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  • Weekly Roundup February 8

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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 the current surge declines, DPS no longer requires schools to send general COVID-19 notification letters to families when there is a COVID-19 case reported in a school. With this change in DPS policy, we will no longer provide a count of current active COVID-19 cases in the Weekly Roundup.  Instead, we encourage families to check the DPS COVID-19 Dashboard to see the latest updates regarding DPS cases, as well as those specific to each school.

    Please note the DPS COVID-19 Dashboard will only show cases that are considered active. Active cases are those that are still within five days of symptom onset or the date of testing (whichever came first). After five days, cases will no longer appear on the DPS COVID-19 Dashboard.

    We will continue to notify students and staff who will need to quarantine after an in-school exposure. As a reminder, in order to be exempt from quarantine after an exposure, all staff and students must be up-to-date with all CDC-recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including third (booster) doses if more than 5 months have passed since their second dose.

    CHOICE OF STUDIES – REQUEST FORMS NOW OPEN
    You are now able to select your classes for the 2022-2023 school year! Click HERE to access the request forms, the course catalog, and a video explaining the Choice of Studies process.

    • Forms will close on Monday, February 14.
    • You must be logged in to your @dpsk12.net email address in order to submit the form.
    • Make sure you are picking the classes you need to graduate! If you need a refresher, review the graduation requirements in the course catalog.
    • Choices submitted this week are FINAL! Make sure you are picking classes you want to take next year because there will be no schedule changes if you decide you don’t want to take a class.
    • If you don’t submit your Choice of Studies form, your counselor will pick your classes for you! Make sure you review all of the information in the course catalog so you can choose the classes you want.

     

    CHOICE OF STUDIES – IB INFORMATION SESSIONS
    Created in 1968, the Diploma Program (DP) was established to provide an international education where young people would be better equipped to handle and manage the complexities of the world, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills to make improvements. Informed by continual research and over 40 years of experience in international education, the International Baccalaureate is a dynamic organization that has always promoted critical engagement with challenging ideas, one that both values the past and is open to innovation. Current 10th grade students can decide if they want to join the full Diploma Program, or enroll as “a la carte” IB course students. To learn more, join us for one of our information sessions:

    Virtual Family Info Session
    Wednesday, February 9, 6:00pm-6:45pm
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kuj-ctqq-jsm

    In-Person Student-Only Session
    Thursday, February 10, 9:30am-10:00am
    GW Library

    If you have questions, please contact Richard Maez.

    PRINCIPAL SELECTION PROCESS
    The GW Collaborative School Committee (CSC) will meet with Regional Instructional Superintendent Dr. Kevin King and Regional Assistant Instructional Superintendent Dr. Darlene LeDoux on Monday, February 28 at 4:30pm to review the principal hiring process and timeline. Additional information will then be shared with our community on how to participate in the process.

    SENIORS – CAP AND GOWN PHOTOS
    Anderson Studios will be at GWHS to take Senior Cap and Gown Photos on Friday, February 18. To give each senior the personal attention necessary for a great photo, please make an appointment to reserve your time (appointments are made by calling 720.506.5640 or 303.506.8863). You were sent an email to your @dpsk12.net account with two .pdf attachments containing pricing and ordering for Cap and Gown Photos. Additional fliers are available in the Main Office.

    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.

     

    FEBRUARY SPIRIT WEEK
    Celebrate Spirit Week February 7 through 11! Themes are:

    • Monday, February 7: Next Steps Day! Wear your favorite college gear, or dress up in attire that represents your future career.
    • Tuesday, February 8: Teddy Bear Day! Wear anything fleece, fuzzy or soft.
    • Wednesday, February 9: Pink Out! Wear as much pink as possible.
    • Thursday, February 10: Night In v. Night Out! Dress for a fancy night out, or a cozy night in.
    • Friday, February 11: Crazy Green and White Day! Wear all your GW gear, with your best green and white accessories.

     

    VALENTINE’S GRAMS FUNDRAISER
    The ACE and DECA clubs are partnering together to host a Valentine’s Day fundraiser! Students can purchase Valentine’s Grams in advance to be delivered to their chosen recipient on February 14. Send something fun to your friend, or more-than-friend! We will be taking orders during lunchtime by the cafeteria from Monday, February 7 through Thursday, February 10. The basic Gram package is $3, and the deluxe Gram is $5. Please bring CASH to pay for your order. Come out and support the GW community by buying Valentine’s Grams!

    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 must be purchased on MySchoolBucks by February 9.

    FEBRUARY IS SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTER (SBHC) AWARENESS MONTH!
    Join us in celebrating and appreciating the services Denver Health Pediatrics at Denver Public Schools provides through their SBHC at GW! This SBHC is open to youth in DPS ages 2-21 (and their siblings up to age 18), and provides comprehensive primary care, behavioral health, health education, insurance enrollment, and dental services at specific locations. This year, SBHCs are excited to share additional COVID-19 vaccine services!

    SBHCs exist to increase access to quality health care and keep youth healthy so that they can thrive in school. Did you know:

    • SBHCs increase seat time and reduce absenteeism through less time spent traveling to and from appointments (less time parents must take off from work!) and promptly addressing the health concern, leading to fewer absences overall.
    • SBHCs increase the health of everyone at school because students have quick and easy access to the care they need and are less likely spread illnesses.
    • SBHCs increase engagement in classes because kids are healthy (physically, mentally and emotionally).

    Learn more about SBHCs with this infographic from the national School-Based Health Alliance. More information about Colorado’s SBHCs is available on the Colorado Association for School-Based Health’s (CASBHC) website. We also invite you to visit Denver Health Pediatrics at Denver Public Schools’ website.

    2022 YEARBOOK SALES NOW OPEN
    2022 GWHS Yearbook sales are now open! The cost is $55. Purchase yours now by using our school’s order number, 6598! Click HERE to get started.

    2022 SPRING STATE ASSESSMENTS
    The State of Colorado requires all students complete the following assessments:

    • April 6: Juniors will complete the CMAS Science exam, immediately followed by their SAT preadministration session (which significantly reduces testing time on April 13).
    • April 13: Juniors will complete the SATsophomores will complete the PSAT 10.
    • April 14: Freshmen will complete the PSAT 9.

    Families who choose not to have their students participate in these state-mandated assessments must complete an Assessment Participation Exemption Request in Parent Portal by February 25. Instructions in English are HERE and instructions in Spanish are HERE.

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  • Weekly Roundup February 1

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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 2 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.) 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.

    *Beginning February 1, in order to be exempt from quarantine after an exposure, all staff and students must be up-to-date with all CDC-recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including third (booster) doses if more than 5 months have passed since their second dose.

    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.

    CHOICE OF STUDIES – TIMELINE
    Starting Tuesday, February 1, students will begin the process of choosing classes for the 2022-2023 school year. During this first week, students will explore the course catalog and watch a presentation that provides an overview of the Choice of Studies process during Community Learning Seminar. On Monday, February 7, course request forms will open. Forms are due Monday, February 14.

    Counselors will be available to consult with students throughout the Choice of Studies process by hosting regular office hours (Monday through Friday from 8am to 8:30am, and during lunch). Students can also schedule an appointment with their counselor HERE. More information can be found on our Choice of Studies page HERE.

    CHOICE OF STUDIES – IB INFORMATION SESSIONS
    Created in 1968, the Diploma Program (DP) was established to provide an international education where young people would be better equipped to handle and manage the complexities of the world, and to provide them with the knowledge and skills to make improvements. Informed by continual research and over 40 years of experience in international education, the International Baccalaureate is a dynamic organization that has always promoted critical engagement with challenging ideas, one that both values the past and is open to innovation. Current 10th grade students can decide if they want to join the full Diploma Program, or enroll as “a la carte” IB course students. To learn more, join us for one of our information sessions:

    Virtual Family Info Session
    Wednesday, February 9, 6:00pm-6:45pm
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kuj-ctqq-jsm

    In-Person Student-Only Session
    Thursday, February 10, 9:30am-10:00am
    GW Library

    If you have questions, please contact Richard Maez.

    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.

    VALENTINE’S GRAMS FUNDRAISER
    The ACE and DECA clubs are partnering together to host a Valentine’s Day fundraiser! Students can purchase Valentine’s Grams in advance to be delivered to their chosen recipient on February 14. Send something fun to your friend, or more-than-friend! We will be taking orders during lunchtime by the cafeteria from Monday, February 7 through Thursday, February 10. The basic Gram package is $3, and the deluxe Gram is $5. Please bring CASH to pay for your order. Come out and support the GW community by buying Valentine’s Grams!

    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.

    2022 YEARBOOK SALES NOW OPEN
    2022 GWHS Yearbook sales are now open! The cost is $55. Purchase yours now by using our school’s order number, 6598! Click HERE to get started.

    2022 SPRING STATE ASSESSMENTS
    The State of Colorado requires all students complete the following assessments:

    • April 6: Juniors will complete the CMAS Science exam, immediately followed by their SAT preadministration session (which significantly reduces testing time on April 13).
    • April 13: Juniors will complete the SATsophomores will complete the PSAT 10.
    • April 14: Freshmen will complete the PSAT 9.

    Families who choose not to have their students participate in these state-mandated assessments must complete an Assessment Participation Exemption Request in Parent Portal by February 25. Instructions in English are HERE and instructions in Spanish are HERE.

    DPS YOUR VOICE/TU VOZ STUDENT AND FAMILY SURVEYS
    Be sure to complete the DPS Your Voice/Tu Voz Student and Family Survey by February 4! 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.

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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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    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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