Thursday, February 15, 2018

DCIS Connect Newsletter (Feb 15-21, 2018) 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
February 15-21, 2018

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
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Do you sometimes struggle as a family with finding balance when it comes to time spent on smartphones and playing video games? If so,  please watch this trailer.

If the trailer sparked your interest, please join us for a screening of the film Screenagers next Friday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria. The film 
reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The film is subtitled in Spanish. TrueVoice Studios is generously sponsoring the film, making it free for everyone, but reservations are required — click here to reserve your seats.  


  • Senior Information Night: TONIGHT, Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day, Monday, Feb. 19
  • NO SCHOOL: Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)


  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:30–7:30 pm
  • Screenagers: Movie Screening, Friday, Feb. 23, 6:30–8:30 pm, DCIS Cafeteria
  • 10th Grade Canyonlands Fundraiser: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 4–9 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver
  • Canyonlands Parent/Student Mandatory Meeting: Tuesday, March 6, 6–7 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • Coffee with the Principal (English): Wednesday, March 7, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Daylight Saving Time: Sunday, March 11. SPRING FORWARD!
  • Café con la Directora (en español): Wednesday, March 14, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, March 20, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • NO SCHOOL: Spring Break, Monday–Friday, March 26–30
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, April 2 (staff professional development); school resumes Tuesday, April 3

Black History Month
Advisement classes are decorating their classroom doors for Black History Month, with influential black leaders being the theme. They're encouraged to be creative and to have fun with the project. The winner will get Lamar's donuts. Second- and third-place finishers win candy.

No One Eats Alone
Last Friday's all-school meeting featured a presentation on social isolation that encouraged discussion around these questions: What is social isolation? How might social isolation negatively affect our school? What do you think you can do to stop social isolation at DCIS? Following up on that presentation, students are planning an event for National No One Eats Alone Day tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 16, in the East Gym during lunch, encouraging students to "Come join us to make new friends, play games, win prizes and have fun!" 

On Saturday, April 28, 3-7 pm, the DCIS PTSA will host the first-ever DCIS Reunion & Celebration.  We hope you "save the date," but we also need a few more folks to join one of the planning teams: Food & Beverage, Events & Activities, Alumni Outreach, Sponsorships, and Silent Auction. Please sign up through this link. Thank you!

Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen: 11th and 12th Grades
Aly Bortle: 12th Grade Post-Secondary Coach, Wednesdays and Fridays in room 1010

Last week the School Counseling Department celebrated National School Counseling Week with students and staff. As a department, we are so grateful to be here at DCIS and look forward to continuing to serve all our students, parents and staff.


Senior Information Night. All senior parents are invited to a senior information night TONIGHT, Feb. 15, at 5:30 pm in the auditorium. DCIS staff will speak to families about graduation, next steps, important dates and other information. Following the presentation, students will go to their designated Advisement classes and present their website/portfolios to their families. Please join us!

As of this week ...

  • 82% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 11% of students who have applied have been admitted, thus far
  • 70% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 87% of the senior class is remediation free in math and English
Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here


Parents/guardians of sophomores and juniors: Please join the Counseling Office and DCIS staff on Thursday, March 1, 6-7 pm in the auditorium, for a discussion of the following:

  • Graduation requirements
  • College readiness
  • Concurrent enrollment
  • Beyond high school
  • And more!
Plus, local college, university and technical college reps will be present.


The Colorado Authors' League and the Denver Public Library are sponsoring the Colorado Book Festival on Saturday, March 3, at the Denver Central Library 5/7th floors, 10:30 am–4 pm. It will feature 108 author exhibitors selling and autographing books, as well as 60 panelists on 19 panels covering everything from cooking to writing graphically. Please visit the Colorado Book Festival website for more information.

Celebrity reader Anna Jo Haynes will read Colorado author Denise Vega's Click Here: How I Survived Seventh Grade. Vega is an award-winning children's book author and writing coach who believes in the power of story to entertain, inform and change lives. She will be on hand to answer students' questions.

DCIS students are invited to read the book before the event and prepare one or two questions if they would like to participate in a live recording of the Book Club for Kids podcast. The podcast will be recorded at noon in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Denver Central Library. Students should arrive 15 minutes ahead of time and wait quietly outside the room until the organizers are ready for them.


Legislative Day field trip to the Capitol next Thursday, Feb. 22, and GESTEM opportunities for 7th-grade girls on Friday, May 18 — learn more about these events and other GT news here.

Phoenix Girls Middle School Soccer will begin the week of Feb. 26. Girls in grades 6-8 are invited to attend player placement sessions after school on Monday, Feb. 26 (3:05-4:15 pm); Tuesday, Feb. 27 (3:05-4:00 pm); and Thursday, March 1 (3:05-4:15 pm). If necessary, there will be a fourth session on Friday, March 2.

All girls attending will need an updated physical form (submitted to the main office) and weather-appropriate clothing that they can move well in. Soccer cleats and shinguards are highly recommended but not required. We have extra if girls need to borrow. 

Please fill out this form before tryouts if possible, or get a printed copy from Coach Muñoz in Room 123.

April 3-May 17  2nd Annual YAS Printmaking Exchange
Discover a variety of printmaking techniques including block printing, collograph, monotype, transfer and more. Make a series of prints to share, and take home a diverse portfolio of prints by other young artists.

The after-school studio at the CVA is a free program for creating new work, learning from university and professional artists, and making new friends! Sign up here.

Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:30-5:30 pm
Ages 11-21
Cost: Free!


Also at the Center for Visual Arts, check out "Sangre Colorado: Carlos Fresquez Mid-Career Survey," an exhibit of paintings, prints, installations and set designs by Denver's own Carlos Fresquez, a celebrated Chicano artist. Now through March 24. Learn more here.

It's Prom Season: Bella Boutique
Student Appointments Are Now Open

Bella Boutique is Denver's only nonprofit boutique providing free prom gowns, shoes and accessories to teens in financial need.

If you are on reduced lunch or experiencing hardship, please make an appointment to work with a Bella stylist today. March appointments are available now. Call 303.656.9665.


The DPS In-School Prevention Program is designed to provide evidence-based programs to middle and high school students that aim to prevent substance use or reduce use for students who may already be using. Click here to see their latest bulletin on Juuling.


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