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                        October 14, 2020

Dear Wildcats and Families,

I just want to take an opportunity to thank our families, students for their continued support and understanding during these trying times.  I know everyone is trying to do their best and help our students succeed in this new environment.  We are truly lucky to live and work in such a positive community.  And a huge Wildcat Roar to the hardworking students who made the first six week honor roll - what a super demonstration of the grit and determination of our students!

Many things are changing and hopefully bringing us back to more normalcy.  Once such change is the district health department looking closely at our quarantining process.  An email went out to families last week with some updates to the process, I have included the information below for your review.  This will hopefully help us avoid mass quarantines in the future.  I appreciate all our students for their efforts to minimize their exposure by continuing to wear a mask and maintain social distance guidelines. This was demonstrated at our first football game of the year, as a school we were acknowledged for how well our football game went and that everyone followed the rules and restrictions.  It is greatly appreciated and speaks volumes about our community. Please continue to abide by the rules so we can continue in person learning and athletics.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

In this issue:

NO SCHOOL THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Honor roll - Congratulations Wildcats!

New Guidelines for Covid Quarantine Process

Trick or Treat Street

Varsity Football

Last Day for Seniors - Intent to Graduate Form

Schoology access information for parents

AWest Highlights Zoom Meeting FOR PARENTS

Virtual College Visits

Virtual Office Hours for Counselors

 

NO SCHOOL THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL for students Thursday and Friday, October 15 and 16.  Enjoy!

Honor Roll

Congratulations to these Wildcats who have earned Honor Roll status for the First Six Weeks!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pq72AgCZxApTPowCVQNvDEMZ_-35DJIG/view?usp=sharing

New Guidelines for Schools regarding Covid Quarantine Process

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1erH8QjJ4HN2exI4xNMUL7_r1Ffuw3fTmVv6QGFOiP0g/edit?usp=sharing

Trick or Treat Street Needs Your Help

Monday we were finally given permission to host a drive-thru Trick or Treat Street. We need help gathering candy. If you are willing to donate candy please send it with your student to school or you can drop it off at the security desk located at the Main Entrance (South Entrance). If you send it with your student they will leave it at the door they enter when they get screened upon entering.

Trick or Trick or Treat Street will be on Thursday, October 29th from 5 pm to 7 pm. It is a drive-thru in our South Parking Lot. There will be more information and details as we get closer.

Friday October 16 Arvada West vs. Columbine Varsity Football Streaming Live

PrepSpotlight.TV is excited to be streaming the Arvada West vs. Columbine Varsity Football game this Friday, October 16th at 7 pm. There will be a Play by Play broadcaster and the game will be available LIVE and on demand. Cost for a single event is $5.99 or a Full year all-access pass is $59.99. Once you click on the link for PrepSpotlight TV then you have to go to the little calendar link in the upper left area of the website to find the link to purchase the streaming for the game.  Go CATS!!

Friday October 23 Varsity Football Game @ Mullen

Mullen High School is in Denver County and has different COVID variances then Jefferson County. Their variances have not been approved yet but if they are, it looks like we will not be able to have any students attending the game.

***Last Day - Senior “Intent to Graduate” Form

Attention Seniors!

Congratulations on making it to your Senior year of high school! Our graduation team at Herff Jones has requested for you to fill out your cap & gown reservation form, through the link below. This form will ask you for your height/weight, which is used to size your gown, and to ensure that you look your best on graduation day. Please complete this form no later than 10-15-2020.

**PLEASE NOTE: Filling out this form DOES NOT mean that you have ordered your cap & gown. It is simply a reservation for your cap & gown. You will still need to pay for your cap & gown either online, through the mail or with Herff Jones in-person. You will be receiving information to do so very soon! Thank you, Seniors!

This is your year! Let’s make it a great one!

https://herff.ly/contactinfo

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Herff Jones representative: Gavin Miller (glmiller@herffjones.com) or Alex Frieler (ajfrieler@herffjones.com)

Parent “How To” for Schoology Access

Here is a “how-to” sheet for parents who want access to schoology…

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vTs2thpkEpLwJEYl-51489rOzLyeROagA5s679qUcsdOB10eq2EVmDCk6AA-6f5TAlBkrJpy8eRw7lw/pub

 

Arvada West Highlights Webinar

Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Thursday, October 22- 8:00-8:30am

Join us to learn about graduation requirements, counseling services, A-West resources, where to find clubs and activities, and what to look forward to for your student’s time at A-West.  There will be time for questions and a recording will be posted on the A-West Counseling website afterward.  Freshman were given this information in study hall, but all students are welcome to attend as well (if they don’t have class).

Please RSVP here and you will be sent the link the day before the Zoom meeting: https://forms.gle/FkfmtBykzTiFcP316

Please reach out to Stacia Taves at Stacia.Taves@jeffco.k12.co.us  with any questions.

Virtual College Visits

AWest is excited to host College Virtual Visits this year! All visits are at 2 p.m., and the links to join can be found in the calendar of the Class of 2021 Schoology group. This week's visits include:

University of CO Colorado Springs        October 15th

University of Kansas                              October 15th

Chapman University (CA)                      October 16th

University of Oregon                              October 16th

Western Colorado University                 October 20th

Wartburg College (IA)                            October 20th

University of Tennessee-Knoxville         October 21st

Fort Hays State University (KS)             October 21st

Counseling Virtual Office Hours

Counseling is now offering Virtual Office Hours every Tuesday and Friday!  This is a great way to get a question answered, ask about resources, or have a quick conversation!  All students and parents are welcome and will be let into the meeting room one at a time.

Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm: https://jeffco-k12-co.zoom.us/s/81936425702

Fridays, 10:00-11:00am: https://jeffco-k12-co.zoom.us/s/85842565261

If you’d like to schedule a longer/personalized meeting with a Counselor, please find the calendar links here:  http://arvadawest.org/counseling/meet_your_counselor__appointments


Wildcat News October 7,  2020

Hello Wildcats and Wildcat families,

Although we are in the second week of October, the weather is telling me it's still summer.  Hopefully soon we will have some of that fabulous fall Colorado weather during our fall mini-break next Thursday and Friday.

Our first six week grade reports were posted last Friday and like many of the high schools in Jeffco we are seeing an enormous increase in students failing and not engaging in the learning opportunities, especially in our remote only students.  As much as I would enjoy having our school schedule return to normal, for the foreseeable future the school district will be in this remote and hybrid environment.  If your child is struggling with understanding the material or simply just engaging in school, please reach out!  We have multiple ways we can support students -- additional in person support, virtual time with counselors, and virtual parent conferences can all help your student develop a strategy to get back on track.  We all understand this is not easy but it will get better if we all work together.

And a very important note included here about NEXT WEEK!  The schedule is all remote for the week, please do make sure your students are clear about when to attend classes virtually. Wednesday, all Juniors and some Sophomores take the PSAT HERE AT SCHOOL. Thursday and Friday is Fall Break for students.  Enjoy!   Questions, please do call the office!  

In addition, there are lots of traditional happenings included here -- Purple Pride Sale by the PTSA, Picture Retakes, Fundraisers, Graduation and Senior Info, and much more.  Please take a few minutes to review all this important information about happenings at school.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

In this issue:

  • Parent Conferences
  • Friday Support Days
  • Picture Retakes
  • SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR NEXT WEEK
  • PSAT
  • Purple Pride Sale
  • FAFSA Presentation
  • Virtual College Visits
  • Grad Info
  • Chipotle Fundraiser
  • GT Information
  • Senior Reviews
  • AP Exam Fees
  • Senior Portraits and Baby Ads

 

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, October 12th through Thursday, October 15th. Teachers will provide 10 minute time slots throughout these days at various times in the morning, afternoon and evening. If none of the available time slots work for you, or all slots are full, or you need longer than 10 minutes then please reach out to your student’s teacher to set up a separate appointment.

You must sign up by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 8th. The link will no longer be available after this time. Please make sure to include your email address and your student’s name in the comment section. Teachers will be sending you an email with the link to their video conference (Zoom or Google Meet) prior to your scheduled appointment.

Sign up here: AWest Virtual Parent Conferences

Need more help for your students?  Friday Support Days

Friday’s are a great way to work on those large projects, get additional instruction, and support from your student’s teachers. We can only allow a small number of students in each classroom to maintain our social distance regulations. You have to set up a scheduled appointment with your teacher to ensure that they are available. All students will need to be screened when they come into the building.

FRIDAY - Student IDs for Remote Students and Make-Up Picture

Pictures for the following students: remote only, missed picture day, or would like a redo picture are welcome to come Friday, October 9th to get their picture taken. Please see the schedule below to see the time for your student to attend. Students will enter through the South Main Entrance, and will have their picture taken in the Commons. It should only take a few minutes so please wait for your student in the South Parking Lot.  

 

Time

Last Name

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

A-C

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

D-G

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

H-L

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

M-P

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

R-S

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

T-Z

 

 SCHEDULE CHANGE NEXT WEEK-ALL STUDENTS

Upcoming Schedule Change for PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors and select Sophomores

As we continue to try to get students tested from last fall, we have one more schedule change the week of October 12-16. Monday (12th) and Tuesday (13th) all students will be working remotely from home synchronously. Monday they will follow their 1,3,5,7 schedule and Tuesday will be the 2,4,6,8 schedule.  Wednesday will be asynchronous learning for the 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students and the PSAT/NMSQT will be given to all Juniors and some sophomores that signed up for the test. Juniors will not be given assignments on Wednesday. Thursday, October 15th  and  Friday, October 16th is Fall Break. Enjoy the much needed break and take time to unplug with your children!

Monday

October 12

Tuesday

October 13

Wednesday

October 14

Thursday

October 15

Friday

October 16

ALL STUDENTS Synchronous REMOTE learning

Periods 1, 3, 5, 7

ALL STUDENTS Synchronous REMOTE learning

Periods 2, 4, 6, 8

Asynchronous for all A-Z

9th,10th,12th grade

 

PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors

NO

School

 

Fall

Break

NO SCHOOL

 

FALL

BREAK

 

PSAT Information for Juniors and Sophomores who signed up earlier this fall

Juniors, you will be taking the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 14th. All Juniors are registered to take the PSAT; no further steps are necessary. Sophomores who chose to opt-in earlier this year, no further steps are necessary.

 For supplemental information on the fall PSAT-click here.

Students should report to school by 7:15 am. Students are encouraged to bring snacks, water, a watch (no alarm and not a smartwatch),

a calculator, and to dress in layers.  Test room assignments can be found in the Counseling Schoology group and outside the library and main office, once they are completed. If your student has not yet joined the Counseling Schoology group, they can do so with the access codes below.

Junior Counseling Schoology Group

Sophomore Counseling Schoology Group

BFFV-XNN2-CV9TW

FPTK-TDM2-RJMMW

Remote-only students are also registered to take the PSAT. College Board does not have an option for remote testing. All testing will be in person. If your remote-only student will not be taking the PSAT, please email Josie Zoll at jzoll@jeffco.k12.co.us

 

Arvada West Purple Pride Sale

 

The NEW 2020-2021 Purple Pride Merchandise is for sale online NOW! Closing Tuesday October 13th (11:59pm MST)  New apparel choices with all new designs! Orders arrive at your door 3-4 weeks after the close of the sale ($6 flat fee). Order at https://arvadawestpurplepride.itemorder.com/sale

 

ALSO

 

Check out the new PTSA Online Store! Purchase Purple Pride Accessories and Clearance Merchandise, Join PTSA and Donate to Scholarships, Staff Appreciation and More! Accessories and Clearance items will be available all year, until sold out! You will be contacted for pickup/delivery options at no charge.  Order at https://awestptsa.new.memberhub.store/store

 

Purple Pride Merchandise Makes Great Gifts! Buy Now for the Holiday Season!

Understanding Financial Aid-FAFSA Presentation

In past years a financial aid representative from Colorado School of Mines has offered a FAFSA Information Night at Arvada West. This year they have provided a recorded presentation Understanding Financial Aid. This video will help you understand the basics behind applying for financial aid using the FAFSA and some components of your financial aid offer. The FAFSA opens on October 1st. The link to this presentation will be available on the counseling webpage as well.

College Visits

AWest is excited to host College Virtual Visits this year! All visits are at 2 p.m., and the links to join can be found in the calendar of the Class of 2021 Schoology group. This week's visits include:

 

Lynn University (FL)                             October 7th

University of Northern Colorado          October 9th

Colorado College                                   October 12th

Texas A & M University                       October 12th

Colorado Mesa                                      October 13th

Savannah College of Art & Design        October 13th

 

***Reminder - Senior “Intent to Graduate” Form

 

Attention Seniors!

Congratulations on making it to your Senior year of high school! Our graduation team at Herff Jones has requested for you to fill out your cap & gown reservation form, through the link below. This form will ask you for your height/weight, which is used to size your gown, and to ensure that you look your best on graduation day. Please complete this form no later than 10-15-2020.

 

**PLEASE NOTE: Filling out this form DOES NOT mean that you have ordered your cap & gown. It is simply a reservation for your cap & gown. You will still need to pay for your cap & gown either online, through the mail or with Herff Jones in-person. You will be receiving information to do so very soon! Thank you, Seniors!

 

This is your year! Let’s make it a great one!

https://herff.ly/contactinfo

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Herff Jones representative: Gavin Miller (glmiller@herffjones.com) or Alex Frieler (ajfrieler@herffjones.com)

 

Cheer Chipotle Fundraiser

We would like to invite everybody to join us for an upcoming fundraiser for Arvada West Cheer. Please join us on Saturday, October 10th from 5 pm to 9 pm at Chipotle at 12550 W. 64th Avenue. When you order let them know you are supporting the Arvada West Cheer and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to them.

Cheer Chipotle Fundraiser

 

Parents of Gifted Students:

Letter to Parents about ALP Goal Setting 

 

Senior Parents!

Our counseling team has been meeting with all of our seniors to review transcripts, support post-secondary planning and give reminders about financial aid/scholarships. Please remind your senior student to set an appointment with their counselor if they have not done so already. Make an Appointment Link

AP Exam Fees Information

All students enrolled in an AP course will be taking their exam in May. Students have registered through their MyAP account in their classes this fall. The fee for the AP exam is $95 this year. This cost was included in school fees at the beginning of the school year. We are asking that students pay the partial exam fee of $40 by November 11th. To make a partial payment, please contact Leslie Crosby in the financial office. If you wish to pay for the exam in full, you can do so through Jeffco Connect.

Senior Portraits

 

Senior Portraits are due on hjeshare.com by OCTOBER 16TH, without penalty.

 

After that date all late senior portraits submission will be subject to a late fee of $15. This is because of the delay in submitting portrait pages which causes a financial penalty from the publishing company. Get them in early!! No senior portraits will be accepted past DECEMBER 8TH. At that time the yearbook staff will fill any missing portrait with the most up to date ID photo in our records.

 

Directions for uploading portraits can be found here: Uploading Senior Portraits

 

This information can also be found on the AWest Yearbook website under the Student tab on the AWest website.

 

Baby Ads

 

The process for Baby Ads is slightly different this year as no payments will be accepted at or through AWest. All Baby Ads sales will be purchased and designed through Herff Jones Order Center, link here. Look up Arvada West by name and go to Yearbook Ads (make sure you click “Enter school’s name instead”). Baby Ads are for sale until DECEMBER 8th, but space is limited so please purchase early.

 

This will allow you to upload photos, messages, choose design, and pay all in one place.

 

Prices for Ads

1/8 - $40

1/4 -$70

1/2 - $110

Whole page - $220

 

If you have any questions regarding Senior Portraits or Baby Ads, please contact Christine Fry, Yearbook adviser, via email at 168480e@jeffcoschools.us.

 

Freshman Study Hall

 

Study Hall will change slightly going forward for our students. We will provide lessons to help support our freshman make better choices and provide additional academic support beyond the traditional study time. We strongly encourage your students to use their study hall time wisely both while they are in school and remote.


September 30, 2020

Dear Wildcats and Families,

YAY!  We finally have some fall weather, yet it is hard to believe that our first grading window is upon us.  The time has gone by so quickly and seeing students only a few times a week really has the time flying.  Grade reports will be available for all students and parents after 3:00 p.m. on Friday October 2nd. Please remember that six week grades are a progress report and it helps teachers, students and parents to review how things are going in classes and make necessary adjustments if needed.  Our Parent-Teacher conferences will be the week of October 12th-15th, and because of the Covid restrictions, they will be virtual.  Below you will find more information about accessing teachers during this week to discuss your child’s progress. 

In regard to the October 12th week of school, we will have a modified schedule this week to allow for the PSAT for our Juniors and identified Sophomores, as well as the fall break for students.  For that week, there will be no in-person classes.  Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th will be synchronous periods 1-8 remote-only days for all students.   Wednesday, October 14th is the PSAT test and will be asynchronous for all students, except Juniors and identified sophomores who will take the PSAT test.  Juniors and identified sophomores will not have to attend classes this day, cannot have assignments given and their attendance will be taken at the PSAT test.

Our school’s first School Advisory Committee meeting will take place virtually on October 7th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Please see below for information about receiving the link to the meeting.  We welcome all parents to participate in this meeting as it helps drive the work of our school and community.

As always if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

In this issue:

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

                         School Accountability Committee - Please sign up to attend Virtually!

Student Fees

Senior Intent to Graduate

ALL STUDENTS SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR PSAT

PSAT information for Juniors and Sophomores testing

Students to wear IDs Please

Remote students photo day and picture makeups

Door Closure

October Count

Grades

                          Fall sports updates

                                             

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Monday, October 12th through Thursday, October 15th. Teachers will provide 10 minute time slots throughout these days at various times in the morning, afternoon and evening. If none of the available time slots work for you, or all slots are full, or you need longer than 10 minutes then please reach out to your student’s teacher to set up a separate appointment.

You must sign up by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 8th. The link will no longer be available after this time. Please make sure to include your email address and your student’s name in the comment section. Teachers will be sending you an email with the link to their video conference (Zoom or Google Meet) prior to your scheduled appointment.

Sign up here: AWest Virtual Parent Conferences

AWest School Accountability Committee (SAC) Needs You!

Are you interested in school finance, policies and helping the parent community process the working of the district budget and school oversight?  Our AWest School Accountability Committee meets quarterly throughout the school year to discuss these important issues as well as provides important educational programs on topics important to parents of teens.

The SAC will meet for the first time on October 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m  The meeting will be virtual, so please complete the form below and we will email you the meeting links.  Nicole Arp is the SAC chairperson.  The committee will meet on the following schedule this year. October 7th, November 11th, February 10th, April 7th.   If you have any questions, please contact Sue Raney, Principal’s Secretary.

Fill out this interest survey to be included in the first meeting of the year!

School Accountability Interest Survey

***Reminder - Senior “Intent to Graduate” Form

Attention Seniors!

Congratulations on making it to your Senior year of high school! Our graduation team at Herff Jones has requested for you to fill out your cap & gown reservation form, through the link below. This form will ask you for your height/weight, which is used to size your gown, and to ensure that you look your best on graduation day. Please complete this form no later than 10-15-2020.

**PLEASE NOTE: Filling out this form DOES NOT mean that you have ordered your cap & gown. It is simply a reservation for your cap & gown. You will still need to pay for your cap & gown either online, through the mail or with Herff Jones in-person. You will be receiving information to do so very soon! Thank you, Seniors!

This is your year! Let’s make it a great one!

https://herff.ly/contactinfo

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Herff Jones representative: Gavin Miller (glmiller@herffjones.com) or Alex Frieler (ajfrieler@herffjones.com)

Upcoming Schedule Change for PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors and select Sophomores

As we continue to try to get students tested from last fall, we have one more schedule change the week of October 12-16. Monday (12th) and Tuesday (13th) all students will be working remotely from home synchronously. Monday they will follow their 1,3,5,7 schedule and Tuesday will be the 2,4,6,8 schedule.  Wednesday will be asynchronous learning for the 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students and the PSAT/NMSQT will be given to all Juniors and some sophomores that signed up for the test. Juniors will not be given assignments on Wednesday. Thursday, October 15th  and  Friday, October 16th is Fall Break. Enjoy the much needed break and take time to unplug with your children!

Monday

October 12

Tuesday

October 13

Wednesday

October 14

Thursday

October 15

Friday

October 16

ALL STUDENTS Synchronous REMOTE learning

Periods 1, 3, 5, 7

ALL STUDENTS Synchronous REMOTE learning

Periods 2, 4, 6, 8

Asynchronous for all A-Z

9th,10th,12th grade

 

PSAT/NMSQT for Juniors

NO

School

 

Fall

Break

NO SCHOOL

 

FALL

BREAK

 

Important!!

PSAT Information for Juniors and Sophomores who signed up earlier this fall

Juniors, you will be taking the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 14th. All Juniors are registered to take the PSAT; no further steps are necessary. Sophomores who chose to opt-in earlier this year, no further steps are necessary. 

 For supplemental information on the fall PSAT-click here.

Students should report to school by 7:15 am. Students are encouraged to bring snacks, water, a watch (no alarm and not a smartwatch),

a calculator, and to dress in layers.  Test room assignments can be found in the Counseling Schoology group and outside the library and main office, once they are completed. If your student has not yet joined the Counseling Schoology group, they can do so with the access codes below.

Junior Counseling Schoology Group

Sophomore Counseling Schoology Group

BFFV-XNN2-CV9TW

FPTK-TDM2-RJMMW

Remote-only students are also registered to take the PSAT. College Board does not have an option for remote testing. All testing will be in person. If your remote-only student will not be taking the PSAT, please email Josie Zoll at jzoll@jeffco.k12.co.us

Student Fees 

Student Fees should now be available to pay through the Jeffco Connect Student Fee Payment system.  Only Semester 1/Year long, OPT (optional) fees,  and any remaining prior year fines have been placed on your student account.  2021 Graduation Fee is currently not available to pay.  Parents/Guardians will be informed once that fee is released.

Children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals may also qualify for other fee waivers.  When completing the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application, families have the option of consenting to the disclosure of the application information to waive school district/program fees.  Please note, while the USDA is currently extending waivers for all students to receive meals at no cost, regardless of their free and reduced meal eligibility through December 31, 2020, it is essential that families still complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application and select the option of consent for school district/program fees to be waived.

If you have questions about your student fee account, please contact the school at 303-982-1303 and ask to be transferred to the Financial Office.

Student IDs for Remote Students and Make-Up Picture

Pictures for the following students: remote only, missed picture day, or would like a redo picture are welcome to come Friday, October 9th to get their picture taken. Please see the schedule below to see the time for your student to attend. Students will enter through the South Main Entrance, and will have their picture taken in the Commons. It should only take a few minutes so please wait for your student in the South Parking Lot.  

Time

Last Name

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

A-C

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

D-G

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

H-L

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

M-P

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

R-S

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

T-Z

 

Student ID’s Need to be Visible           

Student ID cards have been issued to Hybrid Learning Model students.  Moving forward, students must wear their ID’s when in the building, this is a new district policy. Teachers will be asking students who are not wearing their ID to make it visible.  If your student needs a clip to hold the ID please have him/her stop by the main office to pick up one up.

Gifted and Talented Parents

Gifted/Talented parents please check out this upcoming opportunity: GT Parent Learning Night

Door Closure

Due to a small number of students needing to enter Door 6 (mid-west), we have closed this door as an entry door moving forward.  Students who did use this door to enter the building in the mornings will now need to use Door 4 (Library) or Door 8 (Far West).

October Count

Individual school and district  funding is based upon the attendance of students in the school calendar year.  The Colorado Department of Education takes a snapshot of the overall attendance of a school to determine future funding to the school and the district.  This window, October Count, runs from September 24th to October 8th this year.  During the October Count it is critical that we are able to count every student that is attending A-West. To help A-West ensure that we are able to count all of our students please make sure that your student is attending all of their classes both in person and in the remote classrooms.  If your student is going to be absent for any of their classes please ensure that you are notifying the attendance office.

6 Week Grades

Six week grades will be available on Friday, October 2nd after 4:00 pm.  Parents remember that this is a progress of your student’s grades and is not the final.  If you have any questions about your student’s grade, please contact your student’s teacher.

Golf Finishes 5th!

Boys golf finished 5th in league and was ranked 6th in state going into Regionals. We finished 3rd at Regionals and will have a team at State for the second year in a row. Tyler Tyson and Yusuke Ogi finished First Team All Conference. Zach Tyson finished Second Team All Conference. Tyler Tyson was our MVP.  Way to go, Wildcats!!

Softball Wrap Up

Our JV Softball team has had a solid season in 2020, only losing one game all season. They were 3-0 in our A-West JV Tournament this past weekend, outscoring opponents 32-2! Sophomore Jerzee Meraz and Freshman Zoey Langerak have led the offensive charge for the JV Wildcats, while freshman Sofia Finney and Marissa Rodela have been solid in the circle for A-West.

On the varsity side, the Wildcats have battled through a tough schedule, always finding ways to adapt and respond in their next opportunity. The squad has some young athletes playing big roles this season, but the experience for them has been incredible. Offensively, Sophomore Peyton Raley, Senior Savannah Clausen and Freshman Mac Ferguson have led the way at the plate for the Cats this fall. We also want to congratulate our five seniors for an incredible career for A-West: Peyton Bowser, Savannah Clausen, Alexis Folks, Taylor Kahl and Stacia Raley- we wish you nothing but the best in your next adventure! Thank you for your commitment to Wildcat Softball.

Side note- Head Coach, Brenna Millikan, earned her 100th career win last week in a fun win over rival Ralston Valley.

Congrats on a Great Cross Country Season!

Boys and Girls Cross Country teams are both North Jeffco Open Cross Country Champions!  Sophomore Tryceton Smith won the boys race and Sophomore Aubrie Nicholas won the girls race.

Boys

1st place at Arvada West XC Meet #1 led by senior Logan Deison who finished 1st, junior David Rhoades who finished 2nd, senior Gabe Schultz who finished 3rd, senior Kenny Deng who finished 4th, and junior Toler Wilson who finished 5th

1st place at D’Evelyn Dash led by senior Logan Deison who finished 2nd and junior David Rhoades who finished 3rd

1st place at Ralston Valley North Area Pod Invitational led by senior Logan Deison who finished 1st, junior David Rhoades who finished 2nd, senior Dominic Danborn who finished 3rd, and senior Gabe Schultz who finished 4th

1st place at Arvada West Quagmire XC Meet led by junior Miles Passerella who finished 1st, sophomore Caleb Luyk who finished 2nd and freshman Noah Phillips who finished 6th

1st place at Arvada West XC Meet #2 led by junior David Rhoades who finished 1st, senior Logan Deison who finished 2nd, senior Dominic Danborn who finished 3rd, junior Toler Wilson who finished 4th, and senior Kenny Deng who finished 5th

3rd place at Durden Invitational led by senior Dominic Danborn who finished 7th place and junior David Rhoades who finished 8th place

1st place at Arvada West XC 2 Mile Unwind led by senior Blake Church who finished 1st, sophomore Tryceton Smith who finished 2nd, freshman Trey Fry who finished 3rd, and junior Liam Passerella who finished 4th

1st place at Rebel Invite led by senior Dominic Danborn who finished 2nd place, junior David Rhoades who finished 3rd place, and senior Logan Deison who finished 4th place

Girls

 1st place at Arvada West XC Meet #1 led by senior Amelie Bauer who finished 3rd, sophomore Mya Ridder who finished 4th, junior Alex Larson who finished 5th, sophomore Angela Benallo who finished 6th, and sophomore Abby Freda who finished 7th

2nd place at Ralston Valley North Area Pod Invitational led by senior Amelie Bauer who finished 2nd, and sophomore Mya Ridder who finished 5th

1st place at Arvada West Quagmire XC Meet led by sophomore Aubrie Nicholas who finished 1st, senior Victoria Simpson who finished 2nd, freshman Rhiannon Danborn who finished 3rd, and sophomore Lexie Swenson who finished 4th

1st place at Arvada West XC Meet #2 led by senior Amelie Bauer who finished 2nd, sophomore Mya Ridder who finished 3rd, junior Alex Larson who finished 4th, sophomore Angela Benallo who finished 5th, sophomore Sam Freda who finished 6th, and sophomore Abby Freda who finished 7th

3rd place at Durden Invitational led by senior Amelie Bauer who finished 8th place and sophomore Mya Ridder who finished 9th place

1st place at Arvada West XC 2 Mile Unwind led by sophomore Aubrie Nicholas who finished 1st, freshman Rhiannon Danborn who finished 2nd, senior Victoria Simpson who finished 3rd, sophomore Penelope Dickerson who finished 4th, sophomore Lexie Swenson who finished 5th, and freshman Landyn Lessley who finished 6th

3rd place at Rebel Invite led by Amelie Bauer who finished 2nd place

 






September 16, 2020

Dear Wildcats and Families,

 

We are well into our second week of hybrid learning and things seem to be settling down for students and staff.  Although there have been technology issues, most of it related to the new wall created by district IT to keep students safe, classes are running well and students are engaging in their learning.  If you or your student continues to have issues with technology, please reach out to the school to troubleshoot the issues.  Many times, it is a simple tweak or some teaching to students about measures to go about getting into zoom, schoology or google chats.

 

A reminder to students and parents that if a student has an off block and must be in the building we have provided two options for these students: they may attend quiet study time in the library or seek to add another class to fill their schedule.  Please reach out to a counselor if you would like to try and add a class.  Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions students cannot gather in any of the commons areas in the building.

 

Next week we will have an adjusted schedule for all students, remote or hybrid, due to the SAT testing for all of our current Seniors that missed SAT testing in the spring.  Classes on Monday and Tuesday will remain the same but Wednesday will be the asynchronous day of the week instead of Friday and then on Thursday and Friday our M-Z hybrid students will come into the building for class.  Please see below for further details about the schedule.

 

Looking forward, in two weeks students will be receiving their six-week grade report, followed by conferences.  Conferences, like everything this year, will look different. All conferences will be by appointment only and will be via either zoom, google chat or telephone.  We will be sending more information regarding how to sign up for a teacher conference in the next few weeks.

 

Exciting news arrived last week as five of our Seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists.  This is an amazing accomplishment as they competed with over 1.6 million students who entered the competition.  Please see below the official announcement from The National Merit Scholarship Program.  So proud of these Wildcats!

 

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

In this issue: 

 

  • National Merit semifinalists
  • Remote learning supply pick up FRIDAY
  • Schedule Adjustments
  • Advisement Update and Reminders
  • Testing - schedule adjustment next week.

     

  • Senior SAT reminder.
  • Update on clubs and activities
  • Virtual Parent Chat about Scholarships
  • Senior “Intent to Graduate” Form
  • Senior Portraits
  • Baby Ads
  • School IDs & Pictures

 

National Merit Semifinalists Announcement

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year. Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. More than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

This year, Arvada West High School is proud to recognize five students this year as National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist; Jacqueline Pankratz, Nathaniel Pott, Camille Redford, Delaney Schiffbauer and  Mark Worden.  Good luck, Wildcats, as you continue your journey towards becoming one of the 7,600 finalist who are awarded National Merit Scholarships!

Remote Learning – Supply Pick-Up

This Friday, September 18th  from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. students attending Arvada West in full remote learning will be able to pick up supplies needed for class.  This pickup will be held in the south parking lot.  The following departments will be issuing materials:

·         World Languages

·         Art

·         Science – Honors Biology, Anatomy and Physics, and AP Chemistry.

If you have questions regarding material pickup, please contact your teacher for more information.

Mr. Mulvaney (Brad.Mulvaney@jeffco.k12.co.us)

Schedule Adjustments

Requests for schedule adjustments to move to the hybrid or remote learning systems has ended, as of September 11th.  These changes have a huge effect on the class sizes and health concerns for our students and classes both in and outside of the building.  The Counseling department is still processing these schedule requests and making changes to schedules to accommodate all of our students.  These adjustments may have an impact on your student’s schedule, so please have your student review their schedule over the next few days. If there is a schedule change, we will reach out to the student/parent to alert you to these changes.  We understand that these changes may be difficult so we are trying to minimize these adjustments as much as possible.

Mr. Collins (Shawn.Collins@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

Advisement Update and Reminders

 

As a reminder for parents and students that the asynchronous Advisement class needs to be completed each day, Monday- Thursday.  This is a graded class and can affect eligibility and GPAs.  Each week there is valuable info for students specific to their grade level.  Please make sure you are completing the tasks assigned in the Advisement class daily.

 

 

Testing Update

 

MAP testing has begun this week for our 9th and 10th graders ONLY in Math and will continue the week of September 21st for English. Students will be given clear directions from their teachers. The class schedule will not change for MAP testing.

Find MAP Testing on Chromebook Directions-Click Here

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us)

Senior SAT Testing

 

Our Seniors will be taking the SAT test on Wednesday, September 23rd. Seniors will be the only students in the building this day. That will lead to a modified schedule for students this week; in that, Monday and Tuesday will stay the same with A-L in person days, but Wednesday, September 23rd will be our Asynchronous day and Thursday and Friday will be our M-Z day schedule.

Monday

September 21

Tuesday

September 22

Wednesday

September 23

Thursday

September 24

Friday

September 25

Purple A-L in school
1,3,5,7

Purple A-L in school
2,4,6,8

Asynchronous for all A-Z 9th-11th grade

White M-Z in school
1,3,5,7

White M-Z in school
2,4,6,8

 

 

SAT-Seniors in building

 

 

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us)

SENIORS ONLY: (hybrid and remote only)

AWest Seniors will be taking the SAT test on Wednesday, September 23rd. All seniors are registered to take the SAT, no further steps are necessary. Seniors should report to school by 7:15. Test room assignments can be found in the Counseling Schoology group once they are completed. If your student has not yet joined the Counseling Schoology group, they can do so with this access code: V7FH-QZVG-MGPNK. Students are encouraged to bring snacks, water, a watch (no alarm and not a smartwatch), a calculator, and to dress in layers.

Remote only students are also registered to take the SAT. College Board does not have an option for remote testing. All testing will be in person. If your remote-only student will not be taking the SAT please email Michael Sena at michael.sena@jeffco.k12.co.us

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us)

Senior Parents- SAT Information

Please watch this short video we shared with Senior Advisement classes this week about the upcoming SAT on Wednesday, September 23.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E4oDEpl5Xt9rfJqF0TwIyz9cNtJyet_8/view?usp=sharing

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

Clubs and Activities

Clubs and Activities, although delayed, are still running this year. Please check the following list: AWest Clubs & Activities to see the different options throughout the school. Please reach out to the sponsor for any questions, meeting times, and how to access the different club meetings.

 

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

 

Friday, September 25th- Virtual Scholarship Information Parent Chat

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

RSVP Here For Meeting Address

Scholarships are one of the best ways to pay for college, and the return on investment cannot be beat! Come learn about how to search for and find scholarships, prepare to apply, and organize yourself to make the most of the opportunities out there. We will also discuss the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship, Daniel’s Fund Scholarship, and the timeline for applying. Students welcome!

 

Senior “Intent to Graduate” Form

Attention Seniors!

Congratulations on making it to your Senior year of high school! Our graduation team at Herff Jones has requested you to fill out your cap & gown reservation form, through the link below. This form will ask you for your height/weight, which is used to size your gown, and to ensure that you look your best on graduation day. Please complete this form no later than 10-15-2020.

 

**PLEASE NOTE: Filling out this form DOES NOT mean that you have ordered your cap & gown. It is simply a reservation for your cap & gown. You will still need to pay for your cap & gown either online, through the mail or with Herff Jones in-person. You will be receiving information to do so very soon! Thank you, Seniors!

 

This is your year! Let’s make it a great one!

https://herff.ly/contactinfo

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to our Herff Jones representative: Gavin Miller (glmiller@herffjones.com) or Alex Frieler (ajfrieler@herffjones.com)

Senior Portraits

 

Senior Portraits are due on hjeshare.com by OCTOBER 16TH, without penalty.

 

After that date all late senior portraits submission will be subject to a late fee of $15. This is because of the delay in submitting portrait pages, which causes a financial penalty from the publishing company. Get them in early!! No senior portraits will be accepted past DECEMBER 8TH. At that time, the yearbook staff will fill any missing portrait with the most up to date ID photo in our records.

 

Directions for uploading portraits can be found here: Uploading Senior Portraits

 

This information can also be found on the AWest Yearbook website under the Student tab on the AWest website.

 

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

Baby Ads

 

The process for Baby Ads is slightly different this year as no payments will be accepted at or through AWest. All Baby Ads sales will be purchased and designed through Herff Jones Order Center, link here. Look up Arvada West by name and go to Yearbook Ads (make sure you click “Enter school’s name instead”). Baby Ads are for sale until DECEMBER 8th, but space is limited so please purchase early.

 

This will allow you to upload photos, messages, choose design, and pay all in one place.

 

Prices for Ads

1/8 - $40

1/4 -$70

1/2 - $110

Whole page - $220

 

If you have any questions regarding Senior Portraits or Baby Ads, please contact Christine Fry, Yearbook adviser, via email at 168480e@jeffcoschools.us.

 

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

School ID/Pictures

 

School IDs are being printed offsite and we are hoping to have them starting next week. Once we have IDs, students will need to wear their school ID every day at school.

 

Students that are 100% remote or missed their picture day have an opportunity to come in on Friday, October 9th to get their picture and Student ID. More information about time to come later.

 

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)


                   September 9, 2020

 Dear Wildcats and Families,

Wow, it is amazing to see students in our building and we are so grateful.  Our first two days of hybrid learning are under our belts and even with a few snafus, everything ran relatively well.  Technology still seems to create a few issues for our teachers and students, but the influx on Tuesday of students across the nation created slowness in Schoology, Google classroom and other systems.  Today things ran more smoothly and hopefully we are on the right track.  A gentle reminder to all students and families that we are synchronously learning, so in order to be counted present in classes students must log in and be in the class remotely when the daily instruction is given for all students during the remote period and for hybrid students in the class in the building on time.  Students will begin to be marked absent when they are not logged in with the camera on or in the building during hybrid days during instructional time.  Also our schedule has changed a bit to accommodate the new Covid requirements therefore our 1st and 2nd period classes begin at 7:45 a.m.  Fully remote students will follow the Arvada West Schedule daily.

 

Below you will find the information pertinent to the coming weeks of school.  As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

 

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

Reminders this week include:

  1. Entering the Building
  2. Attendance requirements
  3. Breakfast and lunches
  4. Schoology issues - Email your teachers!
  5. School pictures
  6. Testing Schedule
  7. Arvada West School Accountability Committee Needs YOU!

 

1.  Entering the building

Students are asked to enter the building at the door closest to the first class of their day to be temperature checked. This means that students may enter from different wings of the school on different days.  We have two doors in the North Wing, three doors in the West Wing and the Prefunction door.  The main office door is only to be used when a student arrives late to class on the south side of the building.

Mr. Mulvaney (Brad.Mulvaney@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

 

 

2. Attendance

Student attendance will be taken based on following criteria:

To be counted present, students must

  • be in the classroom in your seat by the time the bell rings on hybrid days
  • be logged in to class on time on synchronous days, meaning the student is in the zoom link or google chat during the teacher presentation of daily learning
  • complete required assignment by 2:45 pm on asynchronous days

Students will be considered tardy if they log in late, or complete the attendance form after 2:45 p.m. without communicating with the teacher.  Parents, please contact the attendance line at 303-982-1280 to report an absence.

 

3.  Breakfast and lunch

We received the news late last week that the USDA has extended waivers making it possible for all students, across the district, to receive meals at no cost regardless of their free and reduced meal eligibility. Waivers are extended through December 31, 2020.  It is essential that families still complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application.  Free meals apply for all types of learners – in-person, hybrid, and 100% remote.  Parents and Guardians may pick up meals for remote learners beginning on 9/14 - look for more information on pickup soon.  Student accounts will still be used to purchase a la carte items.

Breakfast and Lunch serving times:

  • Breakfast: 7am-9:15am
  • Early leave Lunch: 12pm-12:15pm, for those leaving after 5th or 6th period
  • Lunch: 1:25pm-2pm
  • Remote only meal(s) pick up: 2pm-2:30 pm starts 9/14

Mr. Coons (Casey.Coons@jeffco.k12.co.us)

4.  Schoology Issues - Email your teachers!

Try these tips first, then call the district technology office for support: 303-982-3438. Reminder please use your school issued device, especially on days you are in the building in order for us to best support you.

 

5.  School Pictures & IDs

If you would like to order any pictures see the following link for more information: Lifetouch Order Information

 

School IDs are being printed offsite and we are hoping to have them starting on Monday, September 21st.

Mr. Volk (Gordon.volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

6.  Testing

 

MAP testing will begin the week of September 14th for our 9th and 10th graders ONLY in Math and continue the week of September 21st for English. Students will be given clear directions from their teachers. The class schedule will not change for MAP testing.

Find MAP Testing on Chromebook Directions-Click Here

 

Our Seniors will be taking the SAT test on Wednesday, September 23rd. Seniors will be the only students in the building this day. That will lead to a modified schedule for students this week; in that, Monday and Tuesday will stay the same with A-L in person Purple Days, but Wednesday, September 23rd will be our Asynchronous day and Thursday and Friday will be our M-Z White Day Schedule.

Monday

September 21

Tuesday

September 22

Wednesday

September 23

Thursday

September 24

Friday

September 25

Purple A-L in school

Purple A-L in school

Asynchronous for all A-Z 9th-11th grade

White M-Z in school

White M-Z in school

 

 

SAT-Seniors in building

 

 

 

SENIORS ONLY:

Awest Seniors will be taking the SAT test on Wednesday, September 23rd. All seniors are registered to take the SAT, no further steps are necessary. Seniors should report to school by 7:15. Test room assignments can be found in the Counseling Schoology group once they are completed. If your student has not yet joined the Counseling Schoology group they can do so with this access code: V7FH-QZVG-MGPNK. Students are encouraged to bring snacks, water, a watch (no alarm and not a smartwatch), a calculator, and to dress in layers.

Remote only students are also registered to take the SAT. College Board does not have an option for remote testing. All testing will be in person. If your remote only student will not be taking the SAT please email Michael Sena at michael.sena@jeffco.k12.co.us 

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

7.  AWest School Accountability Committee Needs You!

Are you interested in school finance, policies and helping the parent community process the working of the district budget and school oversight?  Our AWest School Accountability Committee meets quarterly throughout the school year to discuss these important issues as well as provides important educational programs on topics important to parents of teens.

 

Fill out this interest survey to be included in the first meeting of the year!  (Probably they will be virtual meetings for the first semester)

 

School Accountability Interest Survey

 

      Mrs. Santarelli (Geree.Santarelli@jeffco.k12.co.us)


September 2, 2020

 

Dear Wildcats and Families,

It is hard to imagine we are almost finished with our second week of classes for the semester.  Next week begins our adventure into hybrid learning, and as a school we cannot tell you how excited we are to welcome our Wildcats back into our building.  Students bring a fun and engaging energy into our building and after the first few days of tours it is evident that the students are as excited as we are to be back into the in-person learning environment. In this long newsletter is much information about our protocols and procedures for returning to school.  Please read through the information, and as always ask any questions that you may need additional clarification. A reminder that Friday September 11th is the last day to make a switch between remote-only and hybrid learning for the first semester.

Since we are unable to welcome our families and students with our traditional Wildcat Welcome, which is an open house with food trucks and fellowship, we have included in this communication a Virtual Wildcat Welcome.  Hopefully this will allow everyone to put a face to a name.  It is a  priority of mine to continue to create as many opportunities as possible to build the strong Wildcat Pride that makes this such a special community.

Enjoy this long weekend and we will see many of you on September 8th.  Please remember the week of September 8th is an adjusted schedule week for all students remote-only or hybrid, please see the schedule below.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

In this issue your will find:

  1. Virtual WILDCAT Welcome
  2. Start of School Expectations
  3. Change of schedule for week of September 8th
  4. Remote-only students expectations
  5. Mask policy
  6. Attendance information
  7. Parking
  8. Safety Precautions
  9. Testing
  10. Activities Update
  1.  Virtual Wildcat Welcome
  • Please see the attached link for our Wildcat Welcome!

https://youtu.be/GPx-1gmyR_I

  1. Start of school expectations
    1. “What school looks like?”

Link Crew created a video to show everybody changes that have occurred at school for the upcoming year. Here is a link to the video: What school looks like and please reach out if you have any questions.

  1. How and where to enter the building?
  • Students will enter the building at the door closest to their first class of the day, each day.  Please see the link here for what door to enter.   Once screened at the door, students are asked to go directly to the classroom.
  • We will begin screening students at 7:15 a.m. for 1st and 2nd blocks.
  • We will begin screening students entering the building for 3rd and 4th blocks at 9:00 a.m. at the door closest to students' first period class.
  • Students entering the building for the first time after 3rd and 4th block will need to enter through the main office entrance or prefunction entrance for screening.
  1. What should I bring to school?
  • Print a new schedule as room numbers may have changed within the last week.
  • Charged Chromebook
  • Mask
  • Snack if desired
  • Only basic school supplies, such as paper, pencil and pen
  1. School ID and School Pictures
    1. Lifetouch will be here Tuesday, September 8th through Friday, September 11th. Students will have their picture taken during their English class. Students that are 100% remote or miss their day will be given the opportunity to come in on the scheduled retake day on Friday, October 9th to get their picture and Student ID.

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

3. Adjustment to First week Schedule

  • The first week of hybrid learning begins on a Tuesday, September 8th.
  • The schedule will be adjusted this week to allow for each hybrid group to have equal time in the building.
  • All students whether remote-only or hybrid will follow the adjusted schedule.
  • The schedule is:

            Tuesday-September 8th, A-L  Blocks 1, 3, 5, 7

            Wednesday-September 9th A-L Blocks 2, 4, 6, 8

            Thursday-September 10th M-Z Blocks 1,3,5,7

Friday-September 11th M-Z BLocks 2,4,6,8

 

4.  Full-Time Remote Learning Students

  • Students will continue to follow the remote learning schedule, linked here on page 3
  • Adjustments to hybrid in building schedules will impact remote learners, as some teachers are teaching both hybrid and remote.  Please follow any adjustment to our schedule in the remote-only environment
  • First week of classes schedule is adjusted, please see above
  • Attendance practices will be the same for remote-only and hybrid students, in order to be counted present students must be in the zoom and google chat with the teacher for the synchronous portions of the class.

Mr. Collins (Shawn.Collins@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

5. Mask Policy

  • All students are required to wear a mask while in the building.
  • No bandanas can be used as a mask
  • Students without a mask will be given one
  • Students refusing to abide by the mask policy: 1st Offense, a warning and provided a mask; 2nd offense, student will be sent home for day; 3rd offense students will be moved to remote-only learning.

Mr. Mulvaney (brad.mulvaney@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

6.  Attendance Information

Student attendance will be taken based on following criteria:

 To be counted present, students must

  • be in the classroom in your seat by the time the bell rings on hybrid days
  • be logged in to class on time on synchronous days, meaning the student is in the zoom link or google chat during the teacher presentation of daily learning
  • complete required assignment by 2:45 pm on asynchronous days

Students will be considered tardy if they log in late, or complete the attendance form after 2:45 p.m. without communicating with the teacher.  Parents, please contact the attendance line at 303-982-1280 to report an absence.

 

7.  Parking

  • Jeffco District Cabinet has approved that parking pass fees for students not be charged while students are in a hybrid educational model.  Once students return full time to the classroom, fees can be paid at a prorated amount.  For safety and security, if you plan on parking in the student lot please fill out the parking permit application.
  • Due to field construction spacing is limited for Arvada West and Warren Tech North students utilizing the Arvada West student parking lot.  Parking space is on  a first come first served basis.
  • NO student should be parking in the South lot without prior consent from an Administrator/Dean - written notice of exceptions shall be provided to the financial office by Administrator/Dean only.
  • Parking tickets may still be issued for parking infractions and students will incur a fee/fine on their student account.  Examples of parking infractions could be, but are not limited to, parking in an unauthorized space, unsafe/reckless driving/parking on district property, etc

Mr. Mulvaney (Brad.Mulvaney@jeffco.k12.co.us )

8.  Safety Precautions

  • The safety of your student(s) is our number one priority here at Arvada West.  Due to COVID-19 we have implemented several new protocols that will ensure Arvada West is a safe place for your student.
  • We have seven different entry doors that students will enter through, to stagger the number of students entering at the same time.  Students will enter through assigned doors closest to their first assigned class  period of the day.
  • Our hallways are clearly marked to keep traffic moving in a fluid manner.  Students need to follow the signs posted in the hallways.  Three of our stairways allow for two way traffic and five that are clearly marked will be one way traffic only.  In order to keep social distancing students need to keep moving, small groups congregating in the hallway will be asked to separate and to head to class.
  • We ask that students not arrive too early for classes as we will limit entrance to the building and students cannot congregate in any commons areas.  Students will need to leave the building at the end of the synchronous learning time. 
  • The classrooms have been cleared of non-essential items, extra desks, chairs, etc. to allow for more space to ensure that social distancing can be maintained.  Desks will be sanitized after each class period and seating will be staggered throughout the day so different desks are used each hour.
  • Students are encouraged to wash their hands thoroughly throughout the day.  Hand sanitizer is provided in each classroom as well as at each entry door for students to use.  Students are to keep their hands to themselves and are not allowed to share any materials with other students.
  • Masks must be worn by students at all times.  If a student does not have a mask, AWHS will provide one for the day, a reminder that a bandana is not considered a face covering.  If social distancing can be maintained in a classroom, students may be able to take a break from the mask for less than 5 minutes, as directed by an adult. Masks are mandatory in the hallways.

Mr. Mulvaney (Brad.Mulvaney@jeffco.k12.co.us )

 

9. Testing Update:

 

MAP testing will begin the week of September 14th for our 9th and 10th graders ONLY in Math and continue the week of September 21st for English. Students will be given clear directions from their teachers. The class schedule will not change for MAP testing.

Find MAP Testing on Chromebook Directions-Click Here

 

Our Seniors will be taking the SAT test on Wednesday, September 23rd. Seniors will be the only students in the building this day. That will lead to a modified schedule for students this week; in that, Monday and Tuesday will stay the same with A-L in person Purple Days, but Wednesday, September 23rd will be our Asynchronous day and Thursday and Friday will be our M-Z White Day Schedule.

Monday

September 21

Tuesday

September 22

Wednesday

September 23

Thursday

September 24

Friday

September 25

Purple A-L in school

Purple A-L in school

Asynchronous for all A-Z 9th-11th grade

White M-Z in school

White M-Z in school

 

 

SAT-Seniors in building

 

 

 

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us )

 

10.  Activities

 

DISCOVER SOURCES OF STRENGTH @ AWHS

Mission: Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. https://sourcesofstrength.org/discover/

Vision: We believe that many strengths are more powerful than one, and our united goal is to activate and mobilize these strengths in ways that positively change individuals and communities.

 

PEER LEADERS

Sources of Strength Peer Leaders are a diverse group of individuals who leverage their personal and collective leadership qualities as well as their social influence in leading the charge in norming and culture change campaigns using strength-based messages to impact multiple issues including suicide. https://sourcesofstrength.org/peer-leaders/

Please complete this survey if you are interested! https://forms.gle/AwdftqAdJUdKKAMLA

Adult Leaders: Mrs. Boots, Ms. Evans & Mrs. Lewis

 

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Sources of Strength will be promoting suicide prevention and awareness with activities all month. Reach out to an Adult Leader for more information!

Jeffo Resource - Suicide is everyone’s business:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19TFytDaVLItCtOpG31cpSSpsVaHOGWG9/view

 

2019 -2020 Yearbook Distribution

If you and/or your student missed picking up their yearbook in June, The Claw staff will be distributing yearbooks September 14th - 17th.

 

Students who have purchased a yearbook will pick up their yearbook AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSES@1:25 . The days your student attends in person learning is when they can pick up their yearbook. Location is subject to weather and will be announced next week.

Monday & Tuesday: A-L cohort

Wednesday & Thursday: M-Z cohort

 

If your student is remote learning and still needs to pick up their yearbook please email Christine Fry, adviser at 168480e@jeffcoschools.us

 

Senior Portraits

Senior Portraits are due on hjeshare.com by OCTOBER 16TH, without penalty.

 

After that date all late senior portraits submission will be subject to a late fee of $15. This is because of the delay in submitting portrait pages which causes a financial penalty from the publishing company. Get them in early!! No senior portraits will be accepted past DECEMBER 8TH. At that time the yearbook staff will fill any missing portrait with the most up to date ID photo in our records.

 

Directions for uploading portraits are attached in the PDF document in this email.

 

This information can also be found on the AWest Yearbook website under the Student tab on the AWest website.

 

Baby Ads

The process for Baby Ads is slightly different this year as no payments will be accepted at or through AWest. All Baby Ads sales will be purchased and designed through Herff Jones Order Center, link here. Look up Arvada West by name and go to Yearbook Ads (make sure you click “Enter school’s name instead”). Baby Ads are for sale until DECEMBER 8th, but space is limited so please purchase early.

 

This will allow you to upload photos, messages, choose design, and pay all in one place.

 

Prices for Ads

1/8 - $40

1/4 -$70

1/2 - $110

Whole page - $220

 

If you have any questions regarding Senior Portraits or Baby Ads, please contact Christine Fry, Yearbook adviser, via email at 168480e@jeffcoschools.us.

 

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

 


Wildcat News August 26, 2020

Hello Wildcats and Families,

The 2020-2021 school year is underway and as the 2020 norm, the first day was not very smooth.  District issues with technology created many issues but the district worked with vendors to resolve the issues and the second day was much smoother.  As was sent out last night, we are finding that students and teachers who log into Schoology before the influx of Jeffco students have fewer issues. Hopefully you can plan to log into your classes a little early to ensure a smoother process.  Please remember that our schedule has been adjusted and the first class of the day begins at 7:45 a.m.   We are working with your district IT department to resolve these issues as this should not be the case.  Additionally the district is working with a few Campus issues regarding passwords and attendance, as a result no autodialers will be going home this week, but attendance will be taken everyday.

 I so appreciate our community and the grace you have afforded the school throughout this process, as many of these issues are out of our control. Please continue to reach out to us with any concerns or questions so we can quickly resolve them to get students into a learning mode.

For our Freshmen parents, I want to encourage you to have your students take advantage of our campus tours and Wildcat introduction in order to segue into the hybrid school environment more effectively.  Students will learn about our building, new health and safety protocols and meet other students.  The information regarding the tours is below and will take place next week.

As always, we will keep you as updated as possible in this quickly changing environment.  Thank you for all you do for your students and our school community.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

In this issue your will find:

  1. Campus tour information
  2. Health News
  3. Food Service information
  4. Updated Dress Code information
  5. School Picture update
  6. Technology update
  7. Testing update
  8. Activities Update

 

  1. Last Call for Tours!

Next week, August 31st, we will be providing optional student orientations based on the schedule below to allow students the opportunity to access the building, see the new safety protocols and hallway flow. If your student would like to attend the optional orientation/tour use the link below to sign up for a specific time slot. We will have two time frames for tours, 8 am to 10 am and 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Each tour will consist of 6 students and a tour leader. There are 12 spaces to sign up for each time slot but we will break each time slot into 2 groups of 6 to keep our groups small.

During the optional student orientation, Freshmen students will be provided a tour of the building by an upperclassman. Freshmen, please bring a copy of your schedule!  Other grade levels will receive a tour by a faculty member. During the tour, they can find their classroom and ask questions to their tour leader. Students need to come to the North Lot and enter at door 24, see map: AWest Tour Entrance and Exit Map. Each tour will last about 20 minutes, and we ask parents to wait in the North Parking Lot.

See the following schedule for the day for each grade to attend:

Monday, August 31st

Tuesday, September 1st

Wednesday, September 2nd

Thursday, September 3rd

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Students who attend the optional orientation will be excused from the classes impacted during the tour.

If your student is interested in a tour of the building, please sign up here: AWest Student Tour by this Friday, August 28th.

            Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

  1.  Health News from our School District Nurse

Hello from the District Nurse!  I am LeAnne Downing and here to help all of you start the school year as well as possible.  Let me tell you a few things you may have already seen in your district emails.

When school starts, please encourage your students to be respectful by wearing masks and distancing. If any student shows any possible symptoms of Covid, (sore-throat, sniffles, cough, fever), do not send them to school. Call the school and I will assist you in determining the next steps. If the symptoms are caused by allergies or other non-Covid maladies, we will figure that out. If it is determined it could possibly be Covid, we will request a test. If you choose not to have your student tested, we will request a 14 day quarantine.  Should your students exhibit those symptoms at school, they will be sent home until this process can be completed.  I know this is a pain but we will get through this! 

If you have questions you may email me at leanne.downing@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Thank you for your good attitudes during this tough time.  Remember to get your flu shot this season!

Jeffco District Area Nurse  Leanne.Downing@jeffco.k12.co.us

 

  1. Food Service during Hybrid Learning

Our cafeteria staff will be providing meals during Hybrid learning, the system will just be a little different as students will not be able to eat in the cafeteria. 

  • All meals are grab and go

                Rotating menu items

                Pizza available daily

                2nd vegetable and 2nd fruit choices available daily

                Milk choice available daily

  • Breakfast will be served until 9 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served until 2 p.m.
  • Currently the online ordering system is not operational
  • All Kitchen staff has been trained and following all safety protocols
  • If a student is paying in cash, no coin change will be given. Bill change will be given and coin change will be credited to the student's account.
  • Please use the following link to access information on how to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch:  Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications  Remember, families must reapply for free or reduced-price meals every year on or after July 1. 
  • For more information about Food and Nutrition Services, please visit this website:  Jeffco Food and Nutrition Services

            Mr. Coons Casey.Coons@jeffco.k12.co.us

4.  Updated Dress Code Information

There are a few new Dress Code requirements for the 2020-2021 school year

  • Students must wear their ID badge at all times, they will get these the first week of hybrid
  • Students must wear a cloth face covering
    • Bandanas cannot be used as a face covering
    • If a student fails to wear a face covering then one will be provided

Reminder of Existing Dress Code Requirements

  • Students cannot wear any headgear such as hats, headbands, bandanas, etc.
  • Students are not allowed to wear items of clothing that reveal backs, bellies, breasts, butts, or underwear.
  • Students are not allowed to wear trench coats of any style.
  • No clothes with offensive puns, language or graphics (including music groups, alcohol, drugs or inappropriate product names).
  • No flags may be worn as an article of clothing.
  • Students are not allowed to carry or wrap up in blankets as an additional layer of clothing.
  • The following are examples of inappropriate dress:  (but are not limited to) shorts/skirts that are shorter than mid-thigh length;  sheer clothing; camisoles; any shirt that reveals cleavage; midriffs, etc.

Mr. Mulvaney (Brad.Mulvaney@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

5. Lifetouch Pictures-School IDs

Lifetouch will be here Tuesday, September 8th - Friday, September 11th. Students will have their picture taken during their English class. Students that are 100% remote or miss their day will be given the opportunity to come in on the scheduled retake day to get their picture and Student ID. Please watch for updates regarding the date of retake day. 

          Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

 

6.  Technology Update

Thank you so much to the parents and students that have reached out for support these last few weeks.  Everyone has been kind and collaborative, while we make sure all students have access to their coursework and a working device.  Students and families did a wonderful job picking up devices during freshman and new student pick-up!  We appreciate all of you!

Schoology Issues?  Click Here

Chromebook Issues? Click Here 

Parent Schoology Directions Click Here

If you are having a chromebook functionality issue and you need assistance, call 303-982-1303.  If you are asked to swap out for a loaner device, please fill out this form.

 

7.  Testing Update

 

MAP testing will begin the week of September 14th for our 9th and 10th graders ONLY in Math and continue the week of September 21st for English. Students will be given clear directions from their teachers. The class schedule will not change for MAP testing.

Find MAP Testing on Chromebook Directions-Click Here

Our Seniors will be taking the SAT test on Wednesday, September 23rd. Seniors will be the only students in the building this day. That will lead to a modified schedule for students this week; in that, Monday and Tuesday will stay the same with A-L in person Purple Days, but Wednesday, September 23rd will be our Asynchronous day and Thursday and Friday will be our M-Z White Day Schedule.

 

Monday

September 21

Tuesday

September 22

Wednesday

September 23

Thursday

September 24

Friday

September 25

Purple A-L in school

Purple A-L in school

Asynchronous for all A-Z 9th-11th grade

White M-Z in school

White M-Z in school

 

 

SAT-Seniors in building

 

 

 

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us) 

8. Activities Update

Homecoming

With the postponement of fall sports, we will also be postponing Homecoming. Our Student Government group is brainstorming ways to rework Homecoming events given the COVID19 constraints. We will send out communication as soon as we know more.

Senior Pictures

Senior Portraits are due on hjeshare.com by OCTOBER 16TH, without penalty. After that date all late senior portraits submission will be subject to a late fee of $15. This is because of the delay in submitting portrait pages which causes a financial penalty from the publishing company. Get them in early!! No senior portraits will be accepted past DECEMBER 8TH. At that time the yearbook staff will fill any missing portrait with the most up to date ID photo in our records. This information can also be found on the AWest Yearbook website under the Student tab on the AWest website.

 Baby Ads

The process for Baby Ads is slightly different this year as no payments will be accepted at or through AWest. All Baby Ads sales will be purchased and designed through Herff Jones Order Center, link here. Look up Arvada West by name and go to Yearbook Ads. Baby Ads are for sale until DECEMBER 8th, but space is limited so please purchase early. This will allow you to upload photos, messages, choose design, and pay all in one place.

             Prices for Ads:  1/8 - $40, 1/4 -$70, 1/2 - $110, Whole page - $220

If you have any questions regarding Senior Portraits or Baby Ads, please contact Christine Fry, Yearbook adviser, via email at 168480e@jeffcoschools.us.

       Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

Wildcat News August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020


Hello Wildcats and Families,


Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year.  On Monday, August 24th, 2020 we kick off of the school year, in a new and unique manner, remote environment for all students.  I look forward to the start of the year and hopefully a return to some normalcy for our students. This will be a year of flux and change for students but we are committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for our students given the ever-changing circumstances. Please extend grace to our teachers, administrators and staff as we navigate this new system.  It is definitely different not having students in front of us on the first day of school, but we are a strong community and we will not only survive but thrive during this new normal.  Teachers have been requested to spend some time in the first week of school familiarizing students with the learning platform, the protocols of remote and hybrid learning as well as developing the positive relationships that are so necessary for a good learning environment.  In doing this, grace will be extended to our students as they learn what synchronous and asynchronous learning entails.


As you read through this lengthy newsletter there is much information regarding what you and your student can expect over the next two weeks.  Please pay close attention to the details of this plan, so as to be ready for classes on Monday, August 24th at 7:45 a.m. 


Communicated in this newsletter today:

  1. What remote learning will look like for our students these first two weeks?
  2. School schedule
  3. How will students access their classes on Monday?
  4. How will freshmen and new students collect their school technology?
  5. How will students access their first semester schedule?
  6. What students can do if their schedule is not accurate?
  7. Opportunities to access the building before September 8th
  8. What expectations for Advisement?
  9. Student Handbook and Important Dates for all Wildcats
  10. For seniors only - a reminder to sign up for the SAT

 

We have created a link on our home page for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), please refer to this link for more information.  As always if you have questions, after you have looked at the FAQ link, please do not hesitate to contact the administrator in charge of the areas of responsibility.  The administrator’s name will follow each section so you can specifically ask questions and get the most up to date answers.  


1. Remote learning for the first two weeks: 

During the August 24th-September 4th remote period for all students, students will be learning synchronously on Monday-Thursday by following the new schedule, which is linked below.  Attendance will be taken daily during class periods. Monday through Thursday students are expected to access their Advisement class through Schoology and complete tasks before the end of the day.  There is no Advisement on Friday.


Fridays are an asynchronous day, but teachers may request students log in during their class period for additional help or makeup work. All Friday work will need to be completed by 3:00 p.m. for attendance purposes.  


Mrs. Santarelli (Geree.Santarelli@jeffco.k12.co.us)


2.  School Schedule


Linked: Arvada West remote school schedule


As a reminder:

Synchronous = Teachers and students are online at the same time.Teachers provide learning resources and tasks through the schoolwide Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology during set class time. This often includes video conferencing.


Asynchronous = Teachers and students are not online at the same time. Teachers provide learning resources and tasks through Schoology. Students access learning resources and tasks on their own schedule before the end of the academic day.


Mr. Collins (Shawn.Collins@jeffco.k12.co.us)


3.  Accessing classes on Monday, August 24

On Monday, August 24th all students will log into our LMS Schoology to access their classes per their individual schedule.  We have provided a link to our AWest Homepage and a  help sheet that will allow parents and students to access Schoology and gain understanding of the system.  It is imperative that students access Schoology from the AWest homepage or use jeffco.schoology.com. These two methods of logging into the Schoology system will allow students access to the Jeffco Schoology network (Please bookmark).  Googling Schoology will not allow access to the Jeffco network.  Once in Schoology, students will have a one stop shop for all their classes and course work.  

After Thursday, August 20th, our Campus schedule will sync with Schoology. We have provided a video link for you and your student to watch on how to log into classes. Please take the opportunity to view the video and log into Schoology, starting August 21st and before Monday to limit disruption to learning.  

Link to the video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n3sVzePd8X3dgU_f-RyxJGdlHV0L7uLR/view?usp=sharing

Link to the AWest Website Schoology Helpful Links: https://arvadawest.jeffcopublicschools.org/news/what_s_new/j_e_f_f_c_o_schoology 

Ms. McJunkin (Tara.McJunkin@jeffco.k12.co.us)


4.  Accessing school technology

All freshman and new students to Jeffco are provided district technology. With the start of this school year being done remotely, we are providing opportunities for your students to pick up their district issued Chromebooks before the August 24th start of school.  We will be distributing Chromebooks on the following schedule next week:

 

  • Thursday, August 20th from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Friday, August 21st from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

 

Pickup will be done in a drive-thru manner.  Please enter the south parking lot coming from the  Allendale Drive.  Once in the parking lot, stay right in a single file line and Chromebooks will be distributed on the west side of the circle drive.


Students will need your their school ID # to pick up the Chromebook.  This can be found by logging into your Jeffco Connect account.  Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

 

All AWest students need a school issued chromebook to use.  There are features through our Jeffco chromebooks that personal devices will not have.  For instance, MAP testing and kiosk mode for students to take tests/quizzes for classes.  Here is a link to the Jeffco information about our Tech for Ed program.  

https://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/academics/curriculum/technology_in_the_classroom/TechForEd/faqs

 

Middle-School Loaner device return:  If you were issued a loaner device from your middle school during the spring remote learning period, you must bring that loaner device and charger with you when you pick up your new district issued Chromebook.  We will collect the loaner devices and return them to the previous Middle School as those are the middle school’s property and they will need them for this school year.

  

Note: this information is for any students who have chosen either of the educational options for this semester (fully remote, or the hybrid option).

 

A reminder that this is a drive thru pick up, please do not get out of your car.  There is no one allowed in the building on these two days.

Exchanging Broken Chromebooks

It is time to get out that chromebook and get it charged and ready to go!

Go through this website to make sure your chromebook is in tip-top shape.  

If you are having a chromebook functionality issue and you need assistance, call 303-982-1303.  If you are asked to swap out for a loaner device, please fill out this form.

Pickup will be done in a drive-thru manner.  Please enter the south parking lot coming from the east on Allendale Drive.  Once in the parking lot stay in a single file line and Chromebooks will be distributed on the west side of the circle drive. 

Do you already have a loaner and wonder where your original device is?  When your device is repaired and ready we will be contacting you individually to schedule a pick up time.  Thank you for your patience.

Mr. Mulvaney (Brad.Mulvaney@jeffco.k12.co.us)


5.  Student Schedules

Students will have access to their Fall semester class schedule via Campus on August 19th after 3:00 p.m. 

Mr. Collins (Shawn.Collins@jeffco.k12.co.us)

6.  Schedule adjustments

Schedules have been created for our 1800+ students to accommodate everyone's needs within our new hybrid learning environment. This year in the interest of Jeffco Public Schools health and safety policies, as well as to effect schedule changes as quickly and efficiently as possible, we are directing all schedule change requests to the attached form. Our counseling team will do all they can to honor requests that meet the criteria outlined in the form; however, please bear in mind that there are health and safety restrictions built into our hybrid schedule that may hinder some schedule change requests.

Please double-check your schedule to ensure all core classes needed for graduation are represented. The chart below outlines what is needed by grade level. 

CHART OF CORE CLASSES NEEDED BY GRADE LEVEL

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we enter into this hybrid learning schedule adjustment process!

You may submit a schedule adjustment request by using this form to your Counselor until September 11th at 3:00 p.m. Make sure you see your counselor's name at the top of this form, otherwise your request will not be processed. To help process your request quickly, please use only this form. 

Schedule changes will only be made for:

1. A student needs a specific class to graduate or as a prerequisite. 

2. The student is in the wrong level class or in a class without the proper prerequisite.

3. The student’s schedule is incomplete.

LINK TO SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENT FORM

Mr. Collins (Shawn.Collins@jeffco.k12.co.us)

7.  Optional Student Orientation

During the week of August 31st we will be providing optional student orientations based on the schedule below to allow students the opportunity to access the building, see the new safety protocols and hallway flow. If your student would like to attend the optional orientation/tour use the link below to sign up for a specific time slot. We will have two time frames for tours, 8 am to 10 am and 1 pm to 3:30 pm. Each tour will consist of 6 students and a tour leader. There are 12 spaces to sign up for each time slot but we will break each time slot into 2 groups of 6 to keep our groups small. 

During the optional student orientation, Freshmen students will be provided a tour of the building by an upperclassman. Other grade levels will receive a tour by a faculty member. During the tour, they can find their classroom and ask questions to their tour leader. Students need to come to the North Lot and enter at door 24, see map: AWest Tour Entrance and Exit Map. Each tour will last about 20 minutes, and we ask parents to wait in the North Parking Lot. 

See the following schedule for the day for each grade to attend:


Monday, August 31st

Tuesday, September 1st

Wednesday, September 2nd

Thursday, September 3rd

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior


Students who attend the optional orientation will be excused from the classes impacted during the tour. 

If your student is interested in a tour of the building, please sign up here: AWest Student Tour by Friday, August 28th.

Yesterday, we had students in the building creating a “What the Day Will Look Like at AWest” video that we will send out next Wednesday, August 26th

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

8. What are the expectations for Advisement

All students at AWest are assigned an Advisement teacher.  This year students will have Advisement, from 1:55 p.m. to 3:00 in an asynchronous learning environment Monday through Thursday.  The purpose of this class is to build a strong community and provide opportunities for students to receive important information regarding school business and learning outside of the regular classroom. Much of this learning will be grade specific. Advisement teachers will check grades weekly with students and may do this in person or in a video conferencing manner.  Students must log in everyday and complete the daily assignment or question before 2:45 p.m. 

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

9.  Student Handbook and Important Dates

These two links have more information for all Wildcats about school regulations and dates of importance. These items can also be found on our website.


Student Handbook 


Important dates 

Mr. Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us)

10.  SAT for all Seniors - Deadline to Register is Sunday, August 23!

All Seniors will take the SAT for free on Wednesday, September 23 to make up for the test they missed in April. Students can opt-in to take the optional essay portion of the SAT.  The essay portion is optional, but some colleges and universities require it, so please look at the specific universities your child is applying to. If you would like for your student to take the optional essay, please use the form below by August 23.  All other Seniors will automatically be registered for the SAT (without essay), and no action is needed.  Social Distancing and safety procedures will be maintained.  Grades 9, 10, and 11 will be learning asynchronously from home on this day.

·    Information about the SAT+Essay

·    SAT Essay sign up form (Deadline: Sunday, August 23.  This is only if Seniors are opting in to take the SAT+Essay).

Please reach out to Michael Sena (Michael.Sena@jeffco.k12.co.us) with any questions on the SAT.



Wildcat News              August 12, 2020

Hello Wildcats and Families!

There is lots of information coming quickly from the district and we are trying to process it and get it back to you as quickly as possible.  Look for lots more information next Wednesday too.  Here is the information we have to share this week about Chromebook distribution, orientation week, our first week of hybrid learning, upcoming testing opportunities for students, Sources of Strength and Outdoor Lab.  Thanks for your patience as we continue to finalize our plans for the coming year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

Chromebook distribution for incoming Freshmen

and New Students to Arvada West

With the start of this school year being done remotely, we are providing a few opportunities for your Freshman students to pick up their district issued Chromebooks before the August 24th start of school.  We will be distributing Chromebooks on the following schedule next week:

  •  Thursday, August 20th from 12pm - 2pm.
  •   Friday, August 21st from 9am - 11am

Pickup will be done in a drive-thru manner.  Please enter the south parking lot coming from the east on Allendale Dr.  Once in the parking lot stay in a single file line and Chromebooks will be distributed on the west side of the circle drive.

You will need your student ID # to pick up your Chromebook.  This can be found by logging into your Jeffco Connect account.  Please wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Middle-School Loaner device return:  If you were issued a loaner device from your middle school during the spring remote learning period, you must bring that loaner device (with charger) with you when you pick up your new district issued Chromebook.  We will collect those and return them to your previous Middle School as those are their property and they will need them for this school year.

Note:  this information is for any students who have chosen either of the educational options for this semester (fully remote, or the hybrid option).  A reminder that this is a drive thru pick up, please do not get out of your car.  There is no one allowed in the building on these two days.

Save the date for a Virtual Wildcat Welcome September 2 and Town Hall for Parents!  More information next week.

Orientation

The week of August 31st will be optional student orientation. If your student would like to attend the optional orientation there will be a sign up link in next week’s newsletter for them to sign up for specific time slots for small groups of students to attend orientations. During the optional student orientation, your student will be provided a tour of the building by an upperclassman. They will receive a tour of the building and can ask questions to their tour leader. Each tour will last about 20 minutes, and we ask parents to wait in the North Parking Lot. See the following schedule for the day for each grade to attend:  Freshmen tours will be given by link crew leaders

Monday, August 31st

Tuesday, September 1st

Wednesday, September 2nd

Thursday, September 3rd

Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Also, we are working on creating a video for all students on what a typical day will look like at Arvada West. 

Change to schedule week of Sept 8-Due to Labor Day

No School MONDAY-Labor Day

Those students who would be in school Monday and Tuesday will be in TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (A-L Purple group)

Those students who would be in school Wednesday and Thursday will be in THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (M-Z White group)

-REMOTE LEARNING will also shift one day over

SAT for all Seniors- September 23, 2020

All Seniors will take the SAT for free on Wednesday, September 23 to make up for the test they missed in April. Students can opt-in to take the optional essay portion of the SAT.  The essay portion is optional, but some colleges and universities require it, so please look at the specific universities your child is applying to. If you would like for your student to take the optional essay, please use the form below by August 23.  All other Seniors will automatically be registered for the SAT (without essay), and no action is needed.  Social Distancing and safety procedures will be maintained.  Grades 9, 10, and 11 will be learning asynchronously from home on this day.

·         Information about the SAT+Essay

·         SAT Essay sign up form (Deadline: Sunday, August 23.  This is only if Seniors are opting in to take the SAT+Essay).

Please reach out to Michael Sena (Michael.Sena@jeffco.k12.co.us) with any questions on the SAT.

PSAT/NMSQT for all Juniors and optional for Sophomores- October 14

All Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT for free on Wednesday, October 14 to make up for missing the PSAT 10 test in April.  The score from this test will be predictive of what a student will receive on the SAT test and is great practice.  All Juniors will be automatically registered for the PSAT/NMSQT and no action is needed.  Sophomore students will have the opportunity to sign up for this test for $20.  If you would like for your Sophomore student to take this practice exam please use the form below by September and the $20 fee will be added to the student’s portal account by end of September.  Social Distancing and safety procedures will be maintained.   Grades 9, 10, and 12 will be learning asynchronously from home on this day.

 NMSQT stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  All Juniors will be able to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by scoring in the top 5% in the nation.  This could lead to distinctions or college scholarships.

 ·         Information on the PSAT/NMSQT

·         PSAT sign up form (Deadline: Sunday, September 6.  This is for Sophomores opting to take the PSAT/NMSQT)

Please reach out to Josie Zoll (Josie.Zoll@jeffco.k12.co.us) for questions on the PSAT/NMSQT.

DISCOVER SOURCES OF STRENGTH @ AWHS

Mission: Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. https://sourcesofstrength.org/discover/

Vision: We believe that many strengths are more powerful than one, and our united goal is to activate and mobilize these strengths in ways that positively change individuals and communities.

PEER LEADERS

Sources of Strength Peer Leaders are a diverse group of individuals who leverage their personal and collective leadership qualities as well as their social influence in leading the charge in norming and culture change campaigns using strength-based messages to impact multiple issues including suicide. https://sourcesofstrength.org/peer-leaders/

Please complete this survey if you are interested! https://forms.gle/AwdftqAdJUdKKAMLA

Adult Leaders: Mrs. Boots, Ms. Evans & Mrs. Lewis

 

Outdoor Lab Update!!!

Outdoor Lab will be will open this fall for day programming (no overnight stays). We will need AWHS leaders to support our 6th graders at Mt. Evans & Windy Peak. OLab will follow all safety guidelines and protocols outlined in the Jeffco Restart Plan. https://outdoorlab.jeffcopublicschools.org/

 

Would you be interested in becoming a HS leader this year?

Fill out this interest survey (Only for Grades 10th-12th): https://forms.gle/3obmbgd1noWQWUw1A 

 

More Questions? Email Mrs. Boots – Annamae.boots@jeffco.k12.co.us

 

 

 

Principal News August 5

(Learning preference survey has closed.)
 July 31, 2020

Dear Wildcat Students and Families, 

Let me begin by apologizing for my third communication of the week.  I try very hard not to inundate our community with multiple emails within a week, but yesterday we were asked to send a NEW survey to families to complete by August 7th.  This survey asks families to indicate their preference for either Hybrid learning or 100% Remote learning given the change from the announced ReStart plan in July.  We know that adjustments to the plan may have changed your learning preference.  I have received over 1400 responses as of early today from the previous survey, and I so appreciate our community's responsiveness. If you could please complete the survey again, it helps us as a school to build our schedule and structures in our building.  The quicker I get this information, the sooner my team can get student’s schedules built and distributed to families.

Here is the link to the survey: AWest Restart Survey 7-31

Please complete it even if you completed the district form last month. If we do not get your preference information, we cannot create your child’s class schedule before the start of school. 

Again, I would like to clarify the two models of learning:

Hybrid Learning- Students will be in the building two consecutive days of the week, based on an alpha break down.  The other two days they will remotely access their class at the designated class time, via an online platform, and engage in the lesson with the rest of the class.  Fridays will be a remote 8 period day for all students. Hybrid Learning is subject to change based on CDE and Jeffco guidance.   For specific information about the schedule please refer to our ReStart information AWEST web page.

100% Remote learning- Students will be in an on-line platform for the entire semester.  The class structure will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  Meaning, students could be asked to attend class at a specific time of day and week.  Please understand that certain electives will not be offered in the 100% remote learning model due to the authenticity of the class.

Again, if you could please complete this form by August 7th. If you cannot complete this form by August 7th, or you have questions, please see the explanation of our hybrid schedule on our website or contact the school at 303-982-1303.     

Enjoy your weekend!  As always, we are all in this together – Wildcat Strong.

Regards,

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

Arvada West High School

If we teach today’s students, as we did yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. John Dewey


July 29, 2020

 

Hello Wildcats and Wildcat Families,

I know it has only been two days since my last communication, but we have received a few changes from the district regarding the high school restart plan and I think it is imperative that I provide you with an update on changes and greater clarification on our schedule and learning models. I appreciate your support and flexibility as we navigate these uncharted waters. I will resume weekly communication on Wednesdays starting today.

The Arvada West Administration will be holding a town hall meeting, date and time to be determined, as we are waiting until we get closer to the start date so we can have as much up to date and accurate information as possible.

The latest change is that Jefferson County Public Schools determined all high schools will be remote on Fridays. This means your student will be in person learning two consecutive days each week, the other two days they will be remotely synchronously learning with their classes. On Fridays they will be asynchronous learning with all their classes.

To provide more clarity:

  • Synchronous Learning: Students will learn at the same date/time via a virtual platform. This is an effective method and allows for instant feedback and clarification of covered curriculum.
  • Asynchronous Learning: Students learn at different times and work at their own pace, this is similar to the learning they did March-May. 

AWHS will have one Learning Management System (LMS) for delivery of all course curriculum.  Schoology, our LMS, will make it more convenient and streamlined for students and families to access needed materials and information in one place.

AWHS will now have an 8 period block schedule to decrease class sizes and to provide more opportunities for students. Students will be in Group A or B by alphabet (approximately A-L in Group A and M-Z in Group B, this is subject to change based on numbers). Students will not be allowed to change groups due to the guidelines in order to maintain 50% occupancy rate.  We are trying to keep class sizes between 12 and 14 students to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.  If you have not already completed the district family survey for your choice of learning model, please do so as soon as possible as this helps in our planning.

When reviewing the schedule you will see that students will complete all four blocks per day before they are released for lunch and dismissal from school.  We encourage students to bring a light snack, if needed, to make it to the lunch period and dismissal. Please avoid nuts and peanut butter items due to allergies.

Athletic information about beginning of the year sports can be found at www.chsaanow.com

Please see the hybrid schedule below:

Arvada West HS Schedule:  80 minute classes

 

MONDAY

Purple Day

 

Student Day A (In Person)

 

Student B (Remote Synchronous)

 

 

TUESDAY

Purple Day

 

Student Day A (In Person)

 

Student B (Remote Synchronous)

 

 

WEDNESDAY

White Day

 

Student Day B (In Person)

 

Student A (Remote Synchronous)

 

 

THURSDAY

White Day

 

Student Day B (In Person)

 

Student A (Remote Synchronous)

 

 

FRIDAY

Wildcat Day

 

All classes and students

 

(Asynchronous Learning)

 

All Students work from home

7:15 - 7:45

ACCESS/

Screening time

ACCESS/

Screening time

ACCESS/

Screening time

ACCESS/

Screening time

 

7:45 - 9:05 (80 mins)

Block 1

Block 2

Block 1

Block 2

 

9:10 - 10:35 (85 mins)

Block 3

Block 4

Block 3

Block 4

 

10:40 - 12:00 (80 mins)

Block 5

Block 6

Block 5

Block 6

 

12:05 - 1:25 (80 mins)

Block 7

Block 8

Block 7

Block 8

 

1:25 - 1:55

Lunch

(Grab and Go)

Lunch

(Grab and Go)

Lunch

(Grab and Go)

Lunch

(Grab and Go)

 

1:55 - 3:15

Connections/

Intervention

Connections/

Intervention

Connections/

Intervention

Connections/

Intervention

Connections/

Intervention

 

Buses will pick up students from A-West at 1:40 pm. Students are to eat their lunch before they get on the bus or after they are dropped off. More specific details about pick up times in the morning will be provided by district transportation.

If you have any additional questions please reach out to any administrators in the building at 303-982-1303.    Thank you again for all your support and patience, it is greatly appreciated.

 Looking forward to seeing our students soon!

Geree Santarelli, Principal                                                 303-982-1270

Shawn Collins, Assistant Principal and Scheduler                303-982-9823

Casey Coons, Athletic Director                                           303-982-1389

Tara McJunkin, Assistant Principal, Curriculum                    303-982-3422

Brad Mulvaney, Dean of Students                                       303-982-1541

Gordon Volk, Assistant Principal and Activities                     303-982-5870

 

 


New to the Arvada West Area?  Need to enroll?

Call 303-982-1275 to set up an appointment after July 29, 2020

New Jeffco Students: Complete your Jeffco Connect account if your student has never attended a Jefferson County Public School.  For your appointment with us you will need: Proof of Residency a bill (utility, phone, internet, lease or mortgage), a copy of the birth certificate, and a copy of your immunization records.  If the student will be  enrolling in 10, 11, or 12th grades we need a copy of the student's school transcript.

We will post information regarding the return to school for all families on this page as soon as we know. Check back often.
Enjoy your summer!


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