Past DCIS Connect Newsletters (2017-18)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

May 24–30, 2018

LAST CHANCE …

… to MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! Parents, you now have until Wednesday, May 30, to fill out the PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEY online! 

DCIS is sooooooo close to the required response rate of 20%. If we miss the mark, it’ll affect our rating on that measure on the School Performance Framework (SPF), which is like a report card for our school.

Nobody wants to end the semester with a big, fat F! So if you haven’t already completed the survey, it will mean a lot to the school if you take just a couple of minutes RIGHT NOW to do so. In addition to helping our SPF score, your feedback will provide critical information to help us improve as a school and to create an environment in which all students can succeed.

The surveys are anonymous. All responses are summarized into a report that will be posted online in late August. More information is available here.

How to fill it out?

  • Access the survey here.
  • After choosing your language, enter the lunch number (student ID number) of your eldest child at DCIS on the Login page.
  • Complete the survey.
That’s all there is to it! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping out!!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Graduation: Thursday, May 24, 6–8 pm, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
  • Living Wax Museum: Friday, May 25, 4:30 pm, DCIS
  • Final Exams (Green Day): Friday, May 25
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
  • Final Exams (Blue Day): Tuesday, May 29
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 8–11: Tuesday, May 29
  • 8th Grade Continuation: Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for GRADES 6–7, Field Day, Final Exams Makeup Day: Wednesday, May 30

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 1

SHOW YOUR LOVE 

Please show your love for our teachers by providing a tasty treat or beverage for the staff at the TEACHER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST on their last day of the school year, Friday, June 1, at 7:30 am in the DCIS Community Room (103).

You can sign up here. Feel free to drop off nonperishable items earlier that week in the front office.

THANK YOU!

PTSA NEWS …

A big thank-you and welcome to the following parents for stepping up to serve on the PTSA Board and in other leadership positions for the 2018-19 school year:

President: Marie Meyer
Vice President: Karen Herbert
Treasurer: Andrew Watson
Secretary: Lucy Rosas

Parent Ambassadors: Vivian Masket
Newsletter: Tanya Tribelhorn

Please feel free to drop any of them a line (click on their name for contact info) if you have questions, suggestions or concerns.

We would also like to express our appreciation to our outgoing board members — Karen Mortimer, Terri Porter, Dawn Marie Gallardo and Edmond Horsey — who have worked tirelessly over the past couple of years to make DCIS such a great community!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

HELP WITH 2019 CANYONLANDS TRIP
Take the lead on fundraising for next year’s 10th Canyonlands trip (in April 2019), making this trip accessible for every 10th grader. Please email meyer3000@gmail.com if you are interested in taking this on, or if you have time available to help. Thank you!

COUNSELORS CORNER

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Springsteen: 11th and 12th Grade

SENIOR UPDATE
Congratulations to the class of 2018 for earning more than $4 million in scholarships and grants!

Where are they going?!

Arapahoe Community College Fiona Bowman
Arizona State University Lillian Primus
Auguste Escoffier Marisa Lopez
Barnard College Camilla Green
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo Imad Rashed
Colorado College Sierra Romero
Colorado Mountain College Zach Vultao
Colorado State University, Fort Collins Joseph Durgan, Giselle Marban-Tellez, Charlotte Pardo, Paul Romero, Shania Aguirre
Community College of Denver Stephanie Barrientos-Lara, Ismerai Diaz-Cordova, Manuel Macias, Kandrick Pacheco-Fluker, Daniel Rodriguez-Cervantes, Bryan Silva-Negrete, Batol Swade, Aidan Wright
Emily Griffith Opportunity School Gustavo Diaz, Uriel Vasquez
Fort Lewis College Presillino Martinez, Harrison Nelson, Kieran Peck, Nayen Shakya
George Washington University Mei Harrison, Yaseen Rashed
Loyola Marymount Leslie Arguelles
Loyola University-Chicago Audrey Harris
Metropolitan State University Milton Garcia, Alajandro Jara-Garcia, Jirah Lawrence, Tony Mascorro, Ruby Mendoza-Sanchez, Alyssa Perez, Gianella Ramos-Millan, Jisel Vazquez, Eli Vigil, Noah Young
Northern Arizona University Lucero Montoya
Regis University Omar Romero-Preciado, Adylene Villagomez-Guzman
Rice University Rebecca Egan
Seattle University Evan Tribelhorn
St. Olaf College Haakon Lehn
University of California, San Diego Trinity Hansen
University of Colorado, Boulder Benjamin Brown, Peter Chiem, Crystel Marban-Tellez, Daniel McCorquodale, Camryn Miller, Louis Miller, Nadia Muro, Gaige Schaal
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Anahi Chacon-Hidrogo, Hannah Chapman, Jasmin Macedo-Jaimes, Janice Ramirez-Rodriguez, Gabriella Ribota, Maribel Rivera-Dominguez
University of Colorado, Denver Bryan Jaime-Barbosa, Queana Maher, JosephReuben Quinto, Noe Ruiz, Dat Tran-Hoang
University of Denver Angelica Cerna, Andrea Hernandez-Perez
University of Northern Colorado Tessa Hansen, Raquel Meza
University of Oregon Shannon Golden
University of San Francisco Harris Williams
University of Southern California Keegan Smit
Washington University St. Louis Sula Frausto
Whitman College Mohammed Rashed

College Signing Day Pictures!

Advisory Council Presentation

PARENTS: BE THE INFLUENCE

Denver Public Schools recently joined a growing parent initiative called Be the Influence, which seeks to reduce teens’ use of alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and other drugs, in part by encouraging parents to make a simple pledge to only host supervised teen parties that are free of alcohol and drugs. Click here to learn how to host an alcohol-free event that teens will actually be excited to attend.

EXCHANGE STUDENT HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES …

NORWEGIAN AND GERMAN STUDENTS SEEK HOSTS FOR NEXT YEAR
Sole, an amazing exchange student from Norway!
We are looking for a home for an amazing young man from Norway for the 2018-19 school year. Sole is an active guy and wants to live the American Dream to the fullest. He is a competitive free-ride skier back in Norway and may like to continue to ski here in Colorado. He really wants to come to Colorado.

Theo, a well-rounded exchange student from Germany!
We are  looking for a home for a fascinating young man from Germany for the 2018-19 school year. Theo is an open-minded guy and likes art, visiting museums, cooking and playing sports. He is perfect for Colorado as he loves the outdoors and also likes to ski, cycle and canoe. He wants to live the American Dream to the fullest.

EF High School Exchange Year students come fully insured with health insurance and their own spending money. Their American family would provide a bedroom to sleep in, meals at home and a loving home to call their own. Email Derek Chandler today to find out how you can make Sole’s or Theo’s American Dream come true.

SHORT-TERM HOSTS NEEDED FOR JAPANESE AND IRAQI STUDENTS
Youth In Action, a group through which many of our students have spent time in Japan, is looking for host families for Japanese students for the weekend of Sept. 7-10. The students are from Denver’s sister city, Yamagata, and a group comes here every year to study agriculture and do a short home stay. If you are interested in hosting, please contact JoAnne at 720-217-2160.

World Denver is looking for short-term host families for an Iraqi youth delegation July 11-25. WorldDenver is partnering with World Learning to host the U.S. State Department’s 2018 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange program. Home stay hosts are needed for 11-12 high school-aged participants and one adult mentor. All speak English. Participants have programming Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm; evenings and weekends are free for them to spend with their hosts. Daily pickups/drop-offs at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. (carpool opportunities available). If you are interested, please contact Gergana Kostadinova (720-330-9289).

AnchorDCIS LIVING WAX MUSEUM


As their final project, students will research and represent a historical figure or a commodity that was traded, or create an artifact replica and explain its importance, as part of a “Living Wax Museum.” Students will present in class as their final and are eligible for extra credit if they stay after school on Friday, May 25, at 4:30 and showcase their talents as historians to friends and family. The event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome!  

ACTIVITY PASSAGES — WHAT ARE THEY?

If you’ve ever wondered what an activity passage at DCIS looks like, juniors Alexus and Jesus worked on one this spring to bring their class closer together. They organized a Junior Barbecue/Sunset on Sunday, May 20, at Cheesman Park. The juniors who showed up bonded freely with one another by hula-hooping, playing giant checkers and pitching in to help set up the barbecue. We wanted to make the barbecue as inclusive and intercultural as possible by doing the activities that the juniors wanted to do, including listening to the music they all liked since music is a way to define culture. Many of the juniors had fun and contributed to the barbecue by buying food, bringing games to play and helping to set up for the event.

POWWOW A FUN AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

On May 11 the DCIS Native American Student Alliance hosted a Powwow at our school. The Powwow honored our graduating seniors, and all DCIS students had the opportunity to attend the event during the last 30 minutes of the school day. The Powwow included three drum circles as well as food and craft vendors, dancers and an opportunity for all students to participate in a friendship dance.

Cyrus Willis, an 8th grader, really appreciated the opportunity to see people from different Native tribes from Colorado and South Dakota. He really enjoyed the community nature of our Powwow and learning the dancing and participating in the cake walk. It is rare for young people to be exposed to Native cultural practices in such an up-close event, and many of them walked away with a better understanding of the Powwow and some aspects of Native culture. Ideally, the Powwow led students to generate questions about culture and Native Americans.

Thank you, PTSA, for supporting this event and for helping extend cultural enrichment experiences to DCIS students.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

May 17–23, 2018

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Senior Awards Night & Dinner Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6–8 pm
  • Senior Checkout Days (last day for seniors): Friday, May 18

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Graduation: Thursday, May 24, 6–8 pm, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
  • Living Wax Museum: Friday, May 25, 4:30 pm, DCIS
  • Final Exams (Green Day): Friday, May 25
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
  • Final Exams (Blue Day): Tuesday, May 29
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 8–11: Tuesday, May 29
  • 8th Grade Continuation: Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for GRADES 6–7, Field Day, Final Exams Makeup Day: Wednesday, May 30
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 1

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …  

Dear DCIS Parents,

A huge thank-you to all our parent volunteers throughout the year. We were glad to see many of you at our Parent Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday, May 16. Hope you enjoyed our small thank-you for the big help you are to our school. And for those who couldn’t make it, thank you for your dedication of hours and time too. We hope to see you at next year’s breakfast!

Our high school students are winding up their Advanced Placement exams this week, so if you hear a collective sigh of relief coming from the school, rest assured it is celebration of the end of standardized testing! Our senior class will complete Senior Checkout this Thursday and Friday, and will have next week off ahead of graduation day on Thursday, May 24. Meanwhile, all students in grades 6-11 are busy completing their end-of-year projects and preparing for final tests. Check out the calendar section above for important dates in these two weeks. Hope to see you at many of these end-of-year events!

Theresa McCorquodale

AnchorDCIS LIVING WAX MUSEUM


As their final project, students will research and represent a historical figure or a commodity that was traded, or create an artifact replica and explain its importance, as part of a “Living Wax Museum.” Students will present in class as their final and are eligible for extra credit if they stay after school on Friday, May 25, at 4:30 and showcase their talents as historians to friends and family. The event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome!  

YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!

Have you purchased yours? Yearbooks have arrived and can be picked up at lunch in room 216A. Bring your receipt! We have a limited number of unsold yearbooks available for purchase for $50 outside room 109 at lunch or in room 216A. Please contact abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org with questions.

Congrats to DCIS Junior Mia Oliver, who plays for North High School, for placing 3rd for #1 singles in the Colorado Girls High School 3A State Tennis Championships!

WAY TO GO, MIA!!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

HELP WITH 2019 CANYONLANDS TRIP

Take the lead on fundraising for next year’s 10th Canyonlands trip (in April 2019), making this trip accessible for every 10th grader. Please email meyer3000@gmail.com if you are interested in taking this on, or if you have time available to help. Thank you!

EXCHANGE STUDENT HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES …

Borderless Friends Forever is looking for families to host exchange students for the 2018-2019 school year. If you’re interested, please contact Melissa (703-674-6578).

World Denver is looking for short-term host families for an Iraqi youth delegation July 11-25. WorldDenver is partnering with World Learning to host the U.S. State Department’s 2018 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange program. Homestay Hosts needed for 11-12 high school-aged participants and 1 adult mentor. All English speaking. Participants have programming Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm; evenings and weekends are free for them to spend with their hosts. Daily pickups/drop-offs at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. (carpool opportunities available).  If you are interested, please contact Gergana Kostadinova (720-330-9289).

DPS SUBSTANCE USE PREVENTION PROGRAM …

According to the 2015 Healthy Kids Survey, 10% of Denver Public School students reported having used prescription drugs without a prescription, and the average age of first use is 13. A survey conducted by SAMHSA shows that 80% of heroin users start with a prescription opioid, and 66% of people misusing prescription drugs obtained them from a friend or relative, indicating that drug abuse is starting in the home, not out on the streets.

Ensure your medicines are kept in a safe place, and that your child knows the dangers of misusing a drug that is not prescribed to them. Click here for information on how to keep your medicines safe.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

May 10–16, 2018

TONIGHT!

RIDING THE ROLLER-COASTER OF ADOLESCENCE

Adolescence can be a tricky time for your kids as their bodies and brains rapidly change, not to mention their hormones, thoughts and feelings. Dealing with the flurry of changes that propel kids into young adulthood can also be hugely challenging for parents, especially if the changes seem to happen overnight. The good news is … you’re not alone!

Join your fellow parents in learning to recognize, understand, successfully navigate and help your kids manage the crazy roller-coaster ride of adolescence in TONIGHT’s presentation, sponsored by the DCIS PTSA, in the DCIS cafeteria.

The presentation is 6–6:30 pm, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. Following the presentation, the PTSA will hold its last meeting of the 2017-18 school year, during which it will discuss next year’s PTSA officers and plans, wrapping up by 7:30 pm. Childcare and simultaneous interpretation provided.

What about dinner tonight? Swing by Chipotle at 6th & Broadway between 4 and 8 pm, mention the DCIS PTSA when you order, and 50% of your order amount will be donated to the PTSA! We need at least $300 in sales to qualify, so please stop by! Dine in or grab and go, as you’re welcome to bring your dinner to the meeting.

Questions? Contact Karen at gkmortimer@gmail.com or 303-910-6698.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Dine Out for DCIS PTSA: Thursday, May 10, 4–8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (50% of proceeds benefit the PTSA!)
  • “Navigating Adolescence” Parent Presentation/PTSA Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 6–7:30 pm, featuring Larry Botnick, MSW, LCSW, a DPS social worker
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11, 2–6 pm
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11, 5–7 pm
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 7–11 pm, Denver Field House, 1600 Federal Blvd., Denver 80204
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, May 15, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Café con la directora (en español): Wednesday, May 16, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Senior Awards Night & Dinner Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6–8 pm
  • Senior Checkout Days (last day for seniors): Friday, May 18
  • Graduation: Thursday, May 24, 6–8 pm, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
  • Final Exams (Green Day): Friday, May 25
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
  • Final Exams (Blue Day): Tuesday, May 29
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 8–11: Tuesday, May 29
  • 8th Grade Continuation: Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for GRADES 6–7, Field Day, Final Exams Makeup Day: Wednesday, May 30
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 1

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …  

Dear DCIS Parents,

Our school received FANTASTIC news this week. U.S. News & World Report named DCIS as one of the Top Ten High Schools in Colorado! We were ranked at No. 6 in the state and No. 3 in Denver Public Schools. Given that the only two schools ahead of us in DPS are both charter schools, we essentially are the No. 1 non-charter high school in the city! Yay, DCIS!!!!! We have our amazing staff, our terrific students and our supportive parents to thank for this honor. So thank you!

And speaking of thanks, thanks to all the parents for the gift cards and treats during Staff Appreciation Week. We are so grateful to you and are looking forward to the staff breakfast the parents are planning for us on June 1. Knowing that we have the support of our parents means so much to us. Again, thank you.

We would love to get more feedback from parents about what we are doing well as well as where we can grow. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete the online Parent Feedback Survey here. The deadline is tomorrow, May 11, so if you can find the time in the next day or so, please let us know what you think by completing the survey. Thanks in advance for your time.

Finally, I would like to plug the powwow being hosted by our very own Lakota students, tomorrow from 2:30 to 6 pm on the DCIS field. Come out and join the fun!

Thank you again for all your support!

Theresa McCorquodale

THANK YOU!

A HUGE thank-you to all the families who donated money and gift cards for Staff Appreciation Week! Because of your generosity, we were able to give each staff member $20 worth of gift cards. You ROCK!

A reminder that we are also hosting a breakfast for the staff on their last day of the school year, Friday, June 1. If you’d like to help with that by providing a tasty treat or beverage, you can sign up here. (You can drop off nonperishable items earlier that week in the front office.)

YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!

Have you purchased yours? Yearbooks have arrived and can be picked up at lunch in room 216A. Bring your receipt! We have a limited number of unsold yearbooks available for purchase for $50 outside room 109 at lunch or in room 216A. Please contact abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org with questions.

EXCHANGE STUDENT HOSTING OPPORTUNITIES …

Borderless Friends Forever is looking for families to host exchange students for the 2018-2019 school year. If you’re interested, please contact Melissa (703-674-6578).

World Denver is looking for short-term host families for an Iraqi youth delegation July 11-25. WorldDenver is partnering with World Learning to host the U.S. State Department’s 2018 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange program. Homestay Hosts needed for 11-12 high school-aged participants and 1 adult mentor. All English speaking. Participants have programming Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm; evenings and weekends are free for them to spend with their hosts. Daily pickups/drop-offs at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. (carpool opportunities available).  If you are interested, please contact Gergana Kostadinova (720-330-9289).

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

Counselor Assignments
Tami Schmidt – Middle School
Ted Brugman – 9th, 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen – 11th, 12th GradesSenior Update

  • 87% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 38% of students who have applied have been admitted, thus far
  • 84% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 95% of the senior class is remediation free in Math
  • 95% of the senior class is remediation free in English

Scholarship Newsletter (updated weekly)

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

May 3–9, 2018

ONE MORE DAY …

… to help us show our awesome DCIS staff members how much we appreciate their dedication, passion and excellence in working long hours and going way above and beyond for our students every day.

TOMORROW, Friday, May 4, is the LAST DAY to donate gift cards so we can distribute them next week during Staff Appreciation Week, May 7–11. As of right now, we’ve received exactly ZERO cards. WE NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK!!

If you’ve been meaning to contribute, PLEASE … stop by your nearest grocery store today and pick up a pack of cards in $5, $10 or $15 amounts and ask your student to deposit them in the box in the front office. If that feels like too much effort, the PTSA also is accepting monetary donations, which they’ll use to purchase gift cards. You can make online donations here (be sure to indicate in the Special Instructions to Seller box that your donation is for gift cards).

We’re also hosting a breakfast for the staff on their last day of the school year, Friday, June 1. If you’d like to help with that by providing a tasty treat or beverage, you can sign up here. (You can drop off nonperishable items earlier that week in the front office.)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING OUT!!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DPS Superintendent-Parent Forum: Family Leadership Awards and Conversation with Board of Education Members, Thursday, May 3, 9:30–11:30 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver
  • DCIS Musical: Beauty and the Beast: Thursday–Saturday, May 3–5, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Dine Out for DCIS PTSA: Thursday, May 10, 4–8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (50% of proceeds benefit the PTSA!)
  • “Navigating Adolescence” Parent Presentation/PTSA Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 6–7:30 pm, featuring Larry Botnick, MSW, LCSW, a DPS social worker
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11, 2–6 pm
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11, 5–7 pm
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 7–11 pm, Denver Field House, 1600 Federal Blvd., Denver 80204
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, May 15, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Café con la directora (en español): Wednesday, May 16, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Senior Awards Night & Dinner Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6–8 pm
  • Senior Checkout Days (last day for seniors): Friday, May 18
  • Graduation: Thursday, May 24, 6–8 pm, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
  • Final Exams (Green Day): Friday, May 25
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
  • Final Exams (Blue Day): Tuesday, May 29
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 8–11: Tuesday, May 29
  • 8th Grade Continuation: Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for GRADES 6–7, Field Day, Final Exams Makeup Day: Wednesday, May 30
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 1

RIDING THE ROLLER-COASTER OF ADOLESCENCE

Adolescence can be a tricky time for your kids as their bodies and brains rapidly change, not to mention their hormones, thoughts and feelings. Dealing with the flurry of changes that propel kids into young adulthood can also be hugely challenging for parents, especially if the changes seem to happen overnight. The good news is … you’re not alone!

Join your fellow parents in learning to recognize, understand, successfully navigate and help your kids manage the crazy roller-coaster ride of adolescence in an upcoming presentation sponsored by the DCIS PTSA on Thursday, May 10, in the DCIS cafeteria.

The presentation is 6–6:30 pm, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. Following the presentation, the PTSA will hold its last meeting of the 2017-18 school year, during which it will discuss next year’s PTSA officers and plans, wrapping up by 7:30 pm. Childcare and simultaneous interpretation provided.

What about dinner that Thursday night (May 10)? Swing by Chipotle at 6th & Broadway between 4 and 8 pm, mention the DCIS PTSA when you order, and 50% of your order amount will be donated to the PTSA! We need at least $300 in sales to qualify, so please stop by! Dine in or grab and go, as you’re welcome to bring your dinner to the meeting.

Questions? Contact Karen at gkmortimer@gmail.com or 303-910-6698.

Denver Center for International Studies

Drama Club presents

DCIS Auditorium
574 W. 6th Ave Denver, CO 80203

May 3, 4  |   6 pm

May 5  |   2 pm, 6 pm

$5 students, $8 adults, $10 first three rows

Click here to purchase advance tickets

PLEASE TAKE THE PARENT SATISFACTION SURVEY

DCIS values input from our families, and we want to hear from you! Your feedback will provide critical information to help us improve as a school as we work to serve your child each day. By responding to the survey, you are also helping DCIS’s efforts to receive a positive rating on the School Performance Framework, which is like a report card for schools. This information will help us make improvements to the school to create an environment in which all students can succeed.

These surveys are anonymous and confidential. All the responses will be summarized into a report and can be found here. The parent and student satisfaction reports will be posted online in late August. You will also find the prior year’s report posted.

To participate, please complete the survey using the student number (aka lunch number) for your eldest child at DCIS. You can find the survey herePlease complete the survey by Friday, May 11.

Each household should fill out only one survey per school. If you have more than one student at DCIS, we ask that you think about your overall experience and answer the questions based on all your students. If the survey does not default to your preferred language, use the drop-down menu on the first page of the survey to change it. If you cannot find your preferred language, please contact the school office, and they can ensure that you receive a survey in the correct language.

We appreciate your feedback and look forward to learning from your input and sharing our results with our school community!

A SALUTE TO LUTZ

The DCIS Auditorium Dedication and DCIS alumni gathering on Saturday, April 28, was a wonderfully warm, intimate event in celebration of DCIS founder and first principal Dr. Dan Lutz. A number of former teachers and students (including one who graduated 27 years ago!) enjoyed catching up, reminiscing and making new connections. If you haven’t seen them already, be sure to check out the plaques honoring Dr. Lutz on the wall outside the main auditorium doors.

STUDENTS SEEKING HELP WITH POWWOW

The Native American Student Alliance Club at Denver Center for International Studies will be hosting a powwow (a social gathering for sharing culture and dance) on May 11, 2–6 pm, in the courtyard on the DCIS campus. This powwow will allow Native American students to share their culture and dance with staff, students and their families as well as the community. If you’d like to help out in raising funds to support this effort, check out the club’s gofundme page here.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

April 26–May 2, 2018

NO SCHOOL TOMORROW!

Due to significant anticipated teacher absences, DPS is canceling all classes for TOMORROW, Friday, April 27. The day was originally planned as an early-release day to accommodate the many educators statewide who are gathering to rally at the Capitol for increased school funding. But given the number of teachers planning to take the entire day off, DPS did not believe it could sufficiently staff schools even for a half-day. This is the case with most of our surrounding districts as well. Related to the closings, please note the following:
  • Middle school athletic games are also canceled. Check in with your student’s coach for the latest updates.
  • The 34th Annual Shakespeare Festival will continue as scheduled.
  • More information will be shared soon regarding transportation for families on April 27.
If you have questions or concerns, please email Principal Theresa McCorquodale at theresa_mccorquodale@dpsk12.org.

PLEASE READ!!

With apologies for the inconvenience, in light of DPS canceling classes on Friday, April 27, we are postponing the DCIS Celebration until August, to coincide with our Welcome Back Taco Night. We’ll have all the details available at registration in early August.

The Reunion/Auditorium Dedication will still take place this Saturday, April 28, 5:30–8 pm. Hope to see you there for this very special event.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 6–8 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, April 27
  • DCIS Reunion/Auditorium Dedication: Saturday, April 28, 5:30–8 pm, DCIS
  • Coffee with the Principal (in English): Wednesday, May 2, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • DPS Superintendent-Parent Forum: Family Leadership Awards and Conversation with Board of Education Members, Thursday, May 3, 9:30–11:30 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver; register here
  • DCIS Musical: Beauty and the Beast: Thursday–Saturday, May 3–5, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Dine Out for DCIS PTSA: Thursday, May 10, 4–8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (50% of proceeds benefit the PTSA!)
  • “Navigating Adolescence” Parent Presentation/PTSA Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 6–7:30 pm, featuring Larry Botnick, MSW, LCSW, a DPS social worker
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 8 pm–midnight
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, May 15, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Café con la directora (en español): Wednesday, May 16, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Senior Awards Night & Dinner Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6–8 pm
  • Senior Checkout Days (last day for seniors): Friday, May 18
  • Graduation: Thursday, May 24, 6–8 pm, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
  • Final Exams (Green Day): Friday, May 25
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
  • Final Exams (Blue Day): Tuesday, May 29
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 8–11: Tuesday, May 29
  • 8th Grade Continuation: Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for GRADES 6–7, Field Day, Final Exams Makeup Day: Wednesday, May 30

SHOW OUR STAFF SOME LOVE!

Please join your fellow parents and show some love to the awesome staff at DCIS. DCIS staff members work long hours and go way above and beyond for our students every day. Let’s all pitch in and let them know THEY ROCK!!

The PTSA is collecting gift cards to distribute to staff during Staff Appreciation Week, May 7-11, AND we’re hosting a breakfast for them on Friday, June 1, their last day of the school year. Here’s how you can help:

  • GIFT CARD SHOWER: Drop off one or more gift cards in the collection box in the front office by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4 — please bring cards in the amounts of $5, $10 or $15. Monetary donations can also be made here, which the PTSA will use to purchase gift cards.
  • STAFF BREAKFAST: DCIS has asked that the staff appreciation breakfast be the last day of the year for staff, on Friday, June 1. Please sign up to provide tasty treats for the staff to share at the breakfast (nonperishable items can be dropped off earlier in the week). You can sign up here.
THANK YOU!! 

Denver Center for International Studies

Drama Club presents

DCIS Auditorium
574 W. 6th Ave Denver, CO 80203

May 3, 4  |   6 pm

May 5  |   2 pm, 6 pm

$5 students, $8 adults, $10 first three rows

Click here to purchase advance tickets

PROM DONATIONS—THANK YOU!!

Thank you to everyone who purchased items off of our Wish List for Prom!  Thanks to your generosity, ALL of the items on the list have been donated, which will greatly help the Student Council create a more affordable prom so that every student can attend. We can always use extra hands to help set up on prom day. If you would like to help with setup, please email Student Council at dcisprom@gmail.com. Thank you!

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES …

BAKERY INTERNSHIP 
Have nothing to do over the summer? Want to learn the ins and outs of a business? Intern at Azucar Bakery! Email sabinefjhoff@gmail.com for an application or inquiries. Or find Sabine Hoff (11th grade) in Mr. Rounds’ room (120) during advisement.

STEM ACADEMY DCIS FUNDRAISER AND FAMILY DISCOUNT
Silicon STEM Academy is offering DCIS families a 5% discount when registering for its award-winning Summer STEM Camps (ages 8-18). As a bonus, for every camp registration, DCIS will receive $25! This is an easy way to raise money for our school while getting a great deal on STEM camps for your kids! To register, use coupon code DCISBAKER at checkout.To learn more, visit the website here, view the flyer here or call 303-800-0011 for more information.

LOW-COST AND FREE CAMPS/ACTIVITIES …
With summer vacation quickly approaching, many parents are tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of making sure their children are safe, fed and well cared for. In addition, you want to find something for your child to do that is low cost (or better yet, free!), and will match their hobbies and interests. This may seem like an impossible task, but DenverRAP has made life a little easier for you with a list of low-cost and free summer camps and activities for Denver youth. For the full list, visit this site.

STEAM! CHILDREN’S THEATRE PROJECT
Join DCIS’s own Caroline Kerswill and several other great educators at Sky Vista Middle School for a summer program that focuses on proving the relevance of theatre arts in a STEM-focused world. At this science center with an arts education emphasis, students will create original theatre productions based on stories that need to be told in our community. Our mission is to provide young adults with the opportunity to make genuine connections with valuable content to help them grow in self-discovery, confidence and citizenship. Click here for more information and to register.

STUDENTS SEEKING HELP WITH POWWOW

The Native American Student Alliance Club at Denver Center for International Studies will be hosting a powwow (a social gathering for sharing culture and dance) on May 11, 2–6 pm, in the courtyard on the DCIS campus. This powwow will allow Native American students to share their culture and dance with staff, students and their families as well as the community. If you’d like to help out in raising funds to support this effort, check out the club’s gofundme page here.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

April 19–25, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

With apologies for the inconvenience, in light of DPS scheduling an early release on April 27, we will be postponing the Celebration to a date in May. We will get word out about the new date very soon!

The Reunion/Auditorium Dedication will still take place on Saturday, April 28, 5:30–8 pm.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion/Auditorium Dedication: Saturday, April 28, 5:30-8 pm, DCIS
  • Coffee with the Principal (in English): Wednesday, May 2, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DPS Superintendent-Parent Forum: Family Leadership Awards and Conversation with Board of Education Members, Thursday, May 3, 9:30–11:30 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver; register here
  • DCIS Musical: Beauty and the Beast: Thursday–Saturday, May 3–5, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Dine Out for DCIS PTSA: Thursday, May 10, 4–8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (50% of proceeds benefit the PTSA!)
  • “Navigating Adolescence” Parent Presentation/PTSA Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 6–7:30 pm, featuring Larry Botnick, MSW, LCSW, a DPS social worker
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 8 pm–midnight
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, May 15, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Café con la directora (en español): Wednesday, May 16, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Senior Awards Night & Dinner Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6–8 pm
  • Senior Checkout Days (last day for seniors): Friday, May 18
  • Graduation: Thursday, May 24, 6–8 pm, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
  • Final Exams (Green Day): Friday, May 25
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
  • Final Exams (Blue Day): Tuesday, May 29
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 8–11: Tuesday, May 29
  • 8th Grade Continuation: Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for GRADES 6–7, Field Day, Final Exams Makeup Day: Wednesday, May 30

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Student attendance incentives are here! We have been encouraging improved student attendance all year, and now we are instituting an incentive program.

There are different incentives for different grades, but all are aimed at the same goal: 100% attendance from now until the end of the school year.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Grades 6-8: Any middle school student with perfect attendance April 9–May 25 will have their name entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. There will be 10 winners!
  • Grades 9-12: Any high school student with perfect attendance April 9-May 25 will have their name entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card. There will be 5 winners!
  • Grades 9-12: Any high school student with 99%-96% attendance April 9-May 25 will have their name entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. There will be 10 winners! (For seniors, the window for this promotion ends on Senior Checkout Day, May 18).
  • Seniors only: Any senior with four class period absences or fewer from April 9 until prom on May 12 will receive a FREE PROM TICKET! Given the frowned-upon but very real “senior skip day,” we decided to allow four class period absences (the equivalent of the skip day), but perfect attendance other than that one day is required to earn the free prom ticket.
  • Seniors who have 5-6 class period absences between April 9 and prom will receive a prom ticket at half price.

Already our attendance is improving! In the past week our middle school attendance rate was 95%, up from 93.4% prior to the incentive, and our high school attendance rate was 93.6%, up from 92.3% prior to the incentive!

Please encourage your students to attend every class every day and to be on time.

Meanwhile, we have been in testing mode. Last week all our 6th and 7th graders took their CMAS tests, and our 9th and 11th graders took the PSAT/SAT. This week our 10th graders took their PSAT, and our 8th graders are taking CMAS. In every grade, students have been doing a great job taking the test seriously, using their time well, and showing so much respect for each other by remaining silent in the testing rooms until the last student finishes. I am so proud of our students! Even students who were not testing on any particular day helped the school by remaining quiet in the hallways during passing period. We asked our whole school community to honor the testing environment, out of respect to each other, and they did! Wow. Yet another proud moment for me as DCIS principal.

Looking ahead, DPS has announced a half day of school on Friday, April 27, in order to support the rally for increased state funding for education. Students will not be allowed to remain on campus after the half-day ends around 11:30 a.m., as there will be no classes, no teachers on campus and no supervision of students. Details on the exact release time, buses, etc. will be coming soon.

Theresa McCorquodale

2017-18 YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks will be here soon! Have you ordered yours? Yearbooks are arriving in a matter of weeks, and they’re selling fast! Order yours now, because once they’re gone, they’re gone. Yearbooks are available for $50 in room 216A, payment by cash or check.

PROM DONATIONS NEEDED

This year the Student Council is working to create a more affordable prom so that every student can attend. To this end, it is holding several fundraisers as well as reaching out to parents for help. Here is an Amazon wish list of the decorations they are hoping to get for the “Golden Gala” themed prom on Saturday, May 12. Please consider purchasing one or more items on the wish list (please donate high-priority items first). If you already have something on the list you would like to lend or donate, please let them know so they can remove it from the list. Also, they can always use extra hands to help set up on prom day. If you’d like to donate an item you already have or would like to help with setup, please email Student Council at dcisprom@gmail.com. Thank you!

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES …

BAKERY INTERNSHIP 
Have nothing to do over the summer? Want to learn the ins and outs of a business? Intern at Azucar Bakery! Email sabinefjhoff@gmail.com for an application or inquiries. Or find Sabine Hoff (11th grade) in Mr. Rounds’ room (120) during advisement.

STEM ACADEMY DCIS FUNDRAISER AND FAMILY DISCOUNT
Silicon STEM Academy is offering DCIS families a 5% discount when registering for its award-winning Summer STEM Camps (ages 8-18). As a bonus, for every camp registration, DCIS will receive $25! This is an easy way to raise money for our school while getting a great deal on STEM camps for your kids! To register, use coupon code DCISBAKER at checkout.To learn more, visit the website here, view the flyer here or call 303-800-0011 for more information. A big THANK-YOU to Silicon STEM Academy for donating a half-day summer camp to our upcoming Silent Auction!

LOW-COST AND FREE CAMPS/ACTIVITIES …
With summer vacation quickly approaching, many parents are tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of making sure their children are safe, fed and well cared for. In addition, you want to find something for your child to do that is low cost (or better yet, free!), and will match their hobbies and interests. This may seem like an impossible task, but DenverRAP has made life a little easier for you with a list of low-cost and free summer camps and activities for Denver youth. For the full list, visit this site.

STEAM! CHILDREN’S THEATRE PROJECT
Join DCIS’s own Caroline Kerswill and several other great educators at Sky Vista Middle School for a summer program that focuses on proving the relevance of theatre arts in a STEM-focused world. At this science center with an arts education emphasis, students will create original theatre productions based on stories that need to be told in our community. Our mission is to provide young adults with the opportunity to make genuine connections with valuable content to help them grow in self-discovery, confidence and citizenship. Click here for more information and to register.

STUDENTS SEEKING HELP WITH POWWOW

The Native American Student Alliance Club at Denver Center for International Studies will be hosting a powwow (a social gathering for sharing culture and dance) on May 11, 2–6 pm, in the courtyard on the DCIS campus. This powwow will allow Native American students to share their culture and dance with staff, students and their families as well as the community. If you’d like to help out in raising funds to support this effort, check out the club’s gofundme page here.

GT APRIL NEWSLETTER…

Check out this month’s GT newsletter, which includes summer opportunities, information about the upcoming GESTEM field trip and a link to the new DPS Gifted and Talented Department’s Facebook page.

Denver Center for International Studies

Drama Club presents

DCIS Auditorium
574 W. 6th Ave Denver, CO 80203

May 3, 4  |   6 pm

May 5  |   2 pm, 6 pm

$5 students, $8 adults, $10 first three rows

Click here to purchase advance tickets

COUNSELORS’ CORNER

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen: 11th and 12th Grades

FRESHMEN
If you were unable to make the March 1 presentation for 9th graders and their parents, the PowerPoint presentation regarding graduation requirements is available here, and information regarding the Spring 2019 10th grade Canyonlands trip is available here.

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
If you were unable to make the March 1 meeting, “Graduation and Beyond,” the PowerPoint slides are available here.

SENIORS 

  • 89% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 30% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 84% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 94% of the senior class is remediation-free in Math
  • 91% of the senior class is remediation-free in English
  • Congrats to Evan Tribelhorn on receiving a full ride to Seattle University!
  • Congrats to our DPS Retired Teachers’ Scholarship winner… $40,000!
  • Congrats to our four Daniel’s Fund Scholarship recipients, who’ll be getting a full ride to college: Sierra Romero, Imad Rashed, Mohammed Rashed and Yaseen Rashed

Senior Parent Night — View the presentation from the Feb. 15 meeting here.
Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

April 12–18, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE!!

In order to make it easier for staff and students to attend, the DCIS Celebration has been moved from Saturday, April 28, to Friday, April 27, 3-7 pm. The Reunion/Auditorium Dedication will take place on Saturday, April 28, 5:30–8 pm.

As part of the fun-filled DCIS Celebration on Friday, the PTSA would like to invite students (individuals or groups) and, in a new twist, families, to participate in the first-ever DCIS FAMILY TALENT SHOW! All individuals who participate in the talent show will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card! Sign-ups are happening now (please sign up by Friday, April 20)! Registration forms are outside Ms. Kerswill’s office door, or you can sign up online here.

Questions? Contact Karen at gkmortimer@gmail.com or 303-910-6698.

The DCIS Celebration will be fun for the whole family, and we look forward to seeing you there!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion & Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, DCIS
  • Coffee with the Principal (in English): Wednesday, May 2, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DPS Superintendent-Parent Forum: Family Leadership Awards and Conversation with Board of Education Members, Thursday, May 3, 9:30–11:30 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver; register here
  • DCIS Musical: Beauty and the Beast: Thursday–Saturday, May 3–5, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Dine Out for DCIS PTSA: Thursday, May 10, 4–8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (50% of proceeds benefit the PTSA!)
  • “Navigating Adolescence” Parent Presentation/PTSA Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 6–7:30 pm
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 8 pm–midnight

2017-18 YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks will be here soon! Have you ordered yours? Yearbooks are arriving in a matter of weeks, and they’re selling fast! Order yours now, because once they’re gone, they’re gone. Yearbooks are available for $50 in room 216A, payment by cash or check.

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

OLIVER NABS FIRST IN GIRLS TENNIS

Congrats to DCIS Junior Mia Oliver, who plays tennis at North High School, on her first-place win for girls No. 1 singles at the South High School Rebel Invitational on April 6. Teammate Miele Klein took second place for girls No. 2 singles, and teammate Tabitha Wilber took second for No. 3 singles. Way to go!

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES …

YOUNG AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
History Colorado is thrilled to again partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center on the Young Ambassador Program (YAP) this summer. This is a paid internship that is available only to graduating high school seniors. YAP is a national program aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences and humanities as they pertain to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, DC, for a weeklong seminar at the Smithsonian.
This enrichment opportunity is a leadership development and skill-building training that exposes youth to a wide array of academic disciplines promoting higher education and encouraging the exploration and understanding of the Latino identity. The seminar, known as Washington Week, includes visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields.
Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 17 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico including the Education Department at the History Colorado Center here in Denver! This hands-on component allows students to gain transferable knowledge and apply the skills acquired during the training seminar to their internship assignments.
The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Click here for the applicant guide and here to apply.

LOW-COST AND FREE CAMPS/ACTIVITIES …
With summer vacation quickly approaching, many parents are tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of making sure their children are safe, fed and well cared for. In addition, you want to find something for your child to do that is low cost (or better yet, free!), and will match their hobbies and interests. This may seem like an impossible task, but DenverRAP has made life a little easier for you with a list of low-cost and free summer camps and activities for Denver youth. For the full list, visit this site.

STEAM! CHILDREN’S THEATRE PROJECT
Join DCIS’s own Caroline Kerswill and several other great educators at Sky Vista Middle School for a summer program that focuses on proving the relevance of theatre arts in a STEM-focused world. At this science center with an arts education emphasis, students will create original theatre productions based on stories that need to be told in our community. Our mission is to provide young adults with the opportunity to make genuine connections with valuable content to help them grow in self-discovery, confidence and citizenship. Click here for more information and to register.

STUDENTS SEEKING HELP WITH POWWOW

The Native American Student Alliance Club at Denver Center for International Studies will be hosting a powwow (a social gathering for sharing culture and dance) on May 11, 2–6 pm, in the courtyard on the DCIS campus. This powwow will allow Native American students to share their culture and dance with staff, students and their families as well as the community. If you’d like to help out in raising funds to support this effort, check out the club’s gofundme page here.

GT APRIL NEWSLETTER…

Check out this month’s GT newsletter, which includes summer opportunities, information about the upcoming GESTEM field trip and a link to the new DPS Gifted and Talented Department’s Facebook page.

Denver Center for International Studies

Drama Club presents

DCIS Auditorium
574 W. 6th Ave Denver, CO 80203

May 3, 4  |   6 pm

May 5  |   2 pm, 6 pm

$5 students, $8 adults, $10 first three rows

Click here to purchase advance tickets

COUNSELORS’ CORNER

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen: 11th and 12th Grades

FRESHMEN
If you were unable to make the March 1 presentation for 9th graders and their parents, the PowerPoint presentation regarding graduation requirements is available here, and information regarding the Spring 2019 10th grade Canyonlands trip is available here.

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
If you were unable to make the March 1 meeting, “Graduation and Beyond,” the PowerPoint slides are available here.

SENIORS 

  • 89% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 30% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 84% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 94% of the senior class is remediation-free in Math
  • 91% of the senior class is remediation-free in English
  • Congrats to Evan Tribelhorn on receiving a full ride to Seattle University!
  • Congrats to our DPS Retired Teachers’ Scholarship winner… $40,000!
  • Congrats to our four Daniel’s Fund Scholarship recipients, who’ll be getting a full ride to college: Sierra Romero, Imad Rashed, Mohammed Rashed and Yaseen Rashed

Senior Parent Night — View the presentation from the Feb. 15 meeting here.
Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

April 5–11, 2018

If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to mark your calendars for what’s sure to be a ton of fun: the first-ever DCIS Celebration & Alumni Reunion on Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, at the school.

And please help us get the word out to any alumni you know by sharing this RSVP link. Even if they can’t attend, we’re trying to compile an alumni directory and would like to get the contact information of as many alumni as possible.

The celebration will include games, a bouncy slide, dunk tank and other activities; a “Taste of DCIS” International Food Fair; a silent auction; and the dedication of the auditorium in honor of DCIS founder Dr. Dan Lutz.

Students will be performing throughout the event, AND … the festivities will feature the first-ever DCIS Family Talent Show! Students and alumni can perform as individuals or as a group, but we also welcome families to join in. To learn more and sign up, click here.

Interested in helping? We need parents to solicit or donate silent auction items and to recruit $100 sponsors through any businesses or organizations you know. Parents can also be sponsors! Getting as many hands on deck as possible will help make this Celebration & Reunion the best it can be. Hope you can join us!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • 10th Grade Travel Week: April 9-13
  • College Readiness Testing for 9-11 Grades: NO SCHOOL for middle school students or seniors, Tuesday, April 10, all day; sophomores on the Canyonlands trip will take their PSAT on Tuesday, April 17
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, April 11, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion & Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, DCIS
  • Coffee with the Principal (in English): Wednesday, May 2, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DPS Superintendent-Parent Forum: Family Leadership Awards and Conversation with Board of Education Members, Thursday, May 3, 9:30–11:30 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver; register here
  • DCIS Musical: Beauty and the Beast: Thursday–Saturday, May 3–5, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Dine Out for DCIS PTSA: Thursday, May 10, 4–8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (50% of proceeds benefit the PTSA!)
  • “Navigating Adolescence” Parent Presentation/PTSA Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 6–7:30 pm
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 8 pm–midnight

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Hope everyone had a restful spring break. Staff came back refreshed and energized for the rest of the school year. With just under two months left in the 2017-18 school year, we are excited and motivated to finish strong!

Here are a few reminders to help your children finish strong:

  • Attendance matters! Our goal is to have every student here every day. Please make sure your students come to school every day, unless they are sick. We would love your support. In addition, we will be announcing some cool incentives for students who have perfect attendance between now and the end of the school year. Look for details next week!
  • If your child currently is struggling with and/or failing one or more classes, please encourage your child to attend tutoring. We have tutoring available at lunch for middle school and after school for high school. Please make sure your child is taking advantage of this free tutoring if they need help.
  • Remind your child of our phone policy. Phones are not allowed in classrooms unless specifically directed by the teacher for instructional purposes. With this in mind, please do not text your child during class! If we see them texting, even if it is to you, we will take their phone for the rest of the day. Please encourage your child not to be on their phone during class.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions.
  • Remind and encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is free for all students every day at DCIS. We stop serving when the bell rings to move to first period, so as long as your child isn’t tardy, there should be plenty of time to eat a free breakfast at school if they didn’t have time to eat at home.
  • Ask your child questions about their current schoolwork, projects, tests, etc.

Thanks for your partnership with DCIS to help all kids finish strong. We will do everything we can on our end to make the end of this school year as successful as possible.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

COUNSELORS’ CORNER

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen: 11th and 12th Grades

FRESHMEN
If you were unable to make the March 1 presentation for 9th graders and their parents, the PowerPoint presentation regarding graduation requirements is available here, and information regarding the Spring 2019 10th grade Canyonlands trip is available here.

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
If you were unable to make the March 1 meeting, “Graduation and Beyond,” the PowerPoint slides are available here.

SENIORS 

  • 89% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 30% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 84% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 94% of the senior class is remediation-free in Math
  • 91% of the senior class is remediation-free in English
  • Congrats to Evan Tribelhorn on receiving a full ride to Seattle University!
  • Congrats to our DPS Retired Teachers’ Scholarship winner… $40,000!
  • Congrats to our four Daniel’s Fund Scholarship recipients, who’ll be getting a full ride to college: Sierra Romero, Imad Rashed, Mohammed Rashed and Yaseen Rashed

Senior Parent Night — View the presentation from the Feb. 15 meeting here.
Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here.

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES …

YOUNG AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
History Colorado is thrilled to again partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center on the Young Ambassador Program (YAP) this summer. This is a paid internship that is available only to graduating high school seniors. YAP is a national program aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.

Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences and humanities as they pertain to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, DC, for a weeklong seminar at the Smithsonian.
This enrichment opportunity is a leadership development and skill-building training that exposes youth to a wide array of academic disciplines promoting higher education and encouraging the exploration and understanding of the Latino identity. The seminar, known as Washington Week, includes visits to the Smithsonian’s Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields.
Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 17 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico including the Education Department at the History Colorado Center here in Denver! This hands-on component allows students to gain transferable knowledge and apply the skills acquired during the training seminar to their internship assignments.
The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Click here for the applicant guide and here to apply.

LOW-COST AND FREE CAMPS/ACTIVITIES …
With summer vacation quickly approaching, many parents are tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of making sure their children are safe, fed and well cared for. In addition, you want to find something for your child to do that is low cost (or better yet, free!), and will match their hobbies and interests. This may seem like an impossible task, but DenverRAP has made life a little easier for you with a list of low-cost and free summer camps and activities for Denver youth. For the full list, visit this site.

STEAM! CHILDREN’S THEATRE PROJECT
Join DCIS’s own Caroline Kerswill and several other great educators at Sky Vista Middle School for a summer program that focuses on proving the relevance of theatre arts in a STEM-focused world. At this science center with an arts education emphasis, students will create original theatre productions based on stories that need to be told in our community. Our mission is to provide young adults with the opportunity to make genuine connections with valuable content to help them grow in self-discovery, confidence and citizenship. Click here for more information and to register.

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 22–28, 2018

Anchor6th Graders, Families and Friends are invited to the

DCIS POETRY SLAM

Under the Umbrella Cafe
3504 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Thursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3–4:30 pm

All students will have the chance to present the poetry they’ve been working hard on in class! Come on out and see our young poets. All are welcome to share their poetry, lyrics or spoken-word pieces.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK/SOON …

  • DCIS Poetry SlamThursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3-4:30 pm, Under the Umbrella Cafe
  • NO SCHOOL: Spring Break, Monday–Friday, March 26–30
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, April 2 (staff professional development); school resumes Tuesday, April 3
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, April 4, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • 10th Grade Travel Week: April 9–13
  • College Readiness Testing for 9-11 Grades: NO SCHOOL for middle school students or seniors, Tuesday, April 10, all day; sophomores on the Canyonlands trip will take their PSAT on Tuesday, April 17
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, April 11, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion & Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, DCIS

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Happy almost spring break! Staff and students alike are excited for the upcoming break. In the meantime, we are working hard to earn it. Ninth graders had a college visit field trip this week. Eighth graders are busy preparing for the Global Issues Summit to be held today and tomorrow, and earlier this week had a field trip to the Museum of Nature and Science. Last week, our entire 6th grade also had a field trip and were so engaged in the trip and well-behaved that they received compliments wherever they went! In addition, our MIS students will be taking a trip to the zoo on Friday. DCIS students are getting out and about.

Please be reminded that the school day begins at 7:50. Students must arrive prior to 7:50 in order to be on time to class. Breakfast is free for all students every day, but we stop serving breakfast at 7:45. If you would like your child to eat breakfast at school, please make sure your child arrives before 7:45. Lately we have seen a big increase in students getting to school late. More than 150 students were tardy to school this week alone! Please, please, please make sure your child gets to school on time!

CMAS testing begins after spring break for students in grades 6-8. 6th and 7th grade students will take math and English CMAS tests on Wednesday through Friday mornings, April 11-13. Eighth graders will take math and English CMAS tests on Tuesday through Thursday mornings of the following week, April 17-19.

On Tuesday, April 10, 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT and 11th graders will take the SAT. Middle school students and seniors will have NO SCHOOL that day. (Tenth graders who will miss the PSAT that day due to the Canyonlands trip will take their PSAT on Tuesday, April 17.)

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and restful spring break.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

TRAVEL FAIR REDUX
This week’s spotlight is on the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), which offers a wide variety of study-abroad opportunities, including summer-abroad and gap-year programs encompassing the majority of languages taught at DCIS (and many more). CIEE fosters the development of understanding and mutual respect among communities and nations by promoting the exchange of ideas and experiences. They help give students, teachers and young professionals from around the world skills that make them active and responsible global citizens. Many DCIS students—and even some of our parents!—have experienced the world through CIEE. Check out the Maskets’ story featured in the latest edition of CIEE’s newsletter.

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

2018 CREATIVE INDUSTRIES INTERNSHIP 

Application Due March 26

This 90-hour project-based summer internship exposes high school students to the local creative professional sector and engages the next generation in the evolving cultural capital of our city.

The Colorado creative sector is refreshingly innovative and growing exponentially. This internship provides access to art, people and professional practices to get you started in a creative career.

Leaders in the arts use their voices to create impact in their communities. This internship is for the future creative leaders in Denver!

The Center for Visual Arts also offers a free Young Artist Studio.  The next session is from April 3-May 17 and will focus on printmaking. Register here.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 15–21, 2018

Anchor6th Graders, Families and Friends are invited to the

DCIS POETRY SLAM

Under the Umbrella Cafe
3504 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Thursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3–4:30 pm

All students will have the chance to present the poetry they’ve been working hard on in class! Come on out and see our young poets. All are welcome to share their poetry, lyrics or spoken-word pieces.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, March 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Poetry SlamThursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3-4:30 pm, Under the Umbrella Cafe

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • NO SCHOOL: Spring Break, Monday–Friday, March 26–30
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, April 2 (staff professional development); school resumes Tuesday, April 3
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, April 4, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • College Readiness Testing for 9-11 Grades: NO SCHOOL for middle school students, Tuesday, April 10, all day
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, April 11, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion & Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, DCIS

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

I know I say this a lot, but yesterday was yet another great example of why I am so proud of and grateful for the students of DCIS. We began the day with a student-led presentation in the auditorium around school safety. The students presenting did a fantastic job of providing information, leading an audience participation activity, and asking for further student input. Meanwhile, students in the audience were 100% respectful and attentive.

After the assembly, every 6th-period class calmly and respectfully walked outside the building to honor the victims of the Florida shooting last month. High school students held signs and lined up along Sixth Avenue, Fox and Fifth Avenue. Middle school students lined up close to the field, alongside the school building. All students remained outside safely and respectfully for 17 minutes.

Despite the tragic course of events that led to yesterday’s activities, I am incredibly proud of our entire student body. DCIS students are a model for how students can take meaningful action while remaining poised and staying safe. Kudos also go out to our wonderful staff who support and encourage students every step of the way.

One outcome of yesterday was for students to identify a “go to” person on campus. The goal is for every student to have an adult in the building who they feel comfortable talking to and whom they trust. Students having a trusted adult in the building can be a huge advantage in terms of school safety. We will be coming back to this idea of “Who’s Your Go-To?” throughout the remainder of the school year. In the meantime, ask your child “Who’s Your Go-To?”

Thank you for sending your amazing children to DCIS. We are grateful for them every day, and especially so on a day like yesterday.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

THANK YOU TO THE PTSA  …

One of the units in 10th grade English is “What Is Happiness.” During the unit, we learned about different ways people can achieve happiness and how it can vary for different people. One of the ways that happiness can be achieved is through mindfulness. This means learning about how to be mindful in every aspect of your life from eating to walking. To learn more about this, we went to the Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery, a beautiful monastery where we learned about meditation and Buddhist traditions, and experienced a new culture through food. We also learned about how Buddhist monks achieve happiness through meditation.

On the field trip I had the opportunity to spend the day with my classmates and Buddhist monks. It was beautiful outdoors, and we got to explore the amazing landscape. One of the activities we did was a walking meditation outdoors. Our class went outside where we were taught how to meditate while walking and relaxing while continuing to stay attentive of our surroundings. We then walked through the forest where we saw the beautiful nature as well as marble structures depicting different Buddhist gods. Through this I saw different parts of nature that I had never seen before; I also learned about a new culture and way of living life.

Another memorable experience we had was mindful eating during lunch. The Buddhist monks made us an amazing lunch with food that many of us had never had before. Before the trip we learned about how monks try not to harm nature or any animals in nature. Because of this we ate a vegan lunch. Many of us had never participated in mindful eating before. This is where everyone enjoys lunch and focuses on the flavor of the food rather than talking and interacting with the people around us. It was interesting to eat a meal while focusing so much on the food rather than on conversation.

This wonderful field trip would not have been possible without a donation from the PTSA. So, thank you for providing money for transportation to the monastery. It was an amazing trip that I would recommend for everyone. Without your donation, we would not have been able to go on this excursion, so we are very thankful for your generous donation.

Claire Weiser

RAISE YOUR HAND …

VOLUNTEER SOCCER COACH 
In order to provide a great soccer experience for all the kids who tried out this week, we are in search of a volunteer coach for the Middle School Girls’ Soccer B team. If you’re interested, please email Mr. Muñoz.

In case you missed seeing Screenagers, below are links to some parent guides put out in conjunction with the film:

English
Spanish

2018 CREATIVE INDUSTRIES INTERNSHIP 

Application Due March 26

This 90-hour project-based summer internship exposes high school students to the local creative professional sector and engages the next generation in the evolving cultural capital of our city.

The Colorado creative sector is refreshingly innovative and growing exponentially. This internship provides access to art, people and professional practices to get you started in a creative career.

Leaders in the arts use their voices to create impact in their communities. This internship is for the future creative leaders in Denver!

The Center for Visual Arts also offers a free Young Artist Studio.  The next session is from April 3-May 17 and will focus on printmaking. Register here.

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK TO DCIS!

DCIS is a finalist for the Succeeds Prize, which recognizes and rewards the transformational impact of Colorado’s public schools and educators. The next step will be a school visit, which includes interviews of school administrators, teachers, parents and students, as well as observations of classroom teaching. Last year, DCIS was an Honorable Mention School for the Succeeds Prize. Go DCIS!

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 8–14, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK TO DCIS!

DCIS is a finalist for the Succeeds Prize, which recognizes and rewards the transformational impact of Colorado’s public schools and educators. The next step will be a school visit, which includes interviews of school administrators, teachers, parents and students, as well as observations of classroom teaching. Last year, DCIS was an Honorable Mention School for the Succeeds Prize. Go DCIS!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Daylight Saving Time: Sunday, March 11. SPRING FORWARD!
  • Café con la Directora (en español): MOVED TO Wednesday, March 21

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, March 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Poetry SlamThursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3-4:30 pm, Under the Umbrella Cafe
  • NO SCHOOL: Spring Break, Monday–Friday, March 26–30
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, April 2 (staff professional development); school resumes Tuesday, April 3
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, April 4, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • College Readiness Testing for 9-11 Grades: NO SCHOOL for middle school students, Tuesday, April 10, all day
  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion & Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, DCIS

Dear DCIS Parents,

Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night for Daylight Saving Time. Although it’ll be a bit darker when we wake up, it’ll stay lighter for longer in the afternoon — great news for all our kids who play spring sports. Phoenix girls soccer is about to kick into high gear, so if you see a soccer player, give her a high five!

Students already are talking about spring break, which is just a little over two weeks away. They are very excited, and the staff is too. Please note that the week of March 19 is a full week of school, Monday-Friday. Every day counts, so please try to avoid taking your students out of school early that week. Students’ spring break lasts through Monday, April 2. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 3.

Testing season begins the week after we return from spring break. This year we will have a college-readiness testing day dedicated exclusively to our 9th–11th graders taking the PSAT/SAT exams. On this day, Tuesday, April 10, there will be no classes for middle school students or for seniors. (Note: Sophomores who will be on the Canyonlands trip on April 10 will take their PSAT the following week.) We will send out a full testing schedule before spring break, but I wanted to highlight April 10 in particular so that parents of middle school students and seniors can plan accordingly. Testing for middle school students will begin on Wednesday, April 11.

As we approach the end of the quarter tomorrow, students are doing great work … just ask them!

  • Ask your 6th grader about their field trip last week to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • Ask your 7th grader about the “Epic of Gilgamesh.”
  • Ask your 8th grader about the global issue they are studying for the upcoming Global Issues Summit.
  • Ask your 9th grader about the pros and cons of urbanization with respect to people and the environment.
  • Ask your 10th grader about the pros and cons of a college student using a credit card, from an economic standpoint.
  • Ask your 11th grader to tell you about the New Deal.
  • Ask your 12th grader to show you their online portfolio.

I remain impressed by and proud of your kids every day!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

THANK YOU!

A big shout-out to Adolesco Youth Exchange for gifting the French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and Chinese flags now flying in front of DCIS!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

VOLUNTEER SOCCER COACH 
In order to provide a great soccer experience for all the kids who tried out this week, we are in search of a volunteer coach for the Middle School Girls’ Soccer B team. If you’re interested, please email Mr. Muñoz.

SPECIAL EVENT CREDIT …

A few students have already signed up for this free flamenco class this Saturday, March 10, at Flamenco Denver Studio (1934 South Broadway), but they have room for seven more students if anyone else is interested. Click here for more info.

Does your student strive for perfect attendance? If so, it could pay off! Students with perfect attendance between March 1 and May 10 will have their names placed in a drawing — one for middle school and one for high school. One name will be chosen from each drawing, and each of those two students will receive a $100 gift card. Questions? Email Mr. Washington at linwood_washington@dpsk12.org.

GIFTED AND TALENTED …

Greetings! We had quite a February. Several middle and high school students attended the CAGT Legislative Day on Thursday, Feb. 22, which was perhaps the best of the Legislative Days we have attended. While sitting in the Senate Chambers, we heard some of the budget discussion regarding school financing for the state — a most interesting topic and one that, ideally, will eventually generate more money for our schools. Click here to read the rest of the March G/T newsletter.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

TRAVEL FAIR REDUX
This week, we’re highlighting Global Leadership Adventures. Global Leadership Adventures offers teen service-learning trips in inspiring communities across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Designed around each unique destination, every GLA program showcases the region’s culture and global issues, inviting students to be immersed in local life through community service, hands-on learning and adventure off the beaten path. Although GLA doesn’t have a specific gap-year program, it does accept high school seniors to participate the summer after their graduation.

FUNDRAISER FOR PERU SERVICE TRIP
Taste of Peru Wine and Brew Fundraiser and silent auction to support DCIS students’ service trip to Peru. Sunday, March 11, 3-6 pm, 9182 E. 53rd Ave., Denver. Sample wines, brews and small bites. Suggested donation of $10/person. RSVP here.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

FRESHMEN
If you were unable to make the March 1 presentation for 9th graders and their parents, the PowerPoint presentation regarding graduation requirements is available here, and information regarding the Spring 2019 10th grade Canyonlands trip is available here.

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
If you were unable to make the March 1 meeting, “Graduation and Beyond,” the PowerPoint slides are available here.

SENIORS 
As of this week …

  • 85% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 11% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 75% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation-free in math and English

Senior Parent Night — View the presentation from the Feb. 15 meeting here.
Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here.

Anchor6th Graders, Families and Friends are invited to the

DCIS POETRY SLAM

Under the Umbrella Cafe
3504 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Thursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3–4:30 pm

All students will have the chance to present the poetry they’ve been working hard on in class! Come on out and see our young poets. All are welcome to share their poetry, lyrics or spoken-word pieces.

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 1–7, 2018

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.

Does your student strive for perfect attendance? If so, it could pay off! Students with perfect attendance between March 1 and May 10 will have their names placed in a drawing — one for middle school and one for high school. One name will be chosen from each drawing, and each of those two students will receive a $100 gift card. Questions? Email Mr. Washington at linwood_washington@dpsk12.org.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Sophomore/Junior Graduation, College & Beyond Night: Thursday, March 1, 6-7 pm, Auditorium
  • Freshman Parent Meeting: Thursday, March 1, MUN Room
  • ADOLESCO Information Meeting: Saturday, March 3, 3-4:30 pm, Sam Gary Library, Stapleton
  • Canyonlands Parent/Student Mandatory Meeting: Tuesday, March 6, 6–7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, March 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Daylight Saving Time: Sunday, March 11. SPRING FORWARD!
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, March 14, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Poetry SlamThursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3-4:30 pm, Under the Umbrella Cafe
  • NO SCHOOL: Spring Break, Monday–Friday, March 26–30
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, April 2 (staff professional development); school resumes Tuesday, April 3
  • College Readiness Testing for 9-11 Grades: NO SCHOOL for middle school students, Tuesday, April 10, all day
  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion & Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, DCIS

Dear DCIS Families,

Here is the final update on staffing decisions for next year, based on our budgetary constraints. As mentioned previously, our school prioritizes keeping many of the special programs we offer, like world languages and double social studies classes. However, to keep these programs afloat given our enrollment is very tricky.

Essentially, because our budget is determined according to the number of students we have and enrollment is expected to dip somewhat next year, our school is “overstaffed,” meaning that we have more teachers on staff than we have the students needed to cover the cost. This has been an issue for our school for several years, but instead of cutting staff, we have been cutting everything else possible in order to keep our wonderful teachers and unique programs alive. This year, given that we’ve previously cut just about everything else, there was really nowhere else to look except staff. So our CSC had some tough discussions.

I am very proud of our CSC, students, parents and staff who all spent hours and hours trying to come up with creative solutions. Below is a summary of what we did. (Keep in mind that, going forward, another way to solve this problem is to recruit more students. More students means more money, which means we will continue to be able to support all of our wonderful programs. Plans are underway to improve our already robust student recruitment efforts for next year.)

Following is a summary of changes for the 2018-19 school year:

  • Reduction of the equivalent of one world language teacher, without losing a language (instead, some WL teachers will be part-time next year).
  • Reduction of one assistant principal. Instead, we have a Dean of Instruction position posted, which will save considerable salary dollars.
  • Reduction of our nurse from five days a week to three days a week.
  • Decision not to hire for the library paraprofessional vacancy.
  • Reduction of one math teacher in order to bring in the highly successful Math Fellows program instead as our method for math intervention.
  • Retaining the third counselor position (formerly paid through a grant).

Although deciding to reduce staff is never easy, all things considered, the decisions listed above represent a thorough and meaningful resolution to our school’s budget challenges while keeping intact all current world language and social studies programs.

My heartfelt thanks to our CSC and to everyone who sent in suggestions, attended meetings and shared ideas. It takes a village!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SAVE THE DATE … JOIN A TEAM!
On Saturday, April 28, 3-7 pm, the DCIS PTSA will host the first-ever DCIS Reunion & Celebration.  We hope you “save the date,” but we also need a few more folks to join one of the planning teams: Food & Beverage, Events & Activities, Alumni Outreach, Sponsorships, and Silent Auction. Please sign up through this link. Thank you!
DCIS FOUNDATION SEEKS TREASURER
Are you interested in promoting travel, global education and cultural understanding? Join the DCIS Foundation board of directors! We are currently seeking a treasurer, with an immediate opening. Please get in touch if you or someone you know has knowledge and experience in finance, bookkeeping and/or investment. Contact Shannon Clifford: 303-895-9072 or shannonclifford@comcast.net. Learn more on the website.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

TRAVEL FAIR REDUX
This week, we’re highlighting Global Leadership Adventures. Global Leadership Adventures presents teen service-learning trips in inspiring communities across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Designed around each unique destination, every GLA program showcases the region’s culture and global issues, inviting students to be immersed in local life through community service, hands-on learning and adventure off the beaten path. Although GLA doesn’t have a specific gap-year program, it does accept high school seniors to participate the summer after their graduation.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
You are invited! Please join us to hear how you can learn French in France, German in Germany, or Spanish in Spain with ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE!We will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months). Info meeting: Saturday, March 3, 3-4:30 pm, Sam Gary Library, Stapleton, 2961 Roslyn St., Denver, CO 80238. RSVP marie@adolesco.org. Find other upcoming informational events and sign up for more info.Applications are due by Thursday, March 15.10th GRADE CANYONLANDS TRIP — MANDATORY MEETING
Is your 10th grader signed up to go to Canyonlands this spring? If so, please join us on Tuesday, March 6, 6–7 pm in the Auditorium for a mandatory information meeting to discuss the packing list, DPS paperwork, transportation and Canyonlands Field Institute’s online registration system.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

FRESHMEN
Please join us on Thursday, March 1, 6-7 pm, in the MUN Room for a special presentation for 9th graders and their parents, where we’ll talk about:

  • New 2021 graduation requirements
  • Changes/challenges of beginning high school
  • Addressing questions or concerns about:
    • Summer school
    • Canyonlands trip
    • Post-secondary options

JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES
Parents/guardians of 10th and 11th graders, please join the Counseling Office and DCIS staff on Thursday, March 1, 6-7 pm, in the Auditorium, for a discussion of the following:

  • Graduation requirements
  • College readiness
  • Concurrent enrollment
  • Beyond high school
  • And more!

Plus, local college, university and technical college reps will be present.

SENIORS 
As of this week …

  • 84% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 11% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 75% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation-free in math and English

Senior Parent Night — View the presentation from the Feb. 15 meeting here.
Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here.

Anchor6th Graders, Families and Friends are invited to the

DCIS POETRY SLAM

Under the Umbrella Cafe
3504 E 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80206
Thursday & Friday, March 22 and 23, 3–4:30 pm

All students will have the chance to present the poetry they’ve been working hard on in class! Come on out and see our young poets. All are welcome to share their poetry, lyrics or spoken-word pieces.

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 22–28, 2018

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.

Do you sometimes struggle as a family with finding balance when it comes to time spent on smartphones and playing video games? If so,  please watch this trailer.

If the trailer sparked your interest, please join us for a screening of the film Screenagers THIS FRIDAY (TOMORROW), Feb. 23, at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria. The film reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The film is subtitled in Spanish. TrueVoice Studios is generously sponsoring the film, making it free for everyone, but reservations are required — click here to reserve your seats.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Middle School GT Students Legislative Day: Thursday, Feb. 22, Colorado Capitol
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: TODAY, Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • Screenagers: Movie Screening, Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–8:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • 10th Grade Canyonlands Fundraiser: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4–9 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Sophomore/Junior Graduation, College & Beyond Night: Thursday, March 1, 6-7 pm, Auditorium
  • 9th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, March 1, MUN Room
  • Canyonlands Parent/Student Mandatory Meeting: Tuesday, March 6, 6–7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, March 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Daylight Saving Time: Sunday, March 11. SPRING FORWARD!
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, March 14, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • NO SCHOOL: Spring Break, Monday–Friday, March 26–30
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, April 2 (staff professional development); school resumes Tuesday, April 3
  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Reunion & Celebration: Saturday, April 28, 3–7 pm, DCIS

Dear DCIS Families,

We are feeling well-rested at school this week after a long four-day weekend. I hope you and your family had some quality time together, despite the frigid temperatures!

Given the recent school violence around the nation, I am more grateful than ever for our close-knit school community. We have the benefit of a school where students are well-known to staff, and vice versa. The issue of student anonymity that large schools sometimes face is not a problem at DCIS. Our small learning community is one of our biggest strengths. A critical piece of student safety is that every student should have a trusted adult in the building that the student feels comfortable talking with. For some students, that person is their adviser. For others, it may be their counselor, another teacher, an administrator, etc. Ask your student who is their “go to” person at school.

Thanks to all of you who attended conferences on Feb. 15 or who will attend one today, Feb. 22. Your involvement in your child’s education is both important and appreciated.

Here are some upcoming dates to add to your calendars, if you haven’t already:

  • Thursday, March 1, MUN Room: 9th Grade Parent Meeting to discuss the new graduation requirements that will affect your children, how to track your child’s credits, tutoring opportunities, information about next year’s Canyonlands trip, and more
  • Thursday, March 1, Auditorium: 10th and 11th Grade Parent Meeting to learn about PSAT/SAT, preparing students for college and much more
  • March 26-April 2: Spring Break (no classes for students)
  • Tuesday, April 10: College readiness testing for grades 9, 10 and 11; no school for middle school students
  • Saturday, April 28: DCIS Reunion & Celebration and Dedication of the Dan Lutz Auditorium
  • Thursday–Saturday, May 3-5: Drama Club production of “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Saturday, May 12: Prom
  • Thursday, May 17: DCIS Senior Awards Night. All 12th graders and their parents are invited to this fun, memorable and sentimental night to honor our seniors. Dinner reception immediately following the ceremony.
  • Friday, May 18: Final Day for Seniors (Senior Check-Out)
  • Thursday, May 24: Graduation
  • Friday, May 25, and Tuesday, May 29: Final exams
  • Tuesday, May 29: Continuation for 8th grade (last day of school for grades 8-11)
  • Wednesday, May 30: Field Day for 6th and 7th grades and make-up day for high school final exams (last day of school for grades 6 and 7)

Lots going on this semester! Hope to see you soon at DCIS.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SAVE THE DATE … JOIN A TEAM!
On Saturday, April 28, 3-7 pm, the DCIS PTSA will host the first-ever DCIS Reunion & Celebration.  We hope you “save the date,” but we also need a few more folks to join one of the planning teams: Food & Beverage, Events & Activities, Alumni Outreach, Sponsorships, and Silent Auction. Please sign up through this link. Thank you!
DCIS FOUNDATION SEEKS TREASURER
Are you interested in promoting travel, global education and cultural understanding? Join the DCIS Foundation board of directors! We are currently seeking a treasurer, with an immediate opening. Please get in touch if you or someone you know has knowledge and experience in finance, bookkeeping and/or investment. Contact Shannon Clifford: 303-895-9072 or shannonclifford@comcast.net. Learn more on the website.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
You are invited! Please join us to hear how you can learn French in France, German in Germany, or Spanish in Spain with ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE!We will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months). Info meeting: Saturday, March 3, 3-4:30 pm, Sam Gary Library, Stapleton, 2961 Roslyn St., Denver, CO 80238. RSVP marie@adolesco.org. Find other upcoming informational events and sign up for more info.Applications are due by Thursday, March 15.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

FRESHMEN

AnchorPlease join us on March 1, 6-7 pm, in the MUN Room for a special presentation for 9th graders and their parents, where we’ll talk about:

  • New 2021 graduation requirements
  • Changes/challenges of beginning high school
  • Addressing questions or concerns about:
    • Summer school
    • Canyonlands trip
    • Post-secondary options

JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES

AnchorParents/guardians of 10th and 11th graders, please join the Counseling Office and DCIS staff on Thursday, March 1, 6-7 pm, in the Auditorium, for a discussion of the following:

  • Graduation requirements
  • College readiness
  • Concurrent enrollment
  • Beyond high school
  • And more!

Plus, local college, university and technical college reps will be present.

SENIORS

As of this week …

  • 84% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 11% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 70% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation-free in math and English

Senior Parent Night — View the presentation from last week’s meeting here.

Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here.

COLORADO BOOK FESTIVAL

The Colorado Authors’ League and the Denver Public Library are sponsoring the Colorado Book Festival on Saturday, March 3, at the Denver Central Library 5/7th floors, 10:30 am–4 pm. It will feature 108 author exhibitors selling and autographing books, as well as 60 panelists on 19 panels covering everything from cooking to writing graphically. Please visit the Colorado Book Festival website for more information.

Celebrity reader Anna Jo Haynes will read Colorado author Denise Vega’s Click Here: How I Survived Seventh Grade. Vega is an award-winning children’s book author and writing coach who believes in the power of story to entertain, inform and change lives. She will be on hand to answer students’ questions.

DCIS students are invited to read the book before the event and prepare one or two questions if they would like to participate in a live recording of the Book Club for Kids podcast. The podcast will be recorded at noon in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Denver Central Library. Students should arrive 15 minutes ahead of time and wait quietly outside the room until the organizers are ready for them.

GIFTED AND TALENTED NEWS …

Legislative Day field trip to the Capitol next Thursday, Feb. 22, and GESTEM opportunities for 7th-grade girls on Friday, May 18 — learn more about these events and other GT news here.

SPORTS …

Phoenix Girls Middle School Soccer will begin the week of Feb. 26. Girls in grades 6-8 are invited to attend player placement sessions after school on Monday, Feb. 26 (3:05-4:15 pm); Tuesday, Feb. 27 (3:05-4:00 pm); and Thursday, March 1 (3:05-4:15 pm). If necessary, there will be a fourth session on Friday, March 2.

All girls attending will need an updated physical form (submitted to the main office) and weather-appropriate clothing that they can move well in. Soccer cleats and shinguards are highly recommended but not required. We have extra if girls need to borrow.

Please fill out this form before tryouts if possible, or get a printed copy from Coach Muñoz in Room 123.

YOUNG ARTIST STUDIO AT THE CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS

April 3-May 17  2nd Annual YAS Printmaking Exchange
Discover a variety of printmaking techniques including block printing, collograph, monotype, transfer and more. Make a series of prints to share, and take home a diverse portfolio of prints by other young artists.The after-school studio at the CVA is a free program for creating new work, learning from university and professional artists, and making new friends! Sign up here.Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:30-5:30 pm
Ages 11-21
Cost: Free!
Also at the Center for Visual Arts, check out “Sangre Colorado: Carlos Fresquez Mid-Career Survey,” an exhibit of paintings, prints, installations and set designs by Denver’s own Carlos Fresquez, a celebrated Chicano artist. Now through March 24. Learn more here.

DCIS FOUNDATION PASSPORT DINNER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!

IT’S PROM SEASON: Bella Boutique

Student Appointments Are Now Open

Bella Boutique is Denver’s only nonprofit boutique providing free prom gowns, shoes and accessories to teens in financial need.

If you are on reduced lunch or experiencing hardship, please make an appointment to work with a Bella stylist today. March appointments are available now. Call 303.656.9665.

DPD IN-SCHOOL PREVENTION PROGRAM …

The DPS In-School Prevention Program is designed to provide evidence-based programs to middle and high school students that aim to prevent substance use or reduce use for students who may already be using. Click here to see their latest bulletin on Juuling.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 15–21, 2018

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.

Do you sometimes struggle as a family with finding balance when it comes to time spent on smartphones and playing video games? If so,  please watch this trailer.

If the trailer sparked your interest, please join us for a screening of the film Screenagers next Friday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria. The film reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The film is subtitled in Spanish. TrueVoice Studios is generously sponsoring the film, making it free for everyone, but reservations are required — click here to reserve your seats.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Senior Information Night: TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19
  • NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • Screenagers: Movie Screening, Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–8:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • 10th Grade Canyonlands Fundraiser: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4–9 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver
  • Canyonlands Parent/Student Mandatory Meeting: Tuesday, March 6, 6–7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, March 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Daylight Saving Time: Sunday, March 11. SPRING FORWARD!
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, March 14, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • NO SCHOOL: Spring Break, Monday–Friday, March 26–30
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, April 2 (staff professional development); school resumes Tuesday, April 3

STUDENT GOINGS-ON …

Black History Month
Advisement classes are decorating their classroom doors for Black History Month, with influential black leaders being the theme. They’re encouraged to be creative and to have fun with the project. The winner will get Lamar’s donuts. Second- and third-place finishers win candy.

No One Eats Alone
Last Friday’s all-school meeting featured a presentation on social isolation that encouraged discussion around these questions: What is social isolation? How might social isolation negatively affect our school? What do you think you can do to stop social isolation at DCIS? Following up on that presentation, students are planning an event for National No One Eats Alone Day tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 16, in the East Gym during lunch, encouraging students to “Come join us to make new friends, play games, win prizes and have fun!”

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SAVE THE DATE … JOIN A TEAM!
On Saturday, April 28, 3-7 pm, the DCIS PTSA will host the first-ever DCIS Reunion & Celebration.  We hope you “save the date,” but we also need a few more folks to join one of the planning teams: Food & Beverage, Events & Activities, Alumni Outreach, Sponsorships, and Silent Auction. Please sign up through this link. Thank you!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

HAPPY NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK
Last week the School Counseling Department celebrated National School Counseling Week with students and staff. As a department, we are so grateful to be here at DCIS and look forward to continuing to serve all our students, parents and staff.

SENIORS

Senior Information Night. All senior parents are invited to a senior information night TONIGHT, Feb. 15, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium. DCIS staff will speak to families about graduation, next steps, important dates and other information. Following the presentation, students will go to their designated Advisement classes and present their website/portfolios to their families. Please join us!

As of this week …

  • 82% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 11% of students who have applied have been admitted, thus far
  • 70% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation free in math and English

Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here.

JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES

Parents/guardians of sophomores and juniors: Please join the Counseling Office and DCIS staff on Thursday, March 1, 6-7 pm in the auditorium, for a discussion of the following:

  • Graduation requirements
  • College readiness
  • Concurrent enrollment
  • Beyond high school
  • And more!

Plus, local college, university and technical college reps will be present.

COLORADO BOOK FESTIVAL

The Colorado Authors’ League and the Denver Public Library are sponsoring the Colorado Book Festival on Saturday, March 3, at the Denver Central Library 5/7th floors, 10:30 am–4 pm. It will feature 108 author exhibitors selling and autographing books, as well as 60 panelists on 19 panels covering everything from cooking to writing graphically. Please visit the Colorado Book Festival website for more information.

Celebrity reader Anna Jo Haynes will read Colorado author Denise Vega’s Click Here: How I Survived Seventh Grade. Vega is an award-winning children’s book author and writing coach who believes in the power of story to entertain, inform and change lives. She will be on hand to answer students’ questions.

DCIS students are invited to read the book before the event and prepare one or two questions if they would like to participate in a live recording of the Book Club for Kids podcast. The podcast will be recorded at noon in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Denver Central Library. Students should arrive 15 minutes ahead of time and wait quietly outside the room until the organizers are ready for them.

GIFTED AND TALENTED NEWS …

Legislative Day field trip to the Capitol next Thursday, Feb. 22, and GESTEM opportunities for 7th-grade girls on Friday, May 18 — learn more about these events and other GT news here.

SPORTS …

Phoenix Girls Middle School Soccer will begin the week of Feb. 26. Girls in grades 6-8 are invited to attend player placement sessions after school on Monday, Feb. 26 (3:05-4:15 pm); Tuesday, Feb. 27 (3:05-4:00 pm); and Thursday, March 1 (3:05-4:15 pm). If necessary, there will be a fourth session on Friday, March 2.

All girls attending will need an updated physical form (submitted to the main office) and weather-appropriate clothing that they can move well in. Soccer cleats and shinguards are highly recommended but not required. We have extra if girls need to borrow.

Please fill out this form before tryouts if possible, or get a printed copy from Coach Muñoz in Room 123.

YOUNG ARTIST STUDIO AT THE CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS

April 3-May 17  2nd Annual YAS Printmaking Exchange
Discover a variety of printmaking techniques including block printing, collograph, monotype, transfer and more. Make a series of prints to share, and take home a diverse portfolio of prints by other young artists.The after-school studio at the CVA is a free program for creating new work, learning from university and professional artists, and making new friends! Sign up here.Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:30-5:30 pm
Ages 11-21
Cost: Free!
Also at the Center for Visual Arts, check out “Sangre Colorado: Carlos Fresquez Mid-Career Survey,” an exhibit of paintings, prints, installations and set designs by Denver’s own Carlos Fresquez, a celebrated Chicano artist. Now through March 24. Learn more here.

IT’S PROM SEASON: Bella Boutique

Student Appointments Are Now Open

Bella Boutique is Denver’s only nonprofit boutique providing free prom gowns, shoes and accessories to teens in financial need.

If you are on reduced lunch or experiencing hardship, please make an appointment to work with a Bella stylist today. March appointments are available now. Call 303.656.9665.

DPD IN-SCHOOL PREVENTION PROGRAM …

The DPS In-School Prevention Program is designed to provide evidence-based programs to middle and high school students that aim to prevent substance use or reduce use for students who may already be using. Click here to see their latest bulletin on Juuling.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 8–14, 2018

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 Superintendent Parent Forum: “Strengthening Partnerships with the City, Business Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations and Community Groups,” Thursday, Feb. 8, 9:30–11:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver
  • DCIS Drama Callbacks for Spring Musical and Tech Applications Due: Thursday, Feb. 8, 3-4:30 pm
  • Middle School Valentine Dance: Friday, Feb. 9, 6-8 pm, DCIS Cafeteria

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Senior Information Night: Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19
  • NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Screenagers: Movie Screening, Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–8:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • 10th Grade Canyonlands Fundraiser: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4–9 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, March 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Daylight Saving Time: Sunday, March 11. SPRING FORWARD!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Families,

The School Choice window is open for all families who are looking for a school for their children for next year. Spread the word that DCIS is the perfect choice! We have held numerous Open Houses both during the school day and at night, hosted seven prospective student “shadowing” days, and attended all four of the DPS School Choice Expo Nights. Now we need your help! Please help us spread the word about our amazing school to any prospective parents you may know. Personal testimony from current parents and students is often the most important factor for prospective parents, as they make their decisions. The School Choice window closes on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4 pm.

Speaking of numbers of students … as many of you know, the school budget is directly tied to the number of students in our school. Given that we have low student enrollment in several areas of our school and overall lower enrollment compared with recent years (i.e., enrollment two years ago was 775 students; we currently have 736 in the building and are projected to have 732 next year), our budget is extremely tight for 2018–19. This means we have to make some cuts in order to balance it. The list of cuts recommended by the Collaborative School Committee (CSC) and approved by both me and our school’s instructional superintendent are as follows:

  • Reduction of our school nurse from 1.0 employee to .6 employee
  • Reduction of one assistant principal and posting of a dean of instruction position
  • Leaving the open library paraprofessional position unfilled
  • Reduction of the equivalent of 1.0 world language teacher (without losing any of our language offerings)
  • Replacement of our current math intervention model with the highly successful Math Fellows intervention model
  • Significant cuts to operational funds in order to retain as many programs/teachers as possible and avoid the need to cut any more personnel
While no one wants the school to cut anything, cuts indeed have to be made. These decisions are difficult and important at the same time. I want to thank our CSC for their time in weighing all the possibilities, as well as the many of you who came to the open budget forum to share ideas. We have not made any of these decisions lightly. At this time, it is important to move forward with positivity and take a moment to thank all the outstanding educators who are an integral part of DCIS. Regardless of budget constraints, I am grateful for every single one of them.

Theresa McCorquodale

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SAVE THE DATE … JOIN A TEAM!
On Saturday, April 28, 3-7 pm, the DCIS PTSA will host the first-ever DCIS Reunion & Celebration.  We hope you “save the date,” but we also need a few more folks to join one of the planning teams: Food & Beverage, Events & Activities, Alumni Outreach, Sponsorships, and Silent Auction. Please sign up through this link. Thank you!
SUPPORT PERU SERVICE TRIP
PERU Service Trip Raffle! Buy one ticket for $3 or two tickets for $5. The following will be raffled: Valentine’s gift basket, Netflix binge basket, Date Night In romantic-dinner-for-two basket. Special Valentine’s wine basket for parents and teachers. Students can buy tickets during lunch or from Mr. Munoz at other times.

QUESTIONS ABOUT TEENS AND SMARTPHONES? 

On Friday, Feb. 23, the DCIS PTSA, through the generous sponsorship of Denver’s True Voice Studio, is hosting a screening of the film Screenagers. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The film will have subtitles in Spanish for our Spanish-speaking families. The screening is free, but reservations are required — click HERE to reserve your seats.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

SENIORS

Senior Information Night. All senior parents are invited to a senior information night on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium. DCIS staff will speak to families about graduation, next steps, important dates and other information. Following the presentation, students will go to their designated Advisement classes and present their website/portfolios to their families. Please join us!

  • 81% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 11% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 70% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation-free in math and English

JUNIORS

Counselors will be in classrooms next week getting juniors registered for the SAT Essay. This is an optional part of the SAT test on April 10. However, all juniors MUST take the SAT on that date. Please email Mrs. Springsteen with questions.

COLORADO BOOK FESTIVAL

The Colorado Authors’ League and the Denver Public Library are sponsoring the Colorado Book Festival on Saturday, March 3, at the Denver Central Library 5/7th floors, 10:30 am–4 pm. It will feature 108 author exhibitors selling and autographing books, as well as 60 panelists on 19 panels covering everything from cooking to writing graphically. Please visit the Colorado Book Festival website for more information.

Celebrity reader Anna Jo Haynes will read Colorado author Denise Vega’s Click Here: How I Survived Seventh Grade. Vega is an award-winning children’s book author and writing coach who believes in the power of story to entertain, inform and change lives. She will be on hand to answer students’ questions.

DCIS students are invited to read the book before the event and prepare one or two questions if they would like to participate in a live recording of the Book Club for Kids podcast. The podcast will be recorded at noon in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Denver Central Library. Students should arrive 15 minutes ahead of time and wait quietly outside the room until the organizers are ready for them.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

TRAVEL FAIR REDUX
Denver Sister Cities International manages and administers all types of programming — educational, economic, cultural and humanitarian — associated with Denver’s 13 global Sister and

Friendship Cities, including exchanges for all ages and local cultural events. The beauty of Denver Sister Cities lies in these permanent diplomatic relationships, many of which have been established for decades and therefore have a solid and trustworthy foundation. The organization offers student exchanges to France and Mongolia annually and to Japan biannually, and provide scholarship support for DCIS’s Italian and Chinese exchanges.

MORE HOST FAMILY OPPORTUNITIES
World Denver loves to have DCIS families as hosts! Check out its 2018 Homestay Opportunities.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Learn French in France, German in Germany or Spanish in Spain! We will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months). Find other upcoming informational events and sign up for more info. Applications are due by Thursday, March 15.

DCIS FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at a new venue: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders.” Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26, at 6 pm. Details to come. P.S. Like us on Facebook, and check out our newly issued annual report. Lots to celebrate!

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

February 1-7, 2018

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.

HOST FAMILY NEEDED ASAP

Because of a current host family’s unexpected change in circumstances, one of our exchange students needs a new host family through the end of the school year. This student “is about as nice as they come. Mature and kind. Seriously.” If you’re interested or know someone who might be, or if you’d like more information, please email Mario Giardiello.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DCIS Drama One-Act Plays: Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 1-3, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Friday, Feb. 2 (staff professional development day)
  • DCIS Drama Auditions for Spring Musical: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 5-6, 3-4:30pm, (sign ups on Auditorium door)
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:50–9 am
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 4–8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver
  • Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Fairmont 5th Grade Students Tour: Wednesday, Feb. 7

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • DPS Superintendent Parent Forum: “Strengthening Partnerships with the City, Business Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations and Community Groups,” Thursday, Feb. 8, 9:30–11:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver
  • DCIS Drama Callbacks for Spring Musical and Tech Applications Due: Thursday, Feb. 8, 3-4:30 pm
  • Middle School Valentine Dance: Friday, Feb. 9, 6-8 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19
  • NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Screenagers: Movie Screening, Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–8:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • 10th Grade Canyonlands Fundraiser: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4–9 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Families,

It has been a distressing week at DCIS. The loss of one of our beloved students has hit our school hard. Many students are grieving and/or still in shock over the awful tragedy of Michael Ramirez’ death over the weekend due to a horrific car accident, which also took the life of his father and injured his mother and sister. Students who were closest to Michael have planned a tribute in his honor, which will take place on Thursday at 2:05 pm in the DCIS auditorium. We will run a special bell schedule on this day, ending with Advisement from 2:03-2:55. Parents who knew and loved Michael are welcome to attend.

Meanwhile, DCIS is heading into some tough budget decisions for next school year. With very low student enrollment numbers in certain classes, particularly in world language classes, our school is struggling to support six distinct languages. Some of our world language teachers teach only 60 or 70 students total, while the average teacher load is 140-150 students. Some teachers have even more. In other words, this is a DCIS issue of not having the numbers we need to sustain such a large department given the number of students. As current and former CSC members know, this is not a new issue. It is an enrollment and class size issue and not a question of DPS “cutting our budget.” In addition, we are looking at ways to further support our students who are struggling with math and literacy, in particular middle school math. To this end, we are looking at the Math Fellows model of math intervention, instead of our current model of having a math intervention teacher, and are also considering other ways to boost the math support for students who need it.

I will be sending out all final budget decisions, including a list of any reductions that need to be made, as soon as the budget is finalized late on Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for being the strong, supportive community that you are. This is the kind of week that really shows how amazing our DCIS community is.
Theresa McCorquodale

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-3, at 6 pm, the DCIS Drama Club will present their one-act plays. These bite-sized pieces of drama and comedy are great fun, and we hope you will attend. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SAVE THE DATE … JOIN A TEAM!
On Saturday, April 28, 3-7 pm, the DCIS PTSA will host the first-ever DCIS Reunion & Celebration.  We hope you “save the date,” but we also need a few more folks to join one of the planning teams: Food & Beverage, Events & Activities, Alumni Outreach, Sponsorships, and Silent Auction. Please sign up through this link. Thank you!
SUPPORT PERU SERVICE TRIP
If you’re going to the One-Act Plays this Thursday, Friday or Saturday, come hungry, as students trying to raise funds for their service trip to Peru over spring break will be selling nachos and baked goods. Thank you for your support!
ART ROOM WELCOMES DONATIONS
Have extra “stuff” cluttering up your home? Chances are, the DCIS Art Room can use it! See our wish list here. Thank you to those who donated their extra “clutter” when school began! If you have donations for the new semester, they can be dropped off in the art room (117) at your convenience. Thanks for your support of the DCIS art program! For questions, email Susan Marion: Susan_Marion@dpsk12.org.SCHOOL SERVICE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for school service credit? Email dcis.connect@gmail.com to learn about opportunities.

QUESTIONS ABOUT TEENS AND SMARTPHONES? 

On Friday, Feb. 23, the DCIS PTSA, through the generous sponsorship of Denver’s True Voice Studio, is hosting a screening of the film Screenagers. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The film will have subtitles in Spanish for our Spanish-speaking families. The screening is free, but reservations are required — click HERE to reserve your seats.

DCIS FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

This year the DCIS Foundation’s annual fundraising event will take place at a new venue: the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for “DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders.” Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26, at 6 pm. Details to come. P.S. Like us on Facebook, and check out our newly issued annual report. Lots to celebrate!

ATTENTION DCIS FAMILIES: Yearbook Tribute Deadline Information!

Many of you have inquired about a tribute to honor your student. Our senior families receive special discounts, with tributes starting at $10. The deadline for full-page tributes ($80) is Friday, Feb. 2. All other tributes must be purchased by Thursday, March 1!

BUSINESS OWNERS: If you would like to get exposure for your business or company and support DCIS yearbook at the same time, consider purchasing a full-color ad in our yearbook! Prices start at $25. Deadline is Thursday, March 1.

Yearbooks are available for pre-order for $50 in room 216A or online.

For details on any of the above, please email Ms. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

TRAVEL FAIR REDUX
Denver Sister Cities International manages and administers all types of programming — educational, economic, cultural and humanitarian — associated with Denver’s 13 global Sister and Friendship Cities, including exchanges for all ages and local cultural events. The beauty of Denver Sister Cities lies in these permanent diplomatic relationships, many of which have been established for decades and therefore have a solid and trustworthy foundation. The organization offers student exchanges to France and Mongolia annually and to Japan biannually, and provide scholarship support for DCIS’s Italian and Chinese exchanges.

MORE HOST FAMILY OPPORTUNITIES
World Denver loves to have DCIS families as hosts! Check out its 2018 Homestay Opportunities.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Learn French in France, German in Germany or Spanish in Spain! We will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months). Find other upcoming informational events and sign up for more info. Applications are due by Thursday, March 15.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

SENIORS
Senior Information Night. All senior parents are invited to a senior information night on Thursday, Feb. 15. The event starts at 5:30 in the auditorium. DCIS staff will speak to families about graduation, next steps, important dates and other information. Following the presentation, students will go to their designated Advisement classes and present their website/portfolios to their families. Please join us!

  • 81% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 11% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 47% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation free in math and English

Congratulations to DCIS senior Daniel McCorquodale on being named a candidate in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program! Each year, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars, chosen from this pool of candidates, are recognized for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and service to their school and community. Good luck to Daniel on making it to the next round!

JUNIORS
Counselors will be in classrooms next week getting juniors registered for the SAT Essay. This is an optional part of the SAT test on April 10. However, all juniors MUST take the SAT on that date. Please email Mrs. Springsteen with questions.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

January 25–31, 2018

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.

SAVE THE DATE!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Jan. 29, all day
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Monday, Jan. 29, 4-5 pm, at DCIS vs. Henry
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Monday, Jan. 29, 5-6 pm, at DCIS vs. Henry
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 4-5 pm, at DCIS vs. Grant
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5-6 pm, at DCIS vs. Grant

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • DCIS Drama One-Act Plays: Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 1-3, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Friday, Feb. 2 (staff professional development day)
  • DCIS Drama Auditions for Spring Musical: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 5-6, 3-4:30pm, (sign ups on Auditorium door)
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:50–9 am
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 4–8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver
  • Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Fairmont 5th Grade Students Tour: Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • DPS Superintendent Parent Forum: “Strengthening Partnerships with the City, Business Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations and Community Groups,” Thursday, Feb. 8, 9:30–11:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver
  • DCIS Drama Callbacks for Spring Musical and Tech Applications Due: Thursday, Feb. 8, 3-4:30 pm
  • Middle School Valentine Dance: Friday, Feb. 9, 6-8 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19
  • NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Screenagers: Movie Screening, Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–8:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (details to come)

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

It’s always a joy to be the principal of DCIS, but it is especially joyful during Passages Day, which was held this past Monday. Wow! Our juniors knocked it out of the park with their research, their presentation skills, their passion and their professionalism. Truly impressive. And the rest of our students also deserve kudos for being attentive while they watched presentations, for asking great questions, and for participating in the interactive parts of the presentations. Meanwhile, 6th graders had a very insightful and fun field trip to International Town on this day. Ask your 6th graders what role they played! Our 8th graders also took a field trip, one that clearly made an impression on them as they listened to the joint stories of a Holocaust survivor and a German national living in Germany during World War II. Students came away from this experience with a deeper understanding of complicated issues and renewed skill in our core value of Recognizing Perspectives. What a day!

In academic news, we are providing all students in grades 6-11 with the opportunity to practice skill building via Khan Academy in order to support them in mastering the academic standards for their grade. It is our goal that all students will show growth in mastering the standards compared to where they were last year. Khan Academy is an excellent resource students can use to practice for challenging college readiness tests like the PSAT and SAT. So we are providing students in grades 9-11 with specific, targeted PSAT/SAT practice time during advisement. Ask your high school students about the practice they are doing through Khan Academy and how it is helping them to be college ready by the time they graduate. For our seniors, the focus is graduation! Seniors are busy making sure they have all the credits they need to graduate, finishing up senior service projects, and preparing for their final portfolio and senior presentations.

Looking ahead to next month, on the afternoons of Feb. 15 and 22, DCIS students will be presenting their academic progress (with the help of their adviser) to their parents during student-led parent-teacher conferences. Look for an email/phone call/note home inviting you to your student’s presentation. Each student’s conference lasts approximately 10 minutes. These are always a great opportunity to highlight student growth and put our students in the driver’s seat.

Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 19–20, are student and staff holidays, so NO SCHOOL on these days. Hope all of our DCIS families can enjoy a little break time and come back refreshed and ready to dive right back into their academics!

Thank you for sending your students to DCIS. They make our school a wonderful and inspiring place to be.

Theresa McCorquodale

RAISE YOUR HAND …

8TH GRADE CAREER EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for parents or community members who would be interested in helping to engage our 8th graders by speaking, teaching or leading workshops on various careers and pathways. We tentatively plan to have a career event at the beginning of March. Please email Tami Schmidt at tamara_schmidt@dpsk12.org or call 720-423-9006 if you are interested or know someone who would like to participate. Thank you!!ART ROOM WELCOMES DONATIONS
Have extra “stuff” cluttering up your home? Chances are, the DCIS Art Room can use it! See our wish list here. Thank you to those who donated their extra “clutter” when school began! If you have donations for the new semester, they can be dropped off in the art room (117) at your convenience. Thanks for your support of the DCIS art program! For questions, email Susan Marion: Susan_Marion@dpsk12.org.SCHOOL SERVICE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for school service credit? Email dcis.connect@gmail.com to learn about opportunities.

ATTENTION DCIS FAMILIES: Yearbook Tribute Deadline Information!

Many of you have inquired about a tribute to honor your student. Our senior families receive special discounts, with tributes starting at $10. The deadline for full-page tributes ($80) is Friday, Feb. 2. All other tributes must be purchased by Thursday, March 1!

BUSINESS OWNERS: If you would like to get exposure for your business or company and support DCIS yearbook at the same time, consider purchasing a full-color ad in our yearbook! Prices start at $25. Deadline is Thursday, March 1.

Yearbooks are available for pre-order for $50 in room 216A or online.

For details on any of the above, please email Ms. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

TRAVEL FAIR REDUX
Did you miss out on the Travel Fair in December?  Keep an eye out in this space for photos and highlights of the organizations that were represented and what they have to offer DCIS students and families.This week we’re featuring Meet the Middle East. Their Youth Ambassador Program is a five-month program during which students learn about identity, conflict resolution and negotiation, listening and dialogue, the regional religions of the Middle East and, finally, the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict as a case study.At the end of the five-month program, MTME staff guide students on a 10-day immersion trip to Palestine and Israel. Over the course of the trip, students have the chance to apply the knowledge they’ve gained in the previous five months through service projects for local communities in the two countries. Students stay in a centuries-old monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem, sip tea in the shade of a Bedouin tent in the desert, dine on fish from the Sea of Galilee and float in the Dead Sea just outside Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. They meet with Palestinians and Israelis who represent a range of perspectives, and visit museums as well as religious and archaeological sites. They also visit settlements and refugee camps.The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 9. In addition to this program, Meet the Middle East offers local classes and other events, including cooking, calligraphy, Islam 101 and panel discussions.COSTA RICA
Our program to Costa Rica is a tailored itinerary unique to our group and DCIS students and teachers. This 10-day program will offer your child the opportunity to spend time working with international researchers at a field research station on the Osa Peninsula surveying mammals such as monkeys, river otters, kinkajous, turtles and sloths with local researchers. We will immerse ourselves in Costa Rican culture, hike through the rainforest, engage in recycling projects with the local school in Ojachal, and study the conservation work at La Cusinga Lodge. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the beach and explore the National Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, where we’ll learn how to surf.

Participating students will receive service hour certification for their volunteer hours, grow their social skills, make real-world connections to their science and global learning, and participate in an experience that will set them apart when applying to college and on their future educational and professional career paths. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested students should plan to attend the informational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 12:30 pm in DCIS Room 217B. Questions? Please email Ms. Kerrigan at meghan_kerrigan@dpsk12.org.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Learn French in France, German in Germany or Spanish in Spain! We will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months). Find other upcoming informational events and sign up for more info. Applications are due by Thursday, March 15.

YOUTH SUMMIT TRIP IN EAST AFRICA
The Global Leadership Institute will be hosting the 5th annual Entusi Youth Summit Trip to Uganda and Rwanda. Click here or check out GLI’s website for more information.

Help support the 10th grade trip to
Canyonlands, Utah, in April 2018!
Donate here.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

SENIORS 
Scholarship Newsletter

7TH GRADE
Students can apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, a selective five-year pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships and other learning-enrichment opportunities. The application window opened Wednesday, Jan. 17, and closes Wednesday, March 21.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
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

TUTORING

Support your teachers … and get a great tutor!

Ivy is a new tutoring startup founded by one of our parents. Ivy connects K-12 Denver-area teachers with parents who are seeking to hire tutors for their children. The Ivy app is exclusively for teachers, giving parents a safe and verified source for tutors. All Ivy teachers are qualified in our school curriculum so they know how best to help your child excel academically. Use the Ivy app to book a session at a teacher’s location or have them come to your home. Teachers are available to tutor middle school algebra all the way up to AP chemistry and physics in high school … or even get a great piano teacher.

You can download the Ivy app for iPhone here or Android here.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

January 18–24, 2018

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.

MANDATORY TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP ORIENTATION

AnchorTo fulfill its mission of taking global education beyond the classroom, the DCIS Foundation grants travel scholarships to students of all DCIS schools who are going on a DCIS school-sponsored trip. Every student who wants to apply for a scholarship for travel through this fall MUST attend an application preparation orientation meeting (parents are welcome to attend) and participate in interviews. There will be another orientation meeting in the fall for students traveling later this year who wish to apply for a scholarship then.

The application preparation orientation dates for DCIS-Baker students are:

  • TODAY: Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:30-1:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • TONIGHT: Thursday, Jan. 18, 5:30-6:30 pm, MUN Room

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Costa Rica Trip Informational Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:30 pm, DCIS Room 217B
  • DCIS Foundation Mandatory Scholarship Orientation: Thursday, Jan. 18 (see details above)
  • Passages Day Student Presentations: Monday, Jan. 22, 8:30–11:45 am, 12:45–2:20 pm
  • 6th Grade International Towne Field Trip: Monday, Jan. 22, all day
  • 8th Grade Mizel Museum Field Trip: Monday, Jan. 22, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:50–9 am
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4-8 pm, Chipotle, 6th & Broadway
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4-5 pm, at Grant
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5-6 pm, at Grant
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, Jan. 24, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Jan. 29, all day
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Monday, Jan. 29, 4-5 pm, at DCIS vs. Henry
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Monday, Jan. 29, 5-6 pm, at DCIS vs. Henry
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 4-5 pm, at DCIS vs. Grant
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 5-6 pm, at DCIS vs. Grant
  • DCIS Drama One-Act Plays: Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 1-3, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Friday, Feb. 2 (staff professional development day)
  • DCIS Drama Auditions for Spring Musical: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 5-6, 3-4:30pm, (sign ups on Auditorium door)
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:50–9 am
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 4–8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver
  • Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Fairmont 5th Grade Students Tour: Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • DPS Superintendent Parent Forum: “Strengthening Partnerships with the City, Business Leaders, Nonprofit Organizations and Community Groups,” Thursday, Feb. 8, 9:30–11:30 am, Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape Street, Denver
  • DCIS Drama Callbacks for Spring Musical and Tech Applications due: Thursday, Feb. 8, 3-4:30 pm
  • Middle School Valentine Dance: Friday, Feb. 9, 6-8 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • NO SCHOOL: Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19
  • NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Screenagers: Movie Screening, Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–8:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (details to come)

Help support the 10th grade trip to Canyonlands, Utah, in April 2018! Donate here

RAISE YOUR HAND …

8TH GRADE CAREER EVENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for parents or community members who would be interested in helping to engage our 8th graders by speaking, teaching or leading workshops on various careers and pathways. We tentatively plan to have a career event at the beginning of March. Please email Tami Schmidt at tamara_schmidt@dpsk12.org or call 720-423-9006 if you are interested or know someone who would like to participate. Thank you!!CSC MEETING
Join the CSC on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4–6 pm, in the DCIS Community Room (103) for its monthly meeting. As always, meetings are open to the public, and the committee would love to see you there! If you have a comment or suggestion for the committee, public comment time is the first 10 minutes of each meeting, or you can contact one of your representatives. Contact information and meeting minutes are available here.ART ROOM WELCOMES DONATIONS
Have extra “stuff” cluttering up your home? Chances are, the DCIS Art Room can use it! See our wish list here. Thank you to those who donated their extra “clutter” when school began! If you have donations for the new semester, they can be dropped off in the art room (117) at your convenience. Thanks for your support of the DCIS art program! For questions, email Susan Marion: Susan_Marion@dpsk12.org.SCHOOL SERVICE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for school service credit? Email dcis.connect@gmail.com to learn about opportunities.

ATTENTION DCIS FAMILIES: Yearbook Tribute Deadline Information!

Many of you have inquired about a tribute to honor your student. Our senior families receive special discounts, with tributes starting at $10. The deadline for full-page tributes ($80) is Friday, Feb. 2. All other tributes must be purchased by Thursday, March 1!

BUSINESS OWNERS: If you would like to get exposure for your business or company and support DCIS yearbook at the same time, consider purchasing a full-color ad in our yearbook! Prices start at $25. Deadline is Thursday, March 1.

Yearbooks are available for pre-order for $50 in room 216A or online.

For details on any of the above, please email Ms. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

TRAVEL FAIR REDUX
Did you miss out on the Travel Fair in December?  Keep an eye out in this space for photos and highlights of the organizations that were represented and what they have to offer DCIS students and families.This week we’re featuring Meet the Middle East. Their Youth Ambassador Program is a five-month program during which students learn about identity, conflict resolution and negotiation, listening and dialogue, the regional religions of the Middle East and, finally, the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict as a case study.At the end of the five-month program, MTME staff guide students on a 10-day immersion trip to Palestine and Israel. Over the course of the trip, students have the chance to apply the knowledge they’ve gained in the previous five months through service projects for local communities in the two countries. Students stay in a centuries-old monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem, sip tea in the shade of a Bedouin tent in the desert, dine on fish from the Sea of Galilee and float in the Dead Sea just outside Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. They meet with Palestinians and Israelis who represent a range of perspectives, and visit museums as well as religious and archaeological sites. They also visit settlements and refugee camps.The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 9. In addition to this program, Meet the Middle East offers local classes and other events, including cooking, calligraphy, Islam 101 and panel discussions.COSTA RICA
Our program to Costa Rica is a tailored itinerary unique to our group and DCIS students and teachers. This 10-day program will offer your child the opportunity to spend time working with international researchers at a field research station on the Osa Peninsula surveying mammals such as monkeys, river otters, kinkajous, turtles and sloths with local researchers. We will immerse ourselves in Costa Rican culture, hike through the rainforest, engage in recycling projects with the local school in Ojachal, and study the conservation work at La Cusinga Lodge. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the beach and explore the National Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, where we’ll learn how to surf.

Participating students will receive service hour certification for their volunteer hours, grow their social skills, make real-world connections to their science and global learning, and participate in an experience that will set them apart when applying to college and on their future educational and professional career paths. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested students should plan to attend the informational meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 12:30 pm in DCIS Room 217B. Questions? Please email Ms. Kerrigan at meghan_kerrigan@dpsk12.org.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Learn French in France, German in Germany or Spanish in Spain! We will match you with a student about your own age for a unique two-way exchange to France, Germany or Spain as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. YOU DECIDE when to exchange and for how long (up to three months). Find other upcoming informational events and sign up for more info. Applications are due by Thursday, March 15.

YOUTH SUMMIT TRIP IN EAST AFRICA
The Global Leadership Institute will be hosting the 5th annual Entusi Youth Summit Trip to Uganda and Rwanda. Click here or check out GLI’s website for more information.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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

SENIORS 
Scholarship Newsletter

College Application Update:

  • 77% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 10% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 47% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation-free in math and English

JUNIORS 
Passages Day is Monday, Jan. 22.

7TH GRADE
Students can apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, a selective five-year pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships and other learning-enrichment opportunities. The application window opened Wednesday, Jan. 17, and closes Wednesday, March 21.

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: HAS PASSED
The funding capacity has been met. If your student is a junior or sophomore and would like to take college courses off campus in fall 2018, please have them contact Mrs. Springsteen at melisa_springsteen@dpsk12.org. Registration will start in March.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

ADVISORY COUNCIL PRESENTATION
What has the counseling office been up to? Find out here!

REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
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

TUTORING

Support your teachers … and get a great tutor!

Ivy is a new tutoring startup founded by one of our parents. Ivy connects K-12 Denver-area teachers with parents who are seeking to hire tutors for their children. The Ivy app is exclusively for teachers, giving parents a safe and verified source for tutors. All Ivy teachers are qualified in our school curriculum so they know how best to help your child excel academically. Use the Ivy app to book a session at a teacher’s location or have them come to your home. Teachers are available to tutor middle school algebra all the way up to AP chemistry and physics in high school … or even get a great piano teacher.

You can download the Ivy app for iPhone here or Android here.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

December 14-20, 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 …

  • One-Act Plays Callbacks: Thursday, Dec. 14, 3-5 pm, Auditorium
  • Italy Bike Trip Info Meeting: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6-7 pm, Ms. Bishop’s room (115)
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Friday, Dec. 15, 4-5 pm, at Grant Ranch
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Friday, Dec. 15, 5-6 pm, at Grant Ranch
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Monday, Dec. 18, 4-5 pm, at Henry
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Monday, Dec. 18, 5-6 pm, at Henry
  • Final Exams: Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 18-19
  • Student Alliances Potluck: Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Makeup Day: Wednesday, Dec. 20 (ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE WORK OR AN EXAM TO MAKE UP WILL COME TO SCHOOL THIS DAY)
  • Staff Appreciation Lunch: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 am–1 pm, Cafeteria (sign up here to bring food or beverage)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • 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
  • Fundraising & Events Team Planning Session: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103, RSVP
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 4-5 pm, at DCIS vs. Kepner
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 5-6 pm, at DCIS vs. Kepner
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Jan. 11, 6–7:30 pm
  • DCIS Foundation Mandatory Scholarship Orientation: Jan. 15, 16 or 18

AnchorLETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

This is a very busy week at DCIS. Students are completing end of semester projects, studying for finals, making up missed work, giving presentations and more! During this hectic time, we appreciate even more the support you give your students at home. Here are a few quick tips for how you can help your child finish the semester smoothly.

  • Have them make a “To Do” list so there is one place that lists everything they need to get done, which goes a long way to eliminating the issue of students forgetting to complete or turn in an assignment.
  • Have them assign time for all of the things they need to complete and still leave enough time for sleep. Often, students will spend a lot of time on phones/social media, and then have to stay up really late to finish their work. I recommend having students put their phone in a safe place of their choice in another room of the house than where they are doing their work, and then when they finish their work, they can go and get their phone. Parents have told me that somehow this makes their kids work much more efficiently! Worth a try.
  • Make sure students are getting enough sleep.
  • Encourage students to eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast is free for all students every day at DCIS, so if you or students are running late in the morning, please encourage them to have breakfast at school.

As a reminder, Monday and Tuesday of next week are final exam days and there is no school on Wednesday for students, unless they need to make up a final, or have made arrangements with a teacher to complete missing work. There will be no buses to or from school on Wednesday, December 20, so if your child does need to make up a final or complete missing work, please make sure you have arranged for transportation.

Thank you for supporting your children at home so that we can do a better job of supporting them here at school. Best of luck for a healthy and stress-free last week of the semester.

Sincerely,
Theresa McCorquodale

 

PTSA SHOUT OUTS

As President of the PTSA, it is a distinct honor and privilege to work with the amazing volunteers who have heeded the call to serve our DCIS community. So, a full-throated, hearty THANK YOU (a preemptive apology if I inadvertently overlooked anyone!) goes out to:

Edmond Horsey, for being an ace Treasurer, a champion of the coffee fundraiser, a master flag hanger, the list goes on and on…

Terri Porter & Tanya Tribelhorn, for managing the school newsletter

Marie Meyer, for leading the Cultural Enrichment grants effort and organizing last week’s incredible Travel Fair

Kate Douglas Kestyn, for taking on the Fundraising helm.

Maria Carmen Pizano, Cinthia Camacho, Melissa Valle, John Ramirez, Greg Mortimer, Maria Culligan, Monse Loya, Brenda Gonzalez and Lucy Rosas for serving as amazing liaisons with our Spanish speaking families and assisting with Spanish translation & interpretation needs.

Tanya Tribelhorn, Vivian Masket & Terri Porter for working diligently on the school communications team.

Laurie Harris, Sonia Castro, Cheryl & Scott Burger, Lynn Miller, Fred Glick, Maria Culligan, Adam Gordon, Mary Fitzpatrick, Edmond Horsey, Kit Hinders, Marie Meyer, Beverly Longe and Lisa Conner for helping with school beautification.

Tarl Ford and Armando Aguilar, for making our display boards possible.

Cheryl Burger, for organizing the PTSA closet and ironing countless flags.

Aimee VanAusdale, Matt Autdemberge, Cheryl Burger, Mary Fitzpatrick, Rivka Gross, Karen Herbert, Edmond Horsey, Allyson Mendenhall, Jody Mier, Christina Montez da Silva, Terri Porter, Michelle Price Hirsh, John Ramirez, Lucy Rosas, Amber Shearer, Tanya Tribelhorn, Kate Douglas Kestyn, Melissa Valle, Vivian Masket, and Ernest & Jozette Vigil for being a part of the Fundraising & Events team.

DawnMarie Gallardo, for stepping in as Secretary.

The many DCIS Spanish-speaking families who made the first DCIS Taco Night possible.

Allyson Mendenhall, Karen Herbert, Terri Porter, Vivian Masket, Tanya Tribelhorn, and Marie Meyer for serving as Parent Ambassadors at open houses and shadowing days.

Edmond Horsey, Vivian Masket, Allyson Mendenhall & Eliot Hoyt, Karen Herbert, Tracy McMahon and Steven Weigler for being faithful Phoenix Fund monthly donors.

Kathryn White, Udine Laine and Michelle Price Hirsh for volunteering in the front office.

Orah Fireman, Amber Shearer, Jennifer Gentry and Mateo Pardo for serving as the parent representatives on the DCIS CSC.

Craig & Lisa Conner for making the coffee fundraiser possible.

And, finally, to the countless parents who have donated snacks for dances, chaperoned, made food for staff appreciation events, volunteered at registration and helped in so many ways.

Thank you, DCIS parents & friends.  You are deeply appreciated!

Sincerely,
Karen Mortimer
DCIS PTSA President

RAISE YOUR HAND …

ART ROOM WELCOMES DONATIONS
 Have extra “stuff” cluttering up your home?  Chances are, the DCIS Art Room can use it!  See our wish list here.

Thank you to those who donated their extra “clutter” when school began!  If you have donations for the new semester, they can be dropped off in the art room (117) at your convenience.

Thanks for your support of the DCIS art program!
Questions?  Comments?
CONTACT:
Susan Marion, Ed.D., NBCT
Visual Arts
Denver Center for International Studies
Susan_Marion@dpsk12.org

HOLIDAY RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
This holiday season, Denver Public Schools is compiling a list of free holiday meals, gift giveaways, food assistance organizations and child care resources for our families and kids.
Need assistance this holiday season? Click here for a list of resources. Do you know an organization that provides one or more of these services, and isn’t on the list? If so, email us at office_communications@dpsk12.org and provide us with an attachment or a link to more information, so we can add it to the list. Happy holidays!

STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
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.

HAVE FUN AND EARN MONEY FOR DCIS
Mom UP! Project @ Stanley Marketplace
Save the date for Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 (4–9:30 pm) and purchase your tickets for the Mom UP! Project. This first-of-its-kind event will have something for everybody: pop-up shops, prolific guest speakers and demos, pop-up restaurants and swag bags loaded with offers/samples for every attendee. It gets better! $8 from every ticket will be donated back to the school of each attendee’s choice. Tickets are limited. Buy your tickets here and type in “DCIS” as your school.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

BIKE TRIP IN ITALY
AnchorFor all DCIS community members: An informational meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 pm in Ms. Bishop’s room (115) regarding a planned bicycle trip to Italy next June. All members of the DCIS community are invited to attend and participate in the trip that will wind through northwest Italy from Bolzano to Venice.

DCIS FOUNDATION MANDATORY SCHOLARSHIP ORIENTATION
AnchorThe DCIS Foundation requires that every student who wants to apply for a scholarship attend an orientation meeting and participate in interviews. The orientation dates for DCIS-Baker students are:

Monday, Jan. 15, 5:30–6:30 pm: MUN Room

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 12:30-1:30 pm: DCIS Community Room (103)

Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:30-1:30 pm: DCIS Community Room (103)

MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLL

DCIS would like to congratulate the middleschool students who were honored at a ceremony where they were presented certificates for honor roll.  These students exemplified leadership and academic excellence by having a GPA this semester of 3.5 or higher. To see the names students who received this honor, please click here. For pictures: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade. Congratulations, students!

DCIS Student Alliances would like to invite you to a Holiday potluck lunch!
When: December 19 at 12:30 PM
Where: Mr. Munoz’s classroom
All students and staff are welcome- just bring some food to share!
Hope to see you there!

HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR CLASS STUDENTS REFLECT ON VISIT FROM RUDI FLORIAN 

Holocaust and Human Behavior Class Speaker Rudi Florian Visits Class – November 14, 2017
Thanks to the PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Grant, high school students were able to bring an eyewitness to history speaker into their classroom. Rudi Florian, a German born person, spoke to the class about his experiences in Germany and Europe from the period of 1934 through to the end of the war. Here are some excerpts from the students’ reflections of the listening to the speaker:

  • Having the speaker come to our class allowed us to better recognize the perspective of someone that experienced life under Hitler’s Third Reich. I was able to hear from this person that not everyone supported what was being done, and to better understand how that could be.
  • Mr. Florian helped me see how what he was learning in school influenced young people in their treatment of Jews in their communities. Some people resisted, but many people acted upon the misinformation.
  • Mr. Florian was an amazing speaker and helped me see that not all Germans of the time hated the Jews.
  • Education in Germany at the time of Mr. Florian followed a program of hate towards Jews and this led many youth to support Hitler’s policies.
  • As a society, we need to feel empowered to speak up against hate so that the Holocaust can not happen again.
  • Mr. Florian helped me understand that history can become a part of culture.
  • We need to learn about the Holocaust so that we do not repeat other people’s mistakes. Social media today can trick us into believing things that are not true, and we must be aware of propaganda that may be circulating and recognize it as such. Students benefit from hearing an eyewitness to history because it is more engaging than a textbook, it allows us to understand the human perspective and we can ask questions and overall gain a better understanding.
  • You can not change the past, but you can shape the future. It is important to build bridges with all types of people, and not build walls based on differences. The Holocaust helps us see this.
  • The Holocaust could happen again anywhere. I see people being scapegoated, as was the case in Germany. People today are targeted for their race, religion, and gender creating fear and hatred. This fear and hatred leads the way to the possibility of a second Holocaust.
  • We need to learn about our history and own our history so that something like the Holocaust does not happen again.

NEW APP FOR FINDING TUTORS

Support your teachers…and get a great tutor!

Ivy is a new tutoring startup founded by one of our parents. Ivy connects K-12 Denver-area teachers with parents who are seeking to hire tutors for their children. The Ivy app is exclusively for teachers, giving parents a safe and verified source for tutors. All Ivy teachers are qualified in our school curriculum so they know how best to help your child excel academically. Use the Ivy app to book a session at a teachers location or have them come to your home. Teachers are available to tutor middle school Algebra all the way up to AP chemistry and physics in high school…or even get a great piano teacher.

You can download Ivy for Parents:
iPhone iOS
http://bit.ly/Ivy4ParentsiOS

Android
http://bit.ly/Ivy4ParentsAndroid

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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 101B
12TH GRADE POSTSECONDARY COACH
Aly Bortle, the DCIS Post-secondary Coach, is available to help seniors accomplish anything and everything they want for themselves after high school. If they want to go to college, she’ll help them find the best school and scholarships for them. If they want to start a career, she’ll help them find a way to do something they love. She can help students complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more! Email ALYSSA_BORTLE@dpsk12.org or stop by Room 101B in the main office on Wednesdays and Fridays.

SENIORS COLLEGE APPLICATION UPDATE

  • 68% of our seniors have applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 7% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 47% of the senior class have completed their FAFSA
  • 69% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 8% of students who have applied have been admitted, thus far
  • 47%% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation free in Math & English
  • 2 Coca Cola Semi-finalist
  • 1 Boettcher Semi-finalist

REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
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

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Extracurricular activities: Groups you belong to outside of class, such as sporting teams, clubs and organizations.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

December 7–13, 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.

DCIS TRAVEL FAIR IS TONIGHT!

AnchorTonight, Dec. 7, please join us in the DCIS cafeteria, 6–8 pm, for the school’s first-ever Travel Fair! Travel is truly one of the things that makes DCIS so special, and the fair provides a chance for students and parents to explore a wide variety of opportunities that meet different needs, desires and budgets.

Student Council will show the family-friendly and travel-themed movie Moana in the auditorium for those young travelers who aren’t quite ready to explore the more worldly possibilities. Movie admission is $1. Everyone (parents AND students) is welcome.

Hope to see you there!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:50–9 am
  • DCIS Travel Fair: Thursday, Dec. 7, 6–8 pm, Cafeteria
  • Yearbook Deadline for Senior Submissions: Friday, Dec. 8
  • 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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • One-Act Plays Callbacks: Thursday, Dec. 14, 3-5 pm, Auditorium
  • Italy Bike Trip Info Meeting: Thursday, Dec. 14, 6-7 pm, Ms. Bishop’s room (115)
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Friday, Dec. 15, 4-5 pm, Grant Ranch
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Friday, Dec. 15, 5-6 pm, Grant Ranch
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Monday, Dec. 18, 4-5 pm, Henry
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Monday, Dec. 18, 5-6 pm, Henry
  • Final Exams: Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 18-19
  • Makeup Day: Wednesday, Dec. 20 (ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE WORK OR AN EXAM TO MAKE UP WILL COME TO SCHOOL THIS DAY)
  • 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
  • Fundraising & Events Team Planning SessionTuesday, Jan. 9, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103, RSVP
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Jan. 10, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 4-5 pm, at DCIS vs. Kepner
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 5-6 pm, at DCIS vs. Kepner
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Jan. 11, 6–7:30 pm
  • DCIS Foundation Mandatory Scholarship Orientation: Jan. 15, 16 or 18

AnchorTIME IS RUNNING OUT!!

The deadline for ordering coffee is this coming Monday, Dec. 11. Don’t miss out on getting the perfect gift for the java lovers in your life … and supporting DCIS at the same time. (Not to mention that the family with the most sales will win a $100 Amazon gift card!!)

The PTSA gets $6 for every $13 bag of coffee sold, which is used to provide cultural enrichment and other opportunities for YOUR student at DCIS. Monies from last year’s fundraiser paid for magazines for Italian class, a Holocaust speaker for a social studies class, guidebooks for a Denver Art Museum field trip, and much, much more. You can order online here. Coffee will be delivered to your student on Monday, Dec. 18.

Thank you for your support!

AnchorHOLIDAY PARTY: OUR FAMILIES, OUR TRADITIONS

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria

LET’S PARTY!

Whew … the end of the semester is here! Join us for a celebration potluck and social at the PTSA December Family Night with the theme “Our Families, Our Traditions,” on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6–7:30 pm, in the DCIS cafeteria.

Bring the whole family … get to know other DCIS families and staff. Enjoy some  great games and activities together. Bring a dish from your family’s tradition to share. Enter a dessert in our Sweet Treat Competition (gets to everyone help with judging!).

To see photos from last year’s wonderful celebration, click here.

Hope you can join us!

YEARBOOK DEADLINES

ATTENTION: FAMILIES OF DCIS SENIORS — FINAL DAY!

AnchorYearbook deadlines are HERE! Send your senior pictures, baby pictures and senior quotes to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com by no later than TOMORROW, Friday, Dec. 8, if you want them to be included in the yearbook!

Remember … 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.

RAISE YOUR HAND …

CSC MEETING
Join the CSC on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 4–6 pm, in the DCIS Community Room (103) for its monthly meeting. As always, meetings are open to the public, and the committee would love to see you there! If you have a comment or suggestion for the committee, public comment time is the first 10 minutes of each meeting, or you can contact one of your representatives. Contact information and meeting minutes are available here.  
HOLIDAY RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
This holiday season, Denver Public Schools is compiling a list of free holiday meals, gift giveaways, food assistance organizations and child care resources for our families and kids.
Need assistance this holiday season? Click here for a list of resources. Do you know an organization that provides one or more of these services, and isn’t on the list? If so, email us at office_communications@dpsk12.org and provide us with an attachment or a link to more information, so we can add it to the list. Happy holidays!

STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
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.

HAVE FUN AND EARN MONEY FOR DCIS
Mom UP! Project @ Stanley Marketplace
Save the date for Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 (4–9:30 pm) and purchase your tickets for the Mom UP! Project. This first-of-its-kind event will have something for everybody: pop-up shops, prolific guest speakers and demos, pop-up restaurants and swag bags loaded with offers/samples for every attendee. It gets better! $8 from every ticket will be donated back to the school of each attendee’s choice. Tickets are limited. Buy your tickets here and type in “DCIS” as your school.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

BIKE TRIP IN ITALY
AnchorFor all DCIS community members: An informational meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 pm in Ms. Bishop’s room (115) regarding a planned bicycle trip to Italy next June. All members of the DCIS community are invited to attend and participate in the trip that will wind through northwest Italy from Bolzano to Venice.

DCIS FOUNDATION MANDATORY SCHOLARSHIP ORIENTATION
AnchorThe DCIS Foundation requires that every student who wants to apply for a scholarship attend an orientation meeting and participate in interviews. The orientation dates for DCIS-Baker students are:

Monday, Jan. 15, 5:30–6:30 pm: MUN Room

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 12:30-1:30 pm: DCIS Community Room (103)

Thursday, Jan. 18, 12:30-1:30 pm: DCIS Community Room (103)

STUDENT REFLECTS ON PAKISTAN EXPERIENCE

Thank you to the PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion team for providing funds to support Ms. Kerrigan’s students’ field trip to the Posner Center for a conversation with Global Kids Connect Pakistani Pen Pals. Student Django Hope wrote the following reflection:

What I learned from the Pakistan event is that Pakistan is not what the social media reports have said it is. It is very much like everywhere else — it has regular supermarkets, and it has some street markets that have spices. Also I learned they don’t have kidnappers and people who kill others.

The project between Denver and Pakistan is where we are getting groups of people from Denver to be pen pals with students in Pakistan. We write to each other with questions like what is it like there, what do you do — the purpose for this is we want to tell the other person what it is like where they live. We want to show a good impression, and we want to put the real information of that place and what we think and not what social media says.

What stuck with me while we were asking the Pakistani students was, “What do you do in your free time?” They said, “I like to listen to music and draw,” and I think us Americans have some things in common.

I think learning about different cultures is important because you are basically learning about them, and also it is a good way of learning about their people. It’s better than reading a textbook for the entire day. And in a way, it is better than researching and doing a performance.

One of my favorite things that I learned is what Pakistan really looks like and not what the internet says it is like.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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 101B
12TH GRADE POSTSECONDARY COACH
Aly Bortle, the DCIS Post-secondary Coach, is available to help seniors accomplish anything and everything they want for themselves after high school. If they want to go to college, she’ll help them find the best school and scholarships for them. If they want to start a career, she’ll help them find a way to do something they love. She can help students complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more! Email ALYSSA_BORTLE@dpsk12.org or stop by Room 101B in the main office on Wednesdays and Fridays.SENIORS COLLEGE APPLICATION UPDATE

  • 68% of our seniors have applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 7% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 47% of the senior class have completed their FAFSA

REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
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

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Extracurricular activities: Groups you belong to outside of class, such as sporting teams, clubs and organizations.

CONNECT …

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

For past issues of the newsletter, click here.

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

November 30–December 6, 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.

TRAVEL FAIR: A SHOWCASE OF STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday, Dec. 7, 6–8 pm, DCIS Cafeteria

AnchorYou and yours are cordially invited to learn about language immersion and student travel opportunities from all over the world. The event is free and open to the public, with more than 20 vendors representing language immersion, travel, gap year and service opportunities (both national and international) for students from elementary to high school. In addition, expect FOOD! DCIS teachers and students with upcoming trips will be selling food to raise funds.

DCIS teachers, parents and students from DCIS and all other Denver Public Schools, as well as from our neighboring communities, are invited. Please help us make this event a big success. Share. Tell others. Attend. Eat until you have to sit down.

Please join us … and bring your friends!
Contact dcis.community@gmail.com for more info.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • 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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • 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
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Friday, Dec. 15, 4-5 pm, Grant Ranch
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Friday, Dec. 15, 5-6 pm, Grant Ranch
  • Middle School Boys Basketball: Monday, Dec. 18, 4-5 pm, Henry
  • Middle School Girls Basketball: Monday, Dec. 18, 5-6 pm, Henry
  • Final Exams: Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 18-19
  • Makeup Day: Wednesday, Dec. 20 (ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE WORK OR AN EXAM TO MAKE UP WILL COME TO SCHOOL THIS DAY)
  • 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

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Students and staff are jumping right back into the swing of things after having last week off. We have just over three weeks left until the end of the semester, so we are encouraging students to make sure they have completed all their assignments, submitted any missing work and made up any missed work due to absences ASAP. We want to make sure there are no zeroes for assignments out there that could end up really damaging a student’s semester final grade. Please take a moment to check on IC (or Schoology) with your student to make sure there is no missing work.

Looking ahead, final exams will be on Monday, Dec. 18, for all Blue Day classes and on Tuesday, Dec. 19, for all Green Day classes. Wednesday, Dec. 20, is a makeup day for any student who missed the scheduled final or who still owes a major assignment. Students who are missing significant work may be asked to come to school on that day. For all other students, there is no school on Dec. 20. Teachers will submit all final grades for the fall semester by Friday, Dec. 22, so that you should receive a report card for your child over the holiday break.

In other news, please make plans to attend our DCIS Travel Fair on Thursday, Dec. 7 in the cafeteria starting at 6 pm. We will have lots of information about travel opportunities, scholarship options, service trips and more. See you there!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

YEARBOOK DEADLINES

ATTENTION: FAMILIES OF DCIS SENIORS!

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.

  WAKE UP AND SELL THE COFFEE!!

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 $100 Amazon gift card! Hurry … you have only 10 more days!

Thank you for your support!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

HOLIDAY RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES IN NEED
This holiday season, Denver Public Schools is compiling a list of free holiday meals, gift giveaways, food assistance organizations and child care resources for our families and kids.
Need assistance this holiday season? Click here for a list of resources. Do you know an organization that provides one or more of these services, and isn’t on the list? If so, email us at office_communications@dpsk12.org and provide us with an attachment or a link to more information, so we can add it to the list. Happy holidays!STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
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.HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
Please spread the word about our upcoming TRAVEL FAIR by sharing this information with your friends and family and on your social media accounts.HAVE FUN AND EARN MONEY FOR DCIS
Mom UP! Project @ Stanley Marketplace
Save the date for Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 (4–9:30 pm) and purchase your tickets for the Mom UP! Project. This first-of-its-kind event will have something for everybody: pop-up shops, prolific guest speakers and demos, pop-up restaurants and swag bags loaded with offers/samples for every attendee. It gets better! $8 from every ticket will be donated back to the school of each attendee’s choice. Tickets are limited. Buy your tickets here and type in “DCIS” as your school.

GRATITUDE FOR UNIQUE ART MUSEUM EXPERIENCE

Thank you to the PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion team for providing funds to support Ms. Houk’s AP Language class field trip to the Denver Art Museum! Some notes of thanks from students follow:

Dear PTSA, The field trip that I attended at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) was an entirely new experience. I’ve lived in Denver my whole life and have been going to the DAM since I was but a wee lad. This was an entirely different way to experience the museum. It allowed me not only to see the art, but to feel it and hear it. The booklet was just the beginning of the exhibit, as we were accompanied by a group of chaperones who were just as intrigued as we the students. I truly appreciated the opportunity, and I would like to reach out to thank you, the PTSA, for helping make this trip possible.
~Louis Miller

As a student who attended that field trip, I’d like to express my thanks to the PTSA for allowing the AP Language classes an opportunity for this excursion. The museum offered views of artifacts that come from all over the world, ancient to contemporary. As it was my first time going to this museum, I was able to see artifacts and paintings in person that I’d only seen in pictures up to that point. The highlight of the excursion for me was seeing the medieval European paintings arranged in a timeline along a wall. That structure allowed me to see the evolution of art over time. Those paintings tended to paint children as old men, so seeing that up close in person was weird, yet fascinating because the later paintings drew children more realistically. The experience I gained from this visit was valuable for me as I’m sure it was for my peers. My hope is for future classes to be able to visit this museum and to see what I have seen, and to feel the same as I do about this experience.
~Dat Tran

Hi friends, Last Friday, a group of students from Ms. Houk’s AP Language and Composition class went on an excursion to the Denver Art Museum to deepen our understanding of writing and human expression through sensory engagement with artwork. Thanks to your donations, we were able to use a workbook intended to help us consider artwork in a new way. When visiting art museums in the past, it has largely been a visual engagement, formulating deeper thoughts only when trying to understand message and emotional expression, who the author is as a breathing human being. I had never quite considered the space that the artwork occupies, how the interpretations of the images before you can interact with the imagination, or how colors can be heard and passion can be tasted. This workbook truly helped me to create an experience using all the senses. I believe that I now have an entirely new perspective on the approach to artwork, one that is more whole and significant. Thank you for supporting this excursion and giving the gift of something new. 
~Elaina Norton

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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 1010CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
Reminder that concurrent enrollment forms and advisor meetings are due ASAP! Funding is limited and space is first come first serve.SENIORS COLLEGE APPLICATION UPDATE

  • 66% of our seniors have applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 7% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 35% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA

REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
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

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Elective: A class you can take that is not specifically required by your major or minor.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

MEET THE MIDDLE EAST-YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
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.

CONNECT …

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

For past issues of the newsletter, click here.

 

 

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.

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.

YEARBOOK DEADLINES

ATTENTION: FAMILIES OF DCIS SENIORS!

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.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • 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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • 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

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

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
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
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!

  WAKE UP AND SELL THE COFFEE!!

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!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH
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.HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
Please spread the word about our upcoming TRAVEL FAIR by sharing this information with your friends and family and on your social media accounts.

AnchorFAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY

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.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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 1010CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
Juniors and seniors interested in concurrent enrollment for Spring 2018 should see Ms. Springsteen ASAP — there are still some opportunities.SENIORS COLLEGE APPLICATION UPDATE
More than half of our seniors have already applied for college!REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
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 81010COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Doctorate: Highest academic degree. Awarded after a bachelor’s degree.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

DCIS TRAVEL FAIR 
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.

MEET THE MIDDLE EAST-YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
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.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

November 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.

PTSA ACADEMICS FAMILY NIGHT

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
Please join us for a conversation with Principal Theresa McCorquodale about DCIS’ most recent School Performance Framework (SPF) scores and what they mean. The SPF is like a report card for schools, telling us important information about how much our students have improved their scores on state tests from year to year, and how satisfied our students and families are with our school. We can then use this information to make any necessary changes in the classroom and to bring in additional supports where needed. The evening will also include PTSA elections and updates. Dinner, child care and simultaneous interpretation provided. So we can make sure we provide enough food for dinner, please take a moment to RSVP here.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Shadowing Day: Monday, Nov. 13, all day
  • Flag Football: Monday, Nov. 13, 4–5 pm, DCIS
  • Volleyball: Monday, Nov. 13, 4–5 pm, DCIS
  • Student Project Fundraiser: Benefits the CO Alzheimer’s Association, Monday, Nov. 13, 4-9 pm, Pizzeria Locale (6th & Broadway)
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:50–9 am
  • 8th Grade Career Fair: Tuesday, Nov. 14, all day
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4-6 pm
  • Yearbook Fundraiser: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4-9 pm, Pizzeria Locale (6th & Broadway)
  • PTSA Academics Family Night: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • 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
  • One-Act Plays Auditions: Monday–Tuesday, Dec. 4–5, 3:05–4:30 pm, Auditorium (signup sheet on Auditorium door)
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • One-Act Plays Callbacks: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 3–5 pm, Auditorium
  • “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
  • PTSA Travel Fair: Thursday, Dec. 7, 6–8 pm, Cafeteria
  • Coffee Fundraiser Orders Due: Monday, Dec. 11
  • Family Holiday Party: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6–7:30 pm, Cafeteria. Details to come.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, Nov. 14, at our School Performance Framework (SPF) information meeting. We will share detailed data results based on the 2016-17 school year, and share plans underway this school year for a successful year of improvement and growth.

Thank you for your support in encouraging students to get to school on time and to get to all of their classes on time, once they are in the building. We are really working to improve our attendance rate for both middle school and high school and to decrease our tardy rate. Your support already is making a difference, so thank you!

On another note, I wanted to share what a joy it was to listen to many of our current students last night during our Open House event, as they talked with prospective students and parents who are considering DCIS for next school year. Here is a small sampling of how they answered the question, “What does DCIS mean to you?”

  • “DCIS is like a family to me.”
  • “I feel safe and happy coming to school every day.”
  • “At first, I was a bit scared coming to this school as a new 6th grader because the older kids are so tall. But it turns out that the high school kids were really nice and welcoming to me, and now I love this school.”
  • “This school has made me a more open-minded, kind and aware person than I was before.”
  • “DCIS accepts us for who we are, but challenges us to improve.”

Wow. It was heartwarming for me, as the proud principal of this wonderful school, to hear our students speaking these words so openly and sincerely to an audience of more than 100 people.

Thank you for sending us your amazing students. They continue to brighten the lives of all of us here at school who are lucky enough to work with them.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

AnchorThe DCIS Drama Club presents
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
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!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

CSC MEETING
Join the CSC on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4–6 pm, in the DCIS Community Room (103) for its monthly meeting. As always, meetings are open to the public, and the committee would love to see you there! If you have a comment or suggestion for the committee, public comment time is the first 10 minutes of each meeting, or you can contact one of your representatives. Contact information and meeting minutes are available here.

AnchorFAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY

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.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

SENIORS: FAFSA SUPPORT
Students who are permanent residents and/or citizens of the U.S. who plan to attend college should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Families can get help with completing the application at one of the remaining FAFSA events in the district.REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
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 81010COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
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 101BCOLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Credit Hour: The number of hours assigned to a specific class. This is usually the number of hours per week you are in the class. The number of credit hours you enroll in determines whether you are a full-time or a part-time student.

  WAKE UP AND SELL THE COFFEE!!

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!

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

PTSA TRAVEL FAIR 
Don’t miss this “Showcase of Student Travel Opportunities”! Thursday, Dec. 7, 6-8 pm, Cafeteria. Now accepting vendors. Please email dcis.community@gmail.com for more info.

MEET THE MIDDLE EAST-YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
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.

YEARBOOKS

Preorder your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in DECEMBER, so get yours now! You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contacting Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visiting room 216A anytime. Pay by cash/check in person or by credit card online.All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote and a baby picture) are due by 3 pm on Friday, Dec. 8. Please email your items (.jpeg or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

November 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.

PTSA ACADEMICS FAMILY NIGHT

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
Please join us for a conversation with Principal Theresa McCorquodale about DCIS’ most recent School Performance Framework (SPF) scores and what they mean. The SPF is like a report card for schools, telling us important information about how much our students have improved their scores on state tests from year to year, and how satisfied our students and families are with our school. We can then use this information to make any necessary changes in the classroom and to bring in additional supports where needed. The evening will also include PTSA elections and updates. Dinner, child care and simultaneous interpretation provided. So we can make sure we provide enough food for dinner, please take a moment to RSVP here.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Picture Retake Day: TODAY, Thursday, Nov. 2
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Nov. 3
  • Dia de los Muertos Family Field Trip: Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am-5 pm, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, Nov. 5
  • Flag Football: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 4–5 pm, at Kunsmiller
  • Volleyball: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 4–5 pm, Harvey Rec Center
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103. RSVP here.
  • Café con la Directora (en Español): Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6–7:30 pm

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Shadowing Day: Monday, Nov. 13, all day
  • Flag Football: Monday, Nov. 13, 4–5 pm, DCIS
  • Volleyball: Monday, Nov. 13, 4–5 pm, DCIS
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:50–9 am
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4-6 pm
  • PTSA Academics Family Night: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • 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
  • NO SCHOOL (Fall Break): Monday-Friday, Nov. 20-24
  • One-Act Plays Auditions: Monday–Tuesday, Dec. 4–5, 3:05–4:30 pm, Auditorium (signup sheet on Auditorium door)
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • One-Act Plays Callbacks: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 3–5 pm, Auditorium
  • “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
  • Family Holiday Party: Thursday, Dec. 7, 6–7:30 pm, details to come

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Calling all parents … We need your help to improve student attendance! One of our priority goals for the year is to improve our attendance rate by 1 percent in both middle school and high school. Last year at this time, our attendance rate for both middle school and high school was 94.3 percent. This year, however, our current attendance rate for middle school is 93%, down 1.3 percent from this time last year, and the high school attendance rate is 92.9 percent, down 1.4 percent from this time last year. In other words, we are going in the wrong direction! So we need your help. Please reinforce with your child the importance of attending school every day.

In a related issue, we also are working on student tardies. Each day we have a number of students who are tardy to class throughout the school day. We will be implementing a tardy policy next week that will assign lunch detention to students who are tardy to two or more classes over the course of an eight-period day. Look for a separate letter regarding the new tardy policy by the end of the week. With your help, we can make sure that students get to class on time and avoid missing important instruction.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in improving both student attendance and student tardies. Parents and school staff partnering together is a powerful combination and assuredly will help us meet our goal! So, thanks!

In other news, we are looking forward to our big evening Open House next week for prospective students and parents on Wednesday, Nov. 8. All current parents are invited to attend and help welcome prospective parents for the 2018-19 school year, as well as answer their questions and share your experience at DCIS. We have heard loud and clear that prospective parents love to talk with current parents so they can get the full scoop! If you have time on Nov. 8 to stop by our Open House between 6 and 7:30 pm and interact with prospective parents, please do! Your voice and participation are part of what makes our school great. And, of course, if you know of any current 5th or 8th graders who are shopping for a middle school/high school for next school year, please invite them to the Open House next week.

Thanks to all parents who were able to attend our Parent/Teacher Conferences this week. We appreciate you and thank you for your involvement. If you did not attend conferences or pick up your child’s report card at that time, please look for the report card to come home with your child next week. Enjoy the student holiday tomorrow (Nov. 3).

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Our PTSA-sponsored Día de los Muertos FREE family field trip to the Botanic Gardens’ Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4, is right around the corner! (Admission on this date and the bus ride are both free.) We’ll have two buses leaving the school from the south parking lot at 11:30 am, returning from the gardens at 4:30 pm. If you haven’t yet reserved seats on the bus, now’s the time! You can do that by clicking here or by texting or calling Melisa at 303-507-1256. If you’d rather drive, we’re happy to meet you at the gardens so we can enjoy the afternoon together as a school community.

RAISE YOUR HAND …

FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS TEAM MEETING
It’s time for our next gathering! Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6-7:30 pm in the DCIS Community Room to learn about the fun events and fundraising efforts we have coming down the pike. And we’ll have SNACKS! Please RSVP to let us know whether you can make it.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES…

MEET THE MIDDLE EAST-YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
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.

IMPACT OF TRAVEL ON DCIS STUDENTS

The Denver Center for International Studies Foundation is grateful for your support and would like to invite you to see what you have helped us to accomplish. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Foundation scholarship recipients (from DCIS Baker) will share the impact of their travel experiences at the DCIS Foundation Student Presentation event. The event will be held at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. Desserts and nonalcoholic beverages will be served (a cash bar will be available). The event is FREE—you will not be asked to make a donation. It is simply an opportunity for us to say thank-you and offer the chance to witness firsthand the difference you make to the students we serve.

YEARBOOKS

Preorder your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in DECEMBER, so get yours now! You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contacting Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visiting room 216A anytime. Pay by cash/check in person or by credit card online.All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote and a baby picture) are due by 3 pm on Friday, Dec. 8. Please email your items (.jpeg or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

October 26–November 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 …

  • NO SCHOOL for Students: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27 (faculty professional development)
  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 30, all day
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Monday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-7:30 pm (access the online signup sheet here)
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • DPS Superintendent/Parent Forum – Advocating for Your Child: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30–11:30 am, Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center. More info here.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Nov. 3
  • Dia de los Muertos Family Field Trip: Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am-5 pm, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, Nov. 5
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103. RSVP here.
  • Café con la Directora (en Español): Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6–7:30 pm
  • Shadowing Day: Monday, Nov. 13, all day
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7:50–9 am
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4-6 pm
  • PTSA Family Night: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria. Join us for a conversation with Principal Theresa McCorquodale about DCIS’ most recent School Performance Framework (SPF) (i.e., academic rating) scores and what they mean. Dinner, simultaneous interpretation and child care provided.
  • DCIS Drama Presents The Phantom Tollbooth: Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • NO SCHOOL (Fall Break): Monday-Friday, Nov. 20-24

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Friday, Oct. 20, marked the end of the first quarter, so we will be printing report cards to distribute to parents during our Parent/Teacher Conferences next week. As a reminder, Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons next week from 3:30-7:30 pm. Parents can sign up on the DCIS website for a time slot to meet with any (or all) of their child’s teachers. Just click on the name of the teacher you would like to see. Slots are filling up fast, so be sure to sign up today to ensure you have an appointment with each teacher you want to see.

Do you know any current 5th or 8th graders who are looking for a great middle school/high school for the 2018-19 school year? If so, please invite them to our evening Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6-7:30 pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn all about DCIS and our wonderful learning community. We will have current students, parents, teachers and administrators here that night so prospective students truly can get a feel for our school. So … help us spread the word! Go Phoenix!

And speaking of how awesome our school is, DCIS has won the Highest Achieving High School award for the 2016-17 Lakota Language Assessment Test!! Our students were measured against Lakota language students in schools across all NINE reservations, each with multiple high schools serving the dozens of communities on each reservation in South Dakota, two reservations in North Dakota, two reservations in Montana, as well as the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Congratulations to all our Lakota students!

I look forward to seeing all of you here at DCIS next Monday and Wednesday for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS TEAM MEETING
It’s time for our next gathering! Please join us on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6-7:30 pm in the DCIS Community Room to learn about the fun events and fundraising efforts we have coming down the pike. And we’ll have SNACKS! Please RSVP to let us know whether you can make it.

YEARBOOKS

Preorder your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in DECEMBER, so get yours now! You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contacting Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visiting room 216A anytime. Pay by cash/check in person or by credit card online. All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote and a baby picture) are due by 3 pm on Friday, Dec. 8. Please email your items (.jpeg or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com.

Our PTSA-sponsored Día de los Muertos FREE family field trip to the Botanic Gardens’ Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4, is right around the corner! (Admission on this date and the bus ride are both free.) We’ll have two buses leaving the school from the south parking lot at 11:30 am, returning from the gardens at 4:30 pm. If you haven’t yet reserved seats on the bus, now’s the time! You can do that by clicking here or by texting or calling Melisa at 303-507-1256. If you’d rather drive, we’re happy to meet you at the gardens so we can enjoy the afternoon together as a school community.

PARENT SOCIALS …

A big THANK-YOU to all the parents who hosted our fall socials and to the parents who showed up to meet their “neighbors”!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENTS: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
(SPRING 2018)
In order to support as many students and families as possible with concurrent enrollment funding, we have added some guidelines for the Spring 2018 semester. If your student is interested in taking a concurrent enrollment course, please have them contact Ms. Monteon ASAP.

SENIORS: FAFSA SUPPORT
Families of seniors, if your student is a permanent resident and/or citizen, they should complete the FAFSA ASAP. Click here to learn about the few remaining FAFSA events happening in the district.

SENIOR APPLICATION DAY
The day was a success! Thank you to the volunteers and students who attended.

SENIORS: UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CSS PROFILE EVENTS
Click here for a list of CSS Profile completion workshops available to students applying to DU.

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENTS: OFF-CAMPUS PERIODS
If your student has an off period, you and the student should have signed a paper agreeing to these terms. If you have questions about off-campus period, please contact Melisa Monteon or Theresa McCorquodale.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Course NumberThe number your college or university uses to classify a course. You usually need this number in order to register for a class.

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen): 11th and 12th Grade
Aly Bortle: 12th Grade Post-Secondary Coach, Wednesdays and Fridays in room 101B. “My goal is to help you accomplish anything and everything you want for yourself after high school. If you want to go to college, let’s find the best one for you with the most scholarships available. If you want to start a career, let’s make sure you are doing something you love! I am here to help you complete applications, write college essays, research interests and much more!”

IMPACT OF TRAVEL ON DCIS STUDENTS

The Denver Center for International Studies Foundation is grateful for your support and would like to invite you to see what you have helped us to accomplish. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Foundation scholarship recipients (from DCIS Baker) will share the impact of their travel experiences at the DCIS Foundation Student Presentation event. The event will be held at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. Desserts and nonalcoholic beverages will be served (a cash bar will be available). The event is FREE—you will not be asked to make a donation. It is simply an opportunity for us to say thank-you and offer the chance to witness firsthand the difference you make to the students we serve.

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

October 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.

Check out the updated Staff and Student Club pages on the DCIS website!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Collaborative School Committee: Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Southwest Parent Social: Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 pm, 1249 S. Quivas Street
  • Adolesco Youth Exchange Info Meeting: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2–4 pm, Boulder Library
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:50–9 am
  • Middle School Dance and Haunted House: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm, Cafeteria

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • NO SCHOOL for Students: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27 (faculty professional development)
  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 30, all day
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Monday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-7:30 pm (access the online signup sheet here)
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • DPS Superintendent/Parent Forum – Advocating for Your Child: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30–11:30 am, Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center. More info here.
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Nov. 3
  • Dia de los Muertos Family Field Trip: Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am-5 pm, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, Nov. 5
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Café con la Directora (en Español): Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6–7:30 pm
  • PTSA Family Night: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria. Join us for a conversation with Principal Theresa McCorquodale about DCIS’ most recent School Performance Framework (SPF) scores and what they mean. Dinner, simultaneous interpretation and child care provided.
  • DCIS Drama Presents The Phantom Tollbooth: Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

On Monday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 1, we will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences so that parents have an opportunity to meet with their child’s content teachers. To sign up for a time with the teachers you want to see, go to the DCIS website and click on Parent/Teacher Conferences, which will take you to a page with a link for each teacher. Simply click on the link for the teacher you want to see and then pick the time slot you prefer. We are hoping to see all of you next week sometime between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on either Monday or Wednesday, or both! Taking the time to speak with your child’s teachers can make a big difference in their achievement and success in class. We also will be distributing student report cards for the first nine weeks’ grading period during this time.

As a reminder, students have no school on Thursday or Friday of next week: Oct. 26–27. The DCIS staff wishes you and your children a safe, fun and enjoyable four-day weekend! Also be aware that on Friday, Nov. 3, there is no school for students or staff.

Looking ahead, we’ll be discussing our school’s newly released SPF (School Performance Framework) rating and our plan for next steps. We’ll meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the cafeteria. Our PTSA will provide dinner starting at 6 p.m., along with child care and simultaneous interpretation, and the SPF presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Finally, mark your calendars to come see our Drama Club’s fall production of The Phantom Tollbooth, Nov. 16–18 at 6 p.m. in the DCIS auditorium.

I hope you and your families get the chance to enjoy the glorious fall weather while it lasts!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

CSC
Join the CSC TODAY, Oct. 19, 4:30–6:30 pm, in the DCIS Community Room (103) for its monthly meeting. As always, meetings are open to the public, and the committee would love to see you there! If you have a comment or suggestion for the committee, public comment time is the first 10 minutes of each meeting, or you can contact one of your representatives. Contact information and the September minutes are available on our website.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested in chaperoning or bringing snacks to the Middle School Dance on Wednesday, Oct. 25, sign up here.

YEARBOOKS

Preorder your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in December, so get yours now! You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contacting Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visiting room 216A anytime. Pay by cash/check in person or by credit card online.All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote and a baby picture) are due by 3 pm on Friday, Dec. 8. Please email your items (.jpeg or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com.

Your PTSA is preparing to celebrate Día de los Muertos by sponsoring a FREE family field trip to the Botanic Gardens’ Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4. (Admission on this date and the bus ride are both free.) We’ll have two buses leaving the school from the south parking lot at 11:30 am, returning from the gardens at 4:30 pm. If you’d like to reserve seats on the bus, please click here. Families can also reserve seats on the bus by texting or calling Melissa at 303-507-1256. If families prefer to drive, we will be happy to meet you at the gardens so we can enjoy the afternoon together as a school community.

PARENT SOCIALS …

The SW Parent Social will take place TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 pm. Whether you live in the southwest area, weren’t able to attend your neighborhood social or just want to drop in and meet other parents, please join us at the Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St. To RSVP for this event, click here.

TRAVEL …

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE INFO MEETING
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2-4 pm: Boulder Public Library, Boulder (1001 Arapahoe Ave
80302 Boulder
). RSVP marie@adolesco.org or contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 for more info.

Adolesco is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program of unique, two-way exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Find other upcoming info meetings here, and sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Applications due by Tuesday, Oct. 31.

The University of Colorado Denver and Denver Public Schools are collaborating on a survey focused on safety on the trip to school.
  • For parents in Denver
  • Focused on safety on the trip to school
  • Takes less than four minutes
  • Enter to win one of ten $50 Visa gift cards
Take the survey here.

Looking for special event credit? Check out this free screening of a documentary about healthy relationships! The Relationship You Deserve is a film made by DPS students, including DCIS student Evan Tribelhorn. If you have any questions, talk to Evan. Tickets and more information available here.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

October 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.

Check out the updated Staff and Student Club pages on the DCIS website!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Cross Country Championship: Thursday, Oct. 12, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley
  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 16, all day

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Collaborative School Committee: Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Southwest Parent Social: Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 pm, 1249 S. Quivas Street
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:50–9 am
  • Middle School Dance and Haunted House: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm, Cafeteria
  • NO SCHOOL for Students: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27 (faculty professional development)
  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 30, all day
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Monday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-7:30 pm (access the online signup sheet here)
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • DPS Superintendent/Parent Forum – Advocating for Your Child: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30–11:30 am, Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center. More info here.
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Nov. 3
  • Dia de los Muertos Family Field Trip: Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am-5 pm, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, Nov. 5
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Café con la Directora (en Español): Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6–7:30 pm
  • PTSA Family Night: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria. Join us for a conversation with Principal Theresa McCorquodale about DCIS’ most recent School Performance Framework (SPF) scores and what they mean. Dinner, simultaneous interpretation and child care provided.

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

After a snowy start to the week, students are enjoying the return of warm fall weather. I hope you are too. Thank you to all of you who were able to come to our Family Night this week to learn all about The DCIS Way. In a nutshell, The DCIS Way is our school culture plan. It lays out how students should behave in school, in classrooms and in the hallways. It means things like walking instead of running in the hall, using appropriate language at all times (no swearing), arriving to class on time, etc. But it’s much more than that. It also means highlighting the core values of our school: Diversity, Reflection, Integrity, Collaboration and High Expectations. At its core, The DCIS Way is about respect — staff members respecting students and each other and students respecting staff members and each other. It means respecting our building by keeping it clean. It means respecting students who are different than you in age, culture, religion, style of dress and much more. It means valuing our culture of learning, because learning something new each day is its own reward. Ask your child about The DCIS Way.

Looking ahead, students have a short two-day fall break on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 26 and 27. Then the following week we will host parent-teacher conferences on Monday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 1. The link in the Mark Your Calendars section above will take you to the online signup sheet. We’ll also send out instructions for signing up via IC tomorrow.

For these fall conferences, we are giving parents time with content teachers to discuss any concerns/successes/suggestions for improvement. In the spring, we will host student-led conferences via students’ advisement class during which students will lead a review of their work and reflect on their learning. Students, teachers and parents look forward to this every year. Hope to see you for these conferences.

Thank you for sending your children to DCIS. They are a joy and make me excited to be here every day.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

RAISE YOUR HAND …

CSC
Join the CSC next Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30–6:30 pm, in the DCIS Community Room (103) for its monthly meeting. As always, meetings are open to the public, and the committee would love to see you there! If you have a comment or suggestion for the committee, public comment time is the first 10 minutes of each meeting, or you can contact one of your representatives. Contact information and the September minutes are available on our website.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested in chaperoning or bringing snacks to the Middle School Dance on Wednesday, Oct. 25, sign up here.

YEARBOOKS

Preorder your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in December, so get yours now! You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contacting Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visiting room 216A anytime. Pay by cash/check in person or by credit card online.All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote and a baby picture) are due by 3 pm on Friday, Dec. 8. Please email your items (.jpeg or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com.

Your PTSA is preparing to celebrate Día de los Muertos by sponsoring a FREE family field trip to the Botanic Gardens’ Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4. (Admission on this date and the bus ride are both free.) We’ll have two buses leaving the school from the south parking lot at 11:30 am, returning from the gardens at 4:30 pm. If you’d like to reserve seats on the bus, please click here. Families can also reserve seats on the bus by texting or calling Melissa at 303-507-1256. If families prefer to drive, we will be happy to meet you at the gardens so we can enjoy the afternoon together as a school community.

PARENT SOCIALS …

The SW Parent Social will take place on Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 pm. Whether you live in the southwest area, weren’t able to attend your neighborhood social or just want to drop in and meet other parents, please join us at the Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St. To RSVP for this event, click here.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

SENIOR COLLEGE APPLICATION DAY ON TUESDAY, OCT. 17
DCIS staff will be taking seniors to the Double Tree in Stapleton for the DPS regional college application event. Students will have work time and access to college admission officers from the colleges listed below. This is a great opportunity and work space for students to complete their college/university applications. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop if they have one.

Click here for the agenda and a list of college representatives that will be present.

If you do not want your student to attend, please have him or her complete the negative permission slip they received in their Connections class on MondayThe form is due TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 13.

SENIORS-CSS PROFILE
Nearly 400 colleges, professional schools and scholarship programs use the CSS profile to award non-federal aid. Many application deadlines fall between Jan. 1 and March 31. Some schools have early filing deadlines in November. For more information and to see a list of participating colleges, check out the CSS website. Click here for a list of CSS Profile completion workshops available to students applying to DU.

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENTS: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
Deadline for students interested in taking concurrent enrollment classes Spring 2018 is TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 13! Students please contact Ms. Monteon if you are interested in taking a course.

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENTS: OFF-CAMPUS PERIODS
If your student has an off period, you and the student should have signed a paper agreeing to these terms. If you have questions about off-campus period, please contact Melisa Monteon or Theresa McCorquodale.

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen): 11th and 12th Grade
Aly Bortle: 12th Grade Post-Secondary Coach, Wednesdays and Fridays in room 101B

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
CommencementDay of graduation.

Looking for special event credit? Check out this free screening of a documentary about healthy relationships! The Relationship You Deserve is a film made by DPS students, including DCIS student Evan Tribelhorn. If you have any questions, talk to Evan. Tickets and more information available here.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

October 5–11, 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 …

  • Picture Day: Friday, Oct. 6, students who have English on Green Days,
  • Boys Soccer: Friday, Oct. 6, 4-5:30 pm, Grant
  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Meeting: Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30-6 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • Parent Social – Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • DCIS Homecoming: Saturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm
  • Adolesco Youth Exchange Info Meeting: Sunday, Oct. 8, 2-4 pm: Decker Library (1501 S. Logan St., Denver, CO 80210) Basement
  • PTSA Fall Bulb Sale: Monday, Oct. 9, Fall Bulb Sale Orders Due
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:50-9 am
  • PTSA Family Night: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: “The DCIS Way,” Cafeteria
  • Cafe con La Directora en Español: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8:45-9:45 am, DCIS Community Room 103

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Cross Country Championship: Thursday, Oct. 12, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley
  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 16, all day
  • Collaborative School Committee: Thursday, Oct. 19, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Southwest Parent Social: Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 pm, 1249 S. Quivas Street
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:50–9 am
  • Middle School Dance and Haunted House: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm, Cafeteria
  • NO SCHOOL for Students: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27 (faculty professional development)
  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 30, all day
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Monday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-7:30 pm (online signup will be posted the week of Oct. 9)
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • DPS Superintendent/Parent Forum – Advocating for Your Child: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30–11:30 am, Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Nov. 3
  • Dia de los Muertos Family Field Trip: Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am-5 pm, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, Nov. 5

SANTA FE FIRST FRIDAY PARENT SOCIAL

AnchorPlease join us on Friday, Oct. 6, for our first-ever Santa Fe Art Walk Parent Social! In addition to taking in this great neighborhood event, we’ll be able to connect with one another AND with some of our community partners. We’ll start the evening at 6 pm on the patio at Alliance Francaise (corner of 6th and Galapago), to enjoy some refreshments (donations of drinks or snacks welcome!), check out their artist of the month and learn about what AF has to offer DCIS students and families. Our next rendezvous will be at 7 pm at the MSU Center for Visual Art, where there will be art viewing and hands-on activities and a chance to find out about their free Young Artists Studio program available to DCIS students. Feel free to join us for some or all of the evening. If you know you’re planning to join us, we’d love to get an RSVP. Last-minute decision maker? Please feel free to drop in anyway!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated this Thursday, Oct. 5, as World Teachers Day. DCIS teachers are dedicated, talented and hardworking professionals, so along with UNESCO, I would like to take this moment to honor and thank our awesome teachers! They not only inspire students to learn, but they are inspired by learning themselves, and I am so grateful to them for teaching, inspiring and caring for our amazing DCIS students. If you have the time, consider taking a moment to write a quick email to a teacher or two who has had an impact on your child. Teachers love to get happy notes from parents!

We have completed the practice testing for PSAT/SAT so that our 9th, 10th and 11th graders know exactly what is involved in terms of preparing for these important college readiness exams. Students will take these exams “for real” in April, but we wanted to give all students a chance, early in the year, to practice with the test and see exactly what skills they need to improve in order to do their best. We will hold a second practice test session in January/February as students make their final preparations for the actual test in April.

Meanwhile, our middle school students are busy learning reading strategies and how to cite evidence for a claim in writing, and improving their mathematical literacy across all grades 6-8. Ask your 6th grader about least common denominator and greatest common factor. Ask your 7th grader about graphing x,y points and about the “Wumps” and how to graph them. Ask your 8th grader about how to write the equation for a line.

As a reminder, the first class of the day begins at 7:50. Students should be in the building no later than 7:45 so that they have time to get to class during the five-minute passing period. Breakfast is free for all students, but we stop serving at 7:45 (so that students can get to class on time). If you would like your child to eat breakfast here at school, please make sure he or she arrives before 7:45. The school day ends at 2:55. In the coming weeks we will be instituting a tardy plan and issuing consequences like lunch detention and/or after-school detention for students who are consistently tardy to class. Look for details of this plan coming soon. We appreciate your support in making sure your child arrives to school on time. Thank you!

Wishing everyone some time this weekend to enjoy the glorious fall weather. We are so lucky to live in Colorado!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

FALL BULB SALE-FINAL DAYS!

Order Deadline: Monday, Oct. 9
We’re a little over halfway to our goal!  Please visit our website, order some bulbs for your garden and the school, and post our campaign to your social media accounts. Parents, friends and family can buy bulbs for beautifying their own gardens and our school. 50% of the proceeds from all bulb sales will go to the PTSA. Our campaign goal is to raise $1,200, but the more we raise, the more we can do for our kids!
Thank you, DCIS families!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

PTSA CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AND INCLUSION (CEI) MEETING
Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30 pm, at the Alliance Française de Denver (571 Galapago St., Denver 80204). Before joining the Santa Fe Art Walk from 6 to 8 pm, we’ll be forming an action group to get more DCIS teachers and staff to apply for the CEI grants. Please click here for how to apply.FIRST PTSA FAMILY NIGHT/MEETING OF THE YEAR
The PTSA would like to invite all families to our first PTSA Family Night/Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7:00 pm, in the DCIS cafeteria. Dinner, childcare and simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Along with hearing PTSA team updates, announcement of the slate of board nominees and making plans for the year, we are excited to have Mr. Linwood Washington, DCIS Dean of Culture, presenting on the new DCIS culture: The DCIS Way. Come and learn how to support your student toward their best success at DCIS!

If you weren’t able to make it to Back-to-School Night, follow the links below for important letters from various grade level, language and administrative teams. We understand there were some issues with the links for iOS devices last week, which should now be fixed.

Administration
World Language
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENTS: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT GUIDELINES (SPRING 2018)
In order to support as many students and families as possible with concurrent enrollment funding, we have added some guidelines for the Spring 2018 semester. If your student is interested in taking a concurrent enrollment course, please have them contact Ms. Monteon by Friday, Oct. 6.SENIORS-CSS PROFILE
Nearly 400 colleges, professional schools, and scholarship programs use CSS profile to award non-federal aid. Many fall between Jan. 1 and March 31. Some schools have early filing deadlines in November. For more information and to see a list of participating colleges, check out their website.  Click here for a list of CSS Profile completion workshops available to students applying to DU.JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENTS: OFF-CAMPUS PERIODS
If your student has an off period, you and the student should have signed a paper agreeing to these terms. If you have questions about off-campus period, please contact Melisa Monteon or Theresa McCorquodale.COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen): 11th and 12th Grade
Aly Bortle: 12th Grade Post-Secondary Coach, Wednesdays and Fridays in room 101BCOLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Bachelor’s degree: A degree awarded to undergraduates, usually after four years of college classes.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE INFO MEETING
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2-4 pm: Decker Library (1501 S. Logan St., Denver, CO 80210) Basement. RSVP marie@adolesco.org or contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 for more info.Adolesco is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program of unique, two-way exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Find other upcoming info meetings here, and sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Applications due by Tuesday, Oct. 31.MEET THE MIDDLE EAST YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
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 find out more, click here.

SPORTS …

The flag football (boys and girls) and volleyball (girls) seasons begin in October. The first games are on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and try-outs will be conducted the week before.

Any student wanting to try out for either team must have a current physical on file at DCIS. Parents may bring a copy of the physical to the DCIS nurse, Ms. Su. Students also can get a copy of the physical form from Mr. Tricarico to have their doctor fill out.

Mr. Garvey will coach volleyball, and Mr. Beins and Mr. Powell will coach flag football. Please email them if you have specific questions, or speak with Mr. Tricarico at the school.

PARENT SOCIALS …

Our SW Parent Social has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 pm. Whether you live in the southwest area, weren’t able to attend your neighborhood social or just want to drop in and meet other parents, please join us at the Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St. To RSVP for this event, click here.

CONNECT …

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

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

September 28-October 4, 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 …

  • Boys Soccer Game: Friday, Sept. 29, 4-5:30 pm, Grant
  • Shadowing for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 2
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley
  • PTSA Fundraising and Events Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 pm
  • Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 8:15-9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • FAFSA Night for Seniors: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Boys Soccer Game: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 pm, Henry
  • Boys Soccer Game: Friday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 pm, Grant

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Meeting: Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30-6 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • DCIS Homecoming: Saturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • PTSA Fall Bulb Sale: Monday, Oct. 9, Fall Bulb Sale Orders Due
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:50-9 am
  • PTSA Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: “The DCIS Way”, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Cafe con Padres en Español:  Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8:45-9:45 am, DCIS Community Room
  • Cross Country Championship: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley
  • Middle School Dance and Haunted House: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm, Cafeteria
  • No School for Students: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27

 LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Happy Fall! Thank you to all of you who have really made it a priority to have your students on time to school. You are making a difference! We really are working on making sure students get to class on time. In the next few weeks we will be reaching out to students who are tardy to class on a regular basis, and calling parents to keep you in the loop. After that, we will be starting a lunch detention program for students who are consistently tardy. Look for details soon. Our goal is to make sure no students lose instructional time due to being late to class. And as mentioned above, your cooperation is much appreciated and already is making a difference.  🙂

So many of our students dressed up today for the first of two shool Picture days. They looked amazing. The second day of school pictures (if your child has English class on Green Days) will be October 6th, so we look forward to some more dressed up students on that day. Parents can order copies of their child’s picture online. All students were given the order form via their Advisement class, so if you didn’t get the form, please check your child’s backpack.

Thank you for sending your students to DCIS. They make every day a joy!

Sincerely
Theresa McCorquodale

SPIRIT WEEK
OCTOBER 2-6
Monday- PJ day
Tuesday- twin/ dress like a teacher
Wednesday- wACKY/meme
Thursday- Throwback Thursday (80s,90s ect)
Friday- Class Colors
6th Red
7th Orange
8th Green
9th Blue
10th Purple
11th White
12th Black

RAISE YOUR HAND …

PTSA CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AND INCLUSION (CEI) MEETING
Friday, October 6, 5:30pm, at the Alliance Française de Denver (571 Galapago St., Denver 80204) before joining the Santa Fe Art Walk from 6-8pm.  We’ll be forming an Action Group to get more DCIS teachers and staff to apply for the CEI grants.  Please click here for how to apply.

FIRST PTSA MEETING OF THE YEAR
The PTSA would like to invite all families to our first official PTSA Family Night/Meeting on Tuesday, October 10th, 5:30-7:00 pm in the DCIS cafeteria. Dinner, childcare and simultaneous translation will be provided. Along with hearing PTSA team updates, announcement of the slate of Board nominees and making plans for the year, we are excited to have Mr. Linwood Washington, DCIS Dean of Culture, presenting on the new DCIS culture: The DCIS Way. Come and learn how to support your student toward their best success at DCIS!

PTSA BOARD ELECTIONS
PTSA Board Nominations end on September 29.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please send the name and desired board position (Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President or President) to tribelhorns@comcast.net.  The Nominating Committee will then consider all candidates and propose a slate of candidates to be voted on at the October 10 meeting.  Voting will occur at the November 18 meeting.  Please remember that you must be a PTSA Member to vote.

MVP CLUB LOOKING FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Mr. Washington is launching a new club for middle school students, called the MVP Club, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4 pm.  The students involved with the MVP club will participate in service projects.   Mr. Washington is looking for volunteers – parents or community members – who would like to help him with this new club.  If you are interested, please reach out to him at linwood_washington@dpsk12.org.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

If you weren’t able to make it to Back-to-School Night, follow the links below for important letters from various grade level*, language and administrative teams.

Administration
World Language
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade

*11th and 12th Grade Coming Next Week

ATTEND THE SUCCEEDS PRIZE AWARDS EVENING

As you may have seen, our school, DCIS, is an Honorable Mention school for The Succeeds Prize Award – High School category. The Succeeds Prize, a partnership between 9NEWS and Colorado Succeeds, recognizes and rewards the transformational impact of Colorado’s public schools and educators. All finalist and honorable mention schools will be celebrated at a live reveal celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Newman Center in Denver. To attend this event please use this form for all other questions please contact Mr. Washington at linwood_washington@dpsk12.org.

SANTA FE FIRST FRIDAY PARENT SOCIAL

AnchorPlease join us on Friday, October 6 for our first ever Santa Fe Art Walk Parent Social!  In addition to taking in this great neighborhood event, we’ll be able to connect with one another AND with some of our community partners.  We’ll start the evening at 6:00 pm on the patio at Alliance Francaise (corner of 6th and Galapago), to enjoy some refreshments (donations of drinks or snacks welcome!), check out their artist of the month and learn about what AF has to offer DCIS students and families.  Our next rendezvous will be at 7:00 pm, at the MSU Center for Visual Art, where there will be art viewing and making activities and a chance to find out about their free Young Artists Studio program available to DCIS students.  Feel free to join us for some or all of the evening.  If you know you’re planning to join us, we’d love to get an RSVP.  Last minute decision maker?  Please feel free to drop in anyway!

FALL BULB SALE

Parents, friends and family can buy bulbs for beautifying their own gardens, but they can also buy bulbs for beautifying our school.  For orders placed for the school, the shipping address is Dayana Quintana, DCIS PTSA, 574 W. Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 and your order will also be eligible for a tax-deduction.

50% of the proceeds from all bulb sales will go to the PTSA.  Our campaign goal is to raise $1200, but the more we raise, the more we can do for our kids!  Our campaign will run through October 9th.

Please visit our website, order some bulbs for your garden and the school, and post our campaign to your social media accounts!  Thank you DCIS families!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

DCIS FAFSA NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct. 4
5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
AnchorWalk-in and complete your FAFSA. We will have representatives from University of Denver and University of Colorado, Denver supporting you through the application process. We are aware that not all applications will be completed that night, but please join us to get started.
Documents to bring are below for FAFSA.

  • Social Security Numbers and Social Security Card (if applicable): Student must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to receive federal aid. Non-US Citizens may be eligible for institutional aid in Colorado. Parent does not need to be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Student’s alien registration or permanent resident card (if applicable)
  • Birthdates: Month/Day/Year (parent AND student)
  • 2016 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • Parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return
  • 2016 untaxed income records (if applicable)
    • Social Security benefits statement
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Veterans benefits records
    • Disability benefits records
  • Date and Year Parents were married and/or divorced
  • Savings and checking account dollar amount (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Business and investment mortgage (not the home in which you and your family live) information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
  • Your FSA-ID or FAFSA PIN numbers (parent AND student, if previously applied for).

You can save a lot of time by creating your FSA-ID before the FAFSA workshop. To create an FSA-ID, go to https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Be sure to write the username and password down and bring them with you.

CSS PROFILE
Before you get started, note your schools’ CSS Profile deadlines. Many fall between Jan. 1 and March 31. Some schools have early filing deadlines in November.

1. Create a College Board account. You might already have one if you took the SAT.

2. Gather your financial documents. Having the following documents on hand will make filling out the application easier:

  •  2016 federal tax returns.
  • W-2 forms or other records of income for 2016 and 2017.
  • Records of untaxed income for 2016 and 2017.
  • Bank statements.
  • Mortgage information.
  • Records of savings, stocks, bonds and trusts.


JUNIOR SENIOR PARENT: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT GUIDELINES: SPRING 2018
In order to support as many students and families as possible with concurrent enrollment funding, we have added some guidelines for the Spring 2018 semester. If your student is interested in taking a concurrent enrollment course, please have them contact Ms. Monteon by October 6th.
Guidelines:

  • DCIS will pay for up to 3 units ($434), the remaining is parent/student responsibility
  • Students must have a college readiness score through the ACCUPLACER, SAT or ACT
  • Courses must be taken at a local community college or university (no technical schools)
  • Students must have a 95% attendance rate for Fall 2017
  • GPA 2.5 or above
  • First come first serve (once our money is spent, we cannot take any more applications)
  • Paperwork & advisor meeting must be completed by December 1st
  • Must be a Guaranteed Transfer course

If there are any questions about the guidelines, please speak to Mrs. McCorquodale or Mr. Giardiello.

JUNIOR/SENIOR PARENTS: OFF CAMPUS PERIODS
If your student has an off-period, you and the student should have signed the following terms. If you have question about off-campus period, please contact Ms. Monteon or Mrs. McCorquodale.

My student and I understand and agree to the following terms:

  1. If my student is granted an Off Campus period(s), he/she must be off campus during the selected period.
  2. Off Campus period(s) are only available during the beginning and end of the day (1st and 8th period). *If another period is requested administration approval and signature are required.
  3. Seniors are allowed up to two off campus periods and juniors may receive one off campus period.
  4. I ensure the school that my student has the necessary transportation to either arrive at school late or leave school early and I give my child permission to walk/drive/ride the bus in order to be able to arrive at school late or leave school early.
  5. I can verify that my student has met all graduation requirements required in grades 9-11 and is on track to graduate, based on the student transcript.
  6. I understand that if my student should fail any of his/her current classes, the Off Campus period may be removed from the schedule, so that credit recovery for graduation can take place.
  7. I have discussed all of the above terms with my student.

NEW COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt- Middle School
Ted Brugman- 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen)- 11th and 12th Grade
Aly Bortle-12th Grade Post-Secondary Coach,Wednesdays and Fridays, in room 101B

REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS
The Counseling Office has created a Remind App for junior parents and senior parents. The goal is to send out notification to families about important dates and deadlines. Below are the instructions for each class.
Juniors:  Text @co19pg to the number 81010
Seniors:  Text @co18pg to the number 81010

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Audit: To attend a class without receiving academic credit.
Source: https://www.universitylanguage.com/guides/college-terms-and-phrases-to-know/

PHOENIX FUND CLARIFICATION

At Back to School Night, as a PTSA, we realized we miscommunicated regarding the Phoenix Fund.  We are afraid that we gave the impression that Phoenix Fund donors = people donating $20 a month.  In reality, any and all one-time or recurring donations are appreciated, no matter the amount. Our donors range from families who have made a one-time contribution of a few dollars to families who are donating over a hundred dollars a month. Every bit helps!

AND, every bit is appreciated as it beautifies your child’s school environment and enriches your child’s experience at DCIS.  We have many projects on the back burner that your donation could help bring to fruition.

So, we’ve updated our Phoenix Fund Paper Pledge Form accordingly.  If you would like to become a Phoenix Fund donor today with your tax-deductible donation, you can do so through our Electronic Pledge Form.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE INFO MEETING
Sun., Oct. 8, 2-4pm: Decker Library (1501 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80210) Basement. RSVP marie@adolesco.org or contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 for more info. Adolesco is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program of unique, two-way exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Find other upcoming info meetings at https://www.facebook.com/Adolesco.org/events and sign up for the Adolesco newsletter at www.adolesco.org/contact. Applications due by Tuesday, Oct. 31.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

AnchorOne more parent social going on this week!  If you live in the SE area, or if you missed your neighborhood social, or if you just want to drop in and meet other parents, please join us this Sunday!

  • Southeast–Sunday, Oct. 1, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver.
  • Southwest–Reschedule date coming soon!

                                       To RSVP, click here.


SPORTS …

The Flag football (boys and girls), and volleyball (girls) seasons begin in October.  The first games are on Tuesday, October 17, and try-outs will be conducted the week before.

Any student wanting to try-out for either team must have a current physical on file at DCIS.  Parents may bring a copy of the physical to the DCIS nurse, Ms. Su.  Or, students can get a copy of physical form from Mr. Tricarico to bring to their doctor to fill out.

Coaches will be:

Volleyball – Mr. Garvey

Flag Football – Mr. Beins and Mr. Powell

Please email them if you have specific questions, or speak with Mr. Tricarico at the school.

 

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

September 21-27, 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 …

  • Mandatory 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Fundraiser for 10th Grade Canyonlands Trip: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-10 pm, Pizzeria Locale
  • Regional Parent Socials: Friday, Sept. 22 (Southwest); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Sunday, Oct. 1 (new date) (Southeast)
  • Boys Soccer Game: Monday, Sept. 25, 4-5:30 pm, Kunsmiller
  • Picture Day: Monday, Sept. 25-Tuesday, September 26
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4-5:30 pm, Bible Park
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:50– 9 am

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • Boys Soccer Game: Friday, Sept. 29, 4-5:30 pm, Grant
  • Shadowing for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 2
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley
  • PTSA Fundraising and Events Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 pm
  • Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 8:15-9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • FAFSA Night for Seniors: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Boys Soccer Game: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 pm, Henry
  • Boys Soccer Game: Friday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 pm, Grant
  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Meeting: Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30-6 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • DCIS Homecoming: Saturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • PTSA Fall Bulb Sale: Monday, Oct. 9, Fall Bulb Sale Orders Due
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:50-9 am
  • PTSA Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: “The DCIS Way”, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Cafe con Padres en Español:  Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8:45-9:45 am, DCIS Community Room
  • Cross Country Championship: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley

PHOENIX FUND CLARIFICATION
At Back to School Night, as a PTSA, we realized we miscommunicated regarding the Phoenix Fund.  We are afraid that we gave the impression that Phoenix Fund donors = people donating $20 a month.  In reality, any and all one-time or recurring donations are appreciated, no matter the amount. Our donors range from families who have made a one-time contribution of a few dollars to families who are donating over a hundred dollars a month. Every bit helps!

AND, every bit is appreciated as it beautifies your child’s school environment and enriches your child’s experience at DCIS.  We have many projects on the back burner that your donation could help bring to fruition.

So, we’ve updated our Phoenix Fund Paper Pledge Form accordingly and we’ve also created an Electronic Pledge Form.  If you would like to become a Phoenix Fund donor today with your tax-deductible donation, you can do so by clicking here.

SANTA FE FIRST FRIDAY PARENT SOCIAL

AnchorPlease join us on Friday, October 6 for our first ever Santa Fe Art Walk Parent Social!  In addition to taking in this great neighborhood event, we’ll be able to connect with one another AND with some of our community partners.  We’ll start the evening at 6:00 pm at the Alliance Francaise, to enjoy some refreshments, check out their artist of the month and learn about what AF has to offer DCIS students and families.  Our next rendezvous will be at 7:00 pm, at the MSU Center for Visual Art, where there will be art viewing and making activities and a chance to find out about their Young Artists Studio program available to DCIS students.  Feel free to join us for some or all of the evening.

DCIS FYI

AnchorPICTURE DAY: SEPTEMBER 26-OCTOBER 6

Picture Day is just one week away.  You can order online using our Picture Day ID:  CG947541y0 at the Lifetouch website.
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A reminder to students that the front of our building is a red area during lunchtime, meaning that students are not allowed to go near 6th Avenue during lunch.

YEARBOOKS

Pre-order your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in December, so get yours now!  You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contact Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visit room 216A anytime.  We accept cash/check in person, or credit cards online.All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote, and a baby picture) are due by 3 p.m. on December 8.  Please email your items (JPEG or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com

RAISE YOUR HAND …

COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE WELCOMES NEW PARENT MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES!
Jennifer Gentry and Amber Shearer were elected as new Parent Representatives to the CSC. They began their terms on September 19, and will serve on the CSC through the 2018-19 school year. Congratulations to Jennifer and Amber, and thank you to all who voted!

PTSA BOARD ELECTIONS
The PTSA became aware of an oversight in our Board elections last spring. We are holding elections again this fall to ensure that everyone interested has the opportunity to throw their hat in the ring to be nominated for election to our Board.

  • Elected Board positions are:  President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
  • State PTA requires that all elected Board members be 18 years of age or older.
  • The existing PTSA Board (Karen Mortimer, President, Terri Porter, Vice-President, Edmond Horsey, Treasurer, and DawnMarie Gallardo, Secretary) has elected a Nominating Committee of Tanya Tribelhorn, Karen Herbert and Vivian Masket.
  • Nominees need to be PTSA members (having paid the membership dues – $10 adults, $7 students).  This can be completed by taking a check made out to the DCIS PTSA to the school office or dues can also be paid online via this link (put your name and “membership” in the Instructions to Seller box).
  • Nominations may be submitted via email to tribelhorns@comcast.net through September 29, 2017
  • After receiving all nominations, the Nominating Committee will select and nominate one eligible person per office and present their slate of four candidates at the October 10th PTSA meeting.
  • At the next PTSA meeting, Tuesday, November 14th, the slate (four nominees – one per office) will be presented and additional nominations can be accepted from the floor.
  • Election ballots can only be completed by PTSA members.

PTSA CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AND INCLUSION (CEI) MEETING
Friday, October 6, 5:30pm, at the Alliance Française de Denver (571 Galapago St., Denver 80204) before joining the Santa Fe Art Walk from 6-8pm.  We’ll be forming an Action Group to get more DCIS teachers and staff to apply for the CEI grants.  Please click here for how to apply.

MVP CLUB LOOKING FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Mr. Washington is launching a new club for middle school students, called the MVP Club, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4 pm.  The students involved with the MVP club will participate in service projects.   Mr. Washington is looking for volunteers – parents or community members – who would like to help him with this new club.  If you are interested, please reach out to him at linwood_washington@dpsk12.org.

FALL BULB SALE

This Thursday, at Back to School Night, the PTSA will be kicking off our fall fundraising campaign, a bulb sale!  We have a great web site set up for online orders and hard copy order forms will be available Thursday or at the school office.

Parents, friends and family can buy bulbs for beautifying their own gardens, but they can also buy bulbs for beautifying our school.  For orders placed for the school, the shipping address is Dayana Quintana, DCIS PTSA, 574 W. Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 and your order will also be eligible for a tax-deduction.

50% of the proceeds from all bulb sales will go to the PTSA.  Our campaign goal is to raise $1200, but the more we raise, the more we can do for our kids!  Our campaign will run through October 9th.

Please visit our website, order some bulbs for your garden and the school, and post our campaign to your social media accounts!  Thank you DCIS families!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

NEW COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt- Middle School
Ted Brugman- 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen)- 11th and 12th Grade

REMINDER APP FOR FAMILIES WITH JUNIORS AND SENIORS

The Counseling Office has created a Remind App for junior parents and senior parents. The goal is to send out notification to families about important dates and deadlines. Below are the instructions for each class.  
Juniors:  Text @co19pg to the number 81010
Seniors:  Text @co18pg to the number 81010

DCIS FAFSA NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct. 4

5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Walk-in and complete your FAFSA. We will have representatives from University of Denver and University of Colorado, Denver supporting you through the application process. We are aware that not all applications will be completed that night, but please join us to get started.

Documents to bring:

  • Social Security numbers and Social Security card (if applicable): Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive federal aid. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for institutional aid in Colorado. Parent does not need to be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student’s alien registration or permanent resident card (if applicable)
  • Birth dates: month/day/year (parent AND student)
  • 2016 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • Parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return
  • 2016 untaxed income records (if applicable)
    • Social Security benefits statement
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Veterans benefits records
    • Disability benefits records
  • Date and year parents were married and/or divorced
  • Savings and checking account dollar amounts (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Business and investment mortgage (not the home in which you and your family live) information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
  • Your FSA-ID or FAFSA PIN number (parent AND student, if previously applied for)

You can save a lot of time by creating your FSA-ID before the FAFSA workshop. To create an FSA-ID, go here. Be sure to write the username and password down and bring them with you.

12th GRADE POST-SECONDARY COACH: NOTE TO SENIORS
Hey DCIS! My name is Aly Bortle, and I will be your Post-Secondary Coach this year! I will be here for the entire day Wednesdays and Fridays, in room 101B in the main office. My goal is to help you accomplish anything and everything you want for yourself after high school. If you want to go to college, let’s find the best one for you with the most scholarships available. If you want to start a career, let’s make sure you are doing something you love! I am here to help you complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more!
Email: ALYSSA_BORTLE@dpsk12.org

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Associate’s degree: A type of degree awarded to students at a US community college, usually after two years of classes.
Source: https://www.universitylanguage.com/guides/college-terms-and-phrases-to-know/

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

10th GRADE SPRING TRAVEL-MANDATORY PARENT MEETING
We’re hoping that all 10th grade families will join us on Thursday, September 21 at 6pm in the Auditorium to discuss the spring travel week options–Canyonlands and Local–for 10th graders.  Pizzeria Locale has generously offered to host a fundraiser for this travel experience on the same evening–stop in at their 6th and Broadway location any time between 4-10pm and let them know you’re with DCIS.  50% of proceeds will go toward the 10th grade travel experience!

AnchorMEET THE MIDDLE EAST-YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Since 2008, Meet the Middle East has been leading teens to the Middle East through their Youth Ambassador Program–a fun and exciting, seven month program designed to educate high school students in four disciplines.  To find out more, click here.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Bilingual (Spanish-English) parents will be in attendance at each of these events, and we’re aiming to have a DCIS administrator at each one too. Parents are welcome to attend any and all socials, not just the one in their area. Please join us on one or more of the following evenings:

  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver.
  • Southwest: Friday, Sept. 22, 6–8 pm, Brent and Sarah Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St., Denver
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, DawnMarie Gallardo’s home,1005 Mariposa St., Denver.
  • Southeast: Sunday, Oct. 1, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver.

To RSVP for one or more of the socials, click here.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS …

DPS IN-SCHOOL PREVENTION
The DPS In-School Prevention Program is a program within DPS that is designed to provide evidence-based prevention programs to middle and high school students. We aim to prevent substance use or reduce use for students who may already be using.

The In-School Prevention program uses an upstream prevention model, with the goal of addressing the subject of substance use before it becomes an issue. The program focuses on positive youth development through evidence-based programs such as Sources of Strength, and LifeSkills Training.

Through the program, DPS has full-time prevention specialist in three schools, Hamilton, Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences, and Noel Community Arts School. Through a grant funded by the Colorado Department of Education, DPS also has health professionals doing prevention work in 23 other middle and high schools throughout the district.

Keep an eye out in this space for updates on how you can help your student abstain from drug and alcohol use.  For more information on the program, please contact Michel Holien, the program supervisor, at 720-423-2433.

 

CONNECT …

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

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

September 14-20, 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 …

  • DCIS Foundation Scholarship Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 14, 12:30-1:20 pm, MUN Room
  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion (CEI) Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-6 pm
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast);
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent Meeting: Monday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • YIA Destination Japan Informational Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 pm, Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4-5:30 pm, Harvey Park
  • DPS Superintendent Parent Forum: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 9:30-11:30 am, National Western Stockshow, InfoEspanol
  • Senior College & Scholarship Night: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Boys Soccer Game: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4-5:30 pm, Kepner

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • Mandatory 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Regional Parent Socials: Friday, Sept. 22 (Southwest); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Sunday, Oct. 1 (Southeast)
  • Boys Soccer Game: Monday, Sept. 25, 4-5:30 pm, Kunsmiller
  • Picture Day: Monday, Sept. 25-Tuesday, September 26
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4-5:30 pm, Bible Park
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4-5:30 pm, Bible Park
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:50– 9 am
  • PTSA Fundraising and Events Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 pm
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • DCIS Homecoming: Saturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • PTSA Fall Bulb Sale: Monday, Oct. 9, Fall Bulb Sale Orders Due
  • PTSA Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: “The DCIS Way”, DCIS Cafeteria

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Families,

We are so excited about Back to School Night and our new format! We will begin in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m., then move to advisement classrooms for 25 minutes for some general information specific to each grade level. Then for the last part of the evening, we will have an “Open House” format where parents can go and meet any/all of their child’s teachers. The idea is for parents to be able to meet and greet their child’s teacher, put a face to a name, check out the classrooms, etc. There will not be time for individual parent conferences, but there will be time to say hello and have teachers and parents meet each other. We will be hosting parent/teacher conferences in October. Look for details soon.

As a reminder to all families who may qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, please complete the application form here.

  • There are many benefits to families and students who qualify for this benefit. Here are a few of the benefits:
  • A reduced price or a free lunch
  • AP Exams (for high school) at the reduced cost of $15 instead of the full cost of almost $100
  • Application fees waived for almost all colleges and universities—normally it costs between $50-$100 just to be able to apply to a college
  • The school receives an additional $500 per student who qualifies, which we use to provide additional services to lower income students
  • Reduced prices for student travel trips
  • Much more!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night!

Sincerely,
Theresa McCorquodale

YEARBOOKS

Pre-order your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in December, so get yours now!  You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contact Mrs. Hoffman at abby_hoffman@dpsk12.org, or visit room 216A anytime.  We accept cash/check in person, or credit cards online.All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote, and a baby picture) are due by 3 p.m. on December 8.  Please email your items (JPEG or PDF files) to dcisphoenixyearbook@gmail.com

RAISE YOUR HAND …

PLEASE VOTE FOR COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE PARENT MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES
Voting is now open for Collaborative School Committee Parent Representatives. Voting will be online and will close Monday, September 18, at 4:00 pm. You can access ballots in English or Español.

There are three candidates nominated for two Parent Representative positions. The CSC includes parent, staff, and student representatives who work on the school improvement plan, evaluate school data, provide strategic direction for DCIS, and provide guidance on and evaluation of the school budget. Please make your voice heard for DCIS and vote!

PTSA BOARD ELECTIONS
The PTSA became aware of an oversight in our Board elections last spring. We are holding elections again this fall to ensure that everyone interested has the opportunity to throw their hat in the ring to be nominated for election to our Board.

  • Elected Board positions are:  President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
  • State PTA requires that all elected Board members be 18 years of age or older.
  • The existing PTSA Board (Karen Mortimer, President, Terri Porter, Vice-President, Edmond Horsey, Treasurer, and DawnMarie Gallardo, Secretary) has elected a Nominating Committee of Tanya Tribelhorn, Karen Herbert and Vivian Masket.
  • Nominees need to be PTSA members (having paid the membership dues – $10 adults, $7 students).  This can be completed by taking a check made out to the DCIS PTSA to the school office or dues can also be paid online via this link (put your name and “membership” in the Instructions to Seller box).
  • Nominations may be submitted via email to tribelhorns@comcast.net through September 29, 2017
  • After receiving all nominations, the Nominating Committee will select and nominate one eligible person per office and present their slate of four candidates at the October 10th PTSA meeting.
  • At the next PTSA meeting, Tuesday, November 14th, the slate (four nominees – one per office) will be presented and additional nominations can be accepted from the floor.
  • Election ballots can only be completed by PTSA members.

PTSA CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AND INCLUSION (CEI) MEETING
Thursday, Sept. 14, 5-5:30pm, meet at the PTSA table before Back2School Night to discuss teacher’s grants. Please see here for the applications under consideration, and please encourage YOUR teachers to apply.

FALL BULB SALE

This Thursday, at Back to School Night, the PTSA will be kicking off our fall fundraising campaign, a bulb sale!  We have a great web site set up for online orders and hard copy order forms will be available Thursday or at the school office.

Parents, friends and family can buy bulbs for beautifying their own gardens, but they can also buy bulbs for beautifying our school.  For orders placed for the school, the shipping address is Dayana Quintana, DCIS PTSA, 574 W. Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 and your order will also be eligible for a tax-deduction.

50% of the proceeds from all bulb sales will go to the PTSA.  Our campaign goal is to raise $1200, but the more we raise, the more we can do for our kids!  Our campaign will run through October 9th.

Please visit our website, order some bulbs for your garden and the school, and post our campaign to your social media accounts!  Thank you DCIS families!

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

NEW COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt- Middle School
Ted Brugman- 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen)- 11th and 12th Grade

12th GRADE POST-SECONDARY COACH: NOTE TO SENIORS
Hey DCIS! My name is Aly Bortle, and I will be your Post-Secondary Coach this year! I will be here for the entire day Wednesdays and Fridays, in room 101B in the main office. My goal is to help you accomplish anything and everything you want for yourself after high school. If you want to go to college, let’s find the best one for you with the most scholarships available. If you want to start a career, let’s make sure you are doing something you love! I am here to help you complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more!
Email: ALYSSA_BORTLE@dpsk12.org

SENIOR COLLEGE & SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT
Wednesday, Sept. 20

5:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room
Representatives from the following universities and technical college will be present.
• Metro State
• Emily Griffith Technical College
• University of Denver
• University of Colorado, Denver
• Community College of Denver (pending)

They will be discussing their admission process and how to navigate college applications. Even if you are not planning on attending any of these schools, it is a great time to get information about the overall application process and ask questions.

*Students: Event may be used as a special event (dependent on reflection)

DCIS FAFSA NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct. 4

5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Walk-in and complete your FAFSA. We will have representatives from University of Denver and University of Colorado, Denver supporting you through the application process. We are aware that not all applications will be completed that night, but please join us to get started.

Documents to bring:

  • Social Security numbers and Social Security card (if applicable): Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive federal aid. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for institutional aid in Colorado. Parent does not need to be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student’s alien registration or permanent resident card (if applicable)
  • Birth dates: month/day/year (parent AND student)
  • 2016 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • Parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return
  • 2016 untaxed income records (if applicable)
    • Social Security benefits statement
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Veterans benefits records
    • Disability benefits records
  • Date and year parents were married and/or divorced
  • Savings and checking account dollar amounts (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Business and investment mortgage (not the home in which you and your family live) information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
  • Your FSA-ID or FAFSA PIN number (parent AND student, if previously applied for)

You can save a lot of time by creating your FSA-ID before the FAFSA workshop. To create an FSA-ID, go here. Be sure to write the username and password down and bring them with you.

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS- PSAT/NMSQT
Deadline approaching! Sophomores and juniors can register to take the PSAT/NMSQT test, happening on October 11, 2017. The test is optional and measures college readiness, provides practice for the SAT, and most importantly can unlock college scholarships for juniors with qualifying scores.

  • The cost is $16, payable to the main office before school, at lunch, and after school.
  • The deadline to pay for this test is Friday, September 15th. We are unable to accommodate any late payments!

Current sophomores and freshman will have the opportunity to test next year as juniors and sophomores.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Advisor: School 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.
Source: https://www.universitylanguage.com/guides/college-terms-and-phrases-to-know/

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

10th GRADE SPRING TRAVEL-MANDATORY PARENT MEETING
We’re hoping that all 10th grade families will join us on Thursday, September 21 at 6pm in the Auditorium to discuss the spring travel week options–Canyonlands and Local–for 10th graders.  Pizzeria Locale has generously offered to host a fundraiser for this travel experience on the same evening–stop in at their 6th and Broadway location any time between 4-10pm and let them know you’re with DCIS.  50% of proceeds will go toward the 10th grade travel experience!

AnchorYIA 2019 DESTINATION JAPAN
Youth in Action (YIA) is a local nonprofit organization that helps Denver-area teens become hardworking, responsible leaders. The program includes Japanese language and culture study, community service and fundraising, culminating in a month-long cultural exchange trip to Japan in June 2019. Open to students grades 6-12. Interested students and parents should attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 pm, at Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver. To find out more about this dynamic group and how to apply, please call JoAnne Harada at 720-217-2160, email her or visit the YIA website.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Bilingual (Spanish-English) parents will be in attendance at each of these events, and we’re aiming to have a DCIS administrator at each one too. Parents are welcome to attend any and all socials, not just the one in their area. Please join us on one or more of the following evenings:

  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver.
  • Southwest: Friday, Sept. 22, 6–8 pm, Brent and Sarah Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St., Denver
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, DawnMarie Gallardo’s home,1005 Mariposa St., Denver.
  • Southeast: Sunday, Oct. 1, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver.

To RSVP for one or more of the socials, click here.

SPORTS …

Schedules for middle school cross country and boys’ soccer can be found here.

High school athletes and their families can find out more information about this season’s opportunities by contacting the athletic director where students want to participate. A complete list of DPS high school athletic directors can be found here.

Of course, if anyone has questions or needs additional information, please contact John Tricarico, DCIS Assistant Principal.

DENVER WEST CROSS COUNTRY
This sport is a great way to MAKE FRIENDS, get in shape, be involved, socialize, compete and HAVE FUN!

  • Every day after school at 3:45 in the Butler Building at West High School
  • Email Coach Joey with questions

CONNECT …

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

September 7-13, 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 …

  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team MeetingThursday, Sept. 7, 6-7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Cross Country MeetFriday, Sept. 8, 4-5:30 pm, Harvard Gulch Park
  • Regional Parent SocialsSunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast);Friday, Sept. 22 (Southwest); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast).
  • Boys Soccer GameMonday, Sept. 11, 4-5:30 pm, Henry Middle School
  • DCIS Fall Play AuditionsMonday & Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, 3:05-4:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (audition sign-ups on auditorium door); call-backs on Thursday, Sept. 14, 3–5 pm
  • Cross Country MeetTuesday, Sept. 12, 4-5:30 pm, Fred Thomas Park
  • Open House for Prospective StudentsTuesday, Sept. 12, 7:50-9 am
  • Parent-Principal Coffee en EspanolWednesday, Sept. 13, 8:45-9:45 am, DCIS Community Room

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion (CEI) MeetingThursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-6 pm
  • Back-to-School NightThursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent MeetingMonday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • YIA Destination Japan Informational Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 pm, Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4-5:30 pm, Harvey Park
  • Boys Soccer Game: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 4-5:30 pm, Kepner
  • Mandatory 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • DCIS HomecomingSaturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art WalkFriday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver
  • PTSA MeetingTuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: “The DCIS Way”, DCIS Cafeteria

AnchorBACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6–7:30 pm
We hope all parents will join us for Back to School Night next week. We’ll start in the auditorium at 6 pm for a welcome and some general information from our administrative team. Then you will move on to your child’s advisement class to learn about how your child’s adviser can support your child this year. In addition, you’ll learn about grade checks in Infinite Campus (IC); DCIS requirements for school service, community service and special events; and much more! Finally, we will switch to an “Open House” format to end the evening, during which you can walk around and meet/greet all your child’s teachers. Hope to see you there!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Our campus has been affected by the news that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) might end. Many of our students are worried and even scared about what it might mean for them and for their families if DACA ends. This potential legislation affects a large number of our very own DCIS students. One bright spot this week was the event that took place on Tuesday. Middle school students participated in a walk around the school  building, made signs, and posted them around the school in support of DACA. It was important to our school community to give our middle school students a safe and supervised way to learn about DACA if they were interested and share their support for fellow students, without leaving campus. Meanwhile several high school students participated in an organized, safe and spirited walkout, culminating in a rally on the Auraria campus with over 2500 students from all over Denver. All events were closely monitored by adults, and yet allowed student voice to thrive. If you would like more information about DACA, here are some resources for you, so that you will be able to discuss this with your child.

What is DACA? 

Rights for DACA Recipients although the program ends

What DACA recipients should do next?

In other news, teachers are getting ready for Back to School Night next week on September 14 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. We hope to see you there. In the meantime, ask your student about what they are learning in school!

  • Ask your 6th grader about their math notebooks including colorful charts and cool foldable cut outs, complete with important math facts.
  • Ask your 7th grader about the Reformation in Europe and ask them to share the rap about Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.
  • Ask your 8th grader about the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Soon they will be doing a project highlighting one of the Articles in this document.
  • Ask your 9th grader about the Five Themes of Geography. If you’re lucky, they might sing you the song.
  • Ask your 10th grader about their writers’ notebook and why it is called “finger exercises.”
  • Ask your 11th grader about their Passage proposal. Soon they will be holding committee meetings to get their proposal approved, so that they can begin writing their Passage paper.
  • Ask your 12th grader about their Senior Service Project.

There are so many great projects planned for our school.

Thank you for sending your child to DCIS. Your children are an inspiration to me every single day.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Bilingual (Spanish-English) parents will be in attendance at each of these events, and we’re aiming to have a DCIS administrator at each one too. Parents are welcome to attend any and all socials, not just the one in their area. Please join us on one or more of the following evenings:

  • Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver.
  • Southwest: Friday, Sept. 22, 6–8 pm, Brent and Sarah Christian’s home, 1249 S. Quivas St., Denver
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, DawnMarie Gallardo’s home,1005 Mariposa St., Denver.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver.

To RSVP for one or more of the socials, click here.

DCIS IN THE NEWS

DCIS High School received an Honorable Mention for the Colorado Succeeds Prize, which is touted as the state’s most prestigious awards and recognition event honoring transformational public schools and educators. Read more about it here!

PRINCIPAL CONNECTION … 

Ten parents met with DCIS Principal, Theresa McCorquodale, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, for the first monthly Parent-Principal Coffee. Ms. McCorquodale will hold another monthly gathering in Spanish, which will be next Wednesday, Sept. 13, 8:45–9:45 am.

These gatherings, which have no agenda, are a prime opportunity for parents to talk about what’s working and what’s not, to ask about school goings-on and policies, and to share ideas with the principal. In this first one, for example, discussions covered the new cooling units in the school, glitches in Infinite Campus, the new Dean of Culture and “The DCIS Way,” the students’ DACA protest on Tuesday, the school’s dress code, the calmer and more welcoming environment in the middle school, Lunch Bunch, class sizes and how to get DCIS stickers (hint: come to Back to School Night on Sept. 14!).

The gatherings in English are the first Tuesday of every month (the next one is Oct. 3), from 8:15 to 9:15 am in the DCIS Community Room (103). The meetings for Spanish speakers will mostly be the second Wednesday of every month, with a couple of variations during the second semester (exact dates will be announced as the time draws closer). Hope to see you there!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

PTSA PARENT INVOLVEMENT FORM
In case you missed the opportunity at registration to complete a Parent Involvement Form, it’s not too late!  And, you can do it online!  The DCIS PTSA is a fun-loving and motivated group of parents who love DCIS and work hard to help DCIS be the best it can be.  Want to raise your hand?  Just click here:  English   Español

COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE PARENT MEMBER VOTING
Watch your email for a link to the ballot, coming out later this week.

PTSA FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS COMMITTEE
The PTSA Fundraising and Events Committee will have its first meeting of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 7, 6–7:30 pm in the DCIS Community Room (103). We look forward to meeting new committee members! Snacks and child care provided.

PTSA CULTURAL ENRICHMENT AND INCLUSION (CEI) MEETING
Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30-6 pm, meet at the PTSA table before Back to School Night. Call or text Marie at 303-913-4845 to RSVP, or send her an email. Click here for the CEI welcome letter.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER …

NEW COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
Tami Schmidt- Middle School
Ted Brugman- 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen)- 11th and 12th Grade

12th GRADE POST-SECONDARY COACH: NOTE TO SENIORS
Hey DCIS! My name is Aly Bortle, and I will be your Post-Secondary Coach this year! I will be here for the entire day Wednesdays and Fridays, in room 101B in the main office. My goal is to help you accomplish anything and everything you want for yourself after high school. If you want to go to college, let’s find the best one for you with the most scholarships available. If you want to start a career, let’s make sure you are doing something you love! I am here to help you complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more!
Email: ALYSSA_BORTLE@dpsk12.org

SENIOR COLLEGE & SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT
Wednesday, Sept. 20

5:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room
Representatives from the following universities and technical college will be present.
• Metro State
• Emily Griffith Technical College
• University of Denver
• University of Colorado, Denver
• Community College of Denver (pending)

They will be discussing their admission process and how to navigate college applications. Even if you are not planning on attending any of these schools, it is a great time to get information about the overall application process and ask questions.

*Students: Event may be used as a special event (dependent on reflection)

DCIS FAFSA NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct. 4

5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Walk-in and complete your FAFSA. We will have representatives from University of Denver and University of Colorado, Denver supporting you through the application process. We are aware that not all applications will be completed that night, but please join us to get started.

Documents to bring:

  • Social Security numbers and Social Security card (if applicable): Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to receive federal aid. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for institutional aid in Colorado. Parent does not need to be U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student’s alien registration or permanent resident card (if applicable)
  • Birth dates: month/day/year (parent AND student)
  • 2016 W-2 Forms and other records of money earned last year (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Student’s 2016 Federal Income Tax Return (if applicable)
  • Parents’ 2016 Federal Income Tax Return
  • 2016 untaxed income records (if applicable)
    • Social Security benefits statement
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Veterans benefits records
    • Disability benefits records
  • Date and year parents were married and/or divorced
  • Savings and checking account dollar amounts (parent AND student, if applicable)
  • Business and investment mortgage (not the home in which you and your family live) information, business and farm records, stock, bond, and other investment records (if applicable)
  • Your FSA-ID or FAFSA PIN number (parent AND student, if previously applied for)

You can save a lot of time by creating your FSA-ID before the FAFSA workshop. To create an FSA-ID, go here. Be sure to write the username and password down and bring them with you.

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
Academic year: The school year that begins with autumn classes. The academic year at most US colleges and universities starts in August or September.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

NYC THEATER TRIP
All theater fans! Caroline Kerswill is organizing a trip to New York City for summer 2018. There will be a preliminary informational meeting, Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

BRAZILIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HOSTING 
Open your home to a Brazilian student this Thanksgiving! US-Brazil Connect is looking for 10-12 host families for a two-week exchange with exceptional Brazilian high school students. This life-changing opportunity enables these students to see snow for the first time and experience the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving, as well as any other family traditions or activities you’d like to share with them! In return, you’ll learn about life in the recent Olympic host country, and build a relationship that will last a lifetime. The visit will be Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Check out this website or email for more information.

SPORTS …

Schedules for middle school cross country and boys’ soccer can be found here.

We are not able to have a softball team this year because a coach could not be found last spring in time for the transportation schedule to be finalized for the league. We hope to have a team in 2018-19.

High school athletes and their families can find out more information about this season’s opportunities by contacting the athletic director where students want to participate. A complete list of DPS high school athletic directors can be found here.

Of course, if anyone has questions or needs additional information, please contact John Tricarico, DCIS Assistant Principal.

DENVER WEST CROSS COUNTRY
This sport is a great way to MAKE FRIENDS, get in shape, be involved, socialize, compete and HAVE FUN!

  • Every day after school at 3:45 in the Butler Building at West High School
  • Email Coach Joey with questions

DENVER WEST BOYS BASKETBALL
Workout Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 – September 30th (2:00-3:45PM)
  • Friday, September 1st – September 30th (5:30-7:00PM)
    Where: West Main Gym
    Questions? Contact Mike Brookhart (303)-589-6046

EXTRACURRICULARS …

CHALLENGE 5280 TEAM
The Challenge 5280 team is searching for teammates (students in 9-12th Grade).  If you’re interested in dedicating 3-5 hours per week on social justice work at DCIS, please contact Lucero (12th grade), Jocelyne (11th grade), Kiaya (11th grade) or Ms. FD (Room 217A).  Curious about the 5280 Challenge?  Check out these videos highlighting last year’s winning DCIS team, as well as the competition.

NHS APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Due September 20, applications are available from Mr. Brown (Room 215) or Mr. Pomponio (Room 216B)

CONNECT …

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

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

August 24-30, 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 …

  • School Beautification Tours: Friday, Aug. 25, 8 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pmSee sign-up link below.
  • PTSA Back-to-School Taco Night/Social: Friday, Aug. 25, 3-5 pm, MOVIE for students in the auditorium; 5-7:30 pm, TACOS! (plus chili and dessert competitions)
  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Team Meeting: Friday, Aug. 25, 7-7:30 pm, meet at benches by east entrance to DCIS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR … 

  • Labor Day — NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (English), 8:15–9:15 am; Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:45–9:45 am (Espanol)
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30–7 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Fall Play Auditions: Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, 3:05-4:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (audition sign-ups on auditorium door); call-backs on Thursday, Sept. 14, 3–5 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast); TBD (Southwest).
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent Meeting: Monday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Homecoming: Friday, Sept. 29, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver

AnchorBACK-TO-SCHOOL TACO NIGHT

Friday, Aug. 25
3–5 pm   Movie in the auditorium for students
5–7:30 pm   Tacos for the whole family!

Enter the optional Homemade Chili and Dessert Competition. Bring a pot of your best chili and/or dessert by 5:45 pm to be judged by the DCIS community. Winners of the challenge will not only earn bragging rights, but will win a trophy to be displayed in the school trophy case!Coming to Taco Night? If you haven’t already, please take a minute right now to RSVP here (or at dcis.dpsk12.org). We need to know how much food to prepare, and your RSVP will be a big help.

Financial donations at the event will be appreciated to help with the cost of food.

Hope to see you there!!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thanks for a successful first week of school! We are off to a great start. We began the week with an “Eclipse Event,” with 750 students out on the field to witness the momentous occasion. Very exciting.

We now are getting into the groove of school routines and policies, and students have done an excellent job all week of following the rules. We are making an intentional effort this year to focus
on clear systems, The DCIS Way, and it is working. Ask your child about The DCIS Way.

Looking ahead, we have Taco Night on Friday, Aug. 25, and Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you at both of these events.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Congratulations to Alison Gaty and Sophia Tribelhorn for winning the Poetry To Go Competition through the Columbine Poets of Colorado. They were two of only eight students from around the state to win the contest. Their poems will appear on RTD buses for the rest of 2017, so keep an eye out for them when you’re riding the bus!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION TOURS
If you would like to see what the school beautification team has been up to and what their vision is for the future, sign up for one of their tours this Friday, August 25.

ADULTING 101
Do you have a skill or trade? Are you great at budgeting or thrift shopping? Can you woodwork, cook or garden? Would you like to share your superpower with a wonderful group of young people? Ms. Iversen’s advisement is looking for community members to teach us how to adult! We will choose topics such as budgeting, interviewing and bike maintenance (and more!) and try to learn these skills so we can be more self-sufficient adults. Contact Ms. Iversen if you or someone you know is interested in helping out!

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS …

If you’re still trying to figure out whether your child can ride the school bus, check out the guidelines from the DPS Department of Transportation here. For bus routes and schedules, click here.

CARPOOL CONNECTION

Looking to potentially carpool this school year? We’re working on a more long-term solution with a third-party service, which we ideally can implement in the near future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in carpooling, please complete the questionnaire found here, and we’ll try to match you with others in your area who are also interested in carpooling.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Please join us on one of the following evenings:

  •  Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver. Please call/text 303-641-4146 or email  edmond.horsey@gmail.com to RSVP.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver. Please email gkmortimer@gmail.com, or call/text 303-910-6698.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver. Please email cre8tiveink@gmail.com, or call/text 303-656-8123.
  • Southwest: TBD
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, 1005 Mariposa St., Denver. Contact details to come.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

NYC THEATER TRIP
All theater fans! Caroline Kerswill is organizing a trip to New York City for summer 2018. There will be a preliminary informational meeting, Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

BRAZILIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HOSTING 
Open your home to a Brazilian student this Thanksgiving! US-Brazil Connect is looking for 10-12 host families for a two-week exchange with exceptional Brazilian high school students. This life-changing opportunity enables these students to see snow for the first time and experience the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving, as well as any other family traditions or activities you’d like to share with them! In return, you’ll learn about life in the recent Olympic host country, and build a relationship that will last a lifetime. The visit will be Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Check out this website or email for more information.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES …

Know about other after-school or extracurricular opportunities for DCIS students? Email us and we’ll include them in this section next week!

ART WORKSHOPS
Check out this fantastic, FREE, after-school opportunity, right in our neighborhood! The MSU Denver Center for Visual Arts offers studio time and exhibitions:

Young Artists Studio: Free hands-on workshops for youth ages 11-21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm
 (new days and times)
An inclusive and diverse community, we welcome youth from throughout the metro area who are interested in learning a variety of media and exploring contemporary themes through art. In the studio we practice the skills and self-efficacy of creative leaders and encourage each other to make great original work. Exhibitions at the CVA inspire the themes, media and cultures explored in the workshops. Participants may drop-in or register on-line. More information and session dates available here.

The studio is located at 965 Santa Fe Drive, about a 15-minute walk from the school. If you’re interested in your student being part of a buddy system to walk over there after school, please email Mili Sandoval, DCIS parent of a 6th grader.

EXHIBITIONS, TOURS AND EVENTS
Visit the CVA to see spectacular exhibitions during First and Third Friday art walks, public events and programs for youth and families. Immersive tours and hands-on workshops for students, educators, families and community groups encourage curiosity, playfulness and creativity. Please register to bring a community group or class to visit our gallery.

  • We begin this fall with Water Line, an exhibition focused on the loaded issues of water to promote stewardship, advocacy and activism. Artists address the Colorado River basin, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, pollution in our oceans and rivers, rising sea levels, the Antarctic Ice Sheet, and more! (Aug. 4–Oct. 21)
  • In November and again in April we welcome MSU Denver’s culminating BFA student exhibitions. The work is fresh and exciting and not to be missed!
  • In early 2018 we are proud to host an exhibition of the work of Carlos Fresquez, a celebrated Denver Chicano artist and professor at MSU Denver. CVA will be draped with murals as well as smaller pieces from throughout his career. (Jan. 12–March 24)

CONNECT …

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

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

August 31-September 6, 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 …

  • School Beautification Tours: Friday, Aug. 25, 8 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm. See sign-up link below.
  • PTSA Back-to-School Taco Night/Social: Friday, Aug. 25, 3-5 pm, MOVIE for students in the auditorium; 5-7:30 pm, TACOS! (plus chili and dessert competitions)
  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Team Meeting: Friday, Aug. 25, 7-7:30 pm, meet at benches by east entrance to DCIS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Labor Day — NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (English), 8:15–9:15 am; Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:45–9:45 am (Espanol)
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30–7 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Fall Play Auditions: Monday & Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, 3:05-4:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium (audition sign-ups on auditorium door); call-backs on Thursday, Sept. 14, 3–5 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast); TBD (Southwest).
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Summer 2018 New York City Trip Parent Meeting: Monday, Sept. 18, 5:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Collaborative School Committee (CSC) Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Homecoming: Friday, Sept. 29, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver

AnchorBACK-TO-SCHOOL TACO NIGHT

Friday, Aug. 25
3–5 pm   Movie in the auditorium for students
5–7:30 pm   Tacos for the whole family!

Enter the optional Homemade Chili and Dessert Competition. Bring a pot of your best chili and/or dessert by 5:45 pm to be judged by the DCIS community. Winners of the challenge will not only earn bragging rights, but will win a trophy to be displayed in the school trophy case!Coming to Taco Night? If you haven’t already, please take a minute right now to RSVP here (or at dcis.dpsk12.org). We need to know how much food to prepare, and your RSVP will be a big help.

Financial donations at the event will be appreciated to help with the cost of food.

Hope to see you there!!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thanks for a successful first week of school! We are off to a great start. We began the week with an “Eclipse Event,” with 750 students out on the field to witness the momentous occasion. Very exciting.

We now are getting into the groove of school routines and policies, and students have done an excellent job all week of following the rules. We are making an intentional effort this year to focus
on clear systems, The DCIS Way, and it is working. Ask your child about The DCIS Way.

Looking ahead, we have Taco Night on Friday, Aug. 25, and Back to School Night on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hope to see you at both of these events.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Congratulations to Alison Gaty and Sophia Tribelhorn for winning the Poetry To Go Competition through the Columbine Poets of Colorado. They were two of only eight students from around the state to win the contest. Their poems will appear on RTD buses for the rest of 2017, so keep an eye out for them when you’re riding the bus!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION TOURS
If you would like to see what the school beautification team has been up to and what their vision is for the future, sign up for one of their tours this Friday, August 25.

ADULTING 101
Do you have a skill or trade? Are you great at budgeting or thrift shopping? Can you woodwork, cook or garden? Would you like to share your superpower with a wonderful group of young people? Ms. Iversen’s advisement is looking for community members to teach us how to adult! We will choose topics such as budgeting, interviewing and bike maintenance (and more!) and try to learn these skills so we can be more self-sufficient adults. Contact Ms. Iversen if you or someone you know is interested in helping out!

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS …

If you’re still trying to figure out whether your child can ride the school bus, check out the guidelines from the DPS Department of Transportation here. For bus routes and schedules, click here.

CARPOOL CONNECTION

Looking to potentially carpool this school year? We’re working on a more long-term solution with a third-party service, which we ideally can implement in the near future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in carpooling, please complete the questionnaire found here, and we’ll try to match you with others in your area who are also interested in carpooling.

AnchorPARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Please join us on one of the following evenings:

  •  Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver. Please call/text 303-641-4146 or email  edmond.horsey@gmail.com to RSVP.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver. Please email gkmortimer@gmail.com, or call/text 303-910-6698.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver. Please email cre8tiveink@gmail.com, or call/text 303-656-8123.
  • Southwest: TBD
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, 1005 Mariposa St., Denver. Contact details to come.

TRAVEL AND EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

NYC THEATER TRIP
All theater fans! Caroline Kerswill is organizing a trip to New York City for summer 2018. There will be a preliminary informational meeting, Monday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium.

ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE
Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

BRAZILIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HOSTING 
Open your home to a Brazilian student this Thanksgiving! US-Brazil Connect is looking for 10-12 host families for a two-week exchange with exceptional Brazilian high school students. This life-changing opportunity enables these students to see snow for the first time and experience the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving, as well as any other family traditions or activities you’d like to share with them! In return, you’ll learn about life in the recent Olympic host country, and build a relationship that will last a lifetime. The visit will be Nov. 18-Dec. 2. Check out this website or email for more information.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES …

Know about other after-school or extracurricular opportunities for DCIS students? Email us and we’ll include them in this section next week!

ART WORKSHOPS
Check out this fantastic, FREE, after-school opportunity, right in our neighborhood! The MSU Denver Center for Visual Arts offers studio time and exhibitions:

Young Artists Studio: Free hands-on workshops for youth ages 11-21
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm
 (new days and times)
An inclusive and diverse community, we welcome youth from throughout the metro area who are interested in learning a variety of media and exploring contemporary themes through art. In the studio we practice the skills and self-efficacy of creative leaders and encourage each other to make great original work. Exhibitions at the CVA inspire the themes, media and cultures explored in the workshops. Participants may drop-in or register on-line. More information and session dates available here.

The studio is located at 965 Santa Fe Drive, about a 15-minute walk from the school. If you’re interested in your student being part of a buddy system to walk over there after school, please email Mili Sandoval, DCIS parent of a 6th grader.

EXHIBITIONS, TOURS AND EVENTS
Visit the CVA to see spectacular exhibitions during First and Third Friday art walks, public events and programs for youth and families. Immersive tours and hands-on workshops for students, educators, families and community groups encourage curiosity, playfulness and creativity. Please register to bring a community group or class to visit our gallery.

  • We begin this fall with Water Line, an exhibition focused on the loaded issues of water to promote stewardship, advocacy and activism. Artists address the Colorado River basin, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, pollution in our oceans and rivers, rising sea levels, the Antarctic Ice Sheet, and more! (Aug. 4–Oct. 21)
  • In November and again in April we welcome MSU Denver’s culminating BFA student exhibitions. The work is fresh and exciting and not to be missed!
  • In early 2018 we are proud to host an exhibition of the work of Carlos Fresquez, a celebrated Denver Chicano artist and professor at MSU Denver. CVA will be draped with murals as well as smaller pieces from throughout his career. (Jan. 12–March 24)

CONNECT …

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

 

 

 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

August 17-23, 2017

WELCOME TO ALL!

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 …

  • First Day of School: Monday, Aug. 21
  • School Beautification Tours: Friday, Aug. 25, 8 am, noon, 3 pm, 6 pm 
  • PTSA Back-to-School Taco Night/Social: Friday, Aug. 25, 3-5 pm, MOVIE for students in the auditorium; 5-7:30 pm, TACOS! (plus chili and dessert competitions) (see below for more info)
  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion Team Meeting: Friday, Aug. 25, 7-7:30 pm, meet at benches by east entrance to DCIS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Labor Day — NO SCHOOL: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Parent-Principal Coffee: Wednesday, Sept. 6 (English), 8:15–9:15 am; Thursday, Sept. 7, 8:45–9:45 am (Espanol)
  • Back-to-School Night: Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-7:30 pm
  • Regional Parent Socials: Sunday, Sept. 10 (Northwest); Sunday, Sept. 17 (Northeast); Thursday, Sept. 28 (Southeast); TBD (Southwest) (more info below)
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art Walk: Friday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver

BACK-TO-SCHOOL TACO NIGHT

Friday, Aug. 25
3–5 pm   Movie in the auditorium for students
5–7:30 pm   Tacos for the whole family!

Enter the optional Homemade Chili and Dessert Competition. Bring a pot of your best chili and/or dessert by 5:45 pm to be judged by the DCIS community. Winners of the challenge will not only earn bragging rights, but will win a trophy to be displayed in the school trophy case!Coming to Taco Night? If you haven’t already, please take a minute right now to RSVP here (or at dcis.dpsk12.org). We need to know how much food to prepare, and your RSVP will be a big help.

Financial donations at the event will be appreciated to help with the cost of food.

Hope to see you there!!

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

We are so excited to welcome your children to the 2017-18 school year! We have been busy making plans, strengthening schoolwide systems and planning engaging lessons for your students all week. We can hardly wait until Monday!

As if the first day of school weren’t exciting enough, the near-total solar eclipse is happening the same day. Given the significance of such a rare scientific event, we have arranged to have the entire school experience the eclipse safely. At 11:26 am students will go to their advisement classes, where they will receive instructions about viewing safety and a pair of official eclipse viewing glasses that our awesome Science Department had the foresight to order for the entire school, way back in May. Students will spend 30 minutes on the field with their advisement classes and then break for lunch. Students who wish to continue viewing the eclipse during lunch may do so, but we will continue to require that they wear the viewing glasses.

You will receive more information later this week about out eclipse viewing plan. Wishing you and your students a great “last week of summer” before the first day of school on Monday.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

CARPOOL CONNECTION

Looking to potentially carpool this school year? We’re working on a more long-term solution with a third-party service, which we ideally can implement in the near future. In the meantime, if you’re interested in carpooling, please complete the questionnaire found here, and we’ll try to match you with others in your area who are also interested in carpooling.

EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES …

Adolesco Youth Exchange is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program that facilitates short-term family-to-family exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Applications are due by Tuesday, Oct. 31. Start by submitting the free pre-application (available here). Find upcoming informational events in your area here. Sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 or marie@adolesco.org for more info.

PARENT SOCIALS …

The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents’ houses. Please join us on one of the following evenings:

  • Northwest: Sunday, Sept. 10, 6–8 pm, Edmond Horsey’s home, 4540 Raleigh St., Denver. Please call/text 303-641-4146 or email  edmond.horsey@gmail.com to RSVP.
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer’s home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver. Please email gkmortimer@gmail.com, or call/text 303-910-6698.
  • Southeast: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter’s home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver. Please email cre8tiveink@gmail.com, or call/text 303-656-8123.
  • Southwest: TBD

CONNECT …

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