Greetings Thunder Community:
The district announced on Friday, November 13, 2020 in the late afternoon a pivot to eLearning for the remainder of the semester. As the number of cases continues to climb in El Paso County, the impact on our schools is unmistakable. While our schools have not been a source of significant spread, students and staff have been impacted by multiple quarantines and isolations, which has had a direct impact on our ability to safely and effectively operate school. Therefore, starting November 16, 2020, all middle schools and high schools will be transitioning to remote learning through the end of the first semester (12/18/2020). While we all want to have our students in-person in our schools, at this time it is most prudent to continue providing high quality learning opportunities for all of our students, remotely. Luckily, we have experience in providing high quality instruction remotely and already have great structures in place that will help us pivot successfully. Below are some answers to some FAQs regarding the remainder of the semester.
Classes will still continue to be synchronous via MS Teams.
The schedule will remain the same, including having two lunches M, T, Th, & F. The Wednesday schedule will continue to be the alternating purple/silver Wednesday schedule with a focus on intervention, catch-up, and extension.
If your student needs to be absent from a synchronous class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to excuse the absence
I need a computer or supplies:
We will still continue our device distribution as planned. More communication with your students grade level distribution time and day will be forthcoming. If you have an urgent need for a computer, please email email@example.com
If you need to get supplies or personal belongings from the building, please reach out to David King, Assistant Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Students who receive special services (SSN, Resource, 504) will be learning remotely for the week of November 16-November 20th. We will update you by the end of the week with the plan for in-person or remote learning between Thanksgiving and winter break.
Athletics and Activities:
There will be no in-person activities permitted at this time. Activities and clubs should plan to meet virtually via MS Teams.
CHSAA and El Paso County health have approved Football to finish the season.
All other athletics (open gyms, strength and conditioning, etc) are on hold for now.
Since we have transitioned to eLearning through December 18, 2020, I want to remind you that free meals are still available for your students.
Meals will be available at the bottom of the middle school kiss-n-go this coming week. After Thanksgiving Break, meals will be available in the back parking lot that can be accessed through Old North Gate Blvd. near the middle/elementary school cafeteria. These meals are available at 4:00 PM.
Please use the following link to see the full list of free meal service locations, days, and times: https://www.asd20.org/announcements/new-free-meal-service-locations-and-times-announced
Please click here to see information released Friday from superintendent Mr. Tom Gregory.
Again, thank you for your support, patience, grace, and flexibility as we prioritize public health and keep learning moving forward.
Dr. Mark Wahlstrom
Discovery Canyon Campus High School
This weeks’ schedule will be as follows:
One-to-One Technology Distribution
We’re grateful to have been provided 900+ new Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1 devices by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). These machines will allow us to begin transitioning from a BYOD (bring your own device) school to becoming a 1:1 school, which means the school checks out and supports a laptop for each student. Some of the benefits of 1:1 are:
Free device for your student!
Staff knows exactly what the device will run
Pre-loaded with the programs students use the most
DCC can push out updates and new software programs easily to students
DCC IT can provide the best possible support to at home learners
Provide consistency and training for students and staff on a single platform
Ensure that lessons and materials used are accessible on your student’s device (we have learned iPads and ChromeBooks are not always compatible with classroom materials)
We’ve already begun distributing the machines to students who we knew were in need of an upgraded machine based on previous survey results. We distributed 9th graders last week, 10th graders will be distributed this week, 11/16, 11th graders on the week of 11/30, and Seniors on the week of 12/7. Students must be present in order to log onto the machine for the first time while on the school network… And, we must have a parent/guardian signature on the last page of this form. These machines are free to your student, but your signature on the form does acknowledge that you’ll be financially responsible for the laptop should it become damaged or lost while checked out to your student. Note: if your student’s schedule requires them to have the Inventor or Adobe programs, we will have specific machines loaded for your student! Please stay tuned for updated plans for device distribution. If you have an urgent need for a device, please email email@example.com
We do realize that many families have equipped their students with very nice computers for this school year and may not see the need to check out this device. As a school, we will be heading in the direction of a one-to-one technology model for ALL students. If your family would like to decline a school device, please know we will have one available for your student if your situation changes. If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Principal David King at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for your help as we try to get these resources out to our students!
Athletics and Activities
LETTER JACKET ORDERING:
If you have any questions, please email our Jostens representative at email@example.com. Letter jacket fitting will be rescheduled for AFTER Thanksgiving break. Check out our new website Discovery Canyon High School Athletics. We will have up to date information on sports, live schedules, information on registration and tons of help sheets.
ONLINE BOOTS & BLING AUCTION
Thank you to all who supported the first ever Online Boots & Bling Auction. DCC's Athletic Community appreciates your support! We do have a few remaining gift cards that were not purchased and are available for sale. Items are available on a first come first served basis - please contact Ron Sukle if you would like to purchase one.
Building Three Coffee gift card
Mission Coffee gift card
amc Theatres - 4 tickets
Northgate Car Wash gift card
Gift card combo pack: Red Robin and Dairy Queen
Gift card combo pack: Dominos and Cheesecake Factory
Happy Eats gift card (good at Jamba Juice, Panera, Cold Stone, Dave & Busters or Burger King)
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: 4 Admission tickets
Tilted Kilt gift card (4 available)
Thor Store Gift Card
100% Chiropractic: 1 hour massage (4 available)
Rhinegeist SWAG Bag (L/S T-shirt, 2 pint glasses, winter hat, coffee mug, insulated water bottle, tote bag
Aspen Auto Clinic gift cards
Christian Brothers Oil Change (4 available)
Connected Health: One 60 min massage with up to two upgraded services (expires 2/2020
Dillard's gift card (2 available)
Colorado CryoSpa: 1 month unlimited
CycleBar: Free Private Ride for 45
College and Career
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Senior Service Project
The Senior Class has taken on the challenge of a food drive for families at Pioneer Elementary and are in need of the DCC community’s help with this project. Each class is being asked to bring different food items in order to build food baskets for these families in need. The distribution is as follows:
Seniors - Monetary donations and King Soopers gift cards
Juniors - Instant potatoes and gravy
Sophomores - Canned vegetables and canned cranberry sauce
Freshmen - Stuffing and money for turkeys
Donations can be dropped off at the high school attendance office during normal school business hours. Students/ parents should come only in their family group, must wear masks, and can drop items off into the donation boxes in the main lobby. The Class of 2021 appreciates your help! All donations due by November 18th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Smelker at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ripple Effect Project
The Ripple Effect Project is a project to help/donate items to The Springs Rescue Mission. This project is being run by Hailey Neener, Ellie Linnenburger, and Paris Young; all seniors at Discovery Canyon Campus High School. We are accepting donations for The Springs Rescue Mission, which is a tax-deductible, homeless shelter in Colorado Springs. The reason for this project is because we are passionate about helping the homeless community. With COVID-19 affecting our communities, we want to give as much love as possible to the people that are less fortunate, while also donating items to keep the community safe.
Monetary items can be donated to the Gofundme: https://gf.me/u/yyq3sz
Yearbook Ordering and Senior Ads
Order a 2020-2021 yearbook here
Parents/Guardians, if you would like to purchase ad space for your senior to leave a lasting note to highlight their accomplishments throughout grade school in the 2020-2021 yearbook, please visit the following link: https://tinyurl.com/DCCgrad2021. The deadline for all yearbook ads is November 30th. Click here for more information!
Students, the yearbook staff needs your help! This year YOU can personally submit photos to be used in the yearbook. So grab your phones (or real cameras) and get snapping! Acceptable photos include: team photos, photos from meets/practices/rehearsals, photos from clubs/activities, even photos of you at home during eLearning! We’d love to see them all. (School appropriate photos only.) Please submit photos to https://tinyurl.com/DCC2021 and you might see YOUR photo in this year’s yearbook!!
Twitter - @DCCBoosters
Facebook - DCC Boosters Program
Website - https://dccboosters.weebly.com
Contact us at email@example.com
Stay Up to Date
Want to stay up to date on all information related to the DCC Athletic Boosters? Click here to visit the Boosters website and then bookmark it for future reference. Here you will find dates for upcoming meetings, meeting minutes, sponsorships information, and more. Is there something you cannot find or want to know more about getting involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org, would love to hear from you.
Open Boosters Positions
We are still in need of the following:
An additional VP of Fundraising to join our current VP
Please reach out if you would like to help us fill these needs at email@example.com
December - TBD
DCC PTO Thunderiffic Teachers and Staff Members
DCC PTO is proud to announce our Thunderiffic Teachers and staff members of the week!
DCCES would like to recognize the outstanding job the administration and staff has been doing this year and give a shout out to Principal Steve Scott, Assistant Principal Reagan Ward and Art Teacher Amanda Wood. Thank you for your tireless efforts for staff, students and families this year. We appreciate you! You make a difference!
DCCMS would like to thank our music teachers - Charles Matthews and Anna Saks. Thank you for brightening our days with music and song!
DCCHS would like to recognize our Art and Performing Arts teachers - Justin Carpenter, Becca Craver, Chas Douthit, Amy Keating, Jamie Lynn, and Alyssa Miller. Thank you for adding some color and theatrics to our student’s lives.
Old (but still important!) Information