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Weekly Digest 2.1.19
Welcome to the Peak to Peak weekly digest!
The following information is for the week of 2/4-2/8
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Week of 2/4/19-2/9/19:
Monday 2/4: Accountability Committee meeting 3:30-5:00 PM (Think Tank conference room); ODD block day for secondary; NO SCHOOL for 12th grade seniors only
Tuesday 2/5: EVEN block day for secondary; NO SCHOOL for 12th grade seniors only
Wednesday 2/6: ODD block day for secondary; Elementary conferences/ NO SCHOOL for grades K-5 only; Board of Directors meeting 5:00 PM (college counseling center)
Thursday 2/7: Elementary conferences/ NO SCHOOL for grades K-5 only
Friday 2/8: Elementary conferences/ NO SCHOOL for grades K-5 only; Middle School play 7:00 PM (auditeria)
Saturday 2/9: Middle School play 2:00 & 7:00 PM (auditeria)
Frequently Used Webpages:
Please visit the Board of Directors Page for meeting agendas, minutes, and more.
New The 2019 Annual Peak to Peak Family Survey Deadline Extended
Parents and Guardians:
The deadline for the 2019 Annual Peak to Peak Family Survey has been extended! Has your family responded yet? Don’t miss your chance! We need your input on what you love about Peak to Peak and where you think the school can improve.
More than 250 families have taken the survey so far. We would like to hear from even more of you! So we are extending the deadline to complete the survey to Sunday, Feb 3rd. If you have yet to complete the survey, please find time to do so this weekend.
Your participation is vital and your responses are invaluable! Your past responses have resulted in many positive changes at Peak to Peak (follow the links below to find out more).
To access the survey, please click on the link found below or on the school website:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
2018-19 Peak to Peak Accountability Committee
Further information can be found from the following links:
NEW "The Little Prince" Performance
Peak to Peak’s Middle School Production of The Little Prince opens next Thursday 2/7! The show is open to all ages to attend. Support our cast and crew of over 50 students. Student tickets are $5. There are 4 performances: Thursday, February 7th, Friday, February 8th, and Saturday, February 9th at 7:00 PM plus a 2:00 PM show on Saturday as well. Join us for The Little Prince the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry adapted for the stage. A play about an imaginative Little Prince, the rose he loves, and an adventure through the cosmos.
Check Lost & Found Items: Lost and Found Page
Send in Your Photos: Link to photo submission form: PumaAwe
Our character trait for the month of February is PERSEVERANCE. Perseverance means staying with a task until it is done to the best of my ability. In the classroom, students will participate in activities to practice staying with a task and discuss what strategies they used to complete it, how did they feel when they finished the task, and what motivated them during the task. Don’t forget to check out our StuCo Newscast this month to find out what students are saying about Perseverance! All StuCo Newscasts can be found on the Peak to Peak website on the Elementary page under Character Development.Counseling lessons in February will elaborate on...please click February Counseling Lessons to read the entire article.
During the week of February 4th, we will have our second set of elementary conferences for the year. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your student’s progress! You need to sign-up for one slot with each applicable grade level through our scheduler, which can be found at this link: https://peaktopeak.acuityscheduling.com/ (Based on previous feedback, families of students in grades 1st-5th grade will meet with the entire team of teachers all together.) If you are unable to use the internet for this or need extra assistance, please contact your teacher or Holly Monarski (303-453-4640, email@example.com) and we will assist you in scheduling a time slot.
The majority of appointments fall during the regular school day hours, and we have also made many appointments available at other early and late times to accommodate those families who cannot attend during the day. However, if you are still unable to find a time slot that works for your family, please contact your homeroom teacher directly and they will work with your schedule to find a different time to conference with you.
If you would like to meet with any of our specialists, conferences are available on an individual appointment basis; please email them directly to schedule an available time. (Click here for a list of emails/ teachers.)
Thanks for taking the time to sign up for a conference slot and coming to join us for these important conversations!
NEW Middle School Student-Led Conferences Spring 2019
Dear Families of our Middle School families,
We are looking forward to your visit. Our students and our teachers are excited about sharing what they have been working on so far this school year. All of our students have been preparing for this important time with you, and their teachers are ready to step in and answer any questions you may have as well. The students will be in control of the conversation, and you are encouraged to help them manage the balance of the quick thirty minutes. You and your children can guide the amount of time spent in each content area and think about which teachers you want to communicate with most by signalling them to join you at the table.
- February 15th, the link to Acuity Scheduling will open, allowing you to sign up digitally.
- Once scheduled, you will receive an appointment confirmation from Acuity. You can save these right into your calendars of choice.
- Students must attend the conferences -- they are leading them!
- Check Infinite Campus portals and grade reports beforehand. This may help you determine your areas of focus.
- Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 21st, Friday, February 22nd, and during the early release on Friday, March 8th. All families are welcome.
- Times are offered in thirty minute increments
- Counselors will not have appointments in Acuity this time
- NEW! After Acuity opens at 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15th and if the conference spots fill please complete this google form if you would still like to request a conference time: Middle School Spring '19 Conference Waitlist Form
We realize that this precious time flies, and you may not get to see everyone who serves your child on this date. You are always welcome to schedule times to visit with our teachers beyond these calendared conference days. Please arrive a few minutes ahead of your appointments, and wait outside the doors before proceeding inside. We respect the privacy and limited access our families have during their conference appointments with teachers. Thank you for partnering with us in the middle school. Your presence makes a difference!
Lori A. Preston, Middle School Principal
We invite all secondary parents/guardians to please take this waste reduction survey: https://tinyurl.com/
The survey ends February 11th. Please contact Ms. Bunting at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Dear Parent/Guardian of current 6th & 7th Grade Students only,
In a continuing effort to maintain excellent communication with our Middle School community, we are sending this letter to inform you of the upcoming course selection process. Our course selection process has many layers, and we want to make sure you are fully aware of parent and student expectations.
The course selection process begins early at Peak to Peak as we need to have full knowledge of class requests by the end of February. March through May, we create and troubleshoot our master schedule for the following academic year. In accordance with our timeline, teachers will begin assessing student performance in December. Assessment will continue through January of second semester to determine proper placement for the following school year.
The following is a list of important milestones to be aware of in the coming months:
- Teachers assess student progress to determine course placement for the following school year.
- Teachers make final recommendations and enter into Infinite Campus.
- Students choose electives for the Full school year (2019-2020).
- Counselors send home required and requested course recommendation sheets *Please note this is NOT a schedule but a list of classes your student will be taking.
- Parents sign the sheet and ensure their student returns the sheet to their designated teacher by the due date assigned. (Late/ missing sheets may result in lack of course availability at course assignment time.)
- Parents should keep a copy of the course recommendation sheet for their records. You will need to refer to this sheet for summer reading assignments. You will need to refer to this sheet for summer reading assignments.
- Students will have access to schedules in Infinite Campus by registration day.
- If your student needs to request a schedule change, the student must submit a pink drop/add slip during the appropriate time frame. Drop/add begins at registration and is open for one week following that day. Pink slips are available at registration or in the main counseling office.
- Reasons for requesting a schedule change;
- The student is missing a core class.
- The student has a class period that reads empty.
- The student has a duplicate course.
*Please note, counselors carefully and thoughtfully consider all student requests and take a balanced approach to scheduling with 3 years in middle school in mind. If some requests are not met we will aim to meet those requests in the future. We hope this information will help provide you with the knowledge you need for advanced planning. As always, please let us know if you have questions.
Stephanie Magdic Andrea Salvo
MS Counselor A-M MS Counselor N-Z
Dear Peak to Peak 7th grade parents/guardians,
We are excited to let you know about a great opportunity for our 7th grade students! On Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, the 7th grade class will participate in an all day special event called The Courage Retreat. This is an in-house “field trip” that is designed to make a big impact on our students through teaching them to stand up for themselves and others. As part of Peak to Peak’s mission, we strive to educate the whole student, not forgetting about character building and healthy relationships with each other. This event will provide a platform from which we can grow these ideas.
Youth Frontiers is an organization which specializes in helping to create positive school communities in a variety of different ways. Their programs are designed to break down social barriers in order to facilitate trust and growth towards a common goal. By hosting one grade level at a time, Youth Frontiers will run a “retreat” which is a high energy, self reflective opportunity for students to grow personally and together with their classmates.
The Courage Retreat teaches students to “act with moral courage and identify the social fears and peer pressures that impede responsible decision-making. The retreat encourages them to take positive risks that make a healthy difference for themselves, their peers and your school.” Find out more about the Courage Retreat at http://www.youthfrontiers.org/programs/courage-retreat/
Teachers, counselors, and our own High School 360 leaders will help to lead breakout groups throughout the day. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Andrea Salvo at email@example.com or call 303-453-4649.
Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students
We are pleased to offer digital sign-ups through Acuity Scheduling to arrange high school conference meetings with our teachers again this spring. Shortly, teachers will have updated recommendations on each student's course progress reports and grade reports in Infinite Campus. If you haven’t done so already, please take a few moments to check your Infinite Campus portals and review grade report comments for each of your teen's classes. If a conference is recommended by a teacher, or if you have topics you'd like to discuss with a specific teacher, you may go to the link for acuity scheduling, beginning at 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15th, to select your 10-minute appointment time on either February 21st or 22nd between 3:30-6:30 PM. If a conference is not recommended, you do not need to attend or schedule any conference appointments unless you’d like to sit down with a specific teacher of your choice. If attending conferences, we do request that students attend along with parents/guardians as important participants in our conference meetings.
Once scheduled, you will receive an appointment confirmation for each conference meeting. You can save these right into your calendars of choice. Please arrive in the cafeteria, where our conferences are convening, a few minutes ahead of your appointments, and wait for your scheduled appointment at the entrance area before proceeding inside or to teacher tables for your meetings. This will help maintain privacy for families during their conference appointments with teachers. As a side note, the PE/health staff will be meeting families in the weight room, and the art staff will meet families in the art room (next to the auditeria). When you arrive, please have your conference schedule and teacher names(s) available so you know whom to see. If you happen to have an opening in your schedule of conference slots, and notice a teacher with whom you’d like to meet, you are welcome to inquire directly with them about the potential to meet earlier than scheduled if convenient for you all.
Thank you for planning ahead for our conferences. We hope this process continues to meet the needs of our students, families and staff. We appreciate your feedback to help us continually improve our conference offerings each year.
Kyle Mathews, High School Principal
Click on the link to view the announcements that were read today to our high school students
The Peak to Peak Business Partnership program is an essential piece of fundraising at Peak to Peak. Between our special events and program specific earmarking opportunities, our business sponsors enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership with Peak to Peak. This month we highlight corporate sponsor Angela Alter, Your Friend & REALTOR for Life with RE/MAX Alliance. Angela has been an active parent and supporter of Peak to Peak since 2007, with a son who graduated in 2014 and triplets currently in 2nd grade. Angela supports our community in several ways including as a PREMIER PERFORMING ARTS SPONSOR in which she provides direct financial support to the department so the teaching staff may best serve their student musicians and thespians. She attends most of the events and provides refreshments for guests and performers. Angela also has a COMMUNITY BUSINESS PARTNER program in which she donates $1,000 to Friends of Peak to Peak when Puma families or staff hire her as their REALTOR. For more information on this please call Angela at 720.550.1955 or email her at Angela@AngelaAlter.com. Angela also enjoys being an active volunteer in her children's classrooms helping with language arts, activities, and field trips.
Do you have a business or know of one who would be interested in our business sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Friends of Peak to Peak at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION & NEEDS:
NEED: Boys and Girls Basketball Ticket Sales and Concession Volunteers Needed
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.