Weekly Digest 1.14.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 1/17/22 - 1/21/22
 
NO SCHOOL K-12 on Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Elementary conferences
    • K-8 parent/guardian night resources
    • Secondary conferences
    • 8th-12th grade travel opportunity
    • Student announcements
    • K-8 parent/guardian night resources
    • National Mathcounts Competition
    • No updates
    • Home games
    • Boys volleyball
    • Marshall Fire update
    • Peak Gala update
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team
 

All School News


 
 
NEW!  Contingency Planning Related to COVID-19
 
As you are aware, the arrival of the Omicron variant has recently led to a significant increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in our area. Right now, we are effectively managing this situation at school using our existing protocols; however, the anticipated case level over the next two to three weeks has the potential to continue negatively impacting staffing at schools in BVSD, including Peak to Peak. Every day, we are troubleshooting and creating contingency plans to address staff absences. 

We are sending this communication to make you aware that our staffing levels are increasingly being strained by COVID-related absences; as a result, it’s possible that we will need to consider a temporary closure until adequate staffing can be restored. We are not yet at this point, but we wanted to make you aware of this possibility so you can plan ahead. We know that finding childcare on short notice can be a difficult task and that you may need advance notice to make other arrangements when students need to be home. 

First and foremost, please know that our primary goal (and intention) is to keep Peak to Peak open and operating on a normal schedule with in-person instruction for all of our students because we know this is best for students. We will not cancel classes unless (1) we are ordered to do so by Boulder County Public Health (which seems unlikely); or (2) we do not have enough staff present to ensure adequate student supervision and safety. The second scenario will remain true regardless of what BVSD decides to do since staffing challenges are unique at each school. Thus, we will not automatically align with BVSD if they make a decision to shift to remote learning because of staffing challenges at their schools. 

In the unlikely event that we do need to consider a temporary closure because of our own staffing challenges, here is what you can expect: 

  • We will communicate with you as soon as possible.
  • To the best of our ability, we will minimize time away from school for students and staff (any outright closure or shift to distance learning will be temporary and will be concluded as soon as possible).
  • While we have no intention of making a long-term shift to distance learning, we will arrange for all students to have Chromebooks at home if a temporary move to that model becomes necessary.
  • We will only consider a shift to distance learning if we anticipate that students and staff will need to be out for more than a week. Any shorter lengths of time will be handled like a weather-related closure, but hopefully with more notice. 

Based on the information we have received from BCPH and other informed sources, we expect the current surge of COVID-19 cases to peak in the next two to three weeks, and then to subside. Our strong hope is that we can maintain sufficient staffing levels through this time that we do not have to consider closing or shifting to distance learning, even on a temporary basis. 

With kind regards,

Peak to Peak’s Leadership Team  

Important Links:


 
 
NEW! Virtual Board Meeting Public Comments Sign Up 

Our next board of directors' meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:00 PM.  The agenda and meeting joining information can be found HERE. Typically, the agendas are posted the Monday before the meeting.  Please click the below link to complete a brief google form to make a public comment for the January 19th board meeting that will be held at 5:00 PM.  Public comment sign ups and the form will close at 4:00 PM on January 19th:  Public Comments Sign Up 1.19.22   


 
 
NEW! Social Media and Communication Pathways
 
We know that many families use social media as a way to build connections with other members of the community. For example, many parents, guardians, and students are members of closed Facebook groups, identified by the student’s graduation year, as a means of communicating and connecting with one another.  These are different from the school’s official Facebook page, which is used to communicate school-wide announcements and celebrations. We encourage the positive community-building opportunities presented by social media, and welcome opportunities for families to build relationships with one another.  If you participate in a social media group associated with your students’ class, please remember that information shared through these venues does not constitute official communications from the school.
 
We encourage everyone using social media outlets to be mindful of the Communication Pathways in place at the school, to maintain appropriate and respectful dialogue when using social media, and to use the Communication Pathways when questions or issues arise.   
 

 
 
NEW! Virtual Community Q&A Session on January 25th, 6:00-7:30 PM

Peak to Peak will be hosting a virtual Community Q&A session Tuesday, January 25th from 6:00-7:30 PM. School leaders and representatives will be in attendance to answer your questions. The agenda and content for this session will take shape based on questions submitted by the community. Please share your questions on any topic for the team in advance using the form linked HERE. The majority of the 90 minutes will be allotted for community members to share additional questions, ideas, and feedback.

You can access the Q&A session live on January 25th by using the following Google Meet Link and/or phone number:

meet.google.com/doo-ovhc-rpw

(‪US‬)‪+1 314-666-2854‬ 

This information also will be posted on the Peak to Peak home page under K-12 News & Announcements.  The Google Meet capacity is limited to 250 participants. We will record the session for those who may not be able to access or attend the meeting.


 
 
NEW! Peak to Peak’s Strategic Plan Renewal: Virtual Presentation and Community Feedback on February 8th, 6:00-8:00 PM

The Peak to Peak leadership team and Board of Directors have been working behind the scenes on the renewal of the Peak to Peak Strategic Plan. Published in 2018, the plan evolved from previous iterations throughout the schools’ development, providing a target on which to aim our sights. The plan is refreshed every few years to adjust to the current needs of the school. As a part of the renewal, this virtual community meeting is an opportunity to hear an update on the renewal progress and to provide feedback on the plan. The plan is scheduled to be published in the fall, following the hire of and input from the new Executive Director of Education. This meeting is an important opportunity for all members of our Peak to Peak community to contribute to the development of Peak to Peak’s future. Please mark your calendars for February 8th from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

You can access the Q&A session live on February 8th by using the following Google Meet Link and/or phone number:

meet.google.com/dwd-fwoi-edj

(‪US‬)‪+1 334-697-3353‬ - PIN: ‪895 296 709#‬ 

This information also will be posted on the Peak to Peak home page under K-12 News & Announcements.  The Google Meet capacity is limited to 250 participants. We will record the session for those who may not be able to access or attend the meeting.   


 
 
NEW! EDE Search Community Webpage
 
To remain transparent with our community about the search for our next school leader in the Executive Director of Education (EDE) position, we have developed an EDE Search webpage. The page includes links to the job posting and description, a log of communications related to the search and hiring process, and information about the hiring team, including the external consultant. The Search Team held their first meeting this week, and we will add the details about the candidate evaluation/hiring process as they become available, including opportunities for community input. As we progress, we will continue to post communications in the weekly digest and to this new webpage as a single point source of information. You must be logged into your school-provided parent/guardian, staff, or student website account to view the page. More information about parent/guardian accounts can be found in this linked letter. Please reach out with any questions or if you have any trouble logging in to the website.  
 

 
 
NEW! Our Community Rallies

Dear Puma community,

First, a HUGE thank you to this community!  In the last week we have been able to fill over 140 sign-ups.  From meals and carpools to musical instruments and so many items in between.  Each time we place new items on the sign-up, the slots are filled SO quickly! This is truly a generous and caring community.  We are so grateful to be a part of it.  

We want to provide a quick update on the coordinated efforts to care for those impacted by the fires.  Our school staff has been working diligently to check-in, provide care and resources to those impacted.  As needs come up, our parent volunteer team is adding requests to the P2P Marshall Fire Support SignUpGenius, which is linked here.  Please check back often.  

As time goes on we are learning and trying to anticipate what additional needs might come up. We are currently considering a plan to provide weekly meals to those impacted. If you would be willing to help with this effort, either by providing a meal or by providing financial resources, please click this link to fill out a brief survey.  We are working to create a long-term plan to help support those impacted by the fires through meals, financial assistance, and additional ways we may be able to support the families who are walking through this difficult journey.  

We know that so many in our community want to provide help. We see you!  We will be in touch as soon as possible to provide more ways for you to be involved in helping care for our Puma Community.  

Thank you,
Sarah Boonstra, Beth Custard, and Jamie Doyle
Peak to Peak Volunteers 
 

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NEW! Reminder Accountability Committee Family Survey 

A reminder to please complete your Family Survey, if you have not already done so. Your anonymous responses are invaluable and provide us with the ability to keep Peak to Peak a great school. As a reminder, the survey was emailed directly to families on January 7th. In addition, you can access a link to the survey by using your school-provided website account and visiting the Parent/Guardian page.


 

 

NEW! Career Guidance Needed 

Did you ever wish you had a better idea of what college or a job would actually be like? Peak to Peak current students have a lot of ideas of possible college majors or even jobs they may want to pursue without having concrete knowledge of what an academic program or career path actually entails.  In order to help current and future Peak to Peak students determine their best fit for post high school options, we are putting out a call for contact information for Peak to Peak alumni, parents/guardians, and community members who would be interested in sharing their education and work experiences with our current students. Currently, this may include email communication or a phone/video call, likely with our juniors during the College Research Seminar course.  In the future, we are imagining this could include a job shadow or short internship opportunity.  

Peak to Peak students are interested in learning more about all career fields and we would love to have contacts for students in as many different areas as possible.  If you would be willing to share your experiences with a Peak to Peak student, please fill out this form: https://url.peaktopeak.org/alumninetwork. Please feel free to share this form with your network. Contact Macaela.holmesfuller@bvsd.org with any questions.  
 

 

 

NEW! Online Meeting for Parents and Friends of Culturally Diverse Students

We are trying to schedule our meeting for this semester. This would be time to report back what changes parents have seen (positive or negative) and teachers to communicate their efforts.  Please join us on January 27th at 6:00 PM.  Here is the virtual meet information:  meet.google.com/tzx-ddjx-ubm
 
Thank you,

 

 

NEW! Substitute Teaching at Peak to Peak

As we are all seeing on the news and across the country, staffing shortages continue to be a challenge for America’s schools. More importantly, illness among staff members continues to be a significant factor impacting the ability of schools to keep students on campus and learning in person. Peak to Peak is no different. More than ever, we need to work together as a community to ensure our students will be able to learn in person. Substitute teachers play a vital role in our in-person learning program. We need more substitute teachers! Please consider becoming a substitute teacher, even if only to get us through the next several weeks. 

  • Substitute teachers are valued members of the school. 
  • Our teachers create lesson plans that put the students in the driver’s seat and set you up for success.
  • Our students are kind, welcoming, and capable.
  • Our school leaders will support you every step of the way.
  • The substitute pay rate is currently: $14.40/hour Monday through Thursday and $20/hour on Fridays

Do you have questions or are you wondering about your qualifications? We do not require a teaching certificate but do require a college degree in any subject. Please reach out to Traci Schoeneweis at 303-453-4682 or traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org 


 
 
Internal Climate Survey - Annual Public Notification and Opt-Out Communication

Peak to Peak’s annual internal student climate survey will be administered during the weeks of January 31st - February 11th to students grades three - twelve. This anonymous survey, implemented once a year, takes about ten minutes to complete and helps us gauge student opinions and experiences compared to previous years and informs our goals and efforts to support students. Elementary students are asked 16 questions and secondary students are asked 28 questions. The questions address a range of issues from the effectiveness of curricula and teachers to bullying and safety. At the secondary level, students are asked questions about mental health and substance abuse. Elementary students are asked to self-identify their gender identity (male/ female/ prefer not to answer). Secondary students are asked to self-identify their demographic information such as race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. All demographic questions have an opt-out option. This helps us review and disaggregate data, better understand the needs and responses of our cohorts, and track related trends in climate responses over time. Climate survey results are one measure in the school’s strategic plan, as a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) for Relational Excellence. You are welcome to review all of the questions that students will be asked on our Current Climate Survey Questions document. After the survey has been completed, we will share a summary of this year’s results.  

This survey is not mandatory, but participation is strongly encouraged so that we can gather the data we need to help grow and maintain a healthy school climate and culture. Our administrative team reviews the results, identifies any data trends over time, targets areas for annual improvement, and values the feedback to help monitor and adjust over the course of the year. If you do not wish your student to participate for any reason, simply complete this form requesting they be excused from participation in this year’s student climate survey.  If you would like further details about the survey, please contact any of the level assistant principals. This notification is in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.  

Sincerely, 

Alison Berman (alison.berman@bvsd.org), Elementary School Assistant Principal

Victoria Hankey (victoria.hankey@bvsd.org), Middle School Assistant Principal

Josh Benson (joshua.benson@bvsd.org), High School Assistant Principal  


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Updated COVID Protocols for January 2022  

Boulder County Public Health as well as BVSD Health Services are handling a large volume of COVID-related communication due to the current surge that is affecting our community. As a result, if your student or anyone in your family tests positive, you may not receive an individual call or email from the health room para or nurse. In all cases, please follow the guidelines listed below. You are always welcome to reach out to the school if you have specific questions or concerns.  As we head into 2022, we want to reiterate to please keep your students home if they are displaying any symptoms of COVID. If your student is positive for covid, has been exposed, or is experiencing symptoms...please click Updated COVID Protocols to read the entire article.

 


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Elementary School News (grades K-5)

 


 
 
NEW! Elementary Winter Conferences

We will have our second set of elementary conferences on February 2-4. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your student’s progress! You need to sign-up for one slot with your grade level team through our scheduler, which can be found at this link: https://peaktopeak.as.me/  If you are unable to use the internet for this, or need extra assistance, please contact your teacher or elementary assistant principal Alison Berman (303-453-4640, alison.berman@bvsd.org ) and we will assist you in scheduling a time slot.  

All conferences will be conducted virtually through the Google Meet platform. At the start of conference week, you will receive a Google Meet invite from your teacher with the link and phone number to access the virtual conference. You will have the opportunity to meet together with all classroom teachers that work with your student(s). 

The majority of conferences will occur February 2-4, during the regular school day hours, while students have no school on these days. We have also made many appointments available at other early and late times to accommodate those families who cannot attend during the day. However, if you are still unable to find a time slot that works for your family, please contact your homeroom teacher directly and they will work with your schedule to find a different time to conference with you.  

If you would like to meet with any of our specialists, conferences are available on an individual appointment basis; please email them directly to schedule an available time. (Click here for a list of emails/ teachers.)  Thanks for taking the time to sign up for a conference slot and coming to join us for these important conversations!

Sincerely,
Elementary Staff
  


 

 

NEW! K-8 Parent Guardian Night Resources 

We had a wonderful evening with the families who joined us for our presentations and conversations this week related to college, stress, resilience, anxiety, and more. There was a wealth of information shared, and we hope you found it beneficial!  

Here is a link to the original agenda, with descriptions of each session and information about all the presenters. 

Below you will find links to recordings of each presentation. These are provided in case you were unable to attend but still wanted the information, or if you wanted to see more presentations than you could attend. Feel free to reach out to any of the presenters for additional information. 


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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)

 


 
 
NEW! Parent/Guardian/Student/Teacher Conference Date Change and Information

Dear Secondary Families,

We are pleased to offer digital sign-ups through Acuity Scheduling to arrange virtual parent/guardian/student/teacher conferences with our 6-12th grade teachers again this winter. Shortly, teachers will have updated recommendations on each student's course progress reports and grade reports in Infinite Campus. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few moments to check your Infinite Campus portals and review grade report comments for each class your student is enrolled in. If a conference is recommended by a teacher, or if you have topics you'd like to discuss about a specific course, you may go to the link for Acuity Scheduling, beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 28th (shared in the Friday Digest). Once there, you may select a 10-minute appointment time on either Wednesday, February 2nd or Thursday, February 3rd from 3:30-6:30 PM. PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE from February 3rd and 4th to February 2nd and 3rd. If a conference is not recommended, you do not need to attend or schedule any conference appointments unless you’d like to check in with a specific teacher of your choice. If attending conferences, we do request that students attend along with parents/guardians as important participants in our conference meetings.  

Once scheduled, you will receive an appointment confirmation for each conference meeting. You can save these right into your calendars of choice. Teachers will also be sending you a Google Meet link for your scheduled session. Please wait to enter your meeting until your time begins, and be aware that some teachers may be using one conference meet invitation for all of their students and families. If you arrive in a meeting that is still in progress, please give participants a moment or two to wrap up and maintain privacy for families. 

Thank you for planning ahead for our conferences. We hope this process continues to meet the needs of our students, families, and staff. We appreciate your feedback to help us continually improve our conference offerings each year.

Sincerely,

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal 


 

 

NEW! Attention 8th-12th Grade Students and Families 

We are currently inviting 8th-12 grade students interested in international travel this summer to consider joining a rescheduled cultural service trip to Morocco in June of 2022! Because we have current Peak to Peak high school students and families vested in this trip, we would like to offer this opportunity to other 8th-12th graders who might be interested in joining us this summer. This Rustic Pathways 11-day journey boasts a rich experience of African, Middle Eastern, and European cultures, 30-35 hours of community service, travel to a Berber Village, a community service project in Zawyat Ahansal, hiking in the Atlas Mountains, and exploration of Marrakech, often referred to as the “Red City.” Ms. Medina and Ms. Quinlan, co-leaders of the trip, will be hosting student interest meetings on Thursday, February 3rd, during MS and HS lunch (8th graders: 12:00-12:45 PM room S270; 9th-12th graders: 12:45-1:30 PM room N195). Whether a confirmed or potential traveler, interested students should plan on attending their assigned meeting to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Parents/guardians seeking more information on trip dates, pricing, itinerary, COVID mitigation strategies, and other details are encouraged to contact Ms. Medina (rachel.medina@bvsd.org) or Ms. Quinlan (clara.quinlan@bvsd.org).  
 

mega  Weekly Secondary Student Announcements

Please click the following link or the Read More button to view the daily middle and high school student announcements:  "The Voice of Peak to Peak" (daily secondary student announcements)

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Middle School News (grades 6-8)

 


 

 

NEW! K-8 Parent Guardian Night Resources 

We had a wonderful evening with the families who joined us for our presentations and conversations this week related to college, stress, resilience, anxiety, and more. There was a wealth of information shared, and we hope you found it beneficial!  

Here is a link to the original agenda, with descriptions of each session and information about all the presenters. 

Below you will find links to recordings of each presentation. These are provided in case you were unable to attend but still wanted the information, or if you wanted to see more presentations than you could attend. Feel free to reach out to any of the presenters for additional information. 


 

 

NEW! National Mathcounts Competition

The National Mathcounts Competition is being held soon. Students can try out by doing the two practice rounds on this link:  https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/accept/d7281ef085b1608594aedacc3bcecb64
 
By using the above link, the top 12 students are chosen to represent our school virtually on Thursday, February 17th. If interested please contact Anita Chakraborty-Spotts for more information. 
 

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High School News (grades 9-12)

 


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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)

 


 

 

NEW! Upcoming Puma Home Games

1/18:  Girls Middle School Basketball vs Faith Christian. 4pm & 5pm
1/20: Girls High School Basketball vs. Machebeuf. 4pm & 5:30pm
1/20:  Boys High School Basketball vs. Machebeuf. 4pm, 5:30pm & 7pm
1/21: Girls Middle School Basketball vs Boulder Country Day. 4pm & 5pm
 

 

 

NEW! Boys Volleyball

Interested in playing high school boys volleyball? Come to Wednesday night open gyms/skills development starting on January 12th at 7:30 PM in the Middle School gym (northwest gym). This is an opportunity to learn and improve on foundational volleyball skills and get some pre-season playing time. This is open for all skill levels. Since this is a new sport at P2P, we encourage all to come out and give it a try.  

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Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)

 


 

 

NEW! Marshall Fire Update

Thank you to the many community members who have connected with our volunteer team liaisoning with the school on supporting our families impacted by the recent Marshall Fire.  The team is still serving these families in many ways including meals, replacing items lost, and providing gift cards. Our volunteer team can be contacted through this email.  Through our counseling team and volunteers, we are committed to helping these families as needed in the months to come.  
 

 

 

NEW! Peak Gala Update - Come One, Come All!

Next Friday (January 21st) will be our launch of the Peak Gala!  We hope you all are looking forward to our opportunity to connect with other Puma families and celebrate our students.  As a reminder, this year's "vintage carnival-themed" gala is scheduled for Friday, March 11th at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield.  We look forward to sharing information about our largest community event next week.  In the meantime, pick up our next parent/guardian book club book "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern which we will discuss in early March!  
 


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Volunteer (all school levels)

 


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Volunteer Needs

  • Cafeteria:  Please contact Traci Schoeneweis if you can volunteer in the cafeteria any school day between 12:00-1:30 PM.  Volunteers are needed during that time period to serve lunch to middle and high school students. 


 

Volunteer Information

Once on-site volunteering resumes, 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 our volunteer waiver and release form then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year!  Please make sure you have a photo volunteer ID card with a barcode on the back.  If you do not have a photo ID card please stop by the Volunteer Station at registration or contact the office staff.  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 waiver and release form each year.  You will be given a one-time volunteer ticket to turn in when you volunteer the one time.  Please follow this link to print them or pick them up at registration:  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 for a refresher on protocols.  Follow this link Volunteer Training to view the information.  It can also be found on the volunteer page of the school website.

Enter Volunteer Hours from Home:  Thank you for helping us track your hours for our records!  See this training on how to enter volunteer hours from home. 

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 either Allie Cross or Rachel Hirt, Volunteer Coordinators.  They would love to meet you!  

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