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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
Get Competitive with a New Employee Benefit, Today!
Increase financial security and reduce stress while competing against JeffCo to be the most financially fit district. Starting this week, members of Team DPS can take advantage of a limited-time, $200 offer to help improve your financial well-being.
By completing a 10-minute, online Financial Fitness CHECKUP™, you will receive tools, training and assistance to improve your financial horizon:
  • Financial Fitness SCORE
  • Free Financial Fitness PLAN to start saving you money
  • Free Enrollment in the Financial Fitness Academy
Of course, wellness should always be fun, so we created a friendly competition. DPS employees will be locked in a head-to-head competition with JeffCo to prove whose team is the most financially fit. Here is how to score points:
  • Aptitude - Earn 10 points for each tutorial you complete (over 70 topics to choose from!)
  • Behavior - Earn 20 points for speaking with a Financial Fitness Advisor (consult with Financial Fitness expert, over the phone, for up to 30 days free of charge)
  • Confidence - Earn up to 30 points for completing (10 for the initial checkup, 20 for a follow up)
Sign up today to start improving your financial well-being, and let's beat JeffCo! 
Top 5: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is going strong across DPS. We asked you to tell us how you're celebrating and we received some great entries! Read the full list below and congratulations to our random giveaway winner, Matthew Craig of South High School.
  1. "A few of my AVID students came to me last year and asked, 'Why don't we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?' I didn't even know it existed! So, this year, I decided to rectify that. At the start of every day, we are doing short presentations on famous/influential Hispanic individuals to generate a conversation about their contributions to society. At the end of the month, some of the kids in my class want to put together a potluck celebrating the month with cultural foods. I am so proud because the ideas came from them. They wanted something to change, and they changed it!"
    -- Matthew Craig, South High School  
  2. "We did a story on EDUCA Radio about Susana Cordova and her legacy at DPS.  Check out the story!
    -- Roberto Gatan, EDUCA Radio, Multicultural Outreach Services  
  3. "I plan to write things in both Spanish and English, and highlight notable Hispanic mathematicians in my learning environment."
  4. -- Tasha Hanley, McGlone Elementary  
  5. "We had an assembly on Sept. 16 to celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. The assembly was presented in both English and Spanish. We gave students the history of Mexican Independence Day, and student re-enacted El Grito de Dolores. El Grito is re-enacted by the president of Mexican annually on the 16th of September. We had students perform traditional Mexican dances and, of course, our Mariachi Juvenil de Bryant Webster performs. It was a great way to celebrate culture and honor the importance of bilingualism."
  6. -- Pamela Liñan, Bryant Webster Dual Language ECE-8
  7. "One way Denver Public Schools celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month is by participating for the seventh year in a row with an information booth at 'Fiestas Patrias' -- a festival celebrating Mexican Independence Day."
  8. -- Salvador Carrera, EDUCA TV, Multicultural Outreach Services
Top 5 Callout: Equity and Inclusion

Earlier this month, DPS announced the creation of a new African-American Equity Task Force and asked those interested to apply to be a participant. So we're asking -- in what ways do you make equity and inclusion a part of your work to ensure our vision of Every Child Succeeds? Please share with us what you do at your school or with your team, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a DPS prize!
DPSSkills Workshops Now Available
The DPSSkills program offers a variety of professional development workshops designed to support ALL DPS educators. Among upcoming options:
  • Crafting and Delivering Dynamic Presentations
  • Culturally Responsive Leadership
  • Leading with EQ (Emotional Intelligence)
  • Navigating Change
During these workshops, you will have the opportunity to focus on personal and professional development, and connect and share experiences with your teammates from across DPS.  Please visit our website to view upcoming workshops and to find out how to register.
Living Our DPS Honoree:
Cedrick Diaz
Facility Manager, Highline Academy

Highline Academy's Cedrick Diaz truly values equity and each employee at his school, and he works to make sure they are able to have a supportive environment. Click below to find out how Cedrick supports equity at Highline.

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