DMHS Community Update 12-17-20

Posted 12/18/2020

 

Cori’s Note

Great NEWS! The DMHS Education Foundation held it’s Holiday Auction last weekend. They set a goal to raise $1500 towards their mission to support DMHS trips. Our community showed up in an AMAZING way. Your generous bids allowed the Foundation to raise just over $6000! Thank you for helping us to meet and surpass our goal. I am grateful to both the Foundation and to all of you for your tremendous support. As we head into the break, I also want to acknowledge our staff.  I hope you will join me in sending them many warm wishes for a restful break. Over the last few weeks Carol has been gathering alumni stories, and through these stories I’ve had the opportunity to hear about the impact the DMHS staff have had on students. The commitment that our teachers and staff have made to ensuring our students develop as independent, successful citizens of the world is clear from the work our graduates continue to do in the world beyond DMHS! 

I also want to extend my personal gratitude to our entire community. Over the last couple of weeks you’ve been asked to participate in the Principal selection process. Your engagement in this process is very much appreciated. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to view the video and provide your feedback, there is still some time to do so (linked here until 5pm). It has been a privilege and delight to serve you through these first months of school, and I very much look forward to the opportunity to continue our work together through next semester and hopefully for years to come. 

I will quickly touch on just two more items – return to school and the end of this quarter. As you know, it is projected we will return for in-person learning as early as January 19th. I want to assure our families that every step of the way you will receive detailed information, including information on our health and safety protocols, any necessary scheduling adjustments and the protocols for making the transition as seamless as possible. On January 14th I will host a DMHS Town Hall where I will present our comprehensive plan. Should it become clear that the timeline for in-person learning will be adjusted we’ll  share that information as it comes. In the meantime please save-the-date and plan to join me on 1/14/21 at 5:30 pm.

In closing I want to remind you that tomorrow, December 18th is the end of the 2nd quarter. We expect all school work to be turned in by the end of the day. I want to share that we are concerned about work completion, and encourage families to check Schoology with their child before heading off for the break. As we close out this quarter we don’t want there to be any missed  opportunities to demonstrate learning. We KNOW our students are capable, driven learners and anticipate seeing an influx of assignments tomorrow!  We will be on break beginning Monday, December 21st through Monday, January 4th. I will send a community update the week of 12/29 so that we can share any updates and plans for the week we return to school.

Finally, we are wrapping up what is arguably one of the most challenging years any of us have faced in our lifetime. I think we all share in the belief that 2021 brings the promise of fresh starts, course correction and well – it’s not going to be 2020! I wish you all a restful break and hope that your family stays safe and well. We will see you all next year! 

 

Carol’s Note:

As we bring this challenging year to a close, I would like to express my gratitude to the DMHS community.  Throughout all the changes and challenges that this year has brought our way, our DMHS community has been so gracious and supportive.  I hope you have a wonderful Winter Break! 

School Choice 

The First Round  School Choice process opens on January 15 at 8am and closes February 16.  Please note that all current students will automatically be enrolled at  DMHS for the 2021-22 school year.   As we begin planning for next year, it would be very helpful for us to know if your student plans on staying at DMHS  next school year by filling out this intent to return survey.   (I know we are all tired of surveys, but I promise, this is truly a 1 minute survey.) 

In preparation for school choice, our amazing  Farm School hospitality managers have been visiting our feeder elementary schools.  So far, they have presented at Denison, Lincoln, and Sandoval, and also helped with our first information session with families.  We will be hosting another virtual Farm School Information Session on Thursday, January 21 at 6 pm. https://zoom.us/j/96333130598   Please share this information with anyone you know might be interested in coming to DMHS next school year! 

High School Information Night

Following the DMHS Town Hall at 5:30 pm on January 14, we will be hosting a High School Information Night at 6 pm.  This is an opportunity to hear from our High School team about the 10th-12th grade  program.  We highly recommend that all 8th and 9th grade families attend this event.  

DMHS Education Foundation  

Please keep on supporting the DMHS EF  by shopping with  AmazonSmile account and your King Soopers Rewards Card!  

 

A Note from Leah

SO many thanks to the people who volunteered to join the panel  talking to Seniors about life, work, and education after High School! Rowena Alegria, Effrem Norwood, Tunisha Hairston-Brown, Lauren Castillo, Kiahna Calder, Devin Knight, and Robin Yokel. It was really powerful to hear from folks who graduated HS many years ago, or recently; people who have started businesses and initiatives; and others who’ve navigated many different job and career paths. Most of all I think it helped our students think BIG about what’s possible for them and what they want to do and experience in their adult lives. Thank you! ~Leah, HS Program Director


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Nota de Cori

¡Una gran noticia! La Fundación de Educación de DMHS llevó a cabo su subasta navideña el fin de semana pasado. Se fijaron la meta de recaudar $ 1500 para su misión de apoyar los viajes de DMHS. Nuestra comunidad se presentó de una manera INCREÍBLE. ¡Sus generosas ofertas permitieron a la Fundación recaudar poco más de $ 6000! Gracias por ayudarnos a cumplir y superar nuestra meta. Estoy agradecido tanto a la Fundación como a todos ustedes por su tremendo apoyo. Mientras nos dirigimos al descanso, también quiero agradecer a nuestro personal. Espero que se una a mí para enviarles muchos cálidos deseos de un descanso reparador. Durante las últimas semanas Carol ha estado recopilando historias de ex alumnos y, a través de estas historias, tuve la oportunidad de escuchar sobre el impacto que el personal de DMHS ha tenido en los estudiantes. ¡El compromiso que nuestros maestros y personal han hecho para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes se desarrollen como ciudadanos independientes y exitosos del mundo se desprende del trabajo que nuestros graduados continúan haciendo en el mundo más allá de DMHS!
También quiero extender mi gratitud personal a toda nuestra comunidad. Durante las últimas semanas, se le pidió que participara en el proceso de selección de director. Se agradece mucho su participación en este proceso. Si aún no ha tenido la oportunidad de ver el video y enviar sus comentarios, todavía hay tiempo para hacerlo (aqui hasta las 5 p.m.). Ha sido un privilegio y un placer servirle durante estos primeros meses de escuela, y espero con ansias la oportunidad de continuar nuestro trabajo juntos durante el próximo semestre y, con suerte, durante los próximos años.
Me referiré rápidamente a dos puntos más: el regreso a la escuela y el final de este trimestre. Como saben, se proyecta que regresaremos para el aprendizaje en persona a partir del 19 de enero. Quiero asegurarles a nuestras familias que en cada paso del camino recibirán información detallada, incluida información sobre nuestros protocolos de salud y seguridad, cualquier ajuste de programación necesario y los protocolos para hacer que la transición sea lo más fluida posible. El 14 de enero seré el anfitrión de un Ayuntamiento de DMHS donde presentaré nuestro plan integral. Si queda claro que se ajustará el cronograma para el aprendizaje en persona, compartiremos esa información a medida que llegue. Mientras tanto, por favor reserve la fecha y planee unirse a mí el 14/1/21 a las 5:30 pm.

Para terminar, quiero recordarles que mañana 18 de diciembre es el final del segundo trimestre. Esperamos que todo el trabajo escolar se entregue al final del día. Quiero compartir que nos preocupa la finalización del trabajo y animar a las familias a que consulten Schoology con sus hijos antes de partir para el descanso. Al cerrar este trimestre, no queremos que se pierda ninguna oportunidad para demostrar el aprendizaje. ¡SABEMOS que nuestros estudiantes son aprendices capaces y motivados y anticipamos ver una afluencia de asignaciones mañana! Estaremos de descanso desde el lunes 21 de diciembre hasta el lunes 4 de enero. Enviaré una actualización de la comunidad la semana del 29 de diciembre para que podamos compartir cualquier actualización y planes para la semana que regresemos a la escuela.

Finalmente, estamos terminando lo que podría decirse que es uno de los años más desafiantes que cualquiera de nosotros haya enfrentado en nuestra vida. Creo que todos compartimos la creencia de que 2021 trae la promesa de nuevos comienzos, corrección del rumbo y bueno, ¡no va a ser 2020! Les deseo a todos un descanso reparador y espero que su familia se mantenga sana y salva. ¡Nos veremos a todos el próximo año!