Weekly Roundup September 22

Weekly Roundup September 22
September 22, 2020 GWHS

Q2 RETURN TO SCHOOL PLANS
If you missed our update about the planning process for returning to in-person learning, please click HERE to read.

NO SCHOOL SEPTEMBER 28
Monday, September 28 is a teacher workday and there is no school for students.

REMINDER: ASYNCHRONOUS WEDNESDAYS
Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 23), Wednesdays will move to asynchronous learning only for students:

  • Teachers will hold optional drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30am, and the rest of the day will be for students to work independently on existing (not new) assignments from their classes.
  • Attendance will not be taken during Wednesday’s asynchronous work time.
  • Students will not have Community Learning Seminar on Wednesdays.

We encourage students to pace their work on Wednesdays to take advantage of daylight hours to get outside, take breaks, and change-up their work process. Consider completing reading assignments outside, using pencil and paper to draft outlines for projects, or calling a classmate for group work instead of using a video chat. For more information about this change, please click HERE.

Q1 GRADING TIMELINE
Quarter 1 ends on Friday, October 15. Click HERE to see a detailed timeline for the remainder of Q1. Please note: In the quarter scheduling model, one quarter is equivalent to one semester’s worth of work. When Quarter 1 grades are transcripted, they will be labeled as “Semester 1” and when Quarter 2 grades are transcripted they will be labeled as “Semester 2.”

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.

AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
Starting this week, City Year is holding tutoring sessions for all grades Monday – Thursday from 3:10pm – 4:00pm. Come and join for fun activities and homework help. Please email isaid@cityyear.org for more information and meeting links.

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’s videos are focused on financial aid, FAFSA, and paying for college.

Join us for this week’s office hours on Wednesday, September 23 from 7:30am to 8:30am and from 6:00pm –  7:00pm. Note: Spanish interpreters will be available upon request for the office hours! For more information email emily_carlson@dpsk12.org.

SPIRIT WEEK SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2
Hey GW! The Student Council Executive Team is excited to announce our fall Spirit Week for the 2020-2021 school year! We want you to show your school spirit beginning Tuesday, September 29 and ending with our first ever virtual Pep Rally on Friday, October 2 during Community Learning Seminar. Please take this quick survey to give us feedback on our spirit days and we will announce them on Thursday via the GWHS Instagram account (@GWHSDenver).

And, to welcome our Class of 2024, GW staff will be delivering a swag bag to your house to show off your GDubb spirit next week! We realize that Monday is a holiday for members of our Jewish community. If you do not want to receive your delivery on Monday please send an email to richard_maez@dpsk12.net.

CLUBS TO START QUARTER 2
Now that we are getting used to the new world of virtual learning, we are excited to get started with virtual student clubs! Club registration will open October 7 and a virtual club fair will be held in Community Learning Seminar during the first week of Quarter 2. All existing clubs will be required to renew their registration for this academic year, and all new clubs will have an opportunity to register for the first time! All clubs need a faculty sponsor, so if there is a club you want to start, begin talking to your teachers now! More information on the club registration process will be available on Tuesday, October 6.

JOIN THE GW LUNCH BUNCH!
Hang out with other students by joining the GW Lunch Bunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays! To join, go to meet.google.com, click “Join or Enter a Meeting”, and type in GWLunchBunch (all one word).

MEET OUR SCHOOL PARENT/COMMUNITY LIAISON
Michelle Quattlebaum joins GW’s faculty as our new School Parent/Community Liaison. A parent of three GW graduates, she understands what it is like navigating these important years of high school. In addition to supporting parents by connecting them with resources and supports in our school, she will also be leading our Family Culturally Responsive Engagement work (more info below). Click HERE to read more about her role at GW!

FAMILY CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE ENGAGEMENT (FCRE)
The purpose of the Family Culturally Responsive Engagement initiative is to align parent and community engagement with the work GW staff is doing to address the systemic inequities and racial segregation at GWHS.

Under the leadership of Dr. Waters, the GW staff is examining systems and structures that hinder full student engagement. We are engaging in honest conversations, sharing impactful experiences, and examining how we can create an inclusive culture that promotes excellence in every student. Using the same guiding principles, the FCRE initiative offers parents an opportunity to participate and support the critical work happening at GW.

The family culturally responsive work will begin with affinity groups – a space where families of similar backgrounds can come together to share experiences, identify and examine how they can begin to change systems and structures preventing a culture of excellence for all students. Based on the current student population, we will begin with three affinity groups. The AGs will meet the last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each month.

  • White Family Affinity Group – Thursday, September 24 (register here)
  • African American/Black Family Affinity Group – Tuesday, September 29 (register here)
  • Latinx Family Affinity Group – Wednesday, September 30 (register here)

Our students are asking for change and our educators are engaging in change. Parents, please partner with us to bring meaningful and productive change to GW.

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.

FALL FUNDRAISING EVENT
The GW Be Inspired Fund is holding a socially distant fall fundraising event for parents on the GWHS South Lawn on Sunday, October 4th.

The Be Inspired Fund provides support to students in five main areas. These include classroom enrichment, student assistance, and food pantry, teacher grants, building improvements, and community outreach. Examples of funded projects include:

  • Picnic tables in the South Courtyard
  • Repainting the school hallways
  • Pikes Peak Lounge furniture
  • Teacher grants
  • Student assistance fund
  • Educational programming grants

The October 4th event will be to raise funds for the Be Inspired Fund, connect GW families with resources and ways to get involved, and to meet Dr. Waters and GW’s new Parent Liaison, Michelle Quattlebaum.

COVID Guidelines

  • To maintain social distancing, we will be offering three timeslots to attend for a total of 60 participants.
  • Use this sign-up form to see the times and RSVP for a timeslot
  • All attendees must wear a mask
  • Parents only, please!