Denison Details – Weekly Update, October 19, 2012

Morning Safety

Parents and staff at Denison are concerned about the safety of morning drop off. Students are being dropped off, on the playground, before 8:45. There are no adults supervising the playground until 8:45.

Please remember:

  • Breakfast begins at 8:30. Only students eating breakfast should arrive before 8:45.
  • All students should enter through the front door. No students should be dropped off in the back of the building. This will help us better ensure the safety of our students. We have had students dropped off in the back after classes have come into the building. This creates a very unsafe situation in which your child needs to walk around the building alone to come in the front door.

Thank you ALL for your cooperation in this. Our students’ safety is our TOP priority!

2012-13 Winter Weather Information

The decision to keep schools open or to close them during winter weather conditions is not a simple one, but it is made with one overriding factor in mind: the well-being of our students, their families and staff. It is a good idea to decide in advance how to best keep up with the changes, what childcare arrangements are needed, and how to adjust if schools are closed due to inclement weather. Detailed DPS winter weather and snow day information, including information on how families can find out if school is closed, can be found at: http://communications.dpsk12.org/announcements/winter-weather-and-snow-day-information

Please join us for the Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School Curriculum Meeting!

On Wednesday, October 24, DMHS Principal Katy Myers will present the curriculum for DMHS at a community meeting at Denison Montessori School at 6:30 p.m. We are excited to share with you the adolescent education program as Dr. Maria Montessori imagined it, and how we have evolved the curriculum to meet the needs of 21st Century students. Denison is located at 1821 S. Yates St. Here is a quick overview:

Montessori junior and senior high school is rigorous, innovative, interesting and is designed to engage students. Montessori secondary curriculum has been designed and tested over the last fifteen years at both private and public Montessori schools.

Our junior high curriculum draws primarily from the National Montessori Curriculum for Adolescents for science, history and Language Arts. Math will be taught through a combination of project-based math through the Occupations and Micro-Economy curricula and Khan Academy Math. We will use TPRS for Spanish, as TPRS matches the meaningful, relative approach that defines Montessori education.

The high school – grades 10, 11 and 12 – will use an integrated college preparatory curriculum much like the curriculum currently in place at other public Montessori high schools.

Our two mentor schools, Compass Montessori and Grove Montessori, have academic growth rates that far exceed their state averages, and ACT results are consistently strong. Although DMHS will offer Advance Placement curriculum for English, history, math, science and Spanish, there will still be innovative differences.

For example, the curriculum will be integrated so that the literature studied in Language Arts supports the history curriculum for an overall integrated humanities curriculum. The math and science teachers will work together to ensure students are obtaining the mathematical skills needed to work out currently studied complex scientific equations. Throughout all areas of study, there will be in-depth reading and writing instruction.

The schedules for both the junior high and the senior high will support the Montessori approach. The culture of respect and hard work will be resolutely held by both the staff and the students. Our intention is to have one hundred percent of our students on task and engaged because they are enjoying their academic studies. This on task and engaged behavior is the hallmark of Montessori education.

We look forward to sharing this and much more with you on October 24! Please visit our website at dmhs.dpsk12.org for more information or feel free to email katy_myers@dmsk12.org.

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