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  • Weekly Roundup October 20

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    MODIFIED SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
    Tomorrow is the first day of Q2, and we are following the M/T/Th/F bell schedule for all three days this week. This means that first period starts with live instruction at 7:45am tomorrow morning. 

    Q1 FINAL GRADES
    Final grades from Quarter 1 are now posted in Infinite Campus. We will roll Q1 and Q2 grades to transcript in early January – which is when we would usually roll fall term grades to transcript. 

    MODIFIED SCHEDULE WEEK OF OCTOBER 26
    To accommodate the SAT and PSAT next week Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29 will be asynchronous learning days. Teachers will have detailed instructions posted for each class and will be available for office hours on Wednesday for student support.

    UPDATES FOR SAT (OCTOBER 27) AND PSAT/NMSQT (OCTOBER 29)
    Seniors and Juniors: If you signed up to take the SAT on October 27 or the PSAT/NMSQT on October 29, you will be receiving an email on Friday this week with your assigned building entrance, testing room and testing end time. We will have the following safety protocols in place, all of which must be followed in order to test:

    • Use only the building entrance to which you were assigned
    • Do not come to test if you feel sick or have a fever
    • Arrive early, as you will go through an “active” health screening process before entry
    • Use the hand sanitizing station outside your testing room prior to entry
    • Wear a mask at all times, while waiting in line outside your entrance and while inside the building
    • Maintain 6’ of social distance at all times
    • Bring your own no. 2 pencils and graphing calculator, if possible (if not, we can provide these for you)
    • Bring a snack and drink, and set them under or beside your assigned desk
    • Leave personal belongings at home as much as possible
    • Review your testing end time (which accounts for accommodations and/or the SAT Essay)

    Plan to arrive at GWHS at 7:30am. Testing room doors will close at 8am. Questions? Contact Emily Hunter at Emily_Hunter@dpsk12.org.

    FALL AP STUDENTS: REGISTER AND PAY FOR EXAMS BY OCTOBER 28
    Fall semester AP students must pay for and order their AP exams by November 11 (a $10 late fee starts October 28). Click HERE to pay exam fees, then follow the instructions in the payment confirmation page to order exams through CollegeBoard. This final step also enrolls students in their AP Classroom, which provides rich resources for pre-exam study.

    • Questions about F/RL exam fees? Contact kelly_vigil@dpsk12.org
    • Questions about financial assistance? Contact frederick_harrisjr@dpsk12.org
    • Questions about exam ordering? Contact emily_hunter@dpsk12.org

    SEAL OF BILITERACY APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN
    The application for juniors and seniors to apply for the 2020-2021 DPS Seal of Biliteracy is now open. For more details and additional resources, and to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy, please click HERE. In order to better align to the goal of college readiness, DPS has made a few adjustments to the Seal criteria including: AP English benchmark is now an exam score of 2 instead of 3, and ACCUplacer and the DPS Literacy Capstone have been added as competencies. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tom Potvin (DPS) at Thomas_Potvin@dpsk12.org or Khari Wallace (GWHS) at Khari_Wallace@dpsk12.org.

    CLUB REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 21
    Club registration is now open! All clubs, new and existing, must register in order to be recognized and supported by the school. If you wish to participate in the virtual club fair in Q2, your club must be registered by October 21. For more information on the registration process and how virtual clubs will work this year, click HERE.

    FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE AMBASSADORS NEEDED
    GW is looking for freshman and sophomore students to join our GW Student Ambassador team. The GW Student Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing George Washington High School. GW Student Ambassadors are student leaders who act as liaison for current and prospective students by facilitating Ninth Grade Academy, providing campus tours, volunteering at various community events, and serving as student representatives at various DPS District events. If you are interested, sign up HERE and Ms. Richason will get back to you with more information.

    DPS COLLEGE APPLICATION DAY – SENIORS
    Friday, October 23, is DPS College Application Day. It will be hosted on a virtual conference platform that will allow students to visit colleges where they can access quick links to the colleges’ websites, fun facts about their school, video tutorials walking them through their application, and to sign up for one on one time with a college admission representative. There will also be live common application and personal statement workshops for students. For more information, click HERE. Please contact Emily Carlson (ecarlson@denverscholarship.org) if you are interested in participating!

    FIRST TIME VOTER GUIDE – SENIORS
    Seniors – we are now two weeks away from election day! This may be the first time you’ve participated in our election process. Congratulations! Colorado makes it easy for all eligible voters to get out the vote. 

    Follow these simple steps to make sure you can participate in this election:

    Register to Vote:

    • If you have a Colorado ID you can register to vote online, or in person at a Voting Service & Polling Center (VSPC) beginning on October 19 through 7:00pm on November 3.
    • If you do not have a Colorado ID you can print out & mail in this form or register in person at a VSPC beginning on October 19 through 7:00pm November 3.
    • In Colorado, every active registered voter receives a ballot in the mail automatically. Counties have already begun sending ballots. Make sure your mailing address is up-to-date

    Vote:

    • Voting by mail: Once you have filled out your ballot, put it in the enclosed envelope. Remember to sign the back of the envelope and add 2 stamps, then put it in the mail! Mail your ballot on or before October 26 to ensure it arrives by Election Day.
    • Dropping off your ballot: Save your stamps and use official ballot boxes located all over Colorado.  You can drop your ballot off at any drop box 24 hours a day, or at a Voter Service & Polling Center until 7:00pm on November 3rd. Find a ballot drop boy near you.
    • Voting in person: You can vote in person starting on October 19 at a Voting Service & Polling Center in your county. Find a VSPC near you.

    Important Dates and Deadlines:

    • October 9: Counties start mailing ballots and some drop boxes open
    • October 19: Drop boxes & VSPCs open across the state
    • October 26: Last day to register and still be sent a ballot in the mail
    • October 26: Last day to mail your ballot back to ensure delivery by November 3
    • November 3: ELECTION DAY! Polls close at 7:00pm

    Track Your Ballot: Track the status of your mail ballot, from mailed to accepted. You can sign up to track your ballot here for Denver county and here for other counties.

    Questions about voting? Call the Voter Protection Hotline at 720-580-0148.

    COMMUNITY UPDATE – VIRTUAL Q&A OPPORTUNITY OCTOBER 28
    GW is hosting a live virtual school update from Dr. Waters and an opportunity for parents to ask questions about the school year. On October 28 at 9:30am and 6:00pm GW will hold virtual sessions to update families and community members on the State of GW. Each of the sessions will contain the same information, and a panel of GW faculty will be available to answer your questions. Spanish and Arabic interpretation will be available at both sessions. Register below:

    AFFINITY GROUP WORKSHOPS FOR OCTOBER 27 AND 29
    The Family Culturally Responsive Engagement Initiative is revamping the Affinity Groups. October will launch a new affinity group designed to expand participation. The affinity group recommended for those identifying as white will not change. The new group will include Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC). The BIPOC will absorb the African American/Black and Latinx groups, while expanding participation to Indigenous and all People of Color. This group is recommended for families that do not identify as White and would like to participate in the culturally responsive work happening at GW. To learn more about the Family Culturally Responsive Engagement Initiative and register for the upcoming workshops the last week of October, please click HERE.

     

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  • Weekly Roundup – October 13

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    MODIFIED SCHEDULE – Q1 FINAL EXAMS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
    To accommodate Q1 finals starting tomorrow this week, we have a modified bell schedule for the remainder of the week. 

    Wednesday, October 14
    Period 1 Final | 11:00am – 12:30pm
    Period 2 Final | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

    Thursday, October 15
    Period 3 Final | 11:00am – 12:30pm
    Period 4 Final | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

    NO SCHOOL OCTOBER 16, 19, 20
    Friday, October 16 and Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20 are DPS Teacher Workdays. There will be no school for students on these dates. 

    Q2 MATERIALS PICKUP
    On Tuesday, October 20 from 9:00am – 4:00pm we are holding a Q2 class supply pick-up. If you are in any of the following classes, please visit our North Lobby doors (with a mask!) to pick up your Q2 supplies. Please note, if you are a freshman in English 1, we will deliver your books with your Patriot Swag Bag that is being delivered to your home next week. If you are a Freshman in any other class listed below, please plan to come pick up your additional materials on Tuesday. 

    • English 1 Honors (see note above about freshman books)
    • English 2
    • English 2 Honors
    • African American Lit Honors
    • Hispanic Lit Honors
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • Drawing & Painting
    • Digital Media Foundations
    • Sculpture

    Q2 START DATE – MODIFIED BELL SCHEDULE
    Quarter 2 will start on Wednesday, October 21. Because this is a short week, Wednesday will not be asynchronous and instead we will follow our M/T/Th/F bell schedule. 

    SEAL OF BILITERACY APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN
    The application for juniors and seniors to apply for the 2020-2021 DPS Seal of Biliteracy is now open. For more details and additional resources, and to apply for the Seal of Biliteracy, please click HERE. In order to better align to the goal of college readiness, DPS has made a few adjustments to the Seal criteria including: AP English benchmark is now an exam score of 2 instead of 3, and ACCUplacer and the DPS Literacy Capstone have been added as competencies. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tom Potvin (DPS) at Thomas_Potvin@dpsk12.org or Khari Wallace (GWHS) at Khari_Wallace@dpsk12.org.

    FALL AP STUDENTS: REGISTER AND PAY FOR EXAMS BY OCTOBER 28
    Fall semester AP students must pay for and order their AP exams by November 11 (a $10 late fee starts October 28). Click HERE to pay exam fees, then follow the instructions in the payment confirmation page to order exams through CollegeBoard. This final step also enrolls students in their AP Classroom, which provides rich resources for pre-exam study.

    • Questions about F/RL exam fees? Contact kelly_vigil@dpsk12.org
    • Questions about financial assistance? Contact frederick_harrisjr@dpsk12.org
    • Questions about exam ordering? Contact emily_hunter@dpsk12.org

    STUDENTS // Get Involved

    CLUB REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCTOBER 19
    Club registration is now open! All clubs, new and existing, must register in order to be recognized and supported by the school. If you wish to participate in the virtual club fair in Q2, your club must be registered by October 19. For more information on the registration process and how virtual clubs will work this year, click HERE.

    CLASS OF 2024 SWAG BAG DELIVERIES
    Class of 2024! Next week GW faculty members will be delivering Patriot swag bags to your home. Keep an eye out for green and white!

    OVERWATCH PLAYERS NEED FOR ESPORTS
    Do you play Overwatch on PC? Do you want to compete against high schools across the US and Canada? If so, you should join the GW esports team, Patriot Esports! Our season is about ready to kick off and we need you! If you’re interested please send Mr G an email at michael_goddard@dpsk12.net.

    NEW NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY COMPETITION AND CLUB
    GW has a new club! Learn how to secure and defend computer networks, be a part of a team, and gain valuable skills for the future! If you’re interested please send Mr G an email at michael_goddard@dpsk12.net

    2021 YEARBOOK UPDATE
    We have known since planning for this school year began, that our yearbook would look different. Not only is our Yearbook class only meeting during the Spring term, but without student yearbook portraits,  limited student activities, and the inability to mix cohorts, capturing student life this year is incredibly challenging.

    This is why we have decided to create a Class of 2021 Special Edition Yearbook. We feel strongly that during these unprecedented times, our seniors deserve this special send-off. This yearbook will be shorter than years past and feature only our graduating seniors. The book will highlight seniors’ entire four years as Patriots, and include memories and dedications from families, teachers, coaches, and fellow students

    We know that yearbooks are a costly investment for families – so this year we would like to provide the special edition yearbook free of cost to every graduating senior. If you would like to help support this effort by making a donation, please contact kwaters@dpsk12.net.

    Starting November 3, yearbook submissions will open for all seniors and their families. We will provide online forms for you to submit materials. All seniors materials will be free to submit this year, including baby dedications. Submissions are due by Monday, January 4, 2021.

    Thank you in advance to our community for coming together to make this a special yearbook for the Class of 2021. If you have any questions, please contact nolan_castanon@dpsk12.net.

    DPS COLLEGE APPLICATION DAY – SENIORS
    Friday, October 23, is DPS College Application Day. It will be hosted on a virtual conference platform that will allow students to visit colleges where they can access quick links to the colleges’ websites, fun facts about their school, video tutorials walking them through their application, and to sign up for one on one time with a college admission representative. There will also be live common application and personal statement workshops for students. For more information, click HERE. Please contact Emily Carlson (ecarlson@denverscholarship.org) if you are interested in participating!

    FIRST TIME VOTER GUIDE – SENIORS
    Seniors – we are now three weeks away from election day! This may be the first time you’ve participated in our election process. Congratulations! Colorado makes it easy for all eligible voters to get out the vote. 

    Follow these simple steps to make sure you can participate in this election:

    Register to Vote:

    • If you have a Colorado ID you can register to vote online, or in person at a Voting Service & Polling Center (VSPC) beginning on October 19 through 7:00pm on November 3.
    • If you do not have a Colorado ID you can print out & mail in this form or register in person at a VSPC beginning on October 19 through 7:00pm November 3.
    • In Colorado, every active registered voter receives a ballot in the mail automatically. Counties have already begun sending ballots. Make sure your mailing address is up-to-date

    Vote:

    • Voting by mail: Once you have filled out your ballot, put it in the enclosed envelope. Remember to sign the back of the envelope and add 2 stamps, then put it in the mail! Mail your ballot on or before October 26 to ensure it arrives by Election Day.
    • Dropping off your ballot: Save your stamps and use official ballot boxes located all over Colorado.  You can drop your ballot off at any drop box 24 hours a day, or at a Voter Service & Polling Center until 7:00pm on November 3rd. Find a ballot drop boy near you.
    • Voting in person: You can vote in person starting on October 19 at a Voting Service & Polling Center in your county. Find a VSPC near you.

    Important Dates and Deadlines:

    • October 9: Counties start mailing ballots and some drop boxes open
    • October 19: Drop boxes & VSPCs open across the state
    • October 26: Last day to register and still be sent a ballot in the mail
    • October 26: Last day to mail your ballot back to ensure delivery by November 3
    • November 3: ELECTION DAY! Polls close at 7:00pm

    Track Your Ballot: Track the status of your mail ballot, from mailed to accepted. You can sign up to track your ballot here for Denver county and here for other counties.

    Questions about voting? Call the Voter Protection Hotline at 720-580-0148.

    PARENTS – AFFINITY GROUP WORKSHOPS FOR OCTOBER 27 AND 29

    The Family Culturally Responsive Engagement Initiative is revamping the Affinity Groups. October will launch a new affinity group designed to expand participation. The affinity group recommended for those identifying as white will not change. The new group will include Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC). The BIPOC will absorb the African American/Black and Latinx groups, while expanding participation to Indigenous and all People of Color. This group is recommended for families that do not identify as White and would like to participate in the culturally responsive work happening at GW.

    To learn more about the Family Culturally Responsive Engagement Initiative and register for the upcoming workshops the last week of October, please click HERE

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  • Weekly Roundup October 6

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    Q1 GRADING TIMELINE
    Quarter 1 ends on Thursday, October 15. Click HERE to see a detailed timeline for the remainder of Q1. Please note: In the quarter scheduling model, one quarter is equivalent to one semester’s worth of work. When Quarter 1 grades are transcripted, they will be labeled as “Semester 1” and when Quarter 2 grades are transcripted they will be labeled as “Semester 2.”

    Q1 FINALS SCHEDULE
    Finals for Q1 classes will be held Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday, October 15. There is no school on Friday, October 16. See our School Calendar HERE for specific times for each final.

    Q2 START DATE
    Quarter 2 will start on Wednesday, October 21. Because this is a short week, Wednesday will not be asynchronous and instead we will follow our M/T/Th/F bell schedule.

    FALL AP STUDENTS: REGISTER AND PAY FOR EXAMS BY OCTOBER 28
    Fall semester AP students must pay for and order their AP exams by November 11 (a $10 late fee starts October 28). Click HERE to pay exam fees, then follow the instructions in the payment confirmation page to order exams through CollegeBoard. This final step also enrolls students in their AP Classroom, which provides rich resources for pre-exam study.

    AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
    City Year is here to help and support you. We are providing tutoring in 9th grade English 1 Honors, Integrated Math 1, and Algebra 1. Monday-Thursday we will be meeting virtually from 3:00pm-4:00pm for students that need help in these courses. We will also have space for students that want to hang out and do fun activities! Email Ms. Said for more information on how to join at iesha_said@dpsk12.net.

    CLUB REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
    Club registration is now open! All clubs, new and existing, must register in order to be recognized and supported by the school. If you wish to participate in the virtual club fair in Q2, your club must be registered by October 19. For more information on the registration process and how virtual clubs will work this year, click HERE.

    SENIORS! COLLEGE REP VISITS
    College rep visits are back (virtually)! This is a good opportunity for you to meet with representatives from colleges to learn more about their schools and ask questions about anything from the cafeteria food to how to apply! We already have a ton of colleges signed up, and more are being added every day! Some of these schools include CU Boulder, the University of Chicago, Colorado College, Emily Griffith Technical College, Colorado State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and many more!

    You can sign up on MaiaLearning by going to Student Portal and clicking on “See All Apps” and then clicking on “Universities” and then “Visits”. Please note that you must have signed the Zoom permission slip to attend these visits! More Info: emily_carlson1@dpsk12.net

    JOIN THE GW LUNCH BUNCH!
    Hang out with other students by joining the GW Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays! To join, go to meet.google.com, click “Join or Enter a Meeting”, and type in GWLunchBunch (all one word). More info: sarah_ozee@dpsk12.org

    GWHS FOOD PANTRY UPDATES
    The GWHS Food Pantry will have pre-packaged boxed food and supplies available for monthly pick-up or delivery. The food pantry is available for all members of the GW and Delta community. Please fill out THIS FORM to receive more information.

    If you would like to donate food/money or volunteer your time for the GW Food Pantry, please click HEREMore Info: GWHS_studentassistance@yahoo.com

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  • Update: Finalized Quarter 2 Plans

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    Hello GW Community –

    Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as we examined our options for moving to in-person instruction. As communicated by DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova earlier this week, all schools are expected to return to a hybrid form of in-person learning for Quarter 2. The District also acknowledged that these in-person opportunities may look different across secondary schools because each school has a unique staffing situation, based on the number of students selecting in-person instruction and the number of teachers who have requested to work remotely.

    Because of the unique circumstances at our school, GWHS has received approval from DPS leadership to continue with virtual-learning for the duration of Quarter 2, while providing targeted in-person assistance to students needing differentiated support as demonstrated by their current grades. At this time DPS is still asking parents to make a selection for either in-person or remote learning. As we will be remaining virtual, GWHS families will have the opportunity to change your selection when we are able to return to a large-scale and meaningful in-person learning experience. I recognize that this news will bring disappointment to some and relief to others. I hope you will read the entirety of this letter to understand why we believe this is the best option for our students.

    On Tuesday we shared the complex set of parameters high schools were given to plan for Quarter 2 in-person learning, as well as the challenges we believe will prevent a meaningful learning experience for every student. While there are many obstacles, the Denver Health cohorting guidance limiting students to cohorts of 35, coupled with the 25% of GW teachers who have received remote-teaching accommodations, creates an impossible situation. Because every student has a unique schedule with different teachers, the only way to bring everyone into the building while adhering to the cohort requirements would be to essentially continue distance learning through in-school study halls. This would result in instruction time lost to traveling, and teacher planning time lost to managing study hall cohorts. Additionally, students and teachers would face challenges navigating the inconsistency of moving in and out of in-person learning as the need for quarantining will inevitably impact our school. This is not in the best interest of all our students.

    As a Patriot community, we have committed to identifying and dismantling systems that are inequitable in our school. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted existing inequities in our society, and in our own community it’s underscored the variance of resources available to our students. To be clear – virtual learning is not ideal – we all want to be reunited as a community. However, online learning is impacting our students to different degrees. For some students, it’s unfortunate, undesirable, but workable. For others, virtual learning is a challenge that could become insurmountable and life-altering unless they are paired with differentiated and authentic support. It is critical that we equitably allocate our resources to supporting the nearly ⅓ of our students who are struggling to adapt to learning during a pandemic and as a result are facing a failing grade in at least one of their classes.

    While this is not positive news, it’s also not unexpected – COVID-19 has changed the format of school entirely. The majority of our struggling students are attending regularly, but facing challenges nonetheless. Right at the moment when our faculty is finding momentum and time to provide intensive support for this group of students, we are faced with the possibility of pivoting to an entirely new mode of instruction. We are worried that an in-person learning opportunity for all of our students – that wouldn’t include any actual in-person instruction – will result in leaving a significant portion our student body further behind.

    So, during Quarter 2, we will continue our targeted outreach to students who are demonstrating need based on their grades. At the same time our social emotional support team will continue working with students to address the increased need for mental health resources. We will conduct home visits for students who are experiencing challenges with regular attendance – we need to understand what obstacles they are facing and support them in a manner that is unique to each family. We are working with DPS to open a remote learning center for those students who need a safe environment with access to food in order to complete their schoolwork. Academic Advisors will continue to facilitate conversations with instructors to teach students self-advocacy while also ensuring they are meeting graduation requirements. There is so much we need to do as a school staff to ensure that each of our students is succeeding, and it’s only possible if we remain in a consistent learning environment.

    We know that you are missing the extra-curricular elements of school that make it fun and engaging. We are excited to bring back clubs, pep rallies, spirit weeks, and special events. Regardless of the learning environment we are in, these events will be virtual. But if we are asking students to travel every day for two hours of study hall, and if our staff is preoccupied with ensuring that they are ready to teach in any number of scenarios, we will have limited capacity for making these special events as innovative and engaging as possible. We are excited to connect outside of our virtual classrooms and bring back the fun in Quarter 2!

    As a community, each of us has a role in ensuring that every student at GW emerges from this unprecedented and tragic time with the ability to move forward. Today, that means committing to virtual instruction as long as the conditions around in-person learning remain untenable and inequitable. We know this is not ideal and that we are facing a long road back to normal. But we are strong, we are resilient, and we will find our way through this, together.

    Sincerely,
    Kristin Waters, Ph.D.
    Principal | George Washington High School

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  • Weekly Roundup September 22

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    Q2 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLANS
    If you missed our update about the planning process for returning to in-person learning, please click HERE to read.

    NO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 28
    Monday, September 28 is a teacher workday and there is no school for students.

    REMINDER: ASYNCHRONOUS WEDNESDAYS
    Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 23), Wednesdays will move to asynchronous learning only for students:

    • Teachers will hold optional drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30am, and the rest of the day will be for students to work independently on existing (not new) assignments from their classes.
    • Attendance will not be taken during Wednesday’s asynchronous work time.
    • Students will not have Community Learning Seminar on Wednesdays.

    We encourage students to pace their work on Wednesdays to take advantage of daylight hours to get outside, take breaks, and change-up their work process. Consider completing reading assignments outside, using pencil and paper to draft outlines for projects, or calling a classmate for group work instead of using a video chat. For more information about this change, please click HERE.

    Q1 GRADING TIMELINE
    Quarter 1 ends on Friday, October 15. Click HERE to see a detailed timeline for the remainder of Q1. Please note: In the quarter scheduling model, one quarter is equivalent to one semester’s worth of work. When Quarter 1 grades are transcripted, they will be labeled as “Semester 1” and when Quarter 2 grades are transcripted they will be labeled as “Semester 2.”

    Q1 FINALS SCHEDULE
    Finals for Q1 classes will be held Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday, October 15. See our School Calendar HERE for specific times for each final.

    AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
    Starting this week, City Year is holding tutoring sessions for all grades Monday – Thursday from 3:10pm – 4:00pm. Come and join for fun activities and homework help. Please email isaid@cityyear.org for more information and meeting links.

    COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS VIDEO SERIES
    In years past, we have hosted a College and Career Success Night where families can learn about the college enrollment process and figure out the path for life after high school. This year, Ms. Carlson from the Future Center will be using a series of videos, accompanied by office hours to communicate this information and help you plan for the future! Click HERE to view.

    This week’s videos are focused on financial aid, FAFSA, and paying for college.

    Join us for this week’s office hours on Wednesday, September 23 from 7:30am to 8:30am and from 6:00pm –  7:00pm. Note: Spanish interpreters will be available upon request for the office hours! For more information email emily_carlson@dpsk12.org.

    SPIRIT WEEK SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2
    Hey GW! The Student Council Executive Team is excited to announce our fall Spirit Week for the 2020-2021 school year! We want you to show your school spirit beginning Tuesday, September 29 and ending with our first ever virtual Pep Rally on Friday, October 2 during Community Learning Seminar. Please take this quick survey to give us feedback on our spirit days and we will announce them on Thursday via the GWHS Instagram account (@GWHSDenver).

    And, to welcome our Class of 2024, GW staff will be delivering a swag bag to your house to show off your GDubb spirit next week! We realize that Monday is a holiday for members of our Jewish community. If you do not want to receive your delivery on Monday please send an email to richard_maez@dpsk12.net.

    CLUBS TO START QUARTER 2
    Now that we are getting used to the new world of virtual learning, we are excited to get started with virtual student clubs! Club registration will open October 7 and a virtual club fair will be held in Community Learning Seminar during the first week of Quarter 2. All existing clubs will be required to renew their registration for this academic year, and all new clubs will have an opportunity to register for the first time! All clubs need a faculty sponsor, so if there is a club you want to start, begin talking to your teachers now! More information on the club registration process will be available on Tuesday, October 6.

    JOIN THE GW LUNCH BUNCH!
    Hang out with other students by joining the GW Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays! To join, go to meet.google.com, click “Join or Enter a Meeting”, and type in GWLunchBunch (all one word).

    MEET OUR SCHOOL PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
    Michelle Quattlebaum joins GW’s faculty as our new School Parent/Community Liaison. A parent of three GW graduates, she understands what it is like navigating these important years of high school. In addition to supporting parents by connecting them with resources and supports in our school, she will also be leading our Family Culturally Responsive Engagement work (more info below). Click HERE to read more about her role at GW!

    FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT (FCRE)
    The purpose of the Family Culturally Responsive Engagement initiative is to align parent and community engagement with the work GW staff is doing to address the systemic inequities and racial segregation at GWHS.

    Under the leadership of Dr. Waters, the GW staff is examining systems and structures that hinder full student engagement. We are engaging in honest conversations, sharing impactful experiences, and examining how we can create an inclusive culture that promotes excellence in every student. Using the same guiding principles, the FCRE initiative offers parents an opportunity to participate and support the critical work happening at GW.

    The family culturally responsive work will begin with affinity groups – a space where families of similar backgrounds can come together to share experiences, identify and examine how they can begin to change systems and structures preventing a culture of excellence for all students. Based on the current student population, we will begin with three affinity groups. The AGs will meet the last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each month.

    • White Family Affinity Group – Thursday, September 24 (register here)
    • African American/Black Family Affinity Group – Tuesday, September 29 (register here)
    • Latinx Family Affinity Group – Wednesday, September 30 (register here)

    Our students are asking for change and our educators are engaging in change. Parents, please partner with us to bring meaningful and productive change to GW.

    ELA DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    Denver Public Schools is excited to invite all our English Language Acquisition (ELA) Families to the English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC) online meeting on Thursday, September 24 from 5:00pm to 6:15pm.

    Topics include an overview of the ELA program, information on how Title 1 funds should be spent in parent engagement activities, and updates on In-Person Learning or the Virtual Program for October 2020.

    To register click HERE and then join the Zoom meeting HERE.

    FALL FUNDRAISING EVENT
    The GW Be Inspired Fund is holding a socially distant fall fundraising event for parents on the GWHS South Lawn on Sunday, October 4th.

    The Be Inspired Fund provides support to students in five main areas. These include classroom enrichment, student assistance, and food pantry, teacher grants, building improvements, and community outreach. Examples of funded projects include:

    • Picnic tables in the South Courtyard
    • Repainting the school hallways
    • Pikes Peak Lounge furniture
    • Teacher grants
    • Student assistance fund
    • Educational programming grants

    The October 4th event will be to raise funds for the Be Inspired Fund, connect GW families with resources and ways to get involved, and to meet Dr. Waters and GW’s new Parent Liaison, Michelle Quattlebaum.

    COVID Guidelines

    • To maintain social distancing, we will be offering three timeslots to attend for a total of 60 participants.
    • Use this sign-up form to see the times and RSVP for a timeslot
    • All attendees must wear a mask
    • Parents only, please!
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