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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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A SIMPLE THANK-YOU HAS A BIG 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. 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.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK ...
SUPERINTENDENT-PARENT FORUM: "Closing the Opportunity Gap," Friday, May 5, 9:15–11:15 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver (map)
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
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL ...
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 18–19 (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—TIME IS RUNNING OUT!
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 email@example.com.
If you have already ordered your yearbook, it will be delivered to your child on or before Monday, May 15.
RAISE YOUR HAND …
RAISE $$ FOR STUDENT TRAVEL 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.
COUNSELORS' CORNER ...
SENIOR UPDATE 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!
AP TESTING SCHEDULE
Morning (8 am)
Monday, May 8
Tuesday, May 9
Calculus AB Calculus BC
French Language and Culture
Wednesday, May 10
English Language and Composition
Italian Language and Culture
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
ALL STUDENTS 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.
COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK 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.
TRAVEL CENTER NEWS ...
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 SUMMER? If 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.