Vincent Franklin engages with teammates during the 2016 Our DPS Day.
Check Out the New Values-Based Leadership Programs Guide
The 2017-18 Values-Based Leadership Programs booklet is now available! This booklet was created for Team DPS as a resource to help team members reach their personal and professional goals by attending values-based leadership programs. Learn the trajectory of these programs and how they support LIFT, LEAD and LEAP goals, and find program dates, registration information and more, all in one place.  Download the interactive digital booklet  here or e mail Samantha Silver to request a hard copy. 

Ready to kick off your values-based leadership? Attend the upcoming Creating Connections on Oct. 25, when you can meet team members from across DPS to learn about the history of our district, our Shared Core Values and why they matter in all of our work. Register here.
Top 5: Back-to-School Kids' Quotes
Our kids never fail to make us smile! Check out the Top 5 back-to-school kids' quotes below, and congratulations to our giveaway winner, Jain Wainwright at Munroe Elementary!

1. "Ms. W, do you know why I missed all those math problems?  It's because I used my brain instead of my fingers." -- Jain Wainwright, Munroe Elementary
2. "You probably didn't recognize me today because I'm wearing this super cool shirt, but it's me, Julian!" -- Jen Miller, Edison Elementary
3. " If I go home, you can let me come back on Friday."  -- Becky Archuleta, Teller Elementary
4.  Upon seeing me at the local grocery story, a first-grade girl stopped dead in her tracks, eyes as big saucers, pointed at me and said to her mom, "She goes to my school!" -- Linda Meyer, Lowry Elementary
5.  Our school was getting ready for the solar eclipse and one child excitedly shared, "I can't wait for the apocalypse!" -- Halie Gianulis, Denison Montessori
Top 5 Callout: Your School Picture-Day Photos
Remember feeling so cool on school picture day -- and now you look back and regret that popped polo collar, puka shell necklace and mile-high bangs?  Send your  super-stylish school picture-day photos (or mortifying yearbook snapshots) to newsletters@dpsk12.org. We'll feature the Top 5 in the newsletter and one person will win a giveaway prize!
Action Required: Watch Student Data Privacy Training Video
In 2016, the state of Colorado passed a new state law aimed at protecting student data. As a result, all DPS team members are required to watch the district's Student Data Privacy training video by Oct. 31. You can access the video  hereAlso, review the  Academic Technology Menu  for more information on how DPS is working to comply with the new law. If you have questions, contact Bryan Westerman .
Register for HealthTrails Team Challenge and Employee Wellness 5K
Rally a team to register for the districtwide HealthTrails Team Challenge, which starts Sept. 23. Teams can have up to five members who track healthy behaviors while virtually traveling interactive trails all over the world. Participants are eligible to win prizes, including FitBits, mountain getaways, gift cards, fitness classes and onsite chair massages! Click here for more information and register today.

The countdown to the DPS Employee Wellness 5K is on! DPS team members can register now for the Sept. 23 fun run/walk at Boulder Running Company, and participation counts as the first mile in the HealthTrails challenge. Team members also receive 20% off at Boulder Running Company, 2500 E. 1st Ave., Sept. 23-24. Click here for more information and register today.
The 2018-19 SchoolChoice Window Will Open in February
DPS is proud to have the strongest choice system in the country, as well as some of the highest participation rates -- and we're always striving to make our system even better. To continue meeting our families' needs, we have moved the SchoolChoice window from January to February. The 2018-19 school year choice window will be Feb. 1-28.
 
There were several reasons for moving the choice window, but they all stem from our Shared Core Value of Equity, and we believe the new timing will allow us to better serve our families, with more time to research schools outside of busy times in the fall and around holiday breaks.  Visit schoolchoice.dpsk12.org for more information.
Recommend Outstanding Students to the DPS Foundation by Sept. 22
Do you know an outstanding student? Send the name of a remarkable student to the DPS Foundation by Sept. 22, and the foundation may feature your nominee as a student speaker at one of the foundation's events or in an inspiring blog post. Send the student's name, school and grade to Ashley Sanders, and include two sentences explaining why you'd like to see the foundation feature the student and the names of any of the foundation's programs the student has been involved with (Power Lunch, CareerConnect, Prep League, etc.). Featured students must have media releases and be comfortable speaking in front of large crowds.  

Living Our DPS Honoree

Anna O'Connor
Student Equity and Opportunity Partner
Students First

"Anna O'Connor of the Student Equity and Opportunity (SEO) team is passionate about helping students succeed and puts Students First. Anna recently transitioned from being the special education department chair at her school to an associate SEO partner position. Although this transition occurred late in the summer, Anna continued to go back to her school in the first week and assist with scheduling, registration and teaching, all while still serving in her new position. Although she will no longer be at the school, Anna's dedication to her students has ensured they will still receive all the supports necessary until the new teacher is fully prepared.
 
Anna has also shown Collaboration by providing resources and answers to all kinds of silly questions. She is Fun because she keeps it light and is always smiling."
 
-- Libby Malone, Department of Social Work and Psychological Services; and Christopher Hilburn and Katie Marcks, West Early College

Nominate one of your colleagues who you see living one or more of our Shared Core Values to be featured as a Living Our DPS honoree.
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