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Weekly Digest 12.8.17
Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!
The following information is for the week of 12/11-12/15
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Week of 12/11/17-12/15/17:
Monday 12/11: MS Theater Showcase 6:30 PM (auditeria)
Tuesday 12/12: HS Cocoa & Cram 3:05-4:45 PM (auditeria)
Wednesday 12/13: Latino Film Event 6:00 PM (auditeria)
Friday 12/15: MS Neon Dance 6:00-8:00 PM (northwest gym)
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NEW Charter School Advocacy
Dear Peak to Peak Families,
Peak to Peak is a vibrant, nationally-recognized K-12 charter public school created almost 20 years ago by parents who envisioned a community dedicated to outstanding scholarship that would challenge students to achieve their academic potential. Since the school’s inception, more than 1,500 Peak to Peak graduates have gone on to pursue their dreams in college in a wide variety of locations all over the world. Each year more students join those ranks, all with the skills, knowledge and passion they need to pursue their dreams for college and beyond.
One important reason for Peak to Peak’s success is the flexibility and autonomy available because of its status as a charter school; however, recently, there have been a number of negative articles published in the media concerning charter schools, their performance vis-a-vis traditional public schools, demographics, and funding differences from district to district and state to state. These articles include negatively-focused misinformation, and reveal a bias against charter schools that exists with some groups of people. This misinformation ultimately hurts all charter schools, but it has the potential to have a particularly negative impact on independent, grassroots charter schools like Peak to Peak that depend on community support to operate optimally.
What positive steps can we all take?
In partnership with the Colorado League of Charter Schools, we are reaching out to you today with a strong encouragement to join the Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (COCAN). This network will help you stay informed on pressing issues impacting charter schools. It will also provide you with easy-to-use action alerts by which you can take simple, concrete steps to protect and support charter schools and their students.
Peak to Peak has an excellent reputation locally and nationally and we continue to excel. However, it’s critically important that our community remains active in advocating for, and supporting our continued success. Charter school opponents are well-organized and aim to cut funding and programs that serve charter school students because they falsely believe this will help traditional public schools. Much of the rationale for the opposition is based on misinformation, yet they are actively looking for ways to accomplish their goals.
Let’s grow our advocacy
To build a positive counterpoint based on our bona fide successes, we must actively lead and contribute to the conversations with many voices from the charter school community. Having facts about charter schools at your fingertips may help with these conversations. Here are some basics:
For more information, here are links to fact sheets about charter schools: Link to charter school fact sheets.
Thank you for your consideration. We need your help and active participation to ensure that Peak to Peak and fellow charter schools are able to continue serving--and having major positive impacts for--students and families in Colorado! Please reach out to us with any questions or feedback on this important issue.
Peak to Peak Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors
School Day/Calendar Family Survey
Dear Peak to Peak Families,
As a mission-driven organization, Peak to Peak is committed to continuous improvement, which requires that we reflect on our current practices so we can be sure we are maximizing our resources to best support students’ needs. One of the most precious resources we have is time, and this year the leadership team has raised questions and engaged in discussions about whether the ways in which we use time (as reflected in our school day schedule and calendar) align with research and best practices that allow students to learn in the best possible ways. Specifically, we considered the question of whether we should consider a later start time to the school day to align with research that supports the benefits of extra sleep for students. Additionally, we are seeking your opinions on the frequency and length of early release days, and exploring the option of re-implementing a late start on some days.
To explore these ideas fully, we turned you, as parents/guardians, and our staff, as experts. We invited all who were interested to participate on an ad-hoc subcommittee dedicated to analyzing current research in these areas, and to have in-depth discussions about the potential positive and negative impacts that any changes would have on our K-12 school community. More than 30 people from all school levels, including teachers, counselors, and parents answered this call, and for the past two months, have been engaged in this exploratory work. Research used to guide the committee’s discussions is listed in this document.
After surveying staff and streamlining ideas, this group would now like to get your feedback on the questions that have been discussed so that it can be understood and factored into the future discussions. Your feedback on this survey is important and will inform the subcommittee’s discussions. The subcommittee will conclude its work in before winter break, and any recommendations will go to the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) for consideration. The ELT will use this information to guide discussions about the master schedule, and will, in turn, make recommendations for changes (if any) to the Board of Directors in February 2018. Please note that no decisions have yet been made, and your input to this process is vital and will be carefully considered as we move forward.
Please complete this survey on or before 5:00 pm TODAY (Friday, December 8th). Here is the link to the survey: Family Survey
Kelly Reeser, on behalf of the School Day/Calendar Subcommittee
Community Film Screening Night: December 13th 6:00 PM Auditeria
Come watch a documentary called "Being “ñ”, a documentary film screening hosted by the Spanish for Heritage-Speakers class! It interviews many first-generation American-born Latinos about the beauty and challenges of being a part of two cultures. In addition, students will display their final projects which incorporate formal writing in Spanish and digital art to research and relate to a Latin@ leader. We hope to see you there!
Secondary Finals 2017
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). High school students with study halls and student aide or teaching aide assignments are not expected to attend school during those periods but middle school students are expected to attend those classes through the 11:05 AM dismissal. Below is the finals schedule for students in grades 6-12:
Coffee with Counselors
Please join our Middle School Counselors for Coffee on Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 10:00 AM (the hour before students release from finals) in the south conference room. We will be discussing college and future visioning for the middle school student & parent, included in our discussion will be tips for increasing the chances of your child choosing and graduating from their school of choice and how finances play into that equation! We will have a guest counselor from the high school joining us. We hope to see you for a coffee or tea!
Middle School Dance
Middle School Announcements
Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our middle school students.
NEW "Hang Up the Phone for Finals"
Dear students and families,
High School Announcements
Click on this LINK to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students.
NEW Puma Home Games
THANK YOU Puma Families!
Donations to Peak to Peak made on Colorado Gives Day totaled over $45,000! We are currently 50% towards our goal of $160,000 for this year's Annual Gift Campaign. It's never too late to participate - as a school community we just like to know our parents are "All In!" Many of you have asked what the "typical" donation amount is - the answer is whatever feels comfortable for your family. Donations have ranged from $25 - $2,500 and beyond. It is our hope that each family gives to the school in a way that is significant and meaningful to them. For more information on this fundraising campaign including where the money goes please visit our FAQ document. Thank you again Puma families!
Middle School Lunch Assistance
The middle school staff would like assistance during the kids lunch time. They would like another set of eyes on the kids before during and after the lunch period from 12:00-. Please sign up for a day that you can do every week consistently. Its an easy way to volunteer and keep track of everything happening at school: Middle School Lunch Assistance