Weekly Roundup – September 15

Weekly Roundup – September 15
September 15, 2020 GWHS

Q2 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLANS
This past Friday DPS shared an update about returning to in-person learning (read here). While we hoped to have information for you today, the meeting with district high schools and central leadership isn’t until tomorrow afternoon. Once we have more information about the specific guidelines for returning to school and a clear plan for how those guidelines will be implemented at GW, we will share an update with our community. We anticipate this update being no later than next Tuesday, September 22.

We know that the District asked families to make their final selection between virtual or in-person by this Friday, but we understand without specific information you can’t make this decision! When we are able to share concrete details with you, we will provide a week-long window for you to confirm or modify your selection for in-person or virtual learning for Q2.

As of right now, we can assure you that no matter what option you choose, you will be able to continue the classes that are currently on your schedule.

Q1 FINALS SCHEDULE
Finals for Q1 classes will be held Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday, October 15. See our School Calendar HERE for specific times for each final.

BOOK VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS WITH ADVISORS AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TEAM
Our Success Center team is now available for booking virtual appointments! If you need to see your advisor or a member of the Social-Emotional Support team, go to our website and click “Students” and then “Book an Appointment.” This easy process will connect you directly with GW staff members at a time that works for you!

JOIN THE GW LUNCH BUNCH!
Are you missing faces and conversations? Want to see some of your peers and just chat without worrying about schoolwork? Starting Tuesday, September 22 join us in the virtual Success Center for GW Lunch Bunch! The GWLunchBunch google meet will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15-12:00. Please drop in and join us once, twice, every day for some low-stress social interaction and laughs. To join, go to meet.google.com, click “Join or Enter a Meeting”, and type in GWLunchBunch (all one word).

GW GRIEF PEER SUPPORT GROUP
The GW Peer Support group will begin next week on September 16th at 10:00am. This is a safe place for students to discuss and share their grief and memories about their special people that have died. The focus is on peers being able to support each other and learn coping strategies. Please contact Sarah Hartman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker if you have further questions or would like to RSVP to the group. You can reach her at 720-504-6414 or Sarah_Hartman@dpsk12.net.

SCHOOLOGY PARENT RESOURCES
We are using Schoology in all of our classes to manage course materials, assignments, and grading. Parents have access to their student’s progress through their Parent Portal account. Click HERE for a parent guide to Schoology.

COLLEGE AND CAREER SUCCESS VIDEO SERIES
In years past, we have hosted a College and Career Success Night where families can learn about the college enrollment process and figure out the path for life after high school. This year, Ms. Carlson from the Future Center will be using a series of videos, accompanied by office hours to communicate this information and help you plan for the future! Click HERE to view.

This week will be focused on figuring out what you want to do after high school and how to apply to schools. Next week will be focused on Financial Aid and FAFSA.

Join us for this week’s office hours on Thursday, September 17 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm by clicking HERE. Note: Spanish interpreters will be available upon request for the September 23 office hours! See the calendar event for more information.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT RECORDING
If you missed our virtual Back to School Night don’t worry – you can watch it at any time! Hear from faculty, students, and Dr. Waters about the priorities guiding our community as we continue the critical work of addressing the systemic inequities and racism at GW that have impacted our students of color since our school’s founding. Click HERE to watch the video.

ELA DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Denver Public Schools is excited to invite all our English Language Acquisition (ELA) Families to the English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC) online meeting on Thursday, September 24 from 5:00pm to 6:15pm.

Topics include an overview of the ELA program, information on how Title 1 funds should be spent in parent engagement activities, and updates on In-Person Learning or the Virtual Program for October 2020.

To register click HERE and then join the Zoom meeting HERE.