Weekly Roundup September 14

Weekly Roundup September 14
September 14, 2021 GWHS

RECENT BUILDING FIRE ALARMS
Over the past week we have experienced four fire alarms and subsequent building evacuations. Each of these incidents has been triggered by either a vape pen or marijuana use in student restrooms.

The disruption to the learning environment is frustrating for both students and staff. Vape pens, tobacco use, and marijuana use are strictly prohibited on school grounds. We are reviewing security camera footage to determine who might be responsible and following up with students and families.

In the midst of a pandemic we are fortunate to be back in-person. Students, please talk to your peers, and families please talk to your students, and encourage them to behave appropriately and respectfully.

COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC
Rocky Mountain Primary Care ‑ Partners in Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at GW on September 30 from 11:00am  – 2:00pm. All eligible students and GW family members are welcome to attend. Vaccines are free for all individuals and medical insurance is not required.

Vaccines are another tool in our toolbox in ensuring that our schools are healthy and safe for students and staff. Currently, vaccines are available in Colorado for those 12 years old and older. To learn more about the vaccine, please click HERE.

If you or your student would like to sign up to receive the vaccine, please complete the consent form HERE. Students under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission, and all submitted forms will be verified before a vaccination is administered.

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION
This year, Denver Public Schools will provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge, regardless of the student’s free or reduced-price meal benefit status; however, it is still very important that all families continue to complete and submit a Meal Benefits Application.

DPS is asking that all families complete the Meal Benefits Application by October 1, regardless if they believe they will qualify. The submission and approval of a Meal Benefits Application provides advantages beyond eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. Submitting an application also helps ensure students receive the maximum amount of benefits they are eligible for, including discounts on bus passes and some school fees, such as athletics, and reduced AP testing fees. It also ensures schools receive additional resources to support healthy meals for students and afterschool programs. In addition, based on your application, you could be eligible for the P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer) program through the Department of Human Services. Please visit their website for additional information.

Your assistance in completing and submitting the Meal Benefits Application is greatly appreciated and has the potential to help all DPS schools. Apply now HERE. All information provided is confidential and protected.

CLASS OF 20222: NEW COLORADO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Attention Class of 2022: To graduate, Colorado requires you demonstrate competency in Math and English (along with earning adequate credit requirements and completing your ICAP). If you haven’t yet met competency in one or both areas, your counselor will be contacting you directly before September 17 to review your options for competency demonstration. Be ready to let your counselor know whether you’ll provide a test score from an outside SAT or ACT, or whether you’ll take the Accuplacer on October 14 at GWHS. Remember, you must show competency in Math and English as soon as possible to be on your way to graduation! If you don’t hear from your counselor, you have already demonstrated competency in Math and English.

AP EXAM REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Register today for your AP exams! Registration is a two-step process: go to Total Registration to pay for your exams, then follow the instructions in your payment confirmation page to order your exams through College Board. Instructions are HERE. Each exam costs $96, and there is a $4 online payment processing fee. Late fees of $10 per exam begin November 1, and exam registration closes November 10. Remember, DPS policy requires students take their AP exam to receive weighted credit for their AP course.

JOIN [panda]MONIUM!
GW’s comedy improv troupe [panda]MONIUM! is having its first meeting! All are welcome to try it out and no experience is necessary! Come to Ms. Harkness-Quintana’s room (209) on Tuesday, September 21 during lunch. We hope to see you there!

LA CASA MEETINGS START THIS WEEK
La Casa, the Latinx Student Alliance at GW, is back! We will have our first meeting on Wednesday, September 15 during lunch in room 208. Join us to learn more about planning for the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration as well as other events to celebrate Latinx culture. Can’t wait to see everyone there!

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY TO WASHINGTON DC
GW is thrilled to invite you to attend this 2022 travel opportunity to Washington, D.C.! We will be holding a virtual informational meeting on Thursday, September 30 from 6:00pm – 6:30pm. Attending the meeting is not a commitment to travel, just an opportunity for us to share information and sign up if your family is ready. For that reason, if you have any interest at all, please remind your parent(s) or guardian to register through the link below so that you all can learn more! We will cover:

  • What we’ll see and do (the fun stuff!)
  • Travel logistics
  • Safety and flexibility
  • How to earn high school credit
  • Affordable payment options and more

To attend the virtual meeting, you must register HERE. Questions? Email: richard_maez@dpsk12.net P.S. Can’t make the meeting but want more information? RSVP HERE and select “No but send more info” to stay in the loop.

SUPPORT PATRIOT CHEER
Patriot Cheerleaders will be selling chocolate bars for $1 until October 4 to raise money for their competition choreography and music. Help support them and curb that sweet tooth at the same time by buying some chocolate! They have milk chocolate, dark chocolate, wafer, caramel, crunch, and almond.

ELITE PATRIOT DANCE TEAM TRYOUTS
The Elite Patriot Dancers will be hosting tryout clinics September 13 – September 16 right after school from 3:50pm – 6:00pm in the cafeteria. You will learn choreography for the first few days with the final tryouts happening on September 17. Think you have what it takes? You might just be the talent we’re looking for! Come dressed in comfortable clothing and bring water. Tryouts are open to all students!

FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT
Welcome Home Patriot Families! FCRE welcomes you to our first session of the 2021-22 school year. Raikeis Timm, a parent of a GW student, will lead the the session: De-Stress with Mindfulness. During these unprecedented times it is important for us to take care of ourselves. Join us to learn breathing techniques, meditation, chair yoga, and other tips and tricks to help de-stress.

Topic: De-Stress with Mindfulness
Date: Thursday Sep 23, 2021
Time: 6:00pm -7:00pm
Registration: Please RSVP HERE to receive a meeting link

GW BLACK EXCELLENCE BARBECUE PARTY
Join the GW Black Excellence Center for its first Black Excellence Barbecue Party! We are inviting our black families to come out to the GW North Courtyard on Saturday, September 18, at 12:00pm to enjoy food, fun, and music and to hear more about how GW wants to honor and celebrate our black students! We can’t wait to connect! Feel free to reach out to Alyssa Richason at alyssa_richason@dpsk12.net if you have any questions!

PULSE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE
Your help is needed to raise $50,000 for the Pulse Health and Wellness Center. A brand new School-Based Health Center is coming to GW in 2021-22. DPS will fund general construction and GW is responsible for finishing the space, purchasing furniture, and creating an environment that enhances the visitor’s experience. Students will have access to well care, sports physicals, vaccinations, family therapy, and care for chronic conditions like asthma. Patients are seen whether or not they have insurance!

The goal for the month of September is to raise $10,000. We also want to thank the generosity of a GW family willing to match funds raised. Click HERE  to learn how to give any amount. Patriots we can do this!