Weekly Roundup – September 9

Weekly Roundup – September 9
September 10, 2020 GWHS

GW’s virtual Back to School Night is on Wednesday, September 9 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Families will hear from students about their experiences so far with virtual learning, and we will introduce you to our new Parent and Community Liaison, Michelle Quattlebaum.

The focus of the evening will be hearing from GW’s principal, Dr. Waters. She will discuss 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. If you would like to read more about this work prior to this event, please click HERE.

The pre-recorded event will be streamed on our website homepage starting at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 9 and will be posted on our website until September 30, 2020.

Juniors and Seniors: On Tuesday, October 27, seniors will have the opportunity to take a makeup SAT, and on Thursday, October 29, juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT as a makeup for the PSAT 10. Both exams will be offered at GWHS, and both are free to students.

You must complete the survey by clicking HERE (you must be logged in with your DPS Gmail) by Tuesday, September 8,  in order to participate in either exam. Please contact Emily Hunter (emily_hunter@dpsk12.org) with any questions.

At GW, each of our freshmen is enrolled in English 1 Honors, and have a choice between taking a Biology or Biology Honors course.

In Geography/Civics and Integrated Math 1, all students have the opportunity to earn honors credit by completing and passing extension projects/assignments outside the classroom. These assignments will deepen students’ content knowledge, and prepare them for upper-level courses (AP and IB). If students complete and pass all parts of the honors extension assignments, they will earn honors credit for the course which will be identified on their transcript and will result in an elevated GPA.

Please let us know as soon as possible if your student will be working to earn honors credit in Geography/Civics and/or Integrated Math 1. Students can opt-in up until October 2, but will be responsible for completing and passing all of the extension work by the end of the first quarter on October 16.

If students opt into earning the honors credit for Quarter 1, we will automatically enroll them for honors credit for Quarter 2, but there will be another opportunity to sign up for Quarter 2 honors credit at the start of that grading term.

Complete the intent to earn honors credit form by clicking HERE (must be logged into DPS Gmail to complete).

Every year parents are required to sign off on the academic technologies we are using at our school. This year, we are adding Zoom to that menu of platforms. As you are aware, we have experienced several glitches with the District supported live instruction platform, Google Meets. While many of these glitches are promised to be addressed with an October Google update, we would like to move our live instruction onto the Zoom platform. This will make our live classrooms more secure, and easier to manage for our teachers and students. In order to make this switch, DPS requires that we receive parental consent from every single family.

Please complete the Academic Technology Menu consent for by clicking HERE. If we are able to achieve 100% consent, we will move our live instruction to the Zoom platform by mid-September.

We have heard from many students since the start of the school year who are experiencing varying symptoms as a result of the significant increase in their daily screen time. Below is a list of measures that can be taken to help mitigate mental fatigue, headaches, and eye strain:

  • Have your student enlarge the view on their laptop to between 125-150% when possible. Larger letters reduce both eye strain and cognitive demand.
  • When appropriate have your student enable voice to text through Google Docs for written assignments. This way they can start the assignment by dictation and then go back later and edit it by hand. This can reduce mental strain.
  • Consider dimming the brightness on the laptop screen or using an anti-glare screen.
  • Have your student take frequent movement breaks during TDIS, including going outside in the fresh air for a quick run or a bike ride.
  • Have your student work in dim or natural light.

For questions or more information, please reach out to our School Nurse, Omisola Ari, at zeinaomisola_ari@dpsk12.org.

If you are interested in serving on our Collaborative School Committee this year, please reach out to Michelle Quattlebaum (michelle_quattlebaum@dpsk12.org). To learn more about our CSC, please click HERE.

If you pre-ordered at 2019-2020 yearbook and still haven’t picked it up yet, you have three final opportunities to do so:

  • Wednesday, September 16 | 9:30am – 11:30am

We will not be holding any further yearbook pick-ups after September 16. If you cannot pick up your yearbook during these times, we will hold it for you until we are able to resume in-person learning.

If you did NOT pre-order a 2019-2020 yearbook and would like to purchase one, please complete THIS FORM no later than September 7, 2020. Yearbooks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Filling out the form does not guarantee a yearbook, we will fulfill orders in the order they are received. We will email you to let you know if your request was fulfilled and will add a $65 charge to your student’s MySchoolBucks account. Pick-up for yearbooks will be on Wednesday, September 16 from 9:30am – 11:30am.