Past DCIS Connect Newsletters (2018-19)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

September 20-26, 2018

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • DCIS Travel Fair: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 3–7 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • PTSA Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6–7 pm, DCIS East Gym

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • CSC Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30 pm, Community Room
  • Denver National College Fair: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1-4 pm, Denver Mart
  • Mandatory Orientation for DCIS Foundation Scholarship: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 1-2, Lunch, MUN room
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8–9:15 am
  • PTSA Board Meeting: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-4 pm, Pizzeria Locale meeting room, 550 Broadway, Denver; all are welcome
  • Canyonlands Fundraiser: Sunday, Oct. 7, 4-8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS PTSA when ordering and the PTSA will get 33% of the proceeds, which will go towards the Canyonlands trip)
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Monday, Oct. 8, 4-8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS Drama Club when ordering and the club will get 33% of the proceeds)
  • Spirit Week: October 8-12
  • FAFSA NIGHT for Seniors: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8–9:15 am
  • High School Homecoming Dance: Saturday, Oct. 13, Time TBD
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 16-17, 3:15-7:15 pm
  • Fall Break – NO SCHOOL: Friday–Tuesday, Oct. 19–23; school resumes Wednesday, Oct. 24 (White Day)
  • Middle School Halloween Dance: Friday, Oct. 26, 6–8 pm
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Nov. 1, 8–9:15 am
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Monday, Nov. 12, 4-8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS Drama Club when ordering and the club will get 33% of the proceeds)

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Did you know your child attends a school that’s been recognized as having the most transformational impact on high school students of any school in Colorado? Well, it’s true! Go ahead and brag a bit. I know I will.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, DCIS was awarded the Succeeds Prize in Education for Transformational Impact in a High School. The award is based on three criteria: (1) impact on student learning and preparation for college and career, (2) innovative approach to school/program design and implementation, and (3) focus on growing the whole child. The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado public schools and educators and is intended to “identify, reward and amplify what’s working in public education.” We also received an official certificate from the State of Colorado House of Representatives commending DCIS on the recognition. You can watch the video from the live stream of the event here (the presentation is at 58:13 – 1:03:52).

Come by the main office at DCIS to view the Succeeds Prize trophy (which is quite fancy!) and the Certificate of Commendation from the State of Colorado. As if the award, the trophy and the certificate weren’t enough, we’re getting $15,000 in award funds to further our innovative practices. Go Phoenix!!!


Bursting with pride over winning the Succeeds Prize!

In other news, after-school tutoring began this week. We have tutoring in math and literacy for both middle school and high school students. See below for the days and times.

Finally, a look ahead to October, when we will be holding student-led parent-teacher conferences on October 16-17. Your child’s adviser will be reaching out to you to schedule a specific time slot. All parents will have an assigned time so we can accommodate every parent who wishes to meet, and conferences will last 15-20 minutes. Should you wish to have a longer conference with your child’s adviser or with any teacher, please reach out to the teacher directly via email to schedule another time to meet.

Thank you for your continued support of our AWARD-WINNING SCHOOL!!! I am impressed by your children on a daily basis.

The proud, proud, proud principal of DCIS,

Theresa McCorquodale

TRAVEL FAIR **UPDATE**

THE TRAVEL FAIR IS THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 3-7 PM!!
SEE YOU THERE!

More than 25 vendors, food and drinks for sale, swag and more. And don’t miss …
THE CHILL ROOM!

DCIS students who have traveled in the past year will be happy to talk with interested students, parents and teachers in the East Gym, better known as the “Chill Room,” throughout the Travel Fair time (3-7 pm).

Relax on the couch, listen to some mellow tunes and play some board games while getting the inside scoop about what it will mean for your student to travel, potential challenges, highlights and more.

Check out the other events on the Travel Fair Schedule

PTSA GENERAL MEETING

Please come to the Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) general membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-7 pm, in the East Gym to provide input about what projects we should tackle this year. We will also approve the 2018-2019 budget and vote on changes to the bylaws. If you’re not yet a PTSA member, you can become one at the meeting ($10 per person).

If you filled out a parent involvement form indicating you’d like to help out on one of our many teams, we’ll also be kicking off those efforts with this meeting. If you haven’t signed up and would like to be involved in some way, please join us too. We have many opportunities big and small and welcome everyone’s participation. Our teams include:

  • 10th Grade Travel Week Fundraising
  • Alumni Outreach
  • Bilinguals
  • Beautification
  • Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion (CEI)
  • Events
  • General Fundraising
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Middle School Dances
  • Office Greeters
  • Parent Workshops
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Travel Assistance

If you’d like to join or lead one of these teams but can’t make the meeting, please email Marie to let her know of your interest, and we’ll get you connected with the team(s) you’re interested in joining.

If you’re short on time to volunteer but would like to get to know some of your fellow parents, these meetings are a great opportunity to do that as well. Hope to see you there!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

APUSH NEEDS A PUSH

A textbook cannot and should not be the only source of information students receive on a subject. Supplemental texts are vital in a history class. DCIS’ Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) class covers over 600 years of history. The amount of content can be overwhelming, especially when students are relying on a dense textbook. AMSCO offers a supplementary resource that helps students by reviewing and synthesizing broader themes, regions, events and people and giving students the opportunity to practice historical thinking skills (stimulus-based multiple choice, short-answer questions, and essays) throughout. APUSH teacher Jennifer Boyle has created a Donors Choose campaign to fund the purchase of these AMSCO books for her students. Please click here to support this ambitious project to ensure all AP students have access to a high-quality supplemental resource for years to come!

FUNDRAISER FOR 10TH GRADE CANYONLANDS TRIPAnchor

Join us at Chipotle at 550 Broadway,  Sunday, Oct. 7, 4-8 pm, to help raise money for the 10th grade Canyonlands trip.

PLEASE MENTION THE DCIS PTSA to the cashier before paying (or show a digital or paper flyer) to ensure the PTSA gets 33 percent of the proceeds, which will be split equally among all the 10th grade students attending.

RSVP to Marie and be sure to invite your family and friends!

FUNDRAISER FOR DRAMA CLUBAnchor

Join us at Chipotle at 550 Broadway,  Monday, Oct. 8, 4-8 pm, to raise money for the Drama Club.

PLEASE MENTION THE DCIS DRAMA CLUB to the cashier before paying (or show a digital or paper flyer) and the Drama Club will get 33 percent of the proceeds.

AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING

Your student(s) can get help with math or literacy through after-school tutoring, or they can use the library for quiet study for an hour after school on two days.
***PLEASE NOTE***

No school or district transportation will be provided for students staying after school for tutoring or study hall. Students must have their own transportation to get home at 4 pm.

MATH
Grade 6
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3–4 pm
Room 202A with Ms. Johnson

Grades 7 and 8
Thursdays, 3–4 pm
Room 205 with Mr. Krummel

Grade 9
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Room 214 with Ms. Ryan

Grades 10 and 11
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Room 205 with Mr. Krummel

LITERACY
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Grades 6, 7 and 10: Room 122 with Mr. Sandschaper
Grade 8: Room 117 with Dr. Marion
Grade 9: Room 201A with Mr. Beins
Grade 11: Room 217B with Mr. Wilson-Moses

STUDY HALL
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3–4 pm
All grades in the Library, under the supervision of Ms. James

TRAVEL … 

DCIS FOUNDATION TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS

Part of what makes DCIS Baker special is the financial help our students get from the DCIS Foundation so they can afford to travel. Everyone who wants to apply to the DCIS Foundation for a scholarship must attend a student orientation (see dates below), where they will receive a scholarship application. Parents are welcome to join their students at this session as well. You can find more information about the scholarships and application process here.

AnchorDCIS Baker Mandatory Student Orientation

  • Monday, Oct. 1, during the lunch period (MUN Room)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the lunch period (MUN Room)

Once applications have been submitted, the foundation will schedule interviews with applicants during the following times:

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room)
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room)
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room)

It will take at least a month to find out how much money students have been awarded, and families should receive their check before the winter break.

REMEMBER … the DCIS Foundation will be at the TRAVEL FAIR on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5-7 pm in the Community Room — bring your questions! Special help for 10th graders needing money to go to Canyonlands.

DCIS-SPONSORED TRIPS

The following trips are on the books and looking for participants. Please email any of the teachers listed for more information.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIP TO JAPAN

Youth in Action, a local nonprofit that helps Denver-area teens become hardworking, responsible leaders, is offering a program that includes Japanese language and culture study, community service and fundraising, culminating in a month-long cultural exchange trip to Japan in June 2020.

Open to students in grades 7-11. Attend the informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 pm, Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver 80212. To find out more about this dynamic group and how to apply, please email JoAnne Harada or call her at 720-217-2160. You can also visit the Youth in Action Colorado Facebook page or its website.

TRAVEL FAIR SPOTLIGHT …

ACIS
Since 1978 ACIS has been a leader in quality educational travel for middle and high school students and their teachers. We believe in the power of travel to open students’ eyes and change their lives—and every detail of our educational tours is carefully crafted to help make it happen.

We offer more than 100 spectacular programs all over the world, working with teachers to achieve their global education goals. Catering to groups both large and small, our programs highlight off-the-beaten-path locations alongside world-famous cities and monuments. ACIS is proud to partner with a diverse range of educators all over the nation that help expand classroom walls and encourage students to become global citizens. Interested in providing your students with an educational travel opportunity? If so, contact Christina Lake at 800-367-1748 ext. 2 or at clake@acis.com.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER … 

COUNSELORS
Tami Schmidt: Middle school
Melisa Springsteen: High school last names A-J
Ted Brugman: High school last names K-Z

COLLEGE FAIR
The Denver National College Fair will be at the Denver Mart on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1–4 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with college representatives from all over the country to find out more about colleges that might interest you. More than 300 colleges from across the United States (and several international colleges) are registered to attend.

Click here to learn more about the fair. At the top of the page, you can follow a link to see a list of colleges and universities that are attending the fair, as well as find a link to register ahead of time. Those who register and get scanned will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Visa gift card!

There will also be three workshops presented during the college fair hours: The Selective College Admissions Process, Finding the Right Fit, and Understanding Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet with colleges from all over the country!  If you can’t make this one, check out others around town.

SENIORS CORNER
College Application Day (district-led): Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 am-1 pm
FAFSA Night: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Other FAFSA Nights

ARE YOU MISSING OUT??

If you haven’t been getting push notifications via the app in the past couple of weeks, YOU HAVE THE WRONG APP! We’ve discovered that some folks accidentally downloaded the old app instead of the new one. If your app icon looks like this:
… you need to update the app right away. The icon on your phone should look like this:
To download the new app:
  1. In the App Store or Google Play, search for FLYER SCHOOL (do NOT search for DCIS or DCIS Connect, as that will lead you to the old app).
  2. Download the app and accept push notifications (these let you know when new messages come in).
  3. Set your preferred language.
  4. Tap the + symbol to search for DCIS at Baker, then press ADD.
You can delete the old app, as we will no longer be using it. If you have trouble downloading the app or have any questions about it, reach out to the Flyer Support team at support@flyerconnect.org.

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 13–19, 2018

ARE YOU MISSING OUT??

We’ve sent out FOUR messages this week via the new app. If you didn’t get them, YOU HAVE THE WRONG APP! We’ve discovered that some folks accidentally downloaded the old app instead of the new one. If your app icon looks like this:
… you need to update the app right away. The icon on your phone should look like this:

To download the new app:

  1. In the App Store or Google Play, search for FLYER SCHOOL (do NOT search for DCIS or DCIS Connect, as that will lead you to the old app).
  2. Download the app and accept push notifications (these let you know when new messages come in).
  3. Set your preferred language.
  4. Tap the + symbol to search for DCIS at Baker, then press ADD.
You can delete the old app, as we will no longer be using it. If you have trouble downloading the app or have any questions about it, reach out to the Flyer Support team at support@flyerconnect.org.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 13, 8–9:15 am
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Tech Apps Due: Thursday, Sept. 13
  • Open House: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8–9:15 am

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 20, 8–9:15 am
  • DCIS Collaborative School Committee (CSC): Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-6 pm, Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Travel Fair: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30–7:00 pm, DCIS Gym
  • PTSA Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8–9:15 am
  • CSC Nominations Due: Friday, Sept. 28, end of day
  • Denver National College Fair: Sunday, Sept. 30, 1-4 pm, Denver Mart
  • Open House: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8–9:15 am
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Monday, Oct. 8, 4-8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS Drama Club when ordering and the club will get 33% of the proceeds)
  • FAFSA NIGHT for Seniors: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 pm
  • Open House: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8–9:15 am
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16-17, 3:15-7:15 pm
  • Fall Break – NO SCHOOL: Friday–Tuesday, Oct. 19–23; school resumes Wednesday, Oct. 24 (White Day)
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Monday, Nov. 12, 4-8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS Drama Club when ordering and the club will get 33% of the proceeds)

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thank you to everyone who attended Back to School Night this week. It was great to see you here, filling the halls of DCIS. Hopefully you had the chance to meet all of your child’s teachers and put faces to names. As always, if you would like to have a conference with one of your child’s teachers, please contact the teacher directly (email works best) to set up an appointment.

In addition, DCIS will host parent-teacher conferences next month. Your child’s adviser will be contacting you in the next few weeks to set up your appointment time. Conferences will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 17, 3:15-7:15 pm.

Speaking of October, students will have a fall break for several days. There will be no school for students on Friday, Oct. 19, through Tuesday, Oct. 23. Classes resume on Wednesday, Oct. 24, which will be a White Day.

Meanwhile, ask your students about what they are learning in school:

  • Ask your 6th grader about LCM and GCF.
  • Ask your 7th grader about A Long Walk to Water.
  • Ask your 8th grader about the elements of a service project.
  • Ask your 9th grader about map skills and the Five Themes of Geography.
  • Ask your 10th grader about The House on Mango Street and how it ties to identity.
  • Ask your 11th grader about their passage proposal meeting coming up in two weeks.
  • Ask your 12th grader about their senior service project.

Thank you for supporting your children with their schoolwork and for your support of DCIS!

Theresa McCorquodale

AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 18, your student(s) can get help with math or literacy through after-school tutoring, or they can use the library for quiet study for an hour after school on two days.
***PLEASE NOTE***

No school or district transportation will be provided for students staying after school for tutoring or study hall. Students must have their own transportation to get home at 4 pm.

MATH
Grade 6
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3–4 pm
Room 202A with Ms. Johnson

Grades 7 and 8
Thursdays, 3–4 pm
Room 205 with Mr. Krummel

Grade 9
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Room 214 with Ms. Ryan

Grades 10 and 11
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Room 205 with Mr. Krummel

LITERACY
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Grades 6, 7 and 10: Room 122 with Mr. Sandschaper
Grade 8: Room 117 with Dr. Marion
Grade 9: Room 201A with Mr. Beins
Grade 11: Room 217B with Mr. Wilson-Moses

STUDY HALL
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3–4 pm
All grades in the Library, under the supervision of Ms. James

RAISE YOUR HAND …

INPUT WANTED ON NEW DPS SUPERINTENDENT
As many of you know, Tom Boasberg is stepping down as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, and the search is on for his replacement. DPS has announced the first round of community meetings to gather input from the community, which it will use to inform the interview process. The meetings are the perfect venue for parents and students to get all their questions answered. Members of the board of education will be in attendance at all meetings. You can find a complete list of meetings here.

The DCIS PTSA leadership is meeting with school board members on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to share their feedback on the superintendent search. They welcome input from parents, students and staff. If you’d like to contribute to the discussion, send an email with your thoughts by Friday, Sept. 14, to one or all of the PTSA leaders:

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

PARENTS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Our first general PTSA meeting of the year will on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6 pm in the East Gym.  At this meeting we’ll approve the new bylaws and budget and have plenty of time to hear from our community about what PTSA projects you would like to take on this year.

If you filled out a parent involvement form indicating you’d like to help out on one of our many teams, we’ll also be kicking off those efforts with this meeting. If you haven’t signed up and would like to be involved in some way, please join us too. We have many opportunities big and small and welcome everyone’s participation.

If you’re short on time to volunteer but would like to get to know some of your fellow parents, these meetings are a great opportunity to do that as well. Hope to see you there!

DPS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (FACE) UNIVERSITY
Join us in our dynamic and interactive FACE University on Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 am-2 pm, Manual High School.

Learn important and effective educational information, strategies and resources to help support your children’s academic, social and emotional growth! Choose from a variety of topics:

  • FACE University 101: Navigating the Educational System
  • Transportation | Food Services | School Choice | Parent Portal
  • College and Career: New Graduation Requirements
  • School Governance
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Student Depression and Student Anxiety
  • Special Education | Gifted and Talented
  • Black Minds Matter-Black Families Matter
  • Volunteer Services
  • Title 1
  • English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC)
  • Resource Fair and much more…

Why attend? Because families are children’s first teachers and advocates and our best academic partners! #PowerInFamily Interpretation, meals and child care (age 3-12) is provided at no cost to participants.

Click here to register online. For more information, send an email or call 720-423-3135.

TRAVEL … 

DCIS-SPONSORED TRIPS 
The following trips are on the books and looking for participants. Please email any of the teachers listed for more information.

CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIP TO JAPAN
Youth in Action, a local nonprofit that helps Denver-area teens become hardworking, responsible leaders, is offering a program that includes Japanese language and culture study, community service and fundraising, culminating in a month-long cultural exchange trip to Japan in June 2020.

Open to students in grades 7-11. Attend the informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 pm, Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver 80212. To find out more about this dynamic group and how to apply, please email JoAnne Harada or call her at 720-217-2160. You can also visit the Youth in Action Colorado Facebook page or its website.

TRAVEL FAIR

The second annual DCIS Travel Fair will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 3-7 pm. Bring your family and invite your neighbors and friends — the Travel Fair is free and open to the public. It features more than 20 exhibitors representing gap year, travel, study abroad, cultural exchange, language immersion and service opportunities. Click here for lots more information. See you at the Travel Fair!

TRAVEL FAIR SPOTLIGHT: ADVENTURE CAMINO

Adventure Camino’s walking and biking trips along Camino de Santiago in Spain and Portugal are a perfect family bonding experience and opportunity to practice the language skills. Together families can explore and discover colorful culture, cuisine and traditions on this life-changing ancient journey. Adventure Camino will take care of all planning, reservations and luggage transport as everyone enjoys feeling adventurous.

The kids will love staying active on this trip and practicing Spanish and Portuguese in real-life situations with friendly locals in small towns and villages along the way. Put their classroom language skills to the test and explore beautiful historical European cities. The weather is great most of the year, so going on your own schedule March-October is easy. For more info and photos, check out their website here and their Facebook page here.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER … 

COUNSELORS
Tami Schmidt: Middle school
Melisa Springsteen: High school last names A-J
Ted Brugman: High school last names K-Z

COLLEGE FAIR
The Denver National College Fair will be at the Denver Mart on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1–4 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with college representatives from all over the country to find out more about colleges that might interest you. More than 300 colleges from across the United States (and several international colleges) are registered to attend.

Click here to learn more about the fair. At the top of the page, you can follow a link to see a list of colleges and universities that are attending the fair, as well as find a link to register ahead of time.

There will also be three workshops presented during the college fair hours: The Selective College Admissions Process, Finding the Right Fit, and Understanding Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet with colleges from all over the country!

SENIORS CORNER
College Application Day (district-led): Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 am-1 pm
FAFSA Night: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Other FAFSA Nights

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Creating a Culture of Kindness

Counselor Tami Schmidt will be in 6th grade PE classes this week administering a Google survey on kindness, conflict and bullying. She will be teaching different activities throughout the semester to 6th grade classes on these topics. She looks forward to working with the students and hearing their thoughts, concerns and ideas to work on making DCIS the school they want it to be.

MEET MS. SCHMIDT 

Hello,

My name is Tami Schmidt. I will be working with all the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at DCIS as their school counselor.

Being a middle-schooler can be tough. There is so much going on around them all the time. Trying to juggle home life, school, social life and extracurricular activities can be overwhelming at times. I am here to help our middle-schooler(s) start to figure out the fine art of balancing all parts of their life.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or just to say hi.

Tami Schmidt
Tamara_schmidt@dpsk12.org
720-423-9006

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED!

Adolesco Youth Exchange is looking for U.S. host families for the following German students:
  • Sarah (born 2001) likes to dance and loves fashion, shopping and sewing. She is a vegetarian and has two cats and a turtle. Her older sister is a college student but lives at home. An exchange with a nice, open American family is her biggest dream.
  • Anna (born 2001) lives in Northern Germany. Her younger brother is 9 years old. She likes rope-skipping and teaches kids ages 6-15 how to play the flute.
  • Merrit (born 2001) is musical (she plays the violin) and athletic (she excels at handball). She is a group leader for very young children at her Protestant church. She is allergic to cats. Her little brother is 8 years old and very sweet.
  • Adrian (born 2002) loves basketball! He also likes to play other sports and Frisbee with his dog. He lives in Southern Germany close to a lake. His parents are divorced, and it’s only him and his mum at home. He really wants to attend school in the USA.
  • Antonia (born 2003) lives at Lake Constance and has two cats and a sister. She likes to play handball, and her father is a musician.
  • Merle (born 2003) is a ballet dancer and vegetarian with two younger brothers.
  • David (born 2005) lives at Lake Constance. He is very bright and open, a quick learner who loves math and science. He suffers from occasional hay fever.
  • Benedict (born 2005) lives at Lake Constance, is athletic and curious, and has three younger brothers.
  • Martina (born 2006) lives in Munich. Her mother is Spanish, and they like to spend summer holidays in Spain. Martina is open, adaptable and easygoing.
Please forward to anyone you think might be interested. Email Marie and visit the website for more info.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES …

STEAM FOR ALL

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and the Sentinel are hosting a STEAM For All festival this Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 am–4 pm, at the museum. FREE TICKETS available here.

The festival is a chance for kids and their parents to immerse themselves in everything STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) related. The event offers attendees a chance to talk with dozens of leaders in the STEAM field, get hands-on with some of the latest technology, and have an educational experience centered on having some fun.

YOUTH CELEBRATE DIVERSITY
YCD believes that through dialogue and collaborative learning experiences, students can address the social issues affecting their schools and communities in a positive manner, and through these experiences become empowered to act.

Are you a high school student in the Denver Metro area looking to make positive change? If you have an idea for a future workshop or event that YCD should host, an issue that needs our collective attention, or want to bring a diversity conference to your local school or community, we’d love to hear from you!What is a high school diversity conference? We bring students together from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to share ideas in a cooperative atmosphere.

Be part of a group of 25-30 high school students who plan this incredible event for 1,000 others from across Colorado. Meet high school student activists working to make positive change from across Denver. Decide what topics are of most importance to youth today, and select speakers on each topic. Help us make schools across Colorado safe for everyone, regardless of who they are.

Email us to discuss your idea or visit our website for more information.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Project NEXT is a FREE and open competition for high school students to submit their short films for a chance to screen at the 41st Denver Film Festival. All submitted films must have been completed in 2018 in order to be eligible for competition, and they will be immediately accessible for voting. Juried awards and cash prizes will be presented at High School Day at the 41st Denver Film Festival. One Viewer’s Choice short film will also be selected based on votes, so get out there and spread the word! Check the Project NEXT website for submission guidelines. DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 5.

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 6–12, 2018

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • PTSA Board Meeting: Sunday, Sept. 9, 9–11 am, Einstein’s at 6th and Broadway; all are welcome
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Auditions: Monday–Tuesday, Sept. 10–11, after school by signup outside Auditorium
  • Back to School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6–7:30 pm; potluck and club fair, 5-5:55 pm; DCIS cafeteria, main hallway and classrooms

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 13, 8–9:15 am
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Tech Apps Due: Thursday, Sept. 13
  • Open House: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8–9:15 am
  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 20, 8–9:15 am
  • DCIS Collaborative School Committee (CSC): Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-6 pm, Community Room (103)
  • DCIS Travel Fair: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30–7:00 pm, DCIS Gym (see below)
  • PTSA Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8–9:15 am
  • Open House: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8–9:15 am
  • Open House: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8–9:15 am

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Families,

Back to School Night is less than a week away! We are looking forward to seeing all DCIS parents next week for this important beginning-of-the-year event. Based on your feedback, we are doing things a bit differently this year.

We’ll start with a potluck in the cafeteria at 5 pm, followed by a Club Fair from 5:30-5:55 in the main hallway, where you and your student can learn about what clubs our school has to offer. Starting at 6 pm sharp, you will begin to follow your child’s schedule, beginning with their advisement class. There, you’ll learn about grade-level expectations for your child and receive an overview of what your child’s grade level entails and what you can expect throughout the year. After advisement, you will follow the rest of your child’s schedule, from periods 1-8 (see the timetable in the boxed description of Back to School Night below). At the end of the night, we will offer advisement classes again as an option for parents who have more than one child. Even if one parent of multiple students can’t follow more than one of their students’ schedules at the same time, at least they can attend two advisement classes and get the overview for different children.

Bear in mind that this night is all about getting the big picture, putting a face to a name for all your child’s teachers, and feeling welcome and comfortable at DCIS. This is not a time for individual conferences about your child. Each “class” is only six minutes long! If you do need to talk to a teacher specifically about your child, please email the teacher to set up an individual appointment.

We ask that you come to school with your child’s schedule in hand or on your phone if your student will not be accompanying you (they are certainly welcome and encouraged to attend!). You can find your child’s schedule on the Parent Portal. We will have staff members on hand to help you with this if you need assistance, but in order to save time and avoid long lines, please plan to have your child’s schedule already accessible when you arrive.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, Sept. 12!

Theresa McCorquodale

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6-7:30 pm 

Potluck and Club Fair, 5-5:55 pm

Back to School Night will be a “Follow Your Student’s Schedule” format, with advisement repeated to give parents with more than one student an option to connect with both advisement teachers. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend Back to School Night along with their parents or guardians. Here’s the schedule:

5:00-5:55      Potluck Social in the Cafeteria (sign-up below)

5:30-5:55      Club Fair in the Main Hallway

6:00-6:15      Advisement Class (5th period) (grade-level expectations)

6:18-6:24      1st period

6:27-6:33      2nd period

6:36-6:42      3rd period

6:45-6:51      4th period

6:54-7:00      6th period

7:03-7:09      7th period

7:12-7:18      8th period

7:20-7:30      Advisement (5th period) (optional)

ABOUT THE POTLUCK SOCIAL + CLUB FAIR

Please join the PTSA from 5-5:55 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the school cafeteria for a social gathering. We will have a table for each grade so you can meet other parents with children in the same grade as yours.

The club fair will give students and parents an opportunity to explore the many club options available.

Please will you bring something to share? It can be something sweet or savory, store-bought or homemade, or something to drink. You can sign up here.

We will have maps of the school so you can plan your route between classes. The schedule allows only three minutes to get from one classroom to the next, so we will have to hustle!

Lastly, we’ll be selling Canyonlands T-shirts and hoodies.

See you Wednesday!

RAISE YOUR HAND …

INPUT WANTED ON NEW DPS SUPERINTENDENT
As many of you know, Tom Boasberg is stepping down as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, and the search is on for his replacement. DPS has announced the first round of community meetings to gather input from the community, which it will use to inform the interview process. The meetings are the perfect venue for parents and students to get all their questions answered. Members of the board of education will be in attendance at all meetings. You can find a complete list of meetings here.

The DCIS PTSA leadership is meeting with school board members on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to share their feedback on the superintendent search. They welcome input from parents, students and staff. If you’d like to contribute to the discussion, send an email with your thoughts by Friday, Sept. 14, to one or all of the PTSA leaders:

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

COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE (CSC)
The DCIS CSC is looking for two parents to serve on the committee for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. The CSC is composed of 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. Meetings take place monthly, and representatives serve two-year terms. Parents of students at all grade levels are welcome!

Please send an email by Thursday, Sept. 13, to parent member Jennifer Gentry with your name, email and a description of your interest in being part of the CSC. She’ll contact you with further details, and voting by the larger DCIS community will take place the following week. If you’d like more information about the CSC, please visit the CSC web page.

DPS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (FACE) UNIVERSITY
Join us in our dynamic and interactive FACE University on Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 am-2 pm, Manual High School.

Learn important and effective educational information, strategies and resources to help support your children’s academic, social and emotional growth! Choose from a variety of topics:

  • FACE University 101: Navigating the Educational System
  • Transportation | Food Services | School Choice | Parent Portal
  • College and Career: New Graduation Requirements
  • School Governance
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Student Depression and Student Anxiety
  • Special Education | Gifted and Talented
  • Black Minds Matter-Black Families Matter
  • Volunteer Services
  • Title 1
  • English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC)
  • Resource Fair and much more…

Why attend? Because families are children’s first teachers and advocates and our best academic partners! #PowerInFamily Interpretation, meals and child care (age 3-12) is provided at no cost to participants.

Click here to register online. For more information, send an email or call 720-423-3135.

COUNSELORS’ CORNER … 

MEET MS. SCHMIDT 

Hello,

My name is Tami Schmidt. I will be working with all the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at DCIS as their school counselor.

Being a middle-schooler can be tough. There is so much going on around them all the time. Trying to juggle home life, school, social life and extracurricular activities can be overwhelming at times. I am here to help our middle-schooler(s) start to figure out the fine art of balancing all parts of their life.

I will also be planning activities around Start with Hello Week in September. It is a way for students both new and old to our school to feel included or learn how to include others in their lives. Sometimes a simple “hello” is all it takes.

I will be going into 6th grade PE classes several times a month to focus on creating a Culture of Kindness in middle school. These will be 20- to 30-minute lessons that are interactive, reflective and hopefully forward-thinking as your students move through their middle school years.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns or just to say hi.

Tami Schmidt
Tamara_schmidt@dpsk12.org
720-423-9006

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED!

Adolesco Youth Exchange is looking for U.S. host families for the following German students:
  • Sarah (born 2001) likes to dance and loves fashion, shopping and sewing. She is a vegetarian and has two cats and a turtle. Her older sister is a college student but lives at home. An exchange with a nice, open American family is her biggest dream.
  • Anna (born 2001) lives in Northern Germany. Her younger brother is 9 years old. She likes rope-skipping and teaches kids ages 6-15 how to play the flute.
  • Merrit (born 2001) is musical (she plays the violin) and athletic (she excels at handball). She is a group leader for very young children at her Protestant church. She is allergic to cats. Her little brother is 8 years old and very sweet.
  • Adrian (born 2002) loves basketball! He also likes to play other sports and Frisbee with his dog. He lives in Southern Germany close to a lake. His parents are divorced, and it’s only him and his mum at home. He really wants to attend school in the USA.
  • Antonia (born 2003) lives at Lake Constance and has two cats and a sister. She likes to play handball, and her father is a musician.
  • Merle (born 2003) is a ballet dancer and vegetarian with two younger brothers.
  • David (born 2005) lives at Lake Constance. He is very bright and open, a quick learner who loves math and science. He suffers from occasional hay fever.
  • Benedict (born 2005) lives at Lake Constance, is athletic and curious, and has three younger brothers.
  • Martina (born 2006) lives in Munich. Her mother is Spanish, and they like to spend summer holidays in Spain. Martina is open, adaptable and easygoing.
Please forward to anyone you think might be interested. Email Marie and visit the website for more info.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES …

YOUNG ARTIST STUDIO
There is still space for students ages 11+ to join our free, after-school workshops at CVA. Going on now: Electronic Fiber Arts (Sept. 3–Oct. 18). Workshops meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm, at the Center for Visual Art, 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204. Register here.

YOUTH CELEBRATE DIVERSITY
YCD believes that through dialogue and collaborative learning experiences, students can address the social issues affecting their schools and communities in a positive manner, and through these experiences become empowered to act.

Are you a high school student in the Denver Metro area looking to make positive change? If you have an idea for a future workshop or event that YCD should host, an issue that needs our collective attention, or want to bring a diversity conference to your local school or community, we’d love to hear from you!What is a high school diversity conference? We bring students together from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to share ideas in a cooperative atmosphere.

Be part of a group of 25-30 high school students who plan this incredible event for 1,000 others from across Colorado. Meet high school student activists working to make positive change from across Denver. Decide what topics are of most importance to youth today, and select speakers on each topic. Help us make schools across Colorado safe for everyone, regardless of who they are.

Email us to discuss your idea or visit our website for more information.

SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Project NEXT is a FREE and open competition for high school students to submit their short films for a chance to screen at the 41st Denver Film Festival. All submitted films must have been completed in 2018 in order to be eligible for competition, and they will be immediately accessible for voting. Juried awards and cash prizes will be presented at High School Day at the 41st Denver Film Festival. One Viewer’s Choice short film will also be selected based on votes, so get out there and spread the word! Check the Project NEXT website for submission guidelines. DEADLINE: Friday, Oct. 5.

You Do Have the New DCIS Connect App, Right?

Just checking … Even if you have it, READ BELOW for an UPDATE!

If you’ve missed the various notices about downloading the new app or just haven’t gotten around to it yet, now’s the time! This will be our last notice about it, and we are no longer sending messages through the old app. Don’t miss out! Just follow these easy instructions to get the new one.

Not only will you receive push notifications with the new app, but you’ll be able to communicate directly with staff members. And if your native language is one other than English, no problem! You’ll set up the app in your preferred language. All communications from others will appear in that language, and when you write communications in your native language, they’ll be translated into English or the preferred language of the recipient!

UPDATE: These messaging capabilities will be available as part of the groups function, which is being rolled out in the NEXT FEW MONTHS (hopefully before the end of 2018). It’s taking a little longer than we’d hoped, but it’ll be worth it! We’ll provide more detailed guidance on how to use those features once they become available.

In the meantime, take some time to familiarize yourself with the app. Check out the calendar, the newsletter and the various resources. And please understand it’s a work in progress, both with respect to the content you can access through the app and its capabilities. If you have trouble downloading the app or have any questions about it, reach out to the Flyer Support team at support@flyerconnect.org.

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 30–September 5, 2018

 

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • NO SCHOOL, LABOR DAY: Monday, Sept. 3
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Director App Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 5

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • PTSA Board Meeting: Sunday, Sept. 9, 9–11 am, Einstein’s at 6th and Broadway; all are welcome
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Auditions: Monday–Tuesday, Sept. 10–11, after school by signup outside Auditorium
  • DCIS Collaborative School Committee (CSC): Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4-6 pm, Community Room
  • Back to School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium and classrooms
  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 13, 8–9:15 am
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Tech Apps Due: Thursday, Sept. 13
  • Open House: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 8–9:15 am
  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 20, 8–9:15 am
  • DCIS Travel Fair: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30–7:00 pm, DCIS Gym (see below)
  • PTSA Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 27, 8–9:15 am
  • Open House: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8–9:15 am

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend Taco Night. For the second year in a row, this event was a huge success. Not only was the food delicious, but the games were fun, the silent auction raised much-needed funds and families got a chance to get to know each other. A special thank-you to our awesome PTSA and other volunteers for organizing and running this event, not to mention cleaning up! So many of you helped out in one way or another, and we are very grateful.

Two Important Upcoming Events
We look forward to seeing all of you again soon at two important upcoming events: Back to School Night on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and the Travel Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4–7 pm. We will be sending out more details about both of these events soon. For now, mark your calendars.

A Favor 
We are going strong in our second week of school. Students are cooperative and really following our routines for the most part. But we could use your help with one routine: Because students are not permitted to use their phones during class time, please do not call or text your students while they are in class. During lunch, students are welcome to use their phones. If there is an emergency and you need to reach your student during class time, please call the main office at 720.423.9103, and we can get a message to your child. Alternatively, you can set a habit with your child for them to call/text to check in during a passing period or lunch. But please, please, please not while they’re in class!

After-School Tutoring
We will offer after-school tutoring in math and literacy for both middle school and high school students starting the week of Sept. 10. This tutoring will run from 3 to 4 pm and will focus on building general reading/literacy and math skills for students who need extra support. In addition, many teachers offer tutoring for their specific classes at various times, depending on their schedule. So if your child needs additional general support in literacy in order to prepare for PSAT/SAT testing in the spring, the after-school tutoring would be ideal. However, if your student needs specific help with their physics homework, that would be something they should arrange directly with the physics teacher. Please contact our new Dean of Instruction, Jenna Martin, at 720.423.9047 or at jenna_martin@dpsk12.org if you have questions about which kind of tutoring is right for your child. Look for the specific schedule for the after-school math/literacy tutoring next week.

As always, it is a pleasure to work with your children every day!

Theresa McCorquodale

DCIS Connect App Gets a Face-Lift

The DCIS Connect app not only has a new look, but it can do a whole lot more. The upgrades are so significant, in fact, that you have to download a whole new app. That’s right … go ahead and delete your old one (if you have it), and follow these easy instructions to get the new one.

Not only will you receive push notifications with the new app, but you’ll be able to communicate directly with staff members. And if your native language is one other than English, no problem! You’ll set up the app in your preferred language. All communications from others will appear in that language, and when you write communications in your native language, they’ll be translated into English or the preferred language of the recipient!

These messaging capabilities will be available as part of the groups function, which is being rolled out in the next few weeks. We’ll provide more detailed guidance on how to use those features once they become available.

In the meantime, take some time to familiarize yourself with the app. Check out the calendar, the newsletter and the various resources. And please understand it’s a work in progress, both with respect to the content you can access through the app and its capabilities. If you have trouble downloading the app or have any questions about it, reach out to the Flyer Support team at support@flyerconnect.org.

PTSA …

Follow this link to our current proposed bylaws for the 2018-19 school year.  If you have any questions or suggested edits, please send them to Marie Meyer.

AnchorThe DCIS PTSA welcomes all members of the DCIS community at its board meeting on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9 am at the Einstein’s at 6th and Broadway.  We had a lot of fun and got a lot of work done at our last meeting … come join us!

2018-19 PTSA Board: 
President: Marie Meyer
Vice President: Karen Herbert
Treasurer: Andrew Watson
Secretary: Lucy Rosas

TRAVEL

CANYONLANDS FUNDRAISING HELP NEEDED

Please help us send every 10th grader to Canyonlands, UT, for 10th Grade Travel Week, April 22–26, 2019 (see trip information here). The cost of $650 per student is too much for some of our families, so we are raising funds to help students who need that extra little bit to take part in this life-changing trip. Here are three ways you can help:

  • Please volunteer to bring your grill (gas only) and help outside the east entrance (Delaware St.) with cooking and selling sausages, 4–7 pm, during the TRAVEL FAIR on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Sign up here.
  • Please volunteer to sell our beautiful Canyonlands T-shirts during the TRAVEL FAIR on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Slots available between 3 and 7 pm; please sign up.
  • BUY A T-SHIRT FOR YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER! We will make sure the right size gets delivered, with your message. Email Marie Meyer if this is something you are interested in.

Calling all makers: The Young Artist Studio opens Tuesday, Sept. 4!
Center for Visual Art
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204Register for YAS!

There is still space for students ages 11+ to join our free, after-school workshops at CVA. Students will explore new media throughout the year, and families will have the opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions on view at CVA.Tuesdays and Thursdays | 3:30–5:30 pm

Electronic Fiber Arts: Sept. 3–Oct. 18
Mixed Media Sculpture: Oct. 23–Dec. 20
Photo Montage: Jan. 8-March 21
3rd Annual Printmaking Exchange: April 2-May 23

Drop-ins welcome, but it’s always best to register online (use the link above).

TRAVEL FAIR 

The second annual DCIS Travel Fair will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30-7:00 pm. The fair is free and open to the public, so please help us spread the word about this showcase of opportunities, including gap year, travel, study abroad, cultural exchange, language immersion and service opportunities.

The DCIS Foundation will have a scholarship workshop set up in the Community Room (103) from 5 to 7 pm for DCIS students.

If you know of any vendors — particularly those that offer great service opportunities for students — please email the organizers with their contact information.

STUDENTS are invited to sell at the Travel Fair in order to raise money for their own travel! See the flyer for more information.

TRANSPORTATION …

WHERE CAN I DROP OFF/PICK UP MY STUDENT FOR SCHOOL?

Please only pick up and drop off your students on Delaware and Fox Streets past the parking lot driveways. We also request that students only exit the vehicle curbside and on the school side of the street, meaning that if you are driving north, you’ll drop off your student on Fox Street between 5th and 6th; if you are driving south, you’ll drop off your student on Delaware Street between 5th and 6th. Click here for a map.

Please do not drop your students off in the DCIS parking lots on either the south or east sides of the school, nor on 6th Avenue. This is a safety hazard, and our DCIS community strives to keep our students, staff and parents safe!

Please feel free to contact the main office if you need any clarification or if you have any other questions or concerns, and we thank you in advance for following our safety protocol.

IS YOUR STUDENT TAKING THE BUS?

For information on yellow school bus transportation, check out the DPS Transportation website.

BE THE INFLUENCE …

DPS Office of Whole Child Supports has asked us to pass along links to Be the Influence, a site whose mission is “To reduce teen alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and other drug use by empowering parents with factual information and the tools to support their children in making healthy and safe choices.”

Are you interested in learning a few tips about how to help your student handle the transition into the new school year? Check out the suggestions from Be the Influence 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

August 23–29, 2018

WELCOME BACK!!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK …

  • Taco Night/Silent Auction: Friday, Aug. 24, 3-7 pm, DCIS
  • 10th Grade Canyonlands Meeting: Friday, Aug. 24, 6 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Drama Club Meeting: Wednesday, Aug. 29, at lunch, Auditorium; all interested students are welcome

MARK YOUR CALENDAR …

  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Director App Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 5
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Auditions: Monday–Tuesday, Sept. 10–11, after school by signup outside Auditorium
  • PTSA Board Meeting: Sunday, Sept. 9, 9–11 am, Einstein’s at 6th and Broadway; all are welcome
  • Back to School Night: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Auditorium and classrooms
  • DCIS Drama Fall Play Tech Apps Due: Thursday, Sept. 13
  • DCIS Travel Fair: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30–7:00 pm, DCIS Gym
  • PTSA Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6 pm, DCIS Cafeteria

FROM THE PRINCIPAL …

Dear DCIS Parents,

We are off to a great start with the first week of school. We are getting into the groove of school routines and policies, and students have done an excellent job all week of following the rules. Students have been extremely respectful of our school, and are taking our school culture and policies very seriously. They are a joy to be around. We miss them during the summer!

Thank you for supporting your child with the first-eek jitters and for getting your children to school on time. School begins at 7:50. Please make sure your child arrives no later than 7:45. Doors to the school open at 7 am.

There have been some questions about the school calendar this year. Please note that DCIS is following the DPS calendar, which you can find here, with one small change: DPS indicates the last day of school is a half day on June 1. Our last day of school will be May 30 for all grades except 6th and 7th, and May 31 for 6th and 7th graders, which will be a field day. The 31st will also be a makeup day for high school final exams. Check this newsletter each week or the calendar on our website for weekly updates specific to our school.

We hope to see as many families as possible this Friday night for Taco Night! This is a fun evening you won’t want to miss. Come early, come late, leave early, leave late … just make it a priority to stop by any way you can! Last year we had over 200 parents, and this year we are hoping for even more. Come grab a taco or two, meet fellow DCIS families and staff, peruse our silent auction items, play some games. Feel free to enter your favorite chili in our chili cook-off or your favorite dessert in our dessert contest—or both! See you on Friday.

Theresa McCorquodale

RSVP

For all the cooks in the crowd, don’t miss this opportunity to enter our best chili and best dessert competitions. Last year we had 15+ chili entries and more than 20 desserts, all of which made for great food and great fun. We’ve simplified the judging process this year, and we’ll have gift cards for the winner in each category.

SILENT AUCTION

In conjunction with Taco Night this Friday, Aug. 24, the DCIS PTSA will have an internationally focused silent auction with a number of items to bid on, including gift baskets from around the world (with local restaurant gift certificates) along with global art, jewelry and other decorative objects. Like things from a little closer to home? There are movie passes, more restaurant gift certificates and even a two-night stay and spa package in Estes Park, valued at almost $1,200! So please come ready to shop to support classroom enrichment grants and other PTSA initiatives for DCIS. If you would like to volunteer to help with the auction, please use the Taco Night RSVP and include your information on the last line letting us know that you can help.

DCIS Connect App Gets a Face-Lift

The DCIS Connect app not only has a new look, but it can do a whole lot more. The upgrades are so significant, in fact, that you have to download a whole new app. That’s right … go ahead and delete your old one (if you have it), and follow these easy instructions to get the new one.

Not only will you receive push notifications with the new app, but you’ll be able to communicate directly with staff members. And if your native language is one other than English, no problem! You’ll set up the app in your preferred language. All communications from others will appear in that language, and when you write communications in your native language, they’ll be translated into English or the preferred language of the recipient!

These messaging capabilities will be available as part of the groups function, which is being rolled out in the next few weeks. We’ll provide more detailed guidance on how to use those features once they become available.

In the meantime, take some time to familiarize yourself with the app. Check out the calendar, the newsletter and the various resources. And please understand it’s a work in progress, both with respect to the content you can access through the app and its capabilities. If you have trouble downloading the app or have any questions about it, reach out to the Flyer Support team at support@flyerconnect.org.

TRANSPORTATION …

WHERE CAN I DROP OFF/PICK UP MY STUDENT FOR SCHOOL?

Please only pick up and drop off your students on Delaware and Fox Streets past the parking lot driveways. We also request that students only exit the vehicle curbside and on the school side of the street, meaning that if you are driving north, you’ll drop off your student on Fox Street between 5th and 6th; if you are driving south, you’ll drop off your student on Delaware Street between 5th and 6th. Click here for a map.

Please do not drop your students off in the DCIS parking lots on either the south or east sides of the school, nor on 6th Avenue. This is a safety hazard, and our DCIS community strives to keep our students, staff and parents safe!

Please feel free to contact the main office if you need any clarification or if you have any other questions or concerns, and we thank you in advance for following our safety protocol.

IS YOUR STUDENT TAKING THE BUS?

For information on yellow school bus transportation, check out the DPS Transportation website.

Calling all makers: The Young Artist Studio opens Tuesday, Sept. 4!
Center for Visual Art
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204Register for YAS!

There is still space for students ages 11+ to join our free, after-school workshops at CVA. Students will explore new media throughout the year, and families will have the opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions on view at CVA.Tuesdays and Thursdays | 3:30–5:30 pm

Electronic Fiber Arts: Sept. 3–Oct. 18
Mixed Media Sculpture: Oct. 23–Dec. 20
Photo Montage: Jan. 8-March 21
3rd Annual Printmaking Exchange: April 2-May 23

Drop-ins welcome, but it’s always best to register online (use the link above).

CANYONLANDS T-SHIRTS

Canyonlands T-shirts are here! Please help us send ALL our 10th-grade students to Canyonlands, Utah, for a school trip scheduled for April 22–26, 2019. These one-of-a-kind T-shirts, designed by DCIS student Trong Pham, can be worn by ANYONE (not just Canyonland students) and cost $20 each.

BUY YOUR TEACHER A T-SHIRT! Please contact dcisptsapresident@gmail.com to buy the teacher of your choice a Canyonlands T-shirt. We are happy to deliver them one in just the right size!

Reminder: Join Mr. Saller and Ms. Sandlin tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 24, 6 pm in the Auditorium, for an update about the 10th Grade Travel Week to Canyonlands. They will have important information about FUNDRAISING and payment options. We will also be looking for volunteers for the “Dads and Their Brats” Canyonlands BBQ Fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4–7 pm, at the DCIS TRAVEL FAIR.

(Photo: Ms. Hoffman and Mr. San Andres with their beautiful Canyonlands T-shirts!)

TRAVEL FAIR 

The second annual DCIS Travel Fair will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 12:30-7:00 pm. The fair is free and open to the public, so please help us spread the word about this showcase of opportunities, including gap year, travel, study abroad, cultural exchange, language immersion and service opportunities.

The DCIS Foundation will have a scholarship workshop set up in the Community Room (103) from 5 to 7 pm for DCIS students.

If you know of any vendors — particularly those that offer great service opportunities for students — please email the organizers with their contact information.

SPORTS …

Some important dates and information for boys soccer this fall:

  • Tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 24, is the last day of the three-day soccer camp this week, after which we’ll decide on final player placement.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, coaching staff will make phone calls to players to inform them of their placement.
  • We will NOT make cuts. Every middle school boy who comes out will be placed either on an A team or a B team.
  • Both teams will play matches against other schools.
  • The training/practice schedule will be finalized after player placement. We will train twice per week.
  • Players can sign up for camp by emailing me or completing the tryouts form found here.
  • Every player must have a physical on file with coaching staff by the first game on Thursday, Sept. 6.
  • The full league and game schedule can be found here and is subject to change.
  • There is a $25 participation fee.
  • We will have a full coaching staff, including Coach Munoz (USSF National D coaching license), Coach Huntzinger and Coach Grossman (collegiate ex-player and coach), who are dedicated to ensuring players have fun, grow in the game and play soccer for life.

Please reach out to Mr. Munoz with any questions: Gmunoz2@dpsk12.net

Keep an eye out here for more information regarding cross-country, which starts soon, as well as girls’ volleyball and boys’ flag football, which start later in the fall.

PTSA …

The DCIS PTSA welcomes all members of the DCIS community at its board meeting on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9 am at the Einstein’s at 6th and Broadway.  We had a lot of fun and got a lot of work done at our last meeting … come join us!

2018-19 PTSA Board:

President: Marie Meyer (second from left)
Vice President: Karen Herbert (far right)
Treasurer: Andrew Watson (far left)
Secretary: Lucy Rosas (third from left)

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