Thursday, May 11, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (May 11-17)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
May 11-17, 2017

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
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The PTSA would like to pass along a large and loud SHOUT OUT to the DCIS families who donated gift cards, gave of their finances and provided breakfast goodies for the DCIS staff. Thank you for making the DCIS staff feel so appreciated and celebrated last week!

It's not too late to send along a personal message! 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. Let's show our staff just how much they mean to us! Students AND parents are welcome to fill out the form as many times as they'd like before Friday, May 26.


  • AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM: Thursday, May 11, 8–11:30 am
  • AP STATISTICS EXAM: Thursday, May 11, Noon–3 pm
  • SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY: Thursday, May 11, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • 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.
  • CSC MEETING: Tuesday, May 16, 4:30–6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • GERMANY TRIP PARENT MEETING: Wednesday, May 17, 6 pm, Mr. Hinders' room (127) 


  • 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
  • FINAL EXAMS: Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31
  • 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

Dear DCIS Parents,

After a few weeks of CMAS testing and two weeks of AP testing, DCIS will be finished with standardized tests on Friday, May 12 (sigh of relief!). Thanks to all parents who helped your children get a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast before their particular tests. Rest, food and a positive attitude make a huge difference. Thanks for your support.
In other news, we have made a final selection for our new Dean of Culture. Mr. Linwood Washington, who comes to us from Wyatt Academy with more than a decade of experience in DPS, will be our new dean. We are so excited to welcome him to our DCIS family for the 2017-18 school year. You will be able to meet Mr. Washington during our back-to-school BBQ/social on Aug. 25, which our wonderful PTSA is organizing. Details to follow in the coming months.

Quick reminders on upcoming events:
  • Senior award ceremony, May 11 (TONIGHT!), at 6 pm in the DCIS auditorium
  • 7th grade night at the Living Wax Museum, May 12, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • 10th grade Travel Week, May 15-19
  • Senior Checkout, May 18–19
  • Graduation, May 25, at 6 pm at the June Swayner Gates Concert Hall on the DU campus
  • Final exams, May 30–31
  • Last day of school for grades 8-11, May 31
  • Continuation, May 31
  • Field day and last day of school for grades 6 and 7, June 1
Hope to see you for some of these exciting end-of-year events.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal


Merci et au revoir
Gracias y adios
Grazie e arrivederci

Philámayaye Tókša

It has been my pleasure to serve the DCIS community, students and staff, and to help so many students travel and see the world. I pass the hat to Ms. Bishop, who will take over as Travel Guru in August. My last day at DCIS will be May 17. Happy travels ... and thank you for the memories!


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


The Rapids professional soccer team donated four vouchers to the DCIS girls' Phoenix soccer team. We're selling those vouchers and will use the funds to pay for basic soccer needs for the girls, such as soccer balls, training equipment and uniforms. For all you soccer fans in the DCIS community, this is your chance to go to a Rapids game while supporting the Phoenix girls soccer program.

Each voucher is good for two tickets. After purchasing the voucher, you log in to the Rapids website and choose the game you want to attend. It's that easy and flexible! We're hoping for $80 per voucher, so $40 per ticket, and they work in pairs. If $80 doesn't work, make me an offer! We want to have these sold by the end of the year. Please pass this offer along to other Rapids/soccer fans. There is a game this Saturday versus San Jose. Seat availability will vary, but the sooner you select, the more options you will have.

Please email Lania Howard for more information or to purchase the tickets. 

Go Phoenix and go Rapids!

The final CSC meeting for this school year is Tuesday, May 16, 4:30–6:30 pm. There will be at least one open seat for a parent member on the CSC next year, so this would be a great time to come and check it out and see what the CSC is all about. The first 10 minutes of every monthly meeting are open for public comment, and we welcome and encourage ALL families to stick around for the entire meeting. If you have something you would like the CSC to discuss or questions you'd like answered, we encourage you to reach out to one (or all!) of your representatives (student/teacher/parent) and let us know what's on your mind. On this month's agenda is looking over the final Unified Improvement Plan (filed with the CDE). View April's meeting minutes and May's full agenda here. We hope you can join us!

Did you know that the DCIS PTSA has an Amazon Smile account? What is Amazon Smile? It's a simple way for you to donate to your favorite charitable organization — us! — every time you shop on Amazon, without spending any extra money. Either go to or click here to find out more about how Amazon Smile works, and then select DCIS PTSA to start donating with your next Amazon purchase. Thanks!

Please bring your family to see "Finding Dory" at the Student Council Movie Night on Wednesday, May 17. The suggested donation of $5 (and all other money raised) will go to a DCIS family in need. The movie will start at 3:30 pm in the auditorium, and we will have snacks for sale ranging from $1-$2. Come help out some members of our community, and watch a great movie in the process! We look forward to seeing everyone there.

It's officially yearbook time! Yearbooks are being sorted and will be delivered to students who preordered by Friday (tomorrow).
We have just a few unsold copies left, and one can be yours for $50. This year's yearbook is full-color and is a fantastic tribute to the great DCIS moments of 2016-2017. Yearbooks will be sold every day next week at lunch, or you can purchase one by emailing Once they're gone, they're gone, so buy yours today!


Shout-out to our seniors! 90% of them have applied to a university, college and/or technical school! In addition, we are at about a 74% FAFSA completion rate and growing!

Senior check-out is Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19. Graduation is May 25 at the University of Denver.

Advisor: School official, usually assigned by your college or university, who can help choose your classes and make sure you are taking the right courses to graduate.

DCIS Counselors:

Thunderstorm Edition

Did you know...
  • The average temperature of lightning is around 36,000 °F. 
  • Every day 18,000 thunderstorms occur all over the earth.
  • The most costly hailstorm occurred in Munich, Germany, in 1984, causing a billion dollars' worth of damage.
  • Cars are a great shelter from the lightning. But, contrary to popular belief, it's the metal frame and sides that provide protection, not the rubber tires.


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