Community Update 5-6-21

Posted 05/06/2021

 

Cori’s Note

Hello! I hope this finds you all well and thriving on this beautiful Spring day. Just a quick note this week to share a few dates and details as we near the finish line of this year. First, a big gratitude to our families for making this week’s Staff Appreciation lunch and breakfasts so amazing and delicious! Thank you.

It’s hard to believe that next Saturday is PROM!!! The DMHS Prom is taking an unconventional approach this year with a themed movie night celebration! Just a note that Prom for Seniors is FREEEEE! Please see the note from Leah below with more details including the link to purchase tickets.  AND… In just 11 school days we will watch our Seniors walk across the stage (Monday, May 24th)! Senior check out will be on Friday, May 21st and We are so happy to be able to celebrate this event in person. Please don’t miss the Senior highlights appearing each day on our website and Facebook page. 

While we are all looking forward to summer and moving beyond this challenging year there are still several weeks left in the school year.  May is often a time when we often see an increase in student absences and missed work. We are asking for your partnership toward a strong finish. Please continue to encourage your student to be on time to class (in person and remote), turn in work assignments and remain engaged. We know these last weeks will fly by and want to be sure that our students are focused on ending the year positively and with the strong academic outcomes we know they can all meet. Thank you for sticking with us all the way through to June 4th. It will be here sooner than we anticipate!

In the coming weeks we will begin sending out details for Summer work opportunities on the farm as well as information for planning for the 21/22 school year. Please look for that to come soon. Have an amazing weekend! Cori

 

Updates/Reminders: 

Early Bird Registration! 

Online Registration for 2021-22 now open! 

Save time during fall registration by updating your student’s information online! By completing this process using your Parent Portal account, you can avoid paper forms and save time at the school during the fall return. There are two windows during which current students can register online for 2021-22:

·         The “Early Bird” window, April 26-May 21

·         Current year, July 26- Late August

To register online, primary legal guardians of current DPS students must have an active DPS Parent Portal account. Visit myportal.dpsk12.org to sign up, or to check that your account is active and ready.
High School Prom! (for 10-12th graders only)

Join us at DMHS for a spectacular prom movie event! On Saturday, May 15th, we will be hosting an evening screening of 1993’s blockbuster film Jurassic Park complete with a red carpet photo booth and movie snack bags with treats and souvenirs. Wear your formal evening attire and join us for a night of entertainment for our 2021 Prom!”  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased on myschoolbucks here

FREE Concurrent Enrollment Classes for High School Students this summer! 

This summer program provides students the opportunity to take college classes and earn both high school and college credits at no cost! 

Covid Vaccines available for DPS students ages 16 +! 

If you have a student who is 16 years or older they are now eligible to receive a vaccination. Denver Health is hosting pop-up Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for eligible DPS students and their eligible family members at the following sites and dates:

North High School: First dose on Saturday, May 1; second dose on Saturday, May 22.

East High School: First dose on Sunday, May 2; second dose on Sunday, May 23.

Appointments are required. Students can check their DPS email for more information or call our School-Based Health Centers at 303-602-8958 to make an appointment.
DPS Student and Parent Satisfaction Survey is now open! 

The DPS family satisfaction survey link is now open!   Thank you for taking time to provide us with your valuable  feedback.

City of Denver Youth Opportunities:  The City of Denver is offering some opportunities for young people.  Please click here for more information.  

Please continue to check out the DMHS Newspaper/Blog! 
Mark your calendars! 

Tuesday, May 18: AP Language Test

Wednesday, May 19: AP US History Test 

Friday, May 21: AP Spanish Test 

Monday, May 24:  Graduation at noon 

Thursday, May 27: AP Bio Test 

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! 

Resources for Mental Health Services

The following Suicide and Depression Hotlines and websites are available 24/7:

Mental Health Agencies (Therapy/Counseling)

  • Mental Health Center of Denver: 303-504-6500. Services have moved to remote teletherapy. Offered services include a 24-hour Walk-in Center, pharmacy fulfillment, primary care, co-responders, food box programs, and residential facilities that continue to operate in the community.
  • Jewish Family Service: 303-597-5000. (Services offered include mental health, Russian mental health and refugee mental health.

 

High School Updates from HS Director Leah Bry

  • Prom tickets are now available to purchase for $35 online here or in person from Max, Leah, or Carol. Seniors’ tickets are FREEEEE!
  • Come to prom at DMHS on Saturday, May 15th to celebrate and watch Jurassic Park on a huge inflatable movie screen! Tickets are now available and will get you admission to the event, free pictures taken by a photographer at a red carpet photo booth, and movie snacks and souvenirs! Formal prom attire encouraged!
  • Come celebrate the end of the year with your friends!
  • Here is a link to a student-led petition to require DPS to take action on climate change – have a look and feel free to sign if you are interested: http://chng.it/WmJzy7DVBY

Thank you!

Leah Parker Bry

DMHS High School Director

leah_bry@dpsk12.net

 

Health Updates 
DPS 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

 

Interested in remaining virtual for 2021/21 – please read below

 

On Friday you should have received communication for DPS that provided information regarding the Remote Learning option for next school year (2021/22). Below you will find the details that were shared in that email. If you are interested in the Remote Learning option for next year, but have questions – please do not hesitate to reach out directly. You can contact me (cori_herbst@dpsk12.org), our FS Director Annie Bossange (anne_bossange@dpsk12.net), HS Director Leah Bry (leah_bry@dpsk12.net) or Carol Delong (carol_delong@dpsk12.net). 

 

To support families who would like to opt-in to the remote program, DPS will be offering an option for full-time remote learning for grades 6-12, through Denver Online High School

 

Families who would like to enroll their student in the remote learning program for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year should complete the Learning Option Selection form on the Parent Portal between May 10 and June 4. You can also call their front office to complete a paper form or complete the process over the phone during this window.

 

Importantly, families will be making this decision for the 2021-22 school year only. Students will not lose their seat at their currently assigned school if they choose the remote learning option, and will be able to return to in-person learning at their school the following year.

 

Families whose students will be returning to full-time in-person learning next year do not need to take any action, and their students will automatically be enrolled in in-person learning at their assigned school.

 

To help answer some of these questions DPS created an in-person learning webpage, which includes a detailed FAQ about what next year will look like for both in-person and remote learning.