Montview Middle School News

1.15.21

The DPS SchoolChoice window is now open! Families can submit the online SchoolChoice applications until February 16. Click here to learn more. 

1.12.21

Check out our Monthly Newsletter, The Knight's Stand, for updates on our Return to School and other news!

The Knight's Stand, January Edition

1.5.21

Dear Montview Families, 

Welcome back and happy 2021! We hope that your years are off to a good start and that the new year brings you many blessings. 

As we start our second half of the year, we are excited to continue building on our strong foundation to support you all and your students. We know that we still have much to consider as we continue to work through the pandemic and we are hopeful that sooner rather than later we can have a return to school. We will work through this together and to be in steady communication throughout. As always, reach out to our school community with anything you might need.

Go Knights!

John Clark, School Director


Reminders and Upcoming dates:

MTV MS Tech Lab Hours update:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday, 8:00am-4:00pm, on site support

Wednesday/Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm, virtual support

Families must coordinate with Derrik McFadden for drop-off/repairs at the nearest DSST campus

Center Program Return Jan. 11

Our Knight’s Castle Center Program will be returning for in-person learning next week on January 11th. We are excited to invite a few of our students and staff back into the building! Please reach out to David Coons at david.coons@scienceandtech.org with any questions you might have.

iReady Results

Before the Winter Break, students took iReady assessments in Math and Reading. As we noted before, these assessments are given three times a year and are a helpful measure for teachers to see the progress of students throughout the year. iReady also provides students and teachers with online lessons that coordinate with their ability level in a way that we hope targets their academic needs throughout the year.

In the next week we will be celebrating students who reached their winter growth goal. Beyond that, teachers will be using this data to further accommodate and differentiate for students. More information will be shared about school progress and results in upcoming family communications.

School Culture 

We are so excited to welcome students back from break! 

Upcoming Celebration: Friday, January 8th Dean’s List Students will be announced.  We are celebrating students who were nominated by their advisor for Doing Their Best and Being Their Best Selves.  

Attendance Matters: Wednesdays Advisor Check-ins are from 12:00-1:00pm.  Please remind your student that they are expected to be online between 12:00-1:00pm if they have Advisor Check-in scheduled.    

Tri 1 Award Videos

Clubs & Activities

You can visit our website for more updates: MTV MS Clubs & Activities. As a parent/guardian, we encourage you to join the clubs! We’d love to have your involvement. 

Signs of Suicide Family Training

To best support our students, we also would like to ensure the adults in their lives have had training to recognize signs of suicide in their student(s) and how to seek help if they are worried. Our DSST staff have already completed this training and we are offering training for our families.

When: Jan 12, 2021 06:00 PM 

Where: Zoom (links will be sent in a separate email/flyer notice)

Zoom Workshops & Discussions

Take a dip in our upcoming Zoom workshops & discussions run by passionate PROFESSORS and

EXPERTS.   

For more detailed info about each of the sessions, go to SIGN UP HERE.  

List of DPS GT Upcoming Academic Workshops for Students and Families

We’ll send you details soon once you sign up.  Most will be 2-3 pm on an upcoming weekday.

 

Free Student COVID Testing 

Families have access to free DPS testing

Step 1 - Call School Based Health Center main phone line 303-602-8958

Step 2 - Schedule for a same day phone consult to assess symptoms / need for a test

Step 3 - If a test is determined necessary, schedule same-day for the test

Step 4 - Go to one of the School-Based Health Centers to complete the test:

Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care

Lowry Family Health Center

Montbello Family Health Center

Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute

 

You can pay your school fees online by clicking HERE.

12.15.20

Dear Montview Families, 

As we wrap up the 2020 year, I want to thank our Knight community for all you have done. We know this has been a challenging year and we have all faced much adversity and a variety of obstacles. For myself, the opportunity to become the School Director of such a great community during this time has been the best part of 2020 both professionally and personally. I have grown in admiration of the tireless efforts of our staff, been inspired by the commitment of our parents and guardians who have taken on the additional role of teacher, and have been proud of our students who have risen to the occasion during this difficult time of remote learning and uncertainty. I get the privilege in my role of seeing how all of these people and forces come together to make something incredible happen - even in daunting times - and we have met the challenges along the way. I am truly grateful for that.

Here at DSST: Montview, we hope that all of you have a blessed winter break. However your family celebrates the time off, we hope it is filled with joy and relaxation, even if there are big changes this year to how you typically use this time off. We are excited to see you all in 2021 to continue to strengthen our community and to work toward our promise of giving a world class education to all of our students.

Go Knights!

John Clark, School Director


Reminders and Upcoming dates:

Trimester 2 Science Kit Pick-ups: All 6th/7th/8th Grade families should come to the DSST: Montview MS campus to pick-up materials for Trimester 2. We will be available during the following times:

  • Wednesday, December 16: 7:00am-10:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday, December 17: 7:00am-10:00am or 3:00pm-6:00pm

Drive to the Montview Bus Circle. We ask that you arrive wearing masks and stay in your cars. We will have staff outside to greet you.

For 6th and 7th Grade students, please use this time to return your Trimester English novel: The Giver (6th) or Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (7th)

Wednesday, December 16 during Advisory Lunch at 11:30am: Trimester 1 Virtual Awards ceremony

Monday, December 21-Monday, January 4: Winter Break, No School

Tuesday, January 5: Classes resume


8th Grade Intent to Return

We would love to have our 8th grade Knights continue on to the DSST: Montview High School next year.  If you have not already given your answer to your child’s Advisor or previously completed the survey


MTV MS Tech Lab Hours update:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 7:30am-3:30pm, on site support

Wednesday/Friday: 7:30am-3:30pm, virtual support

Families must coordinate with Derrik McFadden for drop-off/repairs at the nearest DSST campus


School Culture 

Parent Conferences are always an exciting opportunity to connect and collaborate with parents to increase student success.  Thank you for your partnership!  If you were not able to attend conferences, your student’s advisor will reach out to you to schedule them this week.  Our goal is to have 100% of our families attend conferences! 

Class attendance continues to be a high priority!  Please make sure your student attends classes and engages in work completion in Peardeck and Google Classroom.  Keep in mind that trimester 2 is the shortest of our three trimesters so every day’s attendance has a huge impact on your student’s performance.  

We are so excited to start our Student Leadership Team in January 2021.  Students have completed their candidate packets and are campaigning to be selected as their grade-level student representatives. On Wednesday, December 16th students will officially select members for the Student Leadership Team.  


PBIS Announcements

MathTeachers selected this group of Students of the Week.  Each student selected received a $5 electronic gift card and was recognized during this week’s grade level meeting.  We hope that you will join us in celebrating each of the students amazing accomplishments!

The December Dean’s List focus is advisor nominations for students living the Doing Your Best Core Value and Being their Best Selves!  We are looking forward to seeing students end the 2020 year strong.   December Dean’s List will be announced on December 18th in the Friday Knights Morning Message.

Recent Morning Meeting Videos:

12/14/20 MTV MS Morning Meeting - Wrapping Up 2020

20-21 MTV MS Leadership Candidates

Clubs & Activities

You can visit our website for more updates: MTV MS Clubs & Activities. As a parent/guardian, we encourage you to join the clubs! We’d love to have your involvement. 

Family Resources

Family Holiday Resources

DSST Network Family Resources

Community Resources

Zoom Workshops & Discussions

Take a dip in our upcoming Zoom workshops & discussions run by passionate PROFESSORS and EXPERTS.   

Artificial Intelligence, Bioengineering, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and tons more. No homework, just inspiration as you explore and solve REAL problems.  

For more detailed info about each of the sessions, go to SIGN UP HERE.  

List of DPS GT Upcoming Academic Workshops for Students and Families

We’ll send you details soon once you sign up.  Most will be 2-3 pm on an upcoming weekday.


School Accountability Committee (SAC)

DSST: Montview MS and HS held the second School Accountability Committee meeting on Thursday, December 10. There were in-depth presentations by John Clark, MTV MS School Director, and Josh Hugo, MTV HS Associate Director, that included questions and discussions with multiple parents in attendance. For those who were unable to attend, we’ve included both the recording of the meeting and the slide deck for you to review. 

The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 11. If you have any questions or would like to join the Committee, please contact leonardo.ruiz@scienceandtech.org

12.10 SAC Slide Deck

12.10 SAC Recorded Meeting


Free Student COVID Testing 

Families have access to free DPS testing

Step 1 - Call School Based Health Center main phone line 303-602-8958

Step 2 - Schedule for a same day phone consult to assess symptoms / need for a test

Step 3 - If a test is determined necessary, schedule same-day for the test

Step 4 - Go to one of the School-Based Health Centers to complete the test:

Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care

Lowry Family Health Center

Montbello Family Health Center

Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute

 

You can pay your school fees online by clicking HERE.

12.8.20

Stay informed on what's happened and what's happening at DSST: Montview Middle School by checking out this month's edition of the Knight's Stand:

The Knight's Stand, 12.8.20