19-20 Closing: Check out (Returning Tech and Locker). Our Reality and Our Hope

To our incredible GVR families,

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your partnership in the 19-20 school year. This time has been unprecedented, but nevertheless we continued to work together to ensure our incredible students could grow and learn in a way that honors their limitless talent and capacity.

Our students, staff, and all of you have had to navigate immense pressure during the last few months, and that has been made even more difficult and frightening in the ways that it has brought so much deep injustice even more into the spotlight throughout our country. In the face of the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd, the disproportionate impact of COVID on the health and economic stability of communities of color and those families already at an economic disadvantage, and the gaps in educational access that are widening - we must come together in strength and love beyond anything we have done before. 

Our staff believes your children are the future of our country - they are the future leaders that can and will make the changes needed to ensure a more just and inclusive world for generations to come. Their educations, along with the opportunities they have to explore who they are and celebrate it within our diverse community, will provide an additional foundation for their empowered success alongside what we know you provide them with every day. Ours will always be a community where everyone belongs, everyone has a voice, and everyone plays a part in shaping our reality and our world.

While next year feels uncertain in many ways, I come to the close of this year more certain than ever that ours is a community that can succeed in the face of any challenge.

Please stay safe and take care of yourselves this summer, and never hesitate to reach out to us if we can support or add clarity to the way we move forward in 20-21. We will keep you informed as we know more about explicit plans, but trust that we will do everything in our power to make it a year where we thrive, not just survive.

School year 2019-20 is official over, so today's email will focus on giving you details about the closing operations.


Checkout Times:

DSST GVR MS will be hosting check out, by grade, over the following days and times:

***If you have more than one student in different grades, you are welcome to choose your preferred day according to the grade and advisor


8th Grade Advisory: Wednesday, 3rd from 8:00 am to 3:30

Advisors  8th grade

  • 118- Fischer/Fernandez 8:00-9:30
  • 119-T Lawhon/McConnell 9:30-11:00
  • 206- Bolden/ Tran 11:00-12:30
  • 207-Perio/Sandbloom 12:30-2:00
  • 208-Moore/Martinez 2:00-3:30

6th grade by advisory: Thursday, June 4th from 8:00am to 3:30

Advisors 6th grade:

  • 111-Nava/Martin 8:00-9:30
  • 112-Csongei/Scott 9:30-11:00
  • 117- Gibson/Greenwald 11:00-12:30
  • 133- Claussen/Castro 12:30-2:00
  • 134- Taylor/Jennejahn 2:00-3:30

7th grade by advisory: Friday, June 5th from 8:00am to 3:30 

Advisors 7th grade

  • 220- Whitehead/Dvorak 8:00-9:30
  • 221-Burck/Thompson 9:30-11:00
  • 203- Broaddus/Hobbs 11:00-12:30
  • 204- Frank/Tylor 12:30-2:00
  • 209- Shabazz/O’Hare 2:00-3:30

Checkout Process with Social Distancing:

In alignment with state and district health guidelines, we want to ensure this is
a safe and healthy process for everyone. With that in mind, the entire check
out process will be conducted in a car line, adhering to the following

  • We ask all families to follow the attached map to ensure this is as smooth as possible.
  • Please expect to stay in your car for the duration of this process
  • Family members must wear a mask when interacting with staff members. This is a requirement of Denver law.  
  • With the support of Denver Public Schools, we will make sure these lines move as quickly as possible, but do expect some traffic and delays.

What to Bring:

In each car line, we will have stations to turn in all of their technology and
other items borrowed from DSST. 

All students are required to turn in all technology borrowed from DSST. This


  • DSST Laptops
  • DSST Chargers
  • DSST HotSpots (if applicable)


All technology must be returned to DSST on your check out day so that we can ensure every student has technology to learn with next year. Tech loss fees will be charged to students who do not return their technology on time.

Additionally, your student may have some other items borrowed from our school. Please see the attached student checklist to prepare and bring all items to check out:

  • Books that student borrow from classroom library (8th Grade: Of Mice and Men Novel)
  • Sport uniforms
  • Musical instruments

We will also plan to safely hand out specific items to families as you go through the line, including locker contents and a yearbook if you would like to purchase one ($15). With health and safety in mind, lost and found items will not be available during check out. We will keep these items secure and stored in the school to be available to students next year. 


Given the financial challenges created by COVID-19, we know that many families may have difficulty paying fees. If you want to contribute anything toward fees, please do so via our school website or call the school to pay over the phone. Regardless of your ability to pay, we remain committed to your student’s education. 


If you have any questions, please reach out to karla.palacios@scienceandtech.org or call the school and leave a message at 303-524-6300 x 8023104

Thank you for your support in this process and throughout E-School. We look forward to seeing you!


Caroline Gaudiani

DSST GVR MS princial