Denver South High School Weekly Communication 10.23

Denver South High School Weekly Communication 10.23

Denver South High School Weekly Communication 10.23

Update from Principal Thomas

Dear Denver South High School Family,

Thank you parents/guardians for attending our Town Hall this week! We had a great turnout and we appreciate the feedback and questions. This quarter we will be working on improving opportunities for students' social-emotional well-being including club engagement, and activities. Our goal is to have a hybrid schedule starting the second semester, as well as bringing our teachers back to teach in person and continue providing support to students that will be virtual.

Please continue to monitor our FAQ Page for the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

NEW MASCOT ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are pleased to announce the Ravens as the new mascot for South High School.

The South High School mascot has been the Rebels since the school’s founding in 1926. The Rebels is a reference to the southern Confederacy in the Civil War. Nearly 100 years after the school’s founding, the Rebels no longer seems appropriate, acceptable, or an accurate representation of what South stands for or should reflect in its mascot. For this reason, the leadership at South determined that the mascot should be updated to better represent the school’s values.

Over the past six months, South leadership completed the following research tactics to get a pulse on community input for the new mascot.

  • Focus groups with athletes and coaches, PTSA, board members and staff members.
  • Online surveys of students, parents, community members, alumni, faculty and staff resulting in nearly 1,000 responses.
  • Development of a mascot selection committee consisting of Denver City Council Representative, Musical Art Sponsors, Athletic Coaches, Alumni Board members, PTSA Board members, Student Body Co-Presidents, Student Athletic Leadership Team Representatives, Student Board of Education Representative, teachers, and Current Building Administration.

As a result of this robust community feedback, the Ravens were selected as our new mascot. We believe that the Ravens represent the South community in a number of ways. Ravens are smart, clever birds that are known to be strategic problem solvers. They are empathetic, loyal creatures that form lifelong bonds. And importantly, the raven is an inclusive animal -- it has a long history of being held in high regard both in Native American culture and others throughout the world, and ravens are not associated with any particular gender or race.

We appreciate all the dedication to this process from our community and we look forward to presenting our new logo in the coming weeks. Go Ravens!

Sincerely,

Bobby Thomas
Principal, South High School
We are Denver South
Home of the Ravens”


Upcoming Dates

  • October 27th and 29th - SAT/PSAT School Day testing

Week of Oct 26 Schedule

Click here to view the Bell Schedule

Monday: Typical Differentiated Support Blocks and Office hours

Tuesday: SAT testing
For students not testing: Differentiated Learning (synchronous tutoring for struggling students + asynchronous for all other students)

Wednesday: Typical Schedule, Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (synchronous)

Thursday: PSAT testing
For students not testing: Differentiated Learning (synchronous tutoring for struggling students + asynchronous for all other students)

Friday: Typical Schedule, Periods 2, 4, 6 (synchronous)


SAT and PSAT/NMSQT

Clarification regarding next week's SAT on Tuesday 10/27 and PSAT/NMSQT on Thursday 10/29:

The SAT is the makeup administration for current Seniors who were unable to take it in April due to COVID cancellations. If your student did not sign up by the September deadline, it is too late to be added to the list for Tuesday. However, they can reach out to their School Counselor about getting registered for a future Saturday SAT administration. Counselors have fee waivers for students who may need support with the exam cost.

The PSAT/NMSQT is not a makeup for PSAT 9 or 10 from April. It is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program, which students can only be eligible for by taking in Fall of 11th grade. Due to test ordering deadlines and current health restrictions, no students can be added to the testing list at this point.

We anticipate that all current 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT 9/PSAT 10 in April as usual, and that all current 11th graders will take the SAT then as well.


Activities at South

October 28th Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest

All South students and families are able to participate in our first-ever Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Submit your photos to @denversouthhs or @denversouthsenate Instagram pages to enter the contest. Prizes will be given to the winner!

October 31st Virtual Costume Contest

Hosted by the Class of 2022 Senate. All South students and families are able to participate in our Costume Contest. Submit your costume pictures to @denversouthsenate or @denversouthhs Instagram pages to enter to win!

Trunk or Treat at South!

Hello South HS! Student Senate is excited to be partnering with the Denver Police Department and our SRO to host a Trunk or Treat on October 31 from 11-2 pm in the South Parking Lot. In order to participate, you must complete the form as we are limited on space and cars. This event is for our surrounding community. Students will be asked to come up with a creative way to distribute candy while maintaining social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times and gloves will be provided. DPD will have prizes for the cars that come up with the most creative candy distribution. Since we are not able to host Trick or Treat Street, we are excited to host a different type of Halloween event this year.

Trunk or Treat Form

Reach out to Meredith Barrow (meredith_barrow@dpsk12.org) for more information.

Thank you!


Community

PTSA

Support South High School - it's not too late!

I AM DENVER SOUTH CAMPAIGN https://www.denversouthptsa.com/contributions

We have raised $1,200 towards our $10,000 matching gift. Please keep the donations coming so we can get our matching gift. The PTSA recently gave a major gift to our science department by purchasing Gizmos (explorelearning.com). An online program with interactive science simulations that makes sense of challenging science concepts through inquiry and exploration. This program enhances engagement by allowing students to manipulate variables, expand their problem-solving skills, and critical thinking similar to being in a real lab. The goal of PTSA is to step in and support the school and students where there is a gap during these uncertain times.

Here is how the PTSA uses the donations from our SOUTH families:

  • Teacher mini grants
  • The three A’s (academics, arts, and athletics)
  • Whole child (trying to provide to the greater good for every South student)
  • Covid emergency (helping South HS with short term immediate needs)

You can donate two ways:

  • monthly recurring option OR a one-time gift· CLICK HERE (Ask your employer to see if they have a matching program)
  • checks to: Denver South PTSA c/o Denver South High School
    1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
    Denver CO 80210

THANK YOU to those of you in the community who have already donated - we are so appreciative of your early support. Denver South PTSA is a non-profit, and you will receive a receipt for your donation


Parent Information for Parent BESS

Dear South High School Parent or Guardian,

As part of our effort to support the Whole Child, our school is implementing a universal social and emotional screening for students.

Universal social and emotional screening can provide a fair and impartial way of looking at how students are progressing in their social and emotional development. Screenings can also help identify areas where school personnel can improve or adjust our supports.

Please understand that screening is NOT an assessment or an evaluation. Since we have been in unprecedented times, school staff would appreciate your time in completing this survey.

Please complete the questionnaire above by Friday, November 20th.

The survey is 29 questions and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You will need your child’s six-digit student ID. Only one survey can be completed for each student.

Information from this survey will be used to help our staff identify the supports our students need during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate your assistance as we work together to educate and support your student(s)!

Sincerely,

Jacie Friel,MSW

She/Her/Hers

School Health Professional

Jacie_Friel@dpsk12.org


Denver Health

The Denver Health School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are OPEN! We are able to see students both in-person and offer telehealth/telephone appointments! Denver Health staff continues to serve families and students even when they are not regularly in the building. Collectively both the leadership of Denver Public Schools and Denver Health understand the importance of students getting preventative and regular medical and mental health care including well adolescent care, mental health screenings, and immunizations.

The School-Based Health Center at South is open for medical care and mental health care! To schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment, email us at SBHC@dhha.org or call us at 303-602-8958! If your student is ill with COVID symptoms, we can help get them tested.

REMEMBER: All SBHC services are offered at NO COST to DPS Families! We are able to see students in ECE all the way up to high school students. Use the link below to sign your student up using our new e-consent.

https://www.denverhealth.org/services/school-based-health-centers/locations

To access Mental Health services directly, students or parents may call Kelly Stout, LCSW at (720) 423-6022 or Kristin LeFevre, LCSW at (720) 437-9440 and leave a confidential voicemail. In addition to services offered at South High School, our providers are connected to a vast network of specialists, urgent care providers, and emergency services. We look forward to providing excellent health care services to all students to help each one succeed in school.


Food Pantry

It is that time of the year when the Food Pantry changes the pickup window timing so that the families and volunteers are not at South in the dark.

When boxes can be picked up - every Thursday and beginning October 22nd the revised time is from 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Denver South Food Pantry Information

What – Free groceries: milk, eggs, meat, bread, fresh fruit and veggies, and more

Where – Please come to the parking lot at Louisiana Avenue and High Street

When – Every Thursday beginning Oct 22nd, from 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Who – Open to all registered students of South High School

Questions – Please contact Wende Abrahm 303-881-7170 abrahm5@msn.com


South School Store Update:


Hey South families! Thanks so much for your patience with all the changes in the school store lately, we know it can be frustrating to want to get your South gear, especially those new students out there!

Our latest update is that we are no longer able to offer the four items online. There is exciting news that a new nickname and mascot will be announced by early next week. In anticipation of that announcement, we are going to await the new logo and then get new gear out there as soon as possible. We will continue to update you through School Deets and PTSA.

Update from Principal Thomas

Dear Denver South High School Family,

Thank you parents/guardians for attending our Town Hall this week! We had a great turnout and we appreciate the feedback and questions. This quarter we will be working on improving opportunities for students' social-emotional well-being including club engagement, and activities. Our goal is to have a hybrid schedule starting the second semester, as well as bringing our teachers back to teach in person and continue providing support to students that will be virtual.

Please continue to monitor our FAQ Page for the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

NEW MASCOT ANNOUNCEMENT!

We are pleased to announce the Ravens as the new mascot for South High School.

The South High School mascot has been the Rebels since the school’s founding in 1926. The Rebels is a reference to the southern Confederacy in the Civil War. Nearly 100 years after the school’s founding, the Rebels no longer seems appropriate, acceptable, or an accurate representation of what South stands for or should reflect in its mascot. For this reason, the leadership at South determined that the mascot should be updated to better represent the school’s values.

Over the past six months, South leadership completed the following research tactics to get a pulse on community input for the new mascot.

  • Focus groups with athletes and coaches, PTSA, board members and staff members.
  • Online surveys of students, parents, community members, alumni, faculty and staff resulting in nearly 1,000 responses.
  • Development of a mascot selection committee consisting of Denver City Council Representative, Musical Art Sponsors, Athletic Coaches, Alumni Board members, PTSA Board members, Student Body Co-Presidents, Student Athletic Leadership Team Representatives, Student Board of Education Representative, teachers, and Current Building Administration.

As a result of this robust community feedback, the Ravens were selected as our new mascot. We believe that the Ravens represent the South community in a number of ways. Ravens are smart, clever birds that are known to be strategic problem solvers. They are empathetic, loyal creatures that form lifelong bonds. And importantly, the raven is an inclusive animal -- it has a long history of being held in high regard both in Native American culture and others throughout the world, and ravens are not associated with any particular gender or race.

We appreciate all the dedication to this process from our community and we look forward to presenting our new logo in the coming weeks. Go Ravens!

Sincerely,

Bobby Thomas
Principal, South High School
We are Denver South
Home of the Ravens”


Upcoming Dates

  • October 27th and 29th - SAT/PSAT School Day testing

Week of Oct 26 Schedule

Click here to view the Bell Schedule

Monday: Typical Differentiated Support Blocks and Office hours

Tuesday: SAT testing
For students not testing: Differentiated Learning (synchronous tutoring for struggling students + asynchronous for all other students)

Wednesday: Typical Schedule, Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (synchronous)

Thursday: PSAT testing
For students not testing: Differentiated Learning (synchronous tutoring for struggling students + asynchronous for all other students)

Friday: Typical Schedule, Periods 2, 4, 6 (synchronous)


SAT and PSAT/NMSQT

Clarification regarding next week's SAT on Tuesday 10/27 and PSAT/NMSQT on Thursday 10/29:

The SAT is the makeup administration for current Seniors who were unable to take it in April due to COVID cancellations. If your student did not sign up by the September deadline, it is too late to be added to the list for Tuesday. However, they can reach out to their School Counselor about getting registered for a future Saturday SAT administration. Counselors have fee waivers for students who may need support with the exam cost.

The PSAT/NMSQT is not a makeup for PSAT 9 or 10 from April. It is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship program, which students can only be eligible for by taking in Fall of 11th grade. Due to test ordering deadlines and current health restrictions, no students can be added to the testing list at this point.

We anticipate that all current 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT 9/PSAT 10 in April as usual, and that all current 11th graders will take the SAT then as well.


Activities at South

October 28th Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest

All South students and families are able to participate in our first-ever Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Submit your photos to @denversouthhs or @denversouthsenate Instagram pages to enter the contest. Prizes will be given to the winner!

October 31st Virtual Costume Contest

Hosted by the Class of 2022 Senate. All South students and families are able to participate in our Costume Contest. Submit your costume pictures to @denversouthsenate or @denversouthhs Instagram pages to enter to win!

Trunk or Treat at South!

Hello South HS! Student Senate is excited to be partnering with the Denver Police Department and our SRO to host a Trunk or Treat on October 31 from 11-2 pm in the South Parking Lot. In order to participate, you must complete the form as we are limited on space and cars. This event is for our surrounding community. Students will be asked to come up with a creative way to distribute candy while maintaining social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times and gloves will be provided. DPD will have prizes for the cars that come up with the most creative candy distribution. Since we are not able to host Trick or Treat Street, we are excited to host a different type of Halloween event this year.

Trunk or Treat Form

Reach out to Meredith Barrow (meredith_barrow@dpsk12.org) for more information.

Thank you!


Community

PTSA

Support South High School - it's not too late!

I AM DENVER SOUTH CAMPAIGN https://www.denversouthptsa.com/contributions

We have raised $1,200 towards our $10,000 matching gift. Please keep the donations coming so we can get our matching gift. The PTSA recently gave a major gift to our science department by purchasing Gizmos (explorelearning.com). An online program with interactive science simulations that makes sense of challenging science concepts through inquiry and exploration. This program enhances engagement by allowing students to manipulate variables, expand their problem-solving skills, and critical thinking similar to being in a real lab. The goal of PTSA is to step in and support the school and students where there is a gap during these uncertain times.

Here is how the PTSA uses the donations from our SOUTH families:

  • Teacher mini grants
  • The three A’s (academics, arts, and athletics)
  • Whole child (trying to provide to the greater good for every South student)
  • Covid emergency (helping South HS with short term immediate needs)

You can donate two ways:

  • monthly recurring option OR a one-time gift· CLICK HERE (Ask your employer to see if they have a matching program)
  • checks to: Denver South PTSA c/o Denver South High School
    1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
    Denver CO 80210

THANK YOU to those of you in the community who have already donated - we are so appreciative of your early support. Denver South PTSA is a non-profit, and you will receive a receipt for your donation


Parent Information for Parent BESS

Dear South High School Parent or Guardian,

As part of our effort to support the Whole Child, our school is implementing a universal social and emotional screening for students.

Universal social and emotional screening can provide a fair and impartial way of looking at how students are progressing in their social and emotional development. Screenings can also help identify areas where school personnel can improve or adjust our supports.

Please understand that screening is NOT an assessment or an evaluation. Since we have been in unprecedented times, school staff would appreciate your time in completing this survey.

Please complete the questionnaire above by Friday, November 20th.

The survey is 29 questions and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You will need your child’s six-digit student ID. Only one survey can be completed for each student.

Information from this survey will be used to help our staff identify the supports our students need during this time of uncertainty.

We appreciate your assistance as we work together to educate and support your student(s)!

Sincerely,

Jacie Friel,MSW

She/Her/Hers

School Health Professional

Jacie_Friel@dpsk12.org


Denver Health

The Denver Health School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are OPEN! We are able to see students both in-person and offer telehealth/telephone appointments! Denver Health staff continues to serve families and students even when they are not regularly in the building. Collectively both the leadership of Denver Public Schools and Denver Health understand the importance of students getting preventative and regular medical and mental health care including well adolescent care, mental health screenings, and immunizations.

The School-Based Health Center at South is open for medical care and mental health care! To schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment, email us at SBHC@dhha.org or call us at 303-602-8958! If your student is ill with COVID symptoms, we can help get them tested.

REMEMBER: All SBHC services are offered at NO COST to DPS Families! We are able to see students in ECE all the way up to high school students. Use the link below to sign your student up using our new e-consent.

https://www.denverhealth.org/services/school-based-health-centers/locations

To access Mental Health services directly, students or parents may call Kelly Stout, LCSW at (720) 423-6022 or Kristin LeFevre, LCSW at (720) 437-9440 and leave a confidential voicemail. In addition to services offered at South High School, our providers are connected to a vast network of specialists, urgent care providers, and emergency services. We look forward to providing excellent health care services to all students to help each one succeed in school.


Food Pantry

It is that time of the year when the Food Pantry changes the pickup window timing so that the families and volunteers are not at South in the dark.

When boxes can be picked up - every Thursday and beginning October 22nd the revised time is from 3:00pm - 5:30pm

Denver South Food Pantry Information

What – Free groceries: milk, eggs, meat, bread, fresh fruit and veggies, and more

Where – Please come to the parking lot at Louisiana Avenue and High Street

When – Every Thursday beginning Oct 22nd, from 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Who – Open to all registered students of South High School

Questions – Please contact Wende Abrahm 303-881-7170 abrahm5@msn.com


South School Store Update:


Hey South families! Thanks so much for your patience with all the changes in the school store lately, we know it can be frustrating to want to get your South gear, especially those new students out there!

Our latest update is that we are no longer able to offer the four items online. There is exciting news that a new nickname and mascot will be announced by early next week. In anticipation of that announcement, we are going to await the new logo and then get new gear out there as soon as possible. We will continue to update you through School Deets and PTSA.