Across Colorado, the high school graduating Class of 2021 will be subject to new state-wide graduation standards that must be met prior to high school graduation. The D’Evelyn Class of 2021 will be our first class of students that are expected to meet these requirements, and each subsequent graduating class will also be held to the new requirements.
Within the D’Evelyn program, our students have four different ways by which they can achieve the competencies in English and Math:
For more information on the D’Evelyn graduation requirements, please visit our Counseling Graduation Requirement web-page.
The D’Evelyn counselors have been working to educate students about this upcoming transition in graduation requirements. The counseling team is working with students in whole group presentations and individual student meetings to offer support to ensure that all students are on-track for on-time graduation in May 2021.
The D’Evelyn High School graduation requirements have not changed. However, D’Evelyn students, like all students across the state, will be required to demonstrate competency in English and Math beyond their achievements shown on their transcripts.
We are confident that the D’Evelyn liberal arts program and the hard work of our students and teachers will provide our students the necessary instruction and support needed to meet these new graduation competencies. However, as a school community of teachers, counselors, and administrators, we are here to support all of our students to ensure that these competencies do not impede on-time graduation for any of our students.
If you have questions or would like more information on these new requirements beginning with the Class of 2021, please contact your student’s counselor.
We are in the heart of the Jeffco 4A League Season for girls’ swim & dive, girls’ basketball, and boy’s basketball. Please review our D'Evelyn Sports/Activities Calendar to find opportunities to support our student-athletes.
We also encourage families to familiarize themselves with the D'Evelyn Calendar of Events.
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family enjoyed a restful, relaxing, and restorative Winter Break and a very happy holiday season. I am excited to be back with the students, faculty, and staff, embarking on the start of a successful 2nd semester to the 2019-2020 school year. I have a few important updates/reminders for families relevant to the beginning of the new calendar year.
Enrollment for 2020-2021 school year - the deadline for the 1st Round Choice Enrollment process for all Jeffco Schools is January 15, 2020. You may access the district enrollment platform via enrolljeffco.org. The January 15th deadline is an important date for prospective families interested in D’Evelyn for their student(s) in 2020-2021, but also an important deadline for families considering any Jeffco school next year. Generally, the 1st round choice enrollment placement process is the most likely time that a student will be admitted to any school in the district. We encourage all families to be thoughtful in their school choice decisions for the 2020-2021 school year.
Surveys - each year, the D’Evelyn Accountability Committee administers surveys to students, and every other year, D’Evelyn administers the district Make Your Voice Heard Survey. During the upcoming weeks, we will be asking D’Evelyn students and families to complete surveys about their experiences in our school. This year, the Accountability Committee has developed a parent survey as well. Here is an overview of upcoming surveys for students and families:
Wish Week & School Visit by NASA Astronaut Matthew Dominick (D’Evelyn Class of 2000) - During the week of January 21st, the D’Evelyn Student Council has organized an awesome Wish Week to coincide with our annual Winter Spirit Week. Wish Week is a fundraising program designed to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year, the D’Evelyn community contributed to raising over $10,000 to support a young girl’s dream to go to Disney World. This year, the Student Council has organized an array of events and fundraisers to support our efforts to meet the dreams of even more children afflicted with life-threatening illnesses. We appreciate the support of our students and families in this fundraising effort.
Additionally, in conjunction with Wish Week and Spirit Week, we are thrilled to welcome D’Evelyn graduate and NASA Astronaut, Matthew Dominick back to D’Evelyn on Friday, January 24th. Mr. Dominick will attend the January 24th Pep Rally to present to our students, and in order to meet with a broader array of the D’Evelyn community, will host a community event in the evening. Please join us on Friday, January 24th, at 6 pm in the D’Evelyn Auditorium to hear more about Mr. Dominick’s experiences with NASA. There will also be a meet-and-greet opportunity at the conclusion of this event. We are so proud of Matthew and all of his accomplishments. It will be a great opportunity for our community to give him a warm welcome back to his junior and senior high school.
Best wishes to you and your family on a great start to the second semester.
We are in the heart of the Jeffco 4A League Season for girls swim & dive, girls basketball, and boys basketball. Please review our D'Evelyn Sports/Activities Calendar to find opportunities to support our student-athletes.
We also encourage families to familiarize themselves with the D'Evelyn Calendar of Events.
We have had a busy two weeks since the conclusion of Thanksgiving Break. I am grateful to our students for their hard work and dedication during this busy time, and to our teachers for their efforts to teach all of our students the rich D’Evelyn liberal arts curriculum this semester. It is my hope that all D’Evelyn students have great success on their remaining assignments and exams this semester.
Our 1st Semester Final Exam schedule is below. Last year, we made the decision to spread final exams over three school days rather than two school days. We made this decision collaboratively with D’Evelyn teachers and parents and have received positive feedback from students about this change. Unfortunately, we were unable to follow this schedule for the 2nd semester of the 2018-2019 school year due to the volume of school cancellations during that semester. I am happy that we will follow it next week to conclude this semester.
The purpose of the schedule change for final exams was to help students spread the load of preparation and study required for our final exams. Additionally, we have structured in a Study Hall for students between the finals so that they have a break and an opportunity to regroup between their two exams. It is the sincere hope of the D’Evelyn Administration that this adjustment in schedules will support our students’ continued success on Final Exams.
Final exams should measure the learning of students over the course of the semester. While I hope that the exams will reflect solid learning that has already occurred this school year, I know that our students will study hard and prepare diligently for success on these exams. While the preparation may be challenging and at times daunting, I am confident that these efforts of our students will support their future success as people, students, and employees in their post-secondary lives.
Best of luck to all D’Evelyn students on a successful conclusion to the semester and their final exams. I hope that the upcoming Winter Break is an excellent opportunity for rest and relaxation for our students, teachers, and families. Thank you for your continued support of our great school!
School choice is an important responsibility of all families and students within the public education system. We are fortunate in Jeffco Schools to have an array of educational options for families in both elementary and secondary school levels.
D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School is a unique academic program, serving students in grades 6 - 12 beginning in the fall of 2020. D’Evelyn offers all of its students a rigorous liberal arts program with high expectations for all students. Now in our 26th year, we have a rich history of great personal, academic, and extracurricular success of students and graduates. However, there are philosophical underpinnings and practical programs that D’Evelyn simply does not offer. As such, within the framework of the diverse school options available in Jeffco, it is important that D’Evelyn families and students are well aligned with the established D’Evelyn liberal arts philosophy.
The Jeffco Schools 1st Round Choice Enrollment Window begins December 10th. Jeffco Schools will email all current families in the district on December 10th with their Jeffco Connect username, and with the information on how to reset passwords. It is important for all families with prospective students interested in enrolling at D’Evelyn for 2020-2021 to register for the lottery via the EnrollJeffco system by January 15th. Additionally, through the EnrollJeffco system, we will ask all current D’Evelyn families to declare their plans for 2020-2021 enrollment by January 15th.
It is also important that D’Evelyn families that are considering other educational options for their students in 2020-2021 to apply to those schools during the 1st Round Choice Enrollment window, which runs from December 10, 2019 - January 15, 2020. The EnrollJeffco School Finder is available for all families to review and consider educational options throughout the county at the elementary and secondary level.
For families interested in learning more about D’Evelyn, we ask that you attend one of our upcoming Prospective Student Information Nights on the following dates (all remaining Information Nights begin at 7 pm in the D’Evelyn Auditorium):
Additionally, I will offer a High School Information Night, targeted towards current 8th grade students interested in continuing their high school education at D’Evelyn. This presentation is designed to specifically address key elements of the high school program - academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
Our efforts to market and provide information regarding the D’Evelyn program are designed to help students and families understand who we are and what we do. As a result, in addition to the information provided, there are opportunities for attendees to ask questions and gain more information that may facilitate their respective school choice decisions. Further, I encourage both prospective and current D’Evelyn families to schedule meetings with D’Evelyn counselors or administrators if they would like to ask more personal, specific questions about our program prior to making final school choice decisions.
It is my sincere hope that current D’Evelyn students plan to continue attending D’Evelyn in 2020-2021, with the exception of our outstanding Class of 2020. Within the EnrollJeffco system, we will also ask families who intend to stay at D’Evelyn to declare their intentions to do so during the month of January. Further instructions on that process will be delivered via School Messenger in the upcoming weeks.
I am grateful that you have entrusted the education of your child to D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School. I hope that the EnrollJeffco 1st Round Choice Enrollment Window will provide all current and prospective families the opportunities needed to make important school choice decisions for the fall of 2020.
Josh Griffin, Principal