Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
School counselor Rafael Diaz poses at Excel Academy with students and teachers.
Have You Thanked a School Counselor?  
This week is National School Counseling Week -- and there has never been a better time to celebrate and recognize the impact school counselors have on students' success and career planning. Be sure to thank your school counselor for the work they do in helping our kids reach their potential. Counselors are one of the ways we are supporting the Whole Child to reach our Denver Plan 2020 goals.
Need some ideas to help say "thank you"? Consider nominating your school counselor for the Leadership Lamp Award for the chance to be recognized during the Night of Honor this spring. Additionally, take advantage of the DPS Honors! recognition tools that should be available at your school or department. Questions? Email 
Top 5 Callout: Sweet (and Funny) Student Valentines 
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and we know our students have been hard at work creating their own valentines to share with their classmates and a lucky teacher or two! Please share the love by sending us the sweet and funny valentine sayings you see. We also welcome pictures -- from decorated doilies to handmade hearts. Share the sentiments here and be entered for a chance to win a prize!
Updated Immigration Rights FAQs for Families; More to Come
We have heard from a number of educators concerned about the impact of the recent travel ban on our students, families and communities. To assist with questions you may be receiving, we have updated our Immigration Rights FAQ in  English  and  Spanish .This includes answers to questions such as:
Q:  What should DPS employees do if they get a request for information about a student from a federal immigration official?
A:  The DPS employee should not provide any information and should immediately refer the individual to the DPS Office of General Counsel, 720-423-3309.
Q:  What should a DPS employee do if an immigration official tries to come on to school grounds or asks to interview a student?
A:  Immediately contact DPS Safety, 720-423-3911, and the DPS Office of General Counsel, 720-423-3309.   
Please understand this is a rapidly changing situation, and we anticipate releasing additional guidance in the next week or two. If you have questions, requests for assistance or need additional communications support, let us know at  
Dr. Sharroky Hollie
Are You Culturally and Linguistically Responsive?
Culturally Responsive Teaching recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning. Find out how to incorporate culturally responsive teaching strategies into your skill-set at the next DPS ED Talk, "Six Ways to Know if You're Culturally & Linguistically Responsive" by Sharroky Hollie, Ph. D., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Manual High School. RSVP for the event here. 

DPS Ed Talks are designed to bring educators and community members together to learn from each other in pursuit of our vision, Every Child Succeeds. For more information, visit
Donate Socks for DPS Students
Support our DPS students in need by donating a package of new, youth-sized socks during Transportation Services Sock-It-To-Me sock drive. Simply drop off the socks in bins located at the following locations: Food Services building, Emily Griffith Campus (in the lobby), Facilities building or either of the Transportation terminals. Deadline to donate is Feb. 21. The socks will then be transported to one of our DPS schools and passed out to students who need them. For more information, contact .
The Return of the House Call - Dispatch Health
Flu season's upon us, and the last thing you want to do is leave your home to be treated while feeling under the weather. Did you know if you have DHMP insurance you can utilize DispatchHealth and be treated at home? DispatchHealth can test for flu, strep and mono all from the comfort of your living room. Keep this service in mind if you or a family member becomes ill this season. Visit or call DHMP at 303-602-4DPS (4377) for more information. 
Living Our DPS Honoree:
Joshua Duran
Restorative Justice Coordinator,
Skinner Middle School

"Joshua Duran knows the Skinner Middle School community inside and out. He always puts Equity first and will do whatever it takes to support our students in their journey to emotional, academic and societal success. Joshua holds students accountable for their behavior in a manner that teaches them pro-social skills, while maintaining their dignity. When he isn't in his office working on an issue with someone, he is sitting in the classroom supporting behaviorally struggling students so that they don't miss out on important instructional time. Students can count on him 'not to play' when it comes to the serious stuff but to 'be playful' in building and maintaining strong relationships with them.
"Joshua helped start the Latin Student Alliance at Skinner Middle School and, through this student group, he has lived all of the DPS Shared Core Values. He helped put on Denver's second annual Segundo de febrero, which is an event that teaches the history of the Mexican, Mexican-American and Indigenous communities of the United States and how their history impacts those groups today. In this event, he guided students on art projects that explored who they are and helped them learn more about their history and identity. He is a true asset to Denver Public Schools."

  -- Gabriela Mohr and Joe Waldon

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