Weekly Roundup October 20

Weekly Roundup October 20
October 20, 2020 GWHS

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.