Thursday, September 21, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (Sept. 21-27)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
September 21-27, 2017

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
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  • Mandatory 10th Grade Parent Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Fundraiser for 10th Grade Canyonlands Trip: Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-10 pm, Pizzeria Locale
  • Regional Parent Socials: Friday, Sept. 22 (Southwest); Saturday, Sept. 23 (for Spanish-speaking/bilingual parents); Sunday, Oct. 1 (new date) (Southeast)
  • Boys Soccer Game: Monday, Sept. 25, 4-5:30 pm, Kunsmiller
  • Picture Day: Monday, Sept. 25, Friday, Oct. 6
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4-5:30 pm, Bible Park
  • Council on International Educational Exchange Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6 pm, Room 115
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:50– 9 am


  • Boys Soccer Game: Friday, Sept. 29, 4-5:30 pm, Grant
  • Shadowing for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 2
  • Cross Country Meet: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley
  • PTSA Fundraising and Events Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6 pm
  • Coffee with the Principal: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 8:15-9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • FAFSA Night for Seniors: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Boys Soccer Game: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 pm, Henry
  • Boys Soccer Game: Friday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 pm, Grant
  • PTSA Cultural Enrichment and Inclusion MeetingFriday, Oct. 6, 5:30-6 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver 
  • Parent Social — Santa Fe Art WalkFriday, Oct. 6, 6-8 pm, meet at Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver 
  • DCIS Homecoming: Saturday, Oct. 7, 7–10 pm. Details to come.
  • PTSA Fall Bulb Sale: Monday, Oct. 9, Fall Bulb Sale Orders Due
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:50-9 am
  • PTSA Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-7 pm, Linwood Washington, Dean of Culture, will present on the new culture at the school: "The DCIS Way", DCIS Cafeteria
  • Cafe con Padres en Español:  Wednesday, Oct. 11, 8:45-9:45 am, DCIS Community Room
  • Cross Country Championship: Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4-5:30 pm, Bear Valley

This Thursday, at Back to School Night, the PTSA will be kicking off our fall fundraising campaign, a bulb sale!  We have a great web site set up for online orders and hard copy order forms will be available Thursday or at the school office.
Parents, friends and family can buy bulbs for beautifying their own gardens, but they can also buy bulbs for beautifying our school.  For orders placed for the school, the shipping address is Dayana Quintana, DCIS PTSA, 574 W. Sixth Avenue, Denver, CO 80204 and your order will also be eligible for a tax-deduction. 
50% of the proceeds from all bulb sales will go to the PTSA.  Our campaign goal is to raise $1200, but the more we raise, the more we can do for our kids!  Our campaign will run through October 9th.
Please visit our website, order some bulbs for your garden and the school, and post our campaign to your social media accounts!  Thank you DCIS families!

Dear DCIS Families,

We are in the middle of Passages Committee week for our juniors. Passages is one of the most important, most unique, and most valuable experiences that DCIS has to offer. And this year is no exception. I am proud of all of our juniors who are presenting their topic, their initial research and their first draft of their thesis statement for what will become a 15 page, college ready argumentative paper. Hats off to all of our juniors this week!

Meanwhile, there are lots of other events going on at school such as 8th graders raising money for hurricane victims in Cuba and the Bahamas, seniors working on their senior service projects, 10th graders learning about our big 10th grade travel week in the spring, 9th graders taking a practice version of the PSAT 9 and much more! In addition, middle school boys' soccer is in full swing for their season, rehearsals are underway for the fall drama production, Model United Nations club is busy preparing for their first competition, and cross country team is "running" smoothly!

School picture day is coming soon! Students will have their pictures taken via their English classes. However due to scheduling conflicts with the photographer, the two days assigned to our school are on two different weeks. Students who have English on Blue Days will have their picture taken on Tuesday, September 26th, and students who have English class on Green Days will have their picture taken on Friday, October 6th. 

In summary:

BLUE English Classes: 9/26/17 (periods 1-4)

GREEN English Classes: 10/6/17 (periods 5-8)

We have had a sharp increase in students arriving to school late in the morning. In some cases, we do have buses arriving late, and we are working with transportation to fix that. However, we also have approximately 20-25 students arriving late in the morning who do not ride the bus. We are asking your help to make sure that every student arrives at school on time. Thank you!

Looking ahead…The Homecoming Dance for all high school students will be held on October 7th and the Fall Dance for all middle school students will be held on October 25th. Then students (but not staff) have both October 26 and October 27 as school holidays, with no school on those days.


Wishing everyone a happy first weekend of Fall!

Theresa McCorquodale






Please join us on Friday, October 6 for our first ever Santa Fe Art Walk Parent Social!  In addition to taking in this great neighborhood event, we'll be able to connect with one another AND with some of our community partners.  We'll start the evening at 6:00 pm at the Alliance Francaise, to enjoy some refreshments, check out their artist of the month and learn about what AF has to offer DCIS students and families.  Our next rendezvous will be at 7:00 pm, at the MSU Center for Visual Art, where there will be art viewing and making activities and a chance to find out about their Young Artists Studio program available to DCIS students.  Feel free to join us for some or all of the evening.


Picture Day is just one week away.  You can order online using our Picture Day ID:  CG947541y0 at the Lifetouch website.

A reminder to students that the front of our building is a red area during lunchtime, meaning that students are not allowed to go near 6th Avenue during lunch.

Jennifer Gentry and Amber Shearer were elected as new Parent Representatives to the CSC. They began their terms on September 19, and will serve on the CSC through the 2018-19 school year. Congratulations to Jennifer and Amber, and thank you to all who voted!

Friday, October 6, 5:30pm, at the Alliance Française de Denver (571 Galapago St., Denver 80204) before joining the Santa Fe Art Walk from 6-8pm.  We'll be forming an Action Group to get more DCIS teachers and staff to apply for the CEI grants.  Please click here for how to apply.
The PTSA became aware of an oversight in our Board elections last spring. We are holding elections again this fall to ensure that everyone interested has the opportunity to throw their hat in the ring to be nominated for election to our Board. 
  • Elected Board positions are:  President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
  • State PTA requires that all elected Board members be 18 years of age or older.
  • The existing PTSA Board (Karen Mortimer, President, Terri Porter, Vice-President, Edmond Horsey, Treasurer, and DawnMarie Gallardo, Secretary) has elected a Nominating Committee of Tanya Tribelhorn, Karen Herbert and Vivian Masket.
  • Nominees need to be PTSA members (having paid the membership dues - $10 adults, $7 students).  This can be completed by taking a check made out to the DCIS PTSA to the school office or dues can also be paid online via this link (put your name and "membership" in the Instructions to Seller box).
  • Nominations may be submitted via email to through September 29, 2017
  • After receiving all nominations, the Nominating Committee will select and nominate one eligible person per office and present their slate of four candidates at the October 10th PTSA meeting.
  • At the next PTSA meeting, Tuesday, November 14th, the slate (four nominees - one per office) will be presented and additional nominations can be accepted from the floor.
  • Election ballots can only be completed by PTSA members. 
Mr. Washington is launching a new club for middle school students, called the MVP Club, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-4 pm.  The students involved with the MVP club will participate in service projects.   Mr. Washington is looking for volunteers - parents or community members - who would like to help him with this new club.  If you are interested, please reach out to him at
At Back to School Night, as a PTSA, we realized we miscommunicated regarding the Phoenix Fund.  We are afraid that we gave the impression that Phoenix Fund donors = people donating $20 a month.  In reality, any and all one-time or recurring donations are appreciated, no matter the amount. Our donors range from families who have made a one-time contribution of a few dollars to families who are donating over a hundred dollars a month. Every bit helps!      

AND, every bit is appreciated as it beautifies your child's school environment and enriches your child's experience at DCIS.  We have many projects on the back burner that your donation could help bring to fruition. 

So, we've updated our Phoenix Fund 
Paper Pledge Form accordingly and we've also created an Electronic Pledge Form.  If you would like to become a Phoenix Fund donor today with your tax-deductible donation, you can do so by clicking here
Pre-order your yearbook and save!

Yearbooks are available for just $40, but prices go up in December, so get yours now!  You can purchase a yearbook online by clicking here, contact Mrs. Hoffman at, or visit room 216A anytime.  We accept cash/check in person, or credit cards online.

All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote, and a baby picture) are due by 3 p.m. on December 8.  Please email your items (JPEG or PDF files) to

Tami Schmidt- Middle School
Ted Brugman- 9th and 10th Grade
Melisa Monteon (Springsteen)- 11th and 12th Grade

The Counseling Office has created a Remind App for junior parents and senior parents. The goal is to send out notification to families about important dates and deadlines. Below are the instructions for each class.  
Juniors:  Text @co19pg to the number 81010
Seniors:  Text @co18pg to the number 81010

Wednesday, Oct. 4

5:30-7 pm, DCIS Community Room
Walk-in and complete your FAFSA. We will have representatives from University of Denver and University of Colorado, Denver supporting you through the application process. We are aware that not all applications will be completed that night, but please join us to get started.

Hey DCIS! My name is Aly Bortle, and I will be your Post-Secondary Coach this year! I will be here for the entire day Wednesdays and Fridays, in room 101B in the main office. My goal is to help you accomplish anything and everything you want for yourself after high school. If you want to go to college, let's find the best one for you with the most scholarships available. If you want to start a career, let's make sure you are doing something you love! I am here to help you complete applications, write college essays, research interests, and much more! 

Associate's degree: A type of degree awarded to students at a US community college, usually after two years of classes.


We're hoping that all 10th grade families will join us on Thursday, September 21 at 6pm in the Auditorium to discuss the spring travel week options--Canyonlands and Local--for 10th graders.  Pizzeria Locale has generously offered to host a fundraiser for this travel experience on the same evening.
Since 2008, Meet the Middle East has been leading teens to the Middle East through their Youth Ambassador Program--a fun and exciting, seven month program designed to educate high school students in four disciplines.  To find out more, click here.

Announcement: Tuesday, September 26, at 6:00 in room 115, there will be a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) informational parent meeting. For families interested in learning more about the CIEE Language and Culture, Service and Leadership, and Global Discovery programs, Natalie Elizondo, a fluent Spanish speaker and CIEE representative, will answer questions for families interested in their students applying. CIEE has granted DCIS a minimum of $25,000 in scholarships if ten of our students simply APPLY. Scholarships are based on financial need and quality of application. For more on their programs, go to their website:


The PTSA is trying something new this year! Since DCIS families are spread all over the Denver metro region, we thought it would be nice to give DCIS parents a chance to get to know their neighbors at regional small-group socials at various parents' houses. Bilingual (Spanish-English) parents will be in attendance at each of these events, and we're aiming to have a DCIS administrator at each one too. Parents are welcome to attend any and all socials, not just the one in their area. Please join us on one or more of the following evenings:
  • Northeast: Sunday, Sept. 17, 6–8 pm, Karen Mortimer's home, 2949 Lafayette St., Denver. 
  • Southwest: Friday, Sept. 22, 6–8 pm, Brent and Sarah Christian's home, 1249 S. Quivas St., Denver
  • Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Parent Social: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4–7 pm, DawnMarie Gallardo's home,1005 Mariposa St., Denver. 
  • Southeast--New Date!: Sunday, Oct. 1, 6–8 pm, Terri Porter's home, 117 S. Lincoln St., Denver. 
To RSVP for one or more of the socials, click here.

The DPS In-School Prevention Program is a program within DPS that is designed to provide evidence-based prevention programs to middle and high school students. We aim to prevent substance use or reduce use for students who may already be using.
The In-School Prevention program uses an upstream prevention model, with the goal of addressing the subject of substance use before it becomes an issue. The program focuses on positive youth development through evidence-based programs such as Sources of Strength, and LifeSkills Training.
Through the program, DPS has full-time prevention specialist in three schools, Hamilton, Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences, and Noel Community Arts School. Through a grant funded by the Colorado Department of Education, DPS also has health professionals doing prevention work in 23 other middle and high schools throughout the district.
Keep an eye out in this space for updates on how you can help your student abstain from drug and alcohol use.  For more information on the program, please contact Michel Holien, the program supervisor, at 720-423-2433.  



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