Weekly Digest 5.26.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: Final Digest of 2021-2022 School Year

Have a wonderful, restful, and safe summer break!

We welcome all Pumas back in August...we'll miss you.



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Calendar Elementary Secondary Middle High Athletics Friends Volunteer
    • Teaching teams for 2022-2023
    • Peak Week 2023
    • Student announcements
    • No updates
    • Fall HS parent/guardian night event
    • Denver Zoo opportunity
    • Counseling Digest
    • Summer camp and 2022-2023 athletic information
    • Summer volunteer opportunities
    • Pete's Cornhole Tournament
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News

NEW! Final Message from Our Executive Director of Education
Dear Peak to Peak Community,

The end of this school year also marks the end of my time as the Executive Director of Education (EDE) at Peak to Peak. As most of you know, before I was hired as the EDE, I was a volunteer for the school. That volunteer work started more than 24 years ago when I joined a small group of idealistic parents who had a vision for a K-12 public school that would provide an exemplary college-prep education to any student who wanted it. I knew that it would take time, energy, and dogged determination to bring the vision to fruition, but I could never have imagined the exceptional school that Peak to Peak would eventually become, nor that it would be such a significant part of my life’s work to be part of this wonderful school community. 

Most of the people involved in Peak to Peak’s startup effort in 1998...please click EDE Farewell to read the entire article.



NEW! Departing Staff 

At the close of this year, we will be saying goodbye to some of our Puma staff and welcoming others!  We wish all of our departing staff the very best and look forward to getting to know our new incoming ones:  2021-22 Staff Departures



NEW!  Policy Review at June 1st Board Meeting
At the regular meeting on June 1st, Peak to Peak's Board of Directors will be reviewing a proposed update to Policy IKF: Graduation Requirements to include participation in Peak Week, a new high school initiative that will begin in the 2022-23 school year. Please refer to today's and the 5/20/22 Digest for more information about Peak Week. 


NEW!  Change to Fall Secondary Conference Dates

We needed to change the dates of the secondary October conferences due to a conflict with a religious holiday.  The new calendar is posted HERE.  The new dates are Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 13th. (The previous dates were the 5th and 6th.)

NEW!  Virtual Public Comments Sign Up 
Please click the below link to complete a brief google form to make a public comment for the June 1st board meeting that will be held at 5:00 PM.  Public comment sign ups and the form will close at 4:00 PM on June 1st:  Peak to Peak Charter School Public Comments Sign Up 6.1.22  

Summer Reading and School Supply Lists for 2022-2023
Here are the Summer Reading & School Supplies lists for all grade levels for the 2022-23 school year.  They can also be found on our website and will be linked in a prominent location during the summer months:

Summer Reading

End-of-Year Reminders
Here are a couple reminders for our families:
  • End of Year Withdrawals/Transfers:  We ask ALL students that will be transferring to a different school for the next school year, even those that have gone through open enrollment to attend another BVSD school, to formally withdraw.  This just means complete and return our withdrawal form, turn in  Peak to Peak materials, and clear all accounts.  Please touch base with our bookkeeper to clear accounts, amy.skinner@bvsd.org , return all checked out materials, (library books, uniforms, classroom materials, etc.), close lunch accounts, and clean out lockers.  Once done please email completed withdrawal forms to our registrar, vicki.lundquist@bvsd.org .  The withdrawal form is attached.
  • Final Report Cards:  Once grades are finalized for the current school year, which is about two weeks after the last day of school, please visit your Parent Portal and PRINT your student's report card for your records.  It will only be available until the new school year becomes active.  This is for all students K-12.  For our drivers, this is what the insurance company will require for good driver discounts.


COVID Protocols 

Please visit our COVID webpage for all information and protocols. 




Communication Pathways 
At Peak to Peak, we strive for positive, open, and inclusive, two-way communication with our families. To facilitate this goal and to ensure we can address your needs as quickly and efficiently as possible, we use The Communication Pathways as a problem-solving strategy and the Principals for Effective Dialogue to guide a positive experience. The Communication Pathways create an effective and respectful process to resolve and address issues that arise. We have found our dialogue to be particularly productive and mutually beneficial when all parties adhere to the recommended Principles for Productive Dialogue. Please know that when you are seeking information or answers to questions, we always welcome conversations with any member of our community.  

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Elementary School News (grades K-5)


Elementary Teaching Teams 22-23
As one school year ends and another fresh start is on the horizon, we wanted to share with you our list of elementary teams for the coming year. Your student’s individual homeroom assignment will be announced in August, but this list will help you know which teachers will be teaching which grades and content areas next year, as you prepare for the transition to a new grade level! See the teaching team assignments at this link.

Secondary School News (grades 6-12)



Please mark your calendars for the launch of our inaugural Peak Week, March 13-17, 2023. Teachers and counselors have been hard at work creating experiential education courses that we are sure will provide students with memorable, formative experiences. Peak Week will become an important part of students’ experience at Peak to Peak; yearly participation will become a graduation requirement due to the value we place on every student participating, and it is also part of our required seat time with the Colorado Department of Education. The Peak to Peak board will be reviewing the graduation requirement policy and this proposed change at the June 1st board meeting. The Board approved the addition of Peak Week to the schedule in February when the 2022-23 calendar was approved.This launch is the culmination of a year of research into other similar programs, staff surveys and feedback, a staff task force, and a community survey given via the Digest for three weeks in December (see entry here if interested). We are appreciative of those that have spent significant time to help shape this. Courses will vary from local opportunities during normal school hours, to those traveling across the state, to both coasts and even internationally. Students and guardians will receive all course options in September; students will rank order their preferences and student placement will be dependent on multiple factors with the goal of placing every student in one of their top choices. Costs for courses will range from around $40 (similar to a field trip fee) to $2500 international courses that run into some of Spring Break. At least 50% of courses will cost under $150, and financial assistance will be available for those that need it.

Approved courses so far

Peak Week Leader Handbook



Weekly Secondary Student Announcements

No announcements this week.



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Middle School News (grades 6-8)


No Updates


High School News (grades 9-12)



NEW!  Save the Date for Fall High School Parent/Guardian Event

Parent/Guardian High School Night:

  • 9/13: Senior Parent/Guardian Night FAFSA & CSS Profile: 5:15-6:00 PM, optional and graduation presentation by Josten’s 6:00-7:10 PM
  • 9/13: Unique Grade Level Presentations for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade class meetings 6:00-7:00 PM 
  • 9/13: Expert Panel Presentation 7:15-8:15 PM for the entire high school 



NEW! Attention High School Students Aged 14-18 

Do you like animals? Are you interested in pursuing a career connected to animals, veterinary medicine or maybe even in zoo-keeping? If the zoo is a place that peaks your interest, then the Denver Zoo Explorers program may be right for you! This fully volunteer program looks to engage young people in projects and tasks associated with zoo-keeping and to see if successful volunteers may be eligible for internships or jobs at the zoo. Volunteers who participate in the program are eligible for service hours that meet graduation requirements at Peak to Peak.  

Denver Zoo Explorers meet on Sunday evenings from 5:15-6:30PM to learn about the zoo-keeping experience, get introduced to potential careers, and learn about, and potentially assist at, monthly project days year-round (participants must be 16 and pass an animal knowledge test to be eligible). This program works in loose affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, which provides insurance for all student participants ($50 fee per year). Interested students are encouraged to attend a Sunday evening information session, and then complete an application for participation followed by a short interview. Vaccinations are required to work around the animals and to be on site (TB test and proof of tetanus) conducting animal services.  

Coming in September, there will be an open house to chart out the program for the coming school year. However, we encourage anyone interested to attend a Sunday information session either this week, Sunday, May 29th, or on Sunday, June 19th at the Denver Zoo before spaces get filled for fall. Summer is a great time to get involved! Students attending a meeting simply go to the front gate and let the staff know they are there for an Explorer meeting. They can then enter the zoo and take a right, walk past the Samburu Grill, and walk up the ramp to enter the Gates Building. Then head upstairs to the Johnson Conference Room. More information can be found at the following link:  Denver Zoo Explorers. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Mathews if you have any questions.  

Happy summer and we hope to see you at the zoo!

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal  



Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE or the below Read More button to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




Summer Athletic Camp and 2022-2023 Athletics Information
Check out summer camp offerings for students entering grades 9-12. https://www.peaktopeak.org/Page/700!
2022-2023 Middle School and High School sports registration will open JULY 28th (DATE CORECTION)!  For more information and to register, visit the Athletics webpage at: https://www.peaktopeak.org/domain/23

Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)


On behalf of Friends of Peak to Peak, we'd like to thank you all for your many contributions of time, talents & treasure to support our students this year. It is truly our pleasure to serve all of our K-12 families and we are so grateful to you all for your ongoing partnership in supporting our school.

We wish you a relaxing summer and we can't wait to welcome your family back in August! 


Summer Volunteer Opportunities

There may be occasional posts to the P2P Volunteer Facebook page about summer and back-to-school volunteer opportunities as several things happen over the summer.  We could use 2-3 more volunteer mentor families to contact and welcome our new families over the summer since our open enrollment list is ever evolving. Please sign up here if interested.  In addition, our garden is looking for some summer love! Please check out this link if interested.  We will be looking for volunteers for all of our back-to-school activities including registration and welcome coffee events. If you are not on Facebook and would like to be contacted about volunteer opportunities before our first community digest in August, please fill out this simple form. 


Pete's Cornhole Tournament

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, August 28th for our 2nd annual Puma Pete's Cornhole Tournament! If you would like information on participating as a team or sponsor PLEASE fill out this form so we can be sure you receive information as soon as it's available - which may be before our first community newsletter in August!

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Volunteer (all school levels)



 Volunteer Needs

  • Cafeteria Recycling and Composting Volunteers Needed for August:  To help our K-12 students re-norm expectations and guidelines around composting and recycling, we're looking for volunteers to help in the cafeteria starting in August. Please see this slideshow to understand how volunteers will help us in the cafeteria and click here to sign-up for one or more dates. Thank you for helping us divert waste from landfills and teach our students about the importance of composting!


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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