Thursday, April 12, 2018

DCIS Connect Newsletter (April 12-18, 2018) 

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
April 12-18, 2018

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)

In order to make it easier for staff and students to attend, the DCIS Celebration has been moved from Saturday, April 28, to Friday, April 27, 3-7 pm. The Reunion/Auditorium Dedication will take place on Saturday, April 28, 5:30–8 pm.

As part of the fun-filled DCIS Celebration on Friday, the PTSA would like to invite students (individuals or groups) and, in a new twist, families, to participate in the first-ever DCIS FAMILY TALENT SHOW! All individuals who participate in the talent show will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card! Sign-ups are happening now (please sign up by Friday, April 20)! Registration forms are outside Ms. Kerswill's office door, or you can sign up online here.  

Questions? Contact Karen at or 303-910-6698.

The DCIS Celebration will be fun for the whole family, and we look forward to seeing you there!


  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)


  • DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6–8 pm, Museum of Nature & Science
  • DCIS Celebration: Friday, April 27, 3–7 pm, DCIS
  • DCIS Reunion/Auditorium Dedication: Saturday, April 28, 5:30–8 pm, DCIS
  • Coffee with the Principal (in English): Wednesday, May 2, 8:15–9:15 am, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • DPS Superintendent-Parent Forum: Family Leadership Awards and Conversation with Board of Education Members, Thursday, May 3, 9:30–11:30 am, PPA Event Center, 2105 Decatur St., Denver; register here
  • DCIS Musical: Beauty and the Beast: Thursday–Saturday, May 3–5, 6 pm, DCIS auditorium
  • Dine Out for DCIS PTSA: Thursday, May 10, 4–8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (50% of proceeds benefit the PTSA!)
  • "Navigating Adolescence" Parent Presentation/PTSA Meeting: Thursday, May 10, 6–7:30 pm
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 8 pm–midnight

Yearbooks will be here soon! Have you ordered yours? Yearbooks are arriving in a matter of weeks, and they're selling fast! Order yours now, because once they're gone, they're gone. Yearbooks are available for $50 in room 216A, payment by cash or check.
This year the DCIS Foundation's annual fundraising event will take place at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science! Please join us for "DCIS Foundation Passport Dinner: Igniting Global Understanding, Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders," Thursday, April 26, 6 pm. Order tickets here.

**Own a business or have connections with one?** We are seeking sponsorships! Please view our 
sponsorship packet for our Globetrotter, World Traveler, Domestic Destination Explorer and Travel Bug sponsorship levels. Thank you for helping us get more kids out of the classroom and into the world!
Congrats to DCIS Junior Mia Oliver, who plays tennis at North High School, on her first-place win for girls No. 1 singles at the South High School Rebel Invitational on April 6. Teammate Miele Klein took second place for girls No. 2 singles, and teammate Tabitha Wilber took second for No. 3 singles. Way to go!

History Colorado is thrilled to again partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center on the Young Ambassador Program (YAP) this summer. This is a paid internship that is available only to graduating high school seniors. YAP is a national program aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program encouraging participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.
Students with an interest in and commitment to the arts, sciences and humanities as they pertain to Latino communities and cultures are selected to travel to Washington, DC, for a weeklong seminar at the Smithsonian. 
This enrichment opportunity is a leadership development and skill-building training that exposes youth to a wide array of academic disciplines promoting higher education and encouraging the exploration and understanding of the Latino identity. The seminar, known as Washington Week, includes visits to the Smithsonian's Latino collections and one-on-one interaction with renowned experts from various fields. 
Following the training seminar, students participate in a four-week interdisciplinary internship in museums and other cultural institutions in 17 cities across the United States and Puerto Rico including the Education Department at the History Colorado Center here in Denver! This hands-on component allows students to gain transferable knowledge and apply the skills acquired during the training seminar to their internship assignments. 
The application deadline is Monday, April 9. Click here for the applicant guide and here to apply.   

With summer vacation quickly approaching, many parents are tasked with the overwhelming responsibility of making sure their children are safe, fed and well cared for. In addition, you want to find something for your child to do that is low cost (or better yet, free!), and will match their hobbies and interests. This may seem like an impossible task, but DenverRAP has made life a little easier for you with a list of low-cost and free summer camps and activities for Denver youth. For the full list, visit this site.

Join DCIS's own Caroline Kerswill and several other great educators at Sky Vista Middle School for a summer program that focuses on proving the relevance of theatre arts in a STEM-focused world. At this science center with an arts education emphasis, students will create original theatre productions based on stories that need to be told in our community. Our mission is to provide young adults with the opportunity to make genuine connections with valuable content to help them grow in self-discovery, confidence and citizenship. Click here for more information and to register.

The Native American Student Alliance Club at Denver Center for International Studies will be hosting a powwow (a social gathering for sharing culture and dance) on May 11, 2–6 pm, in the courtyard on the DCIS campus. This powwow will allow Native American students to share their culture and dance with staff, students and their families as well as the community. If you'd like to help out in raising funds to support this effort, check out the club's gofundme page here

Check out this month's GT newsletter, which includes summer opportunities, information about the upcoming GESTEM field trip and a link to the new DPS Gifted and Talented Department's Facebook page.

Denver Center for International Studies

Drama Club presents


DCIS Auditorium
574 W. 6th Ave Denver, CO 80203


May 3, 4  |   6 pm

May 5  |   2 pm, 6 pm

$5 students, $8 adults, $10 first three rows

Click here to purchase advance tickets


Tami Schmidt: Middle School
Ted Brugman: 9th and 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen: 11th and 12th Grades

If you were unable to make the March 1 presentation for 9th graders and their parents, the PowerPoint presentation regarding graduation requirements is available here, and information regarding the Spring 2019 10th grade Canyonlands trip is available here.

If you were unable to make the March 1 meeting, "Graduation and Beyond," the PowerPoint slides are available here.

  • 89% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 30% of students who have applied have been admitted thus far
  • 84% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 94% of the senior class is remediation-free in Math
  • 91% of the senior class is remediation-free in English
  • Congrats to Evan Tribelhorn on receiving a full ride to Seattle University! 
  • Congrats to our DPS Retired Teachers' Scholarship winner… $40,000!
  • Congrats to our four Daniel's Fund Scholarship recipients, who'll be getting a full ride to college: Sierra Romero, Imad Rashed, Mohammed Rashed and Yaseen Rashed. Check out the piece that 9News did on the Rashed siblings.
Senior Parent Night — View the presentation from the Feb. 15 meeting here.         
Check out the latest scholarship opportunities here


DCIS Website
DCIS Facebook Page
DCIS Parents Group (closed, non-school-sanctioned) on Facebook
DCIS Drama Club Facebook 
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook
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