May 12, 2023
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The DPS Your Voice/Tu Voz Survey Family Survey Extended to Sunday, May 21
The DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” Family survey is being extended to Sunday, May 21. This is your chance to have your voice heard and assist in meeting the goals of our Strategic Roadmap. 

We need all families to participate in the DPS Your Voice/Tu Voz Family Survey. This is your opportunity to share your experiences in DPS. Your input is valuable to how we shape our system, adult and student experiences, so take the survey today!

We are looking forward to receiving DPS Your Voice/Tu Voz survey results and using them to better our schools. Your voice does matter! Thank you for helping to improve our district.
Marrero Moment: "Your Voice/Tu Voz" Survey
In this week’s Marrero Moment, Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero answers frequently asked questions about the Your Voice/Tu Voz Survey. The survey closes on Sunday, May 21 and gives DPS students, families and staff a chance to have their voices heard. Learn more about this year’s Your Voice/Tu Voz survey here
You can now listen in to all the DPS content like the EDUCA Show, Marrero Moment and others on your favorite podcast platform. Listen here. Download the DPS Podcast on your favorite player here.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Spotlight: Joy Jensen
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are spotlighting Team DPS members from across the district of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. Enjoy this story about Joy Jensen, who has been a part of Team DPS since 2001!

Joy Jensen is a Korean adoptee who grew up in Minnesota and moved to Denver in 1996. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA in 1996. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1999.

Prior to and during graduate school, she worked as a Group Living Counselor at Excelsior Youth Center, a residential center in Aurora, CO for teenage girls with behavioral and emotional problems for three years. She worked as a Birth Parent Counselor for Bethany Christian Services for the next three years. 

In 2001, Joy became a School Social Worker for Denver Public Schools and is a licensed clinical social worker. Since then, she has worked in elementary schools, at Florence Crittenton High School, a school for teen mothers, and most recently at Excel Academy.

In 2011, she received a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies and completed the requirements for her Type D license through the University of Colorado Denver. For two-and-a-half years, she worked with the as an Administrative Assistant. In 2017, she moved back to a Social Worker position at Excel Academy and has been there ever since.

Ms. Jensen loves supporting the social-emotional needs of all students at Excel and helping them get their diploma. Ms. Jensen is married and has an 11-year-old son who currently attends Southmoor Elementary School. She enjoys spending time with her family, running, playing ping-pong, foosball and being out in nature. She is happy to be part of the Asian Education Advisory Committee!
Register for Generation TEACH Summer STEAM Academy by Monday, May 22
Denver Public Schools is partnering with Generation Teach to offer the 2023 Generation Teach STEAM Academy (GTSA), a fun, five-week summer program for current fifth- through seventh-grade students at no cost to families. GTSA prepares students for success in middle school and beyond through engaging academic and enrichment programming. 

GTSA offers free breakfast and lunch, free transportation to and from local middle and elementary schools on a first-come, first-served basis, small class sizes, field trips and much more!

The program will be held Monday-Friday from Monday, June 14-Friday, July 21. Classes are from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and locations include:
  • Bruce Randolph High School
  • Northfield High School
  • Grant Beacon Middle School
  • Grant Ranch ECE-8 School

Register for the program here, and see these fliers in English and Spanish for more information.
DPS EDUCA Podcast: Medicaid Outreach
Zulma Oronia, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist for Denver Public Schools, and Silvia Lopez, School Medicaid and Outreach Specialist for Denver Public Schools, are this week’s special guests on the DPS EDUCA Podcast. Both find their work to be very rewarding because of the impact that Medicaid benefits and outreach programs have on DPS families.

“The most gratifying and fulfilling part of my job is that I get to meet wonderful people and families everyday. Just knowing that you’re contributing to help them out in some way is just very rewarding to me,” said Oronia. The work that Zulma, Silvia and the Enrollment Outreach team do to get students and families their benefits helps keep our students healthy and taken care of so they can focus on their education.

Learn more about Medicaid Outreach and listen to these important conversations in English and Spanish
Watch the Montbello Beam Signing Celebration
Denver Public Schools celebrated the beginning of a new era at Montbello High School with a beam signing. The event marks a $139 million investment in the historic high school. Current Montbello student, 10th grader Yaira Hernandez, was a featured guest speaker at the sunny morning celebration in Far Northeast Denver, "I've lived in Montbello since I was born, and I really feel that it is a big part of my culture." She went on to offer words of wisdom to her classmates, both present and future, "Accept change with open arms, rather than fearing it," she wrote on the beam, alongside district leadership, leaving her name and statement forever inscribed in history. The investment will allow Montbello students to carry on the school’s historic legacy in a brand new, state-of-the art facility. Montbello students, staff and community members left their words of encouragement and gratitude on the beam. Watch the Montbello beam signing celebration here.
Upcoming: Attendance Updates to Infinite Campus
Save time by letting us know that your student is going to be absent or arriving late. Starting next school year, DPS families will be able to use their computers or smartphones to know about absences or late arrivals so they can focus on taking care of their children. Guardians of DPS students must have an active DPS Parent Portal account to use this new feature. Visit to sign up, or to check that your account is active and ready. More information will be coming next school year.
National Teachers Appreciation Week Teacher Feature: Maryrose Kohan
All week, we have been celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week! Maryrose Kohan is the Speech and Debate coach/teacher at George Washington High School. Having been a Speech and Debate student in high school, Maryrose found a sense of belonging and empowerment.

“She represents exactly what teaching should be -- not only pushing kids where they need to be, teaching content and helping but making personal connections and actually understanding kids,” says senior Sophia Gerrans.

In the last 13 years, Maryrose’s students have placed and even won national titles -- all evident by the trophies in her classroom. But, behind each trophy, Maryrose says, “is a student who worked hard, wanted that and went after it.”

Hear more about Maryrose in this Teacher Feature video!
Free Transportation to DPS Available for Adams 14 Families
Attention Commerce City families! Did you know your Adams 14 student may be eligible to receive free transportation to a high-quality Denver school that best fits their needs? Bright Rides can get them there! 

Thanks to a state grant, students in Adams 14 can receive free transportation to DPS schools. Supported by the Colorado Department of Education, Bright Rides is designed to make sure students receive the education that best fits their unique needs by providing door-to-door transportation to and from school. Rides are provided through HopSkipDrive, a school transportation service that is trusted by parents throughout the country for their extensive accountability standards and stellar safety record.

To learn more about Bright Rides and see if it is a good fit for your family, please visit or call 720-334-7092.  
International Fair at North High School
“We’re Mexicans, we like dancing, and we like music,” a student shared with us at this year's vibrant International Fair held at North High School. The fair embraces and showcases the different cultures that make up our DPS family through performance, art, music, dance and everyone's favorite: cuisine! The students had a lot of foods to choose from, with plates filled to the brim of delicacies representing a range of traditions. Libyan, Chinese, Venezuelan, Puerto Rican, Arabic and Mediterranean food was served to all. Words can not do this International Fair justice. You have to see and hear it to feel it! Please enjoy this colorful video and step inside a world of cultural exploration with us.
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