GMHS Family Update
October 23, 2020
Principal Report & Announcements
Dear GMHS Students and Families,

Next week we are hosting our faux Homecoming. Help us get into the spirit by joining us in our Spirit Days (see below)!

  • Check out the video above for the video Principal Report this week!
  • Participate in the District Survey for feedback of semester one.

Thank you for your continued support!

Go Rams!

Colleen Owens
Principal
Jeffco Public Schools has sent out this survey.
How is School Going So Far?
Help Us Keep Improving!


Respond by Sunday, October 25!
Your answers may be shared anonymously with your school.
New Kitchen should be completed by mid-November
New signage at Main Entrance
Save the Date
  • November 11: Veteran's Day Flag Pole Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • November 12: Virtual Student/Family/Teacher Conferences. Details on how to sign up for a conference will be in next weeks' Update.
  • November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break
  • December 3: GMHS Showcase (for school year 21-22 - current 8th graders and families).
  • Week of December 14-17: Last week of semester
  • Fri. December 18 & Mon. December 21: Asynchronous end of semester wrap-up and feedback.
  • December 22: Finals make-up day (only for students who miss a final)
  • December 23-January 6: Winter Break (Students return on January 6, 2021)
November 11: Veteran's Day Flag Pole Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

GMHS has had a long time relationship with the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1071. This year, the Chapter have made a generous donation of a 30 foot flagpole that will welcome our community to our newly redesigned main entrance. The VVA 1071 wanted to have a permanent symbol of our relationship and gratitude for one another. Due to social distancing requirements, we are hosting a small ceremony to recognize the installation of the flag pole on Veteran's Day, November 11 @ 2:00 p.m. We are hoping to have some media outlets share the story as well.

We want to thank the VVA 1071 for their exceptional support of GMHS and the broader community. They have presented to thousands of students in many schools including RamNation and we appreciate that they continue to give back in service to others.

RN Health Update
Updated Quarantine Process

In collaboration with Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) and observing Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) updated guidelines, we are revising our quarantine process effective immediately. This will continue to ensure a comprehensive health and safety process while also potentially reducing the number of quarantined students and staff. The revisions modify the identification process for middle and high school students and staff enabling a more precise targeted identification process. 

Updates include:
  • Elementary schools will have minimal changes.
  • Middle and High Schools will use Targeted Contact Identification which can be used in classrooms under the following conditions:
  • when there is a documented seating chart, 
  • documented identified small group participants every day, 
  • desks separated and at least 6 feet apart, 
  • desks facing the same direction, 
  • and students are seated long enough to make seating charts applicable. 

Schools will be implementing classroom modifications to ensure targeted contact identification.

Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Due to the most current guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), we will now accept Rapid COVID tests. A Rapid COVID test, known as an antigen test, can quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus that causes COVID-19. You can learn more information about Rapid COVID tests here.

Jeffco Public Schools will accept Rapid COVID tests under these conditions:

  • Accepted if positive and asymptomatic
  • Accepted if positive and symptomatic
  • Accepted if negative and asymptomatic
  • When rapid is negative and symptomatic, we will ask for PCR (nasal swab)



​Nicole Collins RN, BSN is assigned
Jeffco Public District Registered Nurse
Cell #: (720)618-8490
Counseling & Future Center

October 27 @ 8:00 a.m.

Grab your coffee, tea or juice and toast
(or whatever you enjoy at 8am and Join us!!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 935 1724 8780
Passcode: GMHS
College Fairs
There are numerous virtual college fairs coming up! These are open to all students, but particularly Juniors. Please keep your eye on GM social media for more info and/or the Counseling and Future Center pages on the GM website. Feel free to contact your student's counselor for more details as well.
CHECK OUT THESE
Register/Apply by October 31
WELCOME! YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE FOLLOWING WEBINAR
Register now for: Oct 29, 2020 06:00 PM

For many families, the high cost of higher education is a daunting proposition. Parents lie awake at night trying to figure out how to afford sending their children to college and still have enough of their hard earned money to be able to retire one day. Some families have children attending college next year and others have 12 years to plan; but the fears of tackling these monumental and rising costs are the same. The College Funding Coach® is here to help families figure out HOW to pay for it! Through our educational workshop, Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College you will learn: How to avoid jeopardizing your retirement nest egg! Effective ways to simultaneously save AND pay for college Strategies to pay for multiple children attending college at the same time How to recapture out of pocket college costs And much, much more! Click flyer above for larger image.
Virtual Future Center Appointments
This is a link to Mrs. Griffin's Future Center

Services provided through the Future Center include:
*Official Transcripts submitted to colleges or for scholarships
*Unofficial transcripts for student personal use
*Letters of recommendation request forms
Information/postings regarding: ACT or SAT testing;
- college financial aid; scholarship opportunities;
- college summer study opportunities;
- student leadership or volunteer opportunities;
- local employment opportunities
And More..."
Are you or your student looking for employment?
The following is a resource to any parents/students that need employment services, opportunities and support.
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Click on the above poster to enlarge and register for Town Hall
Highly Recommended Opportunity for Parent/Guardians!
It’s never too late to register for the workshop series, Parenting with a Coaching
Mindset! 
Each workshop session stands on its own, so you can pop in and out of the series, and still get a lot of value. Session 3 is November 3rd at 12pm, via Zoom. This workshop series is sponsored by Green Mountain High School, and it's free to parents in Jefferson County Schools. The same session 3 will also be held on Wednesday, November 11, from 7-8pm, via Zoom. If you can't make them, you can attend the FB Live session on Thursday, November 19, from 8 to 8:30am. You are free to attend all 3 of these sessions, if you like. 
To register for this workshop series, first, email me your first and last name at info@humanbyhuman.com. Then, send me a Friend Request via FB, and I will invite you to the group, Coaching Your Kids, where the FB Live sessions happen. The FB Live video of Session 1 is saved on the FB page, and I highly recommend that you watch it, and do the homework.  This FB page also contains other content that is supportive to parents. You are free to post your challenges with parenting, get support, coaching tips, etc. It's a totally safe space!

Please, let me know if you have questions: info@humanbyhuman.com
Please, watch this brief video about the workshop series:

Thank you, Cullum Walsh, PCC
Student
RTD Transportation for Students

Do you need help getting your student to and from school?
RTD's Flex ride is available to pick up students in the morning and drop them off at school, and do a return trip after school or any time during the day.
RTD would like to know how many families would use this service in case they need to plan for an extra Flex ride bus. Please go to this FLEX Ride Form and let us know that you would use this service for your students.

Green Mountain Flex Ride
Student Support & Technology Update
Securly Home App

Jeffco is now providing families with the ability to monitor and control their student’s internet and app activity on district devices at home using the free SecurlyHome app. (Learn more about how to control behavior on your student's Jeffco device on the SecurlyHome App Custom Control page.)
CHROMEBOOK & TECH TROUBLESHOOTING:
If your student is having tech issues, please try a couple of common troubleshooting tricks before calling the district's family/student IT department (303) 982-3438.
  • Logins:
  • Use a Chrome browser and make sure you re logged-in with your School Google account (not a personal account)
  • Use the log-in "Sign in with Google" button whenever it is presented
  • For other district applications (like www.Jeffco.Schoology.com), use your school ID only (not full email) and school password
  • Restart:  Shutdown your computer; wait 10 seconds before restarting 
  • Please restart Chromebooks and computers at least two or more times a week,
  • Update: make sure your Chrome browser is updated
  • Update the Operating System on a Chromebook
  • History: Clear your cache/history to "All time"
  • Clear Browsing Data & Chrome Cache
  • Extensions: Clear out your extensions
  • There are a lot of extensions and games students add that mess with features on your device. So, we need you to clear out anything that isn't school-used.  
  • Clearing Cache, Extensions and Apps on a Chrome Device

After doing that, if you are still experiencing wonky issues, then call the district's family/student IT line at (303) 982-3438. If it is determined that you need to send it in for repair (district/school devices only, not personal), then we will issue you a loaner device at GMHS. Let me Ms. Vezzetti know how it goes! 
News from the LMC
Thousands of eBooks now available!
GMHS is now connected with the eBooks and audiobooks from Jefferson County Public Libraries (JCPL). These titles are blended into our GMHS online library catalog, Destiny Discover. Please see the attached slide-videos to learn how to login, search, and use reading tools all online from your Chromebooks!
Yes, you can still checkout hard-copy physical books

If students like reading hard-copy physical books, they can still check them out through placing "holds". We'll pull them off the shelves and have them available for students to pick up at the circulation desk.  
PTA NEWS
PTA's role is vital now more than ever in connecting parents, teachers, and administrators, and supporting critical school needs. We want as many families to join PTA as possible, because we can do more together than apart!
Click here GMHS PTA to sign up for the 2020/2021 school year. Once you hit SUBMIT, you will be taken to a page with a "BUY NOW" button where you can pay your $20 membership dues.


Next Virtual Meeting: Monday, November 9 @ 6:20 p.m.

Reach out to Lisa Lord, PTA President to receive the meeting link. (jonlord@comcast.net).
Fundraising
GMHS has ongoing fundraisers
that cost you nothing if you are already shopping at
Amazon, King Soopers or American Furniture!
 
  • AMAZON SMILE - If you are an Amazon Shopper, you can login to Amazon Smile and pick a charity. A percentage of your purchases will go directly to that non-profit. GMHS has a few groups that you can pick from:
  •  Green Mountain High School Foundation (goes directly to classroom needs)
  • Green Mountain High School PTA (For staff hospitality/teacher-of-the month/student scholarships)
  •  KING SOOPERS - If you shop at King Soopers, all you have to do is link your loyalty rewards card (or phone number) to a charity you want. I have included instructions on how to do this! Once it is set up, every time you shop at Kings, punch in your phone number or swipe your loyalty card, a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to your non-profit of choice. GMHS has several groups that you can choose from - here is how they are listed in the King Soopers Community Rewards program:
  •  GMHS Afterprom (This event keeps our students/community safe the evening of Prom)
  • Green Mountain High School Band Boosters
  • Green Mountain High School Cheer
  • Green Mountain High School Choir
  • Green Mountain High School FFA
  • Green Mountain High School Football
  • GMHS Girls Soccer Boosters
  • GMHS Boys' Lacrosse Booster Club 
  • GMHS Girl's Lacrosse Boosters
  • GMHS Volleyball Boosters
  •  AMERICAN FURNITURE - If you make a purchase mention our high school or Promo code SCHOOL, ID: GMHS95 at check-out!

Thank you for your support of RAMNATION!

Communication with GMHS
  • Main Office: 303-982-9500

Technology Questions:
  • Wendee Vezzetti, Digital Teacher Librarian
  • wwalter@jeffcoschools.us

Counselor Contact Information
  • Laura Oliver - 9th grade for 20-21
  • loliver@jeffcoschools.us
  • Alicia Kuehn - 10th grade for 20-21
  • akuehn@jeffcoschools.us
  • Erin Slaughter - 11th grade for 20-21
  • eslaught@jeffcoschools.us
  • Kim Angcay - 12th grade for 20-21
  • kaangcay@jeffcoschools.us
  • Dr. Lisa Langerman - School Psychologist
  • lschrade@jeffcoschools.us
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