DMHS Updates May 2, 2020

Posted 05/04/2020

Dear DMHS Community,

May is the Senior Celebration Month!  We are so proud of our Class of 2020 and especially want to celebrate them during this time of social distancing.   Be sure to check out the Senior Celebrations on the various social media accounts:  DMHS Facebook Page,DMHS Instagram Account @denvermontessorijrsrhs  and DMHS 2020 Seniors Account  @denvermontessori2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK -Creative Expression Piece

10th grader Nastasia Herrera beautifully re-created a piece of artwork at her home

VIRTUAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION NIGHT -SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY, MAY 14 AT 5 PM

High School Director Leah Bry and the High School Team are putting together an information session for our 9th graders and their families in order to prepare them for the transition into 10th grade.  The event will take place on-line on Thursday, May 14 at 5 -6:30 pm.  

More detailed information including  meeting logins  will be sent out next week directly to our 9th grade families.  

9th GRADE CONTINUATION -THURSDAY,  May 28 AT 6 pm

We will hold a  live streaming  of our Continuation video on Facebook on May 28 at 6 pm.  All 9th graders and their advisors will contribute to the video.

VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY – MONDAY, JUNE 1 AT 6 pm

Due to the uncertainty of when we will be able to hold a large in person event, and the importance of celebrating this huge milestone for our Class of 2020,  we will create and hold a live streaming of our graduation ceremony on June 1 at 6 pm.  Then, as soon as large in person events are again allowed, we plant to hold an in person celebration for our graduates that will be organized by the graduation committee. 

Seniors will also have a diploma pick up ceremony at the Smedley Campus on Wednesday, May 27 at 1 pm. We are still receiving district guidelines on the details of both the ceremony and the diploma pick-up and will provide you with more information as we finalize things. 

PERMISSION TO USE ZOOM

Several of our teachers would like to use Zoom for group lessons instead of google meets, and the District is working closely with Zoom to make sure this is a secure platform for our students. Recently, we were given permission to have Zoom as an alternative to Meets. However, in order to do this, we need your permission.  Please fill out this short form to give your permission

VIRTUAL STAFF APPRECIATION 

The CSC and ELA-PAC have changed the  Staff Appreciation Week to a virtual event.  They are requesting that families write emails,  send e-cards or videos  of appreciation to DMHS staff members.  In the sign-up, 3 families  per staff member can sign up to send an email of gratitude in order for everybody to be included.  STAFF APPRECIATION  

MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS FOR STUDENTS

Now both Farm School  and High School students have the opportunity to attend more funitivites! Advisors will be going over the opportunities with students on Monday. Lauren has also added a High School Personal Wellness Group that students can choose to attend. 

ASSESSMENTS

SAT 

The College Board continues to monitor the situation.  They have now cancelled the June testing dates and are making plans to add more dates starting in September.  Please see their  website for more details .   We will let you know as soon as we know the new DPS sponsored SAT date. 

AP Exams

All AP Exams will be administered online and limited to 45 minutes, and will cover reduced content. For a complete schedule of the AP exams please see the AP Schedule.  

We highly encourage our AP students to take the tests and to continue to work with your teachers on the preparing for the tests.  If you have any questions on the AP tests or have decided not to take them, please reach out to our High School Counselor Jennifer_Fenton@dpsk12.net

RESOURCES FOR OUR FAMILIES

DPS continues to be a source of breakfast, lunch and often dinner for our families. Please find links to resources including DPS free lunch and breakfast locations, free internet access, resources for learning at home, and resources about talking to your students about COVID-19 HERE

UPCOMING DATES

For a complete calendar overview please see our website: http://dmhs.dpsk12.org/news-and-events/calendar/

Thursday, May 14 at 5:00: High School Information Night for rising 10th graders

Friday, May 22 – Final day for 9th grade and high school students to choose grades or P/F

Wednesday, May 27 – Senior check out and diploma celebration

Thursday, May 28 – 9th Grade Virtual Continuation 

Friday, May 29 – Last day of remote learning

June 1 at 6:00 – Virtual High School Graduation

Please know that it is ALWAYS OK to email your student’s advisor and/or Katy or Carol if you have an unanswered question. We know this is an anxious time, and we are more than willing to respond to you as quickly as we can.

Stay safe and well,

Katy, Carol and the DMHS Staff