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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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  • Quarter 3 Calendar Update

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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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  • Weekly Roundup February 9

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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?

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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?

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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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