Thursday, May 4, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (May 4-10)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
May 4-10, 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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Newsletter submissions are due by 10 am on the Tuesday preceding the issue date. Email submissions to

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.


  • SUPERINTENDENT-PARENT FORUM: "Closing the Opportunity Gap," Friday, May 5, 9:15–11:15 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
  • INTERNATIONAL FEST: Friday, May 5, 3:30-7:00 pm, DCIS
  • 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, 6–8 pm, Racines, 650 Sherman St., Denver (map). 
  • AP CALCULUS EXAM: Tuesday, May 9, 8–11:30 am
  • AP FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE EXAM: Tuesday, May 9, Noon–3 pm
  • AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION EXAM: Wednesday, May 10, 8–11:30 am
  • AP ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE EXAM: Wednesday, May 10, Noon–3 pm


  • 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)
  • 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

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thank you for your generosity toward our teachers for Staff Appreciation Week. Our teachers work hard every day and are absolutely devoted to your children, so it means a lot to them when parents recognize (and reward!) their hard work. You have treated them to a lovely breakfast, as well as a goody bag filled with chocolates and amazing gift cards. Thank you so much!!

With just four weeks of school left, we have many end-of-year events, as well as end-of-year assessments, such as AP exams for high school students and final exams for all students. In terms of events, here are a few highlights:
  • International Festival: THIS FRIDAY, May 5, 3:30-7 pm here at DCIS
  • Senior Award Ceremony: May 11, 6-8 pm in the DCIS auditorium
  • Night of the Living Wax Museum: May 12, 3:30-5:30 pm in the DCIS cafeteria (an event for all 7th graders)
  • Senior Checkout: May 1819 (last day of school for seniors is May 19)
  • Graduation: May 25, 6 pm on the DU campus, June Swayner Gates Concert Hall
  • Final Exams: May 30-May 31
  • 8th Grade Continuation: May 31, 6-7:30 pm in the DCIS auditorium
  • Last Day of School for Grades 8-11: May 31
  • Field Day and Last Day of School for Grades 6-7: June 1
We look forward to seeing many of you at some or all of these events in the coming month.

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal
Yearbooks are almost here! Get yours now!
Yearbooks will be arriving any day, and only a few copies are left, so be sure to reserve yours today! Our hardbound, full-color yearbook is full of great DCIS memories that you won't want to miss! Yearbooks are just $50 and are available in room 216A or by emailing
If you have already ordered your yearbook, it will be delivered to your child on or before Monday, May 15.


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.

Please come out to support our students in their Passages project, International Fest, TOMORROW (Friday, May 5)! There will be lots of food for sale, candy from around the world and activities for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to connect with the DCIS community. Proceeds will be donated to local organizations that promote diversity in our community.


Shout out to our seniors! 87% of them have applied to a university, college or technical school! In addition, we are at about a 74% FAFSA completion rate and growing!

  Morning (8 am) Noon
May 8
May 9
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
French Language and Culture
May 10
English Language and Composition Italian Language and Culture
May 11
World History Statistics
May 12
Human Geography  

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.

Grant: A form of financial aid from a nonprofit organization (such as the government) that you do not have to repay.

Congratulations to the DCIS Shakespeareans on a job well done last Friday! They won two ribbons: one for solo performances and one for rep! 

Also, thanks to everyone who came to the musical this past weekend! The show was a lot of fun both to perform and to watch.


SUMMER INTERNATIONAL HOSTING OPPORTUNITY WITH SONG AND DANCE INCLUDED! Families needed to host Up With People international cast members (ages 17-29) for 2-4 weeks (July 25–Aug. 28). Hosts provide a bed, breakfasts and dinners, transportation and a warm Colorado welcome. Transportation involves dropping off and picking up Monday-Saturday at a central location. Families are given two tickets to the final performance. For more information or to sign up, please email Amy Jordan
SUMMER OPPORTUNITY: PRESERVE AMERICA YOUTH SUMMIT. Taking place July 11-14, this summit involves middle and high school students in historic preservation and service-learning projects that foster understanding of heritage, history and historic places and connect youths to places associated with diverse cultures and viewpoints. Selected students will receive community service hours and a full scholarship to attend. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 31. Click here for more information and to apply. 
THINKING ABOUT GOING ON EXCHANGE FOR A YEAR OR SUMMERIf you are in high school and interested in doing a summer or year abroad, start planning NOW. The U.S. State Department has some wonderful full-scholarship programs: National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), Kennedy-Place Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES), and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (Germany). Also, Rotary Youth Exchange is an outbound full-year exchange to South America. Most programs have deadlines in the fall. Students should check with their counselor to make sure they are on track to graduate upon return.

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

Duck-Billed Platypus Edition

Did you know...
  • Most people at the time of its discovery believed the platypus to be an elaborate hoax due to "combo animals" being a popular prank in that era. 
  • The platypus finds prey based solely on electrical signals and mechanical waves that it picks up using its bill.
  • The platypus actually has a poison spur with a venom that can kill small animals.
  • Is there a potential market for platypus dentures? Yes, because they have no teeth. 


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