May 6, 2022
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Thanking Our Teachers Today and All Year Long
Dear Team DPS,

Today is the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week -- an opportunity to amplify our thanks to our amazing educators and to celebrate the impact they make every day! Throughout the week, we’ve shared perspectives from students on why they love their teachers, highlighted discounts and offers and given away more than $10,000 in grants and prizes in random teacher giveaways, thanks to our generous partners at Delta Dental and the DPS Foundation.
At the heart of these efforts is a simple, sincere message: THANK YOU! Our teachers' dedication and talent are making a real difference every day and building brighter futures for our students and our entire community. 

But don’t take it from us -- hear what makes DPS teachers amazing, straight from their students:
“Without my teacher, I wouldn’t have built up confidence and such a great mindset, and have a great role model to look up to.”

-- Seyja Gillin, 8th grader at Morey Middle School; teacher Maryann Roth
“My teacher has inspired me to become the nicest student in the world.”

-- Laeren Yates, 1st grader at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy; teacher Elizabeth Waterman
“My teacher is super aware of the class' direction and plays into our strengths to make the class as engaging as possible while providing the utmost support."

-- Christopher Martinez, 10th grader at CEC Early College; teacher Michael Farrimond
“My teacher has inspired me to become a football coach, because even though I might not be the biggest or strongest, she always says I'm smart.” 

-- Samuel Gallegos, 8th grader at Hill Campus of Arts and Science; teacher Ilyanna Kreske
“My teacher has taught me how to make books and I like it.” 

-- Amelia Alvarez, kindergartener at Cole Arts and Science Academy; teacher, Abby Sherick
“A teacher is a helpful person who teaches you so you are ready for life.”

-- Taya Jeffres, 5th grader at University Park Elementary; teacher Rhonda Rau
“Without my teacher, I wouldn’t know my greatest potential. She has always believed in me and I love her.”

-- Olive Cox, 2nd grader at Asbury Elementary; teacher Mari Reamy
Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero Lends a Hand During Teacher Appreciation Week
To support our teachers and lend a hand in the classroom, Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrerro stopped by Janie Darone's music class at Samuels Elementary this week for a special visit and to help co-teach a lesson for kindergarten and ECE. Together, the class and Dr. Marrero played the ukulele and several musical games. 

As Teacher Appreciation Week comes to a close, we want to hear how you thanked the teachers in your life. Share your stories and photos with us on social media using #DPSLovesTeachers.

Catch up with Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero by following him on Instagram and Twitter, both @DrAlexMarrero!

Reorganization Update: Prioritizing Our Resources Closest to Our Students
This week, Dr. Marrero shared an update to provide a more complete picture of the changes that have been made to make our central support team more efficient. Read the update here.
Reminder: Take the DPS ‘Your Voice/Tu Voz’ Survey by May 13
The final DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” Surveys of the year are open through Friday, May 13! Student and staff surveys were sent to their DPS email addresses on May 2. The family survey can be found here. It takes about five minutes to complete and includes questions to support the 2023-24 Healthy Start Times initiative.
Cultural Moments: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Throughout the month of May, DPS honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success, according to the official website.

We are currently seeking student submissions that highlight how they are learning about, connecting with, and celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, May 20

To learn more about the history of the month, how to submit work and find celebration resources, click here.
DPS Partners with DU and STEM Generation Host 2022 Science and Engineering Fair
DPS partnered with the University of Denver and STEM Generation to host the 2022 Science and Engineering Fair on April 29. All projects were recognized for specific STEM skill strengths (Creativity, Communication, Team Work, and Problem Solving). Before the event, Steve Spangler from DIYSci made a special visit to Carson Elementary to interview students about their science fair projects. Watch the interviews here.

Click here to see the winners of the 2022 Science and Engineering Fair!
Emily Griffith Technical College Café, Salon and Barber Services Open to DPS Community
Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) services are back! Emily’s Salon and Barbershop students are now offering services such as haircuts, color, barbering, shaving, facials and nail services. All services are performed by Cosmetology and Barbering students studying at EGTC under the supervision of licensed instructors. The salon and barbershop are open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m., located at the Emily Griffith Campus at 1860 Lincoln St. Call 720-423-4798 to book an appointment.

Emily’s Cafe will also now serve breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the Emily Griffith Campus. All dishes are made to order by our Culinary Arts students under supervision of an instructor. Breakfast staples include pancakes, french toast, made-to-order omelets and more. Lunch options include sandwiches, pizza, salad bar, soups and daily specials.
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