May 3, 2018
Top 5 (er ... 6): Fourteener Photos
We asked for your favorite photos from the peaks of Colorado's fourteeners -- and we couldn't choose just 5! We've featured six snapshots above and created a photo gallery on The Commons with more team members' fourteener pics . Congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Sadie May at South High School !

6. "I  didn't start climbing fourteeners until I was 45 years old. So far, I've summited 14 fourteeners in Colorado, with more still to come!" --  Becky Zachmeier, Portfolio Management

5. " This is one of the first fourteeners Zach Steedman and I hiked together, and we've hiked more than 10 others together after. Our friendship started during our year in Denver Teacher Residency. Now, we're at Kepner Beacon Middle School and plan to continue teaching and hiking fourteeners together for the foreseeable future." -- Taylor Hammrich, Kepner Beacon Middle School

4. " This is my brother and I on top of Mount Bross after completing the DeCaLiBron (summiting Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross mountains)." -- Dan Falco, Employee Services

3. "O n the summit of La Plata Peak, I'm holding up six fingers for the six fourteeners I have hiked." -- Jennifer Pierno, Holm Elementary

2. " A snapshot from Mount Bierstadt, my very first fourteener." -- Madiha Shaheen, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

1. " Here's a picture of students from Colorado High School Charter summiting Mount Bierstadt in 2015. As a class, students studied a novel called 'Peak,' where a young protagonist summits Mount Everest. Throughout the English Language Development unit, students learned important vocabulary by learning to rock climb at Denver Movement Rock Climbing Gym, and then our final exam was to summit our own mountain, Mount Bierstadt." -- Sadie May, South High School

Top 5 Callout: The Most Valuable Lesson a Teacher Taught You
DPS is celebrating  National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, and we'd love to know how educators shaped your lives. Tell us the most valuable lesson a teacher taught you. Send your responses to . We'll feature the Top 5 responses in next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!

Discount Alert: Teacher Appreciation Discounts Start Next Week
DPS is celebrating
National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, including Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8 -- and many of our community partners are honoring educators with discounts and giveaways throughout the month.
Start planning your celebrations for Tuesday, May 8, with these offers from generous partners in your neighborhoods:
  • Bang Up the Elephant, 1310 Pearl St.: Free drink (two choices) 3-6 p.m. May 8; free donut every day during the week, while supplies last.
  • Brewability Lab, 12445 E. 39th Ave. #314: BOGO drink May 8.
  • Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, 4995 Argonne St.: Free beer or free appetizer May 8.
  • Chain Reaction Brewery, 902 S. Lipan St.: BOGO drink May 8.
  • Little Machine Brewing, 2924 W. 20th Ave.: BOGO drink May 8.
  • Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 E. Academy Blvd.: Happy hour deals all day, half off appetizers May 8.
Visit to see the full list of discounts. And be sure to check back May 7 for more celebrations, happenings and giveaway winners as we honor our incredible educators!
Don't Wait 'til the Last Minute: Complete Open Enrollment Now
Yronelly Diaz
Last week, Yronelly Diaz, a special education paraprofessional at Eagleton Elementary, won a $250 gift card for taking early action and completing 
Open Enrollment. Benefits-eligible team members have one last opportunity to win a $250 gift card next week; complete Open Enrollment by Wednesday, May 9, and you'll be entered to win. 

Open Enrollment is the one time each year that benefits-eligible team members can select, change or waive benefits -- and it ends May 11, so enroll in or waive benefits now!  If benefits-eligible employees do not take action, they will automatically be enrolled in DPS' lowest-cost medical plan. This is an active enrollment year, so action is required. Click here to complete Open Enrollment

If you need help choosing a plan, there are two more opportunities to get one-on-one support at one of our regional pop-up fairs,  where representatives from Aetna, Kaiser, Delta Dental, VSP, Landed, Employee Wellness and other benefits partners will be available to answer your questions. Benefits specialists will be there, too, to help you complete Open Enrollment. Join us from:
If you have Open Enrollment questions, visit, or contact Employee Services at 720-423-3900 or

DoTS is Updating Our Firewalls in June
The Department of Technology Services (DoTS) will replace the firewalls that control access between DPS networks and the internet. The update will be made the week of June 11 and will include a new internet content filter for web browsing and other applications. Similar to the current process, you will continue to request access to a blocked website online, and InforSecurity or Google teams will respond to your request. Keep an eye on the DoTS page on The Commons for more information after the update. 

Discount Alert: Get 15% off Full-Price Apparel at Runners Roost May 4-6, and Join Team DPS for a Fun Run May 5
Gear up for summer at Runners Roost May 4-6 when the Colorado footwear, gear and apparel store for runners is hosting an appreciation event for all DPS employees, friends and family. You'll get 15% off all full-price apparel. 

Also, as part of our Employee Wellness initiatives, join other DPS team members at noon, Saturday, May 5, at Runners Roost, 1865 S. Colorado Blvd., for a fun run and walk. Kids and dogs are welcome.  Click below to learn more.

College Friday is Tomorrow; Share on Social Media and Enter to Win Prizes
Unpack your old college hoodies --  College Friday  is tomorrow, May 4! Use College Friday as an opportunity to talk with our students about the college experience, and share photos of your college gear on social media with #CollegeFriday and #edcolo  to enter to win great prizes
Living Our DPS Honoree
Carmen Molina
Restorative Justice Coordinator, Colfax Elementary
Students First
"Carmen is a DPS alum -- and better yet, a Colfax Elementary alum. Carmen lives our Shared Core Value of Students First every day in her work as our Restorative Justice Coordinator. 

She leads with empathy when meeting with and communicating with all stakeholders -- including students, staff and families -- to benefit the well-being of our students. Carmen learned every single student's name and developed a deep sense of trust with our students and their families by building strong relationships. You will often see her working through her lunch while supporting a student concern or their re-entry into a group. Carmen organizes and leads recess each day by facilitating student activities. She has had such an important role in creating a 'culture of celebration' at Colfax, leading the system of identifying and celebrating weekly core value winners and sharing student celebrations with our community. Carmen is the best there is!"

-- Jaclyn Bretl, Colfax Elementary

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