Hello Families of DCIS,


Please read the attached letter with news from Ms. McCorquodale.  If there are any questions, do not hesitate to contact the main office at 720-423-9000


Hola Familias de DCIS,


Les pedimos que lean la carta adjunta, con noticias de Ms. McCorquodale.  Si tienen alguna pregunta adicional, favor de comunicarce con la oficina principal al 720-423-9000

9th Grade Academy

Attention Incoming Freshman-


9th Grade Academy begins August 5th , and goes until August 8th.

Each day begins at 8:00AM, and ends at 12:00PM (Noon).


If you are interested, please click the link below to sign up.



Required:    High School Name

Student’s Full Name and ID Number

Student’s Address & Phone Number

CHANGE: Reception for 8th graders not yet assigned to a high school

On April 11, 2019, we sent out invitations to a reception to learn more about the option to come to the Denver Center for International Studies for 9th grade. We have changed the plan and instead of one event on April 24, we would like to invite you and your family to visit the school at a time that is best for you.

Please call our main office at 720-423-9000 to set up a visit and learn more about our school.


El 11 de abril del 2019, le enviamos una invitación a una recepción para obtener más información sobre la opción de asistir a DCIS para el 9º grado. Hemos cambiado el plan y, en lugar de un evento el 24 de abril, nos gustaría invitarlo a usted y a su familia a visitar la escuela en el momento que más le convenga. Llame a nuestra oficina principal al 720-423-9000 para crear una cita para visitor nuestra escuela.

Thursday April 14

Dear DCIS Families,


We are so grateful to be getting ready to return to school tomorrow, Thursday, so we can come back together as a school community. The threat to Denver Area schools is no longer present, but we know that there can be a lasting impact for all of us. We are proud that our school already has a strong safety plan and we will reinforce and follow our procedures to ensure everyone is safe on campus at all times. This includes doors remaining locked, visitors entering only through the East doors and signing in, and supervising entrances and exits during lunch.


We will start the day tomorrow in Advisement so students and teachers can have the chance to reconnect, to share questions and reactions to today’s events, and to ensure everyone knows about resources and strategies that are available to support our individual and shared well-being. The health and wellness of our students and community is the highest priority as it is the foundation for the hard work we do with academics every day.


One strategy to support our community is to resume school activities as they were originally scheduled. For that reason, we will pick up after school activities and athletics again on Thursday afternoon and we will continue with our work to show off through middle school testing. This means that 8th graders will take two tests (but shorter than on Tuesday) after the Advisement period Thursday morning and will finish with the last two short tests on Friday after All School Meeting. This is a critical activity for our 8th grade students and our school and we’re excited to resume.


We will be shifting Monday, April 22 to be a GREEN DAY to recover the balance of block days. All other scheduled activities and events will proceed as usual, but we hope you’ll call the office if you want to confirm or ask questions about any of this.


Looking forward to a strong DCIS end-of-week,

Jenn Zinn and the DCIS Leadership Team

High School Choice of Study Update

For 2019-2020 High Schoolers and families! (April 11, 2019)

Next week you will have the chance to tell the counselors your preferences for your “Course of Study” for next year. Please follow this link to see the available courses (on each page you’ll see the required courses on the left and the elective courses you’ll be able to select on the right).

We can’t promise that everyone will get your preferences for classes, but we will do our best. We will bring students in to fill out their preferences online and then give students their draft schedules before the end of this school year.

Please discuss these options together and be ready to select your preferences next week. Students can talk with counselors about any questions you have, too.

DCIS CMAS Scheduling

Dear DCIS families,


Spring testing will begin in early April and continue through late April. We appreciate each family’s commitment to getting students to school on time during this period and each student’s commitment to doing their very best.


The benefits of spring testing include the following:

  • Students and teachers work hard all year, and these tests allow students to demonstrate their incredible growth.
  • This data testing provides on student’s mastery of course content is used to inform instruction.
  • Taking standardized tests in any grade is great practice for SAT, ACT, and AP exams, whose scores largely dictate where a student will be able to attend college.


While you may opt your students out of these exams, we ask that you take these points into consideration before making your decision. In order to properly prepare students for these exams, we ask all parents who are opting out their students to inform the school in writing by April 8, 2019. We may not be able to accommodate opt-outs after this date.


The full testing schedule for each grade level is on the following page. Questions and concerns can be shared with your student’s advisor or with our administrator Mario Giardiello at Mario_Giardiello@dpsk12.org and (720) 423-9102.


Thank you for your commitment to our students and school,


Jennifer Zinn,

Acting Principal


Estimadas familias de DCIS,

Con el comienzo de la primavera, también tenemos el comienzo de los exámenes escolares que duraran casi todo el mes de abril.  Les pedimos que se aseguren que los estudiantes lleguen a tiempo a clases, y les agradecemos el apoyo y esfuerzo que los estudiantes ponen por hacer lo mejor.

Los beneficios recibidos por los exámenes de primavera son:

  • Los estudiantes y los maestros trabajan duro todo el año, y estas pruebas les permiten a los estudiantes demostrar su increíble crecimiento.
  • Esta prueba de datos proporciona el dominio del estudiante del contenido del curso que se utiliza para informar la instrucción.
  • Tomar exámenes estandarizados en cualquier grado es una gran práctica para los exámenes SAT, ACT y AP, cuyas calificaciones determinan en gran medida dónde un estudiante podrá asistir a la universidad.

A pesar de que puede optar fuera de los exámenes para que su estudiante no participe en ellos, les pedimos que consideren estos puntos antes de tomar su decisión.  También les pedimos que los padres que decidan que su estudiante no va a participar, nos notifique por escrito para el 8 de abril de 2019.  Si recibimos una notificación después de esta fecha, puede que no podamos hacer la exclusión.

El calendario completo con los exámenes para cada grado escolar está en la próxima página.  Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes, las puede compartir con el administrador Mario Giardiello al correo Mario_Giardiello@dpsk12.org o llamarlo al (720) 423-9102.

Gracias de nuevo por su compromiso con los estudiantes y nuestra escuela,

Jennifer Zinn

Directora en Función





6th Grade  

MATH and ELA tests

4/22, 4/23, and 4/24 at 8am


7th Grade  

MATH and ELA tests

4/8, 4/10, and 4/11 at 8am


8th Grade SCIENCE and ELA tests

4/16, 4/17, and 4/18 at 8am


MATH testing

In class starting 4/2


9th and 10th Grade


No CMAS/PARCC testing
11th Grade  


4/5/17 8 am



12th Grade


No CMAS/PARCC testing