May 17, 2018
Team members at Samuels Elementary gathered for last year's virtual Our DPS Day. On Aug. 16, you'll have the opportunity again to connect with other members of Team DPS for the 2018 Our DPS Day!
Save the Date for Our DPS Day, Aug. 16
Our DPS Day is an annual values-based event for all members of Team DPS to gather and connect to our shared work, to each other, to our Shared Core Values and to our vision, Every Child Succeeds. Last year, we expanded Our DPS Day to every member of the district by going virtual. We're excited to once again connect virtually with all members of Team DPS for the 2018 Our DPS Day! On Aug. 16, all teams are encouraged to participate in an interactive viewing session and share their voices as the entire district is connected for an hour.
On Wednesday, an Outlook calendar invitation was sent to all team members to hold this date and time. More information will be shared with school leaders and managers to help arrange the viewing sessions and activities for each team. It will take all of us to reach our vision, Every Child Succeeds, and we all have a role to play. Join Team DPS from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 16 to kick off the school year ready to do our part to bring our vision to reality. Questions? Email
Open Enrollment Wrap-up: Gift Card Winners and Next Steps
Left to right: Leticia Alarcon, a food service worker at John F. Kennedy High School, and Barbara Warren, a teacher at Maxwell Elementary School.
Congratulations to  Leticia Alarcon , a food service worker at  John F. Kennedy High School , and Barbara Warren , a teacher at Maxwell Elementary School , who were the lucky winners of the final two $250 gift cards for completing Open Enrollment.
More than 90% of eligible team members took action and completed their enrollments by the May 11 deadline. If you are a benefits-eligible team member working more than 20 hours a week and you did not enroll in or waive benefits during Open Enrollment, you will be auto-enrolled in the lowest-cost medical plan with employee-only coverage (post-tax), effective July 1. If you are auto-enrolled in a medical plan, you will receive an email with more information from Human Resources at the end of May. 

If you have any questions, please contact Employee Services at 720-423-3900.
Top 5: A Big Win from the School Year
The end of a school year is an excellent time to reflect on our accomplishments -- and there's so much we have to be proud of this year! You shared your big wins with us; the Top 5 are below, and congratulations and well wishes to our giveaway prize winner, Kathleen Hill in Extended Learning and Community Schools.

5. "One big win for me was when the final novel in my five-book fantasy/sci-fi series was published in February! It was the third book in my series to hit the bestseller list.  I started writing in high school and found later in life how much I missed it." -- Sue Loeffler, Sabin World Elementary

4. "A big win for me this year has been co-teaching with Sonia Williams. We were asked last year to pilot co-teaching for ELD and Language Arts, and we have had nothing but success. Our students have given us feedback that they enjoy having two teachers in the room, and they feel like they are able to learn more because of the feedback they receive from two different perspectives. Sonia and I have both said to each other multiple times, 'This has been my best year in the classroom.'" -- Adam Creapo, Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences

3. "My big win is taking and completing the courses that DPS offers secretaries on  They helped me in a tremendous way. Thank you, DPS, for encouraging secretaries to take these courses!" -- Jamie Castillo, Centennial Elementary

2. "This year, I took advantage of the DPS Employee Assistance Program, so I was able to see a therapist for free! Working in a school is difficult, so I'm happy I was able to deal with my stress instead of burning out!" -- Katherine Pietrafeso, Park Hill Elementary

1. "In February of 2017, I was diagnosed with terminal Leukemia and told I had less than a year to live; 15 months later, I am still breathing and showing up to a job I LOVE!  My work with DPS and the Department of Extended Learning and Community Schools and my passion for doing all I can to put Students First gets me up every day and keeps me going. This is my life's work and I am grateful for every day I have to make a difference in childrens' lives!" -- Kathleen Hill, Extended Learning and Community Schools

Top 5 Callout: Best Advice You Got at Graduation
Graduation is a time to share words of wisdom and encouragement with graduating seniors. What was the best advice someone shared with you at your graduation? Send that advice to We'll feature the Top 5 responses in next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize! 

Discount Alerts for Yoga Lovers: Save $200 on Yoga Teacher Training; Plus, DPS Yoga Pants are Back!
The Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation is offering DPS team members a $200 discount on the price of a month-long, intensive course to become a certified yoga teacher. The course is June 1-July 1. To learn more, email 
Liz at
Also, DPS and DPS Foundation yoga pants are back! Thanks to the DPS Foundation's partner,  Colorado Threads, there's a brand new design for the yoga pants this year, and 15% of every sale benefits the DPS Foundation. Click below to get yours now!  Interested in other Colorado Threads products? Use the discount code DPS20 at checkout for 20% off other items on the site.
Accessing Infor HR Resources is Now Easier than Ever
Based on user feedback, Human Resources has created a new Infor HR Resource Center on The Commons. It provides instant access to all Infor HR step-by-step guides and eLearning content. As a member of Team DPS, Infor HR is the system you use to update your address, phone number and other personal information; submit education and licensure information; and find your pay rate and apply for internal jobs. All of these processes are documented in the new resource center to better support you. Visit to check it out for yourself!
Living Our DPS Honoree
Ryan Fune
Dean of Instruction,
Castro Elementary
"Dr. Ryan Fune is the heart of our school and lives our Shared Core Value of Integrity. He serves our students, teachers and community with servant leadership. Ryan arrives at school early and leaves late every day, ensuring that his teachers and staff feel supported. He creates meaningful professional development opportunities for teachers, facilitates Common Plan Time for grade-level teams, runs guided reading groups for students, assisted our site assessment leader with ANET testing and serves on the Instructional Leadership Team. Plus, he has the best snack stash! We appreciate everything that Dr. Fune does for our school and our community every single day."
-- Lauren Paley, Castro Elementary

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