Thursday, January 17, 2019

DCIS Connect Newsletter (Jan. 17-23, 2019)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

January 17-23, 2019

(Leer en Español usar el traductor de Google aquí.)
Daniel McCorquodale's memorial will be Monday, Jan. 21, 2 pm, at Trinity Church, 4490 Newland St., Wheat Ridge. A reception will follow at 3 pm.

All are welcome.


  • PTSA Community Gathering: TONIGHT, Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8 pm, DCIS Cafeteria, everyone welcome
  • Passages Day: Friday, Jan. 18 (schedule below)
  • Middle School Basketball: Grant Beacon, Friday, Jan. 18, 4-5 pm girls, 5-6 pm boys, DCIS gym
  • NO SCHOOL — Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 21
  • Daniel McCorquodale Memorial: Monday, Jan. 21, 2 pm, Trinity Church, Wheat Ridge


  • CSC Meeting (new date): Thursday, Jan. 24, 4:30-6:30 pm, DCIS Community Room
  • Middle School Basketball: Friday, Jan. 25, 4-5 pm girls, 5-6 pm boys, at Grant Ranch MIddle School
  • Middle School Basketball: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4-5 pm girls, 5-6 pm boys, at Bear Valley Middle School
  • 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 Community,

It is times like these that the human spirit shows resiliency, courage and community; and the DCIS community has exemplified that spirit this week. Why do we need tragedy to remind us how much we need one another? This week's events remind us to love more strongly, to talk to our children more openly and to live more bravely. We don't give up, but continue on as models for our kids, and to make life more meaningful for ourselves.  

Yes, we are working on the things you are challenging us on: more rigor, less misbehavior and more communication. We will continue to work on these things. For now, our priority is the safety and care of each and every student in our school. And I can assure you of one thing: Your kids are being taken care of and loved by each and every adult in our building.  

My commitment to you is to maintain a culture that is not just maintaining, but striving, growing and learning together. As always, reach out directly to my cell at 720-666-1032 with any concerns, support or comments. 
Mario Giardiello
Assistant Principal

A reminder for all families with 8th graders: The DPS SchoolChoice window opened on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and closes on Friday, Feb. 15. All current DCIS 8th graders who wish to stay are automatically granted admission to DCIS High School, but in order to secure your spot, you must fill out the DPS SchoolChoice application, selecting DCIS High School as your choice. You can apply online here.

Passages is a true "rite of passage" for students at DCIS, who write a 15-page college-level paper in the fall and complete an experiential project in the spring. Tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 18, students will be presenting their passage and defending their thesis in front of their original committees as well as other students at DCIS. We welcome parents to join us!

7:50-8:25            Advisement
8:30 – 9:15          Session 1
9:20 – 10:05        Session 2
10:10 – 10:55      Session 3
11:00 – 11:45      Session 4
11:45 – 12:45      LUNCH
12:45 – 1:30        Session 5
1:35 – 2:20          Session 6
2:25-2:55            Advisement (reflection session)

Find a complete schedule of presenters, topics, times and room numbers here.

Please join us on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 8 pm in the DCIS cafeteria as we find a way to support each other through this tough time. This is NOT a school event, but the DCIS PTSA is inviting everyone in our community who might need a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to lean on. Please bring food and drink to share if you'd like.

The next CSC meeting has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 24, 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.

YCD is seeking volunteers to help with the 26th annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 2. 
As a volunteer, you sign up for a specific "work shift" so that your volunteering has a specific start and end time and you have an idea of the kind of work you'll be doing. Examples include:

  • Greeting participants
  • Handing out programs, giveaways and food
  • Staffing a registration table
  • Organizing and delivering lunch
  • Directing participants around the campus or venue
  • Quietly sitting in on a student discussion, to guarantee everyone's safety
  • Tabulating evaluations we collect throughout the day and inputting them into our website

DCIS students who volunteer can get community service credit. Apply online here.


Parents and teens, join Dr. Aimee Sullivan, PhD, for a free event to learn more about anxiety and teens. Learn to recognize when "teen angst" becomes something more concerning, understand the important differences between typical and atypical teenage behavior, and learn how to seek appropriate professional support when necessary. Dr. Sullivan will speak on Thursday, Feb. 7, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the East High School Auditorium. See the flyer here for more information. 

WorldDenver has upcoming spring 2019 home-stay opportunities, including one 10-day youth program in March and two 3-week professionals programs in May and June. Check out the flyer for more information.

For potential host families interested in learning more and connecting with existing host families, plan to attend an information session on Monday, Jan. 21; Thursday, Jan. 31; or Saturday, Feb. 9. Find more information on WorldDenver's website.

Are you ready to spread your wings to France, Germany, Italy or Spain?  We offer a unique, two-way exchange program that gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and new culture AND to host your carefully matched exchange partner in turn.  

At ADOLESCO YOUTH EXCHANGE we will match you with a student about your own age in France, Germany, Italy or Spain (your choice); you will decide exactly WHEN (whatever's best for your schedule) and for HOW LONG (between 6 and 12 weeks) you want to go on exchange and host as part of our flexible and affordable nonprofit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between the ages of 9 and 18.

Please join us for an INFO MEETING on Saturday, March 2, 2–4 pm, at the Sam Gary Library in Stapleton. RSVP here, and see the website for more info. 

The application deadline is March 15, and matches will be announced by late April. 

Each year since 1979, the Alliance Française de Denver has offered three types of scholarship programs: a French language scholarship, a cultural project scholarship and a French after-school scholarship. These scholarships are at the heart of the organization's mission to promote the Francophone cultures and French language wherever it can. The application deadline for all scholarships is Monday, Feb. 11, with scholarship recipients notified on Monday, Feb. 25. To learn more and apply online, click here.


Register soon for the Denver North Chess Open on Saturday, Feb. 9 for all kids in grades K-12. Find more information in English or Spanish. Register online here

All players are welcome — you do not need to be in an organized chess club. Schools with five or more players registered will be in the team competition. 

There will be no registration on the day of the tournament. Space is limited, so register soon! 

Registration opened on Wednesday, Jan. 16, for KidART Camp (ages 6-13) and Summer Teen Studio (ages 14-17) at Art Students League of Denver. Click here to learn more and search for courses for the young artists in your life.

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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