ASSESSMENT – PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 9 AND ACCUPLACER
On Wednesday, October 12, all sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT. There will be no school for freshmen or seniors. On Thursday, October 13, all freshmen will take the PSAT 9, and seniors who need to demonstrate competency will take the Accuplacer (seniors, check your @dpsk12.net email frequently for communication about Accuplacer, should you need to take it). There will be no school for sophomores and juniors. Important reminders:
**Students will receive an email to their @dpsk12.net account just prior to their test day with their room assignment and approximate end times, and testing details.
**Students should plan to arrive at GWHS at 8:30am. Testing room doors close promptly at 9:00am.
**There will be no locker access, so students should bring only no. 2 pencils, a snack/drink, and a graphing calculator (GWHS will provide a calculator for use by students who do not have one).
**Cell phones will need to be powered off and collected by proctors.
**Lunch will be available in the cafeteria immediately after standard testing.
OCTOBER COUNT DAY
Monday, October 3 is our October Count day. This is the day when Colorado Department of Education records our student attendance and budgeting for the school year is allocated. It is vitally important to our school’s financial standing that every student be in-seat all day this day. Help us exceed our 93% annual attendance goal on October 3, and ensure our budget is intact.
RTD MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE STUDENTS
Students who are eligible for DPS RTD tickets can now download the mobile ticketing app. On Monday, September 26, DPS transportation sent eligible students this flier (multilingual versions here) via SchoolMessenger. The flier went directly to eligible student email address, so students should monitor their email. The email will let eligible students know they can now begin using the app by signing up using their DPS email address. DPS transportation understands adopting the app may take time, so eligible students can still order paper tickets through December 2022 by emailing Sherri Jones. Starting January 2023, all eligible students will be expected to use the mobile app on their smartphone. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND TARDIES
For the 2022-2023 school year, our goal is a daily attendance rate of 93%. To best facilitate continuous and effective instruction, especially in light of over two years of interrupted schooling, we ask that families partner with us to ensure students are on time and ready to learn. Of course, if your student is exhibiting any symptoms of illness and/or has tested positive for COVID-19, please keep them at home in accordance with DPS guidance.
When reporting a student absence, please use the following guidelines:
** Call 720-423-8642 or email email@example.com. Leave a message including your student’s full name, grade and reason for their absence.
** To request your student be released early from school, call or email no later than one hour before your requested release time. No early releases will be allowed after 3:20pm.
Additionally, students are required to be in-seat immediately following the end of each lunch period. Students who are not in-seat at these times will be marked tardy. A pattern of tardies after lunch may result in the loss of off-campus lunch privileges for individual students or entire grades.
TU VOZ/YOUR VOICE STUDENT SURVEY
Students, on Monday, September 26 you received an email to your @dpsk12.net account with a personal link to the Tu Voz/Your Voice survey being conducted by Denver Public Schools. DPS encourages you to participate, as this is your opportunity to provide feedback about your experience in school so DPS can understand how to better support students like you. There will be an opportunity to complete the Tu Voz/Your Voice survey during Community Learning on October 6, so be sure to flag your email so you have your survey access available. If you wish to complete your survey earlier, you may (it takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete). The survey closes Sunday, October 9.
CITY YEAR AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
Come join City Year for after school tutoring in the GWHS Cafeteria! We are offering tutoring Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:50 to 5:00pm, and Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00pm. We provide tutoring and homework help for all grade levels, and we have activities and games twice a week! Also stop by for some ELL support! Check out this FLYER for details.
SENIORS – YARD SIGNS
All proud members of the Class of 2023, stop by the Main Office to pick up your yard sign. Put your Patriot Pride (and pending graduation) on full display!
SENIORS – SENIOR PORTRAIT SUBMISSIONS
Seniors, if you’d like to submit a senior portrait to be included in the 2022-2023 yearbook, please visit our WEBSITE and select “Students” then “Yearbook.” The deadline to upload your senior portrait is Friday, December 16. Watch the video tutorial on our website to learn how to upload your portrait through the yearbook order center. Our school code is 6598, and the portrait upload code is gw.
FRESHMEN – HOST A MIDDLE SCHOOL SHADOWING STUDENT
Freshmen, would you like to show a current eighth grader all the great things happening GWHS? We have lots of eighth graders signed up for shadowing days October 21 through November 14. If you’d like to host one by taking them to periods 1 through 4 with you, please sign up HERE by October 7. Questions? Contact Ms. Foster in the Success Center.
SCHOOL STORE GRAND OPENING
GWHS’s very own School Store has its grand opening set for Monday, October 10! The School Store is operated by students in the ACE program, and will be open EVERY school day at various times. The schedule will be posted around the building and outside the School Store, so stay tuned. We are a one-stop-shop for your favorite snacks, drinks and GWHS merchandise. Help support our very own students as they gain job experience and come stop by the School Store! We are in the newly-renovated room 222A, right next to the Library. See you there!
AP EXAM REGISTRATION
AP students, register for your AP exam(s) today! Click HERE to pay for your AP exam(s). Then, check your payment confirmation page and email for join codes you’ll use to order your AP exam(s) at MyAP.CollegeBoard.org. You must complete both steps to finalize your AP exam order. AP exams are $101 each. A late fee of $10/exam starts November 1, and AP exam registration closes November 10. Register today!
**Questions about free/reduced lunch? Ask Ms. Vigil.
**Questions about financial assistance (non-F/RL qualified)? Ask Mr. Harris.
**Questions about exam registration? Ask Ms. Hunter.
PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE
GWHS will host the Performing Arts Showcase on Thursday, September 29 at 6:30pm in the Auditorium. Come see performances from Speech and Debate, dance, theater, orchestra, choir and and band. The Showcase is free, and a wonderful way to celebrate the performing arts at GWHS!
DOUGHNUTS WITH DR. DAVIS
Please join our principal, Dr. Davis, on Wednesday, October 5, from 9:00 to 9:30am in the GWHS Community Room for doughnuts and conversation. Dr. Davis will be hosting a “Doughnuts with Dr. Davis” event the first Wednesday of every month, so watch future Weekly Roundup issues for reminders about upcoming dates. Dr. Davis would love to take your questions, engage in conversation, and listen to your ideas during this casual event.
NO-COST EYE EXAMS AND FREE GLASSES THROUGH VON’S VISION
Von’s Vision (a non-profit started by former Broncos star Von Miller), in partnership with Adventure Dental and Vision, is offering free vision screenings, as well as prescription glasses if needed. Join them at Adventure Dental and Vision’s Commerce City office on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Register in advance HERE, as exams fill up quickly. The exam and frames are valued at $500+ per child. For more information, see the flyers in ENGLISH and SPANISH.
BLACK MEN IN WHITE COATS MOVIE SCREENING AND YOUTH SUMMIT
Denver’s first Black Youth Summit, in partnership with Black Men in White Coats, is screening “Black Men in White Coats” on Friday, October 7 from 5:00 to 9:00pm, and presenting an activity fair investigating careers in the health care industry on Saturday, October 8 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Both events are at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. For more information and to register via QR code, see this FLYER.
ATHLETICS WEEKLY UPDATE
Patriots perform highly in academics and athletics! See our weekly athletics update HERE.