Community Update 2-18-21

Posted 02/19/2021

 

Cori’s Note

We are headed into the final week of February and have a solid three weeks of hybrid learning under our wings. I’ve been reflecting this week on celebrations to be had including seeing students in-person, enjoying the small group community meetings with our virtual learners and watching our staff bridge the digital and in-person setting to create community regardless of the learning setting.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about, and talking with our instructional leadership team on ways in which we can improve and grow in this ‘new normal’. I would love to hear your thoughts and this week I welcome you to participate in a Community Forum on Thursday, February 25th at 5:00pm. Please bring your ideas, thoughts and input for Quarter 4 and the coming school year. Here is the link to join.  Interpretation in Spanish will be provided.

One thing to sit up and take notice of is that we are headed into the fourth and final quarter of the school year. This is the time of year when we start planning for and delivering on the exciting milestones of Senior Year. I’ve spoken to some of the class of 2021 and it is clear there are many mixed emotions. It has to be named, this year has taken a toll on all of us, and in particular on the celebrations of and for our Seniors. We WILL  send this class off into their next journey with the attention and care they deserve and will be calling on our community for support! If you are a parent of a Senior, please look for a direct communication from our HS Director, Leah Bry to include details on what’s coming up.

Thank you for reminding your student to complete the health and safety screener before entering the school building. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Warmly, Cori

 

Updates/Reminders:

We’ve recently gotten a few questions regarding yearbooks. DMHS will publish a yearbook for this school year, however, we have not begun to take payments yet. It is possible that our 20/21 yearbook will be delivered in June and may be mailed directly to your home. We are hopeful to capture some of our in-person learning opportunities this Spring as well as the many virtual experiences we’ve shared throughout the year. Please look for more information regarding the yearbook to come in the next few weeks.

 

The  Farm School “Introduction to Journalism” class is beginning to publish their articles to the DMHS Newspaper/Blog! You can see them here as they are published, or by going to https://dmhsnews.blogspot.com/ and clicking the “Intro to Journalism” label on the right-hand column. Students are writing on a wide variety of topics of interest to them and the school community. Check it out!

Mark your calendars!

Thursday, February 25:  Community Forum 5-6 pm https://zoom.us/j/99986029863

Monday, March 1:  If you would like to switch back to in person learning for Q4 please do so by March 1,  please email: carol_delong@dpsk12.net or call the main office 720-424-2600.

Wednesday, March 3: CSA/ELA PAC meeting 6 -7 pm:https://zoom.us/j/98212387411.

Friday, March 12: End of Quarter 3

Monday, March 22- Friday, April 2:  Spring Break, No School

Monday, April 5:  Professional Development for Staff, no school for students

Tuesday, April 13: SAT Testing for Juniors

Wednesday, April 14 PSAT 9 for 9th graders

Thursday, April 15 PSAT 10 for 10th graders

Covid-19 Health and Safety Protocols Guide for Families  Thank you for following!

 

Health Updates

From Nurse Tracy:  Medications in School

Each year it is a requirement that DMHS inform families about routine vaccinations. Linked here is an update with specific information in regards to Denver Montessori. Please take a moment to review.

DPS Launches Free Covid Testing

DPS is pleased to announce we are expanding our partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado to offer our free COVID-19 testing for students to support a safe return to school.  Our full community of students and staff will now be able to take a baseline COVID-19 test before coming  back to school, and then we will be able to offer an ongoing COVID-19 student screening test every other week.

Registering for testing can be completed at any of COVIDCheck Colorado’s testing sites via this link.  We encourage everyone, unless you have tested positive in the last 90 days, to take a baseline test in the new year. The tests are free, fast, and reliable. You can see an updated list of testing sites here including sites at DPS schools at the Montbello campus, Abraham Lincoln Campus, North HS Campus, All City Stadium and a new site at George Washington HS. The test will be completed via nasal PCR test or SalivaDirect™, and results will be returned within 36-72 hours.

 

At any time, your family and your student can schedule a test at existing CCC sites. Any DPS student or employee should use our district link, while family members can continue to use the community link (https://www.primarybio.com/l/cdphe).

 

Please take a moment to check out these Resources from Lauren our School Psych 

Lauren’s Newsletter full of information and resources