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February 17, 2021

 Hello Wildcats and Families,

Hopefully everyone had a restful President’s Day holiday.  As today’s snowflakes fall, we are still continuing to see the possibilities for change and renewal that hopefully indicates that Spring is on the way.

As a district, Jeffco continues to explore when we are able to return to 100% in-person learning. As the COVID numbers continue to drop and vaccinations continue to be more widespread, the school district is interested in your feedback on this process. 

Each school is being asked to provide feedback from all stakeholders to some of the district plans under consideration for returning to 100% in person learning.  Please take a few minutes to review the brief slideshow listed in the top of the survey and then take this survey no later than by noon on Friday so we can give our Arvada West feedback to the district.  To also gather feedback, we will have a virtual town hall meeting for interested families on Thursday at 6 pm to answer questions.  The links are below.

Students, you will be given time to complete the survey in the 5th hour tomorrow, so you can take the survey then.  (Please just take it one time per person. ) 

In other news, please see the other happenings around school this week included here.

Stay warm, Wildcats!

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

In this issue:

Return to 100% In Person Learning Survey

Town Hall Meeting Thursday Feb 18 6 pm

Donuts for Seniors

Coach Pospisil retires from Volleyball coaching

Boys Volleyball or Girls Field Hockey

Upcoming Events

 

Return to 100% In Person Learning SURVEY

Please take the survey and answer to the best of your ability:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfn0i8JyJCdRyDK3S4g1arLFDMLfU3VWP5OfOfEW2QRB38k_g/viewform

Survey must be completed by Friday at noon.  Thank you for your input!

 

Town Hall

Please join us for  a town hall tomorrow about returning to 100% in person learning  . 

Town Hall meeting - Thursday Feb 18, 6 pm - Here is the zoom link

Donuts for Seniors

We will be passing out donuts to seniors this coming Monday (2/22) and Wednesday (2/24) before 1st period and before 3rd period in the Commons. Any senior with the last name beginning with A-L (in-person and remote) can grab a donut on Monday (2/22), and any senior with the last name beginning with M-Z (in-person and remote) can grab a donut on Wednesday (2/24).

Thank you Coach Pospisil!  

Coach Pospisil will not be retiring from teaching, however this year she will be coaching her final volleyball season.  She recently announced that she will be retiring from coaching after this season. Coach Pospisil is only the second volleyball coach in Arvada West history and has been leading the program for the last 26 years. We would like to thank her for all she has done for the Arvada West volleyball community. If you or if you know of anybody that played for Coach Pospisil please have them reach out to Gordon Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us).

Boys Volleyball or Girls Field Hockey

Arvada West does not have a Boys Volleyball or Girls Field Hockey team but if your student is interested in playing please have them reach out to Gordon Volk (Gordon.Volk@jeffco.k12.co.us). Girls Field Hockey is through Dakota Ridge, and there is two Jeffco Boys Volleyball teams (D’Evelyn and Bear Creek).

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 17th: Ralston Valley at Arvada West Boys Basketball (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App

Arvada West Girls Basketball at Ralston Valley (JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) - all games can be viewed via nfhsnetwork.com (if it asks you to subscribe it means they did not pay for fans to watch for free).

Thursday, February 18th: Tri Wrestling at Valor between Valor, Arvada West, & Lakewood. Arvada West will be wrestling at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Matches can be viewed on this link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwI4dnGeOOzNAD_TJgNTvQ

Saturday, February 20th: Green Mountain vs. Arvada West L3 Girls Basketball at 2:00 pm – game can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on the SV Fan App

Arvada West L3 Boys Basketball vs. Conifer at Wheat Ridge at 11:30 am. We have not received any viewing options but check the nfhsnetwork.com to see if it is available.

Tuesday, February 23rd: Arvada West Boys Basketball at Heritage (L3 & JV @ 4:45/V @ 6:45). We have not received any viewing options so check nfhsnetwork.com to see if it is available.

Wednesday, February 24th: Prairie View at Arvada West Girls Basketball (JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App



February 10, 2021

Dear Wildcats and Families,

As we head into this long weekend, I just wanted to take the chance to thank our students and families for their continued support and understanding during these difficult times.  Things continue to change and as a school, we are trying to be adaptive and flexible.  Our teachers are working hard to create thoughtful lessons and work through a curriculum in a limited time frame.  All I can ask of our students is to engage in the learning, seek the necessary support to ensure they understand concepts and be kind to themselves and others.  Fridays are always an option for students to ask for one-on-one support from their teachers and come into the building to complete assignments or work with support.

Our first benchmark grade reports come out this Friday, February 12th at 3:00 p.m. to help inform students and parents of their progress in classes.  While we do not have an assigned date and time for parent conferences for this progress period, our teachers are available for conversations regarding students' progress.  Please reach out to schedule a phone call or virtual chat so we can all keep our students on track.

As we continue to get back into a normal routine and address curricular and school wide issues, I have formed an Equity Task Force to take a look at our practices and protocols that may reduce the feeling of inclusion and belonging in our school and community.  Our first meeting will take place on February 17th at 2:00 p.m.  If a student has an interest in serving on this task force, please email me at Geree.Santarelli@jeffco.k12.co.us and we can determine next steps.  I very much look forward to this work to build a better community based upon the belief that a student who feels welcomed and a sense of belonging to their school and community is more successful.

Another sign of returning normalcy, our traditional Wish Week is in full swing, and approaching its goal quickly.   The winter sports season is also well underway and starting this Friday, parents will be welcomed into the gymnasium to watch sporting events under some strict guidelines.  Please see the information pertaining to these protocols below.  We are excited to have our parents in to cheer on our Wildcats!

Enjoy this long weekend (remember: no school Friday and Monday) and on Valentine’s Day, take a moment to show appreciation for those that make your day brighter just by being in it.

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

In this issue:

Wish Week Progress Report

Conferences

Upcoming Holiday Schedule

Parents at Winter sports

Spring Testing Schedule

Spectators at Events

Graduation

Clubs

Yearbook

Register for Upcoming Parent Webinar

How to view events this week

 

Wish Week Update

Wish Week is in full swing and we are proud to announce that we have raised $4,100 as of this morning! We are so close to our goal of $5,000. Students can still purchase Valograms through the end of the week. We also have restaurant nights tonight at Mountain Classic Deli and at Tropical Smoothie on Friday and our Walk for Wish on Saturday morning!  See the link on the website for more information.  Here’s the link to the Assembly too!

 Link to Virtual Assembly

 

Conferences

Just a reminder, we do not have any definitive dates required for second semester Parent/Teacher Conferences, however they should begin in the next couple of weeks through March. Parents, if your student does have a D or F as a first six week grade, you should be hearing from teachers.  Teachers will be making time to visit via Google Meet/Zoom or telephone, so please try to connect in the coming weeks. 

 

Upcoming Holidays

No school - Friday, Feb 12 and Monday Feb 15  Happy President’s Day!

Please remember that we will move the schedule so Tuesday - Friday are our hybrid days!  See the website for more details so you don’t get confused!  Tuesday is A-L 1-3-5-7, Wednesday is AL 2,4,6,8, Thursday is M-Z 1,3,5,7 and Friday is M-Z 2,4,6,8.  No asynchronous day next week!

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break for Students

 

Spring Testing Schedule 2020-21

Week of April 12-16, Asynchronous for the entire week.  Grade levels that are testing WILL NOT have work that day

April 12

April 13

April 14

April 15

April 16

Asynchronous Day for all students/all grades

SAT for Juniors

Asynchronous day for 9, 10, 12 grade

PSAT 10

Asynchronous day for 9, 11, 12 grade

PSAT 9

Asynchronous day for 10, 11, 12 grade

CMAS for Juniors

Asynchronous day for 9, 10, 12 grade

 

Spectators at Events

We have been given approval to begin having fans at events starting Friday, February 12th. Each participant will be allowed to have two family members each. This is for all home and away events in Jefferson County.  Information will be communicated through your coaches and sponsors. Streaming options are still available for people that cannot attend in person, see below for more information.

 

Graduation

It’s official! Graduation will be Friday, May 21st at 9 am at the NAAC. More information to follow.

 

Clubs

Clubs can begin to meet in person starting Tuesday, February 16th. Your sponsor should be in contact with you about any upcoming meetings.

 

Yearbook

Yearbooks are $75 and can be paid for through Jeffco Connect and then accessing the Jeffco Student Fee Payment Link.  Please contact the Financial Office by calling 303-982-1303 if you would like to purchase over the phone.

 

Register for Parent Webinar presented by Smart Track

Arvada West High School encourages our parents of 9th - 12th graders to attend an educational webinar What Families Need to Know NOW about Paying Less for College on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30pm.

Most families are surprised to learn they can significantly lower out-of-pocket costs, maximize grants & scholarships and better afford expensive colleges. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for financial aid, understanding how to pay in the most advantageous way possible can make a tremendous difference.

Learn crucial steps to lowering college costs at this important and entertaining workshop provided through the SMARTTRACK® College Funding High School Initiative.

Pre-Registration Required. Click Here Now and join us online Wednesday, 2/24/21 at 6:30pm.

*If you have trouble following the link, copy and paste this URL into your browser:

https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_PBJavERCSoWSeT98oJuB3g

 

Athletic Events this Week

Wednesday, February 10th: Valor at Arvada West Girls Basketball (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App

Arvada West Boys Basketball at Valor (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 6:00/V @ 8:00) - all games can be viewed via: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwI4dnGeOOzNAD_TJgNTvQ

Thursday, February 11th: Tri Wrestling at Columbine between Columbine, Arvada West, & Pomona. No official schedule yet but it appears JV will start at 4 with Varsity to follow against Columbine at 5:00 and Pomona at 6:00 - matches can be viewed on the Arvada West YouTube channel

Friday, February 12th: D’Evelyn vs. Arvada West Girls Basketball L3 @ 5:30 then Chatfield vs. Arvada West Varsity Girls Basketball @ 7:00 - all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App.

Arvada West Boys Basketball at Chatfield (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) - all games can be viewed via nfhsnetwork.com (if it asks you to subscribe it means they didn’t pay for fans to watch for free).

Saturday, February 13th: Girls Varsity Swimming @ Meyers Pool. Meet can be viewed on the Arvada West YouTube channel

Monday, February 15th: Lakewood at Arvada West Girls Basketball (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App

Arvada West Boys Basketball at Lakewood (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) - all games can be viewed via nfhsnetwork.com (if it asks you to subscribe it means they didn’t pay for fans to watch for free).

Wednesday, February 17th: Ralston Valley at Arvada West Boys Basketball (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App

Arvada West Girls Basketball at Ralston Valley (JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) - all games can be viewed via nfhsnetwork.com (if it asks you to subscribe it means they didn’t pay for fans to watch for free).


February 3, 2021

Hello Wildcats and Families,

As school continues, we are returning to our spring activities and traditions.  Wish Week is around the corner, sports have returned and live streaming of our upcoming games is available. Please join us in thanking our counselors for a job well done for National Counseling Week.  Today was also a special day at Arvada West -- we hosted a “letter of intent” signing day for our scholar athletes who are committing to play collegiate athletics.   Congratulations to those seniors! 

Please know that our school continues to work hard to return to the in person learning that is so essential for our students.  We will continue to reach out and try to engage our students in learning.   Please continue to reach out to your student’s counselor or administrator with any concerns or questions.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Geree Santarelli

Principal

 

 

In this issue:

            Thank you, school counselors

            Congratulations NLI Athletes

            School Accountability Committee Meets Next Week!

 8th Grade Parent Night

 Grub Hub Donations Needed

            Wish Week

            Vision and Hearing Screening Coming in March

            Entrance Door Changes

            Parent Resources

Upcoming Events

 

Thank you to our Amazing Counseling Staff!

Jeffco counselors are professionals skilled at creating and implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that targets the unique needs of each student.  Their focus is data driven and supports the career, academic, social/emotional needs.  Our counselors are your student’s biggest advocates and work tirelessly on behalf of all the students at Arvada West.  Please join us in thanking our wonderful counselors for all their hard work!

Stacia Taves

Nicole Alper-Ramos

Michael Sena

Alyssa Stanton

Stephanie Schroeder

Kelly Smith

Sharon Stremel

 

Congratulations to these wonderful scholar - athletes!

Arvada West salutes our student athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent for the 2020-2021 school year today.  They will be receiving athletic scholarships and will commit to attending these colleges next fall.  Congratulations Wildcats!!  

 

Peyton Bowser, Softball, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

Colton Brooks, Baseball, East Georgia State College, Swainsboro, Georgia

Noah Brunk, Baseball, Doane University, Crete, Nebraska

Katherine Carson, Women’s Soccer, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Blake Church, Baseball, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska

Savannah Clausen, Softball, Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, Arizona

Anelise Hedges, Women’s Swimming, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Evan Hurlburt, Baseball, Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, Colorado

Alexis Kilgroe, Women’s Water Polo, Salem University, Salem, West Virginia

Anju Ogi, Women’s Golf, Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado

Tyler Tyson, Men’s Golf, Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado

 

School Accountability Committee (SAC) Meeting Next Week

The Arvada West SAC meets virtually on Tuesday, February 9th at 6:00 pm.  This meeting will focus on the school budget for 21-22.  If you are interested in attending and have not yet completed this google interest form, please do so.  A separate email will be sent with a link to the google MeetFill out this interest survey to be included in the February meeting!

School Accountability Interest Survey

 

8th Grade Parent Town Hall Meeting

February 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

If you have an incoming 9th grader for the 2021-22 school year, please join us for a virtual Town Hall Meeting to learn more about Arvada West.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Meet the Arvada West administrative team & hear general info.

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Join break-out groups to hear from counselors, athletic coaches, club/activity leaders, special education, and the school nurse.

Here’s the link:  https://jeffco-k12-co.zoom.us/j/84631383946?pwd=MXc1ejg0UkhhQXY3Mk1Na21RT2swZz09

 

Grub Club Food Drive

We need your help to collect 2,000 cups of soup. Please have your student(s) bring soup to the door they enter. Please bring soup with pop tops as the people they go to may not have a can opener.  If you would prefer to donate money, there is a QR reader and a link that help you. See the attached flyers if you have any questions.

Grub Hub Information

Grub Hub Contribution Information

 

Wish Week February 5th-February 13th

Get excited Wildcats! Arvada West’s Annual Wish Week is back! Each year, Arvada West partners with Make-A-Wish Colorado in an effort to raise money for kids to grant their wish. This year, we are sponsoring an amazing wish kid named Cliff. Your donations will also go a long way to help not only Cliff, but other wish kids all over Colorado. More information on Cliff and all the wish week highlights is included in this Wish Week News.  Join the fun!

 

Vision and Hearing Screening

The hearing and vision team conducts hearing and vision screening for Jeffcott students. This year they will be at Arvada West March 2nd and 4th. The integrity of hearing and vision systems in children is key to the process of typical childhood development and ultimately to academic success. All students in 9th grade, any students new to Jeffcott, and all special education students are screened regardless of grade. Also students who are referred by teachers regarding observed hearing and vision concerns are always screened at that time. If your student is remote they can come to the vision and hearing screening on these dates. Contact the health office at 303-382-1355 and we can get your student scheduled.

 

Entrance Door Changes

Door 8 (Far West) will only be open for first and second hour entry beginning next Monday.  Students arriving for class at 9:00 will need to use Door 4 (Library Entrance) to enter the building.

Door 23 (Mid-North) will only be open for first and second hour entry beginning next Monday.  Students arriving for class at 9:00 will need to use Door 21 (Far North) or Door 32 (Pre-Function) to enter the building.

 

Athletics Registration for Season C Opening

Registration for Athletes who will compete in volleyball, gymnastics and boys soccer this spring will open on February 8.  Athletes should register electronically on the AWEST Athletics website.

 

Parent Resources

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xzz_XW5p25yU0Nm74A7FDsNGwcCRbtHktdAboYM2Q2c/edit?usp=sharing

 

Upcoming Athletic Events:

Wednesday, February 3: Pomona vs. Arvada West Boys Basketball (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App

Thursday, February 4: Tri Wrestling: Chatfield vs. Arvada West Wrestling (JV starting @ 5:00 followed immediately by Varsity), Chatfield vs. Ralston Valley (6:00 Varsity Only), and Ralston Valley vs. Arvada West (7:00 Varsity only) – Check your email the day of to get the viewing link

Friday, February 5: Dakota Ridge vs. Arvada West Girls Basketball (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App

Saturday, February 6: Quad Wrestling with the following teams: Arvada West, Denver East, Standley Lake, and Golden. Matches will be at 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 and keep an eye on your email to get the viewing link.

Saturday, February 6: Girls Varsity Swimming vs Lakewood @ Littleton. Keep an eye on your email to get the viewing link.

Monday, February 8: Columbine vs. Arvada West Boys Basketball (L3 @ 4:00/JV @ 5:30/V @ 7:00) – all games can be viewed on nfhsnetwork.com and the score can be followed on SV Fan App




 

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