Weekly Digest 11.17.17

 

Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!

 

The following information is for the week of 11/27-12/1

 

  All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Inclement weather & school closing information
  • Finals information for secondary families
  • December K-12 music performances
  • Staff preferences
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link

Elementary

  • Report cards online

Middle

  • Middle school dance
  • December finals schedule
  • MS student announcements

High

  • December finals schedule
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • HS Baseball winter workouts

Friends of P2P

  • Colorado Gives Day - December 5th
  • Annual Gift Campaign
  • Holiday shopping opportunities

Volunteer

  • Volunteer opportunities: wrapping event, MS basketball scorer, MS dance, 8th grade science fair

 

 

Calendar:

Week of 11/27/17-12/1/17:
Wednesday 11/29: Board of Directors' meeting 8:00 AM (college counseling center)
 

Link to monthly calendar.

Link to yearly calendar.

 

Frequently Used Webpages:

 

NEW Inclement Weather & School Closing Information

 

We are quickly approaching the winter weather months so we wanted to remind everyone of the school closure process. School closure decisions due to weather (aka "Snow Days") are first made by BVSD. If we have school on a day that BVSD also has school then we follow their decision. Please note that we are NOT a Mountain School and do not align with closures to those few schools. BVSD will decide if they are closing school due to weather prior to 6:30 AM. It will be on their website and on most local news channels. We also have notifications posted on our website, and automated phone calls, emails, texts, and push notifications to the mobile application will be delivered via Connect with information about the closure as soon as there is a BVSD decision. Please remember to verify your contact settings in MyConnect to make sure your preferences are set for all notifications. Here is the login page: MyConnect Portal.

 

There are a few days when Peak to Peak is in session and BVSD is not. We will make the decision about a school closure on those days and the same notification process will be used.

 


 

NEW Attention Secondary Families: Finals Ahead 2017

 

Dear Students, Parents and Families:

 

As we enter Thanksgiving break, we want to offer an annual reminder about what to expect for the close of the first semester. Yes, it’s coming quickly!

 

First, of all, this is your official “head’s up” that there are only three more weeks of regular instruction prior to finals examinations this fall. Given this short timeline, below are the procedures we have in place for our students across the 6-12. An essential part of our college prep experience here is to expose students to college-style final exams and the rigor of extended writing and problem-solving work associated with cumulative assessments. We intentionally balance the number of finals over the course of the week prior to break to help students prepare for, and demonstrate mastery in, each of their courses. Your assistance aligning and following each of these expectations, as well as helping guide your teens in their preparation, healthy eating and sleeping habits leading up to finals, will maximize their achievement and minimize challenges in wrapping up the semester.

 

1. Just like school attendance generally, finals are an important, culminating piece of a full-semester of learning at Peak to Peak. In some cases, students will be taking 90-minute cumulative final exams including a mix of challenging multiple-choice and/or free response essay questions. In other cases, they may be sharing final presentations resulting from multiple weeks of research and/or project-based learning work. Regardless of the form, finals are a required part of our courses, and students are expected to adhere to our final exam schedule that is published on the school website. Please DO NOT schedule family travel or appointments during finals week that will prevent students from taking their scheduled exams each morning. In case of emergencies, students must alert their teacher and assigned counselor as soon as possible, get the principal’s permission for consideration (case by case review), and work to find appropriate make-up assessment opportunities if approval is granted. Students may face academic penalties for missing finals, including earning a zero on given exams, if they fail to attend.

 

2. Finals are scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes each, and run from December 19-22nd, during the hours of 7:55-11:05 AM, each day (2 block periods each day, including a make-up period on 12/22 from 9:35-11:05 AM). Those with study halls and student aide or teaching aide assignments are not expected to attend school during those periods. Below is the finals schedule for students in grades 6-12:

Final Exams Schedule for Middle & High School December 2017:

(Block schedule for Tuesday through Friday)

 

Time

Tuesday 12/19

Wednesday 12/20

Thursday 12/21

Friday 12/22

7:55-9:25

1st period final

2nd period final

5th period final

7th period final

9:35-11:05

3rd period final

4th period final

6th period final

Make-up exams

 

Dismiss 11:05 AM

Dismiss 11:05 AM

Dismiss 11:05 AM

Dismiss 11:05 AM

 

3. In the week prior to final exams, teachers limit content so that students have adequate time to prepare for finals. Each teacher will provide a detailed final exam review at least one week before the final exam is scheduled. Teachers will not implement additional exams, significant research papers and/or prepare large projects that push them beyond what is manageable right before we expect students to take finals.

 

4. Our 9th grade teachers and assistant principal provide a Cocoa & Cram Session on Tuesday, December 12th from 3:05-5pm pm in the cafeteria, to help our 9th graders prepare for their first high school finals. It’s a great review opportunity, and all freshmen are encouraged to attend.

 

5. Teachers of elective courses (including technology, the arts, health, PE, etc.) may include final exams as part of their mastery of learning expectations during finals week, although they are not expected to do so. These are at the discretion of each teacher and depend on the course and challenge level included. Please refer to their course syllabi and/or teacher class pages on the Peak to Peak website.

 

6. Final exam weighting will range from 10-15% of the total semester grade, and be posted in Infinite Campus with the assigned weight. Following final exam scoring, semester grades will be due upon the staff’s return in January. In some cases, a student may be eligible for an incomplete grade (pending recommendation by the teacher and student’s assigned counselor), and limited to medical or other emergency reasons. Please alert the student’s counselor if this arises.

 

After finals are completed, and over the winter break period, we want all students to take a genuine break from school coursework. As such, we do not require or expect students to be engaged in school content study during their two weeks off. This time is valuable for rest, recuperation and to invite opportunities for outside reading, reflection and authentic “down time.” We need it as educators, and our students truly need this time off in order to bring their best in the next semester.

 

Thanks for all you’ve done to set up a great first semester, and for helping us norm our community to these expectations. We wish you and your families the best for a wonderful holiday season ahead, and are thankful for all of your support.

 

Kelly Reeser, Executive Director of Education

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal

Lori Preston, Middle School Principal

 

 


 

NEW Upcoming Elementary, Middle, and High School Music Performances

 
 

All performances are located in the P2P Auditeria unless otherwise noted:

 
  • Mon. Dec. 4th: Orchestra Concert: Gen., Con-Brio, Concert, and Chamber Orchestras. 6:00 PM (report time 5:00 PM)
  • Tue. Dec. 5th: Choir Concert: Gen. Choir, Concert Choir, Phoenix Fire, Puma Pride, Chamber Choir, 6:00 PM (5:15 PM report time)
  • Wed. Dec. 6th: Band Concert: Beg. Jazz, Adv. Jazz, Gen.Band, Concert Band, Wind Symphony 5:30 PM (4:45 PM report time)
  • Thurs. Dec.14th: Access Assembly Performances: Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Adv. Jazz Band. 12:00 PM NE.Gym
  • Wed. Dec. 20th: 5th grade Music Performance and Elementary Sing-a-Long: 5th Grade Choir, Band, Orchestra 1:30-2:30 PM N.Gym

 


 

Staff Preferences

 

Although it is never expected, at times families may want to give staff a gift. If you would like to know the staff members' favorite things, click on the below link to view their preferences:

 

Staff Preferences

 


 

 

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Elementary

 

 

 

 

Report Cards Online

 

The district has changed the way report cards are delivered for grades 1-5. All report cards will now be accessed online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Read more about the changes HERE, including DIRECTIONS for how to view report cards. (Kindergarten report cards will be based on the School Readiness tool presented during conferences, and will still be sent home in Friday Folders.)

 

 


 

 

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NEW Middle School Dance

 
Middle school is hosting our first dance of the year! "The Neon Dance" will be held on Friday, December 15th from 6:00-8:00 PM in the northwest gym and cafeteria. Students are encouraged to dress up in their favorite neon/ glow-in-the-dark outfits. We will provide glow-in-the-dark body paint and bracelets.
 
Students can buy tickets on Revtrack with a built-in contract or take home the contract, get it signed, and bring it back with payment which will be collected by Student Council in the cafeteria daily during lunch. Students will then will receive a ticket. Unfortunately, no tickets will be able to be bought at the door. Here is link for payment on Revtrack
 
Parents/Guardians, please consider volunteering/donating time or food for the event. You can sign up here:
 
Thank you for your support! If you have any questions please contact anita.chakraborty-sp@bvsd.org or adrienne.robinson@bvsd.org who are your Middle School Student Council Advisors.

 

 

 

December Finals Schedule

 

Please click below for the secondary finals schedule. It is also posted on our website:

 

 
 

 

 

Middle School Announcements

Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our middle school students.

 

High

 


 

 

 

December Finals Schedule

 

Please click below for the secondary finals schedule. It is also posted on our website:

 

 

 

 

High School Announcements

Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students.

 

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ES, MS, HS Athletics

 


 

 

 
 

NEW Baseball Winter Workouts

 
Starting this week 3:30-5:00 T/TH for non-winter athletes @ Colorado Baseball 165 Commerce St. Unit d Broomfield. Contact Coach Urban for more information.

 

 

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Friends of P2P

 


 

 

 

 
 
YES! Peak to Peak is a charity option on Colorado Gives Day! Last year, we raised $60,000 in donations on this day alone - let's see if we can beat it this year! Donations can be scheduled ANYTIME to be processed and eligible to receive a % of the Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund on December 5th. Curious how the Inventive Fund works? After Colorado Gives Day, a percentage of the Colorado Gives Day Fund is allocated to every participating charity BASED ON THE AMOUNT OF DONATIONS to that charity. That means, the more donations we receive that day, the high % of the fund we will receive. The $1 Million Incentive Fund created by Colorado Gives partners is one of the largest giving-day incentive funds in the country and we are thrilled to be part of this wonderful Colorado event.
 
 
Are You IN? ...and is your company in too?
Did you know many companies offer matching gift programs for charitable donations? Turn your $50 donation into $100 by simply checking to see if your company matches your donation to Peak to Peak! Not sure if your company offers this program? Email us at p2p.friends@bvsd.org and we'll help you find out! With most companies it's a simple form you fill out and submit and Peak to Peak will do the rest. Matching gifts can also be applied for Colorado Gives Day donations. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to take advantage of opportunities like this to support our students! Donations can be made anytime through our Annual Campaign Page. Thank you for helping us reach 100% participation!
 
 
Holiday Shopping!
** THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING TO USE YOUR KING SOOPERS CARDS THIS WEEK!**
 
Looking for a Peak to Peak holiday gift? We will have a "Spirit Wear" store set up in the Cafeteria December 20th at 1pm (before the Elementary Sing Along). If you'd like to shop sooner, send us a note at p2p.friends@bvsd.org and we will be available to help you. We have many "starburst" Peak to Peak t-shirts, traditional logo'd tshirts, insulated lunch bags, grocery bags, water bottles, magnets, some sweatshirts and a new P2P knit hat made by a p2p parent with Icebox Knitting!
 
As a reminder, you can conveniently do your Amazon holiday shopping through Amazon Smile and a % of eligible purchases can benefit Peak to Peak (select Friends of Peak to Peak)!
 
Our Annual Gift Card Fundraiser ends December 3rd. Spend some time this week ordering gift cards to use as gifts or for everyday expenses and a generous % will benefit Peak to Peak. There is a HUGE selection of places and gift card amounts so all orders will be placed online. Please consider purchasing an extra gift card or two to donate as a prize for our annual After Prom! Restaurants and places that have college or "dorm room" items are especially desired. Thank you for participating!
 
 
 
As always, please contact Friends of Peak to Peak with any questions. We can be reached at p2p.friends@bvsd.org or (303) 453-4614. We'd like to wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to all our wonderful Peak to Peak Families!
 
 

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Volunteer

 


 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Wrapping Event
Peak to Peak Families we are offering our staff the opportunity to have gifts wrapped for them. We would love to have you volunteer to help wrap presents or donate wrapping paper. On December 6th we are going to sit in the conference room and spend some fun time together wrapping and helping our staff. If you don’t love to wrap but are willing to donate paper there will be a bin in the front office for donations. Thank you thank you!
 
 
 
 
Middle School Families:
 
Basketball Scorer
The Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are looking for someone to score their home games. What a great way to be able to help out the team and watch the game. Please see the attached spreadsheets to sign up to help.
 
 
 
 
Middle School Dance
The Middle School is having their Neon Dance on December 15th. We need some parents to come and help decorate, provide food, help with games, and donate decorations, food, or time.
 
 
 
8th Grade Science Fair!
Attention science buffs! We need you to help judge the 8th Grade Science Fair! The 8th graders will be presenting their projects on Friday, January 19th. We need volunteers from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm to judge and give feedback to our fabulous students. The day consists of a brief orientation, 3 to 3 1/2 hours of judging, followed by final evaluations over lunch. We provide the lunch! If you are interested, please sign up using the link below. Thank you so much for volunteering for this important and exciting event! Questions? Concerns? Please contact Dar Zerwekh Reardon at zerwekhreardon@comcast.net or Brandon Nelson at brandon.nelson@bvsd.org.
 
 
 
Thank you everyone for your help! If you have any questions or are willing to help volunteer please reach out to:
 
Nicole Harrison, harrisonnicole@me.com Volunteer Coordinator
 
Siobhan Webster, siobhanwebster@me.com Elementary School Volunteer Coordinator
 
Dar Zerwek-Reardon, zerwekhreardon@comcast.net Middle School Volunteer Coordinator
 
Angela Finan, angelarules@comcast.net High School Volunteer Coordinator