Aug. 23, 2018
Top 5: Summer Vacation Photos
We asked for your favorite photos from this summer -- and we couldn't choose just five! We've featured six snapshots above and created a photo gallery on The Commons with more team members' summer pics . Congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Heather Jackson-Smith at Godsman Elementary !
6. "My family beat the heat by traveling to Iceland!" -- Brittany Philipsen, High Tech Elementary

5. "We began our summer vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit! It was an amazing time spent with extended family celebrating a wedding renewal, the sun and the beach!" -- Desiree Hunt, Munroe Elementary School

4. "I did a lot this summer from concerts to the pool. My two favorite days were the first weekend of summer when I became a queen at the Renaissance Festival and solved puzzles at the Mindbender Mansion. At the Renaissance Festival, there were lots of great shows, food and best of all laughs with good friends." -- Aurora Martinez, Department of Nursing and Student Health Services

3. "My puppy learned all about hiking!" -- Su Florczak, Smith Elementary School

2. "On a surfing trip to Costa Rica!" -- Tory Tripp, Manual High School

1. "I got married this summer at a vintage Boy Scout summer camp in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. We spent three weeks volunteering in Zimbabwe for our honeymoon!" -- Heather Jackson-Smith, Godsman Elementary

Top 5 Callout: Favorite Back-to-School Memory 
Do you have a favorite back-to-school memory from when you were a student? We want to hear about it! Send your favorite back-to-school memories to We'll select the Top 5 and one person will win a giveaway!

Did You Miss Our DPS Day: Our Foundation, Our Future?
We hope you were able to join us last week for the seventh-annual
Our DPS Day , when thousands of teammates across DPS came together during this live-streaming event to kick off the school year.

If your team wasn't able to watch the event live, please schedule a time to watch using this link: Also, make sure to share your feedback on Our DPS Day by completing this survey .

Team DPS was trending with #ourDPSday thanks to participation from thousands across DPS, including our random giveaway tweeters:
  • Valerie Lovato , Eagleton Elementary
  • Eddie Egloff , William (Bill) Roberts School
  • Karen Powell, Montbello Career and Technical High School
We also had over 1,000 team members participate in our DPS Trivia via Crowd Purr. Congratulations to our top two winners:
  • Enrico Blackwell, DoTS
  • Karin Rees , Executive Secretary, Academics
Thanks to everyone for tuning in, and have a great school year! Questions? Email

Interested in Becoming A Wellness Champion for Your Team?
Do you have a passion for wellness and enjoy helping others? We would love to have you
join the Wellness Champion team. As part of the Whole Child, Healthy Child initiative, the Employee Wellness team's goal is to support the health and well-being of all DPS employees. We are aiming to have an employee Wellness Champion in every school and department across the district to bring customized support to each site. Wellness Champions will receive a stipend of up to $500 as well as $300 in wellness funds and potentially a $1,000 mini grant to apply at your site. If you are interested in being a Wellness Champion, fill out the interest form. If you have questions, email

Volunteer During College and Career Readiness Month
We want to make sure all students have access to college and career opportunities to be successful in any path they choose, and October will be our ninth year to celebrate College and Career Readiness Month!
  • College Application Days: On Oct. 11, 12 and 24, we need volunteers to help students apply for college. Sign up here !
  • Eighth Grade Career Fair: Students will have the opportunity to explore career opportunities in areas that interest them and practice interviews with industry professionals. Sign up here to make an impact and serve as a volunteer Nov. 6.
Discount Alert: Rockies Game Day Package Exclusively for Educators 
Join the DPS Foundation at 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Coors Field! Ticket packages include an opportunity to watch the Rockies take on the Giants and also a limited edition Rockies hat. Tickets start at only $15. Click
here for information and to purchase tickets.

Nominate a Teammate for Living Our DPS 
Have you seen a colleague or small team living one of our Shared Core Values (or all of the values)? Nominate them for Living Our DPS and they may be featured on The Commons and here in a future edition of Team DPS Weekly.
Nominate today and check back weekly to see who we're recognizing!
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