Dateline June  2017
DA Community Supports Teacher Andy Klaus-Corritore's Search for Kidney Donor
Watch and share video by DA Parent

Mr. K with his 9th Grade Homeroom Class

DA 9th Grade teacher Andy Klaus-Corritore (Mr. K) needs a kidney. Dr. Stacey Folk, a  parent of one of Mr. K's homeroom students, produced a heartfelt video to spread the word about his need for a living kidney donor. At the end of May, Mr. K received notice that he is officially on the organ donor transplant list! On the last day of classes at DA this year, Mr. K and his students watched Dr. Folk's video and celebrated his official designation to the list. Read the story about Mr. K and the celebration with his students by Fox 31 and CW2 TV here

For those of you who haven't yet seen Dr. Folk's video about Mr. K, here's the link: . Please watch and share! We have shared the video on DA's social media channels, so please share on your own social media pages as well.    

Give to 2017 Denver Academy Annual Fund by June 30 to Support DA's Amazing Teachers and Community

At DA, we do things differently than other schools. Our teachers provide instruction based on teacher/student relationships the way each child learns best. Our teachers think outside the box, our students think outside the box, and our Headmaster thinks outside the box.  

If you haven't seen this video - watch it now and give to the Annual Fund!     

Give to the DA Annual Fund!
Give to the DA Annual Fund!

DA Summer Program Starts June 12
Space is still available. Register today!

Elementary and Middle School:
Session I - June 12 to July 7 
Session II - July 10 to August 4

High School:
Session - June 12 to July 14

Looking for summer reading or writing programs? We've got you covered. 
Due to overwhelming popularity, our Orton-Gillingham Intensive Reading program this summer is FULL! However, we have additional reading/writing sessions for your child. Registration is available now for both of these summer programs so don't wait. 
1. One-on-One Tutoring 
Once given an assessment by a DA Literacy Specialist, we will design a tutoring plan that meets the goals of the student and their parents. Denver Academy tutors use multi-sensory approaches, including but not limited to the Orton-Gillingham method. 
2. Academic Reading and/or Writing Session(s) 
This 90-min ute whole class/whole group approach is available at multiple grade levels 
and is for those who thrive in a group
setting. DA summer classes have a maximum of 12 students and include periods of one-on-one practice. See the Academics section of the Summer Program brochure for details and pricing. 

DA Summer Athletic Camps
Boys Basketball Camp
Join Coach Vincent Ruscio in one or both of these week-long camps to fine-tune fundamentals, develop new skills and work on conditioning. Open to boys in grades 8 through 12.  
Dates: June 26-30; July 24-28
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: DA Gym
Cost: $250 per week (Pay by July 7 and save 5%!)

Boys Soccer Camp
Join Coach Ben Ollett for a week of  soccer training focused on skill development, speed, agility and fitness training. Open to boys in grades 8 through 12.
Date: August 7-11 
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Where: Denver Academy
Cost: $175
Equipment:  Soccer  cleats or turf shoes, running shoes, shin guards, and a water bottle.

Girls Volleyball Camp & Girls Basketball Camp
Join Coaches Kyra Ruscio and Ashley Kelemen for either of these camps to work on team and skill building, introduce new students to the game and have fun! Open to girls in grades 8 through 12. First-time players welcome!
Dates: August 7-11
Times:  Volleyball 10:00am - 12:00pm/ Basketball 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: DA gym
Cost: $250.00 for each  camp . (Pay by  July 7 and save 5%!)

Athletic Training Camp
Join Coaches Kyra Ruscio and Ben Ollett to become a better athlete through boot camp training, weight lifting, plyometrics, stretching, and direct instruction to avoid injury and maximize development. Open to all students in grades 8 through 12.
When:     June 12-16 (Coach Ruscio) 10:00am - 12:00pm 
June 19-23 (Coach Ollett) 1:00pm - 3:00pm 
Where: DA Gym
Cost: $235 

To register for Summer Athletic Camps, please contact Summer Program Director Chris Hegele via email or at 303-777-5870. 

DA Summer Program offers something for everyone  
In addition to academic classes for math, reading, writing and student skills, and Athletic Camps, DA's Summer Program offers an Elementary Day Camp and quick-hitter one week sessions like ceramics, photography and 3D modeling. 

Get more information at (2017 summer brochure, price list and registration form).  If you have questions, please contact Summer Program Director  Chris Hegele  via email or at 303-777-5870 ext. 247.
DA Open House
Spread the word about DA! 
Admissions Open House Tuesday, June 6 from 5 to 7 pm

Word of mouth is one of the best ways prospective parents find out about DA. So please spread the word and invite anyone who might be interested in attending our next Admissions Open House on Tuesday, June 6 from 5 to 7pm.
Our Open House events are a great way to introduce prospective families to our school. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet our Admissions Staff and DA Faculty and will also enjoy a tour of the campus given by Student Ambassadors.
No appointments are necessary to attend! 

Find out more at

Parent Reminders
Submit all non-medical exemptions on or after July 1, 2017
As the school year winds down, please keep in mind all non-medical exemptions submitted between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, expire on June 30, 2017. Parents/guardians wishing to exempt students from school-required vaccines for the 2017-2018 school year will need to submit a new non-medical exemption on or after July 1, 2017. Medical exemptions remain valid as long as no information has changed. Get more info about vaccine exemptions.

Immunization requirements for incoming 6th grade students
Please download the updated immunization requirements for all incoming 6th graders. Any updated records need to be turned in to the front office before school starts in August. Thank you!

To be part of the carpool list or not to be?
That is the question. If you do not want your name, contact information, your child's first name and grade shared with other Denver Academy families for carpool purposes, please email by July 1, 2017. Type "CARPOOL OPT-OUT" in the subject line, and we will not include your information in the 2017-2018 carpool lists. Thank you.

Honors, Awards & Achievements
Two DA High School students win photography award
Photo by Kayla Kelley
Students in DA's Documentary Photography class participated in an outside project called Working Assumptions
The idea was that the students took pictures of how their families' work lives and home lives combined and overlapped.

Two DA students, senior  Kayla Kelley and sophomore Yared Sanbet, were recognized for their outstanding work with the Award of Excellence! 

Kayla Kelley's description of her work: "In my picture, my little brother is working on his computer, just like my dad. This was taken at around  8 p.m. , on a weekday. This describes my family because my little brother is just like my dad...My little brother fell in love with a computer and work just like my dad. This is him after he just finished his homework and is about to have some fun."

Photo by Yared Sanbet
Yared Sanbet's description of his work: "This is my mother's home office. It is always filled with boxes because she has to fly around the country for work, and as a result she is never home. I chose to include this photograph because it shows how my mother is willing to fly around the country to support the family that she rarely ever sees."

DA High School student wins Emperor Science Award!
DA Junior Crosby Gaeta was one of 100 high school students across the United States who received an  award from  PBS LearningMedia's and Stand Up To Cancer's Emperor Science Award program. The initiative encourages high school students to explore careers in science, specifically cancer research and care, through a unique mentoring opportunity.  

As an award recipient, Crosby will have an opportunity to conduct research in a lab, working with a scientist on a multi-week cancer research project, will receive a Google Chrome computer to enhance studies and to facilitate mentor access, and a $1,500 stipend for expenses. Congrats, Crosby! 

DA Senior Alex Hayes selected for Mile High League All-Conference Baseball Team
The Baseball Coaches of the Mile High League have selected DA senior Alex Hayes to the All-Conference Baseball Team for the 2017 season. Alex hit .500 for the Mustangs this past season, including a towering home run onto Dahlia Street along with three triples. Alex has also been invited to participate in the 2A All-State Game to be played on Sunday, June 4. Congratulations to Alex for these two special honors!

Teacher of the Year, Staff Member of the Year and Wings of the Future Awards Announced at Celebration in May
Cayla Berry - Teacher of the Year 2017
DA teachers, administrators and staff members were recognized at the annual Professional Development Celebration in May for their hard work and continued commitment to the students at DA. 

Cayla Berry, who teaches High School Spanish and Literature, received the Teacher of the Year Award

Accountant and Human Resources Staff Member Trudy Matlock won the Staff Person of the Year Award
Trudy Matlock - Staff Person of the Year 2017 

D ean of 12th Grade, Chad Lindburg, received the Wings of the
Chad Lindburg - Wings of the Future Award 2017
Future Award

DA's Director of Education Philippe Ernewein was recognized by Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities Board Member Patty Meek.

Congratulations to all the winners!
Check out the photos from the event here.

College and Transition News
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! 
As a class, they received 70 acceptances to 36 distinctive colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The Class of 2017 will be participating in gap-year programs in Australia, the Caribbean, and Japan; working for Southwest Airlines, and attending 20 different colleges in nine states and Canada. From Toronto to Phoenix, and from Tacoma to here in the mile-high city, this class is truly "going places."

 Class of 2017 Post-Secondary Schools:
Arapahoe Community College*
Colorado Mesa University*
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Drake University
Grand Canyon University
Hastings College
Landmark College
Metropolitan State University of Denver*
Naropa University

Ryerson University
St. Olaf College
The Paul Mitchell School, Denver
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
University of Denver*
University of Kansas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Puget Sound
University of Wyoming*
Western State Colorado University*

Overwhelmed with college planning and application paperwork? Then take advantage of a 3-day workshop for rising juniors and seniors. The workshop, part of DA's Summer Program, will be August 1-3 from 8am-3pm on the DA campus. Click here for more information and to register.


Check out the Summer College Search Series hosted by regional admission representatives from many schools outside of Colorado. Prospective students will have 11 opportunities throughout the metro area to attend a college fair and listen to an informative session on college "fit." Get additional information here.


Questions about the ACT/SAT, colleges with excellent support for students with learning differences, gap year options, etc.? The updated College & Transition Counseling Program Handbook is available online.
Library News 
Denver Academy Summer Reading
Denver Academy encourages students to read over the summer! Visit the  DA Library Summer Reading website for information on ebooks, book lists, and finding just-right books.

As part of DA's Summer Reading, the DA Library is offering an optional reading incentive program in which students can earn homework passes for the reading they do. The parent letter and reading log are located in the files section of the library's Summer Reading site. Your child may have required reading, especially in the case of our honors and High School students, but you will learn of those required texts from your child's division head.

Ebooks are a great way to keep reading over the summer, and ebooks from MackinVIA are available! To log in and view them, type Denver Academy in the "School Name" box. Both our USER ID and password are denveracademy. We also have some Follett ebooks available; go here for more information to watch a how-to screencast. 

Library Year-End Report
Which DA resource saved your families nearly $70,000 last year? The Denver Academy Library! For more library statistics and a list of lessons taught this school year, check out the Library's Year-End Report

Questions? Contact Jolene Gutierrez, Librarian, at
Alumni News
Class of 2014
Scott Eansor
Scott Eansor was captain of the Seattle Thunderbirds as they beat the Pats to win the Western Hockey League Championships in overtime. The team went on to represent the WHL at the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Windsor Ontario May 18 to 28.

Aleeza Lampert
Aleeza Lampert was inducted into the International Honors Society in Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado.

Class of 2013
Bridget Barker graduated from Regis University with a degree in Communications and Business Marketing.

Bear Buscher
Bear Buscher and his band Public Safety, made it to the finals in the Westword Battle of the Bands. Congratulations on your 2nd place finish in such a tough competition!

Jessica Woodward
Jessica Woodward graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Event Management. She works at Serendipity Catering.
Photo by Myfamilyclicks.

Britt Brothers
Class of 2012
Britt Brothers graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.S. degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences.

Alex Edwards
Alex Edwards graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a degree in History with a focus in Special Education.

Class of 2011
Rachael McDaniel graduated from Metropolitan State College earning a degree in Hospitality with a concentration in events and restaurants. She is the Assistant General Manager of Jack's Uptown Grille.

Class of 2009
Taryn Cantor graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA with a degree in Literature.

Brynn Zajkowski graduated from Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana with a degree in Equine Therapy.

Class of 2006
James D'Amato and his business partner Kat Kuhl, presented the game they developed, Noisy Person Cards , on the ABC television show, " The Toy Box" .  The game has been picked up by Mattel as a result of their appearance on the show.

Liz Cohen
Liz Cohen married Joshua Morgan at Wedgewood at Black Forest in Colorado Springs.
Photo by Shelbi Nikkole Photography.

Class of 2001
Callan Hackstaff runs Cohesive Support, a remote tech support service for businesses, households and non-profits around the country. He is a husband and a dad to one son. To find out more about his tech support company go to

Have alumni news? Please contact Karen Lozow and join our Alumni Facebook Group

Purchase a Brick for the Alumni Walk

Denver Academy invites you to celebrate your senior student by purchasing an inscribed brick for the Alumni Walk. Located at the beautiful and historic gated corner of Iliff and Birch streets, your brick will create a meaningful reminder of your loved one's time at DA. 

We hope you will join in supporting the next generation of Denver Academy students. The funds raised from purchased bricks will support the Denver Academy Scholarship Endowment Fund, paving the way for future students who will need financial assistance to afford tuition.

Many bricks record a graduate's name and year of graduation. Others have personal messages. Each holds a story. Inscribed bricks may be purchased for a minimum donation of $125 each.  Purchase them on our website or call  Shelley Devitt at 303-777-5870 ext 325 .
Volunteer News
Thank you volunteers for a wonderful year!  
Dana Bair and the After Prom Committee threw an amazing event for our High School students. Everyone enjoyed the Comic Con theme and fun activities! Thank you for all of your time and hard work!
Thank you, Debbie Campbell and the Ponies, for a wonderful teacher appreciation week and an exciting carnival. It has been a busy month for you and we are grateful for all you have done!
2017 Lower School Carnival
The Herd and Paige Chayet served the Middle School students walking tacos. Thank you for that delicious treat!
Thanks to Amanda Plank for leading the Mustang Connection in feeding our hungry test-taking High School students!  
To Lorie Linnell and all the fantastic Gala volunteers, a giant thank you for your dedication, time and energy. This fabulous and successful event could not have happened without you!
Shop at Amazon to support Denver Academy
Please consider shopping at for your grad and dad. Amazon will make a donation to Denver Academy for every sale! 
Don't forget to purchase your EduKit!

Edukit is the easy, one-stop shop for everything your student needs for the next school year. All the supplies come packaged in one convenient box, customized to your teacher's request! 
If you order today, June 2, your order will ship for free directly to DA. Of course, if you need more time there is extended online ordering available through EduKit's Last Chance program from June 3 - August 4. Last Chance orders are subject to an additional fee and will be delivered to your home shortly before school begins. Go to to order.
Important Dates
  • June 6 - Denver Academy Admissions Open House
  • June 10/11 - ACT Testing
  • June 12 - Summer Program Session I/High School Session Begins

For a full calendar of events, visit the Denver Academy website