Thursday, March 14, 2019

DCIS Connect Newsletter (March 14-20, 2019)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 14-20, 2019

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

If your student is taking one or more AP exams this spring, AP Exam fees are due TOMORROW, Friday, March 15. If your student qualifies for free and reduced lunch, please email Ms. Masich to obtain the form allowing the district to release information about your status to the AP program. If your student does not bring back this form, or if you do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, the cost of each exam is $94. If your family does qualify, the cost is reduced to $16. Payment may be made in the front office with one of the secretaries or online by March 15. IF YOUR STUDENT DOES NOT PAY BY THE DEADLINE, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE THE EXAM. No exceptions will be made. We know that these exams represent a big commitment for your students and encourage you to direct any questions to Erin Masich at 720-423-9088 or to your student's counselor. 

May 6: Spanish Language and Culture 
May 8: French Language and Culture & English Literature and Composition 
May 10: United States History 
May 13: Biology 
May 14: Calculus, Human Geography 
May 15: Italian Language and Culture 
May 16: World History 


  • Coffee with the Acting Principal (English): Wednesday, March 20, 8-8:45 am, Community Room
  • Cafe con la Directora Interina (Spanish): Thursday, March 21, 8:30-9:15 am, Community Room


  • CSC Meeting: Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6 pm, Community Room
  • PTSA Meeting, Planning 2019-2020 (RESCHEDULED): Thursday, March 21, 6-8 pm, Community Room
  • SPRING BREAK: Monday, March 25–Friday, March 29
  • DCIS Drama Fundraiser: Monday, April 8, 5-9 pm, Chipotle, 6th and Broadway
  • PSAT/SAT TESTING: Tuesday, April 9, all day (9-11 grade) Please have your student bring their own calculator (if they have one)
  • DCIS Drama Fundraiser: Wednesday, April 24, 4-10 pm, Pizzeria Locale, 6th and Broadway
  • NO SCHOOL: Non-student contact day, Monday, April 29
  • DCIS Drama Spring Musical: Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11

Dear DCIS Families,
We are proud of the ongoing work in this community to make our school better. I have met dozens of family members and many more students who are dedicated to this school being safe, comfortable, fun and empowering. Please keep sharing with us the ideas you all have for what we should keep doing and what we can be doing even better.
Last week we agreed as a staff that we will have Advisement again next year. We are still finalizing decisions about the exact bell schedule, but we appreciate that so many of you completed surveys to share your opinions. The counseling team is also working to be able to sign up students for their 2019-2020 school year classes in the coming weeks.
The main focus of our school and in the coming weeks is our academic work. Please talk with your child about what new ideas came up in classes, what skills are being honed, and how they are pushing to learn and do more every day. Right after spring break we will start our state testing, and we're counting on every DCIS student to show off what they can do, just like we see in Drama Club productions, Passages, Senior Presentations and more.
Together in the work,
Jenn Zinn


RESCHEDULED! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Thursday, March 21, for a PTSA meeting from 6 to 8 pm in the Community Room to start our planning for the 2019-2020 school year. We can really use your input! Please see our SignUp Genius for specific asks, but we would love to hear from you if there is something else you would like to offer. Bringing something to eat or drink is optional, but much appreciated. Everyone welcome.

Safe2Tell Colorado wants every student to know: Telling isn't "snitching." Telling is when you need to keep yourself or someone you know safe from threats, harmful behaviors or dangerous situations.

Not sure if you should use Safe2Tell? If you don't, who will? We need your help to improve your school and community. By calling, you can help stop a friend from committing suicide, get another student off drugs or stop a bully from making other people miserable. If you have information about anyone in these situations, please call.

To make a report, call 1-877-542-7233 from anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call is free. You also may
make an anonymous web tip or download the Safe2Tell mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Remember, your identity is safe. No one will ask for your name or number. There is no caller id., no call tracing, no call recording and no call forwarding. We only want to hear your concern and try to help.

The anonymity of all Safe2Tell Colorado reports is protected by C.R.S. 07-197. This Colorado state law means the reporting party remains UNKNOWN.

Safe2Tell Colorado is for serious concerns and focuses on saving lives of Colorado students. Should Safe2Tell Colorado become the victim of prank calls, the line will be forwarded and traced with law enforcement notified immediately. Deliberate false reports made by phone, online or mobile app may be investigated. Use Safe2Tell Colorado wisely!

In addition to Safe2Tell, DCIS middle and high school counselors are available if your students need to talk.

Tami Schmidt
Middle school

Melisa Springsteen
High school last names A-J

Ted Brugman 
High school last names K-Z


Parents & guardians please sign up! Get text and/or email reminders about what is going on with the DCIS Counseling Department.


March 22 — 9th grade College Expo

  • All 9th graders will be joining us on a visit to the Auraria Campus.

Early April — Concurrent Enrollment

  • Registration for off-campus college courses will begin.
  • If your student has already taken the ACCUPLACER and received a college-ready designation, please have them see Mrs. Springsteen.

April 9 — PSAT and SAT testing for grades 9-11

  • There will be no school for middle school students and 12th graders.
  • In addition, as a disclaimer to all students and families, it is very important that your student bring their own calculator (if they have one) to this test date. We have a limited number and cannot guarantee one for every student.  
May 3 — 12th grade college signing day during All-School Meeting and districtwide at University of Denver

May 22 — Graduation, 6 pm at the University of Denver

If your student is enrolled in a concurrent enrollment class, click here to see the drop/withdrawal deadlines.


Scholarship Newsletter and Other Documents


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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