Past DCIS Connect Newsletters (2016–2017) (Spring Semester)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 16–22, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

CONGRATULATIONS 5280 CHALLENGE TEAM!

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.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • CSC MEETING: Thursday, March 16, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • THIRD QUARTER ENDS: Friday, March 17

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • 9th GRADE TRIP: DPS Higher Schools Expo, Friday, March 24
  • DEBATE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Friday–Saturday, March 24–25, University of Denver, all day
  • SPRING BREAK: March 27-April 3
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEES, Tuesday, April 4, 8:15–9:15 (English), and Wednesday, April 5, 8:45–9:45 (Spanish), DCIS Community Room (103)
  • COLLEGE TESTING DAY: Tuesday, April 11. For 10th and 11th graders ONLY. There will be NO SCHOOL for students in grades 6–9 and 12.
  • DPS FAMILY LEADERSHIP TRAINING: Thursday, April 13, 9 am–12:30 pm, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • DCIS FOUNDATION SPRING DINNER: Wednesday, April 19; cocktails 6 pm, dinner 7 pm.
  • SPRING MUSICAL: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS: Thursday–Saturday, April 27-29, 6 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • DPS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Friday, April 28; 8 am-5 pm, DCPA Complex
  • 10TH GRADE FAMILIES: CANYONLANDS TRIP INFORMATION MEETING, Wednesday, April 26, 6–7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • 10TH GRADE TRAVEL WEEK, May 15-19. 10th graders will either be on the Stay Local trip or in Canyonlands.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

The season of CMAS testing is upon us! There is much less state testing required than there used to be, which is good news. Essentially students in grades 6-9 take a CMAS English test and a CMAS math test, and that is it. (8th graders take a short science test, which they can accomplish during their regularly scheduled science class with Mr. Brown.) This is significantly reduced from years past during which there were two separate test administrations for both math and English, plus science and social studies for all students—by all accounts, way too much testing! The CMAS math and English tests will be administered over the course of three mornings, so students won’t have more than 2.5 hours of testing on any one day. Monday, March 20, is the first day of testing (for 8th and 9th graders only), and the bell schedule has been slightly revised for that day, which you can view here.

Students in grades 10 and 11 will take college readiness exams, with 10th graders taking the PSAT and 11th graders taking the SAT; 11th graders will also take a short science test. Students in these grades will not take any CMAS/PARCC tests at all.

These assessments allow us to gain helpful information about student progress. We use test results to ensure that students are enrolled in appropriate courses, programs and services. In addition, we use results to measure our school’s effectiveness, track our progress and growth, and make improvements in our practice.

All tests will take place during the regular school day, and no students will miss any classes, with the exception of April 11, which is our college testing day, and only sophomores and juniors will attend. There will be no classes that day for students in grades 6-9 or grade 12.

You can view the complete testing schedule here.

Thank you in advance for your support during the testing season. We are excited to see just how well our Phoenix students do on these tests!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

CSC MEETING

The next CSC meeting is TODAY, Thursday, March 16, 4:30-6:30 pm, in the DCIS Community Room (103). On this month’s agenda:

  1. Public comment
  2. Discipline and attendance updates
  3. Protocol on disciplinary procedures/consequences
  4. UIP updates

As always, we welcome guests and allow for public comment in the first 15 minutes of each meeting. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can send comments, concerns or statements to be read at the meeting to one of our members.

PTSA GRANT MONIES
Have an idea for a cultural enrichment opportunity to benefit DCIS students but you’re unsure how to fund it? Consider submitting a 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. You can apply online here.

CANYONLANDS TRIP INFORMATIONAL MEETING

There will be an informational meeting for the 10th grade Canyonlands trip on Wednesday, April 26, 6-7 pm. During the meeting we will review the trip itinerary and required supplies and help parents register online with Canyonlands.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

SENIORS
The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) offers need-based scholarships to qualifying graduates of Denver Public Schools. The scholarship can be used at DSF’s Partner Colleges in Colorado, including technical, community and four-year colleges and universities. Students must enroll full-time. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years depending on the type of college you attend. Click here for more info.

JUNIORS
Click here for information on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Summer Program.

JUNIORS AND SENIORS
Off-Campus Study: If you are interested in taking a college course off campus in fall 2017, please speak to your school counselor about taking the Accuplacer test if you have not already done so. This is the first step to enrolling for a college-level course.

Visiting Out-of-State Colleges Over Spring Break? There’s still time to apply for a $150 travel stipend! Please contact your counselor to complete Part I of the application NOW. This may be the final year we offer the stipend, so take advantage of it now!

CHOICE OF STUDY FOR NEXT YEAR
Students in grades 8-11 are in the process of registering for classes for the 2017-18 school year. Please speak to your student about what to take next year. The deadline to complete course selection is Friday, March 24. Contact your student’s counselor with any questions:

If you have questions about your 8th grader’s school next year, please contact the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services by calling 720-423-3493 or emailing SchoolChoice@dpsk12.org.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Accuplacer
The Accuplacer is a computerized assessment tool offered through the College Board that colleges use to determine new students’ skill level in reading, writing and mathematics. Prospective students should prepare for the test by practicing online.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

A TAKING ACTION AND COMMUNICATING IDEAS OPPORTUNITY for middle and high school studentsEmpowerment Through Integration (ETI) is a nonprofit whose mission is to develop an inclusive society by transforming social stigma against disability around the globe. They hope to empower blind youth to be authors of their futures and change-makers of their societies. ETI is holding its first ETI Expressions Competition to encourage middle and high school students to contemplate and recognize how diversity shapes their lives and to be role models to others who may not have the same view of diversity.

This competition offers students across the U.S. the opportunity to present their individual understanding and awareness of diversity and inclusion through creativity and personal stories in the form of an essay, short film or video. The first-place prize is a $500 cash award and two tickets to the ETI annual gala. Click here to apply by Thursday, Aug. 31.

SEEKING THREE HOST FAMILIES TO HOST A STUDENT FOR THREE MONTHS NEXT YEAR: Denver Rotary Club is recruiting three families to host a student during the 2017-18 school year. Families generally host for 3-4 months. The international exchange student will be 15–17 years old and will stay with the first DCIS family from the beginning of the school year through Thanksgiving, the second family from just after Thanksgiving until around March, and then the third family will host from March through the end of the school year. Students will be from South America, Europe or Asia. If interested in hosting next year, please email Scott White from Denver Rotary.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

FRENCH TUTOR

Need help with French homework? Want to practice your French speaking skills, or get a multicultural perspective on the French language? My son, Arnold, is a native French speaker from Cameroon who is offering private French tutoring for French 1-4 students and French conversation practice at all levels. Arnold is an honor student at George Washington High School. $20/hour. Call or text me, Amy, at 720-338-0430.

April 19: SAVE THE DATE! 

DCIS FOUNDATION SPRING DINNER

Join the DCIS Foundation for an evening of inspiring speakers and delicious food with a global flair. Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Colorado senator and Colorado attorney general, is the keynote speaker. The event takes place Wednesday, April 19, at the Denver Athletic Club. Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $125 — buy yours today, or sponsor a teacher if you can’t make it! More info here.

Culinary Edition

Did you know…

  • Most wasabi consumed is not real wasabi, but colored horseradish.
  • Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
  • A Cinnabon Classic has less sugar than a 20-oz bottle of Pepsi.
  • No matter what color Fruit Loop you eat, they all taste the same.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 9–15, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • RECLAIMING COLOR CONFERENCE: A leadership conference for students of color and allies. Saturday, March 11, 8:30 am–3 pm, DCIS.
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Applications are due Sunday, March 26. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain. Please email marie@adolesco.org for more information.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS: Sunday, March 12
  • CSC MEETING: Thursday, March 16, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • THIRD QUARTER ENDS: Friday, March 17
  • 9th GRADE TRIP: DPS Higher Schools Expo, Friday, March 24
  • DEBATE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Saturday–Sunday, March 25–26, University of Denver
  • SPRING BREAK: March 27-April 3
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEES, Tuesday, April 4, 8:15–9:15 (English), and Wednesday, April 5, 8:45–9:45 (Spanish), DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS FOUNDATION SPRING DINNER: Wednesday, April 19; cocktails 6 pm, dinner 7 pm.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

By now you probably either have read about our new cell phone policy or your children have told you about it. So far this week, it is working really well, and we are seeing a huge improvement. As mentioned last week, we are asking parents to help us with this policy by not calling or texting your children during the school day. If you need to reach your child urgently, please call the main office, and we will get a message to your child for you. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

In exciting news, our DCIS 5280 team — which uses creativity, teamwork and ingenuity to address some of our community’s most pressing problems — competed in the districtwide contest with 26 other schools this week, and they won FIRST PLACE!!! Kudos to our kids on the 5280 team and their sponsor, Ms. Finnegan-Doyan. Go DCIS!

Looking ahead, our spring break will be the week of March 27th. And although it is a staff workday, Monday, April 3, is a student holiday, so students will return to school after break on Tuesday, April 4. We look forward to everyone working hard until then, as we have lots going on in the next two weeks, and then enjoying a full week of vacation.

Thank you for your support of your children and of DCIS on a daily basis. We appreciate our parents!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Colorado State Representative Joseph Salazar is the keynote speaker. Students can sign up for a variety of workshops being offered by LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado), Cafe Cultura, Theater for Social Change (Ms. Kerswill) and other organizations. All students (DCIS or otherwise) can attend, and DCIS students can earn special event credit. Email here with questions or to register.

RAISE YOUR HAND …

CANYONLANDS TRIP FOR SOPHOMORES

On May 15-19, many of our 10th graders will be heading to Canyonlands Field Institute in Utah to experience the natural world through the lens of historian, nature writer, scientist and mathematician. Please consider donating to help fund this wonderful trip.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

SENIORS
The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) offers need-based scholarships to qualifying graduates of Denver Public Schools. The scholarship can be used at DSF’s Partner Colleges in Colorado, including technical, community and four-year colleges and universities. Students must enroll full-time. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years depending on the type of college you attend. Click here for more info.

JUNIORS
Click here for information on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Summer Program.

SOPHOMORES
The Medical Career Collaborative (MC²) is a program that provides internship opportunities for students interested in pursuing medical careers. Because it requires a two-year commitment (junior and senior years), the MC² selection committee will accept applications only from current sophomores. Click here to download the application.

CHOICE OF STUDY FOR NEXT YEAR
Students in grades 8-11 are in the process of registering for classes for the 2017-18 school year. This weekend would be a great time to talk with your students about the classes they’ll be taking next year. Contact your student’s counselor with any questions:

If you have questions about your 8th grader’s school next year, please contact the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services by calling 720-423-3493 or emailing SchoolChoice@dpsk12.org.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Transcript
A transcript is an official historical academic record of all courses for which a student has registered. Students can obtain a copy of their transcript from the Registrar’s Office at their college.

EXTRACURRICULARS …

CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS 2017 SUMMER INTERNSHIP
This summer 20 extraordinary teens will be commissioned to design temporary, site-specific artwork in Denver in response to an issue of global concern. Interns explore contemporary artists, discover careers in the arts through panel discussions with creative professionals and visit innovative work spaces. They also practice industry skills including graphic design, drafting, public speaking, code switching, photo documentation, networking, resume writing, blogging, etc. The cohort is drawn from throughout the city, and interns are selected based on their demonstrated passion for the arts, civic engagement and curiosity about creative careers. Application deadline is MARCH 31. Learn more here.

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Women’s Day of Service
Saturday, March 25, times vary
Lots of fun opportunities throughout the city! Click here to learn more.
Serve a Meal to People Who are Struggling with Homelessness
Wednesday, March 292-5 pm
St. Francis Center, 2323 Curtis St., Denver
Help with serving a nutritious and delicious meal to 300+ hungry guests.

For more information on either of these events, please email Michelle or sign up on the Philanthropy Field Trips website.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS INTERESTED IN TEACHING: Generation Teach partners with DPS to provide diverse high school students and undergraduates with summer teaching experiences to inspire them to become urban teachers. They are eager to recruit many DCIS students and alumni for summer 2017.

SEEKING THREE HOST FAMILIES TO HOST A STUDENT FOR THREE MONTHS NEXT YEAR: Denver Rotary Club is recruiting three families to host a student during the 2017-18 school year. Families generally host for 3-4 months. The international exchange student will be 15–17 years old and will stay with the first DCIS family from the beginning of the school year through Thanksgiving, the second family from just after Thanksgiving until around March, and then the third family will host from March through the end of the school year. Students will be from South America, Europe or Asia. If interested in hosting next year, please email Scott White from Denver Rotary.

INCREDIBLE  INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY IN THE MIDDLE EAST: The Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) is an international boarding high school that offers a life-changing experience for young adults (ages 16-18) from Israel, the Middle East and around the world. Established in 2014, EMIS fosters international and intercultural understanding and promotes personal and social leadership among its students through a shared two-year educational and living experience. The school has around 160 enrolled students representing about 40 countries. EMIS students are admitted on merit and potential alone and are offered need-based scholarships. The academic program follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma curriculum coupled with a hands-on approach to learning. Watch the video here. Learn more here.

DIGITAL EXCHANGE WITH IRAQ: NO PASSPORT NEEDED. NO MONEY FOR TRAVEL OR TO APPLY! Applications due MARCH 15. Open to high school students ages 15-18. PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD! Find out more here.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204


April 19: SAVE THE DATE! 

DCIS FOUNDATION SPRING DINNER

Join the DCIS Foundation for an evening of inspiring speakers and delicious food with a global flair. Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Colorado senator and Colorado attorney general, is the keynote speaker. The event takes place Wednesday, April 19, at the Denver Athletic Club. Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $125 — buy yours today, or sponsor a teacher if you can’t make it! More info here.

Science Edition

Did you know…

  • There is enough DNA in the average person’s body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back — 17 times.
  • There are 8 times as many atoms in a teaspoonful of water as there are teaspoonfuls of water in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The average person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in a lifetime.
  • An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 2–8, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE: Tuesday, March 7 (English), and Wednesday, March 8 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • DPS FAMILY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, Thursday, March 9, 9 am–12:30 pm, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain.
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS: Sunday, March 12
  • CSC MEETING: Thursday, March 16, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • THIRD QUARTER ENDS: Friday, March 17
  • 9th GRADE TRIP: DPS Higher Schools Expo, Friday, March 24
  • DEBATE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Saturday–Sunday, March 25–26, University of Denver
  • SPRING BREAK: March 27-April 3

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

Good news is in store for DCIS! Our budget for 2017-18 has been approved, and we have considerable additional support headed our way, thanks in part to bond and mill levy monies as well as a new policy that gives schools that are close to qualifying as a Title 1 school (but don’t actually qualify) some additional support. As a result of this additional support, we will have:

  • A dean of students to supervise behavior plans, implement consistent school systems, and oversee both discipline and restorative approaches
  • A full-time site assessment leader to oversee and plan for testing including ACCESS, CMAS, PSAT, SAT, etc.
  • A full-time nurse
  • A full-time social worker
  • A full-time passroom paraprofessional to supervise in-school suspension and assist with discipline, lunch detention, restorative approaches, hall duty, etc.
  • A full-time English Language Learner support paraprofessional to assist in the ELD classroom
  • An additional math intervention teacher

We are very excited about the additional support we will have next year.

As for this year, our Solutions Committee has been hard at work implementing systems to improve our school climate, such as a hall pass system and, starting next week, a new and improved cell phone policy. In addition, our student mentoring program has been highly successful, and we are beginning to see a decrease in discipline incidents at our school. We know there have been some challenges this year, especially in our middle school, and we really appreciate the thoughts, suggestions and support we are receiving from parents like you! Thank you. We are making a difference.

On a completely different note, DCIS is still in desperate need of tissues! If you can pick up an extra box the next time you are at the store, please do. Our students and teachers would really appreciate it.

I look forward to seeing you at the Parent-Principal Coffees next week. The meeting in English will be Tuesday, March 7, at 8:15 am, and the meeting in Spanish will be Wednesday, March 8, at 8:45 am. See you there!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

LAST CHANCE TO CHIME IN!

If you didn’t attend the Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, but would like to add your ideas to the list OR if you attended but have additional thoughts to share, you can anonymously respond here. The deadline to respond is Friday, March 3 … that’s TOMORROW!

If you’d like to review the presentation from the meeting or see what others had to say, you can view a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting here and read the notes from all groups here for each of the three questions posed. They were transcribed exactly as written, which means they may contain incomplete thoughts or fragments. But they’ll give you an idea of the rich exchange of ideas. The three questions were:

  • How can we (students, parents and staff) support the DCIS school culture?
  • How can consistent and shared expectations improve school culture?
  • How can we maintain passion for our school mission in a “post-application” world?

RAISE YOUR HAND …

CANYONLANDS TRIP FOR SOPHOMORES
On May 15-19, many of our 10th graders will be heading to Canyonlands Field Institute in Utah to experience the natural world through the lens of historian, nature writer, scientist and mathematician. Please consider donating to help fund this wonderful trip.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Colorado State Representative Joseph Salazar is the keynote speaker. Students can sign up for a variety of workshops being offered by LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado), Cafe Cultura, Theater for Social Change (Ms. Kerswill) and other organizations. All students (DCIS or otherwise) can attend, and DCIS students can earn special event credit. Email here with questions or to register.

TO YOUR HEALTH…

PRESENTATION ON BULLYING
Lauren Goettsch, the school nurse, along with two students presented at the all-school meeting on bullying and how it correlates with depression and suicidal ideation in teenagers. They also showed a video and spoke about Safe2Tell as a resource for our students. You can view the slides here.

PENNY WARS TO SUPPORT LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
This week begins a three-week fundraiser, Penny Wars, to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The class that collects the most pennies will win a pizza party.

MUMPS ALERT

Several cases of the mumps virus have been reported in Colorado in the past few weeks. To minimize the spread of mumps among students, the Colorado Department of Health & Environment has asked schools to provide the following information to families: a cover letter [English Spanish] and a mumps alert letter [English Spanish].

If you have any questions about any of the above, please email the school nurse, Lauren Goettsch, RN, BSN, CNRN, AE-C.

Here’s to your health!


April 19: SAVE THE DATE! 

DCIS FOUNDATION SPRING DINNER

Join the DCIS Foundation for an evening of inspiring speakers and delicious food with a global flair. Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Colorado senator and Colorado attorney general, is the keynote speaker. The event takes place Wednesday, April 19, at the Denver Athletic Club. Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $125 — buy yours today, or sponsor a teacher if you can’t make it! More info here.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

SENIORS
The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) offers need-based scholarships to qualifying graduates of Denver Public Schools. The scholarship can be used at DSF’s Partner Colleges in Colorado, including technical, community and four-year colleges and universities. Students must enroll full-time. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years depending on the type of college you attend. Click here for more info.

JUNIORS
Click here for information on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Summer Program.

SOPHOMORES
The Medical Career Collaborative (MC²) is a program that provides internship opportunities for students interested in pursuing medical careers. Because it requires a two-year commitment (junior and senior years), the MC² selection committee will accept applications only from current sophomores. Click here to download the application.

CHOICE OF STUDY FOR NEXT YEAR
Registration for next year’s courses is beginning. Students in grades 8-11 have received their registration forms with course offerings. This weekend would be a great time to talk with your students about the classes they’ll be taking next year. Contact your student’s counselor with any questions:

Tami Schmidt (for students with last names A-G): 720-423-9006; Tamara_Schmidt@dpsk12.org

Melisa Monteon (for students with last names H-O): 720-423-9105; Melisa_Monteon@dpsk12.org

Ted Brugman (for students with last names P-Z): 720-423-9094; Stuart_Brugman@dpsk12.org

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Tuition. Tuition is the cost of a course or program of study, not including books, lab fees and student fees. Tuition typically is paid at the time of registration or during a designated payment period.

EXTRACURRICULARS …

CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS 2017 SUMMER INTERNSHIP
This summer 20 extraordinary teens will be commissioned to design temporary, site-specific artwork in Denver in response to an issue of global concern. Interns explore contemporary artists, discover careers in the arts through panel discussions with creative professionals and visit innovative work spaces. They also practice industry skills including graphic design, drafting, public speaking, code switching, photo documentation, networking, resume writing, blogging, etc. The cohort is drawn from throughout the city, and interns are selected based on their demonstrated passion for the arts, civic engagement and curiosity about creative careers. Application deadline is MARCH 31. Learn more here.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

NOTE: THE TRAVEL CENTER WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, MARCH 3, AND MONDAY, MARCH 6.

OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAVEL FOR FREE OR VIRTUALLY FREE OR WITH A STIPEND:

FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP: The BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow scholarship program provides full scholarships to financially challenged students ages 15–18 with strong academic records, an interest in the STEM fields and a desire to study abroad for a year in Brazil or India. Application deadline is MARCH 9! For more information and to apply, click here.

DIGITAL EXCHANGE WITH IRAQ: A virtual exchange. No passport needed. No cost. Just an opportunity to connect with peers in Iraq! Applications due before the newly extended deadline of MARCH 15. 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. Find out more here.

ATTENTION ALL JUNIORS AND SENIORS!
If you plan to visit colleges during spring break, out-of-state college travel stipends are still available! The Counseling Center and DCIS Travel Center are teaming up to offer stipends to offset the cost of an airline ticket for juniors and seniors! Stipends are for $150* and can only be used by an approved DCIS student visiting an out-of-state college or university. Stipends are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. *Double stipends will be considered. See your counselor to get an application.

SCHOOL-SPONSORED TRIP TO PERU (SPRING 2018)
Inca Trail and Peruvian Hearts. Open to high school students (and rising 9th graders). See sponsor Ms. Finnegan-Doyon for more information and/or to sign up!

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 23–March 1, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • CSC MEETING, Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • MUN FOSSIL RIDGE CRISIS COUNCILS CONFERENCE, Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:45 am, Fossil Ridge High School, 5400 Ziegler Rd., Fort Collins (map)
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT, Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mapleton

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE: Tuesday, March 7 (English), and Wednesday, March 8 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DPS FAMILY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, Thursday, March 9, 9 am–12:30 pm, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain.
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS: Sunday, March 12
  • THIRD QUARTER ENDS: Friday, March 17
  • 9th GRADE TRIP: DPS Higher Schools Expo, Friday, March 24
  • DEBATE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Saturday–Sunday, March 25–26, University of Denver
  • SPRING BREAK: March 27-April 3

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thank you for your cooperation in making sure you drop off your students in the morning after 7 am and have them picked up in the afternoon before 3:30 pm. As mentioned last week, because of limited supervision and in the interest of safety, we cannot allow students in the building prior to 7 or allow them to stay in the building (unless they are part of a supervised club or sports team) after 3:30. Thanks for your support and for helping us keep all students safe and supervised at all times.

As promised, here are the complete notes from the Town Hall meeting on Feb. 8. You can view a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting here and read the notes from all groups here for each of the three questions posed. They were transcribed exactly as written, which means they may contain incomplete thoughts or fragments. But they’ll give you an idea of the rich exchange of ideas. The summary below highlights the most frequently mentioned ideas. The three questions were:

  • How can we (students, parents and staff) support the DCIS school culture?
  • How can consistent and shared expectations improve school culture?
  • How can we maintain passion for our school mission in a “post-application” world?

Some common themes that arose:

  • Culture: Define the culture, communicate it, and make it clear and visible within the building; make it even clearer to prospective students and parents exactly who we are and who we aren’t.
  • Onboarding: Revamp 6th and 9th grade academies, and continue with culture training refreshers throughout the year for all grades — could use advisement for this (and for building culture); provide specific, detailed onboarding for staff; use older students to mentor younger students; use veteran teachers to mentor newer teachers.
  • Discipline: Create clear expectations and rules; make them consistent across the school; communicate them to staff, students and parents; and enforce them. Rules may differ between middle school and high school as those groups of students have different needs. Two groups mentioned hiring a dean of students  to oversee school culture and discipline.
  • Some groups suggested having more events for families to celebrate DCIS students and to increase parent involvement.

If you did not have the chance to attend the meeting but would like to add your ideas to the list OR if you attended but have additional thoughts to share, you can anonymously respond to the same three questions here.

In other news, the choice of studies process for students currently in grades 8-11 will begin in the next few weeks. All students will have time with a counselor to discuss course options, graduation requirements, etc. Students will select their courses online via Infinite Campus, and parents will be able to view and edit their child’s course requests via Parent Portal during a two- to three-week window. Students currently in grades 6-7 will be placed into 7th or 8th grade schedules respectively, without needing to go through the choice of studies process. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

And finally, a request … DCIS needs tissues! Classrooms are in desperate need of tissues, so if you can send a box or two with your child, please do. Believe me, hundreds of runny noses thank you!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!

The PTSA School Beautification team is looking for photos of DCIS and its students, DCIS student and staff travels (local and abroad), and general scenic photos of different regions of the world, which will be displayed in the front entrance and hallways of the school. Please email any photos you’d like to share to BeautifyDCIS@gmail.com. Because most of these photos will need to be enlarged, please send us photos with sufficient resolution. Also, please include a short description or label of the photo (for example, “Photo of DCIS Trip to Costa Rica” or “Great Wall, China” or the names and grade levels of the students in the photos, where appropriate).
We also need volunteers to help with creating these photo displays and other parts of the beautification project. To see a slideshow of the team’s vision for the school, learn more details about the plan or to sign up to help, click here. There are several ways you can raise your hand, by making a donation, helping from home on your own time or helping to put things up at school. This project is happening now, so if you’d like to help, please sign up today!
COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE  
The CSC’s next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30–6:30 pm. The first 10 minutes of every monthly meeting are open for public comment, and we welcome and encourage ALL families to stick around for the entire meeting. If you have something you would like the CSC to discuss or questions you’d like answered, we encourage you to reach out to one (or all!) of your representatives (student/teacher/parent) and let us know what’s on your mind. On this month’s agenda:
1.  Public comment
2.  Dean of Students and Culture job description input
3.  Debrief from Town Hall meeting/next steps for district funding requests

SAVE THE DATE! 

DCIS FOUNDATION SPRING DINNER ON APRIL 19

Join the DCIS Foundation for an evening of inspiring speakers and delicious food with a global flair. The event takes place Wednesday, April 19, at the Denver Athletic Club. Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $125 — buy yours today, or sponsor a teacher if you can’t make it! Click here for info. More details to come …

SPRING SPORTS ARE READY TO

 AT WEST HIGH SCHOOL

DCIS students are welcome to try out and be a part of these CHSAA-sanctioned activities at West:
  • Coed Track and Field
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys Baseball
  • Girls Golf
Please email any questions to Larry Gile, West HS Athletic Director, at Larry_gile@dpsk12.org.

EXTRACURRICULARS …

TATTERED COVER TEEN ADVISORY BOARD
Board members must be in grades 8–12, be at least 13 years old and have parental permission to participate on the board. Board members attend monthly meetings and monthly author events. A board member who misses more than three scheduled events (either the monthly meeting or the author event) will forfeit their position on the board. Apply here.

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS 
Morey Middle School invites DPS families and students in all grades to their GT Family Fun Nights, both on Thursday, March 2 and April 27, 6–8 pm, 840 E. 14th Ave., Denver.

  • Learn – Play – Serve
  • Advocacy
  • Fun
  • Service to the Community

Led by DPS gifted and talented high school students, each session will focus on a point of advocacy, providing a learning session for parents and a fun service learning activity for all. RSVP here or email Rebecca for more info.

LOOKING FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES? 
Discovery Link, DPS’s after-school program, is hosting its first Summer Opportunities Fair at Teller Elementary, Wednesday, March 15, 6–8 pm. More than 100 day and overnight camps, summer classes and unique program providers will be present to meet with families and talk about options available for kids ages 4-18 this summer. FREE and fun for the whole family! For more information, click here.

IMMIGRATION LAWYER CONSULTATION

Every Wednesday, 6:30–7:30 pm
Denver Public Library, Schlessman Family Branch
100 Poplar St., Denver, Meeting Room 1
Get your questions about immigration and citizenship answered by an attorney who specializes in immigration and citizenship law. FREE.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP!
The BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow scholarship program provides full scholarships to financially challenged students ages 15–18 with strong academic records, an interest in the STEM fields and a desire to study abroad for a year in Brazil or India. Application deadline is MARCH 9! For more information and to apply, click here.

WHY HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT?
If you are looking for a reason or two or three to host an exchange student, short term or longer, please read this article, “What Foreign Students Can Teach Host Families About America,” by Donna Bryson, a DCIS parent and host family pro! In this global world, one can easily reach across the table to share cultures right here in Denver or wherever you live! Thank you, Donna, for your words of wisdom.

SUMMER TRAVEL, EXCHANGES, LANGUAGE IMMERSION TRIPS AND MORE 
Stop by the Travel Center or email Geri Badler (address below) to learn about a variety of summer programs.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

PHOENIX FUN … 

U.S. Presidents Edition

Did you know…

  • President Lincoln was a champion wrestler, winning all but one of his 300 matches.
  • President Garfield was ambidextrous and could write in Greek with one hand and in Latin with the other at the same time.
  • President Hoover and his wife lived in China for a time and would speak Mandarin in the White House when they wanted to have a private conversation.
  • President Obama’s experience working at a Baskin-Robbins as a teen led him to hate ice cream.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 16–22, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES, Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30–7 pm. Parents should contact their student’s teachers to schedule conferences (see below).
  • PRESIDENTS’ DAY — NO SCHOOL, Monday, Feb. 20
  • SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21–22, 3–4:30 pm, Auditorium; call-backs on Thursday, Feb. 23

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • CSC MEETING, Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • MUN FOSSIL RIDGE CRISIS COUNCILS CONFERENCE, Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:45 am, Fossil Ridge High School, 5400 Ziegler Rd., Fort Collins (map)
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT, Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mapleton
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE: Tuesday, March 7 (English), and Wednesday, March 8 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DPS FAMILY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, Thursday, March 9, 9 am–12:30 pm, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain.
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS: Sunday, March 12
  • THIRD QUARTER ENDS: Friday, March 17
  • SPRING BREAK: March 27-April 3

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

I hope you are enjoying springtime in February as much as I am! Students have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather to eat outside at lunchtime and soak up the sunshine.
A reminder that our spring semester parent conferences are TODAY. Please make an appointment with any teachers you would like to see between the hours of 3:30 and 7 pm. Many teachers already have several time slots filled, but many slots are still vacant, so if you haven’t scheduled your conferences yet, you can still do so.

I also would like to remind all parents that the school building opens at 7 am. There is no supervision before then, so please do not drop off your children before 7 am. The doors will remain locked until 7 am to ensure students are safe and supervised at all times. There also is no supervision for students after 3:30 pm, so unless your child is in a supervised activity (like a club, drama rehearsals, etc.), they must leave the school building by 3:30. An increasing number of students are staying in the building until 5 pm or later, which is not permitted. Please make plans for your child to be picked up or to ride the bus home by 3:30 every day. Thank you for your cooperation.

Finally, a quick update on our very productive and well-attended Town Hall last week … We are in the process of capturing all the ideas participants wrote on chart paper throughout the meeting and will send that out next week. In the meantime, I can tell you about several major themes that emerged. One is around the need for more intensive on-boarding for both students and staff to underscore the core values and mission of the school. Examples might include changes to our interview and training process for new teachers, and revamping our 6th and 9th grade academies to front-load more information about the importance of being committed to DCIS and our school model. Another major theme is the need for consistent application by staff members of school policies related to, for example, hall passes, cell phone use and tardies. A third major theme is the need for additional resources and planning to accommodate the changes in our school that have resulted from the elimination of the interview/application process. Examples include the need to hire a dean of students for clear and consistent discipline, additional social/emotional supports for students, and additional academic support for students who are functioning below grade level in mathematics and literacy.

Look for more information soon and for a follow-up meeting in April to begin digging into these major themes more deeply as we move forward together as the Rising Phoenix!

Enjoy the three-day weekend, with no school for students or staff on Monday, Feb. 20. Hope to see you tonight at DCIS for parent conferences.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!

The PTSA School Beautification team is looking for photos of DCIS and its students, DCIS student and staff travels (local and abroad), and general scenic photos of different regions of the world, which will be displayed in the front entrance and hallways of the school. Please email any photos you’d like to share to BeautifyDCIS@gmail.com. Because most of these photos will need to be enlarged, please send us photos with sufficient resolution. Also, please include a short description or label of the photo (for example, “Photo of DCIS Trip to Costa Rica” or “Great Wall, China” or the names and grade levels of the students in the photos, where appropriate).
We also need volunteers to help with creating these photo displays and other parts of the beautification project. To see a slideshow of the team’s vision for the school, learn more details about the plan or to sign up to help, click here. There are several ways you can raise your hand, by making a donation, helping from home on your own time or helping to put things up at school. This project is happening now, so if you’d like to help, please sign up today!
COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE  
The CSC’s next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30–6:30 pm. The first 10 minutes of every monthly meeting are open for public comment, and we welcome and encourage ALL families to stick around for the entire meeting. If you have something you would like the CSC to discuss or questions you’d like answered, we encourage you to reach out to one (or all!) of your representatives (student/teacher/parent) and let us know what’s on your mind. On this month’s agenda:1.  Public comment
2.  Dean of Students and Culture job description input
3.  Debrief from Town Hall meeting/next steps for district funding requests

FUNDRAISER BREAKFAST WINNERS

The winners of the PTSA’s coffee fundraiser last semester got to enjoy one of their class prizes on Wednesday, Feb. 15 — a homemade gourmet breakfast. Ms. Cox’s class (first photo) won for highest participation and chowed down on egg sausage casserole, hazelnut waffles, banana chocolate chip pancakes, cinnamon chip scones, bacon, fruit salad and orange juice. Mr. Brown’s class (second photo) raised the most money and enjoyed egg sausage casserole, baked french toast, chocolate chip muffins, bacon, fruit salad and orange juice (third photo). Congratulations to all!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

SENIORS
SCAM ALERT: Just a heads-up about an email you might receive suggesting you “apply for the Pell grant.” The email asks for your Social Security number, among other information. DO NOT RESPOND TO IT! The email is bogus and may be used to gather identifying information. Your FAFSA application, not this email, is your Pell grant application.

JUNIORS
Check out the Adelina Gomez Scholars Summer Institute at the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs. Applications are due April 14. More information here.

SOPHOMORES
The Medical Career Collaborative (MC²) is a two-year program and requires a commitment from selected students for both years (junior and senior year). Based on this timeline, the MC² selection committee will accept applications only from students who are currently in their sophomore year. Download the application here.

CHOICE OF STUDY FOR NEXT YEAR
Registration for next year’s courses will begin next month. Students in grades 9–11 will be bringing home a registration form with course offerings. Students are encouraged to speak to their parents about courses and choice of study. More information will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Core Courses
Most colleges require students to take general education “core courses” (English, reading, math and social science), regardless of their major, which provide students with the critical, analytic and writing skills they need to be educated, well-informed members of society.

SPRING SPORTS ARE READY TO

AT WEST HIGH SCHOOL

DCIS students are welcome to try out and be a part of these CHSAA-sanctioned activities at West:
  • Coed Track and Field
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys Baseball
  • Girls Golf
Please email any questions to Larry Gile, West HS Athletic Director, at Larry_gile@dpsk12.org.

SPECIAL EVENT OPPORTUNITIES …

PRESENCE: REFLECTIONS ON THE MIDDLE EAST (through April 8)
This exhibition of more than 60 photo-based works by 12 artists living in the U.S. and abroad reflects the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in their native land or abroad. The artists, all who are affected by the Middle East diaspora of the past 20 years, explore what it means to leave something, and in some cases, someone, behind, whether by choice or by force, and how cultural heritage and the past are interwoven with the present. FREE. Center for Visual Art (CVA), 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204. More info here.

RESOUND: REVERBERATION BETWEEN ARTIST AND PLACE (through April 8)
965 Gallery, a student-run gallery within the CVA, will feature a photography exhibition — concurrent with PRESENCE — of four artists exploring natural environments and their relation to them. FREE. More info here.

COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 
Film has the power to awaken us to the world around us, educate us on important issues and inspire us to act. This year’s festival features 48 films from around the world — from Fairview High School in Boulder to the Zanskar Valley of northwest India, from Joshua Tree National Park to British Columbia. These films tell the story of the Flint, Michigan water crisis and allow viewers to compare and contrast that to development of the third-largest hydroelectric dam on the Amazon River in Brazil. FREE. Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 23–25, American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden. Student filmmakers can also submit work for next year’s festival. More info here.

EXTRACURRICULARS …

TATTERED COVER TEEN ADVISORY BOARD
Board members must be in grades 8–12, be at least 13 years old and have parental permission to participate on the board. Board members attend monthly meetings and monthly author events. A board member who misses more than three scheduled events (either the monthly meeting or the author event) will forfeit their position on the board. Apply here.

YOUNG ARTIST STUDIO
Feb 7–March 234-5:30 pm (open studio 3:30-4)
This free after-school workshop allows youths 11–21 to experiment with manipulating photography. Learn more here.

IMMIGRATION LAWYER CONSULTATION

Every Wednesday, 6:30–7:30 pm
Denver Public Library, Schlessman Family Branch
100 Poplar St., Denver, Meeting Room 1
Get your questions about immigration and citizenship answered by an attorney who specializes in immigration and citizenship law. FREE.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

REMINDER: FINANCIAL AID FOR OUT-OF-STATE COLLEGE VISITS 
We still have a number of out-of-state college travel stipends available. The stipends are for $150 to go toward plane fare. Stipends are a reimbursement after travel, upon submission of an airline receipt and a written reflection of the experience. Please apply with your counselor. Double stipends ($300) will be considered but must be approved. Stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHY HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT?
If you are looking for a reason or two or three to host an exchange student, short term or longer, please read this article, “What Foreign Students Can Teach Host Families About America,” by Donna Bryson, a DCIS parent and host family pro! In this global world, one can easily reach across the table to share cultures right here in Denver or wherever you live! Thank you, Donna, for your words of wisdom.

SUMMER TRAVEL, EXCHANGES, LANGUAGE IMMERSION TRIPS AND MORE 
Stop by the Travel Center or email Geri Badler (address below) to learn about a variety of summer programs.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

PHOENIX FUN … 

Central America Edition

Did you know…

  • There is no spot in Central America more than 125 miles from the ocean.
  • Belize is 1,195 square miles larger than El Salvador, but El Salvador has 30 times the population.
  • El Salvador gave more than 40,000 Jews fake citizenship papers to save them from concentration camps during World War II.
  • When the TV show “Breaking Bad” used “trip to Belize” as a euphemism for murder, the Belize Tourism Board wrote a letter offering the whole cast an actual trip to Belize.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 9–15, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DRAMA CLUB ONE-ACT PERFORMANCES: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11, 6 pm, at DCIS (see below)
  • HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLASS FIELD TRIP, Wednesday, Feb. 15

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES, Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30–7 pm. Parents should contact their student’s teachers to schedule conferences (see below).
  • PRESIDENTS’ DAY — NO SCHOOL, Monday, Feb. 20
  • SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21–22, 3–4:30 pm, Auditorium; call-backs on Thursday, Feb. 23
  • CSC MEETING, Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • MUN FOSSIL RIDGE CRISIS COUNCILS CONFERENCE, Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:45 am, Fossil Ridge High School, 5400 Ziegler Rd., Fort Collins (map)
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT, Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mapleton
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE: Tuesday, March 7 (English), and Wednesday, March 8 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DPS FAMILY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, Thursday, March 9, 9 am–12:30 pm, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend our Town Hall meeting last night, Wednesday, Feb. 8. We had some great discussions that generated new ideas and renewed energy around our school mission and culture. Very exciting! Look for a summary of parent, student and staff input in the weeks to come.

Parent conferences will be held next Thursday, Feb. 16, from 3:30 to 7 pm. Parents are encouraged to contact the teachers they would like to meet with via email in order to set up a time. Time slots are filling up fast, so if you would like to meet with a particular teacher or teachers, be sure to send them an email to reserve the time slot you want.

Another upcoming date to remember is the student and staff holiday on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 20. Have a great week!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

HELP TRANSFORM OUR SCHOOL!

The DCIS Beautification Committee is ready to begin implementing its plan to transform the school into a much more appealing and dynamic environment, and they would love your help! They need as many volunteers as possible to accomplish what they want to do by year’s end. With enough resources who are willing to put in some time together going forward, DCIS will look like a very different and much improved school by this May!

First, here is link to a Google spreadsheet with specifics of the plan (click on the link in the green box once you open the Plan document to see the slideshow), a timeline, and a request for materials and labor:  DCIS Beautification Plan A link has also been set up under the Parents/PTSA tab on the DCIS website. Please look over the spreadsheet and see what might be of interest to you in helping out. Any help is appreciated, whether it’s a donation, a task you can do from home on your own time, or your presence at the school for much needed labor. There is a place to add your contact information for a specific task on the spreadsheet.

Second, an integral part of this beautification project is displaying photos throughout the school of DCIS and its students, DCIS student and staff travels (local and abroad), and general scenic photos of different regions of the world. If you have any photos you’d like to submit, please email them to BeautifyDCIS@gmail.com. Because most of these photos will need to be enlarged for hallway displays, please send photos with sufficient resolution, and please include a short description or label of the photo (for example, “Photo of DCIS Trip to Costa Rica” or “Great Wall, China” or the names and grade levels of the students in the pictures, where appropriate).

Your help is essential to making this project a success! If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact either Laurie Harris at harrislaurel@yahoo.com or Karen Mortimer at gkmortimer@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

On Saturday, the show will be followed by an awesome party and fundraiser at Gastronaut’s at Gravity Brewing in Louisville, and 20% of sales will benefit Drama Club! Check out the club’s web page for more.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

ARTS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR JUNIORS
On Friday, Feb. 10, a speaker will speak to juniors about internship opportunities in the arts. A DCIS senior currently has a fantastic internship with Curious Theatre, and other opportunities are available in music, dance, photography, visual arts and graphic design. The presentation will be in the MUN room during Advisement for whichever half juniors are not in the all-school meeting.

CHOICE OF STUDY FOR NEXT YEAR
Registration for next year’s courses will begin this month. Students in grades 9-11 will be bringing home a registration form with the available course offerings. Students are encouraged to speak to their parents about courses and choice of study. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

SPECIAL EVENT OPPORTUNITIES …

PRESENCE: REFLECTIONS ON THE MIDDLE EAST (through April 8)
This exhibition of more than 60 photo-based works by 12 artists living in the U.S. and abroad reflects the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in their native land or abroad. The artists, all who are affected by the Middle East diaspora of the past 20 years, explore what it means to leave something, and in some cases, someone, behind, whether by choice or by force, and how cultural heritage and the past are interwoven with the present. FREE. Center for Visual Art (CVA), 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204. More info here.

RESOUND: REVERBERATION BETWEEN ARTIST AND PLACE (through April 8)
965 Gallery, a student-run gallery within the CVA, will feature a photography exhibition — concurrent with PRESENCE — of four artists exploring natural environments and their relation to them. FREE. More info here.

COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 
Film has the power to awaken us to the world around us, educate us on important issues and inspire us to act. This year’s festival features 48 films from around the world — from Fairview High School in Boulder to the Zanskar Valley of northwest India, from Joshua Tree National Park to British Columbia. These films tell the story of the Flint, Michigan water crisis and allow viewers to compare and contrast that to development of the third-largest hydroelectric dam on the Amazon River in Brazil. FREE. Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 23–25, American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden. Student filmmakers can also submit work for next year’s festival. More info here.

EXTRACURRICULARS …

YOUNG ARTIST STUDIO
Feb 7–March 234-5:30 pm (open studio 3:30-4)
This free after-school workshop allows youths 11–21 to experiment with manipulating photography. Learn more here.

IMMIGRATION LAWYER CONSULTATION

Every Wednesday, 6:30–7:30 pm
Denver Public Library, Schlessman Family Branch
100 Poplar St., Denver, Meeting Room 1
Get your questions about immigration and citizenship answered by an attorney who specializes in immigration and citizenship law. FREE.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

NOTE: The Travel Center will be closed on Friday, Feb 10.

SERVICE LEARNING IN MONTANA 
DCIS Montbello is heading to Montana this summer for a service learning trip in the wilds, and DCIS Baker high school students are invited! Ms. Torres will be taking 10 students total. More info and signup here.

FINANCIAL AID FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS VISITING OUT-OF-STATE COLLEGES THIS SPRING
We still have a number of out-of-state college travel stipends available. The stipends are for $150 to go toward plane fare. Stipends are a reimbursement after travel, upon submission of an airline receipt and a written reflection of the experience. Please apply with your counselor. Double stipends ($300) will be considered but must be approved. Stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

PHOENIX FUN … 

North America Edition

Did you know…

  • Two of the world’s largest tectonic plates are in North America. They collide frequently along California and Alaska, which usually causes violent earthquakes in the area.
  • Gerard Mercator, a geographer, was the first documented mapmaker who chose to name both the north and south parts of the American landmass as “America” in 1539.
  • Dolphins in North America (particularly those living off the Mid-Atlantic coast) exhibit a certain behavior that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world: They operate as a single unit to drive fish to land in order to catch them for food.
  • More than 400 tornadoes rip through the prairies in North America every year.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 2–8, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DEBATE TOURNAMENT: Denver School of the Arts Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3–4 (all day), 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver (map)
  • NO SCHOOL (non-student contact day), Friday, Feb. 3 (note that Monday, Feb. 6, will be a GREEN day)
  • NAEP TESTING: 8th graders, Monday, Feb. 6
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Kepner, Monday, Feb. 6, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE: Tuesday, Feb. 7 (English), and Wednesday, Feb. 8 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 a.m., DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS TOWN HALL, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS cafeteria (see below)
  • DRUG EDUCATION SEMINAR, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 pm, Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver (map). Free to all DPS parents and students. For more information, click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • SUPERINTENDENT PARENT FORUM: Healthy Child, Whole Child Agenda, Thursday, Feb. 9, 9:15–11:15 a.m., PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • DRAMA CLUB ONE-ACT PERFORMANCES: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11, 6 pm, at DCIS (see below)
  • HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLASS FIELD TRIP, Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES, Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30–7 pm. Parents should contact their student’s teachers to schedule conferences (see below).
  • PRESIDENTS’ DAY — NO SCHOOL, Monday, Feb. 20
  • SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21–22, 3–4:30 pm, Auditorium; call-backs on Thursday, Feb. 23
  • CSC MEETING, Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • MUN FOSSIL RIDGE CRISIS COUNCILS CONFERENCE, Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:45 am, Fossil Ridge High School, 5400 Ziegler Rd., Fort Collins (map)
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT, Saturday, Feb. 25
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

Welcome to February! We have a mix of parent and community events going on this month as well as TWO three-day weekends for students.

AnchorThe first three-day weekend for students starts tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 3, which is a student holiday, although a workday for staff. Then on Monday, Feb. 20, both students and staff get the day off in observance of Presidents’ Day. Here’s hoping everyone enjoys the little breaks coming our way.

AnchorIn terms of events, we have TWO major events for parents this month. The first is our Town Hall Meeting (see details below) on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6 pm in the DCIS Cafeteria. The second is our Spring Semester Parent Conferences, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, from 3:30 to 7 pm. Parents can contact any (or all!) of their child’s content teachers and/or adviser to set up 20-minute conference times. It’s totally up to you. The format is designed to give parents maximum flexibility to meet with the teachers they feel are the most important to touch base with. We ask that you email each teacher you would like to meet with (a list of all DCIS teachers and their emails is here) so you can guarantee a specific time that works. Meeting slots may fill up quickly, so the sooner you reach out to the teachers you want to see, the better. Teachers may also reach out to you if they feel the need to meet with you. All in all, we look forward to a successful, customized spring semester conference night.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, the goal of the Town Hall meeting is to address and discuss some of the changes to DCIS in recent years and to move forward together as a community to both strengthen and sustain our commitment to our mission as an international studies school. We are the Rising Phoenix! We’ll begin by providing some background information about how we got to where we are today, and then split into discussion groups using an interactive protocol designed to gather suggestions and input from parents, teachers, staff and students. Here is an outline of our meeting agenda:

  • Frame the changes: What has changed in the last few years at DCIS and why.
  • Frame the protocol: We will explain the protocol and emphasize our solutions-oriented focus.
  • World Café Protocol
    • Groups of 6-8 participants will discuss each of four prompts.
    • One person at each table will be the table leader for each round and will record the group’s input with respect to what’s working, what’s not working and solutions.
    • After discussion for the first topic ends, all participants will move to a different table (and your new table can’t have anyone sitting at it who was sitting at your first table).
    • Round 2 will follow the same process as Round 1, but with a different topic and a new table leader. For each of the four rounds, all participants move to a new group, with a new table leader selected for each new topic/prompt.
    • Topics for each round are:
      • Consistent expectations around school culture, discipline, communications, etc.
      • How can parents, staff and students all support DCIS culture, including buy-in of the DCIS mission?
      • How do we maintain commitment and passion for our mission in a post-application process world?
      • Your ideas here! (We can add a topic/prompt if one arises from the group that is not already covered.)
  • Next steps
    • Share with the school community the main ideas that came up for each prompt/topic.
    • Collect input after the meeting from those who couldn’t attend or from attendees who have additional thoughts after the Town Hall ends.
    • From the combined feedback, develop goals for our community to build an even stronger, more positive and more committed school culture — the Rising Phoenix.

I look forward to seeing you on Feb. 8 for our Town Hall meeting and again on Feb. 16 for spring conferences.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

HELP TRANSFORM OUR SCHOOL!

The DCIS Beautification Committee is ready to begin implementing its plan to transform the school into a much more appealing and dynamic environment, and they would love your help! They need as many volunteers as possible to accomplish what they want to do by year’s end. With enough resources who are willing to put in some time together going forward, DCIS will look like a very different and much improved school by this May!

First, here is link to a Google spreadsheet with specifics of the plan (click on the link in the green box once you open the Plan document to see the slideshow), a timeline, and a request for materials and labor:  DCIS Beautification Plan A link has also been set up under the Parents/PTSA tab on the DCIS website. Please look over the spreadsheet and see what might be of interest to you in helping out. Any help is appreciated, whether it’s a donation, a task you can do from home on your own time, or your presence at the school for much needed labor. There is a place to add your contact information for a specific task on the spreadsheet.

Second, an integral part of this beautification project is displaying photos throughout the school of DCIS and its students, DCIS student and staff travels (local and abroad), and general scenic photos of different regions of the world. If you have any photos you’d like to submit, please email them to BeautifyDCIS@gmail.com. Because most of these photos will need to be enlarged for hallway displays, please send photos with sufficient resolution, and please include a short description or label of the photo (for example, “Photo of DCIS Trip to Costa Rica” or “Great Wall, China” or the names and grade levels of the students in the pictures, where appropriate).

Your help is essential to making this project a success! If you have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact either Laurie Harris at harrislaurel@yahoo.com or Karen Mortimer at gkmortimer@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

All the following opportunities are offered through Philanthropy Field Trips. You can learn more by visiting their website here.

Food Prep for People Who Are Homeless
Help chop lots of fruits and vegetables for people who are hungry and homeless. Friday, Feb. 10, 9 am-noon, Denver Inner City Parish, 1212 Mariposa St. Sign up here.

Advocacy Days
Spend the morning being educated on the legislative process and how to talk with legislators. Then go practice what you have learned during a fun afternoon at the Capitol.

  • Join LGBTQ Coloradans, their families and allies at the State Capitol for the annual LGBT Lobby Day on Monday, Feb. 27.
  • Speak up for kids! Colorado Children’s Campaign Lobby Day is Wednesday, March 22. Must sign up by Wednesday, Feb. 1. Sign up here.

Letters of Love
This is an activity you can do at home, and it’s fun for all ages! Consider making Valentines for those who might be feeling alone. They can be delivered to senior centers, Meals on Wheels, hospitals or other locations near you. Email Michelle at Philanthropy Field Trips for a list of places near you.

On Saturday, the show will be followed by an awesome party and fundraiser at Gastronaut’s at Gravity Brewing in Louisville, and 20% of sales will benefit Drama Club! Check out the club’s web page for more.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

SEAL OF BILITERACY
Seniors who signed up for the Seal of Biliteracy AAPPL exam will be taking the exam Tuesday, Feb. 7, starting at 8 am.

CHOICE OF STUDY FOR NEXT YEAR
Registration for next year’s courses will begin this month. Students in grades 9-11 will be bringing home a registration form with the available course offerings. Students are encouraged to speak to their parents about courses and choice of study. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Certificate. A certificate is an award issued to a student upon completion of a prescribed series of courses. Some certificates, usually requiring 15-30 credit hours, are an alternative academic credential to the lengthier undergraduate or graduate degree programs, and others are awarded as a student progresses through a degree program.

DCIS HOSTS CHINESE STUDENTS …

Last week, DCIS hosted twelve 10th grade students from China and their chaperone. The students, all from the province of Anhui, were at DCIS on a cultural exchange and to improve their English. The SAYA (Sino-American Youth Ambassadors) program prepares Chinese students to attend a U.S. college or university after graduation. While at DCIS, the visitors shared Chinese culture with the Chinese classes, participated in Ms. Rivera’s Global Service Learning class and shadowed their host brothers and sisters throughout the week. They also helped ring in the Chinese New Year with the China Club on Friday. Some photos from the all-school meeting follow.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

A SPECIAL THANK-YOU …

To the following DCIS families who hosted our guests from China last week: Glick/Bryson, Smit, Dill/Willits, Mendenhall/Hoyt, Masket, Parker, Hansen, Williams/Evans, Bopp/Bosworth, and Mortimer. Thank you all for welcoming our Sino-American Youth Ambassador students with open arms! You rock!!!

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

YOUTH RUGBY

Girls and boys youth rugby, ages 6-15. Season starts Tuesday, April 11. For more information, visit 303 Rugby’s website. For questions, please email J.R.

PHOENIX FUN … 

Africa Edition

Did you know…

  • Benin, a country in West Africa, has the developing world’s highest rate of twinning with 27.9 twins per 1,000 births. The average among other developing countries is 13.6.
  • Timbuktu, Mali, is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, established in 982 CE.
  • Ethiopia is the only African country with its own alphabet. It’s also the world’s oldest living alphabet — Ethiopic — and probably one of the longest with its 345 letters.
  • The world’s biggest frog is found in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Named the Goliath frog, it can grow to be a foot long and weigh up to 8 lbs.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

January 26-February 1, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL at Grant Ranch, Friday, Jan. 27, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys) (map)
  • DCIS AND DENVER EAST MUN CONFERENCE: Saturday, Jan. 28 (all day)
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT: Saturday, Jan. 28 (all day)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Grant, Monday, Jan. 30, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • SCHOOL CHOICE DEADLINE: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. 8th grade DCIS students must submit a choice form this year, even if they plan to stay at DCIS. If you haven’t yet completed an application, you can do so online here.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Henry, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • DEBATE TOURNAMENT: Denver School of the Arts Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3–4 (all day), 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver (map)
  • NO SCHOOL (non-student contact day), Friday, Feb. 3 (note that Monday, Feb. 6, will be a GREEN day)
  • NAEP TESTING: 8th graders, Monday, Feb. 6
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Kepner, Monday, Feb. 6, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE: Tuesday, Feb. 7 (English), and Wednesday, Feb. 8 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 a.m., DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS TOWN HALL, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS cafeteria
  • DRUG EDUCATION SEMINAR, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 pm, Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver (map). Free to all DPS parents and students. For more information, click here.
  • SUPERINTENDENT PARENT FORUM: Healthy Child, Whole Child Agenda, Thursday, Feb. 9, 9:15–11:15 a.m., PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • DRAMA CLUB ONE-ACT PERFORMANCES: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11, 6 pm, at DCIS
  • HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLASS FIELD TRIP, Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES, Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30–7 pm. Parents should contact their student’s teachers to schedule conferences.
  • CSC MEETING, Thursday, Feb. 16, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • PRESIDENTS’ DAY — NO SCHOOL, Monday, Feb. 20
  • SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21–22, 3–4:30 pm, Auditorium; call-backs on Thursday, Feb. 23
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

On Monday we held Passages Day, which is a special day each year when our juniors present their findings from a 15-page academic research paper they completed during the fall semester. Every junior is required to give an interactive and informative 45-minute presentation on their topic to a room full of students and teachers. Students in other grades spend the day in a variety of activities, as well as attend several Passages presentations. This is one of the most “DCIS” days of the entire year. All students in the presentation audiences respect the process and the enormous amount of work every junior has put into their Passage. Younger students participated, listened, asked questions and even gave feedback. Older students served on Passages committees, which support and evaluate presentations, based on a rubric.

I can’t say how proud I am of all our juniors! I also am so proud of all our DCIS students who listened and learned and supported their fellow students. Many of our 6-10th grade students are already thinking about what their Passages topics will be, once they become juniors. Passages Day truly is an inspiration and such a valuable part of our curriculum. In fact, the DCIS graduates who come back to visit us from time to time say that the single most important thing they did to prepare them for college throughout their time at DCIS was their Passages research. So kudos to the entire student body for their dedication to Passages overall, and kudos to our amazing faculty, especially our Passages teachers, for their support of the junior class.

Speaking of things that are vitally important to DCIS and our culture, please plan to attend our Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. in the DCIS cafeteria. We will discuss some challenges the school has faced, and work together to propose solutions and action items for going forward to ensure we grow even stronger as a community and in our mission as an international studies school. We are the Rising Phoenix!

A couple of administrative notes … We are providing all students an opportunity this year to take a practice version of their CMAS (grades 6–9) or college admissions (grades 10–11) test (SAT) so they can get some feedback on what they know and are doing well at this point, as well as the specific standards or areas of focus where they can improve between now and when they actually take the test in March or April. Getting this feedback ahead of time will enable students and teachers to spend classroom time on targeted, specific support for each student, based on what they each need to improve, rather than on general test prep.

Finally, please be patient with us regarding absences that get reported even though your child is at school. We do the best we can, but sometimes, depending on what else is going on at the time, entering all the attendance records can take a few hours. If we don’t have everything entered by a certain time, it triggers an automatic “absence call” from the district, even though we know your child is at school. Thanks in advance for your cooperation! We appreciate our parents.

Hope to see you at the Town Hall on Feb. 8!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

IN PRAISE OF PASSAGES

“Well done, DCIS students!” Our juniors did an incredible job making their Passages presentations on Monday and fielding questions from their peers and teachers. With topics ranging from “Minority Representation in the Media” (pictured) to “The Future of Gene Therapy” to “Procrastination,” the breadth and depth of the students’ work was impressive and inspiring.


CAUGHT IN THE ACT  

At each all-school meeting on Friday, students who have been nominated by staff as having been “caught in the act” of exemplifying one or more of the DCIS core values are called up to the stage amid bursts of applause. We want to let our larger school community know about these weekly accolades so they can join in congratulating our amazing students. To see the list of students “caught in the act” for Jan. 20, click here.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

PRACTICE SAT
All juniors and sophomores are taking a practice SAT during advisement. Juniors took the practice test on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and sophomores will take it next Wednesday, Feb. 1. Students can practice on their own at no cost using the Khan Academy link here.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
Students who are taking a concurrent enrollment course at DCIS or off-campus have until Monday, Jan. 30, to drop the class without penalty. Please email Ms. Monteon if you have any questions.

SEAL OF BILITERACY
Seniors who signed up for the Seal of Biliteracy AAPPL exam will be taking the exam Tuesday, Feb. 7, starting at 8 am. Students have been informed and will be reminded in the coming week.

CHOICE OF STUDY FOR NEXT YEAR
Registration for next year’s courses will begin next month. Students in grades 9-11 will be bringing home a registration form with the  available course offerings. Students are encouraged to speak to their parents about courses and choice of study. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
ACCUPLACER: The ACCUPLACER is the computerized assessment tool the College Board uses to determine new students’ skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics. Prospective students can prepare for the test by practicing online.

YOUTH RUGBY

Girls and boys youth rugby, ages 6-15. Season starts Tuesday, April 11. For more information, visit 303 Rugby’s website. For questions, please email J.R.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

ONE MORE HOST FAMILY NEEDED!
DCIS will host eight students from Brazil for two weeks, Feb. 25–March 11. This is our fifth year hosting students as part of the US Brazil Connect program. It is hosting “light” — easy, fun and always a good experience. Click here for more info. Please email Geri Badler in the Travel Center ASAP if you can host! Obrigada!

THANK YOU DCIS FOUNDATION FOR HELPING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE!
The following students were awarded DCIS Foundation Travel Scholarships for spring trips! Bon voyage and safe travels!

London 
Anika O’Brian
Brittany Loya
David Olivias
Emi Herrera
Sailor Stephenson
Kalista Talusan
Maya Dominguez
Dhiona Jaramillo
Radley Weigler
2 middle school students

Italy (Tabano)
Yadira Diaz
Gabriela Ortiz
1 middle school student

Italy Exchange (Bishop)
Lukas Lopez Jensen
Camilla Green
Lucero Montoya
Raquel Meza

Canyonlands 10th Grade Trip
18 students

ICELAND SUMMER 2018?
Mr. Brown is testing the waters to see if there is student interest in a trip to Iceland in summer 2018. The trip would be open to high school students only (students currently in grades 8-11). For more information and/or to let him know you’re interested, please see or email Mr. Brown.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

RAISE YOUR HAND …

ITEMS NEEDED FOR ONE-ACTS
The Drama Club tech team needs some set, prop and costume items for the upcoming one-acts. If you have anything from the list below that the tech team could have or borrow, please email Ms. Kerswill. Thank you!

  • Fancy cups and small plates
  • Dishes
  • Coffeepot
  • Vial on a chain
  • Bathrobe
  • Steak knife/dagger
  • Newspaper
  • Fancy dining room tablecloth
  • Dining room chairs
  • Filing cabinet
  • Blue wigs (5 needed)
  • Crowns
  • Frilly apron
  • A bench of some sort
  • Purse
  • Pocket watch
  • Any dresses/clothing/Halloween costumes that look like they’re from the Middle Ages (things queens and kings at the time would wear)

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Philanthropy Field Trips makes it easy and fun for people to get involved with nonprofits in their communities through educational and service outings.

Homeless Count (Monday, Jan. 30)
The key to solving homelessness is understanding who is homeless and why. Please help conduct the statewide homeless Point-in-Time surveyand work alongside service providers to conduct interviews with homeless individuals and families. This is a great way to get involved with this issue in your own neighborhood!

Food Prep for People Who Are Homeless (Friday, Feb. 10)
We will be doing lots of chopping of fruits and vegetables for people who are hungry and homeless. Please join us 9 am-noon at Denver Inner City Parish, 1212 Mariposa St. Sign up here.

Advocacy Days
Spend the morning being educated on the legislative process and how to talk with legislators. Then go practice what you have learned during a fun afternoon at the Capitol.

  • Join LGBTQ Coloradans, their families and allies at the State Capitol for the annual LGBT Lobby Day on Monday, Feb. 27.
  • Speak up for kids! Colorado Children’s Campaign Lobby Day is Wednesday, March 22. Must sign up by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

For all the details on the above, including times and age restrictions, please email Michelle at Philanthropy Field Trips.

Letters of Love
This is an activity you can do at home, and it’s fun for all ages! Consider making Valentines for those who might be feeling alone. They can be delivered to senior centers, Meals on Wheels, hospitals or other locations near you. Send Michelle an email for a list of places near you.

PHOENIX FUN … 

South America Edition

Did you know…

  • In 2014, Columbia was ranked the happiest country in the world according to the Barometer of Happiness and Hope.
  • The Amazon rain forests are called the “Lungs of the Planet” because they produce around 20% of the oxygen on the Earth.
  • Brazil contributes a lot to your breakfast; this country exports the most coffee, sugar and orange juice in the world.
  • The Bolivian community enjoys eating from local vendors, rather than buying from large chains.  Hence, Bolivia became the first Latin American country to get rid of McDonald’s.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

January 19-25, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DPS FAMILY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Thursday, Jan. 19, 9 am–noon, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver 80211 (map)
  • CSC MEETING: Thursday, Jan. 19, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • UNITY AND KINDNESS ASSEMBLY, Friday, Jan. 20, 1:30–2:00 (first-floor classes) and 2:15–2:45 (second-floor classes), DCIS auditorium
  • CHINESE EXCHANGE STUDENTS VISIT DCIS: All week, Jan. 23–27
  • 6th GRADERS GO TO INTERNATIONAL TOWNE, Monday, Jan. 23 (all day)
  • PASSAGES DAY, Monday, Jan. 23 (all day). Come listen to DCIS students present on various topics including immigration issues, the Israel-Palestine conflict, the ethics of eating meat, the beauty myth, the education crisis, gene therapy, head transplants, the grief process and much, much more! Check out the schedule here.
  • DRAMA CLUB LONDON TRIP FUNDRAISER: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL at Grant Ranch, Friday, Jan. 27, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys) (map)
  • DCIS AND DENVER EAST MUN CONFERENCE: Saturday, Jan. 28 (all day)
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT: Saturday, Jan. 28 (all day)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Grant, Monday, Jan. 30, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • SCHOOL CHOICE DEADLINE: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. 8th grade DCIS students must submit a choice form this year, even if they plan to stay at DCIS. If you haven’t yet completed an application, you can do so online here.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Henry, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • DEBATE TOURNAMENT: Denver School of the Arts Invitational, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3–4 (all day), 7111 Montview Blvd., Denver (map)
  • NO SCHOOL (non-student contact day), Friday, Feb. 3 (note that Monday, Feb. 6, will be a GREEN day)
  • NAEP TESTING: 8th graders, Monday, Feb. 6
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Kepner, Monday, Feb. 6, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE: Tuesday, Feb. 7 (English), and Wednesday, Feb. 8 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 a.m., DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS TOWN HALL, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS cafeteria
  • SUPERINTENDENT PARENT FORUM: Healthy Child, Whole Child Agenda, Thursday, Feb. 9, 9:15–11:15 a.m., PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • DRAMA CLUB ONE-ACT PERFORMANCES: Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11, 6 pm, at DCIS
  • HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLASS FIELD TRIP, Wednesday, Feb. 15
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

We are off to a great start this semester. The building has lots of energy and lots of positive attitude going around from both students and staff. And as usual, we have a lot going on to keep us all busy. This week we held our last Open House for the year to give prospective students and their families a little taste of DCIS. We had a good crowd of interested students for both middle school and high school next year. Thanks to our current students who led the night’s activities and represented our school well. Our visitors were quite impressed!

Speaking of next school year, all 8th grade parents, please be reminded that you need to complete a School Choice form and select DCIS as your first choice if you want your child to remain at DCIS for high school. This requirement is new this year! The good news is that if you select DCIS as your first choice, you will be guaranteed a seat. (Likewise, if you select a different school as your first choice, you may or may not be assigned to DCIS if you don’t get into your first-choice school. Your child’s placement will be determined by the choice lottery.)

Next week DCIS will host a group of exchange students from China. These students are staying with DCIS host families, so thank you to everyone who will welcome an exchange student into your home next week. We are asking all our students to reach out and say hello to our visiting exchange students and make them feel welcome.

Please make plans to attend our Town Hall meeting at DCIS on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. We will discuss topics that have affected the school over the last few years, such as the middle school culture, the history of the application process (and why it went away), the school’s mission and our ISSN roots, how we onboard students and staff, student recruitment and retention, and more. We’ll also solicit your feedback and ideas on how as a school community — students, parents and staff — we can further solidify our powerful school model as an international studies school, given all the changes. I hope you make plans to attend this important meeting and be a part of the Rising Phoenix!

Finally, I would like to invite you to attend a special assembly planned by our student 5280 Challenge group tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 20. Students will present an assembly highlighting the importance (especially at an international studies school) of honoring and respecting all peoples and the importance of unity and kindness toward each other. While this event coincides with Inauguration Day, the event is not a political one. Rather, it is one of positivity, respect and unity for everyone in our school community. The assembly will occur at two different times: 1:30-2:00 (for all classes on the first floor) and 2:15-2:45 (for classes on the second floor). If you can make this work in your schedule, please do!

Thank you for supporting your children and for your support of DCIS.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

The 7th grade staff team put together a wonderful “Honors Ceremony” on Tuesday, Jan. 17, to recognize honor roll students and those students who have exemplified the school’s core values. It was inspiring! Thanks to all the parents who were there to witness their students being honored!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

10TH-GRADE TRIP TO UNIVERSITY OF DENVER (DU)
The Counseling Office will take 35 students to DU next Tuesday, Jan. 24. Spots will be filled first come, first served. Students interested in attending should visit the Counseling Office or talk to their advisement teacher.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: TOMORROW (FRIDAY, JAN. 20) IS THE LAST DAY FOR SCHEDULE CHANGES!

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Accreditation: Accredited colleges in the U.S. meet the standards of a reviewing agency recognized by the government. These agencies develop criteria and conduct evaluations to determine whether a particular college meets the required standards. Schools that meet these standards of excellence are considered accredited colleges in the U.S.


JUDGES NEEDED!

DCIS’s Model United Nations (MUN) Club needs judges for a Colorado MUN meet it’s hosting with East High School on Saturday, Jan. 28, 8 a.m.– 3 p.m., at East. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! A mandatory judges training session will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at DCIS from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. If you’d like to help out, please respond via email here before Tuesday. If you’re interested in judging a particular topic (list below), please indicate that in your email as well.

BSC
Topic I: Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Topic II: Situation in Yemen
Delegations will attempt to coordinate a solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and mediate the humanitarian crisis in Yemen while addressing terrorism and the affected nations.  

Beginner/Intermediate EU
Topic I: Brexit
Topic II: Rising Nationalism
Delegations will address rising nationalism across Europe, most notably in Great Britain. Brexit and what to do in regard to Britain and future member nations that may plan to withdraw from the EU will be a key focus.  

Intermediate Indian Affairs Senate Committee
Delegations will discuss the issues raised by the Dakota Access pipeline protest, and what to do regarding possible indigenous peoples’ grievances in the future.    

Intermediate Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Delegations will discuss the possible ramifications of opening relations with Cuba and strategies regarding the two countries’ future post-Cold War.  

Advanced Historical Crisis
Topic: Six Days’ War
This joint crisis council will attempt to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before the Six Days’ War. Participants will act as individuals of power during this historical period.

Advanced Security Council
Topic: Children in Armed Conflict
Delegations will address continuous and increased child involvement in armed conflict around the world, specifically in areas of civil war.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

ATTENTION JUNIORS AND SENIORS: The Counseling Department, in cooperation with the Travel Center, is still offering Out-of-State College Travel Stipends of $150 toward visiting an out-of-state college or university. For more information and an application, SEE YOUR COUNSELOR ASAP. Stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Double stipends will be considered.

DCIS FOUNDATION TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS: Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 20, during lunch is the LAST DAY that applications for second-semester travel scholarships from the DCIS Foundation will be available. Students who did not attend the Jan. 18th meeting MUST attend this meeting to get an application and be eligible for a DCIS Foundation Travel Scholarship. Scholarships are available to high school students who have not previously received a DCISF Travel Scholarship. Middle school students going on a DCIS school-sponsored trip can apply as a group.

INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAVEL FOR FREE OR WITH SCHOLARSHIP MONEY! TAKE A LOOK AT DEADLINES SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT:

AMERICANS PROMOTING STUDYING ABROAD (APSA) is back after a three-year hiatus and offering a four-week summer China experience in Beijing, with scholarship money available! Applications are available online and are due Jan. 31.

SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS FOR GIRLS: Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through Jan. 31 for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 and 17. Three teams of up to nine girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers or fjords with tidewater glaciers. They’ll conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists and mountaineers. The three Inspiring Girls trips of 2017 are Girls on Ice Alaska (not available to students outside the specified region), Girls on Ice Cascades and Girls in Icy Fjords. They are operated through the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Science and Mathematics and the International Arctic Research Center.

Here are details for the expeditions available to DCIS students:

  • Girls on Ice Cascades (July 16–27): Girls explore Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in Washington.
  • Girls in Icy Fjords (Aug. 11–22): Girls explore Bear Glacier and its marine environment near Seward, Alaska, while learning to kayak.

Click here for more information and applications.

MEET THE MIDDLE EAST: Open to high school students. Includes a six-month program that culminates with a 10-day immersion trip to Israel and Palestine. Applications are due by Monday, Feb. 6. For an application and more information, click here.

GIRLS STEAM CAMP IN MALAWI: Join other girls from around the world for a unique educational opportunity and rich cross-cultural experience at the 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp held in Malawi July 30–Aug. 15. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics. The camp will include a STEAM curriculum led by experts in their fields, as well as leadership development activities and learning excursions within Malawi.

Applicants must be citizens and residents of Malawi, Liberia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or the United States, self-identify as female and be between the ages of 15 and 18 to apply. Applicants must (1) have the express permission of a parent or guardian to apply, (2) have at least one year of secondary school left to complete, and (3) commit to attend the full duration of camp. Applicants should also have regular access (at least once per week) to the internet at home, school or another location.

The application is due by Monday, Feb. 13. Please be sure to read the WiSci FAQs to ensure you are eligible and able to participate in the full camp before you apply. If you have any additional questions about the camp or application process, please email the organization here.

SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS: The Experiment Leadership Institute is offering fully funded scholarships to high school students for two summer-abroad programs:

  • South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics and Human Rights
  • India: Community Development and Public Health

Both programs run July 3-Aug. 11. Applications for the programs and for need-based financial aid are due Feb. 15. Applicants are accepted and aid awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early!

DIGITAL EXCHANGE WITH IRAQ: No passport needed. No cost. Just an opportunity to connect with peers in Iraq! Applications are due before March 1. The program is open to 9th through 11th grade students ages 15-18. The virtual exchange program will take place June–August. For more information and to apply, visit the DYLEP website.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

The Center for Visual Arts presents

PRESENCE

Reflections on the Middle East
Feb. 3 – April 8

This exhibition of photo-based works reflects the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in their native land or abroad. More information here.The Center for Visual Art also hosts the Young Artist Studio, a free after-school activated space just for young artists. Located in the Art District on Santa Fe, this off-campus Metropolitan State University of Denver gallery offers access to contemporary art, high-quality materials and instruction. Participants in the YAS:

  • Connect with young creatives.
  • Make work in a variety of media.
  • Discover inspiration in a contemporary art gallery.
  • Learn new techniques from university students and professionals.
Additional information and registration
Studio is open: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4-5:30 pm
Center for Visual Art | 965 Santa Fe Dr. | Denver, CO 80204 | 303-294-5207

PHOENIX FUN … 

For Phoenix Fun this semester, we are changing from a quiz-based section to a “Did You Know?” format. We’d like to share fun factoids about the cultures of our world as well as previously unknown tidbits about some DCIS staff, parents and students.

“Did You Know?”: Asia Edition

Did you know…

  • More than 4.1 billion people live in Asia … 60% of the world’s population.
  • Only one country in the world has banned the sale of tobacco: Bhutan.
  • In Japan, more than 50,000 people are older than 100 years.
  • Despite Asia’s economic growth, there are still wild, unexplored places. Approximately 44 never-before-contacted tribes are thought to exist in the jungles of Papua, Indonesia, alone!
  • Singapore has a building inspired by the Star Wars Sandcrawler.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
January 12-18, 2017

Every Thursday while school is in session, you’ll receive this DCIS Connect newsletter in your email inbox to keep you up to date on all the events and happenings at our school. It’s also available on the DCIS Connect app, which you can download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

If you don’t wish to receive the newsletter, click the Unsubscribe link at the end. If you’re receiving multiple copies of the newsletter, please email dcis.connect@gmail.com to report the problem; be sure to indicate your first and last name and preferred email address so we can update our records.

Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to dcis.connect@gmail.com.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Hill, Friday, Jan. 13, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: Monday, Jan. 16, NO SCHOOL
  • PARENT–PRINCIPAL COFFEE (English): Tuesday, Jan. 17, 8:15-9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL at KCAA (note change in location), Tuesday, Jan. 17, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys)
  • PARENT–PRINCIPAL COFFEE (Spanish): Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8:15-9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL at Lake, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys)
  • OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 6-7:30 pm

MARK YOUR CALENDARS …

  • DPS FAMILY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Thursday, Jan. 19, 9 am–noon, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver 80211 (map)
  • CSC MEETING: Thursday, Jan. 19, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • 6th GRADERS GO TO INTERNATIONAL TOWNE, Monday, Jan. 23 (all day)
  • PASSAGES DAY, Monday, Jan. 23
  • DRAMA CLUB LONDON TRIP FUNDRAISER: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL at Grant Ranch, Friday, Jan. 27, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys)
  • DCIS AND DENVER EAST MUN CONFERENCE: Saturday, Jan. 28 (all day)
  • SPEECH AND DEBATE TOURNAMENT: Saturday, Jan. 28 (all day)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Grant, Monday, Jan. 30, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Henry, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS
  • NAEP TESTING: 8th graders, Monday, Feb. 6 (see below for more information)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL vs. Kepner, Monday, Feb. 6, 4 pm (girls), 5 pm (boys), at DCIS

DCIS TOWN HALL MEETING: The Rising Phoenix

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, DCIS will host a Town Hall meeting in the school cafeteria to bring our DCIS community together to share and strengthen our school culture. The evening will provide an opportunity to “look back” on our DCIS history including the past few years of transition, a chance to examine today’s culture and share efforts already underway to address concerns, and finally, to solicit our whole community’s involvement in DCIS’s positive future. We are the “Rising Phoenix”! For those who can’t attend, the school will be sending out a questionnaire in order to gather your input and will share ideas generated at the meeting via email. Stay tuned!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

Happy New Year! Hope you all enjoyed a happy, healthy and restful break. The students seem to have come back refreshed and ready to learn, so we are looking forward to a positive and productive spring semester at DCIS.

With the new semester have come some changes to DCIS. Following is a summary of some staffing changes in our school with the start of the spring semester.

Marlene Garcia, one of our secretaries in the front office, resigned her position at DCIS in order to focus more on her family and her business. We wish her luck! In her place we have a new secretary, Abigail Rodriquez. She comes to us with experience working in schools, with students and in an office. We are delighted to have her. The next time you are in the main office, please take a moment to say hello and welcome her.

Sarah Lebovic, our 8th grade English teacher, is out this semester on maternity leave. We are very happy for her, but of course we miss her. We have had the extreme good fortune to hire Alyx Vanness, who was Ms. Lebovic’s student teacher all last semester, as Ms. Lebovic’s replacement this semester. Ms. Vanness has the wonderful advantage of already knowing all the students and being familiar with the content, curriculum and classroom procedures.

Katie Rockwell, our 7th grade English teacher, resigned at the end of the fall semester. In her place we are fortunate to have hired Kristen Miller for this semester, who served as Gerardo Munoz’s student teacher last semester. Ms. Miller was an outstanding student teacher, not only for Mr. Munoz in the fall, but also for Ms. Burns last spring semester, so she has specific experience with 7th grade, and she knows many of the students. We are very excited to have her join our DCIS team this semester. Already this week, several 7th graders have let me know they really like their new English teacher. High praise indeed after only a few days!

Come hear about the changes as well as all the other things going on at DCIS at one of our Parent-Principal Coffees next week. We will meet next Tuesday, Jan. 17 (English), and next Wednesday, Jan. 18 (Spanish), 8:15–9:15 am, in the Community Room. I would love to see you there.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

The PTSA would like to give a huge shout-out to Edmond Horsey, 7th grade parent, who served as the heart and soul of last semester’s successful coffee fundraiser. Thank you, Edmond, for your countless hours of organizing and facilitating all the moving parts of this inaugural PTSA schoolwide fundraiser.

And another big shout-out to Craig and Lisa Conner, owners of Pablo’s Coffee, without whom the fundraiser wouldn’t have been possible. THANK YOU!!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS 

  • College application deadlines are coming up quickly. Students, be sure to give recommenders and counselors a minimum of two weeks to prepare and send recommendations and transcripts.
  • Currently, 75% of the senior class has applied to college or a university. Let’s keep those numbers growing.
  • FAFSA should be all done! If you haven’t yet filed one, please see your school counselor for support.

SPRING SCHEDULE CHANGES (high school students)
Students who have scheduling issues for spring semester must request any schedule changes before or after school or during lunch within the first two weeks of the spring semester.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
AdviserSchool official, usually assigned by your college or university, who can help choose your classes and make sure you are taking the right courses to graduate.

**8th GRADE FAMILIES**
DCIS has been selected to give the NAEP test to all 8th grade students. This is a national test that does not count for or against our students or our school. Each student will take one 90-minute exam in one subject on Monday, Feb. 6. See attached (English  Espanol) for more information, and please reach out to school administrator Melanie Schultz via email with questions or concerns.

DREAM BIG!

DREAMers, check out this incredible opportunity!

WHO ARE DREAMers? DREAMers are students who were brought to the country at an early age without documentation but have assimilated to U.S. culture and have been educated by U.S. school systems. As a result, these individuals are ineligible for federal or state financial aid. The only way these students can afford college is through opportunities such as TheDream.US.

TheDream.US provides scholarships of up to $25,000 to DREAMers to help cover the cost of tuition and fees, books, supplies and transportation for a two-year or four-year degree at partner colleges. Metropolitan State University of Denver is one of those colleges, which means DREAMers can attend the university using TheDream.US scholarship funds.

The application is open only to first-time college students or community college graduates and is due March 8. Metro State will be holding information and application support days throughout the next few weeks. For more information and an application, please visit TheDream.US website.

TRAVEL CENTER NEWS …

DCIS FOUNDATION TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS: Applications for second-semester travel scholarships will be available at lunchtime meetings on Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Jan. 20Students MUST attend one of these meetings to get an application and be eligible for a DCIS Foundation Travel Scholarship. Scholarships are available to high school students who have not previously received a DCISF Travel Scholarship. Middle school students going on a DCIS school-sponsored trip can apply as a group.

AMERICANS PROMOTING STUDYING ABROAD (APSA) is back after a three-year hiatus and offering a four-week summer China experience in Beijing, with scholarship money available! Applications are available online and are due Jan. 31.

SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS FOR GIRLS: Inspiring Girls Expeditions is accepting applications through Jan. 31 for free summer science and wilderness expeditions in Alaska and Washington for girls ages 16 and 17. Three teams of up to nine girls and three instructors will spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers or fjords with tidewater glaciers. They’ll conduct scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, oceanographers, artists and mountaineers. The three Inspiring Girls trips of 2017 are Girls on Ice Alaska (not available to students outside the specified region), Girls on Ice Cascades and Girls in Icy Fjords. They are operated through the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Science and Mathematics and the International Arctic Research Center.

Here are details for the expeditions available to DCIS students:

  • Girls on Ice Cascades (July 16–27): Girls explore Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in Washington.
  • Girls in Icy Fjords (Aug. 11–22): Girls explore Bear Glacier and its marine environment near Seward, Alaska, while learning to kayak.

Click here for more information and applications.

GIRLS STEAM CAMP IN MALAWI: Join other girls from around the world for a unique educational opportunity and rich cross-cultural experience at the 2017 WiSci Girls STEAM Camp held in Malawi July 30–Aug. 15. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics. The camp will include a STEAM curriculum led by experts in their fields, as well as leadership development activities and learning excursions within Malawi.

Applicants must be citizens and residents of Malawi, Liberia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia or the United States, self-identify as female and be between the ages of 15 and 18 to apply. Applicants must (1) have the express permission of a parent or guardian to apply, (2) have at least one year of secondary school left to complete, and (3) commit to attend the full duration of camp. Applicants should also have regular access (at least once per week) to the internet at home, school or another location.

The application is due by Monday, Feb. 13. Please be sure to read the WiSci FAQs to ensure you are eligible and able to participate in the full camp before you apply. If you have any additional questions about the camp or application process, please email the organization here.

SUMMER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS: The Experiment Leadership Institute is offering fully funded scholarships to high school students for two summer-abroad programs:

  • South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics and Human Rights
  • India: Community Development and Public Health

Both programs run July 3-Aug. 11. Applications for the programs and for need-based financial aid are due Feb. 15. Applicants are accepted and aid awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early!

DIGITAL EXCHANGE WITH IRAQ: No passport needed. No cost. Just an opportunity to connect with peers in Iraq! Applications are due before March 1. The program is open to 9th through 11th grade students ages 15-18. The virtual exchange program will take place June–August. For more information and to apply, visit the DYLEP website.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler

Travel Center and Community Partnerships
geri_badler@dpsk12.org
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204

The Center for Visual Arts presents

PRESENCE

Reflections on the Middle East
Feb. 3 – April 8

This exhibition of photo-based works reflects the tension inherent in the presence, or absence, of people in a place, whether in their native land or abroad. More information here.The Center for Visual Art also hosts the Young Artist Studio, a free after-school activated space just for young artists. Located in the Art District on Santa Fe, this off-campus Metropolitan State University of Denver gallery offers access to contemporary art, high-quality materials and instruction. Participants in the YAS:

  • Connect with young creatives.
  • Make work in a variety of media.
  • Discover inspiration in a contemporary art gallery.
  • Learn new techniques from university students and professionals.
Additional information and registration
Studio is open: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4-5:30 pm
Center for Visual Art | 965 Santa Fe Dr. | Denver, CO 80204 | 303-294-5207

PHOENIX FUN … 

For Phoenix Fun this semester, we are changing from a quiz-based section to a “Did You Know?” format. We’d like to share fun factoids about the cultures of our world as well as previously unknown tidbits about some DCIS staff, parents and students.

“Did You Know?”: Europe Edition

Did you know …

  • that in Albania and Bulgaria, shaking your head means yes and nodding your head means no.
  • there are 450 types of cheese in the world, and 250 come from France.
  • the potato was unknown in Europe until the 17th century, when it was introduced by returning Spanish conquistadors.
  • Italians don’t drink cappuccino after 11 am.
  • Iceland has no mosquitoes at all. Not even one.

CONNECT …

DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook
DCIS Travel Center Facebook