Weekly Digest 2.23.18

 

 

 

Welcome to the Peak to Peak Weekly Digest!

 

The following information is for the week of 2/26-3/2

 

 

All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Update on secondary 8-period day discussion
  • Peak to Peak community meeting on March 7th
  • Upcoming theater production for high school and older
  • K-12 spring service initiative reminders
  • 2018-2019 yearly calendars
  • Request for Board candidates
  • Makerspace event schedule
  • Photo submission link

Elementary

  • Elementary early release after school event "Inside Out" on March 1st

Middle

  • Course selection for current 6th & 7th grade students
  • Honor roll certificates emailed out
  • MS opportunities with spring service initiative
  • 6th grade gender identity lesson
  • MS student announcements

High

  • Student climate survey results
  • Honor roll certificates emailed out
  • HS student announcements

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • HS spring sports
  • MS spring sports
  • MS girls softball

Friends of P2P

  • Peak Gala
  • Gala volunteers

?Volunteer

  • Volunteer Opportunities: Peak Gala

 

Calendar:

Week of 2/26/18-3/3/18:
Monday 2/26: Board candidate information session 8:00-8:45 AM (south conference room)
Tuesday 2/27: Board candidate information session 5:00-5:45 PM (south conference room)
Thursday 3/1: K-12 early release 12:45 PM (no secondary lunch served); K-5 early release after school event "Inside Out" 12:45-3:00 PM (south gym); Thespian play (recommended for high school and older) 7:00 PM (auditeria)
Friday 3/2: NO SCHOOL K-12/Professional Development Day; Thespian play (recommended for high school and older) 7:00 PM (auditeria)
Saturday 3/3: Thespian play (recommended for high school and older) 7:00 PM (auditeria)
 

Link to monthly calendar.

Link to yearly calendar.

 

Frequently Used Webpages:

 

NEW Update on Secondary 8-Period Day Discussion

 

?Dear Peak to Peak Families,

Over the past two months, administrators have been deep in discussions about the feasibility of an 8-period schedule for our middle and high school students. These discussions were prompted by the subcommittee work done earlier this year to explore the idea of a later start time and/or an adjusted annual calendar to make the most effective use of instructional time. Please see our January 26th Digest article on the topic for context. Although we are holding off on any changes to our K-12 start and end times and the school calendar based on that subcommittee recommendations, we have been contemplating an 8-period day to address ideas that arose during that group’s meetings, namely the desire to:

  • Reduce teen stress with fewer daily transitions, more quality engagement time and relationships with students and peers in classes

  • Identify ways to offer a later start for teens who need more sleep, and earlier release times for those in athletics, activities, apprenticeships and internships or research groups

  • Reduce constraints with competing classes in our master schedule, and open more student selected course options for our students across grades 6-12.

  • Identify alternatives to the current Access program

  • Promote teacher collaboration time during the course of the day

  • Reduce nightly homework loads for students, and encourage wellness and balance with less frenetic daily classroom changes

  • Create opportunities for extending class periods to add depth to content studies and provide time for research, field trips and cross-curricular and school level collaborations

  • Promote Capstone learning options with professional mentors

In this plan, one day each week would be for students to meet and check-in with all teachers (generally Mondays, 1st-8th periods), followed by four alternating block days for in-depth content and skill development. School start and end times would remain approximately the same, an end time of 3:10, a five-minute difference from our current schedule. Students in grades 6-10 would choose eight courses, which could include more electives than they have had access to in the past. Rising juniors and seniors could choose seven or eight courses, with an option to forego either first or eighth period, depending on their needs. If they need to be on campus during their off-periods, juniors and seniors could elect to work in the Think Tank or another supervised location (TBD). This week, 6-12 instructional staff met to discuss these ideas, and we are continuing to build the schedule scenarios as course recommendations are made and students complete their requests.

With all the research and modeling that has been done, we are now in a position to make a decision on whether to move forward with the 8-period schedule for the 2018-19 school year, or to keep our current 7-period schedule in place. If you have questions input to add to our discussions, please submit them through this form by Monday, March 5th. We expect to have a final decision in the next two weeks. We value your feedback.

Best regards,

Kelly Reeser, Executive Director of Education

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal

Lori Preston, Middle School Principal

 

 

 
 

NEW Peak to Peak Community Meeting on March 7th

 

Dear Peak to Peak Families,

The future is bright at Peak to Peak! With the unveiling of our new strategic plan in January, the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team have collaboratively identified several strategic focus areas for the coming years. We are excited to share this information with you, our valued community.

To this end, you are cordially invited to attend a community meeting on March 7th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the College Counseling Center. At this meeting, which follows a regularly scheduled Board meeting, we will showcase our new strategic plan and discuss the school’s future directions that are under consideration. We intend to lead a dynamic and interactive session, and would love to have your input as we are charting the school’s path forward over the next five years.

Please join us! We are seeking high school student assistance with onsite childcare during this meeting, so that as many people can attend as possible. If you need child care in order to attend, please fill out this form no later than Friday, March 2nd so that we can plan appropriately.

If you would like to review our strategic plan, please see the links below. Thanks very much for all you do to support our wonderful school community. We hope to see you at our Community Meeting on March 7th!

Warm regards,

Kelly Reeser

On behalf of the Peak to Peak Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team

 

Click here to watch an introductory video.

Click here to read the Strategic Plan.

Click here to read the Key Performance Indicators.

 


NEW Upcoming HS Theater Production "Next to Normal" Recommended for High School Age and Older

The Peak to Peak Thespian Society's student-directed production of Next to Normal performs March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at 7:00 PM. This modern musical addresses issues such as grieving a loss, mental illness, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban family life. Due to the mature themes and content of the show only high school age students or older are encouraged to attend.

 

 


 

K-12 Spring Service Initiative Reminders

 

Here are ways you can help support our K-12 spring service initiative for the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County:

 

  • Donate change - we encourage families to consider having students do “chores for change.” Help connect how their helping at home is helping others. All three school levels will be doing a change drive.
  • Sign your family up for the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County Emerge 5K run/walk, Sunday, May 6 at 9:30 AM. Teams of 4 are only $80 for this great, family-friendly 5K at Boulder Reservoir. This BolderBOULDER qualifying race is a “fast” course guaranteed to be a good time for families. All families are encouraged to participate and can sign up here.
  • Donate directly to Second Wind Fund of Boulder County - please follow this link.
  • K-5 students can attend the early release after school event "Inside Out" on March 1st. Sign up HERE.
 

 
 
2018-2019 Yearly Calendars
The board-approved 2018-2019 calendars can be found on our website HERE. Here is some information on the new calendars:
  • There are more uninterrupted weeks of instruction
  • We are aligned with BVSD Professional Development days
  • Early release days moved from Thursdays to Fridays
  • Professional Development days moved from Fridays to Mondays (to help align with BVSD)
  • There was a decrease in the number of early release days; this time is scheduled to be included on PD days
  • Charter Day was moved to December 21 to help with winter travel plans due to the late start of winter break
  • Secondary winter finals will begin a day earlier to help with winter travel plans due to the late start of winter break
  • The school year still ends in May

 
 

2018 REQUEST FOR BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

 

The 2018 election for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors is coming in early May. There will be THREE OPEN SEATS for elected board members. Two seats have a 3-year term and one seat has a 1-year term. All non-employee school and local community members are encouraged to consider serving on the board. Any candidate for the Peak to Peak Board of Directors, in order to have his or her name placed on the ballot, must deliver a signed Peak to Peak Board Handbook at the time of his or her candidacy submission, which constitutes an agreement to abide by the Board Orientation/Training requirements in the Board Handbook. The Board Handbook will be sent to any candidate who is interested in possible candidacy for review.

 

There will be two information sessions for anyone interested in possible candidacy for our Board of Directors. The session will give you a brief explanation of BOD responsibilities. The sessions are identical and offered at two different times in our south conference room. There is no need to RSVP:

Monday, February 26 8:00-9:00 AM

Tuesday, February 27 1 5:00-6:00 PM

 

If you are unable to attend and would like to have further information, please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org. Election Committee members for 2018 are: Tina Crist -Chair, Hank Dalton (BOD rep), Joanne Hyman (BOD rep), Michelle Anderson (Accountability Committee rep), Lisa Tracy (Accountability Committee rep), Jennifer Douglass (community rep), Kate Martin (community rep), Ethan Miley (community rep), Traci Schoeneweis (staff rep) and Terri Tarbutton (staff rep). In addition to attending the information sessions, you can learn more by attending an upcoming board meeting, speaking with a current or previous board member, and reviewing the Board of Directors' page on our website.

 

Once you have decided to run for a board seat, you must formally declare your candidacy by submitting to traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org written responses to the following questions by Monday, April 2, 2018 3:00 PM :

1. What do you understand Peak to Peak's philosophy to be and how do you support it?

2. What is your primary motivation to serve as a member of the board of directors?

3. How do you expect to separate your parental and board member duties?

4. What do you believe to be the biggest problem or opportunity that our school will face in the next several years, and what skills or background do you have that will help us to achieve the best possible outcome relating to that challenge or opportunity?

5. Please provide a brief bio of yourself (150 words or less). It can include educational background, professional experience, and/or any personal information you would like to share with our community. A photograph of yourself is optional. Please do NOT include any links to outside websites or resources.

 

A preliminary candidate list will be published to all of the candidates on April 2nd after the 3:00 PM candidacy deadline. Candidates will then have the opportunity to withdraw from the election if they change their mind about running or make any edits to their responses between April 2nd and April 5th. Responses from the candidates who wish to remain in the election will be distributed by email to families in our Friday, April 6th Friday Digest and published on our website.

 

All candidates must attend our candidate question & answer session on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 6:30 PM. Voting instructions and timeline will be communicated to the entire Peak to Peak community in May. Please see the attached Election Guidelines information sheet for election information, timeline, and campaign guidelines.

 

Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org or 303-453-4682 with questions.

 

Thank you,

The 2018 Peak to Peak Election Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Link to photo submission form: PumaAwe

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Elementary

 

 

 

 

 
NEW K-5 Eary Release After School Event "Inside Out" Movie
All K-5 students are invited to our next early release after school event on Thursday, March 1st 12:45-3:00 PM to watch "Inside Out"! All proceeds benefit the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County as part of our spring service initiative. Studnets need to sign up and pay through RevTrak HERE. Please see the attached flyer.

 

 

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NEW Course Selection for Current 6th & 7th Grade Students

 

Dear Middle School Students and Guardians (6th and 7th grade only),

 

The time has come to complete course selection for the upcoming school year! Paper course selection forms will be distributed on Monday, February 26th in your student’s History class. Middle school students do not register for classes through Infinite Campus; they complete paper registration forms. These forms must be returned to either your student’s History teacher or Counselor by Monday, March 5th at 3:05 PM.

 

This year’s course selection forms will be two-sided, with a computerized printout of your student’s required year-long classes on one side and a place to select choices on the other side. The core classes will show as "required courses," and it should be noted they are recommended placements, not guaranteed placements. We ask that your student choose 6 elective classes on the choice side of the form. You do not need to rank order these choices. Course selection forms also need to be signed by you and your student.

Summer reading: Make sure to note the courses your student(s) are recommended for so you can plan accordingly for summer assignments.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this at home with your child! You will be able to see a final schedule in mid-August in the Infinite Campus Portal prior to registration day. If you have any questions please contact your child’s counselor.

 

Sincerely,

Manele Short Andrea Salvo

MS Counselor A-L MS Counselor M-Z

manele.short@bvsd.org andrea.salvo@bvsd.org

 

 
NEW Middle School Honor Roll Certificates Emailed Out
 

Dear Middle School Parents/Guardians,

We want to notify you that 2017-2018 first semester honor roll certificates have been emailed to students directly through their school emails this week. Please ask them to share the email with you. We are very proud of them! We are happy to provide anyone interested with a printed copy of their certificate. Please send Ms. Doubrava jessica.doubrava@bvsd.org or Ms. Buchtel rosemarie.buchtel@bvsd.org an email with your request.

Sincerely,

Lori Preston, Middle School Principal

Libbi Peterson, Middle School Assistant Principal

 

NEW Middle School Opportunities to Help with K-12 Service Initiative for Second Wind Fund

 

Every spring, Peak to Peak Charter School picks an organization to partner with for our spring K-12 service project. This year, our Service Council voted to partner with the Second Wind Fund of Boulder County. Second Wind provides free counseling to at-risk youth who cannot otherwise afford it. They are currently serving 67 youth in our county. See our video for quick highlights

 

Our theme for the K-12 initiative is “Change for Positive Change.” We want to positively change the way we think about mental health. This initiative will run from 2/22-3/1.

 

HERE ARE WAYS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN GET INVOLVED:

  • This weekend, register your family or friend team for the EMERGE 5K. You can do that here.
  • Do Chores for Cash/Change- sweep, shovel snow, do laundry etc... we will collect change every homeroom. If we raise $4500 in the week we get to duct tape Mr. Steinbauer to the wall.
  • Each day at lunch we will run an activity (see video above)
  • Send out an email to family/friends asking them to support this cause. Here is a sample email:

Dear family and friends,

I am doing a fundraiser through Peak to Peak to benefit Second Wind Fund of Boulder County. This organization provides free counseling for at-risk students in Boulder. Our school set a goal to raise $12,000 for Second Wind Fund of Boulder County. That would provide three counseling sessions for 67 kids. Here is a link to donate. Thanks in advance for supporting our spring service initiative.

  • Finally, and most importantly, spend some time this weekend thinking about your own mental health. What do you do to take care of yourself? Need more ideas? The adults at school are here to support you!

Thanks for your support,

Service Council, Student Council,

Ms Chakraborty-Spotts, Ms Robinson, Middle School Stuco Teacher Leaders

 


 

6th Grade Gender Identity Lesson

 

Dear 6th Grade Parent/ Guardian:

We value your input and want to make you aware of the upcoming content to be discussed in your child’s Life Science class. They are learning about Male/ Female sex assignment and how chromosomes pair to determine a person’s biological sex. This topic is a part of the typically assigned 6th grade Life Science curriculum (ELR 5.3. Complete crosses using Punnett Squares to predict phenotypic and genotypic outcomes.; ELR 5.6. Explain how gender is determined in humans.) In keeping with our commitment as a school to address gender inclusivity and equality, Dr. Marti has invited the counseling department to partner with him in his teaching of this topic. We are very excited about this invitation. We hope this lesson provides an opportunity for rich discussion about how society impacts our idea of gender roles and how we can help ensure that all people feel safe and welcome at school.

On Monday, February 26th, Ms. Salvo (Middle School Counselor) and Ms. Campbell (High School Counselor)will be working with Dr. Marti in his Life Science class to talk to students about gender, equality and societal influence on gender roles and stereotypes. We will discuss the difference between gender and assigned biological sex and how each is determined. We will also discuss how societal influences might alienate or ostracize some people based on their sex/gender. Our goal is to teach children what they can do as individuals to ensure that all people feel safe and accepted, regardless of their biological sex or identified gender.The lesson will take place for the entire 60 minute class period. At this time we do not have a follow-up lesson planned for 6th grade but will create one if students dictate that necessity.

If you are concerned about the topic or have questions please contact Andrea Salvo at andrea.salvo@bvsd.org to discuss these concerns.

Sincerely,

Andrea Salvo, MS Counselor

Patrick Marti, Science

Mary Campbell, HS Counselor

 
 

 
 

 

Middle School Announcements

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

 

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NEW Student Climate Survey Results

 

February 23, 2018 - Student Climate Survey Results

 

Dear High School Students and Families:

 

February is the time of our annual student climate survey implementation during high school access classes. We value the perspectives our students share by giving us honest, anonymous feedback on our 21-question survey. We then share the information they provide us to our staff and community, and focus on school improvement based on the results. Due to a network issue this year, we had some challenges getting all students on the survey link at the same time, which negatively impacted our overall participation rate. We garnered 75% of our population on the survey this year, as compared to from 86% in 2017, and 93% in 2016. Below, you’ll see results for each indicator and data trends over the past three years of implementation...please click HERE to read the results.

 

 

 
 
NEW High School Honor Roll Certificates Emailed Out
 

Dear High School Parents/Guardians,

We want to notify you that 2017-2018 first semester honor roll certificates have been emailed to students directly through their school emails this week. Please ask them to share the email with you. We are very proud of them! We are happy to provide anyone interested with a printed copy of their certificate. Please send Ms. Doubrava jessica.doubrava@bvsd.org or Ms. Buchtel rosemarie.buchtel@bvsd.org an email with your request.

Sincerely,

Kyle Mathews, High School Principal

Clara Quinlan, High School Assistant Principal

 


 

 

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

 


 

 

 
 
High School Spring Sports
 
Spring sports will begin on 2/26! Please get registered and turn in an up to date physical to Amanda Smith before tryouts. Physicals can be dropped off at the front office or emailed directly to amanda.smith@bvsd.org.
 
 
 
 
Middle School Spring Sports
 
Spring sports for Middle School begin on 3/12! Please get registered and turn in an up to date physical to Amanda Smith before tryouts. Physicals can be dropped off at the front office or emailed directly to amanda.smith@bvsd.org.
 
Baseball
Girls Soccer
IM Volleyball
Track and Field - Begins April 2
 
 
 
Middle School Girls Softball
 

Hey middle school girls! Want to have a total blast this spring/summer? Come join the middle school softball team. We currently have a few more openings and would love to have you join us! Please contact softball parent Allison O’Dowd 303-877-4539 for more information.

 
 

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Friends of P2P

 


 

 

 

 
Tickets Still Available - Peak Gala is NEXT Friday!
On behalf of this year's committee PLEASE purchase your tickets as soon as possible if you are planning to attend! We will be finalizing many details of this fun event and need to know who will be attending. We thank all of you who have purchased tickets - your support of all our volunteer committee, local sponsors and staff contributions is greatly appreciated.
 
Bidding opens March 5th! If you want first access to the amazing auction items available this year that directly support Peak to Peak please purchase your ticket! We have several "buy it now" and limited fixed price items that may sell out right away so you don't want to miss out!
 
Are you looking for tickets to the sold-out Taylor Swift or Dave Matthews concerts? Looking to see Les Miserable in Denver? Maybe your student has a favorite teacher he or she would like to do a fun activity with? I'm sure there are many of you looking for a fun weekend get-a-way - or even just a night out! Have a graduate this year and looking for premier seats? Maybe you don't want to take your chances in the Dream Get Away drawing - another one is available to bid on in the auction! As a reminder, all auction item purchases provide 100% financial support to Peak to Peak - we do not purchase consignment packages or items
 
If you have an item you would like to donate to the auction please let us know ASAP - we want to make sure everything is included! Every item of any amount is greatly appreciated.
 
*The item catalog will be emailed and texted to everyone who has a ticket on March 5th with any new items uploaded through March 9th*
 
Peak Gala Day of and Event Volunteers!
Have some time on March 9th to help the committee set up at the Omni Hotel? We'd love to have you! Also, we need MANY volunteers during the event. It's very fun and all volunteers receive a bidder number if they would like. For more information and to sign up please click here and contact Katherine Dierking katdierking@gmail.com with any questions.
 
 

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Volunteer Opportunities:

 
Peak Gala Day of and Event Volunteers!
Have some time on March 9th to help the committee set up at the Omni Hotel? We'd love to have you! Also, we need MANY volunteers during the event. It's very fun and all volunteers receive a bidder number if they would like. For more information and to sign up please click here and contact Katherine Dierking katdierking@gmail.com with any questions.
 
 
 
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