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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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  • Weekly Roundup January 26

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    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. 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
    What
    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
    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
    On Thursday, January 28, In-Person students will receive their room assignments and Virtual students will receive their Google Meets Links for Hybrid Orientation. This information will be 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!

    Arrival
    All students must utilize the North Parking Lot and enter using the North Lobby Doors or South Monaco Entrance. Students will complete a health screening prior to entering the building.

    HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
    Prior to returning to In-Person Learning, please review all of our Health and Safety Protocols. We will also review these during Hybrid Orientation.

    JUNIORS: OPTIONAL ESSAY REGISTRATION FOR SAT
    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 (in English and Spanish) are attached to guide the student registration process.

    RECOVER INCOMPLETES FROM Q2
    Students who received an Incomplete during Q2 have an opportunity to recover these credits during Q3.

    Your teacher(s) have identified 3-6 assignments that, if completed, will change your Incomplete to a “P” for Quarter 2. These assignments are marked with “Competency” in the Q2 gradebook (instructions for accessing Q2 classes are HERE). On Wednesdays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, departments will hold office hours dedicated to students with Q2 incompletes. All incomplete recovery work is due by March 9.

    To join Wednesday competency recovery office hours from 12:00pm – 2:00pm today, go to meet.google.com and enter the corresponding meeting name for the courses you need to recover:

    DEPARTMENT GOOGLE MEET NICKNAME
    English Q2 Competency Support gwS3englishsupport
    Math Q2 Competency Support gwS3mathsupport
    Science Q2 Competency Support gwS3sciencesupport
    Social Studies Q2 Competency Support gwS3socialstudiessupport
    World Language – Spanish Q2 Competency Support gwS3worldlanguagesupport
    PE Q2 Competency Support gwS3pesupport
    Visual Arts Q2 Competency Support gwS3visualartssupport
    Business Q2 Competency Support gwS3businesssupport
    Performing Arts Q2 Competency Support gwS3performingartssupport
    Special Education Q2 Competency Support gwS3specialedcuationsupport

     

    SEAL OF BILITERACY
    The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by DPS in recognition of students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal appears on the transcript and diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions. The seal is for all students who demonstrate mastery in multiple languages using the approved criteria, not just English learners or Spanish speakers. If you are interested in the Seal of Biliteracy please fill out THIS FORM.

    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.

    GW VIRTUAL CULTURE FEST
    GW is hosting its first Virtual Culture Fair. We have over 60 different countries represented in the school and we’d like to showcase them all. We are looking for students to create a video that educates our community about your culture. Students interested in sharing should create a 1-5 minute video about an aspect of your culture. Introduce yourself, the country represented, and the significance/meaning of what is being presented. Videos can include family and friends but be sure to follow COVID Guidelines. Be creative and have fun. Choose one of the following categories – Traditional Clothing, Flags, Food, Cultural Objects, or Performances. If you’re interested, click HERE for instructions to upload a video. If you have questions, feel free to email Ms. Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net or Ms. Jensen at michelle_jensen@dpsk12.net.

    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.

    JANUARY 27 – FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT SESSION 
    We are excited to share that the January FCRE session will be facilitated by GW parent Stephen Tung! The focus will be on engaging in healthy Uncomfortable Conversations. We will explore the importance of communication. How we leverage it to advance positive change. As well as, how Uncomfortable Conversations can be positive.

    Please register for the January 27th event HERE.

    Come at 5:30pm if you would like an opportunity to meet other parents and the speaker. The session will begin at 6:00pm.

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  • Weekly Roundup January 12

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    ACTION REQUIRED: REVIEW HYBRID LEARNING PLAN
    Please read the GWHS Hybrid Plan for important information on what the return to in-person learning will look like starting February 1. Included in the linked document is information on the new bell schedule, the opportunity to change your learning option, cohort assignments, and more.

    COMMUNITY UPDATE – VIRTUAL Q&A OPPORTUNITY JANUARY 21
    GW is hosting a live virtual session for parents/guardians to ask questions about  Quarter 3 updates on Thursday, January 21 at 6:00pm. In this session, a panel of GW faculty and staff will provide updates about Hybrid Learning, Student Engagement, Sports, the Black Excellence Plan, and the Future Center.  Click HERE to register for the session. Spanish and Arabic interpretation will be available at both sessions.

    Q1 AND Q2 TRANSCRIPT TIMELINE
    Q1 and Q2 grades are finalized in IC and will be rolling to transcript tomorrow afternoon.

    CLASS MATERIALS RETURN AND PICKUP
    We are hosting a second opportunity on January 13 from 9:00am – 4:00pm in our North Lobby. If you have class materials from the Fall Term, please return them on this date. If you are enrolled in any of the following classes for the Spring Term, please visit our school during these hours to pick-up materials:

    • English 1 Honors
    • English 2 and English 2 Honors
    • Hispanic American Literature
    • African American Literature
    • IB English 1
    • CE English 150
    • PreCalculus
    • Sculpture
    • Guitar (only for students who indicated they need a guitar)
    • Math students who signed up with their teacher to receive a calculator

    UNIVERSAL SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SCREENER FOR ALL GW STUDENTS
    As part of our effort to support the Whole Child, our school will be implementing a universal social and emotional screening for students. Universal social and emotional screening can provide a fair and impartial way of looking at how students are progressing in their social and emotional development. Screenings can also help identify areas where school personnel can improve or adjust our supports.

    Denver Public Schools currently uses a social and emotional screening questionnaire called the Behavior and Emotional Screening System (BESS). The online tool takes approximately ten minutes to complete and consists of 28 questions for the student to answer. This screener will be delivered to all George Washington students during their community learning seminar the week of January 25th.

    If you do NOT want your child to participate, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, January 15.

    CHSAA SPORTS SEASON B UPDATE
    In alignment with the start of CHSAA Season B, DPS schools will be allowed to operate the indoor Season B sports of boys and girls basketball, girls swimming and competitive cheer based on the following timeline only if we are not in red or purple on the CDPHE dial:

    • January 11 – January 16: Allow indoor access to begin off-season conditioning and fitness.
    • January 14: Weight Certification for GW Wrestling Program (Coach Finesilver will share the schedule with registered wrestlers)
    • January 18: First official start date of CHSAA Season B – full participation as outlined by CHSAA and state health officials.
    • January 25: First contest

    Additional information regarding wrestling, ice hockey, and sideline cheer will be made available as further guidance on variances and safety protocols become available from CDPHE/CHSAA. Details regarding events will be shared as additional direction becomes available from CDPHE/CHSAA/local health department. In alignment with CDPHE guidance, if Denver is in levels red or purple, we will NOT proceed with indoor access for conditioning and fitness or the start of CHSAA Season B.

    As we move into 2021, we look forward to providing a COVID safe environment for our student-athletes and coaches.  We will operate within the guidelines set forth by CHSAA and DPS.  Please note that depending on the COVID data and safety color level in Denver, DPS may have different guidelines/allowances from CHSAA and neighboring districts.  Please stay safe and healthy and do your part to help us offer sports at GW in 2021!

    If you have any questions, please email our athletic director at kevin_maguire@dpsk12.net. If you would like to learn more about our athletics program, please click HERE.

    CAP AND GOWN ORDERS – SENIORS
    Seniors! Whether in person or virtual, ordering your cap & gown is symbolic of all the hard work to get to the finish line. Jostens is hosting the cap and gown ordering senior week next week Monday, January 18 – Friday, January 22. While we don’t have the specific information regarding graduation, we want to make sure you all get your orders in. Please click HERE to order your cap and gown. Orders must be in by Sunday, January 24. If you have any questions, you can contact our jostens rep, Nils Erickson by phone at 303-985-0095 or email at nils.erickson.office@jostens.com. Stay tuned for more information regarding graduation and other senior business.

    JOIN THE GIRLS SWIM TEAM
    Anyone interested in participating on the girls swim team must register and have an up to date physical to compete in time trials. Time trials are to be held on January 19 and 20, so make sure your paperwork is in before then. New swimmers, freshmen or otherwise, reach out to your captains at addison.morris729@gmail.com and ellavc@me.com so you can stay updated on the season!

    AUDITION FOR THE SPRING MUSICAL
    Patriot Players is producing a spring musical this semester: Little Shop of Horrors! Based on health conditions and DPS guidance, we don’t know at this time if the production will be virtual or in-person, but either way we are planning on producing a spring musical! Auditions will be virtual: prepare a short monologue (1 minute) and about 1 minute of you singing a song. Please record yourself on your phone in landscape-mode and submit both videos to troupe1621@gmail.com. Audition videos are due by Friday, January 15.

    In order to prepare for the audition videos for Little Shop of Horrors, the Thespians are hosting a workshop on Wednesday, January 13th at 3:00pm. Please join us HERE. The workshop will be for ANYONE who has questions or concerns about recording their 1 minute monologue and 1 minute song video for the auditions. You will get a chance to perform and receive some feedback. We hope to see you there!

    Any questions? Contact Ms. Kullman at susan_kullman1@dpsk12.net.Any questions? Ask Ms. Kullman: susan_kullman1@dpsk12.net.

    FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT UPDATE
    The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for change and improvement. For some this includes resolutions, vision boards, or goal setting. Family Culturally Responsive Engagement is no exception. We are making improvements! We are happy to announce the following changes for the second semester.

    Affinity Groups will meet as one under Family Culturally Responsive Engagement. Meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of the month 5:30 – 7:00pm. To register for the January 27 meeting please click HERE.

    • 5:30 – 6:00pm meet and greet
    • 6:00pm – 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, please take a moment to complete the engagement survey HERE.

    • Affinity Groups will be used during breakout sessions when beneficial
    • Participation is a key element
    • This is a space to share your truth
    • All voices will be honored
    • We learn, grow, and support each other
    • Student excellence is why we are engaging and collaborating

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

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  • Weekly Roundup January 5

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    PLANNING FOR RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING
    DPS is committed to bringing secondary students who opted for in-person learning back to school buildings by February. We have developed a plan for in-person learning opportunities for those who select this option. We are fine-tuning the details and will share our full plan early next week. We will also provide the opportunity for families to change their learning option at that time. We are excited to reunite in person as a community!

    SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
    Quarter 3 live instruction begins tomorrow at 7:45am. We are following our regular M/T/Th/F bell schedule Wednesday – Friday this week. We sent out an orientation email to students this morning, if you missed it you can read it HERE.

    Q1 AND Q2 TRANSCRIPT TIMELINE
    This week we are doing semester closeout work to prepare for rolling fall term grades to transcript. We will be updating credit recovery grades, 9th grade earned honors credits, and auditing all grades prior to rolling to transcript early next week.

    CLASS MATERIALS RETURN AND PICKUP
    If you weren’t able to attend Materials Pick-up and Return today, we are hosting a second opportunity on January 13 from 9:00am – 4:00pm in our North Lobby. If you have class materials from the Fall Term, please return them on this date. If you are enrolled in any of the following classes for the Spring Term, please visit our school during these hours to pick-up materials:

    • English 1 Honors
    • English 2 and English 2 Honors
    • Hispanic American Literature
    • African American Literature
    • IB English 1
    • CE English 150
    • PreCalculus
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Sculpture
    • Guitar (only for students who indicated they need a guitar)
    • Math students who signed up with their teacher to receive a calculator

    CHSAA SPORTS SEASON B UPDATE

    In alignment with the start of CHSAA Season B, DPS schools will be allowed to operate the indoor Season B sports of boys and girls basketball, girls swimming and competitive cheer based on the following timeline only if we are not in red or purple on the CDPHE dial:

    • January 11 – January 16: Allow indoor access to begin off-season conditioning and fitness.
    • January 14: Weight Certification for GW Wrestling Program (Coach Finesilver will share the schedule with registered wrestlers)
    • January 18: First official start date of CHSAA Season B – full participation as outlined by CHSAA and state health officials.
    • January 25: First contest

    Additional information regarding wrestling, ice hockey, and sideline cheer will be made available as further guidance on variances and safety protocols become available from CDPHE/CHSAA. Details regarding events will be shared as additional direction becomes available from CDPHE/CHSAA/local health department. In alignment with CDPHE guidance, if Denver is in levels red or purple, we will NOT proceed with indoor access for conditioning and fitness or the start of CHSAA Season B.

    As we move into 2021, we look forward to providing a COVID safe environment for our student-athletes and coaches.  We will operate within the guidelines set forth by CHSAA and DPS.  Please note that depending on the COVID data and safety color level in Denver, DPS may have different guidelines/allowances from CHSAA and neighboring districts.  Please stay safe and healthy and do your part to help us offer sports at GW in 2021!

    If you have any questions, please email our athletic director at kevin_maguire@dpsk12.net. If you would like to learn more about our athletics program, please click HERE.

    AUDITION FOR THE SPRING MUSICAL
    Patriot Players is producing a spring musical this semester: Little Shop of Horrors! Based on health conditions and DPS guidance, we don’t know at this time if the production will be virtual or in-person, but either way we are planning on producing a spring musical! Auditions will be virtual: prepare a short monologue (1 minute) and about 1 minute of you singing a song. Please record yourself on your phone in landscape-mode and submit both videos to troupe1621@gmail.com. Audition videos are due by Friday, January 15. Any questions? Ask Ms. Kullman: susan_kullman1@dpsk12.net.

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  • Welcome To Q3

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    Hello Patriots!

    Welcome to the start of Quarter 3. Today you begin fresh with a new set of classes, teachers, and classmates. This is an exciting opportunity to recommit to your goals, and also acknowledge where you need support to finish the school year strong. We have a wide network of resources and staff members here to help you – we know that learning in a pandemic is anything but normal. We are here for you!

    This week’s schedule is modified. Today is an asynchronous Q3 orientation day and live instruction will begin on Wednesday, following our regular M/T/Th/F bell schedule for the remainder of the week.

    Below are instructions for your asynchronous orientation day – it’s a light day intended for you to get your bearings with the new courses you are taking this term. Each teacher has posted an asynchronous activity to introduce themselves and get to know you before live instruction begins on Wednesday. You can complete these activities at your own pace today. We will start with Period 1 Live Instruction at 7:45am on Wednesday, January 6.

    STEP ONE: Organize Your Schoology Courses
    Follow our instructions for organizing your Quarter 3 courses in Schoology so that the classes appear in the order they happen during the day.

    STEP TWO: Add the GW Bell Schedule and GW School Calendar to Your Google Calendar
    Make it easy to keep track of your day! You can add the GW Bell Schedule to your Google Calendar by following these instructions.

    STEP THREE: Complete Asynchronous Activities for All Classes
    Each teacher has posted a brief activity for you to get acquainted with their class. Visit each of your courses in Schoology to read a message from your teacher and complete the activity they have prepared for you.

    STEP FOUR: Supply Pick Up and Drop Off
    Visit our North Lobby today between 9:00am – 4:00pm or on Wednesday, January 13 from 9:00am – 4:00pm to return any supplies from Fall Term, or to pick-up supplies for Spring Term. If you are enrolled in the following classes this term, your teachers have supplies for you to pick up!

    • English 1 Honors
    • English 2 and English 2 Honors
    • Hispanic American Literature
    • African American Literature
    • IB English 1
    • CE English 150
    • PreCalculus
    • IB Calculus
    • Drawing/Painting
    • Digital Media Foundations
    • Sculpture
    • Guitar (only for students who indicated they need a guitar)
    • Math students who signed up with their teacher to receive a calculator

    STEP FIVE: Log into your first period class at 7:45am tomorrow morning, Wednesday, January 6.

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