Weekly Update 3/30/18

Dear eDCSD Families,

Welcome back!  We hope you had the opportunity to relax and recharge.  Fourth quarter is here and we only have 8 more weeks of school!   We have some wonderful things planned to finish this year strong. Please read this week’s announcements below.

Arapahoe Community College- Art and Design Program Visit (All Students)
On Wednesday, Apr 4, students are invited to join us for a field trip to Arapahoe Community College.  We will be touring the Art and Design program, meeting with admissions reps, and looking into opportunities that ACC has to offer.  Transportation is available! To sign up, please fill out this form.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Wanda Wilson at wbwilson@dcsdk12.org.

Virtual Parent Orientation:
On Thursday, April 6th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, we will be holding a virtual parent orientation.  We will cover technology tools that parents can use to support their student, tips for online student success, and have an open question session.   Click HERE to access the virtual session on Thursday April 6th.

Change in Extension Policy (All Students)
Due to our change to Canvas, we will lose access to Plato immediately following final exams this quarter.  Because of this, there will be no extensions offered for quarter 4. Please plan ahead so you complete your courses on time with the grade you want.

Support Opportunities This Week (all students)
** Blended Learning: Wednesday, April 11 from 9-2
  • Need a ride to Blended?  Complete this form.
** Virtual Help Sessions: Thursday, April 12
  • Links to these sessions are found on your course Moodle Pages
  • Can’t make these times? You can email, call or send a Google Chat to your teacher.

Upcoming Blended Special Events from 1-2 pm unless otherwise noted
Apr 4: Optional and free field Trip to ACC’s Art and Design Program.  To sign up, please fill out this form.
Apr 4: From 12-1, we will be hosting a test taking seminar to provide students with strategies and test taking tips they will need for upcoming testing (SAT, PSAT, etc.).  Want to get the highest score you can? Join us for this session!
Apr 4: Interested in a career in cosmetology?  We will have a speaker presenting about education and career options in the field of cosmetology.  Maybe we will even have a little demo!
Apr 11: No blended or special events due to state testing
Apr 25: Optional field trip to Denver Museum of Art!  Meet us there at 10:30 am or ride the bus with us.  Sign-Up Denver Art Museum.
May 2: Career day is approaching!  From 12-1, we will spend some time preparing for career day so you can get the most out of the event.
May 2: Our students have some serious talents.  Join us for a student showcase of activities and events.  Maybe you will learn something new or connect with someone who has a similar interest.  If you have something you want to share, please contact Mrs. O’Dell.
May 9: Career Day!  Students will have an opportunity to meet with leaders in multiple career fields that are of interest to them.  Got a career field you want to see at this event? Contact Mrs. Sanders to get it on the list. Parents, if you or someone you know would like to participate as a career presenter, please contact us.  Join us for this anticipated event!
May 16: Graduation day… no special event
May 23:  Join us for the student recognition ceremony from 9-10:30.  Invitations for those receiving an award will be sent to you soon but all parents and students are welcome to attend

Military and Protective Service Exploration (All Students)
On April 2nd, 2018, Highlands Ranch High School will be hosting a MAPS Exploration from 5:15-8:00pm. (MAPS = Military and Protective Services)  The MAPS Exploration is a one day event in which students and their families explore military and protective services careers and pathways. This unique event brings parents and students to an evening forum where they receive information about the opportunities and options available to current high school students and soon to be graduates that the military and protective services provides. This event is more than just obtaining information about enlisting into the military. The Career Exploration Workshop allows students and parents to converse with embers of the military and protective services, obtain information about career pathways that go beyond enlisting, and establish connections.
To participate in this event, students and their parents MUST REGISTER using this link. In addition, please extend this invitation to those in your network who might be interested.  For videos from GoArmy Colorado, click here. Major Renae Binstock will be our keynote speaker for the evening; to see an outline of her resume, click here.

Scholarship Opportunity (Seniors)
The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) has opened the application process for its 2018 Student Scholarship Program. Up to 30 scholarships for graduating high school students are available to support post-secondary academic pursuits in two- and four-year colleges or vocational programs. Applicants must have taken a minimum of five blended or online courses to qualify. The deadline for application submission is April 30, 2018. Information about the application process can be found at http://www.blendedandonlinelearning.org/scholarship-program/.

Your Partner in Learning,
Kristy Hart, Principal
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