Community Update 3-11-21

Posted 03/11/2021

Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School 

 COMMUNITY UPDATE

   March 11, 2021

Cori’s Note

Greetings! Hopefully you’ve all heard the news that DPS has adjusted its SNOW Day policy! And possibly just in time with the upcoming forecast of SNOW… and more snow!  Just in case you missed the memo:

  • For severe weather that is limited in duration, we will do a traditional snow day, with no in-person or remote learning. 
  • If there is an extended stretch of severe weather during the week and we are not able to safely allow students to attend in-person school for multiple days, then — starting with the second day — we will pivot to remote learning.
  • To support in planning and this shift, any time we are considering a potential snow day, we will send messaging to schools by mid-day the day before to remind students and teachers to prepare (such as by taking home computers) in the event that it becomes a multi-day event and we need to shift to remote learning. 

Should the current weather forecast be accurate both DPS and DMHS will post communication on Sunday (if not sooner). Please stay tuned! Monday marks the start of the fourth quarter. A reminder that Monday is scheduled to be a remote instructional day for all DMHS students. Should a snow day be called by DPS there will be no remote learning that day. Again, we will be sure to communicate any adjustments via School Messenger and email. 

A we continue to get inquiries about CMAS testing. o ensure our families have a clear understanding of the process this year I want to share some of the key details:

  • DMHS will administer the CMAS assessment to students in grades 7, 8 and 11 beginning the week of 4/12.
  • Families will receive a draft schedule that outlines the content and dates of the assessment next week. 

A handful of folks have asked about the waiver that is currently being proposed to reduce the grades and content being tested. This has not been approved and therefore we will continue to plan for 7th, 8th and 11th graders to be tested. 7th and 8th grade will take Math and ELA, 8th and 11th grade students will test in Science.  On March 4th you may have received this letter from our Deputy Superintendent of Academics which includes further details. One item to note is that there is no remote option for testing and so any student who is virtual will need to come in-person to test. Should you make the determination not to have your child participate in the CMAS assessment, please notify me (cori_herbst@dpsk12.org) or Carol (carol_delong@dpsk12.net) of your decision.

Finally, I want to remind families that next week is our SPIRIT WEEK hosted by the Student Council! I would also ask you to read today’s note through to the bottom as our school directors, Leah Bry (HS) and Annie Bossange (FS) have both contributed some information to this week’s update. As always, I am grateful to you for your partnership and commitment to DMHS!  I hope everyone has a safe and warm weekend, again – stay tuned for weather/school updates. Warmly, Cori

 

Updates/Reminders: 

2020-21 Yearbook- Order by April 9

We are doing a yearbook this year, although a smaller one than in years past.  Please place your order before April 9.     Please see  Yearbook Flyer for ordering details.  

Yearbook Cover Design Contest 

Students have the opportunity to design the cover for this yearbook.  If your student is interested, please have them submit their design to Michelle Iris_Mendoza@dpsk12.net no later than April 5.  

Please continue to check out the DMHS Newspaper/Blog! 

Mark your calendars! 

Friday, March 12: End of Quarter 3 

Monday, March 15:  Remote Learning  Day for all students, start of Quarter 4 

Monday, March 15-Friday March 20 –Spirit Week sponsored by Student Council 

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

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

Monday, April 12-Friday April 23- CMAS Testing Window for 7th, 8th, 11th graders 

Tuesday, April 13: SAT Testing for Juniors  
Wednesday, April 14: PSAT 9 for 9th graders  

Thursday, April 15:  PSAT 10 for 10th graders 

Friday, April 23: Early Release at 11:30 am 

Friday, May 28: Graduation 

Thursday, June 3: 9th Grade Continuation

Friday, June 4:  Last day of school 

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

 

Farm School Updates from FS Director Annie Bossange

One way you can support  your student to prepare for quarter 4 is by helping them make sure they have google calendar invites for all classes starting next Monday.  All students should have a project class (long block), a math class, and one elective. Some students will also see a Spanish class, but this is not true for all students. If there is any overlap in class time or a student is missing a class, please reach out to Annie  anne_bossange@dpsk12.net. 

PSAT 9 

Here is our current testing schedule for the PSAT 9, and  we would like to remind you that the deadline to opt students out of the PSAT 9 is this Friday, March 12

  • We will be giving the PSAT 9 to all 9th graders on Wednesday, April 14th in person* at 8 a.m.  Testing will finish between 11:30 or 12 (1:00 for those with extended time). 
  • We will be adhering to all health and safety guidelines. 

All testing will be done in person, there is no remote option for the PSAT 9. Should you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly.

While we believe that these tests are important, we understand that some families may decide they do not want to come in-person to participate in testing this year due to COVID-19.  All testing must be done in person as there is no remote testing option.  If you choose to opt out, you must fill out the opt out form located in the Parent Portal under the “See All Apps” tab by clicking on the link for Complete Assessment Opt-Out Form.  This form is available for both students learning in-person and those learning in the virtual program.  Please complete this form no later than Friday, March 12.  We need to have an exact count of students who will and will not be participating so that we can adjust staffing, testing schedules and adhere to all health and safety guidelines.  

 

High School Updates from HS Director Leah Bry

Quarter 4 will begin on Monday, March 15th. This will be a remote learning day in order to allow for 3-days of no contact for any students who are switching cohorts. 
PSAT/SAT

  • We will be giving the SAT to Juniors (11th years) on Tuesday, April in person* 13th at 8:00 a.m. All non-Juniors will have a remote and asynchronous morning this day. Juniors will be dismissed when they finish the exam, between 12:30 – 2pm. 
  • We will be given the PSAT 10 to 10th graders on Thursday, April 15th in person* at 8 a.m.  It is our current plan to administer the CMAS Science exam to 11th years in person* this day as well.  All Seniors will have a remote and asynchronous morning this day. 10th and 11th years will be dismissed when they finish the exams, between 12:30 – 2pm.

All testing will be done in person, there is no remote option for PSAT or SAT. Should you have questions about this, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly.
Thank you!

Leah Parker Bry

DMHS High School Director

leah_bry@dpsk12.net

 

Health Updates 

From Nurse Tracy:  A common theme that I am seeing this year in all of my schools is that our students are struggling with their sleep habits.  These problems are presenting in the classroom as students sleeping late and being tardy, and students that are unable to stay awake during class.  Both of these are detrimental to their learning.  I have attached links to a flyer and video that contain additional information that may help if you are dealing with these challenges, and as always feel free to contact me Tracy_Smith@dpsk12.org.”

 

Healthy Sleep Habits for Older Children and Teens (PDF) 

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/-/media/nch/family-resources/helping-hands/documents/hhiv120_.ashx 

 

Solutions for Safe and Sound Sleep – American Academy of Pediatrics (45min video) discusses sleep from infancy through adolescence: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn1bbzLU2rg&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=AmericanAcademyofPediatrics

 

DPS Free Covid Testing – Sites will be closed this weekend due to weather 

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 

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