Wednesday, January 9, 2019

DCIS Connect Newsletter (Jan. 10-16, 2019)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

January 10-16, 2019

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

The School Leadership Team (SLT) would like your input regarding next year's bell schedule. Only the first question is "required" if you choose to take the survey, so you're free to respond to the other questions most relevant to you. To fill out the survey, please click here.  


  • PSAT/SAT Practice Test: Monday, Jan. 14, during morning classes 
  • DCIS Foundation Mandatory Scholarship Meetings: Monday, Jan. 14, and Thursday, Jan. 17, lunchtime in MUN room
  • Open House for Prospective Families: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 8 am


  • PTSA Community Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8 pm, DCIS Cafeteria, everyone welcome
  • CSC Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 17, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room
  • Passages Day: Friday, Jan. 18
  • NO SCHOOL — Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 21
  • Open House for Prospective Families: Thursday, Jan. 31, 6–7:30 pm
  • NO SCHOOL — Non-Student Contact Day: Friday, Feb. 1
  • DCIS Drama Presents One-Act Plays: Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2, 6 pm
  • DCIS Drama Spring Musical Auditions: Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 4-5; Thursday, Feb. 7, after school

Dear DCIS Parents,

Happy 2019! We are so happy to have your kids back with us at school. We have had a great start to the new semester. To begin, we're thrilled to have the following new staff members:
  • Josiah Ellsworth: New Restorative Practices Coordinator
  • Dante Johnson: New Facilities Team member
  • Susan Marion: Art teacher, returned from her leave last semester
  • Vanessa Medina: New Restorative Practices Coordinator
  • Diego Rodriguez: New Spanish and ELD teacher
Next week two major events will take place. First, on Monday, Jan. 14, all 9th, 10th and 11th graders will be taking a full-length PSAT/SAT practice test during the morning, with classes resuming after lunch. Middle school students will attend classes as normal. Seniors who have any missing credits will be given the day to complete credit recovery. All other seniors do not have classes on this day and do not need to come to school.
Second, Friday, Jan. 18, is Passages Day. Sixth graders will attend one Passages presentation and then depart for their full-day field trip to International Town. All other students will attend Passages presentations and related activities throughout the day. Parents are welcome! Our juniors really shine on this day and provide an impressive model for younger students who will be completing their own Passages when they become juniors.
Monday, Jan. 21 is a holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please feel free to join our Student Council at the
Marade on this day.
Know any parents looking for a great school for their children for next year? Please spread the word about DCIS! We have an evening Open House event on Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Here's to a great start for 2019!

Theresa McCorquodale


The DCIS Foundation student travel scholarship process begins soon. Students planning to apply for a travel scholarship MUST attend a DCIS Foundation orientation in the MUN room on one of the following two dates during lunch:

  • Monday, Jan. 14
  • Thursday, Jan. 17

YOU ARE INVITED to attend the DCIS Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) community meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8 pm, in the DCIS Cafeteria. We look forward to discussing volunteer, fundraising and sponsorship opportunities, and answering your questions or hearing your ideas for fundraising and your priorities for how to spend the money the PTSA raises. Hope to see you there!


The next CSC meeting is Thursday, Jan. 17, 4:30–6:30 pm in the DCIS Community Room. All members of the community are welcome to sit in on these meetings, and there is a period for public comment at the beginning of each meeting.

  • What is a Collaborative School Committee?
    The Collaborative School Committee (CSC) brings together families, staff and community members to create and implement a plan to promote high achievement within a school. This committee meets on a regular basis throughout the school year and is an opportunity for key stakeholders to have a voice in their school. Colorado law requires all schools to have a CSC to increase the amount of accountability and family involvement in our schools.
  • What is this group responsible for doing?
    This group works with school leaders to provide feedback on important school decisions. These decisions may include ways to improve academic performance, budgets and the school's program.
  • Why does my school have one?
    Every school in the Denver Public School system has one. Colorado law requires all schools to have this kind of group to increase the amount of accountability and parent involvement in our schools. (To learn more about that law, please click here.)

Tami Schmidt
Middle school

Melisa Springsteen
High school last names A-J

Ted Brugman 
High school last names K-Z


Welcome back! Some important dates to add to the calendar.

  • Friday, March 22: 9th grade College Expo
  • Tuesday, April 9: PSAT and SAT testing for grades 9-11
  • Friday, May 3: 12th grade college signing day during all-school meeting
  • Wednesday, May 22: Graduation
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Check out the DenverRAP (Denver Resource for Awareness and Prevention January Activity Calendar.


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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