Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DCIS Connect Newsletter - September 1

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
September 1-7, 2016

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS SOFTBALL PRACTICE: Tuesday, Sept. 6,  and Thursday, Sept. 8, 3:30–5 pm 
  • BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT! Tuesday, Sept. 13. Click here for details.
  • 2017 SPRING BREAK LONDON TRIP PARENT MEETING for 8th–12th graders: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium. Contact for more info.
  • DCIS FAMILY NIGHT: Tuesday, Sept. 20, DCIS Community Room (103), 5:30–6 pm, dinner; 6–7:30 pm, presentation: Travel and Cultural Enrichment Opportunities with DCIS Travel Center Director Geri Badler and PTSA Cultural Enrichment Team Lead Sara Murphy.
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2–4 pm; applications due Oct. 23. More info here.

Dear DCIS Families,

After an exciting and positive first week of school, filled with new learning, we are well into our second week and going strong! We are very happy to welcome several new staff members this year, who already have made an impact on our students. Their energy is inspiring. And of course we were delighted to welcome back our returning teachers, whose enthusiasm for their work helps make our school what it is. Most important, we are grateful for each and every DCIS student, new and returning. It's going to be a great year.

The counselors have been doing all they can to make every student's schedule work, and we are very close to reaching that goal. Thanks to students and parents for their patience as we try to balance student needs and wants with the master schedule grid. Many students received elective classes based on what worked with their schedule, and not necessarily what they originally selected. Yet so far, due to our amazing students and our super dedicated electives teachers, most students seem happy. Our school really is a special place.

Part of what makes it so is our robust and hardworking Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA), which does so much for our school. If you haven't had a chance to join PTSA yet, please do. Look for emails coming from PTSA about meeting dates, ways to get involved and much more.

Have a great week!
Theresa McCorquodale
  • Our school day begins at 7:50, and not at 7:55 like last year. Students should arrive no later than 7:45 in order to make it to their first class on time. Thank you for your assistance with this.
  • Please do not drop off or pick up students in the parking lot on Delaware. We have to limit car traffic in the parking lot in order to keep our students as safe as possible. Drop off and pick up spots are on the street along Delaware or Fox.
  • If you need to pick up your child during the day, please know that for security reasons, you must come into the office and show us your photo ID. We cannot have students waiting in the office or outside for you to arrive. We will call your child out of class as soon as you arrive so that it should not take more than 5 minutes for you to pick up your child. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The DCIS Collaborative School Committee (CSC) is seeking parent members! The group meets once per month for about 2 hours, with more frequent meetings during the budget cycle in January/February and as needed if other issues arise. Parent members are asked to commit to a term of 2 years. The DCIS CSC is a group made up of parent, student, teacher and community representatives who, together with the principal, make decisions impacting the educational goals and direction of the school. In order to continue to provide the best possible education to our students, we need parents to become involved and help voice their opinions on key topics. More information about the CSC and ballot application here. Applications for one of the two open parent spots need to be emailed to no later than Sept. 7, 2016, at noon.

Fall/Winter 2016 (Sept. 19–Dec. 31)
8–10 hours per week
$8.50 per hour

Applications due by Monday, Sept. 5.

This fall, the DCIS Foundation is looking to hire interns to help with the day-to-day tasks of running a nonprofit. Two students will be hired, one from DCIS Baker and one from DCIS Montbello. Both students will be expected to work autonomously with little oversight. This is an ideal position for someone who is detail-oriented, able to communicate effectively via email and phone and results-driven. Read more here. Download application here.

SOFTBALL (Middle School Girls)
Want to play softball? Join us for practice on the DCIS field on:

  • Sept. 6, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Sept. 8, 3:30-5:00 pm

A completed physical form by a student's doctor or local clinic is required prior to participation. Forms are required for all DPS sports, and can be accessed by clicking:  

Completed forms can be turned in at practice or emailed to Coach Lineman at Don't hesitate to reach out with questions. It's going to be an exciting season ... come out and join us!

The Young Artist Studio is the free after-school activated space at the Center for Visual Art (open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 4-5:30 pm). Located in the Art District at 965 Santa Fe Drive, this off-campus Metropolitan State University of Denver gallery offers access to contemporary art, high-quality materials and instruction, and a space just for young artists. Additional information and registration here.


This fall, the Denver Public Schools Board of Education is putting an initiative on the ballot seeking voter approval of bond and mill levy proposals to increase funding for our schools. This bond includes funds for DCIS! Click here to read a letter addressing common questions about what this might mean for your family and your community and here for DPS resource page. En Espanol

We'd like to welcome and introduce the three new staff members in the counseling office this year.

Tami Schmidt is the new counselor at DCIS, but she's in her 15th year as a school counselor. Shayna Seitchik is the postsecondary coach who will work with DCIS seniors on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the college application process. Chrissy Cloyes is a graduate-level intern for the DCIS counseling program.

Read their complete bios here.

We've moved! The Travel Center is now located in room 204. But our services are the same: help with finding appropriate travel opportunities, facilitate exchanges, provide support for our DCIS exchange students, offer short-term hosting opportunities and promote all things global!  

New Hours of Operation
  • Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
  • Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Stop by or make an appointment to "talk travel"!

Be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website for up-to-date information on school trips, travel scholarship opportunities, US State Department Programs (full stipend!), Lunchtime Information Sessions, and more. Please "Like" the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page for information, photos, student travel, as well as interesting tips and facts about travel!

AFS-USA is looking for a family to host Haihuai, a 16-year-old young man from China whose favorite subject is economics. He describes himself as independent, outgoing, studious and nonreligious. He plays the saxophone and enjoys various sports, music and photography. For more information, contact Ellen Bernstein, AFS-USA, 646-381-3387 or

The answer to last week's Phoenix Fun question: What is the favorite vegetable of Mr. Munoz? It's Brussels sprouts! And the winner of the $10 Starbucks gift card is Naomi Fireman Schiavoni!

This week's question: What is Mr. Giardiello's favorite rock-and-roll band?

A:  Led Zeppelin
B:  Pink Floyd
C:  Bon Jovi
D:  The Grateful Dead

To submit your answer and enter the contest, click here

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