March 10, 2023
Women's History Month Spotlight: Shania Zordani
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are spotlighting the hardworking women of DPS. This week, we’re highlighting Shania Zordani, a special education paraprofessional at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College. Watch this video to see how she manages a work life balance.
EDUCA DPS Podcast - Policy Governance
In this episode of the EDUCA podcast, DPS Board of Education President Xochitl Gaytan and Board Director Dr. Carrie A. Olson sat down with DPS to talk about the Board of Education and Policy Governance. Watch these important conversations in both English and Spanish.
Final Reminder: Apply Now to Join the Affective Needs (AN) Advisory Committee
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. If you have questions, need support in filling out the application, or need accommodation to access technology, please contact Dr. Charlie Merrow, Director of Special Education Compliance.
Applications Open for the Asian Education Advisory Council Annual Awards until March 15
The DPS Asian Education Advisory Council (AEAC) is currently accepting applications for their annual AEAC Awards. This is a great opportunity for Asian students to be recognized by their schools for either academic, leadership or special talent achievements. Scholarship opportunities are available for students who apply. You can also nominate an adult that you feel has supported the DPS Asian community. The last day for nominations is March 15. If you have additional questions, contact Priscilla Shaw.
Attend the Taste of the Multicultural Festival on March 17
Represent your country, state, culture, food and attire at the Taste of the Multicultural Festival on Friday, March 17. The event is being held in the Florida Pitt Waller cafeteria from 6-8 p.m. Come celebrate and embrace our differences! Click here for more information.
Purchase South High Design Class T-shirt
The Design class at South High School partnered with Be A Good Person to design t-shirts that combined the company’s brand with Denver South’s “We are Denver South” motto. The entire South staff and student body had the opportunity to vote on the winning design.

The shirts are now on sale, with proceeds going towards outdoor seating at Denver South. The South PTSA is matching the amount raised from the t-shirt sale. T-shirts are only available until March 21 so buy yours today!
Nominate an Educator for Touchdowns for Teachers by March 31
DPS’ partner Delta Dental of Colorado has partnered with the Denver Broncos to launch Touchdowns for Teachers, a program that recognizes local MVTs (Most Valuable Teachers) for outstanding service to their schools and communities.
Do you know a game-changing teacher who goes the extra yard to educate and inspire? All members of Team DPS are invited to nominate an educator (K-12) to be considered for this recognition.

Ten honorees will be selected each semester by a panel of community members, the Denver Broncos and Delta Dental of Colorado. Click here to learn more and nominate a teacher by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31.
Mayor Hancock Partners with Montbello Career and Technical High Students
Mayor Hancock and Hertz joined Montbello Career and Technical High School students to kick off the exciting new partnership between Hertz and the City of Denver. It will bring up to 5,200 rental electric vehicles (EV) to Hertz customers and Uber rideshare drivers. The partnership will also provide training to the school's auto certificate program, and increase charging capacity at Denver International Airport, Hertz locations and more. Hertz is donating an EV and providing EV educational and training materials to enable the school to incorporate EV technology into its auto-servicing curriculum. Hertz is also offering summer jobs to Denver youth. 

“Montbello Career and Technical houses the only high school automotive program in the far northeast region of Denver,” said Principal Arnetta Koger. “Now, with our first electric vehicle, we will be able to ensure that our students are preparing for the jobs and technologies of the future.”
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