Travel fair!

PLEASE JOIN US at the “Travel Fair: a showcase of opportunities for 4th to 12th grade students” on Wed., Sept. 26, 3-7 PM at DCIS Baker (574 W. 6th Ave., Denver, CO 80204). The Travel Fair is free and open to the public, with more than 20 exhibitors representing Gap Year, Travel, Study Abroad, Cultural Exchange, Language Immersion, and Service Opportunities. In addition, expect delicious food for sale! Join us for dinner 4-7PM. See  and email  with questions.  Exhibitors can register at  – See you at the Travel Fair!

PSAT/NMSQT Registration

Attention 11th graders! You can register to take the PSAT/ NMSQT test here at DCIS. The test date is October 10. Some thing to know:

The test is optional

The test will give you practice for the SAT this spring, and your score could qualify you for a chance at the prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

The cost of the test is $16, due in the office by the end of the day on September 12

Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Seeks Members

The DCIS CSC is looking for two parents to serve on the committee for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The CSC is composed of parent, staff and student representatives who work on the school improvement plan, evaluate school data, provide strategic direction for DCIS, and provide guidance on and evaluation of the school budget. Meetings take place monthly, and representatives serve two-year terms. Parents of students at all grade levels are welcome!

Please send an email by Thursday, Sept. 13, to parent member Jennifer Gentry with your name, email and a description of your interest in being part of the CSC. She’ll contact you with further details, and voting by the larger DCIS community will take place the following week. If you’d like more information about the CSC, please visit the CSC web page.

Back to School Night

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6-7:30 pm 

Potluck and Club Fair, 5-5:55 pm

Back to School Night will be a “Follow Your Student’s Schedule” format, with advisement repeated to give parents with more than one student an option to connect with both advisement teachers. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend Back to School Night along with their parents or guardians. Here’s the schedule:

5:00-5:55      Potluck Social in the Cafeteria (sign-up below)

5:30-5:55      Club Fair in the Main Hallway

6:00-6:15      Advisement Class (5th period) (grade-level expectations)

6:18-6:24      1st period

6:27-6:33      2nd period

6:36-6:42      3rd period

6:45-6:51      4th period

6:54-7:00      6th period

7:03-7:09      7th period

7:12-7:18      8th period

7:20-7:30      Advisement (5th period) (optional)



Please join the PTSA from 5-5:55 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the school cafeteria for a social gathering. We will have a table for each grade so you can meet other parents with children in the same grade as yours.

The club fair will give students and parents an opportunity to explore the many club options available.

Please will you bring something to share? It can be something sweet or savory, store-bought or homemade, or something to drink. You can sign up here.

We will have maps of the school so you can plan your route between classes. The schedule allows only three minutes to get from one classroom to the next, so we will have to hustle!

Lastly, we’ll be selling Canyonlands T-shirts and hoodies.

See you Wednesday!

Join Us for Taco Night!

There will be games, a silent auction and more!! Friday, August 24th After-school activities for students will run from 3-5 pm; tacos serves from 5-7 pm; the silent auction will be open from 4-7 pm.

FREE tacos!

Chili cook-off!

Best dessert competition!

Fun games/activities!

Silent auction to support student enrichment activities!

Come to connect! Catch up with old friends, meet new ones, mingle with DCIS faculty and staff!

This not-to-be-misses event for all DCIS students, families and staff is a wonderful way to kick off the new school year. Hope to see you there!



2018-19 School Calendar

There have been some questions about the school calendar this year. Please note that DCIS is following the DPS calendar, which you can find here, with one small change: DPS indicates the last day of school is a half day on June 1. Our last day of school will be May 30 for all grades except 6th and 7th, and May 31 for 6th and 7th graders, which will be a field day. The 31st will also be a makeup day for high school final exams. Check this newsletter each week or the calendar on our website for weekly updates specific to our school.

DCIS Connect App Gets a Face-Lift

The DCIS Connect app not only has a new look, but it can do a whole lot more. The upgrades are so significant, in fact, that you have to download a whole new app. That’s right … go ahead and delete your old one (if you have it), and follow these easy instructions to get the new one.

Not only will you receive push notifications with the new app, but you’ll be able to communicate directly with staff members. And if your native language is one other than English, no problem! You’ll set up the app in your preferred language. All communications from others will appear in that language, and when you write communications in your native language, they’ll be translated into English or the preferred language of the recipient!

These messaging capabilities will be available as part of the groups function, which is being rolled out in the next few weeks. We’ll provide more detailed guidance on how to use those features once they become available.

In the meantime, take some time to familiarize yourself with the app. Check out the calendar, the newsletter and the various resources. And please understand it’s a work in progress, both with respect to the content you can access through the app and its capabilities. If you have trouble downloading the app or have any questions about it, reach out to the Flyer Support team at

Come learn about a once in a lifetime trip to Spain and Morocco!

What: Informational meeting about Spain/Morocco trip

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 6 to 7pm

Who: any 7th to 12th grade student or family interested

Where: Room 111 / Ms Burns room


Dear Students and Families,

Are your students interested in going to on the Morocco/Spain trip in the Spring of 2019? There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 22nd in Room 111 at DCIS from 6-7pm.  The trip is open to all high school, 8th grade, and 7th grade with teacher recommendation.  This meeting will cover the itinerary of the trip, costs, fundraising and scholarship opportunities, and be an opportunity to answer any questions from students and their families.  There is no obligation to sign up the same day.  We hope to see you soon for more information!  The trip will be chaperoned by Ms. Burns and Mr. Garvey and they are leading the meeting.  If you have any questions before or after the meeting, please email or text via What’s App at (303)547-2734


Estimados Estudiantes y Padres de Familia,

¿Les interesa el viaje a Marruecos/España durante la primavera de 2019?  Hay una reunión para más información que tendrá lugar miércoles, el 22 de agosto en clase 111 en DCIS desde las 6:00 por la tarde hasta las 7:00.  El viaje está abierto a todo high school, 8º grade, y 7º grado con recomendaciones de maestros.  La reunión se trata del itinerario, precios, oportunidades para becas y recaudaciones de fondos, y además presenta una oportunidad para contestar preguntas de estudiantes y sus familias.  No hay ninguna obligación matricularse después de la reunión.  ¡Esperamos verles pronto para más información!  Sra. Burns y Sr. Garvey van a acompañar a los estudiantes y dirigen la reunión.  Si Uds. tienen más preguntas antes o después de la reunión, póngase en contacto a o manda un mensaje de What’s App a (303)547-2734.