Thursday, March 7, 2019

DCIS Connect Newsletter (March 7-13, 2019)

Weekly Newsletter for Parents, Staff and Students

March 7-13, 2019

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


The DCIS PTSA is excited to announce that we will be having a Pour Painting night TOMORROW, Friday, March 8, 6-8 pm, in the DCIS Cafeteria for International Women's Day. All are welcome!

The painting project will be hosted by Spectra Art Space. The event starts with writing a manifestation on the back of the canvas, which the host will provide. Then, each individual is given a cup to fill with different colors of paint, each color labeled with a feeling or emotion such as gratitude, compassion, etc. Afterward, participants are invited to share their manifestation and how they feel about their painting. 

The cost for each participant is $25, and parents are encouraged to bring a friend or two. A second painting can be done for $10 more. These could be nice gifts, but the intent is to bring our parents together and create community within the school. Students are welcome to participate at their parent's discretion. 

Please sign up by sending an email to Angela.



  • PTSA Meeting, Planning 2019-2020: Thursday, March 14, 6-8 pm, Community Room
  • CSC Meeting: Thursday, March 21, 4:30-6 pm, Community Room
  • SPRING BREAK: Monday, March 25–Friday, March 29
  • PSAT/SAT TESTING: Tuesday, April 9, all day (9-11 grade)
  • DCIS Drama Fundraiser: Monday, April 8, 5-9 pm, Chipotle, 6th and Broadway
  • 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

DCIS Parents,
We learned this week that Mrs. McCorquodale won't be returning during this school year. We all continue to keep her and her family in our thoughts, and I know this news is difficult to hear as we look ahead to the last quarter. Please know that the DCIS team is committed to ensuring a strong end to the school year, and I will continue to serve the team and the mission of the school community in the coming months.

This week's update is very similar to what we shared last week — the school is buzzing with a focused push on our academic work. As you know, the weeks after Spring Break will go by quickly and will include different
opportunities for DCIS students to show what they can do. On April 9, middle schoolers will not have school while the 9th, 10th and 11th graders take their PSATs and SATs. Until then we are making the most of every minute we have in classrooms. Thank you for supporting your child's academic work when you see them after school and when you send them to us every morning.

We look forward to another week together.

Jenn Zinn


MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Thursday, March 14, 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.


Come and year how Adolesco Youth Exchange can change your life! YOU ARE INVITED: This Saturday, March 9, from 2 to 4 pm in the meeting room at the Belmar Public Library. RSVP Marie and see for more info.

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 (6 to 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 ages 9 and 18.

We typically have two matchings per year. The next one is coming up in April with an application due date of March 15; the one after that is in November with an application due date of October 31. Please start your application here


Tami Schmidt
Middle school

Melisa Springsteen
High school last names A-J

Ted Brugman 
High school last names K-Z


Some important dates to add to the calendar:

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

Click here to view the DenverRAP Activity Calendar for March. This calendar provides information on free activities happening in the Denver area. Please share this with anyone who might benefit from this resource. You can also have information about free activities happening in Denver sent directly to your phone by texting "DenverRAP" to 67076.


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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