After attending 16 Speech and Debate tournaments online this year, both in-state and out-of-state tournaments including Harvard and Columbia, we are excited to celebrate our state qualifiers this year. We had 33 students vying for spots at the state tournament and qualified 23 Angels, taking the first place qualifying spot in three events. Congratulations East Speech and Debate. 

As we wrap up this 3rd Quarter of the school year, students who are being acknowledged for their academic achievements will receive Honor Roll, Halo Award, and Academic Letter certificates in the mail over the course of the next week! These awards are based on academic outcomes at the end of the 1st semester and there will be an additional round of awards granted at the end of this semester!

A Conversation Related to Weighted and Unweighted Grades has been developing with our students and staff and we would like to hear your perspective.  Please, respond to the survey at the following link to provide your thoughts on this topic to our Black Excellence Plan committee focusing on Weighted and Unweighted Grades: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkmA0rjFXFnvvWJB19jjM2UJVzJaJjrEdomlQXnfffLzrUjA/viewform

Important Dates:

While we seem to be looking forward to a snowy night tomorrow night, the East Choir Department will be presenting an hour of music from the Angelaires from 6:00-7:00 PM. To watch, visit: https://east.dpsk12.org/student-news/student-work/2021/03/angelaires-virtual-vocal-jazz-concert-premier/

  • March 22nd-26th School Picture this Week: More info to come!
  • March 29th – April 4th: Spring Break
  • April 5th: Teacher Planning Day with no classes on Monday
  • April 6th-9th: Monday-Thursday schedule will occur Tuesday-Friday 

The Week of April 12th is Colorado State Assessment Week (PSAT, SAT, CMAS)

Please note that THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PRIOR COMMUNICATIONS!!!

  • Because of the testing requirements directed by the state and the school district, the week of April 12th will be a fully asynchronous week with no in-person or synchronous classes
  • Testing Days:
    • Juniors will take the CMAS Science assessment on Monday, April 12
    • Juniors will take the SAT on Tuesday, April 13
    • Sophomores will take the PSAT 10 on Wednesday, April 14
    • Freshman will take the PSAT 9 on Thursday, April 15
    • Seniors will have asynchronous assignments for the full week and all other students will have asynchronous work to complete when they are not testing

Athletics

State Playoffs:

  • Boy’s Basketball – made it to the 1st round and lost to Mullen in a heart-breaker
  • Girl’s Wrestling – 2nd place in Regionals and 5 wrestlers competed at State
    • Kiona Conner, Shayla Gallegos, Izzy Resendez, Kiana Suro, Eva Todd
  • Boys Wrestling – 2 wrestlers going to State
    • Jose Cerda
    • Armando Garcia
  • Girls Diving – 2 divers went to State
    • Morgan Manly finished 5th
    • JuJu Read finished 13th

Season C:

  • Boys Soccer, Field Hockey, Football, Gymnastics & Volleyball

Testing: 

The Colorado Department of Education expects schools to administer state tests (CMAS, PSAT, and SAT) to all students in person, regardless of whether each individual student attends school in-person or remotely. There will not be a remote testing option, so all students must come into the school to take tests.  If you would like to opt your student out of any portion of the testing week, please, send an email to our testing coordinator, Gloria Montoya, at gloria_montoya@dpsk12.org.

Seniors

Seniors please continue to check your school email for updates.If you still haven’t picked up a yard sign, email Tee and she will help you get hold of one. theresa_macdonald@dpsk12.net

Seniors we need you to upload all of your acceptance letters and scholarship offers. You can do this on the senior hub which is on the main page of the East website.

The deadline to purchase your cap and gown and your legacy stole is March 15th. If you had a family graduate from East you can purchase one for $15 on the East Senior Hub. To purchase Caps and gowns go to Jostens.com.

The EAFAF scholarship is 100% online again this year and the deadline is April 8th at 3pm. More information is available at https://east.dpsk12.org/student-news/2021/03/class-of-2021-apply-now-for-east-angel-friends-alumni-foundation-eafaf-scholarship/

Community Events and Resources:

The Family and Community Engagement center, also known as FACE, is a great resource for all of our DPS families.  Please make sure to check out their website and subscribe to their newsletter to stay up to date all of the great services and events they provide. 

February MLE DAC Recordings Available for Families of MLL Students
  • The MLE and FACE departments co-hosted the February MLE DAC, where around 100 families of Multilingual Learners — representing nine different languages — joined to learn more about the SchoolChoice timelines and COVID vaccination information. The recordings of the session are now posted on the MLE DAC webpage.

The African American Young Ladies Summit (AAYLS) Group is an organization that thrives on support for all people of color, notably African American young ladies. They will be hosting two great events, Worthy of Love and Respect – taking place on March 21st from 11:45-1pm and A Journey Through The Decades of Black Excellence – a fashion show that celebrates the beauty and history of being black.

This year, East Sustainability Club has partnered with the nonprofit Tree-Plenish to plant trees in our East community, replacing our school’s annual paper usage. In the spring, we hope to plant 300 trees to offset about 50% of East’s annual paper usage. To reach our goal of 300 trees, we need YOUR help! Anyone in the Denver area can pre-purchase a tree to be planted in their yard; options include a Red Maple or River Birch. Each tree sapling is just $5, and it will be delivered to your house and planted in a designated area by volunteers on April 24th, 2021, just 2 days after Earth Day. This event will be COVID-friendly as it does not require large gatherings and takes place outside. To learn more or order a tree, please visit https://www.tree-plenishevents.org/east

DPS Webinar – Marijuana in Colorado

  • Join the DPS Prevention Services Team on March 17 at noon to learn about the landscape of recreational marijuana in Colorado. Henny Lasley, co-founder and executive director of Smart Colorado/One Chance to Grow Up, will go over recent policies and legislation regarding medical and recreational marijuana. Participants will learn about how the potency levels of marijuana today differs from the marijuana that was around when they were young, how marijuana impacts the health of young people, signs and symptoms of marijuana use and tools for talking with your child about marijuana. (Tambien estamos ofreciendo interpretación en Español.)