Thursday, March 23, 2017
Diana Noonan receiving the Leadership Lamp Award in 2015.
Last Call for Night of Honor Nominations
Tomorrow is the last day to nominate members of Team DPS for a coveted Night of Honor award. If you work with a person or team who inspires you, take this opportunity to say "thank you" and recognize them by submitting a nomination:
  • Leadership Lamp Award: Our most distinguished award designed to honor our Shared Core Values champions who model the way for DPS (four awards total).
  • Excellence in Team Award: High-performing and effective teams making a difference (teams of 3-12, four awards total).
There is also an opportunity to recognize parents and families of DPS students who are making a positive impact in their school communities. Nominate a parent for the Family Leadership Award, which will be presented at a Superintendent Parent Forum later this school year. 
Nominations for all awards are due Friday , March 24, so don't wait -- nominate

Top 5: Best Compliment from a Student
There are only two days left to recognize the person or team you've seen making a difference and submit a nomination for our annual Night of Honor. In honor of this recognition opportunity, we asked Team DPS to share the best compliment they've received from a student.Thank you to Rivian Bass of Teller Elementary, our weekly giveaway winner, and everyone who submitted for reminding us that a little recognition can go a long way.

Bonus compliment: A letter to Marianna Lucero of Goldrick Elementary from her dance team.
1. "You make me a learning machine." --
Rivian Bass, Teller Elementary

2. "Thank you for challenging me and giving me work that makes me push myself. Because of your work, I feel I am much better at math. Even though I didn't want to be there sometimes because I was behind, now I regret nothing." -- Bertie Fiz, Morey Middle School

3. I'm not one to wear a lot of makeup. One day, I happened to be wearing makeup. One of my students came up to the circulation desk with a strange look on his face. He tilted his head to the left, then the right, looking very intently at me. Finally he says, "Ms. Fancy, what happened to your face?" I smiled and said,"I am wearing makeup today." Then he says, "I like you better without that stuff!"  -- Michele Francis, Educational Technology and Library Services

4. "Thank you for protecting our school. You're the best Ms. Jamie in the world." -- Jamie Castillo, Centennial Elementary
5. "I was volunteering in a first-grade classroom at Schmitt Elementary and the students had the opportunity to ask me three questions. Instead of asking me questions, I got three first-grade compliments: 'I like your hair,' 'I like your shoes' and 'I love you.' Best volunteer day ever!'" -- Alex Renteria, Communications 
Well-Being Spotlight: Tamari Emory
Are you looking for more energy or motivation? Tamari Emory of Student Equity and Opportunity Department has incorporated changes into her life that's given her the energy to do the things she loves, while losing 25 pounds along the way! As Tamari shared:
"Being able to join the DPS Employee Wellness, 10-Week Challenge, has opened my eyes on many levels. I learned how to eat healthy, how important sleep is to my health and the fact that you do not need a gym to workout. Any exercise can be modified if you are injured. The coaches and trainers from the DPS Employee Wellness Challenge were a wealth of information and very supportive!

"I walk every day, and started very slowly at first. Then I started wearing a Fitbit just to track my steps. The Fitbit reminded me to get at least 10,000 steps a day. Now I complete 15,000 steps or more a day, with an addition of three workouts a week!"
Read more about Tamari's success in this Q & A, and learn more about DPS wellness opportunities here.
Spring Leadership Training Opportunities: DPS Aspire
Are you looking to refine your leadership skills? DPS Aspire is a two-day leadership program designed for DPS team members looking to grow. Learn to lead through the lens of cultural responsiveness, leverage your sphere of influence and reflect on your individual leadership capacity and style.  Register now for a spring session
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 17-18 at Emily Griffith Campus
  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25- 26 at Emily Griffith Campus
For more information, email Guest teacher pay is available if needed.
Join the Fun: Kickball Season is Around the Corner
Registration for DPS kickball is now open through March 30. Register as a team or a free agent. Click here to learn more and register today!   
Schoology Coming April 2017
Schoology -- DPS' new l
earning management system -- will be available by the end of April 2017 for all central school-support and district-managed school-based team members. Schoology will provide access to professional development courses and curriculum content, and will enable teachers to create a more engaging and personalized classroom environment. To learn more about Schoology, watch a video testimonial from DPS teachers and students, and check out the DPS Schoology FAQ. Questions? Contact
Seeking Students for Rocky Mountain PBS Mini Newscast
Want to teach your fifth- and sixth-grade students about journalism and broadcasting -- and have them featured on TV? Rocky Mountain PBS (RMPBS) is looking for fifth- and sixth-grade DPS classes for their upcoming broadcasts of Super School News, a two-minute mini newscast designed by Colorado students. These newscasts mimic real news broadcasts with two anchors and four reporters telling stories about their school and community.

RMPBS has nine taping days available to DPS schools in either fall or spring of the 2017-18 school year. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and participation is free. If you have a fifth- or sixth-grade class that would like to participate, email your name, school, phone number and email address to by April 14.
Living Our DPS Honoree:
Daniel Medina
Student Family Community Paraprofessional, Abraham Lincoln High School
Students First
"Daniel Medina has been working at Abraham Lincoln High School for close to 20 years, but he has been working with inner-city students from the Southwest Denver community for over 30 years. Mr. Medina is always putting Student First and has built great relationships with students and families. He supports students in many ways, not only academically but also through kindness. Mr. Medina has snacks in his office where students can stop in before school or during lunch to make sure they have eaten before starting their day. He makes sure the kids have a safe zone where they feel comfortable and counsels them on life lessons and school. Mr. Medina coaches sports and teaches kids the importance of accountability, teamwork, passion, dedication and having fun. He works in the afterschool YESS Mentoring Program where he supports students who have been absent and makes phone calls to families to develop solutions. His service to our youth and staff support is appreciated."

  -- Christina Tafoya, Abraham Lincoln High School

Nominate one of your colleagues to be featured as a Living Our DPS honoree.
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