Thank you, students, parents, and teachers, for a strong first week of remote learning at East High School. You have been thoughtful, patient, smart and determined to help make the best of this situation by being present, working hard, and asking all of the important questions that it takes to create and make this a valuable experience for our learners.
A special shout out to our very own Mr. Keith Oxman whose Jazz recording moved up 13 places this week on the National Jazz Chart landing at #32 in the country right now! Above Pat Metheny!!!
Seniors, while we may or may not be able to have a typical prom or graduation experience, people are getting creative around special and unique ways to celebrate you as an Angel and, soon, a graduate! Keep an eye out for a survey from Tee MacDonald, Luffy, and Bella as this will be your opportunity to share your creative ideas of how we celebrate you, our Class of 2020!
Note from the Denver Public Schools on Grading for Remote Learning::
For grades 9-12, all spring semester courses will convert to a credit/no credit model. We are currently working on providing additional guidance to our teachers and leaders around developing grading and the achievement of credit for courses. In addition, the 2020 spring semester will be removed from all cumulative grade point average (GPA) calculations for students. Class ranking for seniors will be based on GPA through the fall of 2019. We know this creates concerns related to how colleges might view grades for this spring; many colleges and universities are adopting “hold harmless” policies for spring grades as the pandemic sweeps the country. FYI, Concurrent Enrollment teachers are being responsive to requirements provided by university partners and will communicate those grading policies directly to students.
We will provide more information on grading for Remote Learning as it becomes available.
Choice of Studies
For students that have not completed their Choice of Studies:
- Current Freshmen: tinyurl.com/eastcos10
- Current Sophomores: https://tinyurl.com/eastcos11
- Current Juniors- contact your counselor if you need to continue planning your schedule
- Incoming 8th Graders– Choice of Studies will be online with information available on the East website on April 20th.
Advanced Placement Exams
- Students will take their AP Exams online this year. The College Board will send students a link and instructions to access the test by the end of April.
- The new exam dates are May 11th through May 22nd. View the schedule here: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/educators/taking-the-exams/ap-exam-schedule
- Makeup exams will be offered in June but must be approved by East HS for special circumstances
- Accommodations approved by the College Board will be available on the online test
- Students should stay engaged in online learning with their teachers to review for the exam and to practice the new online format.
- Contact AP teachers or Mrs. Dillon if you have any questions
Parents, our responsibilities to support our students’ academic experience are significant as we work to ensure their success in this remote learning environment. Reinforce your student’s opportunity to focus on each content during the “Learning Windows,” make sure your student is progressing toward on-time completion of all assignments, and check in on Schoology consistently, having conversation with your student about how their efforts are progressing. Additional resources including Parent Guide Videos to Google Schoology and Google Classroom can be found at https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/#familyresources
Questions and Answers for Students and Parents:
- Are all activities cancelled for April and May? At this point, yes, all activities related to East are cancelled, as we are unable to bring groups together. We may be able to engage some activities on-line- planning for those kinds of experiences is now beginning.
- How will grading work this semester? As noted above, students will either receive “credit or no credit” as an outcome to their coursework this semester
- How will finals work? The finals week schedule will be amended but will begin on Thursday, May 21, as previously scheduled.
- Locker Cleanout: There will be an opportunity to retrieve items from lockers- this has not been scheduled and we will let people know when that will occur.
- SAT and PSAT: PSAT and SAT tests have been canceled. There is not yet information on future opportunities to take these assessments.
- Prom: Superintendent Cordova announced the cancellation of proms through the school district.
- Senior Checkout: There will be a senior checkout process that will be announced by the beginning of May. Payment of fees and other charges may be made now via MySchoolBucks.
- Current Fees and Fines: Fees and fines may be paid via MySchoolBucks.
- Graduation: We are not certain when a graduation ceremony may be able to occur or what it may look like, but we will find a way to celebrate and appreciate the incredible successes of this class! Seniors- look for a survey coming out from Tee MacDonald
- Yearbooks: The 2020 Yearbooks will be distributed in May, although we do not yet know the means or process of distribution.
- Summer School: A decision on whether Summer School at East will occur this year will be made by May 1st.
- Revised Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021: There have been no updates in regard to revised graduation requirements for the Class of 2021.
If you do not have internet access at home and need an internet hotspot device, contact Mr. Youngquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-423-8370. There is a backlog on hotspot devices, but we will have them available by mid-April. Additionally, DPS has advised the use of free Xfinity Hotspots around the city. Use the link below to see if you reside in the catchment area of one of these Hotspots (Click here to view the Xfinity WiFi Hotspotmap).
During Remote Learning, no staff will be present on campus and no classes, games, meetings or gatherings will take place on campus. Also, no students are able to access classrooms, lockers, or any part of the school or campus until further notice.
DPS continues to provide nutrition support for students and families. More information is available at https://www.dpsk12.org/coronavirus/food-distribution/