Thursday, October 19, 2017

DCIS Connect Newsletter (Oct 19-25, 2017)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
October 19–25, 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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Check out the updated Staff and Student Club pages
on the DCIS website!



  • NO SCHOOL for Students: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 26-27 (faculty professional development)
  • Shadowing Day for Prospective Students: Monday, Oct. 30, all day
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences: Monday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30-7:30 pm (access the online signup sheet here)
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, Nov. 1, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • DPS Superintendent/Parent Forum – Advocating for Your Child: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 9:30–11:30 am, Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center. More info here.
  • NO SCHOOL: Friday, Nov. 3
  • Dia de los Muertos Family Field Trip: Saturday, Nov. 4, 11:30 am-5 pm, Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends: Sunday, Nov. 5
  • PTSA Fundraising & Events Team Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Community Room 103. RSVP here.
  • Café con la Directora (en Español): Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room 103
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6–7:30 pm
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 4-6 pm
  • PTSA Family Night: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6–7:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria. Join us for a conversation with Principal Theresa McCorquodale about DCIS' most recent School Performance Framework (SPF) scores and what they mean. Dinner, simultaneous interpretation and child care provided.
  • DCIS Drama Presents The Phantom Tollbooth: Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium

Dear DCIS Parents,

On Monday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 1, we will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences so that parents have an opportunity to meet with their child's content teachers. To sign up for a time with the teachers you want to see, go to the DCIS website and click on Parent/Teacher Conferences, which will take you to a page with a link for each teacher. Simply click on the link for the teacher you want to see and then pick the time slot you prefer. We are hoping to see all of you next week sometime between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. on either Monday or Wednesday, or both! Taking the time to speak with your child's teachers can make a big difference in their achievement and success in class. We also will be distributing student report cards for the first nine weeks' grading period during this time.
As a reminder, students have no school on Thursday or Friday of next week: Oct. 26–27. The DCIS staff wishes you and your children a safe, fun and enjoyable four-day weekend! Also be aware that on Friday, Nov. 3, there is no school for students or staff.
Looking ahead, we'll be discussing our school's newly released SPF (School Performance Framework) rating and our plan for next steps. We'll meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the cafeteria. Our PTSA will provide dinner starting at 6 p.m., along with child care and simultaneous interpretation, and the SPF presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.
Finally, mark your calendars to come see our Drama Club's fall production of The Phantom Tollbooth, Nov. 16–18 at 6 p.m. in the DCIS auditorium.
I hope you and your families get the chance to enjoy the glorious fall weather while it lasts!

Theresa McCorquodale
DCIS Principal

Join the CSC TODAY, Oct. 19, 4–6 pm, 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! If you have a comment or suggestion for the committee, public comment time is the first 10 minutes of each meeting, or you can contact one of your representatives. Contact information and the September minutes are available on our website.  

If you are interested in chaperoning or bringing snacks to the Middle School Dance on Wednesday, Oct. 25, sign up here.
Preorder 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, contacting Mrs. Hoffman at, or visiting room 216A anytime. Pay by cash/check in person or by credit card online.

All senior section materials (senior picture, senior quote and a baby picture) are due by 3 pm on Friday, Dec. 8. Please email your items (.jpeg or PDF files) to
Your PTSA is preparing to celebrate Día de los Muertos by sponsoring a FREE family field trip to the Botanic Gardens' Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4. (Admission on this date and the bus ride are both free.) We'll have two buses leaving the school from the south parking lot at 11:30 am, returning from the gardens at 4:30 pm. If you'd like to reserve seats on the bus, please click here. Families can also reserve seats on the bus by texting or calling Melissa at 303-507-1256. If families prefer to drive, we will be happy to meet you at the gardens so we can enjoy the afternoon together as a school community.  

The SW Parent Social will take place TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 pm. Whether you live in the southwest area, weren't able to attend your neighborhood social or just want to drop in and meet other parents, please join us at the Christian's home, 1249 S. Quivas St. To RSVP for this event, click here.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2-4 pm: Boulder Public Library, Boulder (1001 Arapahoe Ave
80302 Boulder
). RSVP or contact Marie Meyer, Exchange Coordinator, at 303-913-4845 for more info. 

Adolesco is a flexible and affordable nonprofit program of unique, two-way exchanges to France, Germany and Spain for qualifying U.S. students ages 9–18. Find other upcoming info meetings here, and sign up for the Adolesco newsletter here. Applications due by Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The University of Colorado Denver and Denver Public Schools are collaborating on a survey focused on safety on the trip to school.  
  • For parents in Denver
  • Focused on safety on the trip to school
  • Takes less than four minutes
  • Enter to win one of ten $50 Visa gift cards
Take the survey here.
Looking for special event credit? Check out this free screening of a documentary about healthy relationships! The Relationship You Deserve is a film made by DPS students, including DCIS student Evan Tribelhorn. If you have any questions, talk to Evan. Tickets and more information available here.


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