ThunderRidge Weekly Update
September 8, 2023
I would like to thank all of the families that donated to ThunderRidge during Express Check-In. Your donations help supplement costs that school and department budgets cannot cover, including academic supplies, materials, and school improvements. We are continuing to accept monetary donations and appreciate any support that you can offer so that our staff and school have resources to best support students. Please click here or scan the QR code below if you'd like to make a donation.
We are incredibly grateful to be part of a community that is so supportive of ThunderRidge High School, and we want to make sure we are reciprocating that support. It is important that our community members and local businesses see our school in a positive manner. When our students visit local businesses or are out in the community, we want to make sure they represent themselves, their families, and TRHS in a respectable way. There have been incidents that we have had to address where students are not making the right decisions around the community. We have talked to students about being respectful and the impact they can have on others. Please have converations about this at home as well. We want TRHS to be positively represented and we thank you for your help with this.
Thank you all for your support. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great weekend!
Principal, ThunderRidge High School
✏️ September 9 - ACT
📷 September 15 - Picture Re-takes 10:30am-1:00pm (Please note the change in date due to staff shortages with Lifetouch.)
🏫 September 20 - SAC Meeting - 4:30pm - 6:30pm - Post Grad Room
🏫 September 22 - Professional Development Day/NO STUDENTS
🎭 September 27-30 - Fall Play - The Odd Couple (Female Version) 7:00pm
🎉 September 29 - Homecoming Parade - Details to come
🎉 October 2-6 - Homecoming Week - Details to come
🎉 October 7 - Homecoming Dance at ThunderRidge
Bell Schedule for September 11 - September 15
Due to the new common bell schedule, our staff will have PLCs every Friday if it is a regular 5-day week.
On PLC days, classes will begin at 8:25am and students will follow an "ALL' day class schedule. If your student needs to arrive at school prior to 8:25am, they may go to the Library or Commons until class starts. Breakfast will be available.
Congratulations to the Staff of the Month
Congratulations TRHS Students
Student Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Please DO NOT park along the emergency/fire lane next to St. Mark's Catholic church across Foothills Canyon Blvd. This driveway is on private property and is a fire/emergency lane that cannot be blocked or be used as a pick-up/drop-off area for students. Using this restricted area as a pick-up/drop-off point encourages students to cross an extremely busy roadway without a crosswalk and poses a safety hazard for students and drivers on Foothill Canyon Blvd.
To ensure student safety, we ask that you drop off/pick up students in the designated YELLOW areas. Please DO NOT release your student/s from your vehicle in the designated red areas on the map as those areas are for moving traffic. Our goal is to keep students safe and traffic moving. Please be patient with the increased traffic and take a moment to review the traffic flow map below.
Classroom attendance is imperative to student success and achievement. There are federal laws about attending school as well as district policy. Here is a link to the District website with important information regarding attendance policies.
Dress Code and Cell Phone Policy
TRHS Dress Code Interpretation
STUDENT DRESS (Board Policy JICA) The Board recognizes that responsibility for the dress and appearance of students generally rests with individual students and their parents. Students are encouraged to dress appropriately for all school activities. The following general standards will be in effect:
1. Reasonable cleanliness of wearing apparel is expected as a matter of general health and welfare.
2. To avoid injury and disease, shoes, sandals, or boots must be worn in the buildings.
3. Beach or swimwear and items of clothing intended to be worn while participating in athletics are inappropriate except in the gym and on athletic fields.
Students must follow the dress code as stated above. Items such as a-shirts, crop tops, sports bras, and cut-off t-shirts, must all have a shirt or jacket appropriately worn over the top.
4. Dress that causes or is likely to cause disruption of the educational process is prohibited.
5. Wearing apparel that interferes with or endangers the student while he/she is participating in classroom or other school-sponsored activities is prohibited. The decision as to the safety or unsuitability of the clothing is a matter for the instructor’s or school administrator’s judgment.
This includes but is not limited to clothing that has offensive language, graphics of weapons of any kind, alcohol-related, drug-related, racial slurs, gang affiliation, prevents security cameras from identifying individuals, or is otherwise inappropriate for a professionally casual environment.
6. Pupils must not wear hats or dark glasses in the building without permission from an administrator.
7. Any manner of grooming or apparel, including clothing, jewelry, hats, emblems, and badges, which by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute is associated with or denotes membership in or affiliation with any gang, will not be allowed. The prohibition on gang-related apparel shall be applied at the discretion of building-level administrators after consultation with the superintendent or designee as the need arises at individual schools.
Students may not wear clothing that is or implies any gang affiliation, including extremist and hate groups.
Disciplinary action for violation of any standard will include notification of the violation, the requirement that the clothing be changed before re-entering class, and, at the discretion of the building-level administrator, a parental conference. More severe disciplinary consequences, including suspension or expulsion, may result from repeated or serious violations.
TRHS Cell Phone Policy
TRHS recognizes that cell phones/smartphones can be a highly beneficial part of staying connected and a tool for education. We also recognize that these devices can be highly distracting and detract from the learning environment when not used appropriately. TRHS will implement the following cell phone policy to ensure students learn how to use the technology in a learning environment properly.
CELL PHONES/SMARTPHONES - No phones will be allowed during instructional time unless the teacher states explicitly that it is allowable. Students may use phones during passing periods, lunch, off periods, before and after school, and during unstructured non-classroom time.
If students violate the phone policy while in the classroom, including academic classes, advisement, seminar, and access, the following consequences will be upheld:
2) Student will give the phone to the teacher until the end of the class
3) Student will give the phone to the teacher and get it from the front office at the end of the day
4) Student will give the phone to the teacher, and parents will pick it up from the front office at their convenience
Students who use a phone as a medical device will need to provide a note from a doctor and be allowed to use it for the specific medical purpose stated in the note.
The DCSD Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $66M Mill Levy Override and $484M Bond on the November 2023 ballot. All seven Board directors expressed their strong support and personal dedication to our students and our staff.
The Board also unanimously adopted a compensation resolution that will automatically trigger if the MLO passes. For school district staff, this means pay increases would happen automatically should the MLO pass (with increases being paid retroactively back to July 1).
Click the image to keep up with all ThunderRidge Athletics information!
NACAC Virtual College Fairs
Registration is open for the Fall NACAC Virtual College Fairs!
The virtual fair is a great opportunity to connect with colleges and pursue your college dreams. Have a quick video chat with a rep, drop in on a virtual presentation, send a question through chat - make a connection YOUR way!
Register now for free!
Tissues Needed 🤧
Cold season is upon us and the Library is in need of tissue donations.
If you are interested in contributing, please leave your donation at the front security desk labeled 'Library.'
AP and IB Exam Registration Information
Attention all AP and IB Students/Parents,
Exam registration for year-long classes for the 23/24 school year is right around the corner.
If you decide not to test after this deadline, the school is still charged a fee and no refund will be available.
!!Attention all IB Parents and Community Members!!
We would like to invite you to participate in our IB Connect group that we are re-forming to help support IB in the ThunderRidge feeder area. We will be meeting next Wednesday 9/13 from 5-6:30 PM at ThunderRidge High School in the IB Office. We will be talking about ways to build the IB community, better support our IB students, and connect globally minded individuals. Some of you have already voiced interest in this community, but we are always happy to welcome more people! If you have any questions or want more information, please come next Wednesday or email the TRHS IB Coordinator, Kelse Risner, at email@example.com.
This Week in Advisement
Juniors continued exploring their personality and how it relates to their learning and career. They took a personality survey in Naviance, saw their strengths and areas of growth, and explored careers that are a good fit with their personality.
Community Events and Fundraisers
Support the Amazing TR Marching Band
Mod Market - September 15th - 11:00am-9:00pm
Zell's Panini & Crepes - September 25th
Board & Brush - October 25th - 6:00pm-9:00pm
Community Service Opportunities
Grizzly Football Varsity Home Game Volunteers
Please click this Sign Up Genius Link to volunteer to help with concessions, spirit wear sales, and senior banners for our Varsity Home games.
Contact Information is on the Sign Up Genius Link and you can reach out to Tiffany Fisher.
2023 Roxborough Music Festival
Please sign-up here to volunteer on Friday, September 8th or Saturday, September 9th at the Annual Roxborough Music Festival. Multiple volunteer slots are available for a variety of activities.
A 2-3 hour commitment is recommended but you may volunteer more. Please let Chad Bergman know if you have any questions. 303-875-2240, firstname.lastname@example.org.
23-24 PTO/SAC Meeting Childcare for Coyote Creek Elementary
Sign up to help with childcare to school-age children during Coyote Creek's PTO and SAC meetings.
The PTO meetings are monthly from 6-7pm, so on those days the volunteer time slot is 5:45-7:15. During some months the SAC meeting will follow the PTO meeting from 7-8pm. On those days the volunteer time slot is 5:45-8:15.
23-24 PTO/SAC Meeting Childcare for Eldorado Elementary
Sign-up here to help with childcare for school-age children during Eldorado Elementary's PTO and SAC meetings for the 2023-2024 school year. Meetings will be held 8/21/2023, 10/2/2023, 11/13/2023, 2/12/2024, 3/25/2024 and 5/13/2024. Volunteer time slot is from 5:45pm - 8:30pm. Bring volunteer forms to be signed at the end of the meeting.
Information for the Class of 2024
Click the bar above for the TRHS Seniors 2024 webpage.
ThunderRidge is proud to offer a wide variety of clubs and activities!
Click the bar above for a full list including times, days and locations.
Principal Sean Patterson
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