First, we have to thank you for your patience and resiliency for yesterday’s Snow Day and the smooth transition we had in which all students participated in Remote Learning. 

As you heard last week, one of our Assistant Principals, Ms. Terita Walker has been serving as Acting Principal of East high as part of her Principal in Residence program with Learn to Lead and she’ll continue in this role throughout next week with John Youngquist to return on Monday, March 8.

If you have not seen them all, be sure to view the Black Excellence Videos that our amazing staff members have created for you and for our community, please visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ptgYkCUNVEDcawdNH0l2MwuU6BNJI9mZZTzfSzGaUIY/edit?usp=sharing

4th Quarter is just around the corner- just a reminder that, exactly like Quarter 2, most students will be taking 3 classes.  For more students this will mean having one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, instead of two.  Just a heads-up as we head toward the final quarter of this really interesting school year.

Information has been sent to families and students about the East HS principal search process. You can learn about the three candidates and give your feedback at https://east.dpsk12.org/news/2021/02/east-high-school-principal-candidates/

Optional on-site COVID-19 Screening for Students is Here! Parents and Guardians have received registration information related to optional on-site COVID-19 testing for students.  The test that will be used, starting Wednesday, is a saliva protocol that COVIDCheck Colorado uses and is called SalivaDirect. SalivaDirect is an FDA Emergency Use Authorization-approved PCR testing protocol. The Yale School of Public Health developed the protocol; the NBA used SalivaDirect ™ in “the bubble” to test its players, and the protocol is being rolled out to other organizations, institutions, and populations around the country. Yale’s studies have shown that SalivaDirect ™ PCR is as sensitive as a nasal PCR test and is both more convenient and comfortable for participants than a nasal swab. If you would like to sign your student up for this ongoing testing program, please do so now. It’s free, fast, and convenient: https://www.primarybio.com/l/dpsosscreening. If you’d like to see the registration process, here’s a video that goes through each step. If your student has been exposed to COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms, they must be tested at a COVIDCheck Colorado drive-up testing site. Please register for that one-time test here: https://www.primarybio.com/a/denverps.


Class of 2021

Senior Yard Sign Pick-up for in-person students has changed again due to weather. Remote students can still pick up their signs on Friday from 11-Noon. Tee MacDonald and student council will provide updated information soon with revised plans! We appreciate your patience.

Information about senior checkout, graduation, and more will be coming soon to the Senior Hub.


Important Dates:

  • March 1 – 5 – Spirit Week
  • March 11 – CU Denver Event (see below)
  • March 12 – End of the 3rd Quarter
  • March 14 – Daylight Saving
  • March 15 – Deadline for April 17th national ACT.org registration
  • March 29 – April 2 – Spring Break!

Athletics and Clubs

Senior Night for Girls Basketball will be tomorrow, Sat., Feb. 27th at 1pm. You can catch the game via livestream online, as spectators are not allowed at this time due to health and safety. The boy’s team senior game is yet to be determined.

Season C, is open for registration now, which includes: Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Football, Field Hockey, and Gymnastics. For more information visit: east.dpsk12.org/athletics/registration

New students clubs are available as well as an updated list of meeting times and links at east.dpsk12.org/clubs


Testing

ACT Test

  • ACT will be offered on Saturday, April 17th and East will be a testing center. Students can register on act.org; the deadline to register is March 12th.

Opt-out of CMAS here: https://east.dpsk12.org/news/2021/02/option-to-opt-out-of-cmas-testing/

ACCESS Testing has been rescheduled to next Friday, March 5, 8-Noon. Contact John Najmiulski at John_Najmulski@dpsk12.org for questions or more information.


East In the News


Counseling

Progress reports are coming soon – make sure you connect with teachers as staff will email families and students.

Grades 9-11 have begun choice of students process, if your student has not received communications about this please have them check Schoology. All information has been posted in Schoology.


Community Event

“I’m Still Standing: Parent Support Through COVID-19.” 1-Year Anniversary of School Shutdown Edition. Thursday 3/11/2021 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Topics: What have we learned so far? What is the road ahead? Let’s talk about it. Registration is required for this free event. Please fill out this 5 to 10-minute survey by 3/4/2021 to help guide the talk: https://forms.gle/coeFkoKq22LMVe4f6 and to participate visit: https://ucdenver.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqceuqqD0uH9XDcWYZZJxI-ReasvlKR-Ee. Email questions to Scott Cypers at scott.cypers@cuanschutz.edu and check CU Johnson Depression Center website at www.coloradodepressioncenter.org for other free, virtual training opportunities or to find the links.