PARENTS, STUDENTS and STAFF: Make your voice heard as we talk about how to make DCIS the best school it can be in a post-application-process world. Please join us TONIGHT for the Town Hall at 6 pm in the DCIS cafeteria. Check out the principal’s letter in last week’s newsletter for the agenda. Hope to see you there!
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, 2/16 from 3:30 – 7 pm. Please contact your student’s teachers to schedule a conference time. See you then!
No passport needed. No cost. Just an opportunity to connect with peers in Iraq! Applications due before MARCH 1, 2017.
The Digital Young Leaders Exchange Program (DYLEP) is an online exchange program for high school students in Iraq and the United States. Through DYLEP students develop their leadership skills, learn how to work together with people of diverse backgrounds, and design concrete projects to address issues in their communities. The themes covered during the exchange include leadership, digital citizenship, civic engagement, global issues, exchange, diversity, and empathy.
Started in 2016, DYLEP is a program funded by the Stevens Initiative, a partnership aimed to increase exchanged between youth in the U.S. and the Middle East. Selected students will participate in DYLEP completely free of charge, and learn how to use a variety of technological tools. Students will explore global issues, share ideas, and collaborate on solutions while learning about each other’s cultures. By the end of the program, students will be empowered to take action in their local communities and will have gained a network of peers they can turn to for support.
Eligibility for U.S. Students
be at least 15 years old but not more than 18 years old at the time of June 1, 2017;
have completed at least one year of high school before the start of the program in June 2017;
have a high school graduation year of 2018 or later;
have permission from a legal guardian to participate in the exchange program online;
reside in the United States;
have English language proficiency.
Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017. The virtual exchange program will take place June – August, 2017.
For more information and to apply, eligible students can visit the DYLEP website.
Applications for second semester Travel Scholarships will be available at a lunchtime meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Friday, Jan. 20 in the Travel Center. Students MUST attend one of these meetings to get an application and be eligible for a DCIS Foundation Travel Scholarship. Travel Scholarships are available to high school students and middle school students going on a DCIS school sponsored trip.
Kayla Young recently competed in the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships, where she was the only competitor from Colorado and placed 24th. Read more about her accomplishment here.
Congratulations to Mackenzie Hale, DCIS 2016, who is studying in Taiwan with NSLI-Y on a Gap Year. You do us proud! Read more here.
The DCIS Travel Committee hosted a Travel Day to promote student travel and share information about all of the wonderful travel opportunities out there for our students. Students presented about the various travel and exchange programs that they’ve participated in. Students were given ‘passports’ that they had stamped by the individual presenters at the fair. It was an informative, fun, and engaging event!
This powerpoint outlines key information from our 2015-16 school data. Please review and reach out with questions.
On Friday, 11/4, former Denver Nuggets player Ervin Johnson came to talk to our middle schoolers at DCIS during community meeting. “Believe in yourself…you’ve got to have confidence,” he told the audience. Johnson spoke about his background and values, and gave our students valuable advice about topics including peer pressure, making good choices, developing good habits, and treating each other with respect. Students were able to ask Ervin Johnson questions, and learned how tall he is, his shoe size, and his basketball stats.
The one down side: Mr. Johnson loves football, but he’s not a Broncos fan.