By Cory Ryckman, Math Department Manager
As the old joke goes: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.”
The Saxon series and D’Evelyn Math Department philosophy is based on the belief that students can master the concepts of math through daily practice. “Students” does not merely apply to those who were “born good at math.” As the D’Evelyn founding document states: “We believe that all students can succeed in mathematics, if taught carefully from effective texts.” All.
Saxon is unique in that each lesson contains only a few problems illustrating the concept introduced in that lesson. The remaining problems, which become increasingly more difficult as the year progresses, are a review of all previously presented concepts. Each lesson is thus a cumulative review, and the problems require that the students develop fluency in problem solving to successfully complete the lessons. Lower levels focus on development of skills. As students get older, they start to encounter more open-ended problems that require higher level thinking.
The amount of homework is directly related to what the Department and Saxon publishers feel is necessary for the average student to succeed in understanding the material. The philosophy is that the one who does the work does the learning. Teachers strive to communicate the idea of the day clearly but succinctly, so students have as much time to practice as possible. Some lessons take longer than others. As a student progresses, they will see the lessons transition from taking fifteen minutes to nearly the full fifty minutes of a period.
Students are expected to authentically do the homework that they might master the material. Homework is 20% of the student’s grade in all math classes. Tests, quizzes, and the final comprise the other 80% of the grade. The higher weight given to the tests, in addition to their cumulative nature, is meant to ensure the students can demonstrate they know all the year’s material. Students need a C or better to have any chance of success in the next level. The department adheres to the policy that students who do not meet this standard need to repeat the course in order to shore up their foundation. Students above grade level in math should only continue on their accelerated path if they are earning an A or a B.
Going forward, as a department we will continue to look for ways to improve instruction and assessment with an ever-changing world and student population while we try and maintain what is tried and true. We appreciate the hard work our students put into our classes and the parents’ efforts in holding the students accountable.
By Greg Kottcamp, Assistant Principal
Beginning October 21, our main number (303-982-2600) will answer with a calling tree. The options will be as follows:
By Greg Kottcamp, Assistant Principal
When do students eat lunch?
D’Evelyn currently has two lunches. The first lunch period is from 10:25-10:55 and the second lunch is from 11:20-11:50. A student has first or second lunch depending on what level of the building their fourth period class is located. For example, a student that has a music class during 4th period would have first period lunch because the music classrooms are on the first floor. If a student has a social studies class for 4th period, they would be assigned the second lunch period. In order to keep some departments from always having the early lunch, we rotate which floor has which lunch. This year is the easy one to remember, first floor eats during first lunch and second floor eats during second lunch.
Taking care of business before lunch:
Some students go to their lockers before lunch to get either their lunch or books for the next class period. Other students go straight to the cafeteria to get a spot near the front of the lunch line. We encourage students to take care of their business before lunch because we don’t allow students to roam the hallways during lunch, as other classes are still in session. Students that need to go to counseling, the main office, or to the library to print something, should do so at the start of lunch.
Where do students eat?
Students can eat in the cafeteria, senior lounge area, courtyard tables, or in the Library Commons. The Library Commons is for students that want a silent place to eat and work on homework, not for socializing.
What do students bringing a lunch from home need to know?
Students who bring their own lunch either store their lunch in their backpack or locker. Thanks to the D’Evelyn Education Foundation, students have four microwaves and a hot water dispenser available for use. Many students bring sandwiches and a variety of snacks. Some bring leftovers or frozen meals that can be heated in the microwave. Some students use the hot water for making cup of noodles or some other dish requiring hot water. All we ask is that students use the microwaves responsibly, cleaning up any spills and treating other people’s food respectfully.
How do students/parents pay for meals at school?
Families that want to have students buy food at school can either set-up their Schoolcafe account or drop-off cash or a check with Ms. Cravotta in the cafeteria. Parents can navigate to the Schoolcafe website through the Family Portal or going directly to https://www.schoolcafe.com/JEFFCOSD. If families are making payments with cash or check, please be sure to drop off the payment in the cafeteria before the school day starts. When students try to add money to their account during lunch, it significantly slows down the lunch service for all the other students.
Parents and students should work together to keep track of account balances. If families are using Schoolcafe, they can check the balance online and add money when needed. If families prefer to use cash or checks to make deposits to their student’s lunch account, the student will need to ask the cafeteria cashiers to check their balances. It is best to have students ask about account balances before their order has been rung-up. Cashiers do not tell students their balances unless they are asked by the students.
If students come to the register and don’t have enough funds in their accounts, they can either return some of the food to stay within their balance, or they can charge a reimbursable meal to their account. A full reimbursable meal includes an entree, fruits, vegetables, and milk, and costs $3.50. The district system does not allow students to go negative in their account for a-la-carte items. When students charge a meal, and go negative with their account balance, a message is sent home to parents to let them know.
How do the lunch lines work?
When students come to the cafeteria, they can get into 1 of 4 lines. The two lines on the West side of the cafeteria are for junior high students, and the 2 lines on the East side are for high school students. We have tables and instructions at the start of each line informing students to take off their backpacks before entering the line. We also ask that only 4 students at-a-time be in the serving area. Students that are not purchasing lunch items, should not wait in line with their friends, as this creates congestion. Menus and costs are posted outside of each lunch line. When a student enters the serving area, they can select the items they want, or ask a cafeteria worker to retrieve an item. As they approach the cashier, they are expected to enter their Student ID into a keypad so as to bring up their account on the Cashier’s screen. Students can ask for their account balance at this time. The cashier will then ring-up the order, ask the student if they need anything else, and then tell them the total bill. Students are then free to find an area to eat.
What happens during lunch and at the end of lunch?
Most students find a few friends to eat lunch together. As for what they do in addition to eating, that can vary. We have kids that work on homework, read books, play outside, and catch-up with one another through conversation. We also have students that are on their phones during lunch, playing games, watching videos, or texting one another (not making phone calls). We expect them to use technology in accordance with Jeffco’s policy. We have a school administrator and two campus supervisors that help to supervise lunch times. Students are encouraged to talk to a lunch supervisor if they have any problems or questions. Students are expected to stay in the cafeteria or other eating areas until the bell rings. We want students to enjoy the full lunch period and not be waiting to run to their lockers.
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We can’t thank our cafeteria crew (Tina Chang, Kelly Cravotta, and Reiko Dobbin) enough for all the hard work that comes with preparing food for our students and staff and keeping them nourished throughout the year.
By Tim Schemeckpeper, Assistant Principal
Here at D’Evelyn we are very fortunate in having an outstanding custodial staff. Our facility is in terrific shape thanks to their hard work and dedication. An outsider would be shocked to learn that the building is actually 19 years old. Building Engineer, Jessica Migliorato, leads a very capable staff that takes pride in everything they do. Ron Osendorf, Ty Chapa (Trujillo), Patrick Newgaard, Penka Jordanova, and Hamdija Colic work hard to keep our building clean and safe for all of our students and staff. The visible results of their effort are evident when students and staff arrive every morning; however, those visible results are not the only contribution these fine people make to our school.
Our custodial staff are contributing members of the D’Evelyn Jr/Sr High School community. Their “invisible” efforts – a kind word, a humorous anecdote, a helping hand for the student with a stuck locker, an hour digging through the cafeteria trash cans in search of a lost retainer, attendance at athletic events, support of the music and drama programs, etc… happen every day and they all play a major role in promoting the positive culture and climate of our school. Please make every effort to say thank you to Jessica Migliorato, Ron Osendorf, Ty Chapa (Trujillo), Patrick Newgaard, Penka Jordanova, and Hamdija Colic as we celebrate their excellence on Custodian Appreciation Day, Wednesday, October 2nd.
By Dan Wille, Assistant Principal
Next week is Homecoming week! Homecoming week is a time for students to show pride in the work they do at D’Evelyn and present their Jaguar colors by participating in the fun events scheduled throughout the week. Additionally, we look forward to welcoming back D’Evelyn alumni who are “coming home” to revisit the days they spent as students in our community. This is a great time for students to celebrate their accomplishments with their peers and all we ask is that they do so in a respectful, mature, and positive way. Below is a list of events taking place next week and we encourage all our students to participate.
We believe this week should be a fun week while working hard in order to celebrate the accomplishments of our incredible students. We find it especially important to ensure that the academic atmosphere is not compromised which is why we encourage all Jaguars to participate respectfully and appropriately. Parents, please encourage responsible behavior from your students in all our events and activities during this fun week.
Thank you for supporting our community and Go Jags!
By Greg Kottcamp, Assistant Principal
Save the Date! We will be having our annual D’Evelyn High School Academic Lettering Ceremony on Tuesday, October 22, starting at 7:00 am in the auditorium. The ceremony is only for high school students that earned at least a 3.5 for both semesters of the 2018-2019 school year. At this morning ceremony student’s names will be read, students will walk across the auditorium stage to receive their congratulatory handshake, and then proceed to the back of the auditorium at which point they will be given their lettering materials. Students that are lettering for the first time will receive a certificate of recognition for Academic Lettering, a letterman ‘D’, and an academic lettering pin. Students that have lettered before will receive the certificate and either an academic lettering pin (if it is their first-time lettering in Academics) or bar pin that symbolizes another year of lettering. The ceremony should conclude by 7:30 so students can make it to class on time. We will send a reminder of the event to eligible students/parents the day before the ceremony.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!
By Dan Wille, Assistant Principal
Every month the D’Evelyn administration collects nominations for our valued stakeholders to recognize a teacher for their outstanding performance in one of the following categories to receive the Teacher of the Month Award. D’Evelyn teachers put in extraordinary efforts to ensure that students are learning and receive the highest level of instruction to master the rigorous curriculum outlined in the D’Evelyn Founding Document. To honor their commitment and recognize their efforts, please do not hesitate to nominate your student’s teachers by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/2lxxhqO
You can also find this link on the D’Evelyn homepage.
By Dan Wille, Assistant Principal
An important foundational element of our school is the emphasis on creating well-rounded students who are passionate, engaged, and contributing members to their community. One great way for students to hone their skills outside of the academic day while engaging in the community is to participate in one of the numerous clubs & activities at D’Evelyn. We have over 30 teacher-sponsored clubs at D’Evelyn that range in purpose from volunteering in numerous community events, to participating in state extracurricular competitions, to simply having fun with other students who share similar passions.
One of the greatest characteristics of these clubs is that they are designed and organized by students. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated teachers as they generously volunteer their time and energy to guide student club leaders in their activities. We also have clubs and activities that are parent-driven, and we are very thankful to have such engaged families who enrich our curriculum by organizing real-world experiences for our kids.
Additionally, each club gives back to the community in its own way such as helping collect recycling materials, participating in school-wide events such as Trick-Or-Treat Street, or planning initiatives encouraging our students to treat each other with kindness. Student Council, for example, coordinates all the logistics, events, and activities for Homecoming week which involves countless hours of planning. Sources of Strength spreads compassion, kindness, generosity, and love throughout the student body.
We strongly encourage students to be involved in the D’Evelyn experience by participating in activities as a way to invest in themselves helping make the six years they spend at D’Evelyn as memorable and meaningful as possible.
To find out more about the opportunities that exist for students to participate, please visit http://bit.ly/2ZlrYxV to see the list of clubs, when they meet, who they are sponsored by, and a brief description of what they do.
Finally, if a student or parent has any ideas about a new club or activity, please do not hesitate to contact our Activities Director, Dan Wille (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Greg Kottcamp, Assistant Principal
Honor Roll is one of the important ways that students are recognized for their academic achievements at D’Evelyn.
The Honor Roll is broken into four categories and is based on the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 semester grades: (weighted grade point averages are used in these calculations)
The categories can be a little confusing when a student earns one category rating during the fall and a different category rating in the spring. In these cases, students earn the lower honor roll designation. For example, if a student earned a 4.2 during the fall semester and a 3.5 during the spring semester, they would be listed on the Silver Honor Roll.
In order to ensure an accurate list identifying Honor Roll recipients, we have posted copies of the Honor Roll lists by the Main Office and Cafeteria so students can check their names. We will use announcements to remind students to review the draft of the Honor Roll lists.
If your child’s name is missing, on the wrong list, misspelled, or you have any questions about the Honor Roll, please email me at email@example.com. I encourage students to stop by my office if they have questions or concerns with the list. We will make corrections and post the official 2018-2019 Honor Roll in an upcoming edition of the Jaguar Tracks.
By Lisa Porter, Teacher Librarian/Technology Coordinator
Jefferson County School District is moving schools to a uniform print management software called PaperCut to allow us to manage copying and printing costs within our organization. Using PaperCut encourages responsible use and minimizes the environmental impact by cutting paper and toner costs and power usage.
Last spring, we launched the program at D’Evelyn. While every new system creates a learning curve, students are mastering the process and will find that PaperCut provides greater flexibility as they can print from any of our school-owned devices and pick up their print jobs at their convenience.
The biggest concern students express is when they are in their account and see that there is a cost associated with their print jobs. At this time, we are not passing that cost to students with their individual print jobs, as we have traditionally covered it with a portion of their technology fee.
Our technology committee will meet this fall to analyze the printing data and determine an appropriate cap amount if we deem it is necessary.
Please watch the video on the D’Evelyn Library Website with your student(s) if they have questions about how to print.