Community Update 8-5-21

Posted 08/10/2021

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Cori’s Note

Greetings DMHS Community! We are headed back to school with teachers returning next week and students coming back the week of 8/16. Each week I will send out a Community Update that includes important details, dates and happenings.

There is a great deal of detail included in today’s communication and we appreciate you taking the time to read through. I want to highlight some changes below in the Important News to Know section and in the School registration section. Please look for updates in bold

 I look forward to seeing everyone next Thursday, August 12th at our Community Work and Back to School Event! Thanks for your partnership and commitment to DMHS – can’t wait to get the year going!  Warmly, Cori


VIP – School Registration – 2021-22

School registration can be completed largely online this year and the window is currently open. To complete the online registration process you will need a Parent Portal Account and a MySchoolBucks Account.   If you do not have access to a computer or internet, or need any assistance in this process, please contact Obdulia_Castillo@dpsk12.net or leave a message on 720-424-2600. Please complete the following:

  • Complete Online Registration now – the window is open through 8/6. Please upload any updated immunization records during this process.
  • Apply for Free and Reduced lunch  MySchoolApps.com.  School Lunch will be free for all in 21/22, but we need everyone to complete the form.
  • Complete 2021-2022 Medical Forms -if medication is needed to be given or kept at school.
  • Pay Registration Fees  $75 for all students grades 7-12.
  • Pay Trip Fees of $125 for all students.
  • *Seniors only also pay Senior Fee $50
  • Sign up for the DMHS Community Cares Volunteer Campaign
  • The trips forms are not currently appearing in Parent Portal – we will send these home with students at the start of the year. If you are waiting to submit registration based on these forms, please go ahead and complete the process.

If you need support with online registration – you can come in-person Thursday, August 5th from 4-6pm or Friday, August 6th 8-10am. Spanish translation will be available.


Upcoming Dates

July 30th – August 6th Online Registration Window is Open

Thursday, August 5th Registration Assistance, 4:00-6:00pm

Friday, August 6th Registration Assistance, 8:00-10:00am

Thursday, August 12th

Community Work Session. 3:00-5:00pm

Back to School ‘Night’ – 5:00-6:00pm

Back to School BBQ – 6:00-7:00pm

Monday, August 16th 9th and 12th Grade Students’ First Day Back

Tuesday, August 17th 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th Grade Students Return

Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 Farm School Fall Trip

Friday, September 3rd Teacher Prof. Dev. Day, NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

Monday, September 6th Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

September 8-10 High School Fall Trip


COMMUNICATION at DMHS

DMHS believes good communication is critical and key to our work and developing a strong partnership with families and students is at the core of our success. So that our families have multiple ways to access information we commit to providing the following:

  • Weekly Community Updates sent via email/School Messenger each Thursday.
  • When necessary or requiring urgent attention we will use the School Messenger text feature to alert our community of important news and reminders.
  • Updates to our website, including keeping our calendar up-to-date.

Communication is not one-directional and so we also commit to ensuring your voice is at the table through:

  • Regular Community Forums with the Principal and School Directors (dates TBA). We will host Zoom forums AND whenever possible in-person events as well.
  • The Family/Adviser relationship. Your child will have an Adviser who, in most situations, stays with them through their three years in each school. Your child’s Adviser is a touchstone for staying in contact and you should be hearing from them regularly, and meeting with them as needed.
  • Family and Community Educational Evenings to provide partnership and learning in Montessori, College and Career, Development of the Adolescent. We plan to hold these sessions in person whenever possible.
  • District and School Surveys to provide us with immediate, actionable feedback.
  • CSC and the DMHS Educational Foundation are our governing and fundraising committees that offer a clear path toward stakeholder voice. You will receive more information about joining and supporting this work over the next few weeks.
  • Last but certainly not least, we are reimagining the Family Committees and Advisory Councils to advance our mission around equity and our core values of Montessori. More information about this will come in late August

HEALTH and SAFETY at DMHS

We are all eager to return to a more typical school year – and believe it will be more so than last year. That being said, we also know that the Pandemic continues to impact our lives and we will have to remain adaptable and flexible. You should have received communication from our new Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero regarding the updated masking requirements (linked here).  Beginning, Monday, August 9th – all staff, students and visitors in DPS will be required to wear masks in the building.

Many of you have also heard about the Vaccine requirement for DPS staff and the Public Health Order that was issued (linked here). 

Additionally, DMHS is continuing to practice appropriate disinfecting and sanitizing. There is not currently a requirement for social distancing in the classroom, however, we plan to encourage this as much as possible. The nature of our school also allows for maximum outdoor instruction and we will be taking full advantage of this. At this time masks will not be required when we are outside.

DMHS will continue to take guidance from DPS on any shifts in the health and safety protocols and we will be sure to communicate adjustments to our families as needed.
Vaccination clinics and Covid Testing sites are available. To learn more, please click on this link.


IMPORTANT NEWS TO NOTE for the 2021-22 School Year

Bell Times, Transportation and the 21/22 Calendar. For the 2021-22 school year, our bell schedule for both the Farm and High School  will be:

 

  • Breakfast begins at 8:10am M-F – all students are eligible to receive breakfast at no cost!
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays:  8:20 am -3:50 pm
  • Wednesdays:  8:20 am -12:05 pm (HS families*) DMHS will have an early release on Wednesdays* 

 

*Our high school students will be expected to engage in an internship during this time on Wednesday afternoons. This is an opportunity for students to practice the skills of working in the adult world and to explore career interests. You will notice that thinking about internship options is a piece of the HS summer homework. If you have any questions about the internship component of our high school or need any resources to support your student in exploring internship options, please feel free to reach out to Katya at katya_thronweber@dpsk12.net 

DMHS WILL HAVE TRANSPORTATION! Last week we shared that All DMHS students in grades 7-12 will be eligible to use the DPS ‘yellow bus’ transportation. We learned this week that there are LIMITED seats available on our buses. If you have not yet notified our main office that you plan to ride the bus please do so now. Grades 7-9 will be prioritized along with HS siblings. HS students are eligible to ride provided there is space available. We anticipate all students who are interested in riding will be able to do so, however, we do want HS families to be aware of the limitations. To secure your spot, please let Obdulia know as soon as possible.  Routes will stay the same as previous years with pick-up/drop-off at:

  • Denver Language School (Gilpin campus) –  2949 California St
  • Lincoln Elementary – 715 S PEARL ST
  • ACADEMIA ANA MARIE SANDOVAL – 3655 WYANDOT
  • Denison Elementary – 1821 S YATES ST

Pick-up and drop-off times will be provided prior to the start of school. If you plan for your student to take the DPS Yellow Bus transportation you will need to select that option when registering and/or contact the school directly. RTD Passes will continue to be made available to High School students and more details will be provided at registration.

Please find linked here the calendar for the 21/22 DMHS school year. Note, this calendar differs from the DPS traditional school calendar. 9th and 12th graders start on August 16th, 2021, 7, 8, 10 and 11th graders start on Tuesday, August 17th

Fall Trips

We have tentatively booked ‘local’ trips for both schools. The dates and locations will be:

  • Farm School – August 31-September 2 – Cherry Creek State Park, Chatfield State Park and Jackson Lake State Park. The cost for the trip is projected to be $125. There will be a trip meeting scheduled upon the return to school.
  • High School – September 8-10th – Cherry Creek State Park and Chatfield State Park. The cost for the trip is projected to be $125 . There will be a trip meeting on. There will be a trip meeting scheduled upon the return to school .

Please note while the trips are tentatively booked, the ability for us to take trips will be based on the Health and Safety data, guidance from DPS regarding any continued pandemic related guardrails and ultimately the number of families who decide this is the right decision for their student. We ask families to make a tentative commitment by the dates of registration (8/5-6). Deposits will be requested this time. Should we be unable to attend the trip for reasons related to the pandemic or due to a lack of participation we will offer refunds to all families who have paid the deposit. If the cost of the trip is prohibitive for your family, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. We are committed to having all students join, regardless of ability to pay.

Summer Work

Students in both the Farm and High school are encouraged to review the Summer Work ‘assignments’ for their school.

  • Farm school students should join The Farm School Summer Homework 2021 Course in schoology using the code CZWB-P88B-FHHZR In this course, there is a writing assignment and a math assignment.  We know that this has been quite a challenging year and we want our students to take time to be creative and enjoy some off screen time.
  • High School students should access the assignment via our website

FARM SCHOOL NOTES

Sadly, the Farm School has a staffing update to share. Rae Jones will be moving to Denver Online High School for the 21/22 School Year. This was a difficult decision that certainly impacts our Farm School community. Rae is a beloved member of our staff and our best hope is to continue to have Rae engaged in our community through events and through their participation in our equity work this year.

We are grateful to have a team of highly qualified teachers at DMHS and are pleased to share that there are internal staff who will be stepping into the role of coach and leader while Rae is away from DMHS. We are also excited to share that former teacher, Creighton Hofeditz will be returning to DMHS for the first half-quarter to teach a projects course focused on the Greenhouse and construction. We will be posting for a longer term teacher and plan to retain a Montessori trained guide to complete the year.

HIGH SCHOOL NOTES

We want to remind our high school families that Concurrent Enrollment courses begin soon! Please be on the lookout for direct  communication from those professors.
DMHS will not offer AP this year, however, we will continue to provide for robust opportunities top engage in Concurrent enrollment and rigorous honors courses. Should you have any questions please reach out to Cori or Katya directly.