Thursday, March 9, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (March 9-15)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
March 9-15, 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.

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  • RECLAIMING COLOR CONFERENCE: A leadership conference for students of color and allies. Saturday, March 11, 8:30 am–3 pm, DCIS.
  • ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE MEETING: Saturday, March 11, 2–4 pm, Sam Gary Library (Stapleton), 2961 Roslyn St., Denver. RSVP here. Applications are due Sunday, March 26. Click here for more info about these family-to-family immersive exchanges for students 9–18 in France, Germany and Spain. Please email for more information. 


  • CSC MEETING: Thursday, March 16, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • THIRD QUARTER ENDS: Friday, March 17
  • 9th GRADE TRIP: DPS Higher Schools Expo, Friday, March 24
  • DEBATE CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Saturday–Sunday, March 25–26, University of Denver
  • SPRING BREAK: March 27-April 3 (school resumes for students on Tuesday, April 4)
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEES, Tuesday, April 4, 8:15–9:15 (English), and Wednesday, April 5, 8:45–9:45 (Spanish), DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DCIS FOUNDATION SPRING DINNER: Wednesday, April 19; cocktails 6 pm, dinner 7 pm.
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL ...                   

Dear DCIS Parents,

By now you probably either have read about our new cell phone policy or your children have told you about it. So far this week, it is working really well, and we are seeing a huge improvement. As mentioned last week, we are asking parents to help us with this policy by not calling or texting your children during the school day. If you need to reach your child urgently, please call the main office, and we will get a message to your child for you. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

In exciting news, our DCIS 5280 team — which uses creativity, teamwork and ingenuity to address some of our community's most pressing problems — competed in the districtwide contest with 26 other schools this week, and they won FIRST PLACE!!! Kudos to our kids on the 5280 team and their sponsor, Ms. Finnegan-Doyan. Go DCIS!

Looking ahead, our spring break will be the week of March 27th. And although it is a staff workday, Monday, April 3, is a student holiday, so students will return to school after break on Tuesday, April 4. We look forward to everyone working hard until then, as we have lots going on in the next two weeks, and then enjoying a full week of vacation.
Thank you for your support of your children and of DCIS on a daily basis. We appreciate our parents!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Colorado State Representative Joseph Salazar is the keynote speaker. Students can sign up for a variety of workshops being offered by LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado), Cafe Cultura, Theater for Social Change (Ms. Kerswill) and other organizations. All students (DCIS or otherwise) can attend, and DCIS students can earn special event credit. Email here with questions or to register.  



On May 15-19, many of our 10th graders will be heading to Canyonlands Field Institute in Utah to experience the natural world through the lens of historian, nature writer, scientist and mathematician. Please consider donating to help fund this wonderful trip.


The Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) offers need-based scholarships to qualifying graduates of Denver Public Schools. The scholarship can be used at DSF's Partner Colleges in Colorado, including technical, community and four-year colleges and universities. Students must enroll full-time. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years depending on the type of college you attend. Click here for more info.

Click here for information on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Summer Program. 

The Medical Career Collaborative (MC²) is a program that provides internship opportunities for students interested in pursuing medical careers. Because it requires a two-year commitment (junior and senior years), the MC² selection committee will accept applications only from current sophomores. Click here to download the application.

Students in grades 8-11 are in the process of registering for classes for the 2017-18 school year. This weekend would be a great time to talk with your students about the classes they'll be taking next year. Contact your student's counselor with any questions:

If you have questions about your 8th grader's school next year, please contact the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services by calling 720-423-3493 or emailing

A transcript is an official historical academic record of all courses for which a student has registered. Students can obtain a copy of their transcript from the Registrar's Office at their college.


This summer 20 extraordinary teens will be commissioned to design temporary, site-specific artwork in Denver in response to an issue of global concern. Interns explore contemporary artists, discover careers in the arts through panel discussions with creative professionals and visit innovative work spaces. They also practice industry skills including graphic design, drafting, public speaking, code switching, photo documentation, networking, resume writing, blogging, etc. The cohort is drawn from throughout the city, and interns are selected based on their demonstrated passion for the arts, civic engagement and curiosity about creative careers. Application deadline is MARCH 31. Learn more here.

Women's Day of Service
Saturday, March 25, times vary
Lots of fun opportunities throughout the city! Click here to learn more.

Serve a Meal to People Who are Struggling with Homelessness
Wednesday, March 292-5 pm
St. Francis Center, 2323 Curtis St., Denver
Help with serving a nutritious and delicious meal to 300+ hungry guests.

For more information on either of these events, please email Michelle or sign up on the Philanthropy Field Trips website.


SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS AND SENIORS INTERESTED IN TEACHING: Generation Teach partners with DPS to provide diverse high school students and undergraduates with summer teaching experiences to inspire them to become urban teachers. They are eager to recruit many DCIS students and alumni for summer 2017.
SEEKING THREE HOST FAMILIES TO HOST A STUDENT FOR THREE MONTHS NEXT YEAR: Denver Rotary Club is recruiting three families to host a student during the 2017-18 school year. Families generally host for 3-4 months. The international exchange student will be 15–17 years old and will stay with the first DCIS family from the beginning of the school year through Thanksgiving, the second family from just after Thanksgiving until around March, and then the third family will host from March through the end of the school year. Students will be from South America, Europe or Asia. If interested in hosting next year, please email Scott White from Denver Rotary.
INCREDIBLE  INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO STUDY IN THE MIDDLE EAST: The Eastern Mediterranean International School (EMIS) is an international boarding high school that offers a life-changing experience for young adults (ages 16-18) from Israel, the Middle East and around the world. Established in 2014, EMIS fosters international and intercultural understanding and promotes personal and social leadership among its students through a shared two-year educational and living experience. The school has around 160 enrolled students representing about 40 countries. EMIS students are admitted on merit and potential alone and are offered need-based scholarships. The academic program follows the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma curriculum coupled with a hands-on approach to learning. Watch the video here. Learn more here.
DIGITAL EXCHANGE WITH IRAQ: NO PASSPORT NEEDED. NO MONEY FOR TRAVEL OR TO APPLY! Applications due MARCH 15. Open to high school students ages 15-18. PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD! Find out more here.

For up-to-date information on trips, scholarships and travel opportunities, as well as summer programs, be sure to check the Travel Center page on the DCIS website and the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page. Information is also posted on the Travel Center bulletin board in the hall near the main office (across from the old Travel Center) and outside the new Travel Center (room 204).

Geri Zabitz Badler
Travel Center and Community Partnerships
Office Phone: 720-423-9043

Mondays: 7:45 am–12:15 pm
Wednesdays, Fridays: 7:45 am–1:30 pm
Room 204


Join the DCIS Foundation for an evening of inspiring speakers and delicious food with a global flair. Ken Salazar, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Colorado senator and Colorado attorney general, is the keynote speaker. The event takes place Wednesday, April 19, at the Denver Athletic Club. Cocktails at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm. Tickets are $125 — buy yours today, or sponsor a teacher if you can't make it! More info here
Science Edition

Did you know...
  • There is enough DNA in the average person's body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back — 17 times.
  • There are 8 times as many atoms in a teaspoonful of water as there are teaspoonfuls of water in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The average person walks the equivalent of five times around the world in a lifetime.
  • An individual blood cell takes about 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.


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