Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Top 5: Sweet and Silly Student Valentines 

Tuesday was Valentine's Day, and there was no shortage of love among Team DPS and our kids. Enjoy this week's Top 5 featuring cute (and funny) valentines and celebrations held around DPS. And congratulations to our giveaway winner Sarah Laughlin of Cory Elementary!


1. "There is a beautiful tree in our hallway full of valentines that primary students created at Cory Elementary. The tree focuses around the school/student Personal Success Factors, and this is the month of kindness so students kindly wrote a valentine for what they love the very most, which included family, parents, teachers, pets and, in the case of one little student, it's simply the color purple! There is always something to be thankful for!" -- Sara Laughlin, Cory Elementary


2. "One year for Valentine's Day, one of my students gave me a second-hand romantic card originally from the student's dad for his mom. At the bottom of the card, my student had crossed out 'wife' and wrote my name instead." -- Sarah Tilton, Literacy Partner


3. "This was Denver Online High School's third year making and giving out valentines to the residents at the local retirement home, The Gardens at St. Elizabeth. One of the best moments is when an older gentleman said, 'I proposed to my wife on Valentine's Day and she's passed now ... so this is really special to me,' while holding up the Valentine just given to him from a student." -- Kaci Sintek, Denver Online High School


4. "This was from a third-grade boy to a sixth-grade girl. Valentine's Day really brings out the charm in kid ..." (See center photo above: "You're hotter than the sun.") -- Kelly Rosenbaum, Denison Montessori


5. "Stedman Elementary hosted a yoga assembly -- it was 'Love Yourself' on Valentine's Day led by Mr. Tommy Williams. Our kids had a great time trying something new!" -- Ali Larson, parent at Stedman Elementary

Access Lawson/ESS from Outside the DPS Network
Need to take care of business in Lawson/ESS from outside the DPS network? Good news! Thanks to a DoTS security enhancement, you can now log onto the site from outside the network to view leave balances, pay stubs, W2 and other important information. No VPN needed! We hope this will be especially helpful during Open Enrollment (April 24 through May 12). Review this quick reference guide, then log onto Lawson/ESS in Internet Explorer.
If you went through Open Enrollment in 2016, you were prompted to set up five security questions; the next time you login to Lawson/ESS outside the DPS network, you may be promoted to answer three of these security questions. Please contact the DoTS Hotline (720-423-3888) if you forgot the answers to your security questions. If you did not go through Open Enrollment in 2016, you will be prompted to set up five security questions before accessing the portal outside the DPS network.
Sign up to be a Personal Success Factor School
We all know character development is an essential component of every child's success. The Personal Success Factors Partnership is a unique opportunity to join monthly collaboration sessions, receive school-specific on-site coaching, conduct a school PDU and deepen implementation strategies around how to teach, embed, reflect and build on research-based character strength development. Personal Success Factor Partnership Whole Child Implementation supports:
Students at College View Elementary showcase the Personal Success Factor of Gratitude.
  • School Specific Plans
  • Social Emotional Development
  • Increased Staff Engagement  
  • Strengthening of School Culture
  • Positive impact on Achievement
Space is limited, so click here before March 24 if your school is interested. Want to learn more? Watch this three-minute video.
Questions? Contact Kim Price at   or 720-423-3303.
Membership Has Its Privileges ...
Get the Most Out of Your DPS Benefits
Did you know that as a DHMP or Kaiser member, you have access to more than just a doctor's office? For example: 
  • DHMP and Kaiser offer free access to trained wellness coaches that will work with you create wellness plans and achieve your goals.
  • Kaiser members enjoy exclusive discounts on gym memberships, yoga and Pilates studios, acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy through ChooseHealthy list of providers.  
  • DHMP gives free diapers, car seats, strollers and much more to moms and babies when following their preventive care recommendations during pregnancy and the baby's first year.
Visit Kaiser Permanente or DHMP to learn more about these programs and many more.
GHR is Getting a Face Lift
The Infor Talent Management application (aka Global Human Resources/GHR/Talent Acquisition) will be easier to access and use starting on Feb. 27 following an upgrade. The system will be upgraded Feb. 24 to Feb. 26.

The most significant, immediate benefit is that Employee Space and Manager Space will now be entirely browser-based -- no need to download Java onto your computer! And the system will be easier to navigate.

Employee Space and Manager Space will be unavailable from the evening of Feb. 24 through the morning of Feb. 27. Watch for the upgrade announcement on Feb. 27 and replace your bookmarks with the new links so that you can take advantage of the more intuitive look and feel. All process guides will be revised to reflect the new version of the system and will be available in Professional Learning Space at go-live.  
Living Our DPS Honoree:
Ananas Khogali-Mustafa
Student Voice and Leadership Coordinator, Student Engagement PSR
Students First

"Ananas is not only a tremendous staff member for DPS who puts Student First, but she is also a trained street medic for social justice organizing and advocacy events. On Inauguration Day, Ananas was on a personal day and serving as a street medic for the various demonstrations downtown at the capitol. That day, about 125 East High School students walked out of school and marched to the capitol. I texted Ananas to keep an eye out for the students and she did that and more. Two students from East had physical breakdowns at the capitol and required medical attention that resulted in the need to transport the students to the hospital. Ananas and I were in constant contact and she traveled with the students to the hospital to ensure a DPS presence would be with our kids until families arrived. She called family members to assure them their children were OK and in good hands while calming our two students in their time of anxiety and need. She put DPS Students First that day, and she does it every day as she works to support our student leaders as social justice advocates for positive school, community and national cultures."

  -- John Albright, Postsecondary Readiness

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