Dear Montview Families,
This morning you received communication from DSST that shared with you the delay to our in-person return to school. I want to start by acknowledging how frustrating, emotional, and disruptive that news is for many of our families and students. I know that this decision has been made to ensure the health and safety of our communities in light of rising numbers of COVID-19 in Denver. Still, we know the challenge of remote learning for our students, teachers, and families. Our desire to have kids in person and in our building is what we all want right now, and sadly this disease is making that difficult. I know many of you are tired and frustrated, and that this pandemic has put a burden on you as parents and caretakers.
As a school, we continue to be here to support and to provide your kids with the best education possible and a deep connection to their school community. This week alone I have seen our students showing incredible effort in exams for math and English, have watched 6th graders hosting student led tutoring sessions, and have been inspired by morning meetings about inclusivity and care for all members of our community. Our class attendance continues to average above 93% daily and our students’ feeling of connection to an adult in our school has grown significantly from the start of the school year. We are not satisfied, of course, and know there is much to continue doing, but we will build on these initial successes to deliver a world class education to your students no matter what COVID-19 throws our way.
We continue to plan for the moment that students can join us in person. Our recent round of planning was fruitful and we believe we have incredible plans that will ensure the safety of students and staff along with excellent instruction once we are cleared to return in person. We will share elements of those plans with you soon. Additionally, DSST will be exploring options at the middle school level to bring a small amount of students into our building for whom access to our building and a quiet, structured place to work will increase their daily engagement in school. More details to come soon.
Thank you families for all that you are doing in this current moment. As a community we will get through this and I believe we will be stronger and more uKnighted on the other side.
John Clark, School Director
School Culture update
Please take a minute to watch our Morning Message to students about our Core Value of CURIOSITY! https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/61e563a6-4360-4e64-967d-fa0d68bb0c71
MTV MS School Accountability Committee
The Montview School Accountability Committee (SAC) is designed to be an opportunity for community members to learn about the progress of DSST: MTV and to provide much needed feedback that will support our growth and development moving forward.These occur quarterly and are open to all members of our community to attend. Below are the dates for this year’s meetings which will occur 4:00-5:30pm and for the time being will all occur virtually until more in person options are possible.
-Monday, November 2nd
-Thursday, December 10th
-Thursday, March 11th
-Thursday, June 10th
All members of the community are invited to attend and we will provide details on how to attend ahead of these events. However, if you are interested in being a permanent member of this committee which would include communication and updates, in the interim, please email Leo Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Grade/Work Completion Resources
We wanted to clarify for families on where to best find information regarding students' grades and work completion. Through our recent virtual Town Halls, we have realized the broader clarity would be useful for parents.Our advisors will continue to send regular bi-montly progress reports, but these platforms can provide you with level day to day information.
Parent Portal - Infinite Campus - This resource is best for up to date knowledge on student grades. This is updated by teachers on a weekly basis so that you have a clear view of your student’s progress each week. This is also an important place to see any missing work that needs to be completed in order to bring their grades up.
Google Classroom - This is the platform through which students receive nearly all of their daily classwork. In past years, this was a tool that some but not all teachers used but now it is used universally among our staff. This tool can allow you to see if daily work is being completed by your student and if they are submitting this to their teachers. Not all of this work makes its way into Infinite Campus but much of it does. This is simply a good spot to check on your kids daily work habits.
Extended Fall Break
We will extend fall break for students for the entire week of Oct. 19th-23rd. While we will not be returning to in-person school on Oct. 26th, Montview staff will still use these days to prepare ourselves on health and safety procedures along with instructional practices that will be needed once we are able to return to partial in-person learning in the future.
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