Weekly Roundup January 12

Weekly Roundup January 12
January 12, 2021 GWHS

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.