“To teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students is essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin.”
– bell hooks
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Upcoming Dates For Your Calendar

  • Thursday, May 26: Art Showcase 
  • Thursday, May 26: ECE and Kindergarten Round-Up: informational session
  • Friday, May 27: ECE & Kinder Water Day
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day No School! 
  • Friday, June 3: Continuation & Graduation Ceremonies
Updates for Community

Dear Hallett Families,

There are only two weeks left in the school year! 

Today is the last day to complete Early Bird Registration for the 2022-2023! Click on the link below to register tonight! 

If your student has medication at Hallett please read the note from the nurse below!

We look forward to seeing you all next week for our Art Showcase.


Have a wonderful weekend!

With love,

Dominique Jefferson

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Early Bird Registration 

Click Here for Instructions on How to Complete Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year

Medication Pick-Up

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Thank you for supporting The Denver Public Schools medication policy. Please make

arrangements with the school nurse to pick up all medications used by your child during

the school year. Colorado Guidelines state that medications are not permitted to be

sent home with your child. If your child is participating in a summer program, their

medication will not automatically be transferred to the site of the program. It is up to the

parent/guardian to pick up the medication from the school and transport it to the

summer program site.


Enclosed is the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Medication Release form for the next

school year. The DPS medication release form must be completed by both a

parent/guardian and physician in order for ANY medication (including any over the

counter medications) to be given next school year.

Please remember that all prescription medications must be in a labeled pharmacy

container. All over-the-counter medications must be in the original package and labeled

with the student’s name and dosage information.

It has been a pleasure to work with you and your child this school year and I look

forward to next year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Should you have any

questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 720-424-6076.

I will be available for medication pick up May 31st-June 2nd 9am-4pm, and June 3rd 9am-1230pm. If these dates do not work for

you, please contact me to make arrangements.


Sadie Fenske, RN Hallett Academy

Click here for the Medication Release form for the 2022-2023 School Year

Park Hill Neighbors for Equity in Education & Summer Passport Program 

PHNEE is also excited to announce the second annual Summer Passport Program! This project provides a way for families to learn more about the Greater Park Hill neighborhood and its rich history through a FREE, fun, family-friendly, COVID safe activity for kids, parents, grandparents, and community members. 
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It’s easy to participate! You can sign up here or scan the QR code above and we will send you a passport as soon as they are available. On the passport, you will find a map of key landmarks in GPH and activities that can be accomplished at each location. The map includes every elementary school and library in our neighborhood as well as a number of local businesses. Pick a location, walk, bike, or scoot on over, and perform the activity described on the passport or get a small prize from a participating business. You can then “stamp” your passport and move on to the next stop.

The project runs from June 4 - August 15 so you have plenty of time to get to each stop. When you have completed the passport you can take a picture of it and email it to info@phnee.org or drop it off at the PHNEE office at 1961 Holly St. If you visit all 5 schools, both libraries, and at least 3 businesses you will be entered into a drawing for Grand Prizes including tickets to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, gift certificates from Sexy Pizza and School of Breaking, a day pass to Elitch’s and much more!

Continuation & Graduation 

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Hallett Academy Art Walk

When: May 26th

Where: Hallett Academy

Time: 4-6:30 pm

There will be treats, a selfie museum for photos, a glow in the dark room, and so many amazing masterpieces! 

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Healthy Start Times 

Beginning in 2023, most DPS schools will have new bell times that align with the Board of Education’s Healthy Start Times (HST) resolution. The resolution calls for middle schools and high schools to start no earlier than 8:20 a.m. each school day to support healthy sleep habits in adolescents. To accommodate this change, elementary, middle and high school bell times need to be modified.

View the New Bell Times for the 2023-24 School Year »

We know you and your family may be impacted by these updated start and end times, and encourage you to take the DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” survey, available beginning Monday, May 2. The survey will include questions asking how the new bell times will impact you and your family. DPS will use the information to help prioritize solutions to those impacts.

To discuss these impacts, DPS’ Family and Community Engagement Team will also be holding a series of community meetings in-person and virtually beginning on Tuesday, May 3. You can find information for those meetings on the HST webpage.

Thank you again for your time and patience as we make these changes to support our students’ health and success, and move toward implementing Healthy Start Times beginning in August 2023.

Anchored in Excellence Summer Resources

Explore All Anchored in Excellence Programs
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Summer Connections is a FREE full day, 6 week program available in all DPS regions for ALL rising 1st-5th grade students that combines literacy, math, and science. Students will engage in hands-on  enrichment experiences in STEM, Art and Spark Career Exploration. Students may receive individual or small group tutoring.

How to Register 
Registration is open from Jan. 24 through 
Mar. 25, 2022. 
1. Log into your Parent Portal account 
2. Select “Summer Connections” in the top navigation bar 
3. Fill out the application 
4. Submit the application 
Click here for Parent Portal technical support. 

Schedule & Locations 
Summer Connections operates June 14 - July 22, 2022. The start and end time at some schools will be 8 am-3:30 pm and it will be 9 am-4:30 pm at other schools. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served at all Summer Connections locations. All locations have central air conditioning. Students will be assigned to the school that is closest to their residence address. Bus transportation is available but is not guaranteed. 

Castro Elementary School Joe Shoemaker School Schmitt Elementary School Eagleton Elementary School Marrama Elementary School Smith Elementary School Farrell B Howell ECE-8 School Munroe Elementary School Southmoor Elementary School Green Valley Elementary School Newlon Elementary School TBD (replacement needed for Swansea due to construction) International Academy of Denver at Harrington 
Place Bridge Academy TBD (replacement needed for Trevista due to construction) 

**Registration is first come, first served. Once the capacity is reached at each school, students will be placed on a wait list.** For more information, visit our website at 

For questions or assistance, please contact the Expanded Academic Learning team at eal@dpsk12.net or 720-423-3629.

Rocky Mountain Human Services

Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) can provide supports to students and families of children with identified developmental delays (under 5) and diagnosed intellectual developmental disabilities (5 or over) during the summer months and all year long! RMHS is also home to case management services for children in need of long-term care support through Medicaid waivers.

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Thank you For Supporting Hallett by Shopping at King Soopers!

Between January 1 and March 31 22 households donated $223.83 to Hallett by shopping at King Soopers!

When you link your King Soopers loyalty rewards card to Hallett the school gets a small donation from every purchase you make at King Soopers!

How to support Hallett every time you shop:

1. Create a digital account.

A digital account is needed to participate in King Soopers Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward the organization you choose.

2. Link your Card to an organization.

Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the King Soopers Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

  1. Sign in to your digital account.
  2. Search for Hallett here.
  3. Enter the name or NPO number of the organization you wish to support.
  4. Select Hallett from the list and click “Save”. 
  5. Hallett will also display in the King Soopers Community Rewards section of your account. If you need to review or revisit your organization, you can always do so under your Account details.

3. Your organization earns.

Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. King Soopers donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating King Soopers Community Rewards organizations.

Round 2 of SchoolChoice

Round 2 of the DPS SchoolChoice enrollment process for the 2022-23 school year opens 10 a.m. April 12 for all grades and closes 4 p.m. Aug. 31 for all grades except ECE (Round 2 for ECE remains open until April, 2023).

Who is it for?

Round 2 is the first-come, first-served segment of SchoolChoice for families who missed Round 1; took part in Round 1 but want to re-explore their options; or are new to DPS for next school year.

How do I apply?

Start at dps.schoolmint.net. Sign into your SchoolChoice account and apply to your preferred schools that have availability. If you don’t have an account, you can create one using your email address or a current Parent Portal log-in. 

How does Round 2 work?

Round 2 applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the application is received by the school, your student will be placed on a waitlist while the school processes the application. If the school has available space, your student will be approved and enrolled for next year. There is no lottery in Round 2, but priorities are given. If a waitlist exists, your student will be added to the list in date and time order within your given priority. Please note: This means that waitlist positions may change up or down.

If your student is accepted to a school in Round 2, any Round 1 school assignment is relinquished. You will remain on waitlists for any higher-ranked schools.


Call the SchoolChoice Hotline at 720-423-3493, email SchoolChoice@dpsk12.org or visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

The most effective way to keep our schools healthy and safe -- and our students learning in person -- is by getting your family vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines are now available for everyone age 5 and older. 

Benefits of getting vaccinated:
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 has many benefits for you, your child, your family and your community, including:
  • More in-person learning days! The vaccine helps us reduce the unpredictability of the pandemic.  
  • If you are exposed to COVID you will not need to quarantine, unless you develop symptoms.
  • Safer and easier to participate in extracurricular sports and clubs.
  • Helps us get closer to returning to more of our pre-COVID freedoms, like not wearing masks.
  • Protects your family members, particularly those at higher risk -- and means there can be more hugs!

Where to get a vaccine:
COVID vaccinations for all eligible individuals -- now including children ages 5 and up -- are available for free through our Denver Health School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs). 
With 18 locations across the district, our SBHCs offer a quick and convenient way to get vaccinated. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact Denver Health at 303-602-8958.

Other vaccine providers:
COVID vaccinations are widely available across the City and County of Denver. Talk with your child’s primary-care provider to find out if they are providing COVID vaccinations. You can also locate a vaccine provider through the national website Vaccine.gov.
To learn more about DPS’ response to COVID-19 and how to keep your student safe and healthy, please visit www.dpsk12.org.
Free Mental Health Services

In October, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health launched I Matter, a program that provides three or more free counseling sessions for any Colorado youth. Youth and their parents can visit the I Matter platform to take a confidential online survey about their mental health and schedule sessions with a licensed behavioral health clinician, primarily via telehealth. All Colorado youth ages 18 or younger—or 21 and younger if receiving special education services—are eligible to receive free services.

Access to Free Meals

Free Meals for All Students 18 Years and Younger Will Extend Through the 2021-22 School Year!

All students enrolled in Denver Public Schools will have access to breakfast and lunch meals at no cost, regardless of free and reduced meal eligibility. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are eaten in the classroom daily.

Families who would like to get meals for children at home may go to their nearest school cafeteria and request meals for children 18 years and younger.

Families are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application to be eligible for additional family benefits and school funding, including items such as fee waivers, EBT benefits, and to ensure proper funding for schools.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.