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  • Weekly Roundup January 25

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

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

    We provide current active cases of COVID-19 each week in the Weekly Roundup. Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by our school nurse.  Unless you receive individual communication about exposure to a positive case, you do not need to take any action. As part of the public health investigation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Weekly Roundup January 18

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE

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

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

    We provide current active cases of COVID-19 each week in the Weekly Roundup. Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by our school nurse.  Unless you receive individual communication about exposure to a positive case, you do not need to take any action. As part of the public health investigation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Weekly Roundup January 11

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE

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

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

    We provide current active cases of COVID-19 each week in the Weekly Roundup. Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by our school nurse.  Unless you receive individual communication about exposure to a positive case, you do not need to take any action. As part of the public health investigation:

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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  • GWHS Virtual Open House 1/13

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

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  • Weekly Roundup January 4

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    COVID – COMMUNITY HEALTH UPDATE
    As of today, there are currently 4 new reported COVID-19 cases in our school community.

    We provide current active cases of COVID-19 each week in the Weekly Roundup. Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by our school nurse.  Unless you receive individual communication about exposure to a positive case, you do not need to take any action. As part of the public health investigation:

    • The person diagnosed is being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious
    • The person’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 were assessed
    • Per Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Health guidelines, students who are fully vaccinated and/or are wearing their mask over their mouth and nose at the time of exposure do not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. If a vaccinated/mask compliant student begins to show symptoms, they do need to stay home until they present a negative COVID-19 test and are asymptomatic. Any students who do not meet the mask or vaccine criteria are instructed to stay home from school for 10 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.
    • Please remember to always have a mask over your nose and mouth at all times while in the building.

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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