GMHS Family Update
September 11, 2020
View this week's Principal Report here or on our YouTube page
It was wonderful to have students back in the school this week and to see some of our athletes have the opportunity to do what they love! Go Rams!
Dear GMHS Students and Families,

Thank you to all of the Hybrid Students who attended our Safety Orientations this week! It was wonderful seeing our students in person.

We are trying to plan the number of grab n' go breakfast and lunches we need to have available at the school. Please complete the GMHS Breakfast/Lunch Participation Form to let us know if your student will be participating in the meal service.

  • Breakfast and lunch is provided Monday-Thursday in a to-go package. 
  • Breakfast and lunch are provided for Fridays, but are picked up with lunch service on Thursdays while in the Hybrid or Full Remote learning schedules. 
  • Both meals are currently being offered free to all students through December. 
  • Breakfast is available from 7:15-8:15 a.m. Monday - Thursday during the Hybrid Scheduled. 
  • Lunch is available Monday and Wednesday at 1:40-2:10; and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15-12:45 p.m. 

Thank you for completing the form. Information will allow us to plan the number of meals we need to provide and to assist in reducing food waste.

This communication has many important updates and information for students and families. Please read through all of the information and let us know if you have any questions or need assistance.

Thank you for your continued support!

Go Rams!

Colleen Owens
About Next Week ... Transition to the Hybrid Bell Schedule

  • Teachers are preparing for the return of Hybrid Students and teaching remote students at the same time.
  • We anticipate that it will take time to get in person students transitioned between classes as they will be traveling and teachers will be sanitizing classrooms during passing periods.
  • Additionally, teachers will be assisting in person students on seating assignments, explaining class norms, and getting settled in the classroom.
  • They will do their best to get classes started on time but online students may experience some wait time before teachers are able to bring in online students via Google Meet or Zoom.
  • We are also unsure on whether the school bandwidth will work appropriately to accommodate our needs. We won't know until we try so please be aware that we are anticipating issues and hoping for the best.
  • Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we being this next part of our journey of teaching and learning.
Save the Date
  • Week of September 14 - Hybrid Bell Schedule (linked above).
  • September 25th - ID and Yearbook Picture make-up.
  • 8:00-2:00 p.m. in the LMC. Another date will be scheduled in January
  • October TBD - Student/Family/Teacher Conferences.
  • Will be a virtual format. More details soon.
  • October 14 - SAT and PSAT/NMSQT Assessments
Hybrid Student Safety and Health Orientations
  • If your student missed the Hybrid Student Safety and Health Orientations this week, we will be offering make-up dates as follows

  • Hybrid Group A: Tuesday, September 15, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
  • Hybrid Group B: Thursday, September 17, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

In order to ensure that all students hear a consistent message on the health and safety protocols we ask that all hybrid students complete the orientation.

  • In the Orientations this week, students received a tour of the school and heard specific information on the following:
  • Morning entry process - doors to enter, social distancing, screening.
  • Where students will go for off hours or during a remote only class.
  • Freshmen are not allowed to leave campus during the school day. Tenth through twelfth grade may leave campus during an off hour as long as they are screened upon re-entry and not late to their next class.
  • Students may bring a water bottle and snack to eat during the day. Water bottle fillers in the Commons are available to refill bottles.
  • We gave students a lanyard to attach their school ID that must be on their person while at school.
  • Students were also given a reusable mask (we have more if your student needs one).
  • Movement through the building, bathroom access and social distancing.
  • Parking fees will not be collected this semester, but we do ask for students to register their vehicle on this form so we know whose cars are in the parking lot.
  • We talked about the need to work together as staff and students to make this school year the best it can be. We want to collaborate on ways to celebrate being a Ram, school spirit, and organizing school events in ways that follow health requirements and opportunities to make the high school experience fun, inclusive of all students and something they will remember in positive ways.
Tech Update

9th & 10th Grade Chromebooks
Students must bring their district-issued fully charged Chromebooks for Hybrid classes. There is limited to no tech support that can be given on personal devices.  

11th & 12th Grad Chromebooks
If you have a district-issued device, that is best for connectivity in the school. Because we are trying to get devices in all households, we only have a few loaners. Please bring your devices charged and ready to use for Hybrid classes. 
SAT and PSAT (Seniors and Juniors)
- Seniors and Juniors must take the survey linked below
- We need to have students respond by Wednesday, September 9th to plan the day on October 14th.

Senior Survey for SAT:

The Colorado Department of Education is giving you one free opportunity to take the test. The options for you to take advantage of this free SAT are below.

If you plan to apply for College(s), I encourage you to reach out to the Admissions Office for the College(s) of your choice to see if they are requiring you to take the SAT to be accepted this year. Some Colleges are waiving the SAT.

All SAT options are for in person testing using paper and pencil. The College Board does not currently offer taking the SAT online.

Click this link to take the Survey ASAP, so we can start planning. You must be logged in to your Jeffco Schools account to take the survey.

Junior Survey for PSAT/NMSQT:

The Colorado Department of Education is offering a free PSAT/NMSQT. Please take this survey to indicate if you are wanting to take advantage of this option.
This is a PSAT and not an SAT, so you would still have to take the SAT currently scheduled for April 2021. Scoring at least a 470 in English and at least a 500 in Math on the SAT is one of the ways to meet the demonstration of knowledge for the Jeffco Graduation Requirements for the class of 2022.
The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT/NMSQT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships.
This PSAT/NMSQT option is for in person testing using paper and pencil. The College Board does not currently offer taking the PSAT/NMSQT online.
Click this link to take the Survey ASAP, so we can start planning. You must be logged in to your Jeffco Schools account to take the survey.
PTA FUNDRAISER for safety-related items:

Please help us protect our GMHS staff/teachers by making a donation of any size. If you know of a business who might donate, please feel free to share this link! Thank you for your support!


The GMHS PTA is accepting membership enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year! 

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.

First Virtual Meeting: Monday, September 14th 6:20 p.m.
Reach out to Lisa Lord, PTA President to receive the meeting link. (
Grab n' Go Breakfast and Lunch is being served at GMHS.

Remember breakfast and lunch is provided FREE to students this semester.

We ask families to complete the free/reduced lunch form as this information is used for funding of our school and additional funds do come to the school for students who qualify.

See Jeffco's School Cafe for more information.

Highly Recommended Opportunity for Parent/Guardians!
It’s never too late to register! The next session of the workshop series, Parenting with a Coaching Mindset, is next Thursday, September 18, via FB Live, from 8 to 8:30am, on my private, invisible FB group, Coaching Your Kids. This session will be an explanation of this month’s coaching tool only, not practice in pairs, debriefing, etc. If you would like to attend, you need to take 2 steps.
  • First, email me your first and last name to register for the workshop series.
  • Second, either respond to my email invitation to join my private, invisible FB Group, Coaching Your Kids; or send me a friend request, and I’ll invite you via FB.
  • This is a free workshop series for parents of Jefferson County Schools. Each workshop stands on its own, so you can pop in and out of the series, and still get a lot of value. Please, let me know if you have questions:

GMHS Registered Nurse Update
Even if your student has a remote learning schedule, the district nurse requires an updated health plan for your student, signed by your physician prior to OCT. 1 so the sooner the better! This will help us support them in remote learning and when life allows them to return in person. This is a good opportunity for you to discuss the impact of remote learning/in person learning on your student to include how to maintain their mental health! Being isolated is hard on teenagers, even if it is the best option for their safety. 
Stay Home If Symptomatic
IF your student has ANY 1 of the COVID symptoms: Runny Nose, Sore Throat, Cough, or Fever over 100.4F, they will not be allowed to enter the building, SO PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME IF YOU ARE AWARE OF ANY SYMPTOM

Please obtain a physician note with expected symptoms, along with which symptom relieving medication your student takes, to effectively reduce these symptoms. Students presenting with any symptom listed above, will be sent home. However, the Nurse, can do a symptom assessment with your student if it is believed that their symptoms are specific to ongoing allergies. This will be done on a case by case basis and we will do our best to keep your student in school if COVID symptoms are not suspected. 
​Please ensure you have an updated health plan/orders from your physician for any medications that will be entering the school. This includes over the counter medications. Please ensure this plan is signed by the physician and signed by yourselves for us to accept it, along with your non-expired medications.

Please place documents and medication in a gallon zip lock baggie or clear plastic container with your child's name on it to drop off during the medication drop off times listed below. 
Gymnastics and Boys Soccer are selling Masks

Choir is also selling Masks - Contact Mr. Gleason for more info.
Football is selling Neck Gators and Ram Cards

  • Athletic Eligibility will be run by pulling the “in progress” grades every Thursday by noon, starting September 10th, for all in season athletes. Those reports are sent to coaches so they can communicate with their athletes if they are listed as ineligible. It will be the athlete’s responsibility to email their teachers if they believe there is an error with the grade listed. They should request that the teacher email both Ms. Sereno and Mrs. Koontz by 3 pm on Friday in order for them to regain their eligibility for the following week. When emailing, teachers will state the name of the class and what the correct grade is, and cc the student so they know the email was sent. Students are responsible for taking care of this by the deadline.
  • Athletic programs that are happening now: Cross Country, Boys' Golf, Softball, Boys' Tennis.
  • Come out and support, but make sure you wear a mask!
  • Find schedules, seasons, and other info here:

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

Technology Questions:
  • Wendee Vezzetti, Digital Teacher Librarian

Counselor Contact Information
  • Laura Oliver - 9th grade for 20-21
  • Alicia Kuehn - 10th grade for 20-21
  • Erin Slaughter - 11th grade for 20-21
  • Kim Angcay - 12th grade for 20-21
  • Dr. Lisa Langerman - School Psychologist
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