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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need additional information.
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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) or Maggie Schneider (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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,
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?