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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
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Week of 11/27/17-12/1/17:
Wednesday 11/29: Board of Directors' meeting 8:00 AM (college counseling center)
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Link to yearly calendar.
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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)
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:
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:
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.)
NEW Middle School Dance
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 School Announcements
Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students.