Blended Learning Days

Blended Learning Days
Blended Learning Days








Arvada Community,


  As a new principal at Arvada High School, I have received a few questions about blended learning days and our assessment schedule.  What are blended learning days?  Who attends?  And when?  I have been working to discover the answers to these questions and over the last month we have worked to ensure these scheduled days provide individualized support to our students.


 Throughout the year, Arvada High School has six blended learning days.  These days are designed to support students’ demonstration of proficiency in reaching the graduation capstone standards.  In order to graduate from high school, all Arvada students must complete their Aspires Journey, also known as their capstone journey.  Students are provided with Bulldog Time for two class periods per week in order to complete their capstone project  and demonstrate graduation readiness as outlined by Jeffco and CDE.  


  Despite this time, sometimes students fall behind on this capstone work. Furthermore, we know many students are also needing additional support in getting their grades to passing in a variety of subjects.  To provide this additional support to students we are requiring students that are failing one or more classes or students that are behind in their capstone journey to attend school on the following blended learning days: Oct 25th, Jan 31, and April 25th.  Notification emails will be sent home on the Wednesday before these dates to inform you if your student is required to attend.  


  Students that are passing all their classes and do not need additional support are NOT required to attend.  These students are rewarded with the flexibility to work from home on their Aspires Journey or to complete assignments.


  Additionally, on Nov 15, 2021 all juniors will be required to attend in order to present to staff their capstone project proposals.  This is required in order for them to graduate.  In addition to the juniors attending, any senior that is missing their math artifact will be required to attend to work with the math team and complete this.  This is also required in order for them to graduate.  On Dec 21, 2021students are not required to attend, but this day will serve as a finals make up day and last chance for students to submit any necessary work for first semester.  


  On February 14, 2021 seniors will attend to receive feedback on their senior capstone project portfolios.  No other students will be required to attend.  The senior showcase will take place April 12th and April 13th from 1 - 3 pm after the ninth, 10th, and 11th graders complete testing those two days.  


So, in summary this is who will attend on the BL Days and Testing Days:


October 25 -- All students behind on their graduation capstone project and/or failing one or more classes are required to attend from 8:10 am until 11:10 am.

November 15 -- Juniors will attend to present their capstone projects and seniors who are missing their math artifact will attend.

December 21 -- No students are required to attend unless they need to make up a final exam.

January 31 -- All students behind on their graduation capstone project and/or failing one or more classes are required to attend.  Counselors will also offer a PSAT/SAT practice session for those who desire this help.  

February 14 -- Only seniors will attend to receive feedback on their capstone project portfolio.

April 12th -- 9th and 10th grade PSAT testing in the morning, Senior Capstone presentations from 1 -3 pm.  

April 13-  SAT testing in the morning for Juniors Only, Senior Capstone presentations from 1 - 3 pm

April 25, 2021 -- All ninth grade students and students behind on their graduation capstone project and/or failing one or more classes are required to attend.


We believe these days will help increase pass rates in classes, help students finish their graduation capstone requirements, and prepare for standardized testing. 


Thank you for your partnership,


Shannon Vigil

Principal







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