Nov. 10, 2023
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West Point LEADS Workshop
Last Friday, Nov. 3, 115 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC students) participated in the West Point Leadership Ethics and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) Workshop at the Emily Griffith Campus. The JROTC students came from nine DPS high schools: South, East, North, George Washington, Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Montbello and Dr. Martin Luther King

The workshop kicked off with keynote speaker Dr. Tony Smith, DPS Deputy Superintendent. The Superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General Steve Gilland, led a session on the admissions process for the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Cadets learned about and demonstrated ethical leadership skills with West Point Cadet mentors. Activities included discussions of leadership and ethical dilemmas and team challenges including an essay competition, physical fitness challenge and group skit.

"I think what makes this program unique is that it is hosted by Cadets from West Point that were in high school just three or four years ago -- that helps our students relate to the ethical and leadership dilemmas that we tackled during the workshop,” said Kevin Black, DPS Military Instruction Program Manager. “I think our JROTC Cadets had a lot of fun exploring challenging topics."

In addition, 40 middle school students from Lake Middle School, Skinner Middle School and RMP Sunnyside participated in a VEX robotics STEM workshop hosted by Denver North JROTC and run by West Point Cadets.  

Veterans Day Parade and Celebrations
This Saturday, 800-1,000 Denver JROTC Cadets will participate in the Denver Veterans Day Parade that will be held at Denver City Park. The annual event is organized by the Colorado Veterans Project. All events will be held on the same day at the Meadows of Denver City Park. The event will begin with 5K and 10K races followed by the parade and a festival with military vehicle displays and vendors. Denver JROTC Cadets will stage in front of East High School and join the parade beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The DPS 'Your Voice/Tu Voz' Family Survey Extended to Dec. 1
To ensure that we hear from all our families, the DPS “Your Voice/Tu Voz” family survey has been extended until Friday, Dec. 1! Responses to the survey inform decisions on how we can better serve our DPS community. Complete the survey by Dec. 1 to be entered to win one of 10 $20 King Soopers gift cards. Click here to access the survey directly and provide your feedback. More information is available here.
EDUCA Podcast: FAFSA and CASFA
In this episode of the Educa Podcast, we sat down to discuss FAFSA, also known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, with DPS’ Senior Manager of Counseling and Career Success, Katie Gianastacio

What’s Katie’s superpower? “I think my superpower is helping students figure out what their superpowers are; I get to work with kids all the time talking about what their strengths and interests are and how to connect those passions to their future,” she shared. 

Katie wants to simplify the college application process for students and help them reach their dreams.

Watch the full episode in English and Spanish to learn how to navigate the entire college application process, including how you can apply for funding through FAFSA. For those applying to a post-secondary school in Colorado, you may also benefit from CASFA, also known as Colorado Application for State Financial Aid.
Día de los Muertos Celebration at North High School
Last week, DPS celebrated Dia de Los Muertos -- a celebration honoring the lives and memories of deceased loved ones. For the third year in a row, North High School hosted its annual Dia de Los Muertos Event. This event was open to the community where attendees immersed themselves in the essence of Mexican folklore, enjoying captivating dance performances, traditional music and engaging art exhibits crafted by the talented students and staff.

DPS is honored to promote an event that promotes our students' culture and offers the community an opportunity to join us in the celebration. Watch the video here.
CHSAA Unified Bowling -- Congratulations, South Ravens and Northfield Nighthawks!
Northfield Nighthawks earn the Regional Unified Bowling Championship
South Ravens bring home the All-City Unified Bowling Championship
In partnership with CHSAA and the Special Olympics, DPS staff, students and families celebrated healthy competition through the first year of CHSAA Unified Bowling events between the following schools: Bruce Randolph, East High School, George Washington, Montbello, North High School, Northfield, South High School and Thomas Jefferson.

This event was inspired by one simple principle: "Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. Training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding."

DPS was excited to see the South Ravens bring home the first-ever All-City Unified Bowling Championship and the Northfield Nighthawks earned the Regional Unified Bowling Championship! This is not only a huge win for South High School, Northfield and DPS, but also for social inclusion through shared sports and friendly competition experiences.
Provide Ongoing Feedback on Youth Violence Prevention Work in DPS
Youth Violence Prevention work continues to move forward. See responses to the feedback that was provided by our community last month here. Want to join in on these ongoing conversations and help inform our next steps of Youth Violence Prevention in DPS? Participate in this month’s ThoughtExchange focused on school climate and culture.
Invite Families of Multilingual Learners to the Nov. 15 MLE DAC Meeting
Please join the Multilingual Education (MLE) District Advisory Committee (DAC) on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 5-7 p.m., at Place Bridge Academy. This month, participants will learn about the Seal of Biliteracy and how students can begin the process to attain it as early as elementary school. Dinner, childcare and interpretation services will be available. See the attached fliers (available in all languages) and register here. For more information, visit the MLE DAC website or contact Olga Olivas at 720-423-3058.
Collaborative School Committee (CSC) School Budget Training
The January Collaborative School Committee (CSC) School Budget Training, in collaboration with Financial Services, is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 5-6:30 p.m. The Zoom link will be sent to you once registration is complete. Click here to RSVP and stay tuned for more information closer to the training date.
Dermaplane Continuing Education Offered at Emily Griffith Technical College
Emily Griffith Technical College is proud to offer a new one-day Dermaplane Continuing Education certification course on Friday, Jan. 26. If you are a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician (including having your Microdermabrasion Certificate) looking to expand your skills, we encourage you to enroll! 

In this affordable eight-hour course at our Branch Campus (1205 Osage St.), you’ll learn how to manually exfoliate the epidermis/dead skin cells and vellus hairs (aka “peachfuzz”) using a scalpel. At the end of this course, you will receive a Dermaplane Certification in the state of Colorado. Seats are limited, so we encourage you to apply today!
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