Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (April 20-26)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
April 20-26, 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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DCIS staff members have worked so hard this year, and they do so much every day to make our school a better place. We'd like your help in recognizing and honoring them for the big and small ways they make an impact. Please take a minute or two to fill out this form with a short testimonial or anecdote about a staff member (or two or three) who has made a difference. Students AND parents are welcome to fill out the form as many times as they'd like. 

Also, help us celebrate our staff during Staff Appreciation Week (May 1–5):

GIFT CARD SHOWER: Drop off one or more gift cards in the collection box in the front office by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 28 OR mail to the school at DCIS PTSA, 574 W. 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80204 — $5 and $10 amounts are great. If you'd rather make a monetary donation so the PTSA can purchase cards, click here

STAFF BREAKFAST: Sign up to bring a tasty treat for the staff to share at the breakfast on Thursday, May 4 (drop off the day before or bring the day of). You can sign up here.


  • CSC MEETING: Thursday, April 20, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • AP PRACTICE EXAMS: Language and Human Geography, Saturday, April 22
  • SENIOR PRESENTATIONS: Monday, April 24
  • 8TH GRADE DRAMA FIELD TRIP: Tuesday, April 25, 9 am–noon, Denver Children's Theatre
  • STUDENT COUNCIL MOVIE NIGHT: "Finding Dory," Wednesday, April 26, 3:30–5:30, DCIS auditorium 
  • NEW STUDENT/PARENT ORIENTATION NIGHT: Wednesday, April 26, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS auditorium


  • SPRING MUSICAL: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS: Thursday–Saturday, April 27-29, 6–8 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • DPS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Friday, April 28, 8 am-5 pm, DCPA Complex
  • AP PRACTICE EXAM: Spanish, Saturday, April 29
  • AP CHEMISTRY EXAM: Monday, May 1, 8–11:30 am
  • AP SPANISH EXAM: Tuesday, May 2, 8–11:30 am
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE (English): Tuesday, May 2, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • AP ENGLISH LIT EXAM: Wednesday, May 3, 8–11:30 am
  • PARENT-PRINCIPAL COFFEE (Spanish): Wednesday, May 3, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • SUPERINTENDENT-PARENT FORUM: "Closing the Opportunity Gap," Friday, May 5, 9:15–11:15 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • DRAMA CLUB BANQUET: Friday, May 5, 6–7 pm
  • AP BIOLOGY EXAM: Monday, May 8, 8–11:30 am
  • PARENT PLANNING SOCIAL: Join the PTSA Fundraising & Events team to begin planning for the 2017-18 school year. Monday, May 8, Racines restaurant. More details to come.
  • AP FRENCH EXAM: Tuesday, May 9, Noon–3 pm
  • AP ENGLISH EXAM: Wednesday, May 10, 8–11:30 am
  • AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM: Thursday, May 11, 8–11:30 am
  • AP STATS EXAM: Thursday, May 11, Noon–3 pm
  • AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY EXAM: Friday, May 12, 8–11:30 am
  • 10TH GRADE TRAVEL WEEK: May 15-19. 10th graders will either be on the Stay Local trip or in Canyonlands.
  • SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY: Thursday, May 18
  • SENIOR CHECKOUT: Thursday–Friday, May 18–19
  • GRADUATION: Thursday, May 25, 6–8 pm, June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver
  • MEMORIAL DAY: Monday, May 29, NO SCHOOL
  • 8TH GRADE CONTINUATION CEREMONY: Wednesday, May 31, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Wednesday, May 31, for students in grades 8–11; Thursday, June 1, for students in grades 6–7
  • DCIS FIELD DAY: For 6th and 7 graders, Thursday, June 1

Get an up-close look at the DCIS Lakota program and Ms. Locke's contagious enthusiasm for it, in this DPS Features video!


Join the CSC today, Thursday, April 20, 4:30–6:30 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! On the agenda for this meeting:

1.  Public comment
2.  Planning for guest meeting
3.  Unified Improvement Plan update

Is your child traveling to Italy, London, Peru or France in 2018? Are you the parent of a 9th grader interested in saving money for the class Canyonlands trip next year? Is your son/daughter 16+ and willing to work to earn money for his/her travels? If you answered yes to any of these, read on!

DCIS is partnering with the Denver Broncos to run concessions at all home games this season. Additionally, DCIS will be working events at the stadium over the summer. On average, each person who works will earn $75 per game (about $10 per hour) plus tips. All the money earned will be put in travel accounts at DCIS, earmarked for your child's future trips. Interested? Please email Karen Gentzler.


April 27-29, 6-8 pm in the DCIS Auditorium 
Advance tickets available on their website.
Tickets will also be available
at the door.
$5 students, $8 adults, $10 for seats in the first three rows


The Denver Public Schools Regional Summer School program will take place June 12–July 21 at the following five sites:
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College
  • Thomas Jefferson High School   
  • West Leadership Academy
  • Bruce Randolph High School
  • North High School
Classes will be Monday–Friday, 8 am–noon. If you have questions about summer school eligibility, please contact your student's school counselor: For students who are interested in such supports, breakfast will be served at each site 7:30–7:50 am, and lunch will be served noon–12:30 pm.

For this 2016-17 school year, AP exam costs are as follows:
  • If you are on free/reduced lunch: $15 (You do not automatically qualify for this. You must submit an application through Nutrition Services in order to qualify.) 
  • If you are not on free/reduced lunch: $93
  • If a student decides not to test, a $15 fee will be added to their student account. College Board charges this fee for each returned exam.
Payments were due April 14. Anyone paying after that date must also pay a $10 late fee, and they may not be able to take the exam. In that case, the $15 fee will be added to their student account as noted above. Submit payments to Dayana Quintana in the main office ONLY before school, during lunch or after school. 

All students taking an AP exam are required to take an AP practice exam on the Saturday indicated below. If there is a conflict, please contact Ms. Kim Rodriguez by stopping into room 109 or calling 720-423-9009.
  • April 22: Language and Human Geography
  • April 29: Spanish
Extracurricular activities: Groups you belong to outside of class, such as sporting teams, clubs and organizations.
ATTENTION DCIS STUDENTS! Have you ordered your yearbook? Only a limited number of copies remain, so get yours today! Yearbooks are just $50 and can be ordered in room 216A or by emailing Ms. Hoffman

APRIL SPECIAL! Don't miss your chance to get a yearbook for a discount.Through May 1, the yearbook is holding Yearbook Chance drawings. Purchase a ticket for just $10 for your chance to win a yearbook. For every 5 tickets sold, we will hold a random drawing for one yearbook. Don't miss this opportunity to support DCIS and maybe score a yearbook for just $10! Tickets are available in room 216A or by emailing Ms. Hoffman.  


Rebecca Egan, a DCIS student and 2016 recipient of a DCIS Foundation Travel Scholarship, is studying in Seville, Spain with CIEE. Below she shares a glimpse of her experience so far:
The past six months I've spent living in Seville, Spain, I've built so many relationships, seen so many beautiful places, tried so many amazing foods, and grown in so many ways I would have never imagined. I've become more confident, independent, and of course ... bilingual! My host family has been very sweet to me and made me feel right at home. Studying abroad teaches you to take on your fears and find your own way — important skills I'll carry with me for the rest of my life.

Co-creating Simple Solutions to Change Lives
Friday, May 5, 6–8:30 pm, Posner Center, 1031 33rd St., Denver 
Click here for tickets

Join us at the 3rd Annual Posner Center Innovators Dinner to learn about the power of simple design and support innovation in international development. The evening will feature Amy Smith, the Founder of MIT D-Lab, a university-based program that equips individuals with the skills to design simple technologies that solve challenges in their lives. All proceeds from the evening will support the Posner Center's efforts to promote learning and innovation within our network. 

Amy was selected as a 2004 MacArthur Fellow, and was named in 2010 as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people for her work promoting local innovation and technology creation. D-Lab connects university-level design curriculum with international field work through their unique Creative Capacity Building (CCB) approach that allows anyone to become an active creator of technology. Through CCB, participants are trained on key elements of the design process, and they use these skills to create technologies to strengthen their communities.

The evening will include a social hour, followed by dinner and a formal program featuring a keynote address by Amy Smith.

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

Tea Edition

Did you know...
  • Chinese legend tells us that Emperor Shen Nong first discovered tea in 2737 B.C., when leaves from some tea bushes fell into water his servants were boiling.
  • China is the biggest producer of tea and supplies nearly 29 percent of the world's total.
  • The country with the highest per-capita consumption of tea is United Arab Emirates ... clocking in at 14 pounds per person per year.
  • An American, Thomas Sullivan, accidentally invented the teabag when he sent out samples in small silk pouches to customers in 1904. Customers did not know to empty the contents into the pot and added everything, including the silk container.


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