Thursday, September 27, 2018

 DCIS Connect (September 27-October 3, 2018)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

September 27-October 3, 2018

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


Voting is now open for Collaborative School Committee Parent Representatives. Voting will be online and will close Friday, September 28 at 4:00 pm. You can access the ballot here.  Please remember that only parents are allowed to vote in this election for parent representatives.  Students, faculty and staff have their own constituent processes for selecting members.

There are three candidates nominated for two Parent Representative positions. The CSC includes parent, staff, and student representatives who work on the school improvement plan, evaluate school data, provide strategic direction for DCIS, and provide guidance on and evaluation of the school budget. Please make your voice heard for DCIS and vote!



  • Picture Day: Thursday-Friday, Oct. 4-5,
  • PTSA Board Meeting: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-4 pm, Pizzeria Locale meeting room, 550 Broadway, Denver; all are welcome
  • Canyonlands Fundraiser: Sunday, Oct. 7, 4-8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS PTSA when ordering and the PTSA will get 33% of the proceeds, which will go towards the Canyonlands trip)
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Monday, Oct. 8, 4-8 pm, Chipotle, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS Drama Club when ordering and the club will get 33% of the proceeds)
  • Spirit Week: October 8-12
  • FAFSA NIGHT for Seniors: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 3-7 pm, DCIS Community Room (103)
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Oct. 11, 8–9:15 am
  • High School Homecoming Dance: Saturday, Oct. 13, Time TBD
  • Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences: Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 16-17, 3:15-7:15 pm
  • Fall Break – NO SCHOOL: Friday–Tuesday, Oct. 19–23; school resumes Wednesday, Oct. 24 (White Day)
  • Middle School Halloween Dance: Friday, Oct. 26, 6–8 pm
  • Open House for Prospective Students: Thursday, Nov. 1, 8–9:15 am
  • Drama Club Fundraiser: Monday, Nov. 12, 4-8 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 550 Broadway, Denver (mention the DCIS Drama Club when ordering and the club will get 33% of the proceeds)

Dear DCIS Parents,

Thanks to those of you who were able to make it to our Travel Fair on Wednesday night. So far we have some amazing travel opportunities in the works including trips to: China, London, Italy, Germany, Spain/Morocco, Costa Rica, Peru, and New York. Not to mention our outstanding trip for all DCIS sophomores to Canyonlands in Utah. We will be getting lots of DCIS students travelling this year, one way or another! If you have questions about travel opportunities, please contact our Travel Center by emailing for more information.
Meanwhile, ask your children about all the fascinating things they are doing. I am so proud of them.
Ask your….
  • Senior about their "brag sheet"
  • Junior about their Passage Proposal and their committee meeting last week
  • Sophomore about Canyonlands
  • Freshman about their "privilege walk"
  • 8th grader about Shakespeare in the parking lot last week
  • 7th grader about the concept of absolute value
  • 6th grader about their map skills
Happy Fall to everyone!
Theresa McCorquodale



Practice will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, first game October 16.  All participants will need to have their physical and parent contact sheet complete in order to try out.  Please see Ms. Rodriquez for the forms.


Part of what makes DCIS Baker special is the financial help our students get from the DCIS Foundation so they can afford to travel. Everyone who wants to apply to the DCIS Foundation for a scholarship must attend a student orientation (see dates below), where they will receive a scholarship application. Parents are welcome to join their students at this session as well. You can find more information about the scholarships and application process here.

DCIS Baker Mandatory Student Orientation

  • Monday, Oct. 1, during the lunch period (MUN Room)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2, during the lunch period (MUN Room)
Once applications have been submitted, the foundation will schedule interviews with applicants during the following times:
  • Monday, Oct. 22, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room) 
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room)
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 3-5 pm (DCIS Community Room)
It will take at least a month to find out how much money students have been awarded, and families should receive their check before the winter break.

REMEMBER ... the DCIS Foundation will be at the TRAVEL FAIR on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5-7 pm in the Community Room — bring your questions! Special help for 10th graders needing money to go to Canyonlands.

The following trips are on the books and looking for participants. Please email any of the teachers listed for more information.

Youth in Action, a local nonprofit that helps Denver-area teens become hardworking, responsible leaders, is offering a program that includes Japanese language and culture study, community service and fundraising, culminating in a month-long cultural exchange trip to Japan in June 2020. 

Open to students in grades 7-11. Attend the informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 pm, Highlands Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St., Denver 80212. To find out more about this dynamic group and how to apply, please email JoAnne Harada or call her at 720-217-2160. You can also visit the Youth in Action Colorado Facebook page or its website


THANK YOU to everyone who made the DCIS 2018 Travel Fair such a huge success.  Our community came out in full force, as usual, and our many volunteers worked very hard to make it look effortless.  Our thanks to all, especially our valued Exhibitors, and see you at next year's Travel Fair!  Thanks again, Marie Meyer (parent organizer).



Please watch the newsletter and our social media for news from our Exhibitors, and email to receive a full list of Travel Fair Exhibitors.



Our teachers are a worldly lot!  The following teachers won prizes, sponsored by ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE and COMPASS TRAVEL, at the Travel Fair by answering the following questions:

1. The teacher speaking the most languages: Ms. Marcela Coloria

2. A teacher that can tell Australia's flag from New Zealand's: Mr. Jef Brown

3. A teacher that's been to Kuelap: Mr. Sam Wilson-Moses

4. A teacher that's been to Kuelap AND Jeffries Bay: Ms. Kristine Miller

5. A teacher that's been up (or down) the Moki Dugway: Mr. Malcom Tassi

6. A teacher who likes fishing, and/ or speaks German: Mr. Kit Hinders

7. A teacher that's been to a Lewis and Clark Museum: Ms. Abby Hoffman

8. A teacher that knows what Rocky Point is called in Spanish: Mr. Jesse Sandschaper

9. A teacher who knows where Madurodam is: Mr. Gerado Munoz

10. A teacher who knows how to say hi in Hindi: Ms. Sonia Burns



Join us at Chipotle at 550 Broadway,  Sunday, Oct. 7, 4-8 pm, to help raise money for the 10th grade Canyonlands trip.

PLEASE MENTION THE DCIS PTSA to the cashier before paying (or show a digital or paper flyer) to ensure the PTSA gets 33 percent of the proceeds, which will be split equally among all the 10th grade students attending.

RSVP to Marie and be sure to invite your family and friends!


Join us at Chipotle at 550 Broadway,  Monday, Oct. 8, 4-8 pm, to raise money for the Drama Club. 

PLEASE MENTION THE DCIS DRAMA CLUB to the cashier before paying (or show a digital or paper flyer) and the Drama Club will get 33 percent of the proceeds. 


If you weren't able to make it to the Travel Fair last night, we'll continue to highlight opportunities here!


WorldDenver is a non-profit community organization dedicated to advancing a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures. Supported by individuals, businesses and foundations, WorldDenver engages globally-minded Coloradans in a direct, personal dialogue with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders and professionals from around the world. Our goal is to strengthen and expand the community of engaged global citizens and organizations in Colorado through education, cross-cultural exchange, and personal interaction with international leaders, professionals and students.

More information available

Tami Schmidt: Middle school
Melisa Springsteen: High school last names A-J
Ted Brugman: High school last names K-Z

The Denver National College Fair will be at the Denver Mart on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1–4 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with college representatives from all over the country to find out more about colleges that might interest you. More than 300 colleges from across the United States (and several international colleges) are registered to attend.

Click here to learn more about the fair. At the top of the page, you can follow a link to see a list of colleges and universities that are attending the fair, as well as find a link to register ahead of time. Those who register and get scanned will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Visa gift card!

There will also be three workshops presented during the college fair hours: The Selective College Admissions Process, Finding the Right Fit, and Understanding Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Don't miss this great opportunity to meet with colleges from all over the country!  If you can't make this one, check out others around town.

College Application Day (district-led): Wednesday, Oct. 24, 9 am-1 pm 
FAFSA Night: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 pm, DCIS Community Room

Other FAFSA Nights

If you haven't been getting push notifications via the app in the past couple of weeks, YOU HAVE THE WRONG APP! We've discovered that some folks accidentally downloaded the old app instead of the new one. If your app icon looks like this:

... you need to update the app right away. The icon on your phone should look like this:
To download the new app:
  1. In the App Store or Google Play, search for FLYER SCHOOL (do NOT search for DCIS or DCIS Connect, as that will lead you to the old app).
  2. Download the app and accept push notifications (these let you know when new messages come in). 
  3. Set your preferred language.
  4. Tap the + symbol to search for DCIS at Baker, then press ADD.
You can delete the old app, as we will no longer be using it. If you have trouble downloading the app or have any questions about it, reach out to the Flyer Support team at
Your student(s) can get help with math or literacy through after-school tutoring, or they can use the library for quiet study for an hour after school on two days. 

No school or district transportation will be provided for students staying after school for tutoring or study hall. Students must have their own transportation to get home at 4 pm.

Grade 6
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3–4 pm

Room 202A with
Ms. Johnson

Grades 7 and 8
Thursdays, 3–4 pm
Room 205 with
Mr. Krummel
Grade 9
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm

Room 214 with
Ms. Ryan

Grades 10 and 11
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Room 205 with
Mr. Krummel
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3-4 pm
Grades 6, 7 and 10: Room 122 with
Mr. Sandschaper
Grade 8: Room 117 with Dr. Marion
Grade 9: Room 201A with Mr. Beins
Grade 11: Room 217B with Mr. Wilson-Moses
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3–4 pm
All grades in the Library, under the supervision of
Ms. James


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DCIS Drama Club Facebook 
DCIS Travel Center Facebook
DCIS Foundation Facebook

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