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Definitions: Synchronous & Asynchronous

Synchronous remote learning is when a teacher is broadcasting their live instruction via the internet and your child is connected to the virtual classroom, listening and learning from their teacher. 

Asynchronous remote learning is when a teacher records their live “Synchronous” instruction for future access via the internet and your child is connected to the teacher’s recorded lessons while doing the work independently, with the promise that students can access their teachers for questions during the teacher’s office hours.
In DPS secondary schools, the learning platforms teachers will be using are Schoology and Google.

In Practice

Synchronous as well as Asynchronous instruction will be purposeful, focused and add to the student’s continuous learning process by providing:

  • Independent practice to work on learned skills
  • Review basics with differentiated, tiered assignments in mind
  • A practice that meets the needs, abilities, and interests of all students
  • Time/material management fostering achievement of reasonable, attainable goals
  • Completion of work started in class
  • Extension and enrichment
  • Preparation for upcoming classroom instruction
  • Studying and reviewing for tests, quizzes etc.
  • Connections to and progress toward the current Project Based Learning Unit/Product.
  • Synchronous as well as asynchronous work will be posted by the faculty member in the same location every day, according to specific class period, and noted by the students upon the beginning of class.
  • Synchronous as well as asynchronous is to be completed with 100% effort in a neat and organized fashion with a proper heading; including, name, date, and period. If a student does not understand part(s) of the assignment, s/he should write specific questions as to what s/he did not understand so the faculty member can identify common misunderstandings or be able to help students individually.
  • Students will be assigned synchronous as well as asynchronous work in Math, Language Arts, Science,  Social Studies and as well as elective classes. The expectations for completion apply to all course work. 

Synchronous, as well as asynchronous work assignments, will be checked by teachers after an assignment is completed so that students understand the importance of the work they do outside of class. Faculty will return the graded assignments (with feedback) within 1-5 days.

Student Engagement

In this time of the COVID 19 pandemic, now more than ever, students must take responsibility for their learning. As such, we are asking that parents support their children by creating a learning environment and learning space in their homes that supports student engagement in our virtual classrooms. We know and understand that this can be a challenging task for some students. However, if we are expecting our students to fully engage in our educational processes during this time of 100% remote instruction. In addition to determining a space that is conducive to learning,

  • Set (and keep) a schedule.
  • Make sure your children have any materials necessary to complete all assignments.
  • Create a daily plan.
  • Don’t teach–help them understand.

If you need assistance with materials for learning please reach out to any staff member at Noel Community Arts School. We will do our very best to accommodate any material needs you may have.

Schedule: August 24-October 16
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Every school day is an important day at Noel Community Arts School. Excellent attendance is as highly valued at Noel Community Arts School as it is in your home. Because excellent student attendance is correlated to high levels of student achievement, we expect students to attend and be engaged in every class, on time, every day throughout this school year. Our goal is that our school-wide daily attendance in remote classrooms exceeds 95%.

Excellent attendance engagement is as highly valued at Noel Community Arts School as it is in your home. Because excellent student attendance is correlated to high levels of student achievement, we expect students to attend and be engaged in every class, on time, every day throughout this school year. Our goal is that our school-wide daily attendance exceeds 95%.

Parents will be contacted regarding student attendance problems and will respond with the appropriate consequences when non-attendance becomes problematic.  Parents can request their student’s attendance report in the Main Office by calling (720) 423-5840 and speaking with Rosa Salcido Rosa_Salcido@dpsk12.org or Ruby Briceno Ruby_Briceno@dpsk12.org  The report can also be obtained from Parent/Student Portal https://myportal.dpsk12.org. If you need assistance with the Parent Portal, please contact either Ms. Salcido or Ms. Briceño.

Meet our Teachers and Staff
Virtual Tardiness
  • Students who arrive late to virtual class (synchronous lesson) will be marked as such by their teachers in Infinite Campus.
  • Students who are tardy will receive the appropriate consequence.
  • A student’s tardy record is cleared at the end of the 9-week grading period.
  • If a student is absent due to an illness, doctor’s appointment, or family emergency, the parent/guardian should call the attendance number (720) 423-5840 and inform the school of the reason for absence.
  • If a parent/guardian does not call in to excuse a student’s absence, the absence will be marked as “unexcused” and parents will receive a phone call informing them of their student’s absence.
  • When students are absent from school, the student is responsible for all missed assignments.
  • Assignments are never automatically excused due to an absence.  It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with their teachers by collecting and completing all missed assignments. NCAS Staff List email/Jaber/Google Meet Class Link. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qPbpE-Vn2PiqEfdXs2MrvAo44iWqJQxZvnImYGpcMo0/edit?usp=sharing 
  • While a student is learning remotely ,if a student misses class during the academic portion of the school day, they must access their asynchronous lessons and work through these with the support of their teacher during their respective teacher’s office hours.
  • When possible, it is best to communicate excused absences to the NCAS Attendance Office (720) 423-5840 prior to the absence or the day of the absence.
  • Students may not call in their own absence.

You can notify the school of your student’s absence in one of two ways.

You can call (720) 423-5840


You may send and email within 48 hours of the absence.

All “excuses,” either verbal or email must include:

  1. parent/guardian’s name
  2. the name and ID number of the student
  3. the dates(s) of the absence
  4. the reason for the absence
  5. a telephone number where the parent can be contacted during the school day.

The absence will remain unexcused if the request for “excused” status is not accepted within two days of the absence.

Approved absences include:

  • Medical (medical appointments, illness)
  • Court/probation meeting
  • School Event
  • Mental Health appointments

Emergency Absences

In the event of an emergency when an adult other than the parent or legal guardian temporarily supervises a student, the parent should notify the attendance office via email which includes a phone number where the parent can be reached.


Students to be dismissed from school to attend an appointment must submit a note to the attendance office prior to the requested dismissal time. Ms. Salcido or Ms. Briceno will provide an early dismissal pass, which is required to leave class early.  Students who become ill during the school day must be excused through the Nurse’s Clinic. Requests for any other reason must be approved by the principal or his/her designee. Requests for continued excused absences may require a note from a doctor.

Excessive excused and unexcused absences will be referred to the NCAS Attendance team.

Excessive absences may result in one or more of the following actions:

  • Attendance team will call home to alert parents and request a conference with student and parent and document record of call in Infinite Campus as an Attendance Intervention
  • Family meeting
  • Lunch Detention
  • Daily monitoring.
  • Referral to Restorative Justice Coordinator
  • Invitation to Attendance Mediation Workshop
  • Referral to Alternative Educational Setting (Placement in and alternative school)
  • Referral to Appropriate Agency for Support
  • Truancy Notice (Filing in Juvenile Attendance Truancy Court)
Technical Support

If you need technical support during remote learning or help to access online tools, you can e-mail Ryan Neumann at Ryan_Neumann@dpsk12.org or call the Department of Technology Services Service Desk at 720-423-3163.

For any students who have recently registered and enrolled at Noel Community Arts School,  you can pick up a Chrome book at the main doors to the High School on August 20th from 9:00 to 2:00.

Make-Up Work

Students with an excused absence have two days to make up all Process and Product assignments but need to check in with the teacher to obtain missing work.

Students with an unexcused absence cannot make up Process work and have two days for every one day missed to make up any Product work. Students need to access Schoology or have a conversation with the teacher to obtain missing work. After 5 instructional days, students cannot make-up the assignment.

Grading Expectations

Grading during online-learning will be an opportunity for students to enhance the grade they had on the last day of school. We recognize the extraordinary circumstances we are living and learning today and we believe that, while we adjust to this new manner of education, penalizing students for turning in work that would negatively impact their grade is neither equitable nor compassionate. If work is turned in that does not meet expectations, teachers will work with students to provide feedback and opportunities for resubmission.

If students are not engaging in the virtual learning process, teachers will refer these students to a member of our administration so that we may connect with the family and understand what challenges the student is facing that may be impacting the ability to participate in online learning.

In addition, the 2020 spring semester will be removed from all cumulative GPA calculations for students in grades 9-12.  ranking for seniors will be based on GPA through the fall of 2019.

NCAS Online Learning Grading Policy / Políticas de Evaluación del Aprendizaje en Línea: NCAS Online Learning Grading Policy/Políticas de Evaluación del Aprendizaje en Línea

Social/Emotional Support

Please open the tabs below so as to inform our students when social/emotional support is needed.

SEAL (Social Emotional Academic Learning)

The SEAL team creates social, emotional, and academic lessons for 6th through 12th grades to support the whole child and help all students succeed. These lessons aim to help students develop the social-emotional competencies, such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Code of Conduct: (Student Acknowledgement Required)
Grading Policy

Product Category 80%: The Product component is academic performance that reflects evidence of achievement of the standards/big ideas. Products are summative measures of achievement taken when skill or unit mastery is expected. 

Process Category 20%: Includes assignments that represent 21st Century skills and readiness competencies: invention, collaboration, critical thinking and reasoning, self-direction, and information literacy that leads to or supports the product. Evidence should not include classroom behavior, non-academic participation, attendance, or extra credit.

DescriptionValue on a 5-Point ScalePercent BasedLetter Grade
The student demonstrates thorough knowledge and mastery of skills that allow him/her to function independently above their current educational level.

The student demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of all relevant information relevant to the topic at the level.
The student demonstrates comprehension and understanding of knowledge and skills above his/her grade level. 

The student can perform skills or processes independently without any significant errors.
The student demonstrates mastery of knowledge and skills that allow them to function independently on all major concepts and skills related to their educational level.
The student demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of all information relevant to the topic at the level. 

The student can perform skills or processes independently without any significant errors.
The student demonstrates basic knowledge and skills usage but cannot operate independently on concepts and skills related to his/her educational level. Requires remediation and assistance to complete tasks without significant errors.
The student has an incomplete knowledge of the topic and/or misconceptions about some information. 

The student requires assistance and coaching to complete tasks without errors.
The student demonstrates limited skills and knowledge but requires remediation to complete basic skills or knowledge sets.
The student can demonstrate limited knowledge in a relevant content area, but displays misconceptions about some information.
Students can complete relevant skill sets but require significant coaching and assistance.
Lack of evidence and/or unsatisfactory performance on assessment and evaluations of student work.150%F
20-21 Parent/Student Information Guide – Full Version

PSAT/SAT testing is being taken under consideration by the College Board. Colorado schools are awaiting potential new testing dates for these assessments.

Advanced Placement Tests will be administered online at home. Students will be able to select dates and times between May 11 through May 22nd, with a make-up window of June 1st through June 5th.