Students at Barnum Elementary put their curiosity on display with a prop for Halloween.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Team DPS Top 5: How Are You Showing Your Character?
Today is Character Day, a global event when students and adults have the opportunity to join the conversation around character, focusing on who they are, who they want to be in the world and how to develop the whole child with a focus on personal success factors like resilience, grit, empathy, courage and kindness.

With one of our Denver Plan 2020 goals focused on building supports around the Whole Child, there has never been a better time to start these important conversations. W hat is your team doing? Take a second to share with us

Last week, we asked you to tell us about a time you saw one of our students demonstrating a positive character strength. Read the full Top 5 list here, and congratulations to our random giveaway winner, Mary Davenport from North High School:
"One day, the first week of school, I asked a student to stay after class who had said that since he was new, he was feeling so lonely and was therefore having a bad day. As I was checking in with him, another peer from his class came through the door, approached him, stuck out his hand for a shake, and said: 'I'm Carlos. Now you know someone.'  I was almost moved to tears at this student's empathy and kindness, and his courage to act on it."
-- Mary Davenport, North High School

Join the DPS African-American Equity Task Force by Sept. 28
DPS is launching an African-American Equity Task Force in response to Dr. Sharon Bailey's report on the experiences of African-American educators in the district, and we want you to join. Please apply online by Wednesday, Sept. 28.  The Task Force will develop an Equity Agreement, a compilation of recommended actions, efforts and resources needed to address the factors contributing to the opportunity gap.

Share Your Good News Stories  on The Commons!
Is there something special happening in your department or school we should know about? Would you like to recognize a student or teammate? Share Your Good News with us here, and your story may be featured on the homepage of The Commons! Questions or comments? Contact The Commons team.

Top 5 Callout: National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which started Sept. 15 and continues through Oct.15, is about paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. In the spirit of celebrating, share with us how you'll celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at your school or with your team, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a DPS prize pack!
Need Funding for a Special Project? Consider a Grant
  Do you need funding for a special project in your school or department? Have you considered applying for a grant? At DPS, the Grants Administration team is here to provide guidance on grant funds, including applications, management, compliance, reporting and more. Check out the team's new site on The Commons to learn how they can help. Please note: You must be on the DPS network to access The Commons at this time.  

Living Our DPS Honoree:
Casey James
Executive Secretary, CELT

CELT's Casey James lives the Shared Core Values of Accountability every day, going above and beyond to help anyone and everyone. Click below to find out how Casey is helping coworkers in different departments.

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