Oct. 26, 2017
Hands-on lessons at High Tech Early College help students explore college and career opportunities. 
Top 5: How You're Preparing Our Kids for College and Career
College and Career Readiness Month is coming to an end, and our educators shared how they're doing the important work of preparing our kids for their futures. The Top 5 responses are below; congratulations to Hilary O'Kelly and Michele Stobbe at CEC Early College, our giveaway prize winners!

5. "To prepare all students for college and career, ACEConnect has partnered with colleges and universities to provide the Transition to Higher Education Course for 11th- and 12th-grade students with disabilities. The course helps our students with disabilities know what to expect when they have an IEP Transition Plan goal to enroll in a two-year, four-year or technical-college certificate program after high school." -- Courtney Kallas, ACEConnect Transition Services

4. "Our college transitions counselor, Sarah Thomas, is working with 41 graduates from the class of 2017 who are attending college. She has helped students secure additional financial aid, met with college advisers to get students into the right classes and met individually with students to navigate life situations. Without Sarah, seven students have already said that they would not still be in college." -- Scott Wolf, North High School

Students at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy decorated college-themed doors during College and Career Readiness Month. 
3. "We have a college door-decorating contest that involves our students and faculty working collaboratively to decorate the best college-themed door. Teachers are able to show their pride in their alma maters; students learn something new about their teachers and discover new postsecondary institutions; and the project helps expand student creativity in our arts-integrated middle and high schools."
-- Madiha Shaheen, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

2. "We launched our Career Cafe series, bringing in speakers from the community to talk about their career paths. We're doing career exploration lessons in the elementary and middle school, and we're signing up for college trips that best fit the career interests of our students." -- Misty Schroeder, Marie L. Greenwood Academy

1. "FAFSA Night at CEC Early College is an amazing example of the community coming together to support students in their paths toward higher education. Numerous volunteers from Denver Scholarship Foundation and area colleges help our students and parents navigate the important financial aid process! Our goal is to help every student get financial aid to further their college and career goals." -- Hilary O'Kelly and Michele Stobbe, CEC Early College

Top 5 Callout: Halloween Costume Photos
We want to see all the silly, spooky, kooky, creative Halloween costumes you and our kids conjure up this year. Send snapshots of you, kids in your school or your teammates in costume to newsletters@dpsk12.org and we'll run the Top 5 photos in next week's newsletter. One person will win a giveaway prize!
It's Not Spam: Verify or Update Your Personal Information
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, you will receive an email from Human Resources that will contain the demographic information that DPS has on file for you, including your address, email address, 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. This email is not spam or a phishing attempt and there is action required. Click on the image at right to see a sample of the email.

When you receive the email on Nov. 1, take a moment to review the personal demographic information that DPS has on file for you. Instructions will be provided for how to update any out-of-date information in Infor HR. Having up-to-date information on file allows DPS to communicate with you and to generate reports required by federal law. 
Find Out How the World Supports College and Career Readiness
October is College and Career Readiness Month, and we hope you've been talking to our students about the importance of making plans for their futures. All DPS educators are invited to continue the conversation with panelists from around the world during the Building Pipelines of Success: Ensuring Students are College and Career Ready public forum. 

Hosted by DPS, the Asia Society and the University of Colorado Denver, this panel will explore how school districts and communities around the world are developing multiple, versatile pathways for young people to allow them flexible opportunities for work and lifelong learning. Panelists (including Superintendent Tom Boasberg) will highlight successes and raise challenges for further exploration. The forum will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the University of Colorado Denver. Click here to learn more and register. 
Discount Alert: 'A Christmas Carol' Tickets
Discounted tickets are available for the holiday classic " A Christmas Carol" at the Stage Theatre. Tickets are only $35 (a $60-$80 value) and a  portion of every ticket sold benefits the DPS Foundation.   Based on Charles Dickens' novel, "A Christmas Carol" magnifies the meaning of the holiday season, inspires and entertains!

Click here for more information on redeeming the discount and for other special offers. 
Earn a $125 Referral Bonus for Referring a Paraprofessional
Schools have an urgent need for Early Childhood Education (ECE), English Language Acquisition (ELA) and Special Education (SPED) paraprofessionals. To help our schools, DPS has launched an employee referral bonus program. Any current DPS employee can earn a  $125 referral bonus  for each new referral who applies and is hired into a school-based part-time or full-time ELA, ECE or SPED paraprofessional role before Jan. 31. In order to receive the bonus, the referral must be hired before Jan. 31 and remain in her/his position for at least one full month. The employee who referred the new hire must also be active with DPS at the time of payout in March. For information about referring qualified applicants and more, click here.
Living Our DPS Honoree

Patti Weiner
Teacher, Sabin World School
Students First

" Patti Weiner, second-grade teacher at Sabin World School, lives our Shared Core Value of Students First. As a proud DPS parent, I have had difficulties with teachers dealing with my son. We could not find a solution to make him want to learn. 

Since the start of this school year, I have seen my son's interest in school completely change. He is becoming a better reader and his attitude is changing from 'I don't want to' to 'Show me how and see how far I can go.' I began to wonder what created this sudden change in my son. It was Ms. Weiner! She changed his life by putting Students First and taking that extra step to get to know my son. She noticed he learns differently from other students and took time to make sure he was growing. Ms. Weiner made the whole journey fun by keeping my son engaged and interested in his education. I am so thankful my son is in Ms. Weiner's class -- it has changed our lives for the better!"

-- Maria Torres, Student Equity and Opportunity

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.
Oct. 28:  CU Buffs vs. Cal Bears Football  (Discounted tickets through the DPS Foundation)
Nov. 7 or Nov. 8:  Equity Bootcamp
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