Students at Collegiate Prep Academy's graduation in May 2019.
Oct. 3, 2019
Celebrate Career and College Success Month this October
October is Career and College Success Month -- and to celebrate, DPS will be highlighting students from across grade levels who are preparing for success after graduation, whether they are taking challenging courses, participating in extracurricular activities, visiting colleges or completing the Career Readiness Capstone.
Share the importance of college and career readiness by encouraging students in your school community to post their career and college plans using #MyPlanDPS .

Additionally, celebrate students in your school who are planning for their futures by filling out this “My Plan Is” form with a photo and signed media release to Gary Cooper . These stories will be shared throughout DPS to inspire other students to take charge of their education.  

And don't forget to show your college spirit by wearing your favorite college gear every Friday in October!
Top 5: Favorite Field Trip
We have a lot of Ms. Frizzelses in DPS! Check out the Top 5 best field trips that team members taken, and read all of them here.
Congratulations to our giveaway winner, Antoinette West with CareerConnect!
5. When I was a resident at McMeen Elementary, we went to the Arvada Arts Center. There was a craft corner where every second-grader got to make their own diary and then we saw the Junie B. Jones musical. Students were entranced the entire time!” -- Candice Makowski, Math & Science Leadership Academy

4. “I was a part of a team of high school students from Manual who went to Balarat with fifth-grade students. I loved getting to introduce children to the magic of the mountains that I enjoyed as a fifth-grade student at Carson Elementary. I am currently getting the fifth-grade students at Dora Moore ready to go on their trip to Balarat in October." -- Whitney Andreasen, Dora Moore

3. Two years ago, my Barnum fifth-graders visited the Denver Post. The students sat in on a news meeting, observing editors and reporters discussing the news of the day, followed by the staff meeting with them and answering questions.” -- Patricia Pluta, Barnum

2. Each year the DPS Vision Team teachers take a group of students to Vail, Colorado for a skiing and snowshoeing adventure. This field trip transforms our students by providing them the opportunity for personal achievement and mastery of new skills and activities in a fun, social and exciting environment." -- Natalie Palmer, Vision Team

1. When I was in middle school my choir teacher took us to the DCPA campus to see an opera 'The Barber of Seville.' Never in my life had I ever seen a black opera singer. I will never forget the pride I felt as a little black girl seeing a black man on the stage. Representation is so important, and even as 28-year-old now, I will never forget that field trip!" -- Antoinette West, CareerConnect
Callout: Would You Rather ...
In the spirit of our Shared Core Value of Fun, we want to know what you would rather do! Answer this poll questions and check back next week to see Team DPS' results.
Would you rather ...
Be forced to dance every time you heard music?
Be forced to sing along to any song you heard?
Sign up for Equity Boot Camp on Oct. 10
All DPS team members are encouraged to attend the Equity Boot Camp session on Oct. 10 on Raising Our Consciousness of Trauma and Its Impact on African-American Students. This one-day session will explore historical trauma and oppression and its impact on African American families. Engage with experts on how to mitigate student trauma and enhance resiliency. Register online here.
Nominate a Teacher for the MVT Program
The Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets are proud to honor teachers in Colorado through the new Most Valuable Teacher (MVT) program. The MVT program encourages teachers to continually strive for excellency and leadership in their classrooms by offering a unique experience. Once a month during the regular season, the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets will each recognize a Colorado teacher for their outstanding work in empowering youth in our community.

To nominate a teacher at your school or in your community for the Most Valuable Teacher award, complete the Colorado Avalanche form here and the Denver Nuggets form here.
Vote Now to Help Denver Kids Win $66,000
Denver Kids -- which aims to prepare DPS students with life skills, a greater understanding of self and feeling empowered to pursue their meaningful pathway post-graduation -- is a finalist in the Opus Foundation's Gerry Rauenhorst Building Community Award! This award will help provide one-on-one academic and social/emotional development support to more than 80 students for an entire year. Vote here with just a few clicks by Oct. 4 to Help Denver Kids win $66,000!
Last Call: Join DPS during Back-to-School 5K
Our Employee Wellness team is hosting a free Back-to-School 5K for employees and their families at Boulder Running Company this Saturday, Oct. 5. Grab your teammates and join us in a fun walk/run from 8 a.m.-noon. Enjoy VIP shopping at Boulder Running Company, giveaways from vendors and healthy snacks. Register here
Living Our DPS Honoree
Tramayne Starr
Specialist, Talent Acquisition

“Tramayne is new to our team, but definitely not DPS. He lives our Shared Core Value of Collaboration every day. Tramayne has brought a whole new vibe to Talent Acquisition and ideas on how to better connect with the community to bring in outstanding candidates into our hard-to-fill roles. Tramayne's desire to provide excellent customer service to our schools is evident in his work ethic and diligence. He is an incredible thought-partner and strives to go above and beyond. I am positive that because of Tramayne's collaborative mindset he will continue to be an excellent asset to the Talent Acquisition team.”
-- Cherie Crosby, Talent Acquisition
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