The lottery selection is only the first step in the admissions process. Below are the additional 4 steps that your family must complete in order to have your student attend DSST in the upcoming school year 2017-18
1. Visit DSST: GVR Middle School to formally accept your student’s spot! A parent/guardian of the accepted student must visit GVR Middle School.
Student’s birth certificate
Proof of Address
2. Attend the family orientation on April (dates to be determine depending on the lottery) if your student’s last name starts with A-M or second date will be available if your student’s last name starts N-Z from 5:30-7:00 pm. A parent/guardian and accepted student must attend this orientation!
3. Students must attend summer school: June 19th to July 7th
4. Register your student on "Official Denver Public School registration date in August 2016. You will receive more information by the end of summer school.
The orientation will provide you with more detailed information about DSST, and will give you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have. Your student will complete a pre-assessment during the parent orientation session as part of our enrollment process. The assessment given during orientation helps identify your student’s strengths and needs so we can plan our summer school program. The assessment tests reading and math skills. We will use the results from the assessments to place students in summer school classes, plan curriculum, and sign students up for mandatory tutoring during the summer. We will also use them as a way to measure student growth throughout the school year.
At orientation you will receive your home visit date. The home visit is designed as a follow up meeting to orientation conducted with your family to learn more about our core value commitment pledge and to address any lingering questions.
Summer School 2017-18
Who must attend: Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at DSST: GVR Middle School! As a reminder, attendance during Summer School is mandatory for all new incoming students. We are excited to have your child begin their path to college at DSST: GVR. Summer School is one of the most important program requirements that we have to facilitate our students’ transition to our middle school. Program success in middle school is a critical first step to ensure that 100% of students will be accepted into a 4-year college or university. Failure to attend the entire summer school program may result in removal of the student from the fall enrollment roster.
Dates: June 19th to July 7th
Times: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (lunch will not be provided)
2nd Dismissal: 1:00 pm
Location: DSST: GVR Middle School. Building 3. 4800 Telluride Street, Bldg. 3, Denver CO 80249
Dress Code: Students must be in full DSST: GVR Uniform during Summer School
Transportation: During summer school, DPS transportation will not be provided
Is Summer School required?
GVR MS will focus on creating a strong school culture, understanding expectations, and teambuilding. Students will have classes in English, Math, and Science. Summer School is required by all students who are accepted through the lottery. Students who do not attend summer school will lose their seat in the incoming school year group and will not be able to register for the 2017-2018 school year. Please do not make plans for June 19th to July 7th.
What is the purpose of the DSST: GVR Middle School uniform?
The purpose of the uniform is to create a professional, safe and respectful community where students can place their sole focus on learning. Please refer to the formal dress code in your orientation packet or in the handbook.
Will DSST: GVR MS provide transportation?
Yes, for the 2017-2018 will participate in Far Northeast success express. Transportation is NOT provided during summer school.
How will you handle discipline issues?
The DSST: GVR community is founded on the school’s six core values: respect, responsibility, integrity, courage, curiosity and doing your best. The core values provide students with the opportunity for self-improvement, individual growth, and character development. The core values define our rules and behavioral expectations. Consistently living these core values is expected of all students for their benefit and the benefit of the entire school community. The program at DSST: GVR MS has systems in place to promote a strong school culture and community by holding students accountable for living these six core values.
School authorities have the right and responsibility to manage student conduct and create an orderly, positive, and safe learning environment. Conduct which disrupts learning or threatens to disrupt the operation of the school, which interferes with the rights and privileges of students or other citizens, which endangers the health, safety or welfare of any person, or which damages property will not be tolerated. Any violation of school rules will subject a student to disciplinary measures.
Can my student bring a cell phone to school? What about other electronics?
We understand that many students have cell phones for safety and communication reasons. Cell phone use by students is not permitted within the school building or during the school day. All cell phones and other electronics must be stowed in a students’ backpack or locker in the off position. If a student is seen using or holding a cell phone or other electronic device, or if a cell phone rings during the school day, the equipment will be confiscated until a parent can come and pick it up.
Will lunch be provided during summer school? Can students bring pop or energy drinks to school?
Lunch will NOT be provided during summer school. A student may bring a snack that he or she can eat in a designated area between 12:00-12:15 only if he or she is assigned CP/Refocus/MT. Otherwise food is not permitted within the school building. Students are allowed to bring water bottles containing water ONLY. Soda and energy drinks are not permitted at any time.
Will breakfast be provided?
We participate in the cooking from scratch healthy eating program with DPS. It’s an amazing food service! ALL students receive free breakfast during summer school and during the school year! We eat breakfast together in advisor’s classrooms from 7:45 am to 8:00 am daily.
If a student graduates from the Middle School, will he or she automatically go to the High School?
Yes, students who meet the requirements after the 8th grade will be promoted to the high school. In essence, DSST: GVR MS will become a secondary school serving grades 6 to 12.
How will DSST: GVR MS meet the needs of special education students?
Special Education students who are on an IEP or 504-plan will be served in an inclusion model; they will be in the same classes as other students. DSST: GVR MS will have a special education teacher who will make sure the goals on the IEP are met. Special Education students may be placed in Math and English support and seminar classes, in addition to their regular courses. In these classes, students will be given more time to work on core skills, receive additional instruction, and reinforce necessary strategies. Also, teacher, peer (high school students), and mandatory tutoring may be assigned to provide more support. Please indicate in your registration information that your student has an IEP or 504-plan so we can set up services as soon as possible.
How will DSST: GVR MS meet the needs of students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented?
The middle school program at DSST: GVR MS will work hard to create and implement differentiated instructional practices so that we can have non-tracked heterogeneous classes that level instruction to meet student learning needs. Teachers will create Level 1 and Level 2 (and in some cases Level 3) approaches to challenge students at all levels in heterogeneous classes, and use flexible grouping strategies that allow for constantly changing instructional groups, based on student mastery levels and learning needs. Levels of mastery and identification of learning needs will be based on student performance on our Benchmark Interim Assessments.