March 3, 2023
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Watch the Ceylon Elementary Groundbreaking
This week, Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero, DPS leadership, and our Board of Education joined Swinerton Construction, DLR architect group and DPS families in a groundbreaking celebration commemorating the beginning stages of construction on our Ceylon Campus. Ceylon Campus is a new project, voted on and passed through the 2020 Bond cycle. Ceylon will be an ECE-8 school, and it is located in a rapidly growing community in the Far Northeast of Denver. Ceylon hopes to serve this community well, with innovative classroom spaces and a STEAM model of education, with an emphasis on Project Based Learning. 

Ceylon will open its doors to students beginning on Aug. 19, 2024. When it opens, it will serve ECE- through second-grade students, with one grade added per year. Families can apply through SchoolChoice during the first round window of the 2024-25 year. 

Watch our video recap of this important day, and hear more from our distinguished guest speakers about this exciting project.
Pictured Above: DPS and Denver leaders celebrating Groundbreaking at our new Ceylon Campus.
Registration for Summer Connections Now Open
Registration is now open for Summer Connections -- a fun, five-week program that exposes students to content from their upcoming grade. All rising first- through fifth-grade DPS students are encouraged to apply!

Summer Connections:
  • Is no cost to families.
  • Provides full-day programming from June 12-July 14. (No school on June 19 and July 4.)
  • Centers around literacy, math, science and hands-on learning.

Click here for more information and visit the Parent Portal to register. If you have any questions, email
Apply Now: Join the Special Education Affective Needs Corrective Action Plan (CAP) Advisory Committee
The application window to apply for the Special Education Affective Needs (AN) Advisory Committee is open now through March 16. The purpose of the committee is to give the DPS community and staff an opportunity to provide input on the direction and actions that DPS central and school teams can take to address the disparities.

Apply or nominate a colleague to join the AN advisory committee using this link. The application is available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, French, Mandarin, Nepali, Somali and Vietnamese. Contact Dr. Charlie Merrow, Director of Special Education Compliance if you have any questions.
DPS Teacher Publishes Children's Book about Mental Health
Congratulations to Place Bridge Academy teacher, Kaylan Robinson, for publishing a children’s book! “Finding Self Love” is the first children’s book that teaches kids about the value of loving themselves. The book features characters of color and teaches that mental health is wealth and is the foundation for breaking generational barriers. 

“Finding Self Love” is an enlightening story that follows a girl who finds the purest love she’s ever known! She learns to love who she is while becoming the best person she can be. She is surprised to find that love for herself always shows up when she needs it the most.

“Finding Self Love” is available for purchase on Amazon.
Schedule a Shopping Appointment with Bella Boutique
Bella Boutique is a local Colorado non-profit organization that provides free prom dresses, shoes, purses and jewelry to high school students in need. Bella Boutique has provided more than 1,900 teens with $265,000 worth of free formal wear since 2014. 

Bella Boutique reserves Friday evenings for appointments of school groups with 10 or more students. Contact Bella Boutique to schedule an appointment. See this flier (also available in Spanish) for more information.
Justin Simmons Visits Green Valley Elementary After Donating Playground
Denver Broncos safety, Justin Simmons, spent the day at Green Valley Elementary having fun with students and celebrating the donation of their new playground! Simmons, who has played seven seasons with the Broncos, took the time to visit students in their classrooms, raced against students in an obstacle course, served lunch in the cafeteria and spoke to Student Council members about his career while answering questions.

“I’m really thankful just to be able to come and hang out and spend a little bit of time because you know it means the world in both worlds -- in mine and in theirs,” says Simmons. 

Watch a recap of Justin Simmons’ visit to Green Valley Elementary here.
Marrero Moment: New DPS Studio Set
In this week’s episode of Marrero Moment, Dr. Marrero answers questions from our staff and teases the new DPS studio set! Watch the video here.
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