Greetings Thunder Community:
I hope this message finds you all well. I wanted to thank all of you for your patience, grace and flexibility as we continue to work to mitigate the spread of the COVID19 virus and keep learning moving forward for the children in our community. Next week, we will be transitioning to eLearning and will return to in-person hybrid learning on Monday, October 26, 2020. To date, more than 120 students and staff members are under quarantine. Transitioning to eLearning is the best way to ensure consistency and quality of education. Please see below for the schedule of classes for next week.
As the first quarter ends, we look forward to hosting our traditional, albeit virtual, Parent/Teacher Conference. We value the partnership between teachers and parents, and I encourage you to reach out and schedule time to connect with your child(ren)’s teachers.
In addition, I would also invite you to schedule time during the Parent/Teacher Conference window this week to meet with the Administrative Team, Counselors, Talented and Gifted Coordinator, and our International Baccalaureate Coordinator. Please use the Sign Up Genius links below to sign up to meet with these staff members.
Please click the link below to sign up for a conference for the staff member that you would like to speak with. The Administrative team will be available as a group during conferences.
Jake McBride--Counselor (A-D) at email@example.com
Staci Wayant--Counselor (H-O) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Baxter--Counselor (P-Z) at email@example.com
Kristin Bendig--(Counselor 504 Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Mijo--(College and Career Counselor) at email@example.com
Amy Geraci--(Talented and Gifted Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Liddle--(International Baccalaureate Coordinator) at email@example.com
If there are no time slots available to meet, please feel free to reach out to us at the email addresses below and we will get back with you about setting up a time to meet.
Dr. Mark Wahlstrom, Principal- Language and Literature, Individuals and Societies, International Baccalaureate- at firstname.lastname@example.org
Korina Bierman, Assistant Principal- Science, Engineering, Business, Counseling, Special Education- at email@example.com
David King, Assistant Principal, Activities Director- Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Safety and Security- at firstname.lastname@example.org
Krista Parnell, Assistant Principal- Math, Language Acquisition, English Language Learners, Testing- at email@example.com
Ron Sukle, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director- Physical Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Kovanda, Dean of Students-Special Education Coordinator/504 Administrator at email@example.com
This school year has definitely presented itself with many challenges. We have learned countless valuable lessons over the last few months, and I appreciate your honest and open feedback.
Navigating hybrid or fully virtual learning is stressful for students and families. Learning seems to be taking longer than it would in the traditional classroom setting. To alleviate some stress from our students and provide more time for learning to take place, we will not hold first semester final exams this fall.
While summative exams do provide valuable information regarding a student’s mastery of course content, given the current circumstances, it is important to maximize instructional time and keep learning moving forward.Teachers gather similar information through the common formative and summative unit assessments currently used in our classes. Our hope in making this change is that we still provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning, while also lowering the stress that often accompanies final exams and give students and teachers more time to master concepts.
What prompted this decision?
Given the current challenges of learning in both a hybrid and fully virtual learning environments, we want to maximize instructional time and keep learning moving forward for our students. Our teachers use common unit assessments throughout the semester allowing them to measure student learning along the way. Cancelling final exams allows for more time for learning to take place, and unit assessments will provide similar information to a final exam.
What does this change mean for student grades?
Students will still be able to monitor their grades and performance throughout the semester. The semester-in-progress grade will serve as the final grade for the semester. If a course has a weighted category for Final Exams, this category will no longer calculate into the final grade.
Does this decision change the end-of-semester schedule?
Yes, this change means that there will not be a special finals schedule December 14-18. Instead, classes will continue on the normal schedule that week.
What does this change mean for performance-based classes and projects?
Some classes utilize projects and presentations toward the end of the semester. These activities are not impacted by the change, however the grade will be calculated as a regular assessment in the gradebook and not in a weighted final exam category.
I would like to invite you to take the ASD20 Character and Climate survey. The purpose of this annual survey is to collect information that will lead to improving the experience and educational opportunities for all students in Academy District 20 (ASD20). For that reason, your honest feedback is unquestionably valuable to this process.
This year’s survey is being administered by a third party, the Hanover Research team, and they will be analyzing data and providing that to the ASD20 team for careful review and attention to areas that might need improvement. This year, as in the past, staff and students will also be invited to take a similar survey.
The survey will take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete. Please read the instructions on the survey when you access this link, and thank you, in advance, for sharing your thoughts so that we can serve our students well.
Take the 2020 Character and Climate Survey
Also, please complete the survey before Nov. 20,2020. There will be additional reminders sent to all members of the staff, student and parent groups. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mary Kathryn Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to see information released Friday from superintendent Mr. Tom Gregory.
Again, thank you for your support and patience as we work to mitigate the spread of COVID19 and keep learning moving forward for the children in our community.
Dr. Mark Wahlstrom
Discovery Canyon Campus High School
This weeks’ schedule will be as follows:
Parent Academy - COVID-19
Our “COVID-10: Helping parents and children deal with traumatic stress,” Parent Academy is receiving rave reviews!
As a result, presenter, Jessica Mars, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Behavioral Health at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, has graciously offered to share her PowerPoint slides and notes so all families can use them as a resource.
The PowerPoint slides are attached and the video recording is available through the Microsoft Teams Platform.
Access the Teams video recording here.
Please remember, if you are using a mobile device, you may be asked to download the Microsoft Teams App in order to proceed. Desktop users will have the option of joining via the Microsoft Teams app or via the web.
Academic Awards for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year will be mailed the week of October 19.
Students who did not pick up their award from the first semester have been included in this mailing.
Criteria for Academic Awards:
Students who have earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.749 will receive the Principal's Honor Roll Certificate.
Students who have earned a GPA of 3.75 and higher will receive the Academic Letter Certificate and either the chenille Discovery Canyon High School Letter and the Torch pin (if this is their first time lettering), or the Academic Gold Bar pin.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our students for their academic success!
Please contact Mrs. Holsinger if you have any questions at email@example.com
Athletics and Activities
Dear Football and Cheer Parents,
Our varsity and some lower level games will be on the following network.
Yes, they charge $11, but should be a good view. Please forward to any and all parents and fans of Thunder athletics.
Click here for - Athletics Week at a Glance
Football Schedules are posted on our website and at Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. Please note, these are subject to change.
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.
College and Career
Click here for College & Career News!
MYP International Baccalaureate Information
DCC Community MYP Self Study: Leadership and Governance
Our Campus is conducting our IB Continuum Self Study Evaluation this school year. About once a month we will be sending our Microsoft Form Questionnaires to the Community asking for feedback regarding the IB Standards and Practice Implementation on Campus.
Click here to access the MYP Self Study Questionnaire.
Please contact Alisa Schleder at firstname.lastname@example.org, IB MYP Coordinator if you have any questions.
National French Honor Society
The application window for the National French Honor Society is open from now until October 30 at 3pm. If you’re interested in joining, see your Schoology French class for more information and the application materials. « L’homme qui sait deux langues en vaut deux. »
Yearbook Ordering, Senior Ads & Senior Photo Submission
Order a 2020-2021 yearbook here
Attention seniors! The deadline for submitting senior photos for the yearbook is October 27th! Please submit your photos online athttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1STCMT4KGTNTMrOzWRsnWzXfPzY0K9HLB/view?usp=sharing . Check the “Class of 2021” Schoology group for more information about photo requirements.
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!!
Military and Family Life Counselor
The Military & Family Life Counselor can help with behavior issues, family problems, school difficulties, emotional stress, anxiety, issues with deployments, reunifications and/or everyday matters facing military youth and families. Covid-19 challenges and coping skills can also be addressed. This is a free and confidential resource!
Military & Family Life Counselor
Kimberly Quevedo, LMFT
Impact Aid Survey Forms
Federal Impact Aid Surveys Due Friday, Oct 30th
To help us retain the nearly $2 million in Impact Aid tax replacement, we need you to submit one completed survey for your household OR one survey for each of your students.
Given the uniqueness of this school year, surveys will only be provided to families who:
Are new to Academy District 20,
Are federally connected based on last year’s survey, or
Reside at the Air Force Academy.
To maximize funding for Academy 20 students, we are striving for a 100 percent return rate of surveys. Thank you for your continued support and for your cooperation in completing this survey and submitting by 10/30.
Course Fees / Financial Obligations
2020-21 course fees for year-long and first (fall) semester are now posted to student accounts in Infinite Campus.
Course fees - due by October 15th - Past Due!
IB Exam/Assessment fees - due by October 30th
AP Exam fees - due by November 5th
Please review your student’s account for any fees that may be due.
Infinite Campus Parent Portal
Log in with your username and password. (Parent usernames are now formatted as email@example.com
In the upper left corner, click the menu (3 lines). Select Fees option on the left side of the webpage.
If you have multiple students, you may use the filter to narrow the results.
Fees are separated by School Year and users must select each year to view any unpaid fees.
Payments are accepted:
PREFERRED: Online at www.PayForIt.net with credit/debit card or ACH.
Cash or check payable to DCC, brought to the bookkeeper in DCC Business Services office.
Mail a check payable to DCC to:
Discovery Canyon Campus
Attn: Business Services
1810 North Gate Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
It is acceptable to write one check for multiple fees. Please include the student’s name or student’s name or student number on the memo line.
Any questions regarding student accounts may be referred to Mrs. Regina Kucharski (DCC Bookkeeper) by calling 719-234-1852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certain fees may be reduced or waived for students eligible for free or reduced price meals under federal poverty income guidelines if a current “Information Release” form is on file authorizing sharing of student eligibility.
Application and program information may be found at https://www.asd20.org/student-services/free-and-reduced
If you have questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Kucharski, DCC Bookkeeper (719-234-1852) or Mrs. Kim Price, D20 Free and Reduced Registrar (719-234-1416).
MASH - Math After School Help
Math After School Help (MASH) is offered both in-person and through Microsoft Teams. MASH will take place from 2:50-4:15pm. Days and locations are listed below. Classroom teachers will provide students with links to join through Microsoft Teams. Your student may attend in person MASH help on their assigned group days only. On their non-group days or if your student is participating virtually, they may join MASH through the link provided by their classroom teacher.
Health and Safety at DCCHS
Please click here for health and safety information that was included in previous 20Alerts.
Doors will open at 7:30am. Students should not arrive prior to 7:30 am. Once in the building, students would report immediately to their class. Students can enter through the main entrance and the bus doors. When school concludes, students will need to leave the building immediately unless they are participating in a school supervised activity or have a pre arranged appointment with a staff member. The school will close for cleaning at 3:00pm. All students must leave at 3:00pm unless they are participating in afterschool athletics, activities or have an appointment to see a teacher.
Please ONLY come to school on your assigned group days.
Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at all times in the building by students, staff, and visitors. The only exception is while eating lunch when students are socially distanced by a minimum of 6 ft.
Lunch time has been our biggest challenge to keep students socially distant. Please help us by stressing the importance of being socially distant at lunch time. “Social distancing” means staying at least 6 feet away from other people whenever possible. Think of six feet as the distance of a jump rope laid on the ground, two shopping carts placed end to end, or a door laying down between you and your friend. Here’s an easy way to remember: Keep “airplane arms” - your arms spread like airplane wings - between you and your friends.
Please bring your ID and wear it daily. On the first day back, each student will be provided with a lanyard to wear their IDs. This is an important component to our school safety plan as we will all be wearing masks and we must be able to identify students and adults.
Thank you for your help on this important matter! We appreciate your support!
Twitter - @DCCBoosters
Facebook - DCC Boosters Program
Website - https://dccboosters.weebly.com
Contact us at email@example.com
Gala Basket Online Auction and Gift Card Sale
Did you miss the Boots and Bling Gala last year? So did we! But in a few weeks you’ll be able to bid on Gala Baskets online as well as purchase gift cards. Watch for more information. All proceeds support your DCC Athletic Teams!
DCC Boosters would like to give a big THUNDER THANK YOU to Purple Level Sponsors Connected Health Centers, see attached flyer for a special offer for DCC families!
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
November - TBD
DCC PTO would like to announce our Thunderiffic Teachers and Staff members of the week for October 12th.
DCCES recognizes Nicole Bordick, Lou Theriault and Lynette Ballard for all their hard work and dedication keeping the front office and nurse's station running smoothly.
DCCMS recognizes Heidi Gracely, Vicki Mocalkins, Jana Pendergraft, and Kelly Manley for fielding all the incoming Middle School calls and getting the students' day off to a great start.
DCCHS recognizes the Language and Literature Teachers - Michael Carpenter, Courtney Downs, Kaitlyn Gowing, William Harvey, Douglas Jameson, Scott Purdy, Jason Slater, Suzanne Smelker, and Jennifer Stewart - thank you for helping students adapt to a new normal look and feel this school year.
The DCC Community appreciates all of our teachers and staff!
Please support DCC by collecting Box Tops and scanning your receipts (within 14 days of purchase) and earn extra cash for our school! See the links below to start earning.
Family Letter - Box Tops
Box Tops Flyer
Box Tops Online Earning