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Restart Information for 20-21
Principal News August 5
NEW Survey - All Parents Please Complete by August 7 Linked HERE 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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