Nov. 9, 2017
Families and kids at Gust Elementary in Southwest Denver appreciate their dynamic learning environment.
SchoolChoice is Easier and More Equitable in 2018-19
Equity is at the heart of SchoolChoice, and DPS believes all students should have access to quality schools, regardless of their background or address. That's  why the Office of Choice & Enrollment Services has made a few improvements to SchoolChoice for our families this year:
  • The SchoolChoice window has been moved to February. The next SchoolChoice season opens Feb. 1, and applications are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 28. The new window gives our families more time to research schools, as well as finalize their living arrangements for the following school year.
  • Families have access to a new online, mobile-friendly School Finder tool, which they can use to more easily search for schools and submit their SchoolChoice application -- all in one place.
  • To make it more convenient to learn about our school options, Choice & Enrollment Services is hosting five regional school expos (rather than one large districtwide expo). These expos will take place the week of Jan. 22. Click here for all the details.
For news and up-to-date information on SchoolChoice, visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org. You can also encourage families to call the SchoolChoice hotline at 720-423-3493 or visit a school's front office if they have more questions or need help navigating the process. 
Top 5: What did You Want to be When You Grew Up?
This week, our eighth graders learned about some of the many opportunities they can pursue at the 8th-Grade Career Fair. While they're looking ahead, we asked you to look back and remember what you wanted to be when you grew up. Read our Top 5 responses below, and congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Alicia FaJohn at Asbury Elementary!

5. " When I was in eighth grade, I wanted to be an international reporter like Christiane Amanpour. The thought of being able to write and travel for a living excited 14-year-old me."  -- Nicole Carlson Harris, English Language Acquisition

4. " Since I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I grew up admiring the teachers in my life who stretched me and supported me, and I wanted to be like them. I am so blessed to be working in the field that I always knew was my zone of genius."  -- Elena Saenz, DCIS at Montbello

3. "Before I decided to be a teacher (in second grade!), my friend and I were going to be paramedics. My friend Megan was going to drive the ambulance, and I was going to save people in the back." -- Brenna McEvitt, Newlon Elementary

2. "When I was in eighth grade, I decided that I wanted to become a registered nurse. Here I am, 10 years later, going to college to pursue the dream I had when I was only 13!" -- Christina Bell, Holm Elementary

1. "I grew up north of Chicago where the Chicago Bears training field is, so -- of course -- when I was a kid in the 80s, I wanted to be Mike Ditka!" -- Alicia FaJohn, Asbury Elementary
Top 5 Callout: What are You Thankful for?
It's a good practice to express gratitude year-round -- and with Thanksgiving two weeks away, we'd love to hear what you're thankful for! Send your response to newsletters@dpsk12.org. We'll publish the Top 5 responses in next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!
Win Broncos Tickets or a United Round Trip Flight through the 'I Give for Team DPS' Campaign
The DPS Foundation has kicked off I Give for Team DPS, the annual employee giving campaign. Participate by 5 p.m. Nov. 10 for a chance to win two tickets to the Dec. 10 Broncos game, courtesy of FirstBank!
 
Each year, hundreds of DPS educators support I Give for Team DPS and help the foundation support afterschool programming, early literacy, career pathways, student wellness and more. There are a number of ways to contribute or participate. Complete this form to have contributions deducted from your paycheck. Everyone who contributes through payroll deductions will have a chance to win a round-trip flight, courtesy of United Airlines.  You can also make a one-time donation here

No contribution is necessary to qualify for prizes. Click here for an FAQ on the employee giving campaign and here for more information on I Give for Team DPS. 
Verify or Update Your Personal Information by Tomorrow
Don't forget to review the email you received from Human Resources on Nov. 1 that contained the demographic information that DPS has on file for you, including your address, personal email, phone number, emergency contact, race and ethnicity, as well as information on whether you have elected electronic delivery of your W2 and 1095-C tax forms.

If you need to update any out-of-date or missing information, follow  these instructions . Follow these instructions to opt-in for electronic delivery of your W2 and 1095-C forms, which provides earlier access to your tax documents in an electronic format that can be accessed at any time. Updates to your personal information can be made year-round, but for federal reporting purposes, please make any necessary changes by tomorrow, Nov. 10. Also, note that if you wait to opt-in to electronic delivery for your W2 or 1095-C forms, you may not receive them electronically in 2018. 
Earn a $250 Referral Bonus for Referring Teachers and SSPs
 
Help make Team DPS even stronger -- and receive a bonus -- by referring teachers and SSPs to work for DPS!  We are looking for math, special education, ELA-S and diverse teachers, as well as SSPs including nurses, social workers, psychologists, teachers for the visually impaired, speech language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, and counselors.
 
All current DPS team members can earn a $250 referral bonus for each person they refer who applies and is hired into one of the roles mentioned above. The more people you refer and are hired, the bigger your bonus! Start by completing this form For   every referral, you will need to complete a new form. Click here or on the image at right for more information on the DPS Employee Referral Program.
Living Our DPS Honoree

Elaine Lee
Senior Team Lead, Beach Court Elementary
Equity

"As our senior team lead supporting fourth and fifth grade this year at Beach Court Elementary, Ellie has supported teachers in developing a personalized approach to instruction for students. From integration of flexible seating, to creation of learner profiles and increasing student agency, Ellie has led the way in supporting our teachers in providing students with a joyful, rigorous and personalized learning experience."

-- Rhianna Burroughs, Beach Court Elementary 

Nominate one of your colleagues who you see living one or more of our Shared Core Values to be featured as a Living Our DPS honoree.
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Nov. 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
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