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January 20, 2021

Hello Wildcats and Wildcat families,

We are so excited to welcome our in-person students back in just a few short days.  We have definitely missed the energy in our building that students bring and look forward to seeing your smiling faces.  

As we transition back into this hybrid model, many of our procedures and protocols will remain the same from first semester.  Just a few additional reminders are highlighted below in the newsletter.  Most importantly, gaiters will no longer be acceptable as a face covering.  We have masks available for students if they do not have one.  Most importantly, please do not come to school if you are feeling unwell.  All doors that were open for temperature checks will remain the same as the first semester.  Make sure to give yourself time to go through the process and get to class on time.

For our students who will remain hybrid for the remainder of the semester, nothing will really change for you.  Continue to log into your classes daily and meet with your teachers.  Please remember if your teacher has designated pick-up materials that will help you in engaging in the class, those materials are available for pick-up during school hours at the main office doors.  These materials have been purchased and organized as an integral part of your success in classes.  Please make a point to acquire these materials as soon as possible.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

 

In this issue:

Return to Hybrid Learning

Safety Reminders for AWest

Building Entry

Mask reminders

Grab and Go Meals

NHS Fundraiser

Practice SAT

Registration Information Chat

Health Information from our district nurse

JEFFCON registration

Watching Athletic Events

ScoreVision Fan App

 

Returning to Hybrid Learning MONDAY

Beginning on Monday, we are returning to the Hybrid learning schedule.

Please review the schedule listed here:  Bell Schedule

If you have questions about your student’s Hybrid/Remote status please contact your student’s counselor.

Currently our Remote and Hybrid classes are at max capacity and there is very little/no room for further adjustments.  Our current staffing was based off of the feedback that we received from previous surveys in the 1st Semester. If your student is a Remote student they may be placed in a Hybrid class due to these restraints.

Safety First

The safety of your student(s) is our number one priority here at Arvada West.  Due to COVID-19 we have implemented several new protocols that will ensure Arvada West is a safe place for your student.

We have seven different entry doors that students will enter through, to stagger the number of students entering at the same time.  Students will enter through assigned doors closest to their first class period of the day. A list of doors and classrooms will be sent out next week.   Students may enter the building at 7:00 a.m. and go straight to class.  Students whose first class of the day is 3rd or 4th may enter the building beginning at 9:00 a.m. through the assigned doors.  Students who are arriving late to school, or have a later start will need to enter either the main entrance doors or pre-function doors to be screened.

Students that do not have a class will not be allowed to be in the building.

Our hallways are clearly marked to keep traffic moving in a fluid manner.  Students need to follow the signs posted in the hallways.  Three of our stairways allow for two way traffic and five that are clearly marked will be one way traffic only.  In order to keep social distancing students need to keep moving, small groups congregating in the hallway will be asked to separate and to head to class.

The classrooms have been cleared of non-essential items, extra desks, chairs, etc. to allow for more space to ensure that social distancing can be maintained.  Desks will be sanitized after each class period and seating will be staggered throughout the day so different desks are used each hour.

Students are encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly throughout the day.  Hand sanitizer is provided in each classroom as well as at each entry door for students to use.  Students are to keep their hands to themselves and are not allowed to share any materials with other students.

Masks must be worn by students at all times.  If a student does not have a mask, AWHS will provide one  for the day, a reminder that a bandana is not considered a face covering.  As long as social distancing of 6 feet or more is maintained students can take a short (5 minute or less) break from wearing a mask.  Masks are mandatory in the hallways.

AWHS will be offering Grab and Go breakfast and lunch options.  For breakfast students may pick up food in the Commons and eat their meal in their first class of the day.  Lunch will be served at the end of the day, students can pick up their meal as they are leaving the building.

Students that do not have a class will not be allowed to be in the building.  At the end of the school day students need to depart the building and be off school grounds by 2:00.  Students needing to meet with a teacher after school must make arrangements with the teacher prior to arriving.  Once students leave campus they are not allowed to reenter the building.

Building Entry

Students will be allowed to enter the building beginning at 7:00 a.m. each morning, if they have a first or second period class.  Upon entering the building, students must be wearing a mask, maintain six feet of social distance, will be asked symptom questions and have a temperature taken.

Entry into the building will be staggered and based on a student’s first class of attendance for the day.  We ask that students enter the building at the doors indicated below.  Each door is labelled directly above the door. Once in the building, students will need to go directly to their first classroom of the day. 

Door numbers 4, 8 and Main Entrance are accessible from the South Parking lot.  These doors are on the south side of the building facing Allendale Drive.  If you park in the North lot you will need to make your way around the building, to the south entrances.

Doors 21, 23 and 32 can be accessed from the North (Student) Parking Lot. These doors should be utilized only for students with a first assigned class in the North Wing.

Students arriving for 3rd of 4th Hour will enter using the below entry plan, with doors opening at 9:00 a.m.

Students arriving after the beginning of a class period and/or Warren Tech must enter through the Pre-Function or Main Entrance (South) Doors to be screened by security personnel..                                                                     

Door 4 – West Wing – Library                        Door 21 – Far North Wing

Library                                                               N125  N133  N138  N217

112   121   212   218                                         N126  N134  N140  N218

113   123   213   N200                                       N130  N135  N214  N219

115   124   215   N201                                       N131  N136  N215

116   125   216                                                   N132  N137  N216

          126  217                                                                            

Door 8 – Far West Wing                                  Door 23 – Mid North Wing

121   131   220   232                                          N100  N122  N204 N209

123   133  221   235                                          N106  N123  N205  N210

124   135   228   237                                          N111  N124  N206  N211

125   137   229   238                                          N112  N202  N207  N212

126   140   231   240                                           N113  N203  N208  N213

 

                                     Door 32 Pre-Function

                                                        E109  E111  Gym

                                                        Auxiliary Gym (E130)

                                                        Weight Room (E141)

                                                        Counseling Center

                                                        Auditorium (E113)

 

Door numbers 4, 6, 8 and Main Entrance are accessible from the South Parking lot.  These doors are on the south side of the building facing Allendale Drive.  If you park in the North lot you will need to make your way around the building, to the south entrances.

Doors 21, 23 and 32 can be accessed from the North (Student) Parking Lot. These doors should be utilized only for students with a classroom assigned in the North Wing.

Students arriving for 3rd of 4th Hour will enter using the above entry plan, with doors opening at 9:00 AM

Students arriving after the beginning of a class period and/or Warren Tech must enter through the Pre-Function or Main Entrance (South) Doors to be screened by security personnel.

Masks/Face Coverings

All students and adults are required to wear a face covering/mask when on school grounds, with the exception of eating and drinking. Masks are required while entering and exiting the school building, all throughout the building, and while riding buses. Gaiters or bandanas will not be allowed.

Discipline for not wearing or inappropriately wearing a mask/face covering consists of:

1st Offense - Student will be redirected by teacher to establish expectations.

2nd Offense - Student will engage  in a restorative conversation with the Dean of Students to help him/her learn from the behavior and take responsibility.

3rd Offense - Student will be sent home for the day and will need to finish learning for the day at home.

4th Offense - Student will be removed from the Hybrid Learning Model and will be assigned to the Full-Time Remote Learning Model.

Grab and Go Meal Process

All meals served at Arvada West will be Grab and Go.

Breakfast will be served daily 7:00-9:00

Lunch will be served daily 1:25-2:00

Lunch will be a rotating menu with Pizza and Milk choices available daily.  Second vegetable and 2nd fruit choices also available daily.

Grab and go meals are free for all students, however if your student is purchasing a la carte items, and paying with cash, no coin change will be given, only bill change.  Coin amount of change will be credited to the student’s account.

NHS Fundraiser

National Honor Society is once again selling masks! They are $10 each and a portion of the sales goes back to NHS. The store closes on February 3rd so order today!

 https://indyink.printavo.com/merch/awppe

Practice SAT for Juniors- January 29, 2021

All Juniors will be taking a free Practice SAT test remotely on Friday, January 29 at 8:00am.  The test will be administered through College Drive and will be administered over Zoom.  Students will be e-mailed the test information around January 24, which will include instructions on how to take the test on Friday, January 29.  Student scores will be provided to them individually as well as to Arvada West.  This will give students a better idea of how to prepare for the state-mandated SAT test that all Juniors are required to take on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  Scores from the April 13 test date can be used for college admissions.  If you would like more information about the SAT test please see the information on the A-West website or go directly to www.sat.org.  Students are able to prepare for the SAT test anytime for free on https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.   Please reach out to Stacia Taves at Stacia.Taves@jeffco.k12.co.us with any questions about the Practice SAT.

2021-22 School Year Registration

Course registration will run from January 25th - February 15th.  All course requests must be submitted through the Academic Planner by February 15th.  Further details will be given to your students from the Counselors in their English class.

Registration/Scheduling Information Parent Chat

The Counseling Department would like to invite you to a Parent Chat about the Registration/Scheduling process at Arvada West. Please join us for a live zoom meeting on Friday, January 29th at 8:00am to learn more about how your student/s will sign up for their classes for the 2021-2022 school year. Please RSVP with the link below and a zoom link will be sent to the email address provided the day before the meeting. If you are unable to join live, the presentation will be recorded and shared on the counseling website.

RSVP Here for Meeting Link

Health and Intervention Information from our District Nurse

Please see this link for information on resources from the district for your student and you!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EhIwZ31cmdiTwcO2ZRYUbH0C1gatvFiey-yyn4PGhjw/edit?usp=sharing

JEFFCON 2021 is Online Friday, Jan 29th

JEFFCON is a technology conference for Jeffco students in grades 9-12.  Students will be introduced to members of the Jeffco Technology departments and could learn about the jobs they do.  There will be hands-on sessions, a Keynote speaker from the NSA, Dr. Tom Walcott, along with games, prizes and an opportunity for a $2500 scholarship.  If your student is interested, or you want more information, visit www.jeffcon.net

Watching Athletic Events

Unfortunately, we cannot have fans at athletic events as of now but we are in the process of having a free live stream for all AWest home games through the NFHS Network. We should have it up for our basketball games and wrestling match next week, and all you will need to do is go to nfhsnetwork.com and in the search bar type Arvada West High School to find the event.

Please watch our upcoming games next week:

Monday, January 25th: Girls/Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Golden (5:30 Girls/7:00 Boys)

Thursday, January 28th: Wrestling vs. Jefferson at 7:00 pm

Friday, January 29th: Girls/Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Boulder (5:30 Girls/7:00 Boys)

ScoreVision Fan App

Can’t watch the game but want to follow the live score on your phone? Download the ScoreVision Fan App in the App Store or Google Play Store. Once, you download the ScoreVision Fan App pick Arvada West High School as your favorite school and during home games you can follow the score live through the app.



January 13, 2021

Hello Wildcats and Families,

At this point in January, your student should be feeling comfortable and in the swing of things for this semester.  I hope your student has settled into the routine of each synchronous day and managing their time well so that Fridays do not feel overwhelming. 

January’s short days and the remote teaching environment can put stress on your students, but please know that we do have many resources available here to support you.  One, in particular, is our partnership with the Jefferson Center, and the services of Dr. Sharon Stremel.  Also, our prevention counselor Kelly Smith, our social workers Lexi Evans and Scarlett Doise as well as all our counseling staff are here to support the educational and emotional needs of our students.  Please reach out, we will do our best to help.

Seniors, in particular, who may have failed classes critical for graduation this spring should reach out to their counselor to establish a plan and investigate our credit recovery options.  There are several roads that all lead to GRADUATION so please make sure you are taking advantage of every opportunity to make that a reality.  Wildcats, you CAN do this!

And for our underclassmen, it is ALREADY time to explore your options for classes for next year!  Please see the information below about counseling’s program on getting started on registration for next year.  It has great information that will help you through the process.

Juniors, SAT testing is on the horizon too.  Please take advantage of the practice test offering coming later this month -- it will give you good experience and confidence for the SAT later this spring.

Parents and students, we also have links included for your student for the district’s Make Your Voice Heard Survey.  MYVH is a survey designed to promote engagement in school, improves the school learning environment, and combats problems such as bullying.  Arvada West High School will be giving students the survey in January-February 2021. This annual survey gives us great feedback on Arvada West.  Your student’s input is welcomed, please have your student follow the directions below and participate in MYVH today.

And enjoy the upcoming three day weekend!  Please note the schedule change below. 

As we continue to navigate the school semester, our Wildcat resilience and strength will continue to be important skills to hold close.  Keep your focus.  Don’t put off that homework - homework strengthens your skillset by “practicing” your learning.  Keep practicing.  Keep asking questions.  Keep reaching out to your teachers, to your counselors, and to your administrators.  And most importantly, keep your positive Wildcat attitude.  #WildcatStrong.  Spring semester 2021.  You got this.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

In this issue:

            Schedule for next week

Credit recovery

            Services Available at Jefferson Center

            Practice SAT

Parent chat about registration

Make Your Voice Heard Survey

Return to Sport Protocol

Season B Registration

            Yearbook

            Warren Tech Open House

Schedule Reminder - Week of January 18th

January 18: NO SCHOOL; Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19: 1, 3, 5, 7 Synchronous Day

January 20: 2, 4, 6, 8 Synchronous Day

January 21: 1, 3, 5, 7 Synchronous Day

January 22: 2, 4, 6, 8 Synchronous Day

Credit Recovery

Counselors have been working hard over the last week, reaching out to Seniors and Juniors in need of credit recovery.  This credit recovery option is during the school day and at no charge to the student.  If your student has received this information, please make sure the contract has been completed and returned to the counselor as soon as possible.  As students finish the classes more credit recovery spots will be opened for underclassmen.

Placement of students is based upon the availability of Credit Recovery courses. Students will be expected to replace one of their off-hours for the Credit Recovery Course. These courses are done through a program called Edgenuity and students will have 6 weeks to complete a Credit Recovery course. Counselors are reaching out directly to students and families to offer these courses, there is no signup required.

Arvada West does offer Summer School as a credit recovery option at 165.00 per ½ credit.  More information about summer school will be forthcoming.

Jefferson Center Services Partnership at Arvada West

Please read this letter from the Jefferson Center regarding our wonderful partnership and how it is available to your student:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QHAmSYddicK7G0qyZ-GpP4hkAgfTMQn6/view?usp=sharing

Practice SAT for Juniors- January 29, 2021

All Juniors will be taking a free Practice SAT test remotely on Friday, January 29 at 8:00 am.  The test will be administered through College Drive and will be administered over Zoom.  Students will be e-mailed the test information around January 24, which will include instructions on how to take the test on Friday, January 29.  Student scores will be provided to them individually as well as to Arvada West.  This will give students a better idea of how to prepare for the state-mandated SAT test that all Juniors are required to take on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  Scores from the April 13 test date can be used for college admissions.  If you would like more information the SAT test please see the information on the A-West website or go directly to www.sat.org.  Students are able to prepare for the SAT test anytime for free on https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.

Please reach out to Stacia Taves at Stacia.Taves@jeffco.k12.co.us with any questions about the Practice SAT.

Registration/Scheduling Information Parent Chat

The Counseling Department would like to invite you to a Parent Chat about the Registration/Scheduling process at Arvada West. Please join us for a live zoom meeting on Friday, January 29th at 8:00am to learn more about how your student/s will sign up for their classes for the 2021-2022 school year. Please RSVP with the link below and a zoom link will be sent to the email address provided the day before the meeting. If you are unable to join live, the presentation will be recorded and shared on the counseling website.

RSVP Here for Meeting Link

Make Your Voice Heard Survey

Please read the letter that is linked here regarding the Make Your Voice Heard survey.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17n4C80tDkyRVquS8AE2ynGFMt6-v2dZO/view?usp=sharing

Here is the information for your student to take the survey from the assessment page:

Secondary Survey: Grades 6-12

The Secondary version of the survey is for grades 6-12.

Secondary (G6-12) Survey link: https://tinyurl.com/MYVHSecond2021

 

For all students: how to access the survey

After selecting the appropriate survey link based on grade level, students will need to log on with their ID and password, which are not case sensitive.

ID: student number - e.g., 1234567

Password: 8-digit birthday in MMDDYYYY format - e.g., 12012010

Return to Sport Protocols

As we wait on the variances for the approval of Season C and D: CHSAA Athletics Season, and if you student is planning on participating in any upcoming athletics (Season B, C, and/or D) and have tested positive for COVID at any point they must complete the Return to Sport protocol with our trainer (Corey Andrews) before they are eligible to participate. The Return to Sport takes about 5 days to complete so please reach out to Corey Andrews (corey.andrews@jeffco.k12.co.us) ASAP to set up a time to start the Return to Sport protocol.

Season B Athletics Registration is Open

Registration for Season B (Winter) Athletics is now open. Season B athletics being offered is: Girls/Boys Basketball, Girls Swimming, and Wrestling. Use the following link to register. http://www.arvadawest.org/news/level_two_news/_activity_and_sport_registration. Season B is scheduled to start on January 18th and make sure you have an up to date physical. If you have questions please contact Bruna Lanaghan (Bruna.Lanaghan@jeffco.k12.co.us)

Yearbook Pricing & Purchase

Hey AWest community! Early bird prices on yearbooks are coming to end soon! Grab your yearbook for $65 before the price changes on February 1st to $75.

Early Bird Pricing: $65 (now - January 31st)

End of Year Price: $75 (starting February 1st)

Yearbooks can be paid for through Jeffco Connect and then accessing the Jeffco Student Fee Payment Link.  Please contact the Financial Office by calling 303-982-1303 if you would like to purchase over the phone.

Warren Tech Virtual Open House, Thursday, January 28th, 2021, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

At the Virtual Open House, students can meet instructors and students from all Warren Tech programs, get the Warren Tech 101, including the application process for 2021-22, dig into how students get future-ready at Warren Tech with college credits, career certifications, and more AND take a virtual tour of the three Warren Tech campuses.  Want to learn more? Click here for details and registration.



January, 6, 2021

Happy New Year Wildcats!

I am hoping this communication finds you rested, relaxed and ready to tackle a new semester. Much has been learned from the previous semesters of remote learning and as a school we are adjusting a few things to help everyone be more successful and engaged in the learning. To be successful we know that it takes all parties, students, parents and the school to ensure a successful experience. If any of these parties do not uphold their end of the educational tripod, it begins to tip and eventually fail. As a school we have created common practice throughout the school on the organization of course content in Schoology, attendance practices and a late work policy. With these new common practices we are hoping for a more consistent experience and accountability for our students. Below you will find more information regarding these common practices.

Although our failure rate for this first semester was 11%, which is 4% higher than normal, we consider the decrease from the first semester’s second six weeks grading period of 21.7%, a success. The consistent efforts of parents, students and teachers working to create opportunities for successful demonstration of proficiency is a testament to the old adage, “it takes a village”. I would encourage all students and parents to continue to monitor grades and attendance and focus on keeping up with the workload in order to achieve the desired outcome.  

One thing I think we all know is that procrastination is not our friend and can quickly overwhelm our efforts. I know I have heard many times that Fridays for many of our students can appear overwhelming, as many teachers have their work due at the end of the day. But in many cases what is happening is work that has been assigned all week is being left to Friday to complete leading to that sense of an excessive workload. Teachers will be working with students throughout the semester on more “soft skills”, such as time management, project management and self-advocacy. We believe that these efforts combined with new common practices will increase engagement and success.

Let’s keep a forward focus and make 2021 a much better year than before. A big round of applause to all of our Wildcats who continue to persevere through these unprecedented challenges and make us all Wildcat Proud.

As always if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

In this issue:

Remote Food Pickup

Schedule for the first week

Schedule for MLK week

Honor Roll

Coons Retirement

Late work policy

Attendance

Athletics Registration

Yearbook

Credit recovery

New Covid info

 

Remote Food Pickup

Please see this flyer for updated information from Food Services. Arvada West is still a remote pickup site.

 

Schedule for this first week of second semester

Please note that this Friday is an ASYNCHRONOUS day, all classes.

We return to the regular remote schedule for the following week.

 

Schedule for MLK week

There will be no school on Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Day.

Remote Schedule for the week:

Tuesday, January 19 - 1,3,5,7, Adv.

Wednesday, January 20 - 2,4,6,8, Adv.

Thursday, January 21 - 1,3,5,7, Adv.

Friday, January 22 - 2,4,6,8, Adv.

 

Honor Roll

Congratulations to these Wildcats who have earned Honor Roll status for the first semester! #Wildcat Proud. http://www.arvadawest.org/academics/honor_roll

 

Casey Coons Retires from Arvada West

Please join our staff and coaches in wishing our Casey Coons well as he retires from Arvada West High School. Coach Coons is a beloved coach, a tireless athletic director and was the driving force behind our athletic programming. Casey retired in December. A full retirement celebration will be planned later in the year when COVID restrictions permit.

Questions about athletic programming for the spring can still be directed to Bruna Lanaghan, Athletics Secretary as well as Gordon Volk and Brad Mulvaney who are both serving in an interim capacity for athletics at this time.

 

Second Semester Common Practices

Attendance

Turning cameras on are highly encouraged. Attendance is based on being present in the class Online Conference and/or answering a discussion question, and an engagement/check activity at least ¾ quarter way through class

Late Work

Students will receive at least 75% (of the points they earn) on a late assignment. Teachers may create cut-off dates (end of unit or 6 weeks) where no more late work will be accepted for that time period. Late work must meet the teacher’s standards (they cannot just turn in a blank page or inaccurate work).

Organization

Teachers are all following a specific format for Schoology pages in order to create consistency and ease of finding assignments. Assignment names and or numbers will match between Infinite Campus and Schoology

 

Season B Athletics Registration is Open

Registration for Season B (Winter) Athletics is now open. Season B athletics being offered is: Girls/Boys Basketball, Girls Swimming, and Wrestling. Use the following link to register. http://www.arvadawest.org/news/level_two_news/_activity_and_sport_registration. Season B is scheduled to start on January 18th and make sure you have an up to date physical. If you have questions please contact Bruna Lanaghan (Bruna.Lanaghan@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

Yearbook Pricing & Purchase

Hey AWest community! Early bird prices on yearbooks are coming to end soon! Grab your yearbook for $65 before the price changes on February 1st to $75.

Early Bird Pricing: $65 (now - January 31st)

End of Year Price: $75 (starting February 1st)

Yearbooks can be paid for through Jeffco Connect and then accessing the Jeffco Student Fee Payment Link. Please contact the Financial Office by calling 303-982-1303 if you would like to purchase over the phone.

 

New COVID Information

The district has made a few changes to our COVID protocols, as we are shifting from 14 day quarantines to 10 days and no Gaiters may be worn as a mask at school. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our school nurse, LeAnne Downing (LeAnne.Downing@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

Second Semester Credit Recovery Options

Credit Recovery options for students, who need to make up lost credits will begin to take place this semester. Counselors will begin to go through and contact upperclassmen and families to schedule Credit Recovery courses. Placement of students is based upon availability of Credit Recovery courses. Students will be expected to to replace one of their off hours for the Credit Recovery Course. Counselors will reach out directly to students and families to offer these courses, there is no signup required.




December 16, 2020


Dear Wildcats and families,

Thank you so much to all the parents and students who have given such great feedback on your experiences with the first semester and remote learning.  Your comments and suggestions will continue to drive our planning and staff development for next semester.  

These unprecedented times have given us a new perspective on student learning and engagement.   Your feedback and partnership continues to be critical as we move forward into 2021.   As we begin next semester, you will see from us a renewed focus on ways to make sure your students are as engaged in remote learning as if they were sitting in their desks at Arvada West.  Public health guidelines will dictate our eventual return to the classroom, but we are committed to do all we can as educators to strengthen our remote processes in order to bring more of the classroom to you.    Students will need to continue to do their part as well by engaging in online learning, working to connect with their teachers and classmates, and staying positive.

As we move into our break, I highly encourage all my students, staff and parents to take a much needed break from screen time.  Unplug this season and give yourselves a respite from the screen.  Let’s enjoy the company of family and friends, spend time outdoors, play a board or card game and eat lots of good food.  We will soon be back into the grind of the new semester so take some time to enjoy the season and recharge your batteries.

Remember to finish #WildcatStrong!  YOU GOT THIS!!

 

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

 

In this issue:

 

Tutoring THIS FRIDAY AND MONDAY

The first week of next semester

Grades

Schedule changes

Virtual Holiday Collage Concert

           Choice Enrollment

 

Tutoring

NHS tutors will be available for extra help on Friday the 18th and Monday the 21st. Students are encouraged to sign up for a virtual tutoring slot if they need help completing assignments or would just like a study buddy to help them stay focused on their work. Tutoring slots are 30 minutes long and will take place over Zoom. Please sign up 24 hours in advance on the aCATemy website.

 

First Semester Grades

First Semester Grades will be posted on December 22nd at 4:00 pm.  Questions or concerns about grades please reach out to your student’s Counselor or Administrator.

 

Next Semester

The school board is determining the plan for next semester and it will be shared with parents when it is finalized. As soon as I know what the decision is I will communicate what our plan is for the first week, starting on January 6th, 2021. 

 

Schedules for second semester will be released to students and viewable through the jeffco portal on Dec. 16th at 4:00 pm.

2nd Semester Material Distribution

Departments that need to distribute materials/supplies to students for second semester will be held January 6th-9th from 2:00-3:30 near the main entrance and into the Commons.  Look for more information about that in January. 

 

Change of Schedule Requests

2nd Semester Change of Request Form:  https://forms.gle/hCc86dAx8GewzWgx7

You may submit a schedule change request for second semester only until December 21 at 12:00pm. Please make sure you select the correct Counselor or your request will not be processed. To help process your request quickly, please use only this form. We will attempt to make your requested change and if we are able to do so, you will see it reflected on your schedule before the second semester begins.  If a schedule change is not possible, you will have to follow your existing schedule.  SCHEDULE CHANGES WILL BE MINIMAL DUE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY RESTRICTIONS.

Allowable Schedule Changes:

1.         A student needs a specific class to graduate or as a prerequisite.

2.         The student is in the wrong level class or in a class without the proper prerequisite.

3.         The student’s schedule is incomplete.

CHANGES WILL NOT BE MADE FOR THE FOLLOWING:

1.     Teacher preference

2.     Class period preference

3.     Moving classes to be with friends

4.     Off period preferences

5.     Transportation or work conflicts

Virtual Holiday Collage Concert

Join hundreds of Arvada West vocal and instrumental students Monday, December 21 at 7:00pm for the annual Holiday Collage Concert! Our talented students will bring you holiday joy through some incredible performances! It is free and will be streamed on the Arvada West Choir YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCy_VoSVqms_AqGL_mmT8Shg. There is an opportunity to support the music program during this challenging time at arvadawest.org/donate (if you try to donate and it says: You are not authorized for this page then clear your browsing history and try again). We hope to see you there!

Choice Enrollment

Want to be a Wildcat but don’t live in the Arvada West attendance area?

Round 1 December 8th- January 15th

Round 2 starts Jan19th

Go to EnrollJeffco to complete your application.  Offers will be sent out around January 26th.

Please note that if you already attend Arvada West you will not need to apply for choice enrollment but we would like you to login to EnrollJeffco and confirm your student is returning.

Please feel free to pass this information along to friends or family who might be interested.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Registrar, Amber Brunk, at 303-982-1275 or Amber.Brunk@jeffco.k12.co.us



December 9, 2020


Dear Wildcats and Families,

We know this has been a hard year for all of us.  We are sooo close to having this year behind us, and things look promising for our plans to return to some sense of normalcy next year. 

But the fact remains that we still need to finish what we’ve started this year academically.

We all understand that one of the most difficult things about COVID is how remote learning and restricting social interaction has weighed so heavily on our students, families and our staff.  Shifting between in and out of classrooms, going fully remote, and suspending many of our school traditions has been so demotivating to our students-and right now that is reflected in student grades as an abundance of failing grades.  

The staff at AWest has come up with a plan that we hope will give all our students an opportunity to “show what you know”.

For the week of December 14-18 Arvada West will hold this time as “proficiency week”.   Classes will continue, students should still be attending all remote classes.  This means that this week we will be focusing on students completing back assignments and working on ways to demonstrate their level of understanding of the material. Teachers will be working on allowing students to show proficiency in a variety of manners.  This does not mean it is a finals week, and the only way to assess a student’s level of understanding is through a test.  Failing students should have a chance to demonstrate their level of understanding in a variety of ways, per teacher discretion or complete necessary work to attain a passing grade.  This is still a Monday-Thursday synchronous/Friday asynchronous week.  With a focus on getting students to demonstrate a passing level of proficiency.

Our teachers know that all our Wildcats CAN and DO know more about their subject matter than is reflected right now in the gradebook.   Students whose level of understanding is not reflected in their grade must make a concerted effort to reach out to their teachers and ask what needs to be done in order to demonstrate proficiency. The main office staff has been contacting students and parents over the last week to encourage them to engage and complete necessary work to pass.  

Nothing is beyond hope if you dig deep and give it one last effort, Wildcats.  Proficiency Week is an opportunity to demonstrate your learning.  Let’s get to it and finish strong!  Let’s all feel that Wildcat Pride, for a job well done. 

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

In this issue:

            Proficiency Week

Athletics Season B Update

Senior Portraits and Baby Ads Deadline Extended

Grab and Go Meals at Arvada West

COVID reminder

Warren Tech Information Nights

Healthy Learning at Home

Choice Enrollment

Important Information - NEW -  Proficiency Week

December 14th-18th will become a “proficiency”  week.  This means that this week we will be seeking ways for students to demonstrate their level of understanding. Teachers will be working on allowing students to show proficiency in a variety of manners.  This does not mean it is a finals week, and the only way to assess their level of understanding is through a test.  Failing students should have a chance to demonstrate their level of understanding in a variety of ways, per teacher discretion, or complete necessary work to attain a passing grade.  This is still a Monday-Thursday synchronous/Friday asynchronous week and students should attend all classes as scheduled.  The week will focus on getting students to demonstrate a passing level of proficiency. 

Student Engagement teams (admin, counselors, secretaries) will be helping to make phone calls to try and get students in the building or schedule a one-on-one time with the teacher to attain additional support.  The Engagement team is making contacts and encouraging you and your students to contact your teachers to schedule a time to ask for help and find out what can be done to demonstrate proficiency in your class.  Reach out to your counselor with any additional questions or support needs. 

Support Days  Friday, Monday, and Tuesday ( December 18th, 21st, 22nd) will be days to support students, gather end of semester feedback from students, and tie up loose ends.  This gives students and teachers another opportunity to get that last bit of extra support to get to passing.  Students are allowed in the building during this time if they make advance appointments with their teachers and if the protocols are followed (small numbers, temp checked through security at main office desk).   Students will be sent a  survey to gather feedback on the semester. 

 First Semester Grades

First Semester Grades will be posted on December 22nd at 4:00 pm.  Questions or concerns about grades please reach out to your student’s Counselor or Administrator.

Grab N Go Meals At Arvada West

Start Date – Thursday, December 10, 2020

 All meals will be served cold (sandwiches, yogurt, etc.) or meant for heating at home. Heating and storage instructions will be included with meals.

Parents may pick up meal packs for younger siblings

One parent may pick up meal packs for additional students (for example who are remote learning together.) Names of students will be recorded for documentation.

All must wear a mask or face covering and follow social distancing when picking up meals.

Meals can be picked up between 2:00-4:00 on Tuesday and Thursday inside of Door #3 (Southwest entrance to the Commons)

From the Nurse:

Just a reminder to contact your school if your student tests positive for Covid! We continue to track the cases in our community.  Thank you. Stay safe.

Jeffco District Area Nurse

Leanne.Downing@jeffco.k12.co.us

303-902-7275

AWest Parent/Guardian Feedback Form

We are asking parents for feedback on the first semester.  Please complete the survey below, as we would like parents’ perspective as your students will be doing this in their classes the last few days of the semester.

AWest Parent/Guardian Feedback Form

Athletics Update

On Monday, December 7th CHSAA pushed back the start of all remaining sports seasons. Season B is tentatively scheduled to start on January 25th, and here is the information from CHSAA about the postponement of athletics: CHSAA Postponement Article.  If you have already registered your student for Season B sports, no further action is required.  Please visit our athletic website for more information on sports.

Senior Baby Ads and Senior Portraits Deadline Extended

Hey folks, we are extending the deadline for purchasing Baby Ads and the submissions of Senior Portraits until DECEMBER 18TH! Senior portraits are still subject to a $15 late fee. Instructions for both are below:

Senior Portrait submission:

  • Please submit portraits via hjeshare.com, School Code AWest2021

Baby Ads purchase and creation:

To purchase a Baby Ad please visit Herff Jones order center. Search Arvada West and click Yearbook Ads to begin your design process.

 Warren Tech Information:

 Informational Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH70iPZhcSU&feature=youtu.be

2021-2022 Warren Tech Application (Priority Deadline: February 18th, 2021)

1.         The application link can be found at warrentech.org/apply

            Virtual Information Session: Thursday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30pm

2.          Warren Tech Website (Information Nights page) to register

Virtual Open House: January 28th, 2020, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

3.       Registration coming soon! Stay updated on the Warren Tech website: warrentech.org

Healthy Learning At Home
Some tips HERE

Choice Enrollment

Want to be a Wildcat but don’t live in the Arvada West attendance area?

Round 1 December 8th- January 15th

Round 2 starts Jan19th

Go to EnrollJeffco to complete your application.  Offers will be sent out around January 26th.

Please note that if you already attend Arvada West you will not need to apply for choice enrollment but we would like you to login to EnrollJeffco and confirm your student is returning.

Please feel free to pass this information along to friends or family who might be interested.

If you have questions or need assistance please contact the Registrar, Amber Brunk, at 303-982-1275 or Amber.Brunk@jeffco.k12.co.us

 



December 2, 2020

Dear Wildcats and Families,

December’s arrival tells us that the end of this unprecedented school semester is almost upon us.  While we have just a few more weeks left in the semester, there is much that can be accomplished! 

One of the most outstanding skills we are all learning this year is the importance of trying new things.  It is time for that skill once again.  As we near the end of the semester, it is time to try harder - it is time to try a different way of reaching out -- it is time to dig deep and make this semester count.  

Our staff is working hard to reach each and every student who needs extra help with new strategies and additional supports during these last few weeks so that every student can succeed. Over the remaining weeks, AWest staff will be working hard to get students extra help and look at evaluating core competencies in new ways.   There is still time for most students to raise their grades to passing levels through hard work and Wildcat persistence. In the next few weeks, we will be reaching out with more specifics -- when those opportunities are presented, students, make sure you do your best to meet those deadlines.

For those of you who already are demonstrating that Wildcat Perseverance --your hard work is still needed to finish the semester off well.  Keep it up!

Let’s end 2020 in Wildcat style -- a strong finish and a bright start to 2021 can be yours, Wildcats.  You CAN do it - you are #Wildcat Strong!

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

In this issue:

            Arvada West Giving Tree

Virtual Choice Enrollment Showcase

Choice Enrollment Timeline

Family School Partnership Survey

Parents - Zoom program - Building Resiliency

Coping with Covid video

Covid Reporting during Remote Learning

Drug Intervention Services at AWest

Special Education Community Forum

Cats Crawl

Season B Sports Registration Open

Remote Meals

Books

            Yearbook purchase information

            Senior Yearbook Portraits and Baby Ads Deadline

NHS Arvada Giving Tee goes Virtual!

Arvada West National Honor Society is extremely proud to announce our annual Angel Giving Tree event! Our goal this year is to help provide another incredible holiday season for our Wildcat families. We are accepting monetary donations in order to help reach our goal of ensuring that we can spread our Wildcat holiday cheer to every participating family! In response to the continuously changing climate of COVID-19, we have moved all monetary donations to a virtual format provided on our Arvada West High School website (further instruction below).  We hope to see our incredible Wildcat community come together to make this event the best one yet! Happy Holidays Wildcats!

Disclaimer: In response to COVID-19, all gifts will be appropriately sanitized and distributed in accordance with guidelines set by the State of Colorado.  If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Ms. Mulvaney at bdmulvan@jeffcoschools.us !

To donate online: (if you have any issues, clear your browsing history (all time for basic & advanced) and try again)

Go to the following website in a new tab:  Donate

Select Click to Donate

Click on the dropdown and select Arvada West High

Enter the amount you wish to donate to the right of NHS Giving Tree (be sure to enter the decimal in the correct place).

Click on Proceed to Checkout

Enter and confirm an email address (your receipt will be sent to this email address)

Click on Checkout to complete the transaction.

Complete the payment information and click on Submit to complete the transaction.

 Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Virtual Choice Enrollment Showcase

Please take a moment to visit Arvada West via our Virtual Showcase, or share it with other families who may be interested in choice enrollment at Arvada West for next year.  Please go to this link Virtual Showcase to take a look around.

 

Choice Enrollment

If you are a family who has a choice enrolled student here who has younger siblings that will need to be here next year, you will need to complete a form for the new student coming.

·        1st Round starts December 8th and runs through January 15th.

·        Offers will be made sometime around January 28th 2020

·        2nd Round will start January 19th

·        For more information and to complete your application please visit EnrollJeffco

If you have any questions please contact

Shawn Collins- Assistant Principal

Shawn.Collins@jeffco.k12.co.us

                   or

Amber Brunk- Registrar

Amber.Brunk@jeffco.k12.co.us

 

Family School Partnership Survey

Our school is committed to ensuring that your experience with our school is collaborative, successful and helps your child(ren) learn and grow. We want to know how we are doing. As a district, it is Below is a link to complete a survey about family school partnerships. The survey is anonymous and will only take 10 – 15 minutes. Results will be used to improve our school and your child(ren)’s learning environment. The survey opens Monday, Nov. 30 and closes Friday, Dec. 18. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback! 

If the link below does not work, highlight the link using your cursor.  Then copy and paste the link into your browser address window and hit the “Enter” or “Return” key on your keyboard.

Family School Partnership Survey Link

 

Coping with Covid Program from our Jefferson Center partner!

COVID is creating some chaos in all of our lives.  Is your student (or anyone in your family) struggling to cope with all the changes, stressors, and losses happening during this pandemic?  Dr. Sharon Stremel is a Jefferson Center clinician on our A-West campus, who developed a presentation for high school students about using coping skills to turn COVID chaos into calmness.   Click the link below for a one-hour presentation about coping and thriving in the midst of all this stress.  It’s appropriate for students and their family members, so parents – feel free to watch too.

Click here to view:

https://jeffco-k12-co.zoom.us/rec/share/pvWIHfmNtZcoZDkVWglHIP4r1kG28ULeu603v5fDZmgU-go2n40oDL8XBIH4mH-c.Ry8GcagTn53unFfy Passcode: 05$9Htss

 

Reporting COVID-19 Cases During Remote Learning

It's important that students still report a positive COVID-19 case while engaging in remote learning. The district continues to track incidents of COVID-19 so the information can be included on the district dashboard.

Please use this Student COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form during remote learning.

 

Building Resiliency-Save the date

Who: Joy Wishtun,LPC, child and family mental health specialist

What: Joy will present live through zoom to parents in the Arvada West and Ralston Valley areas on the topic of building resiliency in yourself and your children during challenging times.

When: December 10th, from 11:00-12:30 OR 6:00-7:30

How: RSVP at this LINK, space is limited to allow for an interactive and engaging experience!

 

Drug Intervention Services for AWest

Please see the link for resources for students:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ONb_fGnPIk4aKBjFI4qloJFTT4j8MCh0IL509Ig0pzM/edit#

 

Special Education Community Forum

Please see this link for more information - December 3 is the next forum

District Special Education Forum

 

Cats Crawl

The Arvada West Booster Club proudly presents the CAT’S CRAWL! This is the year for change and the Cat’s Crawl is no different. This year the Cat’s Crawl will be a virtual run/walk/cat nap. A portion of your registration fee will go to support athletics, clubs, or activities and offer at least 1 senior scholarship. Support your favorite wildcat by registering for the Cat’s Crawl and earmarking your donation for a sport, club, or activity. Please click this link https://awhsathleticboosters.redpodium.com/awhs-virtual-cats-crawl-2020 to register and GO CATS!!

 

Season B Athletics Registration is Open

Registration for Season B (Winter) Athletics is now open. Season B athletics being offered is: Girls/Boys Basketball, Girls Swimming, and Wrestling. Use the following link to register.