Jan. 20, 2023
Denver South Drumline Joins the Marade. Video recap below.
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Your Feedback Needed: Balancing Board Districts
We are seeking your feedback! The Denver Public Schools Board of Education is composed of five representative districts and two at-large members. According to Colorado state law, after each U.S. Census, DPS must adjust the Board representative district borders in order to balance the total population within each district. In order to get the five board districts in balance, we will be changing the borders of the five representative districts and need your feedback on how to shift those lines. 

Click here to learn more about the process of balancing Board districts. 

Watch this slideshow and send your feedback.

To add this topic to an upcoming community meeting or CSC committee, use these resources.
SchoolChoice Open Enrollment is Open Now through Feb. 14
DPS SchoolChoice for the 2023-24 school year is now open through 4 p.m. Feb. 14. DPS' annual open enrollment process is for any student who wants or needs to attend a new school for the following school year, particularly incoming kindergarten, sixth- and ninth-grade students. All incoming ECE-3 students, as well as incoming students who reside in an enrollment zone, must complete an application in order to list enrollment preferences.
Research your school options using School Finder, the Enrollment Guide, or by contacting schools directly. Once you have your preferred schools in mind, rank them in order of preference (up to 12) and submit your SchoolChoice application by the deadline. There is no advantage to submitting early. Simply submit your application anytime between now and 4 p.m. Feb. 14. Families will be notified of their results in late March.
Call 720-423-3493, email schoolchoice@dpsk12.org or visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org for more information.
ECE-3 and ECE-4 Families: Complete Both a SchoolChoice and UPK Colorado Application by Feb. 14
In addition to completing a DPS SchoolChoice application, ECE-3 and ECE-4 families must also complete a Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado application by Feb. 14 (Please note that the UPK window closes Feb. 14 and not Feb. 15 as previously communicated.) Follow the steps in these ECE-3 and ECE-4 fliers to complete both a SchoolChoice application and a UPK Colorado application. Fliers in additional languages will be available here.
Watch a Recap of the 2023 Denver Marade
The Denver Marade, a parade to honor the life and legacy of Civil Rights Leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place this week in our lively city streets. In keeping with our tradition and our commitment to equity and inclusion, the DPS community showed up in full support of this meaningful annual event. 

“It’s a tremendous honor to be included with these people who still seek justice, who seek equity and seek to make a difference in the world,” said Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Tony Smith.

Watch this video recap of the high-spirited celebration and hear more from members of our DPS community on what this day means to them.
Chauncey Billups Gym Rededication Ceremony at George Washington
Most know Chauncey Billups as a legendary NBA basketball player turned NBA coach with an extensive and seriously impressive resume. For Denverites, they also know Billups as a hometown hero. 

A five-time NBA All-Star, Billups, also known as “Mr. Big Shot,” has clocked 17 seasons playing in the NBA. Career highlights include playing for the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and the Toronto Raptors. 

These days, Billups is head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. This week, Chauncey Billups took a break from coaching to come back to his roots. A proud graduate of George Washington High School, Billups joined current students, faculty and staff as they celebrated their newly renovated basketball court. The court is dedicated to Chauncey Billups.

The ceremony featured cheerleaders, a dance team, and a whole lot of school spirit. Hear Billups’ speech and watch the celebration here.
EDUCA Podcast: Substance Use and Therapeutic Services
On this week's episode of the EDUCA DPS Podcast, we sat down with Amanda Wentz, Manager of Substance Use Prevention and Therapeutic Service Provider Programs and DPS social workers Andrea Grasso and Kirby Peterson. We talked to these experts to learn more about substance abuse and mental health.

Since 2017, when the substance use prevention program began, Amanda and her team have served over 10,000 DPS students annually through education. In 2022, therapeutic service provider programs were launched, and in their first year served approximately 500 students through individualized therapy. 

Amanda and her team are invaluable to our DPS students’ health, safety, and overall well-being. Watch these crucial and candid conversations in English and Spanish.
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