May 10, 2020
Dear Denver South High School Community:
I hope you all had a restful weekend and for those that celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day. This past week was filled with many highlights that reminded me of how much I missed the daily interactions with students, staff, and families. This week included South staff hand-delivering yard signs to senior’s homes, seeing all of the wonderful Culture Fest submissions, cheering on student athletes at virtual signing day, celebrating teacher appreciation, and the continued engagement of our students through remote learning. This week also included the hiring of new staff, participating in district meetings about budget and what potentially next school year could like.
Change is inevitable and although change can be hard, it can also provide new opportunities for others. As a school community a strength we have is to support one another when we need it the most. With that being said, I wanted to announce a change for next year that involves Student Voice and Engagement at South and support for the staff members involved, is going to need the support of our community as they transition to their new roles. As we have been forced to face tough budget decisions for the upcoming school year, we have also had to look closely at our Student Voice and Engagement Programs overall in regard to sustainability, student voice and program leadership. Moving forward we will be making the following changes to South’s Senate Program:
We know and acknowledge that this is a big change to South’s Senate Program and Student Board. Change can be a difficult process and we hope to move forward in a positive direction with this important program. Student voice at South has been and will continue to be a priority within our school community. There will be a range of emotions experienced by current and former Senate and Student Board students about these changes. Understand that Mr. Brookes, Ms. Barrow, Mr. Fletcher, and Ms. Bustamante are committed to working together and supporting either other through this transition and we ask that each of you do the same. Again, the ultimate focus will continue to be Student Engagement and Student Voice.
We want to thank Jason Brookes for many years of leadership within the Senate Program. His dedication to building the Senate Program and passion for facilitating Student Voice is greatly appreciated by our entire school community.
Moving forward, details on the organization of the Senate and Student Board will be shared with the school community at a later date. Thank you for your understanding and continued support for not only Mr. Brookes, but also Ms. Barrow, Mr. Fletcher, and Ms. Bustamante
Please see below for important updates from the district, information about our Town Halls, upcoming dates, and other end of year specifics. As always, I am grateful to be the principal of such an amazing school community and know we will emerge from this crisis stronger because We Are Denver South!
Weekly Town Halls
More information coming end of May
Social Emotional Updates
Attention Rebels! Please click on the link below to take the BESS survey. You will be asked to enter your student ID and then you can begin answering the questions. The BESS is a survey that asks questions about your social and emotional health. Please take 15 minutes to fill this out!