Weekly Digest 12.14.18

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Welcome to the Peak to Peak weekly digest!

The following information is for the week of 12/17-12/21

 

 
 
 
 

 

All School News
Table of Contents:

All School

  • Strategic Plan - Updated KPIs
  • Wellness Advisory Council meeting
  • Listening Campaign survey summary results
  • Website & mobile app calendar change coming soon

Elementary

  • Spirit Week next week
  • Early release after school event on 1/18
  • Puma Cubs Choir

Middle

  • Mindfulness practice to students next week
  • Important information on MS finals & early dismissals
  • December finals schedule

High

  • HS Pumas Got Talent
  • December finals schedule

ES, MS, HS Athletics

  • Varsity baseball

Friends of P2P

  • K-12 Spirit Night on 1/11
  • Peak Gala auction sponsors need ideas
  • Amazon & King Soopers holiday reminders
  • Annual Fund & parking spot

Volunteer

  • Staff gift preferences
  • New fingerprinting process
  • New volunteer sign-in process
  • Volunteer facebook page
  • Volunteer bulletin board
  • Volunteer process

 

Calendar: 

Week of 12/17/18-12/21/18
Monday 12/17:  Secondary Finals (all secondary students dismissed at 11:05 AM)
Tuesday 12/18:  Secondary Finals (all secondary students dismissed at 11:05 AM)
Wednesday 12/19:  Secondary Finals (all secondary students dismissed at 11:05 AM)
Thursday 12/20:  Extra early release for all K-12 students dismissed at 11:05 AM; Quarter 2 ends for secondary
Friday 12/21:  CHARTER DAY/No School for K-12 students & staff
 

Frequently Used Webpages:

 

Please visit the Board of Directors Page for meeting agendas, minutes, and more.   

 

NEW Strategic Plan - Updated KPIs

Dear Peak to Peak Families, 

This fall, in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) has been working on reviewing and updating Peak to Peak’s strategic plan, and this project is now complete. Please take a few minutes to review our updated key performance indicators (KPIs), which comprise the quantifiable data that the Board and ELT use to ensure we are staying the course with our college-prep mission as a school. Additionally, our strategic plan showcases the innovative ways we empower students to develop skills that are essential for success in the 21st century. Our strategic plan inspires us toward possibilities for the future while continuing to serve as a dynamic monitoring tool for school leaders and our wider community. Links to the updated plan are below: 

Click here to read the full Strategic Plan 

Click here to go directly to the KPIs 

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks for all you do to support our excellent school and our vibrant community.

 

Best wishes,

Kelly Reeser

Executive Director of Education 

 

NEW Wellness Advisory Council September Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 3:30-4:30 PM in the College Counseling Center.  Meetings are open to everyone! 

 

Listening Campaign Survey Results Summary

Dear Peak to Peak Community,

At its regular meeting on December 5th, the Peak to Peak Board of Directors discussed results from the Listening Campaign surveys that were given to parents/guardians, staff, current students, alumni students and families, college and university representatives, and business and community leaders. At this meeting, representatives from the ad-hoc committee presented an executive summary and themes from the surveys on two important questions: (1) What are the school’s greatest opportunities? And (2) What are the most pressing needs for the future of our students? Please review the summary documents below:

Executive Summary

Listening Campaign Survey Themes

Next steps for the Board and Executive Leadership Team include carrying out the recommended actions identified by the ad-hoc committee. This includes evaluating ideas from the community in terms of alignment with the school’s strategic plan as well as their financial impact and feasibility. The curriculum and program ideas that were presented will be discussed and explored with staff in appropriate settings such as the curriculum committees, master scheduling work, and other types of leadership meetings.

Finally, we will seek bids from several architects to conduct a campus-wide analysis of our current spaces and to provide ideas, recommendations and estimated costs for various renovation projects that were identified as desirable in the Listening Campaign feedback. All of these tasks will be undertaken as a first step, understanding that short-term and long-term planning will become more concrete as we use the feedback we receive to inform future actions. We will continue to engage with the Peak to Peak community as the work moves forward.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the information gathering phase of the Listening Campaign. As is clear from the summaries included with this article, your feedback is important and is being used to shape the future direction of our school. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Best regards,

Kelly Reeser

Executive Director of Education 

 


Website and Mobile Application Calendar Change Coming Soon!

If you use the website calendars, if you have captured iCal feeds to populate your personal calendars, or if you use the mobile app calendars, you need to know that a change is coming. The new website tool that launched earlier this year has revealed some weaknesses and inconsistencies with respect to the calendars. Therefore, we are going to make a change over the semester break. This change will require you to reset any iCal feeds you may have captured and added to your personal calendar accounts. It will also impact the mobile application, so you will need to refresh your calendar settings in the application. Instructions for doing so will be provided before the winter holiday and again upon our return in January.

Please know that we are making this change in the best interest of students and our community. We know that many of you rely heavily on digital calendars. We are making this change to improve functionality and efficiency. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jen Dauzvardis (jennifer.dauzvardis@bvsd.org).  

 


Emergency Preparedness:  Emergency Preparedness Page

Communication Pathways:  Communications Pathways

Check Lost & Found Items:  Lost and Found Page  
 

 

 

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Elementary

 

NEW Elementary Spirit Days Next Week
 
Monday-Winter White Day
Tuesday-80s Ski Wear Day
Wednesday-Festive Winter Sweater Day
Thursday-Pajama Day


NEW K-5 Early Release After School STEAM Event on January 18 12:45-3:00 PM

All K-5 students are invited to attend our next early release after school event on Friday, January 18th from 12:45-3:00 PM in the south gym.  It will have a "STEAM" theme combining science and art activities.  The cost is $6 per student and registration can be found on this Revtrak link.  Registration for this event closes at the end of the school day on January 11th.  
 
These events allow our elementary students to stay for a full day on certain early release days. Parents/guardians do not have to pick up the students who attend until 3:00 PM and all proceeds go to support our K-12 student clubs!  Please see the attached flyer.


Puma Cubs Choir Starting in January

The Puma Cubs Elementary Choir is starting up in January.  Our first rehearsal will be Monday, January 14th from 3:15-4:15 PM in the Secondary Choir Room in the music building.  We will rehearse every Monday that school is in session through April 29th.  Our final concert will be on Thursday, May 2nd, with all of the other P2P choirs.
 
Puma Cubs is open to every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader who enjoys singing.  Please sign up using this link.  The fee is $15, which covers music and a Puma Cubs T-shirt for performances.  We need a minimum of 15 students to sign up in order for Puma Cubs to take place.  This number enables our singers to have a quality experience doing 2-part music.
 
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Andony (heather.andony@bvsd.org) or Mrs. Wolfe (jewel.wolfe@bvsd.org).
 

 


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Middle

 

NEW Bringing Mindful Practices to Students: Silent Space for Finals Week

For the first three days of finals week, we will offer a silent space for our students. We recognize this can be a stressful time, so we want to offer opportunities to focus, reenergize, and ground ourselves in the present moment. Students are welcome to come to the auditeria on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this next week anytime from 7:30-7:45 AM to simply sit in silence, read a book, study, or another peaceful pursuit. To celebrate all the hard work of this semester, hot chocolate will also be offered to our students in the hallway just outside the auditeria on Monday morning. Happy (almost) Winter Break!


Important Middle School Finals & Early Dismissal Information  

Dear Students, Parents and Middle School Families:

We are pleased to have our learners back after the Thanksgiving holiday. At Peak to Peak, we consider our families one of our greatest blessings. Fine instruction is taking place as we prepare our learners over the next few weeks for semester tests and finals.  

There are less than three 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 from December 17-20th. Students with study halls and student aide assignments are not expected to attend school during those periods. This means that students may arrive early and/or leave early once finals are complete.

  1.  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.
  2. Teachers of elective courses (including technology, the arts, Independent Seminar, 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.
  3.  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 believe our students truly need this time off in order to bring their best in the next semester. Thank you for also respecting the need for our faculty to have this well-deserved reprieve away from emails.

Finals Schedule - Fall 2018

We are grateful for your partnership this first semester, and for helping us norm our community to the expectations set forth in this communication. We wish you and your families the best for a wonderful holiday season ahead.

Lori Preston, Middle School Principal


Secondary December Finals Schedule

 
Here is the December finals schedule for secondary students.  All students in grades 6th through 12th are dismissed at 11:05 AM each day Monday 12/17 through Thursday 12/20:

Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students

 

 

High

   


NEW High School Pumas Got Talent!

Do you have a special talent??  Peak to Peak is hosting its First Annual “PUMAS GOT TALENT” on January 25th, from 6:30-9 pm in the auditeria.  It is open to all high school students.  Are you musical, tell jokes, perform magic, dance or something else???  We would love for you to participate and sign up to perform your talent!  The last day to sign up as a participant is Wednesday, January 9th.  Come show your skills or support your friends! Admission is $5 for non-participants!  All proceeds go towards the 2019 senior gift.

Please sign up at (https://tinyurl.com/y8jxefx3) or in the Think Tank on Ms. Durland's office door!  Be there or be there!! 

  

Secondary December Finals Schedule

Here is the December finals schedule for secondary students.  All students in grades 6th through 12th are dismissed at 11:05 AM each day Monday 12/17 through Thursday 12/20:
 
 

Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students

 

 

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ES, MS, HS Athletics

 


  
NEW High School Baseball 
 
Baseball Winter Workouts will be cancelled all next week for finals. If you have any questions please contact Coach Matthew Castilleja matthew.castilleja@bvsd.org
  
  

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Friends of P2P

 


  
K-12 Spirit Night Friday, January 11th
 
Come cheer on our basketball teams as they play Kent Denver at a K-12 "White Out" Spirit Night!   Our teams are asking fans to wear all white so we can show our school spirit in the stands.   Peak to Peak athletic games are a great way to support the school and meet other families - if you've never been to a game please come!  "Puma Dogs" and other food concessions will be available with all purchases supporting our athletic department and the Eats and Sweets ice cream truck will be there as well!  We hope to see you - GO PUMAS!
 
 
Peak Gala Auction Sponsors!  WE NEED YOUR IDEAS!
 
The Peak Gala committee is actively approaching businesses that may be interested in sponsoring our March 1st Peak Gala.  Please be sure to check out the GALA SPONSORSHIP GUIDE  and pass along to places you think may be interested to Rachel at Friends of Peak to Peak Rachel.hirt@bvsd.org or contact Puma parent and gala sponsorship chair Raj Chaudhari at raj@agency313.com to share your contacts/ideas or for more information.  This is a great event for businesses interested in advertising to our K-12 community!
 
 
Amazon and King Soopers Holiday Reminder!
 
Ok shoppers, please do not forget to use Amazon Smile and King Soopers reloadable gift cards this holiday season!  These programs mean so much to our school, THANK YOU for your continued support.  We pulled a random King Soopers number off the most recent reports and the family contribution is over $150 from the past 4 months.  There are many of you out there who have made this level contribution just by taking the time to use your card.  Thank you!
 
 
Annual Fund and Parking Spot
 
Thank you Puma families for your contributions to the Peak Annual Fund - your contributions have provided over $100,000 so far to support our students and teachers.   We are still looking for 100% participation, so if you have not yet given to this campaign there is still time!  Donations in any amount to this campaign are greatly appreciated and directly help fill our approximately $1.4 million annual funding gap.  Congratulations to the Zhang Family for winning the Annual Fund Drive parking spot chance-to-win giveaway and for being a long-time supporter of our school!
 
  

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Volunteer

 


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION 

  
Staff Preferences

Although it is never expected, at times families want to give their teachers or the staff a gift.  If you would like to know their favorite things, click on this link to view their preferences:  Staff Preference Document  Please remember it is BVSD policy that to staff can only be up to $25.

  

New Fingerprinting Process
 
You can no longer get your fingerprints done at the police station in Colorado. Colorado has decided to use a third party vendor to handle all of its background needs.  Going forward to become a volunteer at Peak to Peak you will need to get the paperwork from our front office which will walk you through the steps of how to get your fingerprints done. Each volunteer will receive a unique code that will pay for your fingerprints so it will no longer be an out of pocket cost to you.  If you have any questions about the process please feel free to email harrisonnicole@me.com
 
 
Volunteer Sign-in Process
 
We are super excited about our new badges for volunteers.  If you have had a background check and have been approved you will receive an email to come in and get your new badge with a picture and scanning capability. if you have your new badge we will no longer need you to sign in on the paper sheet at the attendance window. Show the office your badge and once through the locked doors in the south lobby follow the instructions below to scan into the computer.  The instructions will also be printed at the computer for your convenience. This is going to help make our school safer, more efficient, and hopefully make coming and going easier for you.
 
1. Use barcode on the back of your badge to scan in using the scanner.
2. Choose either An Activity or A Classroom
3. Select the classroom or the activity.
4. Before you leave the building after volunteering scan out so we know you have left the building. 
 
 
Volunteer Facebook Page
 
We have a new Facebook page for volunteers. We will be posting the weekly update of what is coming up and last minute volunteer needs. Please subscribe to help make the page a successful tool. We will not over post to ensure we protect your time and social media barrage of information:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1594466300665141/
 
 
Volunteer Board
 
We have a volunteer board next to our login computer in the south lobby that will showcase all of the coming needs for the school.  Take a moment if you prefer to see our opportunities in person.
 
  
Volunteer Process
 
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 all three volunteer forms then you do not need to complete any volunteer paperwork this year!  Please contact Traci Schoeneweis at traci.schoeneweis@bvsd.org 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 three volunteer forms each year.  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.  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 one of the people below.  We would love to meet you.
 
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
 
Lindsay Wright hlw78@mac.com Jamie Doyle jamdoyle@gmail.com