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  • Weekly Roundup April 13

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    TESTING WEEK OF APRIL 12
    The week of April 12 we will have a modified schedule to accommodate testing for all Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. Students should check their dpsk12.net email accounts for room assignments, and specific end-times. The modified schedule for the week is:

    April 12 | Regular Monday Bell Schedule

    April 13 | SAT Juniors | 7:30am – 1:00pm (end time approximate)
    Asynchronous learning for all other students

    April 14 | PSAT10 Sophomores | 7:30am – 12:30pm (end time approximate)
    Asynchronous learning for all other students

    April 15 | PSAT9 Freshmen | 7:30am – 12:00pm (end time approximate)
    Asynchronous learning for all other students

    April 16 | Regular Friday Bell Schedule

    Teachers will be serving as proctors on testing days and won’t be available for live instruction. They will assign two days of asynchronous work for students to complete during the two days students aren’t testing.

    SEASON D SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATION
    Season D is here! GW will be offering Girls Tennis, Girls Soccer, Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Track, Baseball, and Boys Swimming/Diving. Registration must be completed by April 22 by clicking HERE. You will need to register, pay your fee, and upload a current copy of your physical in order to tryout for Season D sports.  If you are interested in Girls or Boys Lacrosse, please contact athletic department for information about participating with another DPS school that offers those programs. If you have questions please reach out to the Athletics Department at 720-423-8669 or email kevin_maguire@dpsk12.net.

    NINTH AND TENTH GRADE ACADEMY
    GW – Mark your calendars! Ninth and Tenth Grade Academy dates are set. Tenth Grade Academy will be August 5 and 6, 8:00am – 3:00pm. Ninth Grade Academy will follow the next week August 9 – 12, 8:00am – 12:00pm. More information will follow in weeks to come!

    SENIOR PARKING LOT CELEBRATION
    Seniors! We have exciting news about a community event Student Leadership has put together. On Wednesday, April 28, seniors will be able to gather for a parking lot chalk party. Seniors will arrive for Senior Sunrise, have some coffee and breakfast, and then join a partner to decorate a parking spot with chalk. We will also be giving out a special gift that includes your yard sign! We will provide a beginning time for the event a week before to get a better prediction of the sunrise. Plan for 6:30am – 10:00am. Sign up HERE by Friday, April 16 if you would like to participate so we have enough supplies and food.

    SENIOR BUSINESS MEETING
    Seniors! Earlier today, we held a senior business meeting outlining the end of year expectations and celebrations. If you missed the meeting, you can watch it HERE. Please be sure to complete the sign-in HERE once you’ve watched the video. All of this information will also be available on the Class of 2021 Schoology page.

    CLASS OF 2021 PROM
    Prom is officially scheduled for Friday, May 7, 7:00pm – 11:00pm in the GWHS Courtyard at no cost to our seniors. This year’s prom will be for GW Seniors only and guests from other schools are not allowed. GW will be providing more specific guidelines for our seniors regarding prom next week. If you have any questions, please email alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net.

    SENIOR CHECKOUT
    Senior checkout will happen in two phases. Phase 1 is virtual and must be completed May 14. Phase 2 is in-person on Wednesday, May 19, 8:00am – 1:30pm. Students will participate in a curbside checkout arriving to drop off their items and pick up their graduating packs in the North Parking Lot. An email will be sent to seniors with more information regarding both Phase 1 and Phase 2 in early May. Seniors are expected to have completed all courses, pay their fees, and completed their ICAP requirements.

    GRADUATION
    DPS has just approved in-person outdoor graduations. GW has submitted our request with one of the locations secured by the district. As soon as we have the location confirmed by DPS, we will communicate out to seniors and families. Graduation is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 21. As of April 5, DPS has stated that each senior will be allowed to have 2 guests attend their graduation. Our graduation will be livestreamed and recorded for others to view. Tickets will be provided to seniors at Senior Checkout. We will continue to provide updates about graduation in the Weekly Roundup.

    ACTIVITY PHOTOS FOR YEARBOOK
    Seniors! Submissions for Senior Photos and Baby Dedications closed April 9th, but you can still submit photos from your senior year. Click HERE to submit your photos by Friday, April 16. Email Mr. Castanon at nolan_castanon@dpsk12.net if you have any questions.

    CAP AND GOWN ORDERS
    You can still order your cap and gown! We do not have an option to rent or loan caps and gowns. If you need assistance paying for your cap and gown, please contact Ms. Richason. If you have any questions about ordering, you can contact our jostens rep, Nils Erickson by phone at 303-985-0095 or email at nils.erickson.office@jostens.com. Click HERE to order your cap and gown. Please note, your cap and gowns will be sent to the school to be picked up at Senior Checkout. All other items ordered will be mailed directly to your home.

    CAP AND GOWN PHOTOS
    If you are interested in purchasing cap and gown photos you must call 720-506-5640 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available April 13, 14, or 15 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm and will take place at GW in the Community Room. Seniors must follow all health and safety protocols that include social distancing while waiting for your appointment and wearing your masks. Arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment time to allow time for health screenings. You must leave the building as soon as your appointment is complete.

    FUTURE CENTER
    Please forward or text Ms. Carlson screenshots of any college acceptances / scholarship awards you get! You can also fill out these google forms! This one is for college acceptances and this one is for scholarship awards. Reminder, her email is Emily_carlson1@dpsk12.net and her Google Voice number is 720-588-3652.

    LIFE AFTER GW
    Attention all seniors, Student Leadership Execs have partnered with other seniors to create the Class of 2021 Instagram Page to celebrate you! We would love for you to share your plans for life after George. Are you pursuing higher education, a recruited athlete, taking a gap year, serving in the military, entering the workforce, or something else cool? If you want to share your plans with us and have it posted to our Instagram Page @GWHS_2021Seniors, click HERE to complete the form.

    VIRTUAL MOVIE NIGHT
    Join us Friday, April 16 at 7:00pm to watch The Lion King (thank you for voting on our IG poll!). Click HERE to login.

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP EXECUTIVE APPLICATION OPEN
    Juniors! Student Leadership is now accepting applications for students who would like to run as one of the student body executives for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Click HERE for more information. If you are interested in running, you must attend the virtual information meeting held Thursday, April 22 during lunch. Click HERE to access the meeting. Email Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net if you have any questions.

    STUDENT AMBASSADOR APPLICATION OPEN
    At the start of next year, GW will be hosting both a Tenth Grade Academy and Ninth Grade Academy. We are now accepting applications for students who would like to be Ambassadors to help with both Ninth and Tenth Grade Academy. Freshmen, you can apply for the program and attend our Tenth Grade Academy. You will get the chance to learn about the school and then help our upperclassmen welcome the class of 2025. Click HERE for more details and to access the application. Applications are due Friday, April 30. Email Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net if you have any questions.

    GO GREEN DAY APRIL 24
    Go Green Day is on Saturday, April 24 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. We will be planting new trees in the GW orchard. To sign up contact Ariella at 777792@dpsk12.net. The number of participants is limited, so sign up soon if you want to attend this fun event. Remember to bring water, wear closed-toe shoes and wear sunscreen! Masks and social distancing will be required. We hope you will join us!

    GW MASKS ON SALE
    Now that we are able to be in person more often, pick up your GW face to continue to show your school spirit. Masks can be purchased on our GW Store for $10.

    SPRING FOOD DRIVE
    The Denver Club of Humanities is hosting their spring food drive! Donations of non-perishable food and/or unused sanitary products are greatly appreciated and will go towards GW’s food pantry. In-person students/faculty can drop off donations at the bins located in the North Lobby, Pikes Peak Lobby, cafeteria, and library. Virtual students/faculty can stop by the north parking lot on May 1 anytime between 12:00pm – 2:00pm for a safe drop off.

    GW LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY – CELEBRATE DAY OF SILENCE WITH US
    Join us for an amazing event as Denver Public Schools celebrates LGBTQ voices with a performance by slam poet Andrea Gibson! Andrea Gibson (they/them/their) is one of the most stirring and influential spoken word artists of our time. Gibson’s poems center around LGBTQ issues, gender, feminism, and mental health, as well as gun reform and the dismantling of oppressive social systems. Their live shows have become loving and supportive ecosystems for audiences to feel seen, heard, and held through Gibson’s art. This will occur on Thursday, April 22 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. If you are interested in attending, email Mr. Bolz at joseph_bolz@dpsk12.net for the sign up information!

    SPRING GIRLS SOCCER
    Registration is now open for Spring Girls Soccer! Official practices start on Monday April 26. You must complete registration on Family ID and upload a current physical to participate. Tryouts will be the first three days of practice. Coach Page is running preseason conditioning practices currently on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. If you would like to attend please register for Soccer and sign up for a time slot using the directions on the team website. Reach out to Coach Page if you have any questions: Abbie_Page@dpsk12.net.

    JOIN FEMALE EMPOWERMENT CLUB
    If you are interested in finding empowerment as a woman or would like to be a part of deep conversations about what is happening to women today and to talk on any subject that comes to mind, this club is just for you! All genders are welcome to join our conversations and let us know your thoughts. For more information contact Ms. Franco at michelle_franco@dpsk12.net or Mackenzie Maynard at 801807@dpsk12.net.

    CARING FOR GRIEVING KIDS
    Thomas Jefferson has included the entire Denver community in their TJ Talk on April 15, 2021. This free workshop from Judi’s House Grief Counselors is for parents, guardians and adult family members who are caring for grieving youth and will cover:

    • Common grief reactions
    • Children’s understanding of death
    • Coping with grief
    • Parenting skills

    When: Thursday, April 15 – 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Where: Google Meeting Link HERE or Phone Number 641-954-4897 (meeting PIN: 477 679 937#)
    Why: Because you can make a difference in the life of a grieving child
    Please RSVP here

    Questions? Please contact Sarah Hartman, LCSW at 720-504-6414 or 720-423-8673.

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  • Welcome Class of 2025!

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    March 25, 2021

    Hello GWHS Class of 2025!

    I am thrilled to welcome you to the George Washington High School family. Becoming a Patriot means that you are joining an incredible community of motivated students, engaged families, and dedicated faculty – I believe you have a fantastic four years ahead of you!

    Please save the date for Thursday, April 8 at 5:30pm for the Class of 2025 Virtual WelcomeFest! This is virtual event is for the whole family – you’ll have the opportunity to hear from school leadership and student ambassadors, meet your academic advisors, learn about the course request process, and hear about upcoming school tour opportunities. For those who cannot attend, we will post a recording of the event on our website that you can watch at a time that works for you!

    Course Requests will be made online starting April 9 and are due April 16. If you submit your course requests by this deadline we guarantee you will be able to take the level of core content you requested. Electives are not guaranteed since we give upperclassmen first choice in these classes.

    In the coming weeks we will be sharing more information regarding course requests, 9th Grade Academy, athletic opportunities, and more! We look forward to answering any questions you might have during our WelcomeFest and connecting you with your advisors who will support you throughout the process of joining our Patriot community.

    I look forward to meeting you on April 8!

    Sincerely,
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    Kristin E. Waters, Ph.D.
    Principal | George Washington High School

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  • A Message To Our Community

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    GW Community –

    Yesterday evening we began to hear reports of a series of shootings in Atlanta, and as the tragedy unfolded, we learned that the majority of the victims were Asian women. It’s notable that the press conferences today were marked with hesitation by the police to call yesterday’s shootings a “hate crime.” But in the end, regardless of whether or not the shooter meant to target Asians, he perpetrated hate on the Asian community.

    It is easy to deflect and attribute this violence to a lone actor – isolated from our larger society. But doing so diminishes the racism and xenophobia the Asian community experiences and ignores the role of White supremacy in yesterday’s murders.

    The entrenched system of White supremacy that exists in our society breeds the type of self-claimed power and distorted beliefs that spurred yesterday’s violent acts. I believe our community is committed to dismantling these systems and shaping a future for our nation that is inclusive and equitable and that honors all experiences. It is incumbent on our entire community to not only make space to hear and understand the Asian experience, but to also reflect and respond with grace to being called-in when we do or say something to perpetuate anti-Asian racism.

    As we rebuild our community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have the opportunity to both heal and grow. We will be returning with vastly different stories to share of our time at home. To our Asian community, we understand that your experience with this pandemic began with blatant anti-Asian racism that has grown over the past year. As we heal from this pandemic, we are committed to ensuring that our Asian community feels safe, welcome, heard, and supported. Anti-Asian racism will not be tolerated.

    Over the course of this year we have had deliberate conversations in our classrooms around White supremacy, racism, and what it takes to be an anti-racist. We will continue these conversations with our students, especially as we seek to meaningfully redefine what it means to be a “Patriot” in our global society. Our School/Community Liaison will be hosting Family Culturally Responsive Engagement sessions in the month of April to hear from our Asian community about their experiences at GW and how stereotypes and racism have impacted their student’s education. In our faculty Culturally Responsive Education professional development we will continue to discuss and dissect personal biases, racism, and power dynamics and the impacts they have on our students.

    We remain committed to ensuring that our students have a safe learning environment – physically, emotionally, and intellectually. To our Asian community, we stand with you in solidarity.

    Sincerely,
    Kristin Waters, Ph.D. | Principal
    George Washington High School

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  • Weekly Roundup March 17

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    INCREASED IN-PERSON TIME AFTER SPRING BREAK
    New guidance from Denver Health (along with existing guidance from CDPHE) has made it possible for more students to spend time together in class and across cohorts (the groups of students who are in classrooms together), as well as for adults to support more students.

    After spring break, starting April 6, all in-person students will attend afternoon ILB four days a week. However, much of our virtual faculty will remain virtual through the end of the school year. Students are still able to remain home on the days that they only have ILBs with virtual teachers. If you would like to change your learning environment option, please click HERE. You do not need to do anything if you would like your learning option to remain the same.

    CLUBS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
    We are now able to offer curricular clubs and activities. Groups will be limited to 25 in-person participants and students may choose only one club/extra-curricular activity in which to participate. Club sponsors will be communicating with club members this week about in-person options that will begin after Spring Break. Students participating in in-person clubs or activities must be signed up for in-person learning. To change your student’s learning option, please click HERE. You do not need to do anything if you would like your learning option to remain the same.

    CHOICE OF STUDIES TIMELINE
    When we return from Spring Break students will begin the process of choosing classes for next year. On April 6 our Academic Advisors will present to students during Community Learning Seminar. They will provide an overview of the Choice of Studies process and distribute the digital course catalog. On Thursday, April 8, we will host a virtual Choice of Studies fair during Community Learning where students will be able to ask teachers about courses for next year. On Friday, April 9, the course request forms will open. Forms are due on April 16. Advisors will be hosting regular office hours throughout this whole process and will consult with students about their options for the ’21-’22 school year.

    CURRENT SOPHOMORES – LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM
    Attention current sophomores! It is time for you to be thinking about your classes for next year, which includes the opportunity to participate in the IB Diploma Program.

    The IB Diploma Program provides an international education where young people become better equipped to handle and manage the complexities of the world. The Diploma Program challenges students and prepares them for today’s rapidly evolving world with an emphasis on the development of skills rather than mere memorization of content, including effective communication and critical thinking. GW students can participate in the full diploma program or just take individual IB classes. Check out the virtual info sessions below to learn more!

    Student Info Sessions:

    Parent Info Sessions:

    Please reach out to Richard_Maez@dpsk12.net with any questions!

    WELL-BEING, LEARNING, AND SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH SURVEY
    Thank you to our students, families, and staff for taking the time to share feedback with DPS throughout the year. The feedback DPS receives informs upcoming district level decisions for student learning during COVID-19. In addition, school level survey results are playing a role in your school level continuous improvement efforts. Like prior surveys, the purpose of the March surveys is to understand how academic and social-emotional learning are going, to understand what supports are needed, to progress monitor data for crisis priorities and district strategies, and to plan for next school year. This new survey survey also gives students, community members and team members the chance to share thoughts about the search for DPS’s next superintendent. The student and community surveys will be administered March 10 through March 24 (students) and through March 26 for team members and community members. All students in grades 3-12 and team members will receive an email to their dpsk12.net account on March 10 to complete the survey.

    #LETSTALKABOUTITGW
    Do you have a message or story that you want to share with the world? #letstalkaboutitGW is a new, student-led, speaking event at George. Help organize and lead what we hope to become a GW tradition!

    #letstalkaboutitGW is a platform for you to share your story and ideas with the GW community and will help you learn organizational skills that will benefit you in the future and on college applications.

    If you want to grow, share, and be involved, click THIS LINK and sign up either to be a part of the organizational team, or to be a speaker. You can be both! We are actively organizing, so join now!

    NEW T-SHIRT DESIGNS ARE IN
    You voted on your favorite design and they are now available for purchase! Visit the Patriot Shop website to order your new GW shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie. These designs will be available until March 26th. Your purchases not only help us build a bigger and better school store, but also continue to represent George in the larger community! Click HERE to order.

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP VIRTUAL CONCERT
    Patriots, want to show off your talents? GW is hosting a virtual concert that will stream on April 9th. Video submissions are due March 19th. Please submit your information HERE!

    ATTENTION ALL GREEN-THUMBED PATRIOTS
    Planting season is just around the corner! St. Patty’s day is said to be the perfect time to plant peas! You can also plant lettuce, spinach, kale, carrots, beets any time now.

    The garden still has several plots available. Contact Lisa Emerson (lemerson8@msn.com) if you are interested. Compost will be ordered and delivered in the next two weeks.

    People love gardening for many different reasons. In addition to the quiet time, fresh fruits and veggies, and physical work, the GWHS Community Garden also benefits the community by contributing directly to the cafeteria so that students can enjoy fresh local produce daily.

    GWHS grow club will be having their plant sale again this spring, so plan to purchase your seedlings from the students. They will be selling tomato (heirloom and hybrid), pepper, eggplant, basil and herb seedlings. They have some very fun varieties this year, including “Berkeley Tie-Dye Green” and “Brad’s Atomic Grape” tomatoes so look for more info on this!

    NEW COMMUNITY VACCINE SITES OPENING
    The Denver Covid Equity Council looks to address health disparities in Covid response and have increased vaccine sites in areas that are the hardest hit with COVID-19. We wanted to share information about some new vaccination sites that families may want to use, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center. Call 720-865-3005 to make an appointment. Note, you do NOT need an ID to get the vaccine at these sites. Appointments are required.

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  • Weekly Roundup March 2

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    SENIORS – YEAR END CELEBRATION DPS SURVEY
    DPS is working to determine the best options for end-of-year celebrations that follow state health and safety guidelines as well as provide a memorable experience for our graduating students. To get input from as many stakeholders as possible, DPS wants to hear from all of our students, staff, and families about their celebration preferences and ideas. This feedback will inform district decisions regarding prom, senior ceremonies and other celebrations, and will help ensure a fun and equitable approach to these celebrations. Provide your feedback by completing this survey by March 8.

    SENIORS – GRADUATION CAP AND GOWN ORDERS
    Seniors! If you missed the deadline to order your cap and gown – no worries! Here’s one last opportunity to get your orders in. You can order a package or navigate through the website to place an order just for your cap and gown. If you have any questions about ordering, reach out to our Jostens rep, Nils Erickson, at 303-985-0095 or Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net. Click HERE to get your cap and gown orders in.

    SENIORS – UPDATE ON YEARBOOK AND SENIOR CELEBRATIONS
    Seniors and senior families – please be on the lookout for a communication regarding yearbook and year end logistics on Friday, March 5.

    AP EXAM REGISTRATION DEADLINE
    Spring semester AP students must register for their AP exams by March 10 (a $10 per exam late fee starts February 24). Click HERE to pay exam fees, then follow the instructions in the payment confirmation page to join AP Classroom(s) at MyAP.collegeboard.org, which places student exam orders.

    ASSESSMENT OPT OUTS
    Juniors are scheduled to take the SAT on April 13. Sophomores are scheduled to take the PSAT 10 on April 14. Freshmen are scheduled to take the PSAT 9 on April 15. All testing will take place at GWHS; there is no remote testing option. DPS understands some families may not want their students to attend these tests. For P/SATs only, the Assessment Opt-Out form remains open now through Friday, March 12. Instructions are linked here in English and Spanish.

    Juniors are no longer able to opt-out of CMAS Science through Parent Portal. Please contact Emily Hunter at Emily_Hunter@dpsk12.org with any questions regarding these assessments.

    MODIFIED SCHEDULE NEXT WEEK
    We will be on an all-virtual modified schedule next week as students take their Q3 final exams:

    MONDAY, MARCH 8 & TUESDAY, MARCH 9
    All Cohorts Virtual
    Regular Monday/Tuesday Bell Schedule, but all cohorts will attend ILBs virtually

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10
    All Cohorts Virtual
    Period 1 Final | 8:00am – 9:30am
    Period 2 Final | 11:00am – 12:30pm

    THURSDAY, MARCH 11
    All Cohorts Virtual
    Period 3 Final | 8:00am – 9:30am
    Period 4 Final | 11:00am – 12:30pm

    FRIDAY, MARCH 12
    No School for Students | Teacher Workday

    DPS YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM Q&A
    Are you in 10th or 11th grade looking for a job that could lead into a career? Are you a parent of a 10th or 11th grader that has expressed interest in starting their career? Come join us on Thursday, March 11 at 5:30pm to hear and have a Q&A about the DPS Youth Apprenticeship Program! Grounded in the comfort and support of GWHS, apprentices continue taking classes while getting paid to work for one of the following industries: healthcare, education, business/finance, IT, advanced manufacturing, and more. Click HERE to join the Q&A on March 11 at 5:30pm.

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP VIRTUAL CONCERT
    The George Washington Student Leadership is hosting a virtual concert. Performances will include singing, dancing, and instrumental pieces all put on by your peers. If you are interested in participating click HERE. Once you fill out the interest survey an email will follow explaining how to submit your video. Your last day to submit will be on Friday, March 5.

    9TH GRADE COLLEGE EXPO
    The 9th Grade Virtual College Expo is coming up! This is an opportunity for freshmen to learn more about the college process and an opportunity to earn scholarship money now! All 9th graders should have the 9th Grade College Expo added to your Schoology “Groups” page. Click there for updates. All GW 9th graders are invited to participate on Thursday, March 11 after finals. If anyone has questions on how to sign up, please click HERE or reach out to Ms. Griffin at alea_griffin@dpsk12.net.

    SEASON C SPORTS REGISTRATION OPEN
    The CHSAA Season C sports registration is currently open on the GWHS Website. The sports that are being offered in Season C are: Gymnastics, Volleyball, Football and Boys Soccer. In order to be eligible to participate all students must register online. Students must complete the online registration information, upload a current physical and submit payment. If all information is not uploaded and fill out you will be unable to tryout and or participate in Season C sports.

    Football begins March 4. Gymnastics, Soccer, Volleyball all begin on March 8. If you are interested in Gymnastics we co-op (participate) with Denver South HS. If you are interested in Field Hockey we co-op with Denver East HS. If you have questions please contact the athletics office at 720-423-8669.

    SIGN UP FOR SPRING VOLLEYBALL
    Volleyball tryouts will start March 8! Sign up to play HERE and by completing the FamilyID sign up in the athletics section of the GW website. You must submit a current sports physical in order to play. Virtual information sessions will be help March 3 at 3:30pm and March 4 at 7:00pm. Contact Coach Danley for meeting links at angela_danley@dpsk12.net.

    JOIN MIDDLE EASTERN CLUB
    Want to explore a fascinating region that crosses over three continents? Then the Middle Eastern Club is for you! The Middle Eastern club meets every other Friday at lunchtime. Each time we meet, we talk about fun facts, food, music, culture, history, etc. about different Middle Eastern countries. This club is open for all, whether or not you have Middle eastern roots, want to learn about the region, or just want to hang out and have some fun! We’d love to have your company! For more information contact the club sponsor Mr. El-Saieh (viktor_el-saieh@dpsk12.net) or the club leader Jazzy Tung (712178@dpsk12.net).

    NOTE FROM THE SCHOOL PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
    Happy Women’s History Month! Let’s begin with discussing how and why we have Women’s History Month.

    According to The Library of Congress, in 1981 Congress passed Public Law 97-28 and the President proclaimed the week of March 7, 1982 would be Women’s History Week. Over the next five years a Public Law was passed and the President proclaimed a week in March for Women’s History. March of 1987 is when Women’s History Month was passed as Public Law 100-9. Between 1988 and 1994 Congress continued to pass resolutions requiring the President to proclaim March as Women’s History Month. Presidents have issued annual proclamations since 1995. The proclamations are to celebrate and acknowledge the many ways women have contributed to the success of the United States. With that said, over the course of the month we will highlight the contribution of women in the United States.

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  • Weekly Roundup February 17

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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
    All Cohorts Virtual | Modified Schedule
    Wednesday, February 17 – Friday, February 19 will be live virtual instruction in the mornings followed by asynchronous work time in the afternoons. Teachers will have office hours 1:00pm – 3:00pm each day for students to check in and get help with work, catch up on assignments and complete Q2 Competency Work.

    7:45am – 8:35am | Virtual 1st Period Live Instruction
    8:40am – 9:30am | Virtual 2nd Period Live Instruction
    9:35am – 9:55am | Virtual Community Learning
    10:00am – 10:50am | Virtual 3rd Period Live Instruction
    10:55am – 11:45am | Virtual 4th Period Live Instruction
    1:00pm – 3:00pm | Virtual Teacher Office hours

    TEACHER VACCINE UPDATE
    GW faculty and staff members will be receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, February 20. This means there will be no impact to our instructional calendar this month to accomodate the vaccination opportunity.

    HBCU VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION
    Looking for your perfect college? Have you considered a Historically Black College or University? Then this is for you! February 25 during ILB3 and ILB4 you will have an opportunity to learn about HBCUs! A panel of current HBCU students, HBCU alumni, HBCU admission representatives, and GW alumni will be on hand to share perspective and answer your questions. If you are a:

    • Senior not yet committed to a college
    • Junior creating your college application list
    • Sophomore getting ready to begin the college search process
    • Freshman gathering information on colleges
    • Not sure if college is right for you
    • Curious about HBCUs

    Click HERE to register for the HBCU Information Session!

    JUNIORS: CHOICE REGARDING CMAS SCIENCE DUE BY FEBRUARY 26
    Juniors: we will offer the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) in Science on Wednesday, April 7 at GWHS. This 11th grade science assessment is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, which are statewide expectations of what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

    While this test is important for data and instructional purposes, we understand that families may decide they do not want to come in-person to participate in CMAS testing this year due to COVID-19 (there is no remote option offered for CMAS). If you choose to opt out, you must fill out the opt out form located in the Parent Portal under the Academics tab by clicking on the link for “Complete Assessment Opt-Out Form.” Instructions are also linked HERE. This form is available for both students learning in-person and those learning in the virtual program. Please complete this form no later than February 26 as this information is vital to our planning process.

    If you are a virtual student in Cohort C and wish to participate in CMAS testing, please email Emily_Hunter@dpsk12.org before February 26.

    SPRING GIRLS SOCCER
    Spring sports start in late April, and the Girls Soccer is holding a virtual informational meeting on Thursday February 18 at 1:00pm to go over all the current information and preseason conditioning. Meets Nickname: 2021GWSOCCER. For more information click HERE or contact the coach at abbie_page@dpsk12.net.

    ROCK IT SOCK IT- SOCK DRIVE
    Rock it Sock it Sock Drive will take place from now through February 25. The Comitis Crisis Center is on a mission to donate 3,000 socks and travel size toiletries. These donations will go to families in need. Drop off your donated socks and travel-size toiletries at GW campus. There is a drop off box right inside the doors in the North Lobby. Questions? Contact Abigail Boyd at 798349@dpsk12.net.

    GIRLS GOLF IS LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS
    Want to learn a sport of a lifetime? Make new friends and become a part of a great group of ladies. Join the girls golf team, play against other DPS high schools at different courses around the city. No experience necessary and we have clubs for you if you need them. Contact Coach Rieber at rieber.cd@gmail.com or Natalie Brammer at nbrammer@abrammer.com. We will get in touch with more information and to schedule a Google meet for the whole team.

    SIGN UP FOR SPRING VOLLEYBALL
    Volleyball is set to begin March 8. If you’re interested in playing sign up HERE and make sure you have a current sports physical. More information will be forthcoming and you will need to fill out more registration information before tryouts.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION AND MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS
    As mental health challenges continue to rise in our student population, the GWHS mental health team would like to share THIS ARTICLE from NPR on how to support youth that may be at risk for suicide. If after reading this article you have questions or concerns for yourself or another person, please contact our team at gw-mental-health.group@dpsk12.net, or connect to one of the resources provided at the beginning of this article.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING FOR PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
    On February 24, from 5:45pm – 7:00pm, GW is hosting a virtual Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training. The QPR Institute mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Please join us for this important training session and learn how you may save a life.

    For the safety of each participant it is important that everyone register for the webinar HERE and with QPR HERE. In the QPR registration it asks for the name of your presenter – GW’s presenters are Suzi Stein-Shevell and Chelsea Newton. Families attending together, please register each family member for the session. Due to the nature of the topic you must complete both registrations no later than Monday February 22. Please arrive no later than 6:00pm as we will not be able to admit attendees after this time.

    If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Quattlebaum at m_quattlebaum@dpsk12.net.

    NOTE FROM GW’S PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
    This week in Black History Month let’s focus on notable African American/Black mathematicians and scientists.

    Katherine Johnson made her mark in the science community while working for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). A college graduate at the age of 18, Johnson worked as an aeronautics “computer”. Basically she worked with complicated math used to launch the United States Space program. Here are projects she was instrumental in their success: Flight Research, Freedom 7 mission analysis trajectory, Project Apollo’s Lunar Module, and Space Shuttle and the Earth Resources Technology Satellite. Ms. Johnson passed away February 24, 2020 at the age of 101.

    Charles Drew is a notable surgeon in both the United States and Great Britain (two continents!) and his work in the medical field is still in use today. One might say his research is life changing and life saving. Here’s what he did…Mr. Drew is responsible for the storing of blood plasma for the purpose of transfusions. He oversaw his life saving blood plasma storage program during World War II in Great Britain. Mr. Drew also established the first “Blood Bank” for a large populace in the United States. Here is another fun fact about Charles Drew, he is a graduate of Dunbar High in the District of Columbia (D.C.).

    Transferring the power of knowledge,
    Michelle Quattlebaum

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    Dear GW Families – 

    Thank you for your patience as we finalized the Quarter 3 calendar. With the move to hybrid learning, we had to adjust our schedule to accommodate school holidays. Below we have detailed the school calendar through the end of Q3 on March 11. 

    There will be additional schedule adjustments over the next few weeks to accomodate teacher and staff vaccinations. DPS has partnered with Children’s Hospital Colorado to vaccinate staff members. With a focus on equity and highest need, DPS has established a priority order that is based on the percentage of a school’s enrollment that qualifies for free or reduced-price meals (FRL). The vaccination schedule will be ordered based on FRL enrollment, starting with the highest-percentage schools. At this time we do not know when GW will be scheduled to receive our COVID-19 vaccinations. 

    We do know that the days our school is scheduled to have our staff vaccinated will become asynchronous-learning days for students and a remote-work day for staff when they are not receiving their vaccine. As soon as we know these dates we will share them with our community. 

    Thank you, 
    Kristin Waters, Ph.D.
    Principal | George Washington High School

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15
    No School | Presidents’ Day

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16
    No School for Students | Teacher Workday

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
    All Cohorts Virtual | Modified Schedule
    Wednesday, February 17 – Friday, February 19 will be live virtual instruction in the mornings followed by asynchronous work time in the afternoons. Teachers will have office hours 1:00pm – 3:00pm each day for students to check in and get help with work, catch up on assignments and complete Q2 Competency Work.

    7:45am – 8:35am | Virtual 1st Period Live Instruction
    8:40am – 9:30am | Virtual 2nd Period Live Instruction
    9:35am – 9:55am | Virtual Community Learning
    10:00am – 10:50am | Virtual 3rd Period Live Instruction
    10:55am – 11:45am | Virtual 4th Period Live Instruction
    1:00pm – 3:00pm | Virtual Teacher Office hours

    WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22
    Regular Hybrid Bell Schedule

    WEEK OF MARCH 1
    Regular Hybrid Bell Schedule

    MONDAY, MARCH 8 & TUESDAY, MARCH 9
    All Cohorts Virtual
    Regular Monday/Tuesday Bell Schedule, but all cohorts will attend ILBs virtually

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10
    All Cohorts Virtual
    Period 1 Final | 8:00am – 9:30am
    Period 2 Final | 11:00am – 12:30pm

    THURSDAY, MARCH 11
    All Cohorts Virtual
    Period 3 Final | 8:00am – 9:30am
    Period 4 Final | 11:00am – 12:30pm

    FRIDAY, MARCH 12
    No School for Students | Teacher Workday

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    Q3 CALENDAR
    Our School Leadership Team is finalizing the Q3 calendar tomorrow, and we will be sharing a full update tomorrow afternoon that will include adjustments for next week (there is no school on Monday, February 15 or Tuesday, February 16), as well as Q3 finals during the week of March 8.

    TEACHER VACCINE UPDATES
    DPS has partnered with Children’s Hospital Colorado to vaccinate staff members. With a focus on equity and highest need, DPS has established a priority order that is based on the percentage of a school’s enrollment that qualifies for free or reduced-price meals (FRL). The vaccination schedule will be ordered based on FRL enrollment, starting with the highest-percentage schools.

    Days when schools are scheduled to have their staff vaccinated will become asynchronous-learning days for students and a remote-work day for staff when they are not receiving their vaccine. We do not know GW’s vaccination dates yet, but when we do we will share them with you immediately.

    WEDNESDAY TEACHER OFFICE HOURS
    Wednesday Teacher Office Hours are being simplified! Teachers will be online from 12:00pm – 3:00pm under a nicknamed Google Meet. The nickname follows the structure of:

    • GWS3 + teacherlastname

    So for example, if you were going to attend Ms. Smiths office hours, you would use the nickname GWS3Smith

    You must be logged into your dpsk12.net account to access these meetings. To access these office hours, go to meet.google.com and enter the meeting name for the teachers you want to visit. Some teachers will be hosting AP/IB test prep, so be sure to check in with them for more specifics!

    JUNIORS: CHOICE REGARDING CMAS SCIENCE DUE BY FEBRUARY 26
    Juniors: we will offer the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) in Science on Wednesday, April 7 at GWHS. This 11th grade science assessment is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards, which are statewide expectations of what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade.

    While this test is important for data and instructional purposes, we understand that families may decide they do not want to come in-person to participate in CMAS testing this year due to COVID-19 (there is no remote option offered for CMAS). If you choose to opt out, you must fill out the opt out form located in the Parent Portal under the Academics tab by clicking on the link for “Complete Assessment Opt-Out Form.” Instructions are also linked HERE. This form is available for both students learning in-person and those learning in the virtual program. Please complete this form no later than February 26 as this information is vital to our planning process.

    If you are a virtual student in Cohort C and wish to participate in CMAS testing, please email Emily_Hunter@dpsk12.org before February 26.

    JUINORS: OPTIONAL SAT ESSAY REGISTRATION
    When taking the Colorado School Day SAT on April 13, 2021, 11th grade students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without the essay. Adding the essay to their SAT registration is a student choice.

    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 18 through February 16, 2021. This will be the only opportunity for students who wish to take the optional essay to add it to their April School Day SAT registration. 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 essay may be required by some colleges and universities. To find out a particular school’s essay policies click HERE.
    • Instructions are linked here (in English and Spanish) are attached to guide the student registration process.

    ONLINE SAT PREPARATION COURSE FOR CLASS OF 2022
    We are pleased to offer interested Class of 2022 students access to a 60-hour self paced SAT Preparation course using the district’s Edgenuity online learning system. Successful completion of the course during the Spring term will result in receiving 5 elective credits on your transcript. Please sign up using this link (must be logged into your dpsk12.net account) and next steps and course details will be emailed to your DPS Google account. Please contact Mr. Geisel (gideon_geisel@dpsk12.net) if you need additional information.

    HBCU VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION
    Looking for your perfect college? Have you considered a Historically Black College or University? Then this is for you! February 25 during ILB3 and ILB4 you will have an opportunity to learn about HBCUs! A panel of current HBCU students, HBCU alumni, HBCU admission representatives, and GW alumni will be on hand to share perspective and answer your questions. If you are a:

    • Senior not yet committed to a college
    • Junior creating your college application list
    • Sophomore getting ready to begin the college search process
    • Freshman gathering information on colleges
    • Not sure if college is right for you
    • Curious about HBCUs

    Click HERE to access the livestream on the 25th! You must be logged in with your dpsk12.net account to access.

    COMPLETE YOUR ICAP – ACTION REQUIRED
    Completion of your ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) is one of the requirements for graduating from a DPS school. Students will need to complete every question for each of the four years of high school.

    At GW we believe that planning for the future is important for every student. Identifying career goals early can help you select courses and other activities throughout high school, as well as provide a motivational force and purpose to your education. Even if your goals change over the years (yes, they likely will!) keeping your eye on the future will help you continue to move forward toward a successful future.

    Ideally, you will have conversations with your counselor/advisor about most of the items covered in your ICAP throughout the school year. Given our virtual world this year, we are asking you to also talk to your parents/guardians and other family members or adults who can help provide insight and guidance as you complete your ICAP.

    If you know the answers to the questions in your ICAP, feel free to answer them all and be done! Remember, if you need help ask for it! Feel free to reach out to your counselor/advisor if you have questions or need help with your ICAP.

    Accessing Your ICAP: You can find explanations, guidance, and resources that are helpful in completing your ICAP on your Schoology group “Class of ____”. Your ICAP is accessed through Student Portal:

    • Log on to your portal, and click on the button for “My ICAP Plan”. (This is a menu option if you’re using the app).
    • Answer the questions on the Personal Information tab and click “Save Responses”.
    • Then click on the “Current Plan” tab to access the questions for your current grade in school. (If you are in grades 10-12, you can ensure you have completed your ICAP for previous years by clicking on the “Historical Plans” tab).
    • Make sure that you “Save Responses” when you are finished so you don’t lose any work!

    Who Is My Advisor?
    Freshmen
    Alea Griffin | alea_griffin@dpsk12.net
    Angela Bautista | angela_bautista@dpsk12.net

    Grades 10-12
    Last Names A – Gh | Khari Wallace | khari_wallace@dpsk12.net
    Last Names Gi – O | Sarah Ozee | sarah_ozee@dpsk12.net
    Last Names P – Z | Michelle Wellman | michelle_wellman@dpsk12.net

    ROCK IT SOCK IT- SOCK DRIVE
    Rock it Sock it Sock Drive will take place from now through February 25. The Comitis Crisis Center is on a mission to donate 3,000 socks and travel size toiletries. These donations will go direction to families in need. Drop off your donated socks and travel-size toiletries at GW campus. There is a drop off box right inside the doors in the North Lobby. Questions? Contact Abigail Boyd at 798349@dpsk12.net.

    GWHS CHESS CLUB 2021 WINTER TOURNAMENT
    Sign up for this year’s all-school winter chess tournament! We welcome all ability levels. Tournament format will be include two rounds of Round Robin tournaments. Top finishers will win gift cards in the amounts of $15, $20, and $25. Please register by Thursday, February 12 by clicking HERE. The tournament will begin the following Monday. Chess Club meets every Tuesday after school at 3:10 pm and every Friday during lunch in THIS GOOGLE MEET.

    GIRLS GOLF IS LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS
    Want to learn a sport of a lifetime? Make new friends and become a part of a great group of ladies. Join the girls golf team, play against other DPS high schools at different courses around the city. No experience necessary and we have clubs for you if you need them. Contact Coach Rieber at rieber.cd@gmail.com or Natalie Brammer at nbrammer@abrammer.com. We will get in touch with more information and to schedule a Google meet for the whole team.

    SIGN UP FOR SPRING VOLLEYBALL
    Volleyball is set to begin March 8. If you’re interested in playing sign up HERE and make sure you have a current sports physical. More information will be forthcoming and you will need to fill out more registration information before tryouts.

    ONLINE GW SCHOOL STORE
    GW has a new online store where you can buy new Patriot apparel. Check out our website by clicking HERE. We will be adding new merchandise throughout the year, so be sure to check often for your favorite new look. Be sure to also follow us on Instagram @deca_gw for the latest apparel updates and special events.

    NOTE FROM GW’S PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
    This week in Black History Month let’s focus some notable political firsts. According to the United States Senate records there are many notable African American/Black Senators who have accomplished a “first” or some sort.

    • Hiram Revels – 1st Black person to serve as U.S. Senator in 1870.
    • Blanche K. Bruce – 1st elected Black Senator by the Mississippi state legislature in 1874.
    • Edward Brooke – 1st Black Senator to win by popular vote, serving 2 terms, 1967 – 1979.
    • Carol Moseley Braun – 1st Black woman elected to serve as a U.S. Senator, in 1993. She was also appointed U.S ambassador to New Zealand.
    • Barack Obama – was the 5th Black person to serve as a U.S. Senator; but the 1st Black Senator to become President of the United States, serving 2 terms as President.
    • Tim Scott – 1st Black Senator to represent a southern state since reconstruction in 2014.
    • William “mo” Cowan – appointment to the U.S. Senate, marked the 1st time two Black Senators held office at the same time, 2013.
    • Cory Booker – 1st Black person elected to represent New Jersey as a U.S. Senator, in 2013.
    • Kamala D. Harris – 1st Black person to represent California in the U.S. Senate (2017) and the 1st black and female elected as Vice President of the United States (2020).
    • Raphael G. Warnock – 1st Black person to represent the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

    As always, you are encouraged to seek out information regarding how African Americans/Blacks have helped to shape the United States.

    Transferring the power of knowledge,
    Michelle Quattlebaum

    DPS PARENT WEBINAR: LGBTQ+ SUPPORTS AND WHY THEY BENEFIT ALL STUDENTS
    On February 17 at 12:00pm join the DPS Prevention Services team and Levi Arithson for a high-level review of LGBTQ+ policies in Denver Public Schools, why LGBTQ+ inclusive schools create more equitable schools for all students, and what you can do in your home and community to support LGBTQ+ youth. Register HERE.

    JOIN THE DPS ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE
    The mission of the District Accountability Committee (DAC) is to assist in the improvement of Denver Public Schools by advising the Board of Education on the adequacy and cost effectiveness of educational programs and policies. The DAC is open to DPS parents, staff, and community members who are interested in the improvement of our schools and assure that Every Child Succeeds.

    DAC Benefits:

    • Insight into key district initiatives
    • Networking opportunities with other community leaders
    • Opportunity to provide recommendations directly to the Board of Education

    For more information click HERE. Applications due by March 5, 2021. Click HERE to apply. If you have questions email Nelvis_Alvarez@dpsk12.org or call 720-423-3135.

    FEBRUARY FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP
    Affinity Group Workshops has made improvements based on community feedback. Here are the details:

    • Affinity Groups will meet as one under FCRE Workshops
    • Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of the month 5:30pm – 7:00pm
      • 5:30 – 6:00pm meet and greet
      • 6:00 – 7:00pm informative session
    • Featured guest presenters
    • Call-To-Action Initiative (Goal Setting)
    • Community Building

    These changes were a result of your feedback. Your voice matters!

    While our goal is to make the information FCRE Workshops presents relevant for the community, there are some things that will not change.

    • Affinity Groups will be used during breakout sessions when beneficial
    • Registration for workshops
    • Participation is a key element
    • This is a safe and courageous space to share your truth
    • All voices will be honored
    • Engagement in difficult conversations to gain understanding
    • Learn, grow, and support each other
    • Student excellence is why we are engaging and collaborating

    Remember, life begins where your comfort zone ends. When will you begin living?

    February 24th Registration 
    March 24th Registration
    April 28th Registration
    May 26th Registration

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  • Weekly Roundup February 2

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    HYBRID UPDATES
    We are working to finalize our communication protocols that will be in place once we move to full hybrid learning starting February 8. On Friday, February 5 you will receive detailed guidance about how and when you will hear from us in regards to operational updates that would impact your student’s ability to attend school. We will also include detailed information on how to report student absences, contact our nurse to report a positive COVID-19 case, and more.

    HYBRID IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE
    Starting on February 1, we will move to our new Hybrid Bell Schedule. In the afternoons the week of February 1 we are hosting orientation sessions for students in the afternoon (more information below). Afternoon Interactive Learning Blocks will start the week of February 8. Teachers will regularly communicate the schedule shifts to students in class the next two weeks. Be sure to check out our Bell Schedule Google Calendar for clarification on our schedule the next two weeks.

    HYBRID ORIENTATION
    Hybrid Orientation is this week! Please click HERE for important reminders about this event.

    WEDNESDAY TEACHER OFFICE HOURS
    Wednesday Teacher Office Hours are being simplified! Teachers will be online from 12:00pm – 3:00pm under a nicknamed Google Meet. The nickname follows the structure of:

    • GWS3 + teacherlastname

    So for example, if you were going to attend Ms. Smiths office hours, you would use the nickname GWS3Smith

    You must be logged into your dpsk12.net account to access these meetings. To access these office hours, go to meet.google.com and enter the meeting name for the teachers you want to visit. Some teachers will be hosting AP/IB test prep, so be sure to check in with them for more specifics!

    ONLINE SAT PREPARATION COURSE FOR CLASS OF 2022
    We are pleased to offer interested Class of 2022 students access to a 60-hour self paced SAT Preparation course using the district’s Edgenuity online learning system. Successful completion of the course during the Spring term will result in receiving 5 elective credits on your transcript. Please sign up using this link (must be logged into your dpsk12.net account) and next steps and course details will be emailed to your DPS Google account. Please contact Mr. Geisel (gideon_geisel@dpsk12.net) if you need additional information.

    ASCENT PROGRAM
    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. Passed into law in 2009, the ASCENT program gives students a head start in earning a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree all while saving time and money. The DPS ASCENT team provides participating students with wrap-around advising services to support the critical transition from high school to college. If you are interested and would like to know please email Mr. Wallace at khari_wallace@dpsk12.net.

    LIMITED EDITION GW T-SHIRT NOW ON SALE
    GW’s limited-edition t-shirt, designed by Aimee Harling, is now available for purchase. Go to the new Patriot Shop website to get yours. If you will be coming to school in-person, you can select “pick up” and your shirt will be delivered to your 1st period class. Shipping is also available. Get your limited edition T-shirt while supplies last!

    TAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE
    Here is an opportunity for you to create time and space in your week for self-care!  If you are interested please complete this referral link and the GW Social Emotional Support Team will be in touch! You will see on the referral link that you have the ability to help design the self-care sessions based on your interests and needs.  If you have further questions, please reach out to Ms. Hartman (sarah_hartman@dpsk12.net).

    GRIEF GROUP 
    GW has a group for students that are grieving a death loss.  If you would like to gather virtually with your peers to support each other, please click on this link and refer yourself. If you have further questions, please reach out to Ms. Hartman, GW School Social Worker at sarah_hartman@dpsk12.net.

    JOIN THE PATRIOT ESPORTS TEAM
    Do you like playing videos games? Do you like competition? If you answered “yes” to either question then you belong on the Patriot Esports Team. For the spring season, we will be playing Fortnite, Overwatch, Rocket League, FIFA and Madden. In order to play Overwatch, you will need a gaming PC and for FIFA and Madden, you will need a Playstation. This is a competitive league, so there is a commitment. The season starts on 1 March. If you’d like more information, please message Mr G on Discord at mr_g#9094.

    SUBMIT AN ENTRY FOR THE ILLUMINATE JOURNAL
    The GWHS Social Justice League is now accepting submissions for the second edition of the Illuminate journal. They accept creative writing, political op-eds, art, songs, and more! This is a great opportunity to tell your story, and to enhance your college applications by publishing a piece of your work. Please send all submissions to gwhssocialjusticeleague@gmail.com.

    CREATIVE WRITING CLUB ANTHOLOGY
    Share your voice and submit your writing to be included in the Creative Writing Club’s anthology! The theme of the anthology is fairytales, so the creative writing club leadership will be accepting any short stories, poems, or other written pieces about fairytales on a rolling basis from now until the end of the year. To submit to the anthology, read it, or ask questions, visit the club’s website or contact Mayan Caplan (699634@dpsk12.net) or Maggie Schneider (mogulmaggie13@gmail.com) directly.

    A LETTER FROM OUR PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
    Dear GW Community –

    Happy Black History Month! February marks a time in the United States that the nation focuses on the forgotten and overlooked historical contribution of individuals in the African American/Black community. Black History Month is an opportunity for everyone to learn and celebrate a culture of innovation. The contributions of the African American/Black community ranges from food to science to technology to humanitarian work – beginning with successfully assisting enslaved individuals seeking to gain freedom and continuing with social justice advocacy today.

    Did you know that Madam C.J. Walker was the first American self-made female millionaire? Guinness World Records recognizes a self-made millionaire as someone who did not marry into or inherit wealth. Madam Walker was a direct descendant of enslaved parents. She was even born on the plantation that enslaved her parent’s pre-Civil War. As an entrepreneur, she successfully transformed her hair products into a million-dollar business, still in production today.

    Madam Walker experienced hardship and pain, but also joy, community, and success. Rising above the challenges life presented, Walker not only sought success for herself but offered an opportunity for financial independence to other women of color. The spirit of entrepreneurship and advocacy Madam C.J. Walker embodied still lives through the organization that currently owns her beauty products. The Sundial organization has committed to investing millions of dollars into women of color entrepreneurs.

    As you conduct your quest for knowledge, please share your discoveries HERE.

    Forever seeking knowledge,
    Michelle Quattlebaum

    FEBRUARY FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP
    Affinity Group Workshops has made improvements based on community feedback. Here are the details:

    • Affinity Groups will meet as one under FCRE Workshops
    • Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of the month 5:30pm – 7:00pm
      • 5:30 – 6:00pm meet and greet
      • 6:00 – 7:00pm informative session
    • Featured guest presenters
    • Call-To-Action Initiative (Goal Setting)
    • Community Building

    These changes were a result of your feedback. Your voice matters!

    While our goal is to make the information FCRE Workshops presents relevant for the community, there are some things that will not change.

    • Affinity Groups will be used during breakout sessions when beneficial
    • Registration for workshops
    • Participation is a key element
    • This is a safe and courageous space to share your truth
    • All voices will be honored
    • Engagement in difficult conversations to gain understanding
    • Learn, grow, and support each other
    • Student excellence is why we are engaging and collaborating

    Remember, life begins where your comfort zone ends. When will you begin living?

    February 24th Registration 
    March 24th Registration
    April 28th Registration
    May 26th Registration

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  • Hybrid Orientation Reminders

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    Dear GW Community –

    We are so excited to welcome our students back into our building. I want to thank our entire community for your continued patience. We recognize the trust you are putting into our staff to create a safe and meaningful learning environment. We will continue to evaluate our hybrid learning plan, and make adjustments as necessary. Our biggest hope is that the systems we have developed work well, and we are able to scale up our in-person learning opportunity for Q4. Please be on the lookout for a hybrid evaluation survey the week of March 1.

    Between changing bell schedules, new health and safety protocols, and designing brand new systems to accommodate our new reality, we recognize that we have shared a lot of information in the past month. Thank you for taking the time to read the communications we send, and letting us know if something isn’t clear.

    Below we have provided important reminders about our transition to hybrid learning, and the orientations that take place next week. Over the next two weeks you will be hearing from us more frequently. As we adjust to the new schedule and protocols we will send out periodic reminders to ensure that we are all on the same page. Please be sure to read them thoroughly!

    Go Patriots!

    Sincerely,
    Kristin Waters, Ph.D.
    Principal | George Washington High School


    WHAT IS HYBRID ORIENTATION?
    The week of February 1 all students, virtual and in-person, will attend one day of Hybrid Orientation in the afternoon. In-Person students will attend in-person and Virtual students will attend virtually. Students will take a tour of the school, learn about their new class schedule, and have opportunities for community building. Whether you are attending in-person or virtually, this Hybrid Orientation will provide critical information to prepare you for this next phase of learning at GWHS.

    WHEN IS HYBRID ORIENTATION?
    Students will attend one afternoon of Hybrid Orientation during the week of February 1:

    • Last Names A – D | Monday, February 1 | 1:05pm – 3:10pm
    • Last Names E – J | Tuesday, February 2 | 1:05pm – 3:10pm
    • Last Names K – P | Thursday, February 4 | 1:05pm – 3:10pm
    • Last Names Q – Z | Friday, February 5 | 1:05pm – 3:10pm

    Students will have asynchronous work time for their classes in the afternoon on the days when they are not attending Hybrid Orientation.

    WHERE DO I GO FOR HYBRID ORIENTATION?
    On Thursday, January 28, In-Person students received their room assignments and Virtual students received their Google Meets Links for Hybrid Orientation. This information was emailed to students’ dpsk12.net accounts. Staff will be present to direct students to their classroom, especially our newest Patriots who haven’t had a chance to be in our building yet!

    HOW DO I ENTER THE BUILDING?
    All students must utilize the North Parking Lot and enter using the North Lobby Doors or South Monaco Entrance. Arrive by 12:50pm to allow time for a health screening prior to entering the building.

    WHAT IF I RECENTLY SWITCHED MY LEARNING OPTION?
    If you recently switched your learning option, you will be emailed updated orientation information for the week of February 1.

    WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE THE NEXT TWO WEEKS?
    Starting on February 1, we will move to our new Hybrid Bell Schedule. In the afternoons the week of February 1 we are hosting orientation sessions for students in the afternoon. Afternoon Interactive Learning Blocks will start the week of February 8. Teachers will regularly communicate the schedule shifts to students in class the next two weeks. Be sure to check out our Bell Schedule Google Calendar for clarification on our schedule the next two weeks.

    WHAT HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE?
    Please read our Health and Safety Protocols completely before arriving to school for your orientation. In addition, please watch the video below to understand the Do’s and Don’ts of in-person learning.

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