Digital Exchange with Iraq! A virtual exchange – Applications due before 3/1/17

No passport needed. No cost. Just an opportunity to connect with peers in Iraq! Applications due before MARCH 1, 2017.

The Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP) is an online exchange program for high school students in Iraq and the United States. Through DYLEP students develop their leadership skills, learn how to work together with people of diverse backgrounds, and design concrete projects to address issues in their communities. The themes covered during the exchange include leadership, digital citizenship, civic engagement, global issues, exchange, diversity, and empathy.

Started in 2016, DYLEP is a program funded by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanged between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East. Selected students will participate in DYLEP completely free of charge, and learn how to use a variety of technological tools. Students will explore global issues, share ideas, and collaborate on solutions while learning about each other’s cultures. By the end of the program, students will be empowered to take action in their local communities and will have gained a network of peers they can turn to for support.

Eligibility for U.S. Students
be at least 15 years old but not more than 18 years old at the time of June 1, 2017;
have completed at least one year of high school before the start of the program in June 2017;
have a high school graduation year of 2018 or later;
have permission from a legal guardian to participate in the exchange program online;
reside in the United States;
have English language proficiency.

Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017. The virtual exchange program will take place June – August, 2017.

For more information and to apply, eligible students can visit the DYLEP website.


Applications for second semester Travel Scholarships will be available  at a lunchtime meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 20 in the Travel Center. Students MUST attend one of these meetings to get an application and be eligible for a DCIS Foundation Travel Scholarship. Travel Scholarships are available to high school students and middle school students going on a DCIS school sponsored trip.

Party Time!

Whew! The end of the semester is here. Join us for a celebration
potluck/social at our December Family Night with the theme

Our Families, Our Traditions

** Bring the whole family … get to know other DCIS families and staff **

** Bring a dish from your family’s tradition to share **

** Enter a dessert in our Sweet Treat Smackdown **

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6–7:30 pm (cafeteria)

RSVP here or text 303.910.6698.

Travel Day: Passport to Travel

The DCIS Travel Committee hosted a Travel Day to promote student travel and share information about all of the wonderful travel opportunities out there for our students. Students presented about the various travel and exchange programs that they’ve participated in. Students were given ‘passports’ that they had stamped by the individual presenters at the fair. It was an informative, fun, and engaging event!

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Former Denver Nuggets Player Visits DCIS

IMG_3768On Friday, 11/4, former Denver Nuggets player Ervin Johnson came to talk to our middle schoolers at DCIS during community meeting. “Believe in yourself…you’ve got to have confidence,” he told the audience. Johnson spoke about his background and values, and gave our students valuable advice about topics including peer pressure, making good choices, developing good habits, and treating each other with respect. Students were able to ask Ervin Johnson questions, and learned how tall he is, his shoe size, and his basketball stats.

The one down side: Mr. Johnson loves football, but he’s not a Broncos fan.