academy will prepare students by sharing homework and academic support tips, how to use Schoology to monitor grades, who and where in the building to ask for anything, and how to sign up for clubs and sports. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can sign up HERE! We can’t wait to meet you!If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net.

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  • Weekly Roundup July 28

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    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
    The first day of school for 9th and 10th graders is Monday, August 23.  All grades will report on Tuesday, August 24. Check out our school calendar HERE.

    UPDATED BELL SCHEDULE START AND END TIMES
    Before leaving for summer break in June we learned that DPS Transportation had assigned us to the new Tier 3 schedule with a 20-minute later start time than we had planned. After several calls and meetings, our request for an adjustment has been denied and our new schedule has been adjusted to reflect the new times.  

    For the 2021-22 school year, classes will start at 8:45am and end at 3:50pm. We will have a late start on Thursdays at 10:15am with a normal release at 3:50pm. Click HERE to subscribe to the final bell schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.

    REQUIRED REGISTRATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
    All students are required to verify their enrollment for the upcoming school year by completing online registration starting July 30. This must be completed by August 13.

    To register online, sign in to Parent Portal, click on “See All Apps,” then click on “Online Registration” to verify or update your student’s information. Online registration can only be completed by the parent/guardian listed in the primary household of the student record.

    CLASS SCHEDULES
    We are in the process of building our master course schedule for this year. Starting Monday, your advisors will begin to review each student’s schedule to ensure you have the classes you need, as well as ensuring that class sizes are balanced. Class schedules are not final until Tuesday, August 17. Schedules may be visible in IC before this time, but it is important to know that they will likely change as advisors complete this important process. 

    NINTH GRADE ACADEMY
    Hello Class of 2025! We hope you can join us for Ninth Grade Academy that is happening in two weeks! We are hosting an in-person Ninth Grade Academy August 9 – 12 from 8:00am – 12:00pm to welcome you to the Patriot Family! 

    9th Grade Academy is the ultimate orientation for students. Over the course of the week, freshmen will have a chance to make positive connections with other ninth-grade students, student leaders at George, and GW’s faculty and staff. Led by students and designed to help students build a foundation for successfully navigating high school, 9th Grade Academy will prepare students by sharing homework and academic support tips, how to use Schoology to monitor grades, who and where in the building to ask for anything, and how to sign up for clubs and sports. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can sign up HERE! We can’t wait to meet you!

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net.

    TENTH GRADE ACADEMY
    Hello Class of 2024! We hope you can join us for Tenth Grade Academy that is still happening next week! We are hosting an in-person Tenth Grade Academy August 5 and 6 from 8:00am – 12:00pm to welcome back our Patriots who didn’t get the full in-person GW experience last  year. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can sign up HERE!

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net.

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    Hello Patriots!

    Our school leadership team returned to work this week. We are excited to start the new school year, but most importantly, to SEE you in person this year! We are putting together several updates regarding class schedules, important dates, registration info and more that will be sent out later this week. Have a great rest of your summer!

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