Weekly Digest 9.2.22

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Peak to Peak's Weekly Newsletter Digest
Week of: 9/5/22-9/9/22 
K-12th Early Release on Friday, September 9th (no secondary lunch served)
K-5th releases at 12:50 PM
6th-12th releases at 1:00 PM
NO SCHOOL K-12th on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day
Have a wonderful long weekend!

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    • Elementary teacher bios
    • Yearbooks on sale
    • National Junior Honor Society applications
    • Student announcements
    • Back-to-School Night feedback
    • 6th grade YMCA trip updates
    • Keep chromebooks charged
    • Important reminder about Peak Week
    • Play auditions
    • 6-12 science grading update
    • Counseling parent/guardian night speaker bios
    • Senior portrait yearbook information
    • Counseling Digest
    • Home games
    • Elementary School baseball camp
    • Middle School baseball camp
    • High School boys basketball open gym
    • Cornhole thanks
    • Homecoming Tailgate Party 9/22
    • King Soopers rewards program
    • Volunteer needs - see how you can help!
    • Volunteer information and Team

All School News


NEW! Land Purchase

Dear Peak to Peak Community, 

We would like to share an exciting development with you. A short while ago Peak to Peak was contacted and made aware that the 1.35 acre property, just east of our campus at 85 N 120th Street was being sold. On Saturday, August 27th, the Peak to Peak Board of Directors met to discuss the property and the potential for Peak to Peak. This meeting became urgent when we were made aware that the property had three interested parties. The purpose of this special meeting was to determine if the acquisition of this property might be in our school’s long-term best interest. During the meeting, the board voted unanimously in support of the school pursuing the purchase, up to the list price of the property.  

We are pleased to share that on Monday our offer was accepted and Peak to Peak has entered a contract to purchase the land.  

The decision to pursue this purchase was based on the following considerations: 

  1. By purchasing this property, the school creates a buffer between our campus and the light industrial zone, which encompasses the listed property. 
  2. The property presents a variety of use opportunities for Peak to Peak. While no decisions have been made about use, the board and leadership team have already begun to explore how the land may be utilized in the future. The important step was to react quickly to this opportunity. In time, we will engage with our community to determine how best to use the property.
  3. With development continuing in the immediate area around the school, the acquisition establishes not only a boundary, but also a legacy opportunity. Whether the property is developed for Peak to Peak or whether it is used as an investment property, it may be generations before the property could be back on the market.
  4. The purchase will be funded with financial reserves. The operating budget will not be adversely impacted; our academic, compensation, and operational programs will remain intact and unaffected by this purchase.
  5. The school has sufficient financial reserves to cover the cost of the purchase, with enough remaining to address emergencies or additional one time purchases. For over two decades, Peak to Peak’s fiscal practices have made it possible to address opportunities such as this. Our reserved funds are sufficient to cover the purchase because the balance exceeds the amount required by our bond and as suggested by best practice.    

Over the next several weeks, we will engage in due diligence inspections and procedures. At this time the land purchase is not final, it is contingent on the findings during this next phase of the process. We will keep the community updated on our progress. Thank you for your continued support of our students and the systems that support them at Peak to Peak. 


The Peak to Peak Board of Directors 

NEW!  Our Before and After School Care Program (BAASC) is in Need of Staff  

The program can only be effectively maintained when we have a full staff, and currently we have quite a few openings.  If you are interested in any of the below positions please click on the link to view the full job description and to complete the application:

These positions have been posted since summer and are still open.  Please consider applying or publicizing our need.  Thank you for any help you can offer our program. 

NEW! Stay Connected!
Want to know how to stay informed about your student's progress, about upcoming school events, and about opportunities to engage? We have a collection of video "quick tips" to help you stay informed through the systems we have in place at Peak to Peak. Check out our Quick Tips for Staying Connected! We are building a library of videos designed to help you get to know and understand Peak to Peak's systems to help you stay informed. Currently posted videos include tips for Google Classroom, the Peak to Peak website, the Friday Digest, and Board meetings. Watch the Friday Digest for announcements when new videos are released.
Want more? This year, we will be hosting several virtual "Staying Connected" informational sessions. These meetings will be designed to address a variety of topics to help parents and guardians navigate our communication tools and systems so that you can keep up with your students' K-12 journey. Save the date for our first Staying Connected virtual session on SEPTEMBER 7th, 6:30-7:15 PMClick here to join the Google Meet, or use the link and information posted on the school's website calendar.  





NEW!  Having Trouble Reading the Digest on Your Phone? Try These Options!

Each week, we email the digest using the tools available to make it accessible on a variety of services. However, we know that not all technology is perfectly compatible. Not all email apps can interpret the responsive tools we use to create the digest. That's why we provide several different ways for you to access and read the digest. If you like to read the digest on your phone, try one of these options:
  • Read the digest on the Peak to Peak website: It is posted in a weekly archive and the screen adapts to your phone. Find it here or through the link on the bottom of the website homepage.
  • Read the digest on the Peak to Peak mobile app: Each article from the weekly digest is individually loaded to the relevant pages on the website, which in turn, populate the mobile app. K-12 News and Volunteer opportunities are posted on the home page. School Level and Secondary news items are posted to the corresponding school level pages. Friends and Athletics news items are posted to their respective pages. You can even customize the mobile app to read the sections that matter most to you! Use these links to access the Apple and Android versions of the app.
Another tool available to you on both the website and on the mobile app is called the Activity Stream. You can select your preferred pages and calendars and get a personalized "stream" of digest articles, news items, calendar events, etc. Click here to watch a video and learn more about the Activity Stream.  

NEW! Community Bulletin Board
From the Parents/Guardians page of the Peak to Peak website, you can access the Community Bulletin Board. Here you will find announcements about events and opportunities shared by our community partners in the surrounding area. These events are not school-sponsored. When we receive requests from outside entities who would like to share information with our community, we post those announcements in this location.

NEW! September BVSD Parents of Color Council Family Event   
BVSD will be speaking about the great work that the DEI Collab has done in BVSD. There will also be an awesome opportunity for the kids/students to put identity-affirming swag bags together. They will be providing a picnic lunch, a craft, and time to build community at the park across the street after the presentation. They are really excited to build community together on Saturday, September 17th, from 12-2:00 PM.  If you want to attend, please make sure to RSVP through this link so that they can be sure to order enough food and materials. Please contact Dr. Nichole Villa at nichole.villa@bvsd.org with any questions! Please see this Flyer for details.



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 Principles 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)


NEW!  Elementary Teacher Bios
We are having a wonderful time getting to know each student better. Their personalities, hobbies, and strengths are becoming more clear, and friendships are shifting and growing each day! While you might also be getting to know your particular homeroom teacher(s), there are many teachers and staff that work with your student(s) across the day. Each elementary staff member has written a brief introduction for you to get to know us all a little better. Please click here to read about all of our elementary teachers

Elementary Yearbooks on Sale 

Elementary School yearbooks for the 2022-23 school year are now on sale! Order your yearbook in August or September and receive 10% off your order. Order now at TreeRing.com. School code is 1015361813341879. 

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Secondary School News (grades 6-12)


NEW! National JUNIOR Honor Society (open to current 7th, 8th, and 9th graders)
Applications for new members of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are open! The application is HERE  and on the NJHS page of the Peak to Peak website. You must be eager to be involved and demonstrate Leadership, service, character, and citizenship and have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher from prior middle school year(s). Existing members do NOT need to reapply. Last day applications will be accepted is Tuesday, Sept 13th at 3:30 pm. 


Weekly Secondary Student Announcements

Please click Secondary Student Announcements 2022-2023 to view the daily student announcements for the week. 


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Middle School News (grades 6-8)


NEW!  Middle School Back-to-School Night Feedback
Dear Middle School Families,

For those of you able to join us, thank you for attending our Back-to-School Night this week! It was inspiring to witness so many adults connecting with each other on behalf of our middle schoolers. In response to feedback from previous years, our goal was to create an event this year that facilitated presentations from grade-level teams as well as individual classroom teachers, and also allowed attendees to choose their priorities in the latter half of the evening. We would appreciate hearing about your unique experience in an effort to continuously improve this important community event. Please consider filling out the 8-question survey below, and thanks once more for engaging with us as partners in the journey of your middle schooler(s).

Middle School Back-to-School Night Feedback

In gratitude,

Clara Quinlan, Middle School Principal

Victoria Hankey, Middle School Assistant Principal  


NEW! Important 6th Grade YMCA of the Rockies Trip Updates

Dear 6th Grade Students and Families,

We are officially in September, the month that launches our inaugural 6th grade trip to the YMCA of the Rockies (Monday, September 19th - Wednesday, September 21st). This trip will feature a variety of experiential learning and team-building opportunities, while also bringing new and returning Pumas together within the Class of 2029. This trip is part of our programming at the 6th grade level and requires all staff members to attend. Therefore, there will be no alternative 6th grade classes or experiences offered on campus during this time. We hope to see each of our 6th graders with us on this fun-filled adventure!

This communication will cover the following important information...please click 6th grade YMCA trip to read the entire article.

NEW!  Reminder to Charge Chromebooks Each Night
Dead batteries are never fun! Next week, middle school students will be taking iReady assessments using their Chromebooks. We appreciate your partnership at home with an extra reminder to ensure Chromebooks are being charged at night.


High School News (grades 9-12)


NEW! An Important Reminder About Peak Week 2023

Please see our Course Descriptions again for instructions on procedures and registering for this important week in March. Parents/guardians must look at these options with their student before Friday, September 9th to avoid their student signing up for a course for which they do not have permission. If your student is absent on Sept. 9th, please look for an email mid-morning with a registration link to complete. We are looking to get placements completed as soon as possible, and not completing a registration by 1:00 PM. on that Friday could affect our ability to place your student in a course of their preference.   





NEW! High School Play Auditions

AUDITIONS for the HS play: The Plays That Go Wrong will take place next week! From Mischief Theatre, comes the Broadway smash hit farce. Welcome to opening night where the production quickly goes from bad to utterly disastrous.  All are welcome. No preparation is required. Please sign up for a 10 min audition slot for Tues Sept 6 or Wed Sept 7th or during lunch on Sept 8th. Callbacks are after school on Thursday 9/8 for all students who audition. If interested, please sign up for technical crew positions on the theatre board as well. If you have any questions please email colleen.mylott@bvsd.org  



NEW! 6-12 Science Department Grading Update

Hello high school families, 

This year, we are continuing to investigate research-based methods to grade students more equitably in the high school and K-12 based on what they know and are able to do in each of their content areas. While we've been an Standards-Based Grading (SBG) school since 2011, we are piloting a summative-based approach to scoring in grade books with our secondary science department this year. Their efforts are going to inform next steps across the 6-12 departments based on how successfully they measure student assessment for learning and growth over time. This has been an ongoing effort over the past year...please click 6-12 Science Grading to read the entire article. 

NEW! HS Counseling 2022 Parent/Guardian Night Information and Speaker Bios

The HS Counseling Team Presents the 2022 Parent/Guardian Night on Tuesday, September 13th.  YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS INFORMATIVE NIGHT!! Please click HS Counseling Night to read the entire article and read the speaker bios.

  • Senior Parent/Guardian Night: Navigating Senior Year, College Admissions, and Financial Aid with Josten's 5:00-6:30 pm in the College Counseling Center 
    • Optional Financial Aid presentation: FAFSA & CSS Profile 6:30-7:05 pm in the College Counseling Center  
  •  Junior Parent/Guardian night: Final Countdown: The Changing College Admissions Landscape   6:00-7:00 pm in the South (Elementary) Gym
  •  10th Grade Parent/Guardian night: Be Ahead of the Game on All Things College-Prep 6:00-7:00 pm in the Cafeteria
  •  9th Grade Parent/Guardian night: The Roadmap to a Successful High School Experience  6:00-7:00 pm in the Auditeria
  •  9th Grade Students: ‘Chuck the Chicken’ 6:00-8:15 pm Turf Field
  •  All: Expert Panel Presentation (professionals from Amherst, UNC, BVSD & Advance EDU): Beyond the Transcript: Why Equity Matters at Peak to Peak and in College Admissions
    • Introduction from Peak to Peak Executive Director of Education, Jennifer Klein 7:15-8:15 pm in the NE Gym for the entire HS (adults only) 


Senior Portrait Yearbook Information   

Here is a link with all the information: https://url.peaktopeak.org/seniorportraits
  • Senior portraits are due on 11/15/22.
  • Baby Ad/Senior Recognition Ad early bird discount deadline is 10/21.
  • Regular price and deadline are 11/15 (same date as portraits). 


Weekly Counseling Digest

Please click HERE  to read the weekly Counseling Digest. 

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Athletics & Activities (all school levels)




NEW! Puma Home Games 
9/6: HS Girls Softball vs Strive Prep Smart, 4pm
9/7: HS Boys Tennis vs Erie, 4pm
9/7: MS Girls Volleyball vs PRA, 4pm 

NEW!  Elementary School Baseball Camp 
Coach Castilleja will teach hitting, throwing, fielding, and baserunning fundamentals. The camp will be held on the south field right after school. This is a great opportunity to meet Coach Castilleja and ask him questions regarding the baseball program. Players need to bring helmets, bats, cleats, and water.

Date: September 19-23
Times: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: South field
Cost: $75 per player


NEW!  Middle School Baseball Camp

Coach Castilleja will teach hitting, throwing, fielding, and baserunning fundamentals. The camp will be held on the south field right after school. This is a great opportunity to meet Coach Castilleja and ask him questions regarding the baseball program. Players need to bring helmets, bats, cleats, and water.

Date: September 26-30
Times: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: South field
Cost: $75 per player



NEW!  Middle School Boys Basketball Open Gym

We will be hosting open gyms for all middle school boys interested in playing this year.  They will run every Saturday starting Sept 17th from 10am-12pm, until tryouts which are TBD (usually Mid –Oct).   We encourage everybody that is interested in trying out for boys middle school basketball to attend.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Chris Ford (chris.ford@bvsd.org).


Friends of Peak to Peak (all school levels)



NEW!  Thank You Cornhole Players and Supporters!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Puma Pete's 2nd annual Cornhole Tournament on Sunday. We had a repeat of winners from our pool of 36 teams. Varsity bracket: "Last Bag Standing"  (David Dobek & Jon Daugherty representing the 2nd grade) with "Dazed and Corn-fused" placing 2nd. JV bracket: "Ave-RILL-Win" (Lora Lynn and Craig Averill representing the 5th/6th grade) with "Team Widman" placing 2nd. A special thank you to the Arapahoe Y and Atlas Valley Purveyors for sponsoring this year's event!


NEW!  Tailgate Homecoming Party - Thursday, September 22nd 

All are invited to our annual Tailgate Homecoming Party which will be held at P2P on Thursday, September 22nd starting at 4:30pm in the main quad. Join us for food trucks, inflatable obstacle course, Peak Learning Garden farmers market, live music & more as we celebrate Pete the Puma’s birthday and our Homecoming Week. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and their own food, or purchase food from Ruby Ru’s, Snowy Churro, Seb’s Woodfired Pizza, Kona Ice (and one more food truck TBD). Plan to stay and watch our boy's homecoming soccer game against Prospect Ridge (JV 4:00/Varsity 6pm) and girl's volleyball game against Eagle Ridge (4pm/5pm/Varsity 6pm). We hope you will join us for this fun free community event! 


NEW!  King Soopers Reward Program Reminder 

Did you know last year we received over $22,000 through the King Soopers Reward Program? Each time a P2P community member shops at King Soopers and enters their reward/phone number (the same number entered to receive $ off grocery or gas total) our school receives a portion of their quarterly $250k charity donation.Thank you for taking a minute to link your information if you have not done so (only needs to be done once) to help support this effort. Thank you Puma families!

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Volunteer (all school levels)



Volunteer Needs

  • Staff Appreciation Lunch:  Our first Staff Appreciation lunch is coming up on September 8th! We are so excited to finally be able to give our staff lunch. This is a popular event for our teachers and staff and a great way to show them all how much we appreciate what they are doing. We will be doing 4 lunches this year and we need all of the donations we can get. Please email me or call me with any questions or ideas. Nicole Harrison harrisonnicole@me.com (303) 803-0453.  Sign up to donate here:  Soup and Salad Lunch
  • Humanities Field trip chaperones:  We are seeking volunteers for the humanities field trip to the Denver Art Museum.  They would ride on the bus with students and enjoy the museum with a small group.  We kindly request that parents/guardians not chaperone their students' classes.  Contact Carla Flanhofer, carla.flanhofer@bvsd.org
    September 22nd, 9:35 - 12:45 (period 4/6)
    September 23rd, 8 - 11:15 (period 1/3)
    September 23rd, 11:15 - 2:45 (period 5/7)
  • Fabric and ribbon needed for the high school bulletin boards:  Our Counseling Office is working on a campus beautification project and is looking for donated fabric and bulletin board borders (ribbon). If you are able to help, please sign up here 
  • Homecoming Tailgate, September 22nd:  Please sign up here to help with the homecoming tailgate!  This is a really fun K-12 event that takes place on campus


Volunteer Information

Thank you for considering to volunteer at Peak to Peak!  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.  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.

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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