Weekly Roundup – October 13

Weekly Roundup – October 13
October 14, 2020 GWHS

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