Cross-Cultural Enrichment Grants

Have an idea for a cultural enrichment opportunity to benefit DCIS students but you’re unsure how to fund it? Consider submitting an 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. Read the guidelines and apply online here. Questions? Contact Karen at or 303-910-6698.

5280 Team Tops in District Contest

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.

Choice of Studies is coming!!! ^__^

Heads up, Ninth to Eleventh Grade Phoenixes~

Our Counseling Team has spoken to each of y’all (unless you were absent)- about the 2017/18 Choice Of Studies process and given the appropriate forms.

If (by some chance) you did not receive the forms- stop by the Counseling Center to pick some up, or to ask any question you may have.


2017/18 COS Schedule:

March 6– ALL 8th and 9th Grade

March 13– ALL 10th and 11th Grade


Below are the linked Choice Forms, Off Campus Forms, & the Change of Language forms.

Change of language for 8th graders is due March 10th.


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Buy a Yearbook! Buy a Tribute!

Yearbook. Our time machine back to this bitter sweet experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all in one book. Buy a yearbook for only $50. Not all of our valuable memories in this time of our lives are made in these walls, but you can personalize your time machine with any memories you please with a tribute ! Make this your yearbook !

Tributes : $20

Tributes for 8th & 10th : $10

Students may purchase tributes Tuesday and Thursdays during lunch or contact Ms. Hoffman:


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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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