Thursday, May 10, 2018

DCIS Connect Newsletter (May 10-16, 2018)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students
May 10-16, 2018

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



Adolescence can be a tricky time for your kids as their bodies and brains rapidly change, not to mention their hormones, thoughts and feelings. Dealing with the flurry of changes that propel kids into young adulthood can also be hugely challenging for parents, especially if the changes seem to happen overnight. The good news is … you're not alone!

Join your fellow parents in learning to recognize, understand, successfully navigate and help your kids manage the crazy roller-coaster ride of adolescence in TONIGHT's presentation, sponsored by the DCIS PTSA, in the DCIS cafeteria.  

The presentation is 6–6:30 pm, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. Following the presentation, the PTSA will hold its last meeting of the 2017-18 school year, during which it will discuss next year's PTSA officers and plans, wrapping up by 7:30 pm. Childcare and simultaneous interpretation provided.

What about dinner tonight? Swing by Chipotle at 6th & Broadway between 4 and 8 pm, mention the DCIS PTSA when you order, and 50% of your order amount will be donated to the PTSA! We need at least $300 in sales to qualify, so please stop by! Dine in or grab and go, as you're welcome to bring your dinner to the meeting.

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


  • 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, featuring Larry Botnick, MSW, LCSW, a DPS social worker
  • DCIS Powwow: Friday, May 11, 2–6 pm
  • Drama Club Banquet: Friday, May 11, 5–7 pm
  • Prom: Saturday, May 12, 7–11 pm, Denver Field House, 1600 Federal Blvd., Denver 80204
  • CSC Meeting: Tuesday, May 15, 4–6 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Café con la directora (en español): Wednesday, May 16, 8:45–9:45 am, DCIS Community Room (103)


  • Senior Awards Night & Dinner Reception: Thursday, May 17, 6–8 pm 
  • Senior Checkout Days (last day for seniors): Friday, May 18
  • Graduation: Thursday, May 24, 6–8 pm, Newman Center for the Performing Arts at University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
  • Final Exams (Green Day): Friday, May 25
  • NO SCHOOL: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
  • Final Exams (Blue Day): Tuesday, May 29
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR GRADES 8–11: Tuesday, May 29
  • 8th Grade Continuation: Tuesday, May 29, 6–8 pm, DCIS Auditorium
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for GRADES 6–7, Field Day, Final Exams Makeup Day: Wednesday, May 30
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast: Friday, June 1

Dear DCIS Parents,

Our school received FANTASTIC news this week. U.S. News & World Report named DCIS as one of the Top Ten High Schools in Colorado! We were ranked at No. 6 in the state and No. 3 in Denver Public Schools. Given that the only two schools ahead of us in DPS are both charter schools, we essentially are the No. 1 non-charter high school in the city! Yay, DCIS!!!!! We have our amazing staff, our terrific students and our supportive parents to thank for this honor. So thank you!

And speaking of thanks, thanks to all the parents for the gift cards and treats during Staff Appreciation Week. We are so grateful to you and are looking forward to the staff breakfast the parents are planning for us on June 1. Knowing that we have the support of our parents means so much to us. Again, thank you.

We would love to get more feedback from parents about what we are doing well as well as where we can grow. We would really appreciate it if you could take a few moments to complete the online Parent Feedback Survey here. The deadline is tomorrow, May 11, so if you can find the time in the next day or so, please let us know what you think by completing the survey. Thanks in advance for your time.

Finally, I would like to plug the powwow being hosted by our very own Lakota students, tomorrow from 2:30 to 6 pm on the DCIS field. Come out and join the fun!

Thank you again for all your support!

Theresa McCorquodale


A HUGE thank-you to all the families who donated money and gift cards for Staff Appreciation Week! Because of your generosity, we were able to give each staff member $20 worth of gift cards. You ROCK! 

A reminder that we are also hosting a breakfast for the staff on their last day of the school year, Friday, June 1. If you'd like to help with that by providing a tasty treat or beverage, y
ou can sign up here. (You can drop off nonperishable items earlier that week in the front office.)
Have you purchased yours? Yearbooks have arrived and can be picked up at lunch in room 216A. Bring your receipt! We have a limited number of unsold yearbooks available for purchase for $50 outside room 109 at lunch or in room 216A. Please contact with questions.


Borderless Friends Forever is looking for families to host exchange students for the 2018-2019 school year. If you're interested, please contact Melissa (703-674-6578).

World Denver is looking for short-term host families for an Iraqi youth delegation July 11-25. WorldDenver is partnering with World Learning to host the U.S. State Department's 2018 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange program. Homestay Hosts needed for 11-12 high school-aged participants and 1 adult mentor. All English speaking. Participants have programming Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm; evenings and weekends are free for them to spend with their hosts. Daily pickups/drop-offs at MLK Jr. Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. (carpool opportunities available).  If you are interested, please contact Gergana Kostadinova (720-330-9289).

Counselor Assignments
Tami Schmidt – Middle School
Ted Brugman – 9th, 10th Grades
Melisa Springsteen – 11th, 12th Grades
Senior Update
  • 87% of our senior class has applied to a university, community college and/or technical school
  • 38% of students who have applied have been admitted, thus far
  • 84% of the senior class has completed their FAFSA
  • 95% of the senior class is remediation free in Math
  • 95% of the senior class is remediation free in English           

Scholarship Newsletter (updated weekly)


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