DCIS Earns Dual Recognition This Week

What a week of great news! First, Denver Center for International Studies was named by the educational international tour group EF Tours as the No. 1 high school in Colorado for exchange students, which presented the school with the Global Education Excellence Award. Stop by the main office and check out the new plaque.

Second, U.S. News & World Report released its list of top high schools. DCIS was rated No. 12 in all of Colorado. Of the DPS schools that made this prestigious list, DCIS is No. 3 in the district, behind two charter schools. Take a moment to congratulate our students, staff and parents for making DCIS one of the best schools in the city, the state and the country!

Parents: Help Interview Dean of Culture Candidates

Would you like to be on a panel of parents that interviews the three finalists for the new Dean of Culture being hired for next school year? Among other duties, the Dean will be responsible for creating systems and processes that celebrate successes and redirect ongoing areas of concern related to school culture. To view the full job description, please click here. The interviews will be held on Monday, April 24, 3:30-6:30 pm at the school. Please do not submit your name unless you can be available for the full three hours. The selection for this parent panel will be by lottery, and the deadline for submitting your name is by noon this Wednesday, April 19. If you would like to be considered, please submit your name here.

¿Estaría usted interesado en estar en un panel de padres que entrevista a cada uno de los tres finalistas para el nuevo Decano de la Cultura que se contrata para el próximo año escolar? Entre otras funciones, el Decano será responsable de crear sistemas y procesos que celebren los éxitos y reorienten las áreas de preocupación relacionadas con la cultura escolar. Las entrevistas se llevarán a cabo el lunes, 24 de abril, 3:30-6:30 pm en la escuela. La selección para este panel de padres será por sorteo y la fecha límite para enviar su nombre es al mediodía de este miércoles, 19 de abril.  Si desea ser incluido, por favor visite el sitio web de la escuela o envíe su nombre aquí (este formulario está en español).


The DCIS Debate Team did very well at the Denver Urban Debate League City Championships on March 24-25. Parrish Van Ausdall and Max Fireman Schiavoni made it to the varsity finals and are going to the Urban Debate League Nationals in Chicago the weekend of April 21st. Other top finishers were:
  • Drama: Ennis Abel and Anika Kieler (semifinals), Bri Mortimer (2nd)
  • Slam Poetry: Ennis Abel (1st), Anika Kieler (2nd), Halston Seremet (3rd)
  • Debate Novice Breakout Speaker: Halston Seremet (1st), Jahan Anderson (2nd)
  • Varsity Breakout Speaker: Reyna Esquibel (2nd)
  • Quarterfinals: Sam Borowsky/Stella Wilson, Madison Alexander/Mei Qi Liang, Owen Schalk/Reyna Esquibel
  • Big Questions/Speaker: Sofia Mandujano-Morreo

Cross-Cultural Enrichment Grants

Have an idea for a cultural enrichment opportunity to benefit DCIS students but you’re unsure how to fund it? Consider submitting an application to the PTSA for a small grant (up to $300). Knowing that many DCIS students will never have the opportunity to travel internationally, the goal of these grants is to promote equity in cross-cultural experiences and to allow more students to benefit from global enrichment. Read the guidelines and apply online here. Questions? Contact Karen at dcis.ptsa2@gmail.com or 303-910-6698.

5280 Team Tops in District Contest

Our DCIS Challenge 5280 team rocked it! Using their creativity, teamwork and ingenuity to address some of our community’s most pressing problems during a competition with 26 other DPS schools, the DCIS Challenge 5280 team won FIRST PLACE!!! Kudos to our students on the 5280 team and their sponsor, Ms. Finnegan-Doyan. Students inspiring change is the idea behind the Challenge 5280 Competition. Throughout the school year, hundreds of DPS high school students have engaged in implementing that change through Challenge 5280, a student leadership competition. The DCIS team set out to inspire and empower students of color to step into leadership roles within our school. Check out these videos highlighting the DCIS team, as well as the competition.

Choice of Studies is coming!!! ^__^

Heads up, Ninth to Eleventh Grade Phoenixes~

Our Counseling Team has spoken to each of y’all (unless you were absent)- about the 2017/18 Choice Of Studies process and given the appropriate forms.

If (by some chance) you did not receive the forms- stop by the Counseling Center to pick some up, or to ask any question you may have.


2017/18 COS Schedule:

March 6– ALL 8th and 9th Grade

March 13– ALL 10th and 11th Grade


Below are the linked Choice Forms, Off Campus Forms, & the Change of Language forms.

Change of language for 8th graders is due March 10th.


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Buy a Yearbook! Buy a Tribute!

Yearbook. Our time machine back to this bitter sweet experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all in one book. Buy a yearbook for only $50. Not all of our valuable memories in this time of our lives are made in these walls, but you can personalize your time machine with any memories you please with a tribute ! Make this your yearbook !

Tributes : $20

Tributes for 8th & 10th : $10

Students may purchase tributes Tuesday and Thursdays during lunch or contact Ms. Hoffman: abby_hoffman@dpsk12.net


PARENTS, STUDENTS and STAFF: Make your voice heard as we talk about how to make DCIS the best school it can be in a post-application-process world. Please join us TONIGHT for the Town Hall at 6 pm in the DCIS cafeteria. Check out the principal’s letter in last week’s newsletter for the agenda. Hope to see you there!