Montview Middle School News

8.4.20

Dear Montview Families,

This week we are bringing back our whole staff to prepare for what we already know will be the most unique school year any of us has ever experienced. Over the past week our new teachers have taken part in many trainings and our teacher leaders have offered their support as we prepare development sessions for our entire team. I can honestly say that the energy and excitement I have felt, even virtually, from these interactions has increased my enthusiasm for the year ahead. While there are going to be many challenges this year, we have the right group of teachers and administrators to deliver on the world class education we have promised to you and your students. The only thing that excites me more than working with our staff these next few weeks is the opportunity to see your students at the end of August.

This year our school motto will be “UKnighted We Stand”. There are several layers to the significance of this theme that I think are important to share. First, amidst the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to worry ourselves with the health of every member of our community both physically and emotionally. We strive to be a resource to everyone in our community as we all learn how to fight this crisis together. Second, throughout this Spring in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd our nation grappled very publicly with the continued effects of racism and oppression in our society. At DSST: Montview we have always been a community who has never shied away from such issues and we acknowledge our role in working to create greater equality for all people. Racism, intolerance, and the marginalization of others (intentional or not) is something we aim to stand against this year with the support of all of you. Finally, as a team of educators we will be working to build a strong school team that aims to create the best educational environment possible for kids. We will do this by standing strong to ensure we are a united team satisfied with only the best outcomes possible for our students and families.

We hope that all of you will STAND with us this year as well. We want to push ourselves to create the strongest school community in Denver that is truly integrated and supportive of everybody! We ask your support in helping us to achieve this both through your ongoing support and by providing us with the needed critiques and suggestions we need to get stronger.

Below are some critical announcements and updates for the coming school year. Please read carefully and reach out with any questions or concerns.

  • DSST: Montview MS Town Hall Zoom: All DSST: Montview MS families are invited to attend a Virtual Town Hall led by School Director, John Clark.

    • When: Thursday, August 6 at 6:00pm

    • How: Zoom information will be sent by email in a separate email

  • Computer Pick Up - DSST: Montview will provide each student with a computer which will be used to access online learning this Fall. More information will come throughout this week about computer pick up but here are some basic details.

    • Pick Up Dates by Grade Level

      • 8th Grade - August 12th 8:00am-12:00pm

      • 7th Grade - August 12th 12:00pm-4:00pm

      • 6th Grade & New Students - August 13 8:00am-4:00pm

    • Safety precautions - DSST will take the precautions necessary to make sure families, staff, and students are safe. Please plan to wear masks, maintain a reasonable distance, and as possible bring as few people to campus as possible. More specifics will be provided soon.

    • Other items will be delivered to families at this time including schedules, advisory welcome letters, details about online school, and books for literature courses.

  • Daily Student Schedule Updates - With the shift from in person learning to online school we have been working through adjustments to student schedules. Very soon we will both post a general schedule of what each day will look like for students along with providing individual students with their specific schedules. Here are a few details about classes this Fall.

    • First Day of School is August 24th

      • New Student Academy (NSA) starts August 20th. See more details below.

    • Daily start time: 8:15am in Advisory

    • Daily end time: 2:45pm (unless student takes part in tutoring or other activities from 2:45pm-3:15pm)

    • Lunch: 11:25am-12:05 pm daily (Wednesdays alter slightly - see note below)

    • Daily Classes:

      • Literacy (combined reading and writing) = 75 minutes

      • Math = 75 minutes

      • Social Studies = 50 minutes*

        • *Students qualifying for English Language Development (ELD) receive services in a co-taught Social Studies course. Few students will be pulled for a separate course.

      • Science = 50 minutes

      • Electives = 50 minutes

    • Wednesday schedules will be different and will still start by 8:15am but will end by 1:00pm. All students will receive Math and Literacy intervention suited to their academic achievement in those areas along with Science.

  • New Student Academy

We are so excited to welcome our newest Knights! We have finalized our dates and times for Our New Student Academy (NSA) in response to the changes in our start date. 

      • Thursday, August 20th from 8:00am to 3:00pm 

      • Friday, August 21st from 8:00am to 3:00pm

We will be sending out more details about our day. Please make sure your child has registered and pick up their laptop to engage in NSA. 

  • Curriculum Shifts & Grade Level Texts - This year we are making some shifts in curriculum for all grade levels in Literacy and in 6th grade for Math. 

Our school and much of the DSST network of Middle Schools will be utilizing Reading Reconsidered curriculum for 6-8 Literacy courses. Here is a link to information on this curriculum. As a result we will no longer have separate reading and writing courses as this will  be combined into one course.

Here is a list of the novels that each grade level will read this year and the order they will be read. There will be one more additional text at each grade level to be shared at a later time.  Please note that this does not include the extensive amount of supplemental reading associated with each anchor text.

  • 6th Grade - Boy: Tales of Childhood; The Giver; Brown Girl Dreaming; The Outsiders; Heroes, Gods, and Monsters 

  • 7th Grade: House on Mango Street; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Animal Farm; Narrative Short Stories Unit; Lord of the Flies

  • 8th Grade: Science Fiction Short Stories Unite; To Kill a Mockingbird; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas; American Voices Short Story Unit; A Raisin in the Sun

Our 6th grade math curriculum will move to Achievement First curriculum. Here is a link to the Achievement First website. Our 7th and 8th grade math courses will also make a shift to the Achievement First math curriculum but not until the 21-22 school year.

Front Office Information:;

  • If you have not completed Annual Family Update, please log into Parent Portal and complete registration by Thursday, August 6

    • If you have any questions, contact leonardo.ruiz@scienceandtech.org

    • Completing Annual Family Update is required and is the first step in acquiring a student laptop

  • We are going to start to use the Flyer app more frequently. You will receive both a notification in Flyer and an email. This is to ensure that at least one parent has downloaded Flyer and also verified their account.

    • If you have any questions about verifying your account, click HERE

  • We have adjusted our Student Fees for E-School to better reflect our Online Learning environment:

    • The Virtual Learning Student Fee is $215 or $85 for families that qualify for Reduced Lunch

      • Fees can be paid online HERE

7.24.20

Greetings Montview Families!

 

As we reach the end of July, I hope that all of you have had an enjoyable, restful summer. Here at school, we continue to think about all of your families, your health, and what we plan to do for a strong school year amidst so much current uncertainty. We feel fortunate to be part of such a strong community and despite many changes and much uncertainty we continue to plan for a strong school year for our families and students. Please know that we are working hard to provide the best education possible for our community and much will be shared in the coming weeks about how we plan to accomplish this.

In the past week, you have received communication both from Denver Public Schools and DSST’s CEO Bill Kurtz. Both of these communications contained information about the coming school year. I will briefly summarize that information so as to not be overly repetitive:

  • Per DPS’s update last week all schools (including DSST) will start the year online at least until September 8th

  • The first day of the school year has also been pushed back until August 24th

  • DPS Annual Family Update now will open on July 27th (later than originally communicated). You will find more information below. As a note, we encourage you to complete this as soon as possible as the ability to receive a computer relies on families having completed this.

  • New Student Academy will still occur for our newest students. We know the importance of having time to build meaningful relationships and to understand the ins and outs of being a student at DSST. Currently, we are waiting on guidance to determine the dates for this and will share that with new families as soon as possible.

  • Through a DPS Family Survey, many of our families provided us with their preferences for in person or online learning for the coming school year. While we currently have to move remote for all students at least initially, we will use this information as we hopefully plan for some in person learning options this year.

I know there are still many uncertainties and answers to questions that you (and myself) still have. We are currently working on some of the following items and hope to have answers for you once they are completed or we receive more guidance:

  • Student Schedules: We are currently working with our network partners to build a flexible schedule that provides great learning for students whether online or in person. We will share details in the coming weeks on class schedules and how to access classes and materials.

  • Advisory Assignments and Structures: Relationships are at the heart of our work here at DSST. With that said, we are working diligently to create strong advisory structures so that your student has access to an adult who will help them navigate through the changes of this coming school year.

  • Computer Roll Out: We are working on plans to provide all students with computers and other items they will need to start the school year virtually.

  • Support Services: Whether your student is in Special Education, designated as Gifted and Talented, or as a Multi-Language Learner we will do work in the coming weeks to ensure they get access to the support they need. Our team will be reaching out to individual families who qualify for these services prior to the start of the year to share our plan.

  • Safety and Health Planning: We continue to plan for students to join us for in person learning this school year. Information for how we plan to ensure the health and safety of students who join us for in person learning will be shared as we learn more.

  • Athletics and Clubs: Our first priority for planning the start of this school year is ensuring that we have strong foundations to create a strong school culture and academics. With the move to virtual learning to start this year it’s likely we will put a hold on our plan for athletics and clubs. However, we recognize the importance of sports and clubs when it comes to supporting the whole child. As we develop plans to connect your students to these opportunities we will share them with you.

Below is important information for you to ensure you are prepared for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Annual Family Update (Registration): 

    • Registration is a requirement for all DSST families before the first day of school and is required for laptop distribution

    • Starting Monday, July 27, families can complete Annual Family Update online

      • Use your Parent Portal account to complete registration

      • If you are having difficulty logging into your Parent Portal account, please click HERE for login/password reset or call 720-423-3163 for assistance.

      • If you are new to DPS, please email leonardo.ruiz@scienceandtech.org for support.

  • Download School Flyer App: If you are new to DSST, please take a moment to download the Flyer App. Click HERE for directions. 

  • School Website: Please visit our school website often for up-to-date information about:

  • New School Hours: This year we will see a slight shift to the start and end times of our school days in order to accommodate changes to DPS bus schedules. Please note that this is specific to when students are physically in the building. Virtual learning times might look different. Adjustments will be communicated based on the need of students to be online or in person for learning purposes. Here are those adjusted times:

    • Start of School Day: Mon-Fri, 8:05a

    • End of School Day:

      • Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 4:05p (First Dismissal); 4:55p (Second Dismissal)

      • Weds: 2:20p 

  • School Facility Projects: We did want to share some exciting news about updates happening to our facilities. Work has begun on the field outside of entry to the Middle School. While we are only in Phase 1 of this project there is a much larger plan that will occur over the next several years to renovate the whole field. For now Phase 1 will include new concrete walks, boulder seating, new sod, and in ground planters. In the future we plan for outdoor classroom areas and added play structures for students. We are excited for some much needed improvements to our campus!

I hope that this note gives you some assurances about what we know for the coming school year and around the work we are doing to plan for a strong start even if it looks different than most years. We are committed to providing your students with a rich school experience that promises them the ability to form strong relationships with teachers and students while ensuring they receive a world class education.

Continue to anticipate weekly updates from our network as well as our campus. Stay safe and we look forward to starting the journey of this school year!

Go Knights!

John Clark, School Director

e: john.clark@scienceandtech.org

 
6.26.20

Dear Montview Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! 

Our Montview Leadership Team has been hard at work this summer preparing for the coming school year while also spending time on our own development. We had a successful summer school for some of our students but have also been putting plans together to support a strong school year!

I know that we have many questions about the upcoming school year. We do not have all of the answers at this time. We are waiting to receive more guidance from Denver Public Schools. While we want to inform you as soon as possible with information, there is a need for us to work closely with partners across the district and state before we can provide that information. Please know that we are keeping the well-being and safety of students and staff in mind while doing everything we can to ensure excellence in academics, instruction, and school culture. As our experience with E-School this Spring taught us, DSST is as equipped and prepared to take on this challenge as any school or district in the country. We know there are challenges ahead, but we can’t wait to take them on with you to ensure a great experience for you and your students.

 

DSST Public Schools will be closed 6/29-7/17. We’ll be excited to work with you upon our return on Monday, July 20. At that time you should anticipate increased communication from us about the structure of the school year and what we will need to do to help set up all students for success starting on the first day of school. 

Below is important information for you to ensure you are prepared for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Updates from DPS & Metro Health Partners: Yesterday we received some initial guidance from Denver Public School and Metro Health who set health parameters for return to school. Your family should be receiving more information from DPS and our network today. Below we want to share a link to the guidance we have been given. Based on this information it is looking like schools will be encouraged to have kids return in full this Fall with health and safety protocols in place.

  • Annual Family Update (Registration): 

    • Registration is a requirement for all DSST families before the first day of school

    • Starting Monday, July 20, families can complete Annual Family Update online

    • We will send a reminder on Friday, July 10th about Annual Family Update

  • School Website: Please visit our school website often for up-to-date information about:

  • New Student Academy: Incoming 6th graders along with new-to-DSST 7th and 8th graders are asked to attend New Student Academy (NSA) on August 17th and 18th. We will be sending more information post July 20th about what you and your students will need to do to be prepared and to participate in those days.

    • Please note the dates above are a change from our initial communication about beginning New Student Academy on August 14th. We have made this change to provide our team an additional day of preparation to better set students up for success and to better align with our high school schedule. 

  • New School Hours: This year we will see a slight shift to the start and end times of our school days in order to accommodate changes to DPS bus schedules. Please note that this is specific to when students are physically in the building. Adjustments will be communicated based on the need of students to be online or in person for learning purposes. Here are those adjusted times:

    • Start of School Day: Mon-Fri, 8:05a

    • End of School Day:

      • Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 4:05p (First Dismissal); 4:55p (Second Dismissal)

      • Weds: 2:20p 

  • First Day of School (All Students): Please note that the first day of school for our 7th and 8th graders will be Wednesday, August 19th. Please refer to the note on New Student Academy for updates regarding our 6th grade students. 

Enjoy your summer. See you soon!

Go Knights!

John Clark, School Director

e: john.clark@scienceandtech.org

 
5.18.20

You’re Invited!

 

Dear Parents & Guardians of the Class of 2024,

 

It is with great pleasure that the 8th Grade Teaching and Leadership Team cordially invites you and your family to join us online live on Monday, June 1st at 6:00pm for a virtual ceremony to celebrate the continuation of this year’s 8th grade students from Middle School to High School. This will be a live ceremony on Microsoft Teams (with some pre-recorded elements) that will include an address from our School Director, multiple student speeches, individual student awards, and the traditional reading of each student’s name along with a personalized slideshow. For families’ convenience, the live ceremony will be recorded in order to allow families the opportunity to view later. We hope you are able to join us for this important and joyous celebration! Congratulations and Happy Continuation to the Class of 2024!

 

Continuation Ceremony

Monday, June 1st at 6:00pm on Microsoft Teams

 

Families: Please send pictures of your 8th grader and any congratulatory/celebratory comments to Jessika.LaPaglia@scienceandtech.org any time before May 29th using the subject line “For Social Media - Celebrating my Montview 8th Grader!” Thank you!

 

Students: Before May 29th, please send your advisor a 30-second video of yourself predicting who you will be as a student and person in High School.

 
5.15.20

Dear Students & Families, 

As the school year comes to a close here in a few weeks, we would like to share how we plan to implement a safe, in-person student check out process for all families.

 

Checkout Times

Our campus will be hosting check out over the following days and times:

  • June 3rd -- 6th and 7th Grade Students*

    • Last names A-M (8:00am-11:00am)

    • Last names N-Z (11:00am-2:00pm)

  • June 4th -- 8th and 9th Grade Students*

    • Last names A-M (8:00am-11:00am)

    • Last names N-Z (11:00am-2:00pm)

  • June 5th -- 10th and 11th Grade Students*

    • Last names A-M (8:00am-11:00am)

    • Last names N-Z (11:00am-2:00pm)

  • June 8th 

    • 9:00am-1:00pm any students who missed drop off on the 3rd through 5th 

* If you have students in more than one grade (6th-11th -- NOT 12th) please show up on the date for your youngest child. 

 

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 requirements:

  • 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 technology and other items borrowed from DSST.   Please see the map at the end of this letter for more details.

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

  • DSST Laptops

  • DSST Chargers

  • DSST HotSpots (if applicable)

If you need technology for summer school, we will be in touch with you about that. In the meantime, 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 return these items as well:

  • Athletic jerseys and equipment

  • Any materials loaned for clubs or activities

  • Any classroom books

We will also plan to safely hand out specific items to families as you go through the line, including:

  • Items left in lockers 

  • Middle School: End of year award certificates. Final report cards will be mailed the following week

  • Please note that High School yearbooks will be delivered to students in the Fall

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. 

Fees

Closeout is an important time to ensure any outstanding fees are paid before leaving DSST and the district.  These fees are important to funding our program, and you pay these fees by visiting our school website or calling the school to pay over the phone.  If you have any questions or concerns about any of this, please reach out to our front office who can support you.  

 

Questions?

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Front Office at 303-524-6340.

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

With gratitude,

Josh Hugo & Eva Rodrigues

 

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