March 9-20: PARCC Testing Schedule

Below is a detailed explanation of our school-wide PARCC testing schedule, which begins on March 9th and runs through March 20th. To see a visual breakdown of the schedule on our Google calendar, click on any specific date in March, here.


Testing Overview


We have two weeks during which testing will take place. The first week, March 9-13, is testing for middle school students. The second week, March 16-20, is testing for high school students. Middle school students will come to school every day during both weeks. High school students will not come to school during the 3 major days of middle school testing week.

The middle school testing is fairly straightforward and is organized by grade level, e.g. 6th Grade Literacy test, 7th grade Math test, etc. In order to accomplish all of the testing for all three grades, we need to use our teachers, all of whom are both middle school and high school teachers, to proctor the tests. This is why we will not hold any high school classes during the middle school testing days.

The high school testing is not organized by grade, but rather by course. High school students will only come to school on the days that their subjects are being tested. For example, there is a testing day for Geometry and Algebra 2, and all high school students who are enrolled in Geometry or Algebra 2 will come to school to test on that day. However, all high school students who are NOT enrolled in Geometry or Algebra 2 will not come to school on that day. (Middle school students come to school every day, regardless of the high school testing schedule.)

Below is a detailed description of the DCIS testing schedule. For high school parents: please make a note of which days your student will need to be in school to test, and which days your child will not come to school. We know this is bit complicated, and certainly a big change from previous testing schedules, so please feel free to contact us with any questions.


Testing Schedule

Monday, 3/9

  • 6th-graders: Testing all day
  • 7th-graders: Testing all day
  • 8th-graders: In classes all day
  • 9th-12th-graders: HS STUDENTS DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Tuesday, 3/10

  • 6th-graders: Testing in the morning; in classes in the afternoon
  • 7th-graders: Testing in the morning; in classes in the afternoon
  • 8th-graders: In classes in the morning; testing in the afternoon
  • 9th-12th-graders: HS STUDENTS DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Wednesday, 3/11

  • 6th-graders: In classes all day
  • 7th-graders: In classes all day
  • 8th-graders: Testing all day
  • 9th-12th-graders: HS STUDENTS DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Thursday, 3/12

  • 6th-graders: In classes all day
  • 7th-graders: In classes all day
  • 8th-graders: Testing period 6 only; in classes period 8 and 10
  • 9th-12th graders: In classes all day-ALL STUDENTS IN SCHOOL ALL DAY

Friday, 3/13

  • NO TESTING (make-ups only) – all MS and HS students are in classes all day. ALL STUDENTS IN SCHOOL ALL DAY

Monday, 3/16 INTRO TO LIT AND AMERICAN LIT TESTING DAY

  • 6th-graders: In classes all day
  • 7th-graders: In classes all day
  • 8th-graders: In classes all day
  • 9th-graders: Testing all day
  • 10th-graders: Testing all day
  • 11th and 12th-graders: 11TH AND 12TH GRADE STUDENTS DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL (Unless enrolled in Intro to Lit or American Lit)

Tuesday, 3/17

NO TESTING TODAY– ALL STUDENTS IN SCHOOL ALL DAY

Wednesday, 3/18 ALGEBRA 1 and 11TH GRADE LITERACY TESTING DAY

  • 6th-graders: In classes all day
  • 7th-graders: In classes all day
  • 8th-graders: In classes all day
  • 9th and 10th graders: 9th and 10th graders in Algebra 1 come to school to test. 9th and 10th graders WHO ARE NOT in Algebra 1 DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL
  • 11th-graders: Testing all day. All 11th graders are in school all day
  • 12th-graders: 12TH GRADERS DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL (unless enrolled in Algebra 1)

Thursday, 3/19 GEOMETRY AND ALGEBRA 2 TESTING DAY

  • 6th-graders: In classes all day
  • 7th-graders: In classes all day
  • 8th-graders: In classes all day
  • 9th-12th graders: 9th-12th grade students enrolled in Geometry or Algebra 2 come to school to test.
  • All other high school students, WHO ARE NOT in Geometry or Algebra 2 DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL TODAY

Friday, 3/20

  • ALL STUDENTS IN CLASS ALL DAY

March 3: CSC Meeting

The agenda for this meeting is here. More info is available here.

February 27th: DPS Features DCIS in News Video

Denver Public Schools News Now recently featured DCIS students and teachers for our participation in the district’s Differentiated Roles program:

February 26th: CSC Meeting

Here is the agenda for the 2/26 CSC meeting. More info is available here.

February 23: CCTV Features DCIS in News Video

China’s largest broadcaster, Chinese Central Television (CCTV, or 中国中央电视台), featured DCIS in a story about the teaching of Chinese in US schools:

February 24th, 26th, 27th: Middle School Girls Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts for Phoenix Girls Middle School Soccer will be held February 24, 26, and 27, 2015. Tryouts are open to all girls, grade 6-8. All interested girls should bring an updated physical to the DCIS main office, or to Coach Gerardo Muñoz in room 123. Girls will not be permitted to try out with a physical.

Also, as the weather is quite unpredictable at that time of year, make sure all girls bring warm clothing in case of cold, both flat shoes and cleats for indoor and outdoor activities, plenty of water, and a ball. Girls should dress appropriately for physical movement.

If you have other questions, please contact Gerardo Munoz at gerardo_munoz@dpsk12.org, or 720-423-9023.

February 19th: Spring Conferences

Conferences will be hosted on February 19th from 4-7 pm. The format this year is designed to provide two options for families to talk to teachers and review student progress:

(1) 4-5 pm = Walk-ins – Families are invited to stop by teachers’ classrooms for informal conversations and general questions. If a teacher is engaged in a conversation, please feel free to take a seat in the hall for the next available walk-in. No prior scheduling is required.

(2) 5-7 pm = Scheduled appointments – Families requiring a more lengthy conversation are encouraged to schedule an appointment for a designated time slot. Times slots are estimated to be 20-minutes each. Please contact the advisement teacher to schedule an appointment.

February 13th: Chaperones, Donations Needed for High School Valentine’s Day Dance

Student Council is requesting volunteer chaperones for the Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday February 13, 2015. The dance will be held from 7pm-10pm. They need at least 3 chaperones each hour– so roughly 9 parent volunteers with the supervision of Theresa Mccorquodale, Michelle Wright, and Kimberly Rodriquez.

Student Council is also asking for donations of refreshments such as water, snacks, pizza, etc. If you can donate either your time or snacks, please contact Kimberly Rodriquez (kimberly_rodriquez@dpsk12.org). It would be a big help in the process of this fundraiser for prom!

February 5th: CSC Meeting

You can read the meeting’s agenda here. More info is available here.

January 30th: DCIS Talent Show

The DCIS Talent show will be held this Friday, January 30th at 5:30p in the DCIS Auditorium. Cost will be $3 per student and $5 per adult. All proceeds from the gate and from certain vendors will go the Peruvian Hearts, a nonprofit organization started by a Colorado kid 10 years ago to help educate young women in Peru.

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