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  • Weekly Roundup January 25

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    To ensure the health of our entire community, please report all positive COVID-19 cases using this FORM. (You may also access the form via our WEBSITE home page, under COVID Resources.)

    As of today, there are 11 active cases of COVID-19 in our school community. (This does not include cases that have recently resolved, or cases that have not been reported.) As you know, the Denver metropolitan area is experiencing a surge in infections. This significantly impacts both reporting and follow up. Active case numbers can be expected to change daily as cases continue to be reported.

    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:

    • In accordance with revised CDC and Denver Public Health guidelines, the new period of isolation for COVID-19 is 5 days followed by 5 days of strict mask use as long as the person is no longer showing symptoms. (Strict mask use means when students return to school they should eat separately from their peers in order to limit the amount of time they are unmasked in public spaces).
    • In accordance with Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Health guidelines, students who are fully vaccinated and/or properly wearing their mask over their mouth and nose at the time of exposure to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. If a vaccinated/mask-compliant student begins to show symptoms, they do need to stay home until they present a negative COVID-19 test and are symptom-free. Any students who do not meet the vaccine or mask criteria are instructed to stay home from school for 5 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.
    • Please remember to always have a mask over your nose and mouth at all times while in the building.
    • Please remember to stay home while test results are pending.

    SCHEDULES – ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CANCELED TODAY
    All DPS after school activities, including athletics, are canceled today due to winter weather conditions.

    SCHEDULES – WEATHER DELAY SCHEDULE REMINDER
    In the event of inclement weather, Denver Public Schools will decide when to institute a Weather Delay start. Weather Delays are implemented to allow school buses additional time to pick up students and reduce student wait time in severe weather conditions. In the event of a Weather Delay, all schools will shift their start time two hours later. You can find our Weather Delay Schedule HERE. The decision to close or delay school is made by the Superintendent based on information provided by DPS Transportation Services, city transportation agencies, and the weather bureau.STUDENT ABSENCES – MAKEUP WORK
    If your student is absent, please remind them to access their assignments each day through Schoology, and encourage them to email their teachers about attending virtual office hours. At this time, most teachers are unable to offer livestreams of the courses being taught in-person.

    SENIORS – REPORT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
    Seniors, don’t forget to tell the Future Center about your college acceptances and scholarship awards! You can forward your acceptances and awards to ecarlson@denverscholarship.org or fill out the Google forms on the Future Center Schoology course page (acceptances HERE and scholarship awards HERE).

    JUNIORS – OPTIONAL SAT ESSAY REGISTRATION
    When taking the Colorado School Day SAT on April 13, 11th grade students may choose whether they want to add the optional essay. The default registration for all students is the SAT without essay. Students who wish to take the optional essay must register for it in advance between January 17 and February 15. Students may add the essay to their registration through their online College Board account or by calling the College Board. Additional Information:

    • The SAT essay is scored separately from the SAT.
    • A student’s score on the essay will not improve or reduce their score on the SAT.
    • The SAT with essay will take approximately one hour longer than the SAT without essay.
    • The optional essay is only offered as part of the 11th grade SAT. There is no essay option for the PSAT 8/9 for 9th graders or the PSAT 10 for 10th graders.
    • Directions to register online or by phone are HERE.

    FIREPITS & S’MORES
    Want to cozy up to a fire and quench that sweet tooth? Join us around some firepits for s’mores and hot chocolate on February 11 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the South Courtyard. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on MySchoolBucks only.

    DPS YOUR VOICE/TU VOZ STUDENT AND FAMILY SURVEYS
    Thank you so much for the input you have given our district through previous family and student surveys. Your voice is essential to helping DPS do better! The January survey was sent via email to families and students on January 24. DPS students received their survey at their DPS email address. Families may take the survey from a link sent to their email, or use the link posted in the Parent Portal or at www.dpsk12.org/survey. Families, please fill out one survey for each student enrolled in DPS. Some questions are school- and grade-specific. You and your student are not required to take the survey and all answers are kept private and anonymous.

    PARK BURGER FUNDRAISER
    Do you love delicious burgers? Do you want to go out for lunch or dinner? Then go to Park Burger Hilltop (211 S. Holly St., Denver 80246) on January 26 from 11:00am – 8:30pm! A portion of the proceeds will come back to GWHS when you mention this fundraiser. Tell your friends and family to grab some grub on January 26 at Park Burger Hilltop and help support GWHS while also eating some great food!

    WINTER EVENT DONATIONS
    Student Leadership is hosting GW’s first “Firepits and S’mores” event in the GW South Courtyard on February 11 and we need YOU! We are looking for firepits to be donated for this amazing event. Click HERE to donate a firepit or decorations, and have them delivered right to GW (select “GW Student Leadership’s Gift Registry Address” at checkout)! You can also click HERE to donate funds.

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  • Weekly Roundup January 18

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE

    To ensure the health of our entire community, please report all positive COVID-19 cases using this FORM. (You may also access the form via our WEBSITE home page, under COVID Resources.)

    As of today, there are at least 15 active cases of COVID-19 in our school community. (This does not include cases that have recently resolved, or cases that have not been reported.) As you know, the Denver metropolitan area is experiencing a surge in infections. This significantly impacts both reporting and follow up. Active case numbers can be expected to change daily as cases continue to be reported.

    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:

    • In accordance with revised CDC and Denver Public Health guidelines, the new period of isolation for COVID-19 is 5 days followed by 5 days of strict mask use as long as the person is no longer showing symptoms. (Strict mask use means when students return to school they should eat separately from their peers in order to limit the amount of time they are unmasked in public spaces).
    • In accordance with Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Health guidelines, students who are fully vaccinated and/or properly wearing their mask over their mouth and nose at the time of exposure to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. If a vaccinated/mask-compliant student begins to show symptoms, they do need to stay home until they present a negative COVID-19 test and are symptom-free. Any students who do not meet the vaccine or mask criteria are instructed to stay home from school for 5 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.
    • Please remember to always have a mask over your nose and mouth at all times while in the building.
    • Please remember to stay home while test results are pending.

    SCHEDULE – POTENTIAL REMOTE LEARNING PLAN
    In the event COVID-19 cases cause staffing shortages that necessitate a temporary switch to remote learning, we would like to share with our community our PROPOSED REMOTE LEARNING SCHEDULE. In accordance with current DPS policy, all schools must receive approval from our Superintendent before switching to remote learning.

    SENIORS – REPORT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
    Seniors, don’t forget to tell the Future Center about your college acceptances and scholarship awards! You can forward your acceptances and awards to ecarlson@denverscholarship.org or fill out the Google forms on the Future Center Schoology course page (acceptances HERE and scholarship awards HERE).

    JUNIORS – OPTIONAL SAT ESSAY REGISTRATION
    When taking the Colorado School Day SAT on April 13, 11th grade students may choose whether they want to add the optional essay. The default registration for all students is the SAT without essay. Students who wish to take the optional essay must register for it in advance between January 17 and February 15. Students may add the essay to their registration through their online College Board account or by calling the College Board. Additional Information:

    • The SAT essay is scored separately from the SAT.
    • A student’s score on the essay will not improve or reduce their score on the SAT.
    • The SAT with essay will take approximately one hour longer than the SAT without essay.
    • The optional essay is only offered as part of the 11th grade SAT. There is no essay option for the PSAT 8/9 for 9th graders or the PSAT 10 for 10th graders.
    • Directions to register online or by phone are HERE.

    XANADU POSTER DESIGN CONTEST
    Enjoy graphic design? Like to draw? Submit a poster design for our Spring Musical, XanaduXanadu is a fun rock-and-roll 80s musical complete with leg warmers, neon colors, roller skates and Greek gods! Submit a design by February 7 to gwhs.xanadu@gmail.com. If you win, we will use your poster and you will receive two free tickets to the show! Xanadu will run March 10 – 12. For more information on getting involved with the show, join us every Thursday at lunch in Room 213 for Thespian meetings, send an email to Xanadu‘s email address or come see Ms. Kullman in Room 240 or 213.

    FIREPITS & S’MORES
    Want to cozy up to a fire and quench that sweet tooth? Join us around some firepits for s’mores and hot chocolate on February 11 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the South Courtyard. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on MySchoolBucks only.

    DPS YOUR VOICE/TU VOZ STUDENT AND FAMILY SURVEYS
    Thank you so much for the input you have given our district through previous family and student surveys. Your voice is essential to helping DPS do better! The January survey will be sent on Monday, January 24. DPS will send students their survey to their DPS email address. Families may take the survey from a link sent to their email, or use the link that will be posted in the Parent Portal or at www.dpsk12.org/survey. Families, please fill out one survey for each student enrolled in DPS. Some questions are school- and grade-specific. You and your student are not required to take the survey and all answers are kept private. If you prefer that your student not participate in the January survey, please click HERE to opt them out by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 21.

    PARK BURGER FUNDRAISER
    Do you love delicious burgers? Do you want to go out for lunch or dinner? Then go to Park Burger Hilltop (211 S. Holly St., Denver 80246) on January 26 from 11:30am – 9:00pm! A portion of the proceeds will come back to GWHS when you mention this fundraiser. Tell your friends and family to grab some grub on January 26 at Park Burger Hilltop and help support GWHS while also eating some great food!

    WINTER EVENT DONATIONS
    Student Leadership is hosting GW’s first “Firepits and S’mores” event in the GW South Courtyard on February 11 and we need YOU! We are looking for firepits to be donated for this amazing event. Click HERE to donate a firepit or decorations, and have them delivered right to GW (select “GW Student Leadership’s Gift Registry Address” at checkout)! You can also click HERE to donate funds.

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  • Weekly Roundup January 11

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE

    To ensure the health of our entire community, please report all positive COVID-19 cases using this FORM. (You may also access the form via our WEBSITE home page, under COVID Resources.)

    As of today, there are 15 active cases of COVID-19 in our school community. (This does not include cases that have recently resolved, cases that have not been reported, or cases that occurred over Winter Break.) As you know, the Denver metropolitan area is experiencing a surge in infections. This significantly impacts both reporting and follow up. Active case numbers can be expected to change daily as cases continue to be reported.

    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:

    • In accordance with revised CDC and Denver Public Health guidelines, the new period of isolation for COVID-19 is 5 days followed by 5 days of strict mask use as long as the person is no longer showing symptoms. (Strict mask use means when students return to school they should eat separately from their peers in order to limit the amount of time they are unmasked in public spaces).
    • In accordance with Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Health guidelines, students who are fully vaccinated and/or properly wearing their mask over their mouth and nose at the time of exposure to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. If a vaccinated/mask-compliant student begins to show symptoms, they do need to stay home until they present a negative COVID-19 test and are symptom-free. Any students who do not meet the vaccine or mask criteria are instructed to stay home from school for 5 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.
    • Please remember to always have a mask over your nose and mouth at all times while in the building.
    • Please remember to stay home while test results are pending.

     

    SENIORS – REPORT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
    Seniors, don’t forget to tell the Future Center about your college acceptances and scholarship awards! You can forward your acceptances and awards to ecarlson@denverscholarship.org or fill out the Google forms on the Future Center Schoology course page (acceptances HERE and scholarship awards HERE).

    FIREPITS & S’MORES
    Want to cozy up to a fire and quench that sweet tooth? Join us around some firepits for s’mores and hot chocolate on February 11 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the South Courtyard. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on MySchoolBucks only.

    STUDENT PARKING UPDATE
    With the increase in COVID-19 testing appointments, our South Parking Lot is currently impacted by drive-through testing lines. Students may resume parking in the South Parking Lot; however, there may be delays due to COVID-19 testing. The upper section of the South Parking Lot is reserved for staff only.

    DPS YOUR VOICE/TU VOZ STUDENT AND FAMILY SURVEYS
    Thank you so much for the input you have given our district through previous family and student surveys. Your voice is essential to helping DPS do better! The January survey will be sent on Monday, January 24. DPS will send students their survey to their DPS email address. Families may take the survey from a link sent to their email, or use the link that will be posted in the Parent Portal or at www.dpsk12.org/survey. Families, please fill out one survey for each student enrolled in DPS. Some questions are school- and grade-specific. You and your student are not required to take the survey and all answers are kept private. If you prefer that your student not participate in the January survey, please click HERE to opt them out by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 21.

    WINTER EVENT DONATIONS
    Student Leadership is hosting GW’s first “Firepits and S’mores” event in the GW South Courtyard on February 11 and we need YOU! We are looking for firepits to be donated for this amazing event. Click HERE to donate a firepit or decorations, and have them delivered right to GW (select “GW Student Leadership’s Gift Registry Address” at checkout)! You can also click HERE to donate funds.

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  • GWHS Virtual Open House 1/13

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    Future Patriots, our sold-out Open House on Thursday, January 6 has been moved to Thursday, January 13, and it will be virtual! This means we can host more attendees. If you were unable to reserve your space through Eventbrite, please feel free to join us on Zoom. Hear from staff and students about life at George, and bring your questions. Details follow:

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  • Weekly Roundup January 4

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 4 new reported 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 unless they are symptomatic. If a vaccinated/mask compliant student begins to show symptoms, they do need to stay home until they present a negative COVID-19 test and are asymptomatic. Any students who do not meet the mask or vaccine criteria are instructed to stay home from school for 10 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.
    • Please remember to always have a mask over your nose and mouth at all times while in the building.

     

    SCHEDULES  FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL IN JANUARY
    With DPS issuing adjustments in COVID-19 protocols to meet the current surge, we have adapted our schedule for Tuesday, January 4 through January 7. The schedule can be found HERE.

    Tuesday, January 4 through Thursday, January 6 will be in-person learning for students who received a final failing grade in one or more core content classes (i.e., English, Math, Science or Social Studies) during the first semester. The pandemic continues to present challenges for our students, and our staff must be available to implement full support to students who need to pass critical courses before moving into the second semester. Students who are asked to attend in-person learning should plan to arrive at 8:45am on Tuesday, January 4 to begin their course completion.

    Students who passed all their first semester classes will report for the first day of second semester on Friday, January 7. We will follow our regular seven-period bell schedule HERE.

    Students who failed an elective course may contact their teacher on Tuesday, January 4 to discuss potential course completion opportunities.

    We will reschedule on a later date the winter pep rally, student versus staff basketball game, and community building activities previously set for Thursday, January 6.

    SAFETY  UPCOMING BUILDING SECURITY DRILLS
    Per the office of Safety and Security at Denver Public Schools, we are required to conduct several security drills on a regular basis. We have outlined below the different kinds of drills we practice, and the frequency with which to expect them.

    LOCK-DOWN AND LOCK-OUT: A Lock-DOWN occurs when there is a perceived threat inside our building. We teach our students and staff “Lights, Locks, Out of Sight,” which means that all classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off, and students and staff are moved out of sight. A Lock-OUT is when there is a perceived threat in close proximity to our school. We lock all exterior doors and no one is permitted to enter or exit our building. Business proceeds as normal inside the school. When: Once a semester, within the first 30 days of each semester. We are not notified in advance of when DPS Safety and Security will conduct this drill. 

    BUILDING EVACUATION: Complete evacuation of the building in case of a fire or other similar danger. When: We are required to practice the building evacuation once a month, with the first drill happening in the first two weeks of school.

    SHELTER IN PLACE: This is used in case of a tornado. We move all students and staff into the hallways and away from windows and sit with our backs to the wall. When: Once a semester.

    For more information about the district’s security measures, please click HERE.

    SENIORS – CLASS OF 2022 PANORAMIC PICTURE POSTPONED
    Seniors, due to current COVID-19 spread, the Senior Panoramic Picture will be rescheduled. Watch for details coming soon!

    SENIORS – REPORT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES
    Seniors, don’t forget to tell the Future Center about your college acceptances and scholarship awards! You can forward your acceptances and awards to ecarlson@denverscholarship.org or fill out the Google forms on the Future Center Schoology course page (acceptances HERE and scholarship awards HERE).

    CLASS MEETINGS POSTPONED
    Due to current COVID-19 spread, all class meetings, including the senior information meeting, that had been scheduled this week will be rescheduled for a later date.

    STUDENT PARKING UPDATE
    With the increase in COVID-19 testing appointments, our entire South Parking Lot is currently occupied with drive-through testing lines. While we are working to request the number of appointments at our testing facility be limited during school hours, all students should park in the North Parking Lot student section. The upper section of the South Parking Lot is reserved for staff only.

    ILLUMINATE SOCIAL JUSTICE JOURNAL – DECEMBER 2021 EDITION NOW AVAILABLE!
    Illuminate is a monthly journal produced by the GWHS Social Justice League. The journal includes discussions of social justice issues important to students at our school. Our primary goal is to highlight the diverse voices represented by the student body of our school. We include op-eds, creative pieces, and any other art form that students would like to submit! Inquiries about submitting work for the journal should be directed to gwhssocialjusticeleague@gmail.com. Click HERE to read our December edition!

    WINTER EVENT DONATIONS
    Student Leadership is hosting GW’s first “Firepits and S’mores” event in the GW South Courtyard when the snow falls in the Spring Semester and we need YOU! We are looking for firepits to be donated for this amazing event. Click HERE to donate a firepit and have it delivered right to GW (select “GW Student Leadership’s Gift Registry Address” at checkout)! You can also click HERE to donate funds.

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  • Weekly Roundup December 14

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 2 new reported 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 unless they are symptomatic. If a vaccinated/mask compliant student begins to show symptoms, they do need to stay home until they present a negative COVID-19 test and are asymptomatic. Any students who do not meet the mask or vaccine criteria are instructed to stay home from school for 10 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.

     

    SCHEDULES  DECEMBER FINALS SCHEDULE
    The December Final Exam Schedule is now available on our public calendar and a printable version is available HERE. Early final exams will only be permitted in the event of an emergency and must be approved by the principal.

    SCHEDULES  FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL IN JANUARY
    Tuesday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 5 will be in-person learning for students who received a final failing grade in one or more classes during the first semester. The pandemic continues to present challenges for our students, and our staff must be available to implement full support to students who need to pass critical courses before moving into the second semester. Students who are asked to attend in-person learning should plan to pick up their schedules in the North Lobby at 8:45am on Tuesday, January 4.

    Students who passed all their first semester classes will report for the first day of second semester on Thursday, January 6.

    Our bell schedules on Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7 are as follows:

    • EARLY RELEASE Thursday, January 6:  10:15am to 3:00pm – all students report to their Community Learning Seminar class for class meetings, goal setting and community building lessons. We will end the day with a Spring Pep Rally and Student vs. Staff Basketball Game.
    • REGULAR SCHEDULE Friday, January 7:  8:45am to 3:50pm – all students follow our regular seven-period bell schedule HERE.

     

    COLLEGE BOARD NATIONAL RECOGNITION PROGRAM DEADLINE
    Juniors and Seniors: if you have a 3.5 GPA or higher, identify as African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx or Indigenous, and took the PSAT/NMSQT (2020), PSAT 10 (2021) or an AP exam (2021), you may be eligible to apply for College Board’s National Recognition Program. This prestigious academic honor can be included on college and scholarship applications. College Board’s application deadline has been extended to December 31, 2021 at 9:59pm MT. Apply HERE.

    MEET THE PULSE STAFF
    We are so excited for The Pulse, our Denver Health School-based Health Center, to open next semester! Construction continues, and we are hoping for a soft opening on or around January 10. We are proud to introduce you to our new staff at The Pulse, Geovana Jacobo (Medical Assistant), Laura Fagundes (Health Care Provider) and Monica Morris (School-based Therapist). Please read their introductions HERE, and join us in welcoming them to GWHS!

    WINTER EVENT DONATIONS
    Student Leadership is hosting GW’s first “Firepits and S’mores” event in the GW South Courtyard when the snow falls in the Spring Semester and we need YOU! We are looking for firepits to be donated for this amazing event. Click HERE to donate a firepit and have it delivered right to GW (select “GW Student Leadership’s Gift Registry Address” at checkout)! You can also click HERE to donate funds.

    FOOD PANTRY ITEMS
    The GW Food Pantry will be distributing winter break food and items in a special delivery on Thursday, December 16. These will include a family holiday meal, extra food for over break, and a few surprise items. Please sign up HERE or in the main office by Tuesday, December 14. To volunteer or donate, click HERE.

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  • Weekly Roundup December 7

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 2 new reported 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 unless they are symptomatic. If a vaccinated/mask compliant student begins to show symptoms, they do need to stay home until they present a negative COVID-19 test and are asymptomatic. 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.

     

    SCHEDULES  DECEMBER FINALS SCHEDULE
    The December Final Exam Schedule is now available on our public calendar and a printable version is available HERE. Early final exams will only be permitted in the event of an emergency and must be approved by the principal.

    SCHEDULES  FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL IN JANUARY
    Tuesday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 5 will be in-person learning for students who received a final failing grade in one or more classes during the first semester. The pandemic continues to present challenges for our students, and our staff must be available to implement full support to students who need to pass critical courses before moving into the second semester. Students who are asked to attend in-person learning should plan to pick up their schedules in the North Lobby at 8:45am on Tuesday, January 4.

    Students who passed all their first semester classes will report for the first day of second semester on Thursday, January 6.

    Our bell schedules on Thursday, January 6 and Friday, January 7 are as follows:

    • EARLY RELEASE Thursday, January 6:  10:15am to 3:00pm – all students report to their Community Learning Seminar class for class meetings, goal setting and community building lessons. We will end the day with a Spring Pep Rally and Student vs. Staff Basketball Game.
    • REGULAR SCHEDULE Friday, January 7:  8:45am to 3:50pm – all students follow our regular seven-period bell schedule HERE.

     

    STUDENTS – FIRST SEMESTER COURSE COMPLETION
    Check your current grades in DPS Portal. Be sure to turn in any missing or incomplete work before December 10.

    STUDENTS – PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 9 SCORES AVAILABLE STARTING TODAY
    Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: If you took the PSAT 9 on October 14 or the PSAT/NMSQT on October 13, you should receive an email from College Board starting December 7 notifying you that your scores are available in your College Board account. Don’t have a College Board account? Visit www.collegeboard.org today to create one.

    FINAL FIRST SEMESTER SPIRIT WEEK
    This week is our last spirit week for the fall semester! Let’s do this one well! The spirit days are:

    • Monday, December 6: Anything But a Backpack Day (bring your school supplies in anything but a backpack)
    • Tuesday, December 7: Back to the 2000s (wear the fashion trends from the early 2000s)
    • Wednesday, December 8: Disney Day (dress like your favorite Disney character, movie, or show)
    • Thursday, December 9: Red Carpet Day (wear your favorite outfits)
    • Friday, December 10: Crazy Green and White Friday!

     

    CU BOULDER ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE INFO SESSION
    The GW Future Center is hosting the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science for a virtual info session at 8:45am on Thursday, December 9. You will learn about the opportunities they have for students and get tips for applying. You can register HERE and join HERE.

    XANADU AUDITIONS
    Come try out for the Spring Musical! Xanadu! Xanadu is a hilarious 80s musical on roller skates with all the leg warmers and neon colors you can handle! We need a HUGE cast, so come out and audition! Auditions will start Tuesday, December 7 and run through Friday December 10. Tuesday will be the dance workshop, Wednesday and Thursday after school are auditions, with callbacks Friday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. There will be a QR code posted outside the theater and Room 213 for Google forms for auditions and people interested in crew. Need more info? See Mrs. Kullman.

    WINTER MUSIC CONCERT
    Come support our Performing Arts department by attending the Winter Music Concert this Thursday, December 9 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. The concert is free for everyone and features our Choir, Band, and Orchestra! We hope to see you there!

    GW STAFF APPRECIATION COFFEE AND PASTRY EVENT
    Our dedicated teachers and staff are being honored with a morning of warm beverages and fresh goodies on Tuesday, December 14. The event is sponsored by our GO GW parent organization and the Friends of IB Foundation. A special thank you to Moru Coffee (1900 S. Quince St.) and the GW alumni family of Schwartz-Talbot-Ruterbories, along with Whole Foods in Glendale generously donating coffee, tea and treats. If you would like to contribute to this or future teacher appreciation events, please donate to GO GW. THANK YOU, GW STAFF!

    FOOD PANTRY ITEMS
    The GW Food Pantry will be distributing winter break food and items in a special delivery on Thursday, December 16. These will include a family holiday meal, extra food for over break, and a few surprise items. Please sign up HERE or in the main office by Tuesday, December 14. To volunteer or donate, click HERE.

    WINTER FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVE
    During the week of December 6 through December 10, the ACE club will be collecting items for GW’s food pantry and their winter break boxes. We need new throw blankets, and the following food items: pasta, pasta sauce, cereal boxes, canned fruit, and mac & cheese. There will be collection boxes around the school Monday, December 6 through Friday, December 10. Please support the GW community throughout winter break by bringing any of these items to the bins.

    FEMININE HYGIENE DRIVE
    We will be holding a feminine hygiene product drive to gather donations to give to women’s shelters around Denver. It will be from November 15 – December 10. There will be bins in the North and Pikes Peak lobbies where you can donate feminine hygiene products throughout the day. If there are any questions email Remington White at 715764@dpsk12.net.

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 6 new reported 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.

     

    SCHEDULES  FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL IN JANUARY
    Tuesday, January 4 and Wednesday, January 5 will be in-person learning for students who received a failing grade in one or more classes during the first semester. The pandemic continues to present challenges for our students, and it is critical that our staff is all-hands on deck to support students with passing courses before moving into the second semester. Students who passed all of their classes will report for the first day of 2nd semester on Thursday, January 6. We will have modified bell schedules on January 6 and 7 that we will share in the next Weekly Roundup.

    SCHEDULES  DECEMBER FINALS SCHEDULE
    The December Final Exam Schedule is now available on our public calendar and a printable version is available HERE. Early final exams will only be permitted in the event of an emergency and must be approved by the principal.

    STUDENTS – PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 9 SCORES AVAILABLE 12/7
    Freshmen, sophomores and juniors: If you took the PSAT 9 on October 14 or the PSAT/NMSQT on October 13, you should receive an email from College Board starting December 7 notifying you that your scores are available in your College Board account. Don’t have a College Board account? Visit www.collegeboard.org today to create one before December 7.

    FINAL FIRST SEMESTER SPIRIT WEEK
    Next week is our last spirit week for the semester! Let’s do this one well! The Days are:

    • Monday, December 6 is Anything But a Backpack Day (bring your school supplies in anything but a backpack)
    • Tuesday, December 7 is Back to the 2000’s (Wear the fashion trends from the early 2000’s)
    • Wednesday, December 8 is Disney Day (dress like your favorite Disney character, movie, or show)
    • Thursday, December 9 is Red Carpet Day (wear your favorite outfits)
    • Friday, December 10 is Crazy Green and White Friday!

     

    WINTER DANCE THEME
    Student Leadership is planning upcoming second semester activities. We would love to hear your voice about what you want to see at GW. Please click HERE to vote on your top choices (students must be logged in with their dpsk12.net accounts to vote). Cast your vote by Friday, December 3 at 11:30am to have your voice heard.

    CU BOULDER ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE INFO SESSION
    The GW Future Center is hosting the CU Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science for a virtual info session at 8:45am on Thursday, December 9. You will learn about the opportunities they have for students and get tips for applying. You can register HERE and join HERE.

    XANADU AUDITIONS
    Come try out for the Spring Musical! Xanadu! Xanadu is a hilarious 80s musical on roller skates with all the leg warmers and neon colors you can handle! We need a HUGE cast, so come out and audition! Auditions will start Tuesday, December 7 and run through Friday December 10. Tuesday will be the dance workshop, Wednesday and Thursday after school are auditions, with call-backs Friday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. There will be a QR code posted outside the theater and Room 213 for Google forms for auditions and people interested in crew. Need more info? See Mrs. Kullman.

    FOOD PANTRY ITEMS
    The GW Food Pantry will be distributing winter break food and items in a special delivery on Thursday, December 16. These will include a family holiday meal, extra food for over break, and a few surprise items. Please sign up HERE or in the main office by Tuesday, December 14. To volunteer or donate, click HERE.

    WINTER FOOD AND CLOTHING DRIVE
    During the week of December 6 through December 10, the ACE club will be collecting items for GW’s food pantry and their winter break boxes. We need new throw blankets, and the following food items: pasta, pasta sauce, cereal boxes, canned fruit, and mac & cheese. There will be collection boxes around the school Monday, December 6 – Friday, December 10. Please support the GW community throughout winter break by bringing any of these items to the bins.

    FEMININE HYGIENE DRIVE
    We will be holding a feminine hygiene product drive to gather donations to give to women’s shelters around Denver. It will be from November 15 – December 10. There will be bins in the North and Pikes Peak lobbies where you can donate feminine hygiene products throughout the day. If there are any questions email Remington White at 715764@dpsk12.net.

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  • Weekly Roundup November 10

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 8 reported 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.

    SCHEDULES – REMOTE LEARNING THROUGH NOVEMBER 12
    GWHS will be in remote learning through November 12. Click HERE for virtual classroom links and bell schedules. A decision regarding next week will be communicated to families no later than Friday, November 12. 

    SCHEDULES – NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 19 – 26
    Per Denver Public Schools, there will be no school on Friday, November 19. Please read their communication regarding this decision HERE. School will remain closed through November 26 for fall break.

    SCHEDULES  DECEMBER FINALS SCHEDULE
    The December Final Exam Schedule is now available on our public calendar and a printable version is available HERE. Early final exams will only be permitted in the event of an emergency and must be approved by the principal. 

    SENIORS – GRADUATION UPDATE
    Thank you for your patience as we try to finalize graduation details. We are in the process of finalizing our contract with a venue, and once that process is complete, we will be able to communicate the date, time, and location. 

    SENIORS – CAP AND GOWN AND GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Due to the shift to remote learning this week at GWHS, Jostens will be unable to collect your Cap & Gown order in person as originally communicated. At this time, we ask that you please place your order online by Friday, November 19. Click HERE for your graduation order and click HERE to order your Class of 2022 jewelry. Place your order by Friday, November 19 to receive Group Discount Pricing and FREE Shipping & Handling. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Jostens rep Nils Erickson at Nils.Erickson.Office@Jostens.com.

    SENIORS – FREE COLLEGE!
    Attention Seniors! ASCENT is a fifth year high school program that allows students to attend college full-time for one year after high school for free. Students attend a participating technical-, community-, or 4 year-college the year following graduation from high school. If you are interested in this program, please contact Khari Wallce at khari_wallace@dpsk12.net.

    STUDENTS – LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
    Hello Patriots! The Lost and Found Bin is overflowing with items. Stop by the Main Office before school or during lunch. Any items not claimed by November 18 will be donated. Thank you

    HBCU VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIR
    On November 17 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm DPS will offer a virtual HBCU College Fair to students and families district-wide. Each of the Common Black College Application 65 member colleges have been invited to attend. It will be an opportunity for your students and their families to learn about this diverse group of HBCUs, hear from DPS alumni attending HBCUs, and hear a motivating welcome from DPS leadership. Please see the Future Center for more information and to get help registering!

    FALL PLAY!
    Our Fall play this year is Clue! Come enjoy a theatrical version of the popular board game and movie that is sure to entertain. This whodunnit mystery play is filled with various puns, jokes, and something fun for everyone. Tickets can be purchased HERE. The show opens November 11 and will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening starting at 7:00pm, November 11-13. There is also a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, November 13. All shows will be streamed as well as performed live in the auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children. See you there!

    WINTER SPORTS TRYOUTS
    Tryouts for winter sports are November 15, 16, and 17. Times and locations are listed below. Please contact the coach with any questions

    SUBMIT AN ENTRY FOR THE ILLUMINATE JOURNAL
    As you may recall, Illuminate is a journal that the Social Justice League publishes through the Patriot Post in order to highlight the many voices and experiences of our student body. The ask? We are looking for contributions such as:

    • A piece of art that represents your experience
    • A poem that highlights your culture
    • A short story such as a “walk in my shoes” that allows others to understand your unique journey
    • A short informative piece about any important social justice issue (racism, wealth disparity, LGBTQ+ rights)

    Please submit your pieces for this month by Monday, November 19 to gwhssocialjusticeleague@gmail.com, and let us know if you would like them to be anonymous or include your name. We are also willing to take pieces for future editions at any time.

    PROM FUNDRAISER
    Student Leadership is hosting its next fundraiser for Prom! Help raise money by eating dinner on November 10, 2021, from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Freddy’s on Leetsdale Drive. When you stop in to order, mention GW Student Leadership!

    FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT DISCUSSION
    Please join FCRE for a discussion on “Microaggressions and Macroaggressions: Appreciating Another Perspective”.

    Presenters: Brian and Noriko Rothberg parents of GW students
    When: November 17, 2021 6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Where: Virtual – Register HERE

    Contact Michelle Quattlebaum for additional information m_quattlebaum@dpsk12.net

    GWHS FOOD PANTRY THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKET
    The GWHS Food Pantry is open every Thursday after school in the Community Room. Sign up for the Food Pantry Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution by November 11 by clicking HERE. The basket will include all the food needed for your Thanksgiving meal. Pick up at GW or have delivered home. Email gwhs_studentassistance@yahoo.com or text 720-244-8742 with questions.

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  • Weekly Roundup October 26

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 2 reported 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.

    SCHEDULES – MODIFIED SCHEDULE NOVEMBER 19
    Friday, November 19 will be an asynchronous workday for students. Students with a D or F in one or more classes will attend school in-person and follow their regular class schedule to work with teachers one-on-one to complete work in preparation for the end of the semester. All other students will study remotely to complete existing assignments. Students will be informed by Friday, November 12 if they are expected to report in-person on the 19th.

    In the spring, we are looking at adding four additional asynchronous workdays that follow the same format so that we can prioritize students who need additional support to complete this year successfully. We will share more information about these dates in December.

    SCHEDULES  DECEMBER FINALS SCHEDULE
    The December Final Exam Schedule is now available on our public calendar and a printable version is available HERE. Early final exams will only be permitted in the event of an emergency and must be approved by the principal.

    PARENTS – ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES REMINDERS
    To report a student absence please call our attendance voicemail at 720-423-8642 or email attendance_georgewashington@dpsk12.org. When calling the Attendance Line or emailing, please include the following:

    • Student’s name (if calling spell the last name)
    • Reason for absence or tardy (if tardy include the time the student will be arriving at school)
    • Grade of Student and/or Student ID
    • Phone number where you can be reached

    If your student has missed 3 or more days consecutively, a medical note is required.

    Early Dismissal/Release
    If your student needs to be dismissed/released early from class, please call or email an hour before the release time (as early as possible is preferable).  Cut Off time for requesting an early release is half an hour before the school day ends (3:20 pm) no exceptions.

    Attendance Concerns 
    If you believe your student was marked unexcused in error, you or your student should communicate directly with the teacher to clear up the discrepancy.  If any corrections need to be made, your student’s teacher will email the Main Office with the appropriate correction(s).

    We also recommend that you utilize your Parent Portal account for attendance, grades and many other features at:

    PARENTS – CHECK GRADES IN PORTAL
    We are now halfway through the first semester. We encourage all families to have a conversation with their student regarding their current progress in classes. Grades are always current in Student/Parent Portal!

    STUDENTS – RTD BUS PASSES
    NOV RTD Bus passes now available to pick up in the Treasurers office. As a reminder, DPS transportation provides RTD passes for transportation eligible students only, while the City of Denver’s On MY Way! program is providing passes through December and is open to all DPS students to apply. Please note that DPS Transportation does not manage the On MY Way! Passes. On MY Way! passes are accessible through the RTD app. Learn more about the program here. If you have any questions about On MY Way! passes, contact Mikhail Vafeades at mikhail.vafeades@denvergov.org.

    STUDENTS – STUDENT PERCEPTION SURVEY
    All students will complete the Student Perception Survey during Community Learning on Thursday, October 28. Students, you will receive an email to your @dpsk12.net account on Wednesday, October 27 with a link you will use to complete the SPS. Please save this important email and be ready to access it during your October 28 Community Learning class.

    STUDENTS – COMPLETE AP EXAM REGISTRATION
    AP Students: a late fee of $10/exam starts November 1, and AP exam registration closes November 10. Register today! First, visit TotalRegistration.net/AP/060413 to pay for your AP exams. Then, check your payment confirmation for join codes you’ll use to order your AP exams at MyAP.CollegeBoard.org. You must complete both steps to finalize your AP exam order. Questions about free/reduced lunch? Ask Ms. Vigil (Kelly_Vigil@dpsk12.net). Questions about financial assistance? Ask Mr. Harris (Fred_Harris@dpsk12.net). Questions about exam registration? Ask Ms. Hunter (Emily_Hunter@dpsk12.net).

    STUDENTS – JUNIORS AND SENORS: APPLY FOR THE SEAL OF BILITERACY
    Each year, seniors who demonstrate competency in English and another language can earn the DPS and the State of Colorado Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy application is open now through October 30. Use the application linked below to nominate yourself as a Seal of Biliteracy candidate. You will then receive emails to your @dpsk12.net account with your next steps to earn the Seal and present yourself to colleges and employers as biliterate. Apply today by clicking HERE.

    STUDENT FEEDBACK SESSION
    Please join Principal Dr. Waters and GW student leaders at lunch Wednesday, October 27, in the Library to provide your feedback on what is working well at GW, areas where improvements can be made, and offer your ideas for change.

    PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE
    On October 26 at 7:00pm in our GW Auditorium come and support our Performing Arts Department in their FIRST performance since 2020! If you are a GWHS student or faculty member you are welcome to attend. If you are a family member or friend from another school, please reach out to one of the performers who each have four tickets for outside guests. This is following updated guidance from DPS regarding student performances. This free event will feature the orchestra, band, choir, dance classes, theater department and speech and debate. It is an hour long of fun that you won’t want to miss!

    SCARY MOVIE NIGHT
    The library is hosting a Horror Movie Night. Join us in the library on Thursday October 28 beginning at 4:30pm for a free screening of Hocus Pocus. Seats are limited, so sign up in advance with Ms. Jensen in the library.

    BOYS SOCCER HOME PLAYOFF GAME
    Please come out and support the GW boys soccer team as they play Holy Family HS on the GW turf at 5:00pm this Thursday, October 28. CHSAA State Playoff Tickets have to be purchased in advance ONLINE in order to attend. Let’s Go GW!

    WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATION
    Winter Sports registration is now open. If you are interested in participating in our winter sports programs which are Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls and Boy Wrestling and Girls Swimming please register HERE by November 11. You will not be able to try-out for any winter sport unless you have completed the entire registration process, have a current physical on file, and paid your fee. If you have questions please contact the Athletics Office in the main office.

    GET INVOLVED IN THE GW COMMUNITY
    Calling all Parents and Guardians of GW students! Our school’s organization formerly known as P3 (Proud Patriot Parents) is now GO GW, which stands for Guardians Organization George Washington. GO GW wants to keep you informed with ways you can get involved in the GW community! Click HERE to receive information on upcoming volunteer opportunities and future communications. GO GW!

    GWHS FOOD PANTRY THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKET
    The GWHS Food Pantry is open every Thursday after school in the Community Room. Sign up for the Food Pantry Thanksgiving Food Basket Distribution by November 11 by clicking HERE. The basket will include all the food needed for your Thanksgiving meal. Pick up at GW or have delivered home. Email gwhs_studentassistance@yahoo.com or text 720-244-8742 with questions.

    SIGNS OF SUICIDE PARENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
    On Wednesday, October 27 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm The GW mental health team will host a virtual presentation on the warning signs of depression and suicide, current trends, and special populations at greater risk. We will discuss how, as a community, we can support students. Click HERE to register.

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