Are you considering coming to the DCIS Taco Night on Friday, August 25th, 5-7:30 pm?  If so, could you please take just a minute right now to RSVP via this link? Your fellow parents need to know how much food to prepare and your RSVP will be a big help. We are also planning a student activity from 3-5 pm so students can stay for the taco night more easily. Thank you!

¿Está considerando venir a DCIS Noche de Taquitos el viernes, 25 de agosto, 5:00 – 7: 30 pm? Si es así, ¿podría por favor tomar un momento ahora a RSVP a través de este enlace? Los voluntarios necesitarán saber cuánto alimento preparar y su RSVP será una gran ayuda. También estamos planeando una actividad estudiantil de 3:00 – 5:00 pm para que los estudiantes puedan quedarse para la noche del club más fácilmente. ¡Gracias!

2017-18 School Supply List

The PTSA and staff members at DCIS collaborated in May to pull together a school supply list for each grade level for the 2017-18 school year. You can access the online form here or a printable PDF here.

For the online form, click on the grade level and electives tabs at the bottom of the form to find the supplies to purchase for your student(s).

Some classes aren’t represented, either because the teacher didn’t request any supplies as of “press time” or a new teacher is teaching the class. The school will have updated hard copies available at registration in August. Happy shopping!!


Enjoy the time off, and be sure to mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Registration for the 2017–2018 School Year: Wednesday/Thursday, Aug. 2–3
Freshman/6th Grade Academies: Monday–Thursday, Aug. 7–10
New Parent Academy: Monday, Aug. 7
First Day of School: Monday, Aug. 21
PTSA Back-to-School BBQ/Social: Friday, Aug. 25

Check back here around the end of June for school supply lists. High school students, please check the website for some summer reading projects.

DCIS Earns Dual Recognition This Week

What a week of great news! First, Denver Center for International Studies was named by the educational international tour group EF Tours as the No. 1 high school in Colorado for exchange students, which presented the school with the Global Education Excellence Award. Stop by the main office and check out the new plaque.

Second, U.S. News & World Report released its list of top high schools. DCIS was rated No. 12 in all of Colorado. Of the DPS schools that made this prestigious list, DCIS is No. 3 in the district, behind two charter schools. Take a moment to congratulate our students, staff and parents for making DCIS one of the best schools in the city, the state and the country!

Parents: Help Interview Dean of Culture Candidates

Would you like to be on a panel of parents that interviews the three finalists for the new Dean of Culture being hired for next school year? Among other duties, the Dean will be responsible for creating systems and processes that celebrate successes and redirect ongoing areas of concern related to school culture. To view the full job description, please click here. The interviews will be held on Monday, April 24, 3:30-6:30 pm at the school. Please do not submit your name unless you can be available for the full three hours. The selection for this parent panel will be by lottery, and the deadline for submitting your name is by noon this Wednesday, April 19. If you would like to be considered, please submit your name here.

¿Estaría usted interesado en estar en un panel de padres que entrevista a cada uno de los tres finalistas para el nuevo Decano de la Cultura que se contrata para el próximo año escolar? Entre otras funciones, el Decano será responsable de crear sistemas y procesos que celebren los éxitos y reorienten las áreas de preocupación relacionadas con la cultura escolar. Las entrevistas se llevarán a cabo el lunes, 24 de abril, 3:30-6:30 pm en la escuela. La selección para este panel de padres será por sorteo y la fecha límite para enviar su nombre es al mediodía de este miércoles, 19 de abril.  Si desea ser incluido, por favor visite el sitio web de la escuela o envíe su nombre aquí (este formulario está en español).


The DCIS Debate Team did very well at the Denver Urban Debate League City Championships on March 24-25. Parrish Van Ausdall and Max Fireman Schiavoni made it to the varsity finals and are going to the Urban Debate League Nationals in Chicago the weekend of April 21st. Other top finishers were:
  • Drama: Ennis Abel and Anika Kieler (semifinals), Bri Mortimer (2nd)
  • Slam Poetry: Ennis Abel (1st), Anika Kieler (2nd), Halston Seremet (3rd)
  • Debate Novice Breakout Speaker: Halston Seremet (1st), Jahan Anderson (2nd)
  • Varsity Breakout Speaker: Reyna Esquibel (2nd)
  • Quarterfinals: Sam Borowsky/Stella Wilson, Madison Alexander/Mei Qi Liang, Owen Schalk/Reyna Esquibel
  • Big Questions/Speaker: Sofia Mandujano-Morreo