Schedule change requests must be submitted no later than 11:00pm on Thursday, August 20. Requests will be processed on Friday, August 21. No changes will be made after Monday, August 24.
LOOK FOR FRIDAY’S WELCOME TO SCHOOL EMAIL
On Friday, we will send all students a detailed virtual welcome packet for the school year. This will include information on how to access classes, how to attend Monday’s all-school assembly and more!
YEAR-LONG SCHEDULES NOW AVAILABLE IN INFINITE CAMPUS
You can now see your schedule in Infinite Campus (IC) for all four quarters of the 2020-2021 school year. It is critical that you look at your schedule in IC first so that you can see your schedule in its entirety. Schoology will only show you the courses for Quarter 1, which is only half of your courses! Log in to Student Portal by clicking HERE. The process for alerting us to a mistake or requesting a change is provided below.
A REVIEW OF THE QUARTER SYSTEM
In order to support the fluidity between remote learning and hybrid in-person instruction, DPS encouraged secondary schools to shift to a quarter block schedule with students taking 3-4 classes at a time. In this model, students will take 3-4 classes each semester, completing a year’s worth of content for those classes within the fall semester. In the spring, students will take a new set of 3-4 classes.
NUMBER OF CLASSES
Students can take a maximum of 7 classes and one Community Learning Seminar class over the course of the year. Requests to add an eighth class will not be granted. Our school budget is based on students taking a maximum of 7 classes, and in order to maintain small class sizes, we cannot extend the option for students to take additional courses. There are two exceptions to this rule:
- For our emerging bilingual students who are enrolled in a year-long English Language Development support class that must be attended all year in order to maintain compliance.
- For students who are seeking the IB Diploma and are enrolled in a single quarter of Theory of Knowledge in order to be eligible for the IB Diploma. However, we do not encourage students to take 8 courses in this case and advise IB Diploma Students to take 6 classes in addition to their TOK class.
Freshmen and Sophomores should have 7 classes over the entire school year as well as a year-long Community Learning Seminar class.
Juniors and Seniors should have no fewer than 6 classes over the entire school year as well as a year-long Community Learning Seminar class.
FRESHMEN CORE CONTENT COURSES
All 9th graders are enrolled in English 1 Honors for the 2020-2021 school year. By enrolling each of our 9th graders in English 1 Honors, we are joining other Denver area high schools in setting high expectations for every student. Research has shown that when students are placed in a heterogeneous classroom and given access to a rigorous curriculum, all students experience measurable gains in achievement. To read more about English Honors for All, please click HERE.
Freshmen enter GW’s math program at a variety of levels. We worked with your middle school to ensure accurate placement, but if you feel you have been misplaced, please reach out to our Mathematics Department Chair, Joe Bolz at email@example.com.
All students who enroll in Integrated 1 will have the opportunity to earn honors credit by completing and passing extensions to each of the assessments (tests and projects). These items will advance the student’s thinking and prepare them for the material and types of questions needed to be successful in the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses that lie ahead. To complete these assessments effectively, the students will have access to videos of lessons to extend their learnings of the mathematics. If students complete and pass all parts of the honors extensions, students will earn an honors credit which will be identified on their transcript and will result in an elevated GPA.
All freshmen are enrolled in Geography and Civics and will be given the opportunity to earn honors credit by completing and passing an extension project outside of the classroom. Through this project, students will develop research, reading, writing, and communication skills that will help prepare students for the Extended Essay, Internal Assessments, and research projects done as upperclassmen. Developing these skills will help prepare students for upper-level classes (AP and IB), college courses, and the professional work environment. If students complete and pass all parts of the honors project students will earn an honors credit which will be identified on their transcript and will result in an elevated GPA.
Freshmen are enrolled in either Biology or Biology Honors. The honors level course will offer additional opportunities for exploration and discovery within the content and helps students develop a skill set to support self-directed learning. This was a self-selected level choice and, if you would like to level-up, we encourage you to reach out using the form below to let us know as soon as possible.
COMMUNITY LEARNING SEMINAR
At the direction of Denver Public Schools, each student will attend a 20-minute daily Social Emotional Learning seminar. At GW this class is called Community Learning Seminar. Facilitated by a GW faculty member, these small group sessions are designed to provide a connection for our students – creating opportunities to learn about one another by sharing our personal stories and asking questions about what inspires us, what drives us, and what challenges us. This class will be graded on a Credit/No Credit scale based on daily student engagement. It is an unweighted course, but it will not impact your overall GPA unless you receive a No Credit.
We recognize that you may find mistakes in your schedule, and we are happy to get those fixed. We worked rapidly to build a new schedule, and while we spent many hours auditing schedules, having all of your eyes on the schedules is the final step to making sure we got it right! Please use the form below to alert us to any errors.
Additionally, we will consider schedule change requests for the following reasons:
- Graduation Requirement (short on core classes)
- College Requirements
- Strengthening of schedule (level changes)
We cannot accommodate requests to switch which term you are taking a course, switching a period, or switching for teacher preference.
SCHOOL STRUCTURE OVERVIEW
DPS announced that schools will be in the remote learning environment until at least October 16. If health conditions allow us to bring small groups of students into the building prior to October 16, we will prioritize students with IEPs and our Emerging Bilingual students.
In order to support the fluidity between remote learning and hybrid in-person instruction, DPS has directed that secondary schools shift to a quarter block schedule with students taking 3-4 classes at a time. In this model, students will take 3-4 classes each semester, completing a year’s worth of content for those classes within the fall semester. In the spring, students will take a new set of 3-4 classes.
LEARNING OPTIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
When you complete the Annual Family Update you will be asked to choose between 100% virtual learning for the duration of the fall semester, or the possibility of returning to school in person if health conditions allow. This is a non-binding decision but does help us with planning, so we appreciate your thoughtfulness in making this decision.
There are two options for families to choose from for this school year:
- GW Hybrid – Possible In-Person Learning: If you choose the hybrid learning option there is potential for students to attend school in person if health conditions allow. Though the goal would be to move to a hybrid model where students are in our school 50% of the school week, we would phase into this learning model, prioritizing students with IEPs and Emerging Bilingual students. There is no guarantee that we move to a hybrid model this semester.
- GW Online – Virtual Learning for Fall Semester: If you choose the virtual learning option you are letting us know that you would like to continue your learning online for the duration of the fall semester, even if health conditions allow for us to bring students back into the building.
In either of these options, students will have a full GW schedule and there will be no differences between the course offerings in either option. If we move into a hybrid learning environment all classes will continue to be available virtually for our GW Online students.
Annual Family Update
The Annual Family Update is now open. All students are required to complete this annual process to confirm your enrollment for the 2020 – 2021 school year.
To take part in the Annual Family Update, sign in to your Parent Portal account and follow these step-by-step instructions (English | Spanish). If you would like more information about this process, please click HERE.
If you completed the AFU in May during the early bird registration, there is an addendum that you need to complete. Please download the addendum in English or Spanish, complete the form, and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need support completing the online Annual Family Update, you can stop by our building on Monday, August 17 from 8:00am – 12:00pm or Thursday, August 20 from 8:00am – 12:00pm. Please note:
- You must enter through our North Lobby
- All members in your party must be wearing a mask
- All members in your party will have their temperature taken at the door
- Only 5 families will be permitted inside at a time
ONLINE BELL SCHEDULE
Our bell schedule for the 2020-2021 school year is HERE. We worked with our Instructional Leadership Team, School Leadership Team, and our Instructional Superintendent to create a schedule that balanced instructional needs, independent work time for students, and consistency for our students and faculty. We understand that block scheduling on a quarter-term system presents a new way of learning and teaching for our community. We will conduct a regular cycle of evaluation and adjustment to ensure that our online-learning system is meeting the needs of our students.
Four days a week (Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday) each class period will meet for 50 minutes of live instruction, followed by a 40 minute period for teacher-directed independent study (TDIS). During TDIS students will be able to request additional support from their instructor.
On Wednesdays, students will start the day with independent study. During this morning work time, our staff will be participating in professional development and collaborative planning with their colleagues. In the afternoon each class will meet for 50 minutes of live instruction.
Each day of the week students will attend a Community Learning session. Facilitated by a GW faculty member, these small group sessions are designed to provide a connection for our students – creating opportunities to learn about one another by sharing our personal stories and asking questions about what inspires us, what drives us, and what challenges us.
At this time we don’t anticipate many changes to our course offerings except in the cases where health guidelines prohibit the class – such as vocal and wind instrument music classes. In those cases, we will collaborate with the instructors to decide what to offer in its place.
We will use student course requests from last spring to build a schedule that satisfies as many of those requests as possible. Our goal is to preserve the variety of courses available to students while maintaining small class sizes and manageable course loads for both students and faculty. As with all scheduling, there are limitations and sometimes there are conflicts depending on how a student’s entire schedule builds out.
We expect to have class schedules available for students by August 17. Because we have shifted our school year to quarters, we must rebuild our entire master course schedule – normally a three-month process. Our teachers return August 10 and will review the new schedule, and then advisors will audit every student schedule for adherence to graduation and credit requirements. This is a detailed process and we appreciate your patience as we work through these updates.
AP and IB Scheduling
At this this time we don’t have any updates regarding potential shifts to AP and IB testing. We understand the concern around scheduling on a quarter-block system and ensuring that students who take an AP or IB course in the fall are properly prepared for a spring assessment. DPS and GW is working with College Board and IB to understand how other schools already on quarter-blocks are successful. While we don’t have a specific update for you today, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge this concern and let you know that we are working on it.
If your student would like a DPS Chromebook for the 2020-2021 school year, please let us know by completing THIS FORM (students are welcome to use their own computer for online learning). Chromebook pick-up hours will be held Tuesday, August 18 from 8:00am – 10:00am and Wednesday, August 19 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
The season for fall athletics starts August 10, and at this time only Boys Golf has been approved to proceed with their season, which begins earlier than the other fall teams (August 3). If approved by DPS, the regular fall sports (Boys Golf, Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Gymnastics, Softball, and Volleyball) will begin on August 10. If approved, we will share information regarding tryouts, practice times, and schedules for all fall sports as soon as they are finalized.
We anticipate that club activity this year will need to be conducted virtually. We will work with club sponsors to develop tools and guides to support our community in continuing this important part of the school experience. If guidelines shift and we are able to conduct in-person club meetings, we will make it a priority to allow this to happen.