DCIS Connect Current Newsletter

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

November 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.

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Yearbook deadlines are fast approaching! Send your senior pictures, baby pictures and senior quotes to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com by Friday, Dec. 8, to be included in the yearbook!

Don’t forget—seniors and their families can purchase yearbook tributes for just $10! See Mrs. Hoffman for details in room 216A or email abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org.


  • Flag Football: Thursday, Nov. 16, 4–5 pm, DCIS
  • Volleyball: Thursday, Nov. 16, 4–5 pm, DCIS
  • DCIS Drama Presents The Phantom Tollbooth: Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Yearbook Fundraiser: Friday, Nov. 17, 4-9 pm, Chipotle (6th & Broadway)
  • Family Volunteer Day: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 am–noon, History Colorado, 1200 N. Broadway, Denver
  • NO SCHOOL (Fall Break): Monday-Friday, Nov. 20-24


  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Canceled–keep an eye out for possible reschedule date
  • “Light Up the DCIS Stage” Gala: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6–7:30 pm, Auditorium
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:50–9 am
  • DCIS Travel Fair: Thursday, Dec. 7, 6–8 pm, Cafeteria
  • Coffee Fundraiser Orders Due: Monday, Dec. 11
  • One-Act Plays Auditions: Monday–Tuesday, Dec. 11-12, 3:05–4:30 pm, Auditorium (sign-up sheet on Auditorium door)
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Family Holiday Party: “Our Families, Our Traditions”: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6–7:30 pm, Cafeteria. More info here.
  • DPS Superintendent Parent Forum: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 9:30-11:30 am, New Hope Baptist Church
  • One-Act Plays Callbacks: Thursday, Dec. 14, 3-5 pm, Auditorium
  • FINAL EXAMS: Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 18-19; makeup day Wednesday, Dec. 20
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 am–1 pm, Cafeteria
  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Thursday, Dec. 21 (staff professional development)
  • WINTER BREAK: Friday, Dec. 22-Thursday, Jan. 4
  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Friday, Jan. 5 (staff professional development)
  • SCHOOL RESUMES: Monday, Jan. 8


Dear DCIS Parents,

While I often use this space to discuss upcoming meetings, data trends, policies for attendance/tardies, etc., I would like to use this week’s letter as a space to say thank you. I am thankful for all the parent support you provide. Parent support looks different for each family. Support can mean checking in with your child on homework, waking your child up in morning so she can get to school on time, attending school meetings, volunteering with our PTSA and so much more. I am grateful for ALL the ways that parents support their students and our school. Thank you.

And of course, I am grateful for our wonderful students. Our students greet visitors like pros. They hold the door for one another. They engage joyfully in the learning environment every day. Just today, we had a group of 10 visitors tour the school and give us some feedback. One of the things they noticed was the joyful tone in almost every class they visited. They saw kids caring about their school and about their learning while being happy about it. Every visitor commented on how impressed they were with our students and with the tone in the building. Our students are indeed impressive! I am grateful for them every day.

Finally, I am grateful for the overall DCIS community. Our teachers, students and staff as a whole are committed to our mission and care deeply both about education and about the world. With the Thanksgiving season upon us, I wanted to be sure to take a moment away from the data and statistics (even though they are important to monitor) and instead focus on being grateful for all the DCIS has to offer. I am thankful for the privilege of serving as the principal of this amazing school. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

AnchorThe DCIS Drama Club presents
Thursday–Saturday, Nov. 16–18, 6 pm, Auditorium
Tickets: $5 for students; $8 for adults
Join the Denver Center for International Studies Drama Club for a performance of “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Based on the venerated children’s book, a young boy’s magical journey proves that life is the greatest adventure of all. Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue! Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when told Princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing to bring peace between two kings. They are divided over which is more important: words or numbers. Knee-deep in danger, language and math along the way, Milo learns everything has a purpose. Upon his return home, he realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover. We hope you join us to see this splendid performance!


It’s that time of year again … we’re kicking off our 2ND ANNUAL COFFEE FUNDRAISER! Pablo’s Coffee, one of Denver’s first craft coffee roasters — which happens to be owned by one of our wonderful DCIS families — is again creating a Special DCIS Holiday Blend to help us raise funds to support opportunities for our DCIS students and our school community.

For about the cost of three lattes, you and your friends and family can buy an ENTIRE BAG of this crowd-pleasing medium roast … or two … or ten! A great gift for grandparents, other family members, friends, neighbors, Secret Santa recipients, DCIS staff … anyone who loves a good cuppa joe.

This year, orders will be online only. You can find the order form here, via the icon on the DCIS Connect app home page and on the school website. All orders must be placed by Monday, Dec. 11. Coffee will be delivered to your student on Monday, Dec. 18.

The family with the most sales will win a fabulous prize. We’ll unveil that next week in an email to all families, along with some tips and tricks for maximizing sales.

Thank you for your support!



Help us show our fantastic DCIS staff how much we appreciate them by donating food or beverage to our staff appreciation lunch on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 am–1 pm. Sign up here.

Please spread the word about our upcoming TRAVEL FAIR by sharing this information with your friends and family and on your social media accounts.


Looking for a great way to start off the holidays while benefiting your community and having fun? Philanthropy Field Trips is partnering with History Colorado to host a Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 am–noon. The DCIS families who participated last year really enjoyed it and were grateful for the opportunity to give back. All participants will receive FREE access to the museum, which has some fabulous exhibits, including El Movimiento: the Chicano Movement in Colorado. And students who participate can get community service credit for volunteering and special event credit for touring the museum/exhibits (just make sure to have a Philanthropy Field Trips rep and a museum rep sign your forms on the day of the event — you can download the forms here).

Some of the things we will be doing:

  • Making key chains for families going from shelters into new homes
  • Decorating bags used to deliver meals to people with life-threatening illnesses
  • Learning some words from different parts of the world
  • Writing letters to Congress to encourage them to be civil and work together
  • Putting together Thanksgiving food boxes for families who need a little help
And more …
  • Making dog and cat toys for homeless animals
  • Handing out flowers to strangers and wishing them a good day
  • Other surprise projects—come find out what they are!

No matter how you define family, you will not want to miss out on the fun! All are welcome!

To sign up, please visit the Philanthropy Field Trips website or contact Michelle at 720-854-8401 or philanthropyfieldtrips@gmail.com.


Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen: 11th and 12th Grades
Aly Bortle: 12th Grade Post-Secondary Coach, Wednesdays and Fridays in room 1010

Juniors and seniors interested in concurrent enrollment for Spring 2018 should see Ms. Springsteen ASAP — there are still some opportunities.

More than half of our seniors have already applied for college!

The Counseling Office is using the Remind app to notify the parents of juniors and seniors about important dates and deadlines. To sign up for reminders:
Parents of juniors: text @co19pg to the number 81010
Parents of seniors: text @co18pg to the number 81010

Doctorate: Highest academic degree. Awarded after a bachelor’s degree.


YOUR opportunity for student travel
Canyonlands. Brest. Adolesco. Rotary … do you wish you could easily afford to send your student on any of these amazing trips? Here’s your chance to raise funds for your student’s travel!

Register as a food vendor here, make whatever you like to sell and you get to bank the money from sales in your student’s travel account. Please email dcis.community@gmail.com for more info.

Since 2008, Meet the Middle East has been leading teens to the Middle East through its Youth Ambassador Program — a fun and exciting seven-month program designed to educate high school students in four disciplines. To learn more, click here.


Want to make a difference to the students of the DCIS schools? Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation now to support the DCIS Foundation by clicking here.


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


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