Community Update 3-4-21

Posted 03/05/2021

 

Cori’s Note

Welcome to March! We are nearing the end of the third quarter with next Friday being the deadline for student work completion. We encourage all families to check in with your students on their progress and what support they might need to finish strong AND to celebrate their amazing achievements so far this year. Fourth quarter begins on Monday, March 15th. 

March is a busy month with some fun student events, the start of fourth quarter AND our two week long Spring Break! Carol has put all of the most important dates below – please note that Spring Break runs from Monday, March 22nd through Friday, April 2nd. There is a professional day on Monday, April 5th and students return on April 6th. 

I hope everyone is headed into an amazing weekend! Cor

 

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 5DMHS Movie Night  Soul  4:15-6 pm link to join

Tuesday, March 9:  9th Grade Virtual College Expo 

Friday, March 12: End of Quarter 3 

Monday, March 15:  Asynchronous 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!

 

High School Updates from HS Director Leah Bry
The High School is dedicating Thursday, March 11th and Friday, March 12 (the last days of Quarter 3) as finals/make up days. Here is what to expect:

  • Class schedules on 3/11 and 3/12 will occur as usual, but class time will be dedicated to supporting students in finishing projects, finals, and assignments as strongly as possible
    • Any student who has work from Quarter 3 to make up will have access to additional teacher support during class time to help them finish strong. Participation is mandatory for any students with Ds or Fs in their classes.
    • Any student who would like to revise a previous assignment to deepen their learning and/or for a higher grade will have the chance to do so with teacher support.
  • All in-person students who normally come to campus on Thursdays and Fridays are welcome to do so as usual. If students opt NOT to come to campus those days, that is OK. 
  • Finals and final assignment due dates will take place as planned, including if scheduled on these days.
  • Friday, March 12th is the last day to hand in work from Quarter 3. 

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:  There are now several COVID Check Colorado sites offering the saliva test which is processed locally to expedite results.  Here is some additional information about the saliva testing being offered:

SalivaDirect™ FAQs

What kind of test am I getting? How sensitive is the test?

SalivaDirect™ is an FDA Emergency Use Authorization-approved PCR testing protocol where participants provide a saliva sample under the supervision of a medical professional. Yale’s studies have shown that SalivaDirect™ PCR is as sensitive as a nasal PCR test and is both more convenient and comfortable for participants than a nasal swab.

What do I need to know before getting this test?

In order to ensure accurate results, for the 30 minutes prior to your appointment, please do not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum or use nasal sprays, and for the 10 minutes prior to your appointment, please do not drink water.

With SalivaDirect™, saliva samples are self-collected at testing sites under the supervision of a medical professional and then transported to a local lab, enabling results to be delivered to individuals within 24-48 hours, and potentially sooner

How does this test compare to the previous nasal test?

The SalivaDirect™ test is still a RT- PCR test — the main difference is in the mode of collection: the participant provides a saliva sample, vs getting a nasal swab. There is a slight modification in the lab process, resulting in a more efficient sample analysis and a quicker turnaround time for results.

Where to test:  https://covidcheckcolorado.org/where-to-test/  (specifies which sites are offering the saliva testing)

If you have any questions about testing or vaccinations, please email me Tracy_Smith@dpsk12.org  

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