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Weekly Digest 4.23.21
* Today's digest is being resent due to an additional course proposal that was added. This is the updated version. Our apologies.
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NEW Clarifications on Student Climate Surveys
This spring, Peak to Peak staff administered our annual internal student climate survey to students in grades 3-12. The purpose of this survey is to assess trends in our school climate and make improvements over time. The data we gather directly from students helps us understand their perceptions and experiences in general and in different demographic groups. We use the data to inform planning to improve our program and, ultimately, student outcomes (Key Performance Indicator #13 in our school’s strategic plan). The results are only used internally and are not shared with anyone outside of the school. This data is tracked because knowing how students feel in our school environment is very important. Having an understanding of student experiences and perceptions enables us to nurture a learning environment in which each student is known, respected, and valued as an individual of great potential and promise.
As they are every year, results from this year’s survey were published in the Friday Digests earlier in April (Elementary, Middle, and High). Based on some feedback and questions we have received from parents/guardians, we wanted to clarify a few points related to the survey and let you know that we will be making changes based on your feedback...please click Clarifications on Student Climate Surveys to read the entire article.
NEW Curriculum Proposals - UPDATED
It is our process to invite our school community to provide feedback on proposed new curriculum. We are asking our community for input, not votes, as teachers prepared these derived from student interests, etc. Below you will find links to new curriculum proposals. If you have any feedback on the below new proposals please email Traci Schoeneweis by Friday, May 7, 2021 3:00 PM. All comments will be sent to the Curriculum Committee. Thank you.
NEW K-12 Kindness Scavenger Hunt
We all need a little bit more kindness this year so we invite the Puma community to join in for a week-long Kindness Scavenger Hunt! Households in grades K-12 are welcome to participate. The Hunt will start at 9:00 AM of the week of Monday 5/3 and finish on Friday 5/7 at 5:00 PM. It is totally optional for families. Prizes will be awarded to the top three families. Details:
NEW Please Return Any School Devices You Are Not Using
If you have a school-owned Chromebook at home that you are NOT using, please return it (and the charger) to the Main Office or High School Hub. You do not need to return a device that your student is still using. If the device is not working, needs a repair, or is missing the charger, please leave a note on the device so we can send it to IT or get a replacement.
Virtual Community Q&A: Annual Family Survey
The Accountability Committee invites all in our community to attend the virtual Community Night Q&A on Monday, April 26, 2021, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Members of our committee, along with ELT members will be there to answer any questions you may have regarding this year's Annual Family Survey. We encourage everyone to read this year's survey prior to this event, and it can be found here: The 2021 Annual Family Survey Come Join Us!
PIN: 175 313 434#
Peak to Peak Seed Library Opens
OUR MISSION: According to the Whole Food Foundation, only 2% of children eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, the typical elementary student receives just 3.4 hours of nutrition education each year. We hope to change these numbers by inspiring our K-12 students, families, and faculty to grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers at home.
We want to shift the attitudes of many students and families, encouraging them to spend time outside and to use their hands to create something beautiful and sustainable. We want them to create a garden from the soil up, and to use what comes from it to create healthy meals in their kitchens. At our school, we already have a successful and thriving K-12 Learning Garden with nine raised beds and an open field. We have watched students at every level enjoy this garden and take such good care of it. The kids have learned how to build raised beds, lay irrigation, plant new seeds, stake big plants, pull weeds, lay down compost and so much more. This year, we are opening a seed library for our school and allowing our kids, families, and staff to take what they have learned in the school garden and transfer that gardening knowledge and those hands-on skills to their own backyards. We will roll our library out on Earth Day, and it will be housed in a central location in the main building. Take a look at our seed library website: SEED LIBRARY
HOW IT WORKS: The Seed Library is located in the south building by the main office at Peak to Peak. Stop by and take a look at our available seeds. Seeds are separated into packets with growing instructions, divided into three categories: easy-easy, easy, and difficult. We have vegetables, herbs, and flowers available. Please return any seeds you do not use into the white bin marked "return" or place them into Mrs. Bunting's mailbox in the office.
Please stop by and take a look and enter to win fun and educational garden prizes!
Virtual Board Candidate Q&A - Request for Candidate Questions for Annual Meeting
In order to prepare for our Board Candidate Q&A during our Annual Meeting on May 5th, the Election Committee is requesting any audience questions to please be submitted in advance. There will not be an opportunity to ask questions live but the candidates will be responding live. Questions can be submitted anonymously here: Community Questions for Board Candidate Forum
Please submit any questions by Monday, May 3rd 3:00 PM. Candidates will not know the questions in advance.
Meet Your Board of Director Candidates
The 2021 election for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors is coming in early May. There will be THREE OPEN SEATS for elected board members. Two of the seats have 3-year terms and the third seat has a 2-year term. The online election will take place in May with specific voting information and details to follow at that time. Please click on their names to read the answers to the candidate questions:
Please contact Traci Schoeneweis with questions.
The 2021 Peak to Peak Election Committee
First Friday Art Walk
Please encourage your students to submit their art, music, or theater performances for the May K-12 Community First Friday Art Walk! We are seeking recorded performances no longer than 60 seconds (and based on submissions may trim to fit).
Submit art here: url.peaktopeak.org/FirstFriday
Upcoming Date: MAY 7th: deadline for submissions is April 30
View the First Friday Art Walk archive here.
The Puma Spotlight
The Puma Spotlight is a place where we capture and celebrate the success of our students and staff members. Each spring, we are delighted to see an increase in the awards, scholarships, championships, and significant accomplishments of our Pumas. Be sure to visit the Puma Spotlight page on our website to see the good news that has been rolling in this month. At the top of the page, you will find a link to submit your students' achievements to be shared with our community.
Middle School students will complete iReady in the afternoon of May 4th and 5th from 1:00-3:00 PM each day. This will allow us to collect reliable information on student progress in math and reading and help inform instruction. The test will be administered at home, online, in a synchronous Google Meet session with their advisory teacher. Students will need a computer, internet, scratch paper, a writing utensil, and headphones. Parents are encouraged to support students by ensuring they log on for their virtual session, providing a quiet place to test, and reminding students to do their best, but that this test does not impact their grade. Parents will not be expected to participate in the testing process beyond these requests. More information will be shared with parents and students in the coming weeks; if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to email@example.com.
NEW Ultimate Frisbee Club Begins April 28th
Save the date for Transition to HS Night on Tuesday, May 4 from 6:00-7:00 PM. Please join us for this virtual event! We will welcome you to our high school, discuss graduation requirements, and talk about our 9th grade overnight field trip to Camp Timberline! This evening is for ALL current 8th grade families new and returning! Please submit your questions about high school ahead of time by filling out this form.
Joining information: meet.google.com/rcf-vhui-tce
Join by phone: (US) +1 402-647-0316 (PIN: 270109726)
Virtual Trivia Event
NEW Prom and After Prom Information for Juniors and Seniors
- Staff Appreciation Week is approaching, May 3-7th. We'd love to spoil our staff with snacks and drinks that week. Please sign up here to donate, we ask that your donations be dropped off by Friday, April 30th.
Volunteer Process & Training: We will continue to request fingerprints from anyone who intends to volunteer more than once during the school year. If you had your fingerprints done previously and completed the volunteer form then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year! Please contact Traci Schoeneweis or 303-453-4682 to verify your volunteer status if you are unsure. If you only intend to volunteer once then you will be required to do the background check (not fingerprints) and the volunteer form each year. Please follow this link to print them: Volunteer Information. Volunteer training is online. Anyone that is new to the school needs to view this before volunteering. If you have previously attended or taken the volunteer training you do not need to do it again. It’s a good idea for returning volunteers to view this as well. Follow this link Volunteer Training to view the information. It can also be found on the volunteer page of the school website.
Your Volunteer Team would love to hear from you. If you have any interest in volunteering for anything at all but do not know where to start please email one of the below people. We would love to meet you.
- Allie Cross & Rachel Hirt, Volunteer Coordinators
- Siobhan Webster, Elementary School Volunteer Coordinator
- Dar Zerwek-Reardon, Middle School Volunteer Coordinator
- Nicole Harrison, High School Volunteer Coordinator