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Thursday, October 12, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (Oct 12-18, 2017)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
October 12–18, 2017

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
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 CALENDARS ...

  • 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
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (Oct 5-11, 2017)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
October 5-11, 2017

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
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 MeetingFriday, Oct. 6, 5:30-6 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver 
  • Parent Social – Santa Fe Art WalkFriday, 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 MeetingSunday, 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 CALENDARS ...

  • 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
Please 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 101B

COLLEGE 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
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