May 24, 2018
Food and Nutrition Services team members at South High School -- and throughout the district -- are essential to achieving our vision, Every Child Succeeds.
Supporting Our Essential Service Team Members
We are committed to Equity in DPS, and part of that means providing a livable wage and fair compensation to all of our educators. With that in mind, DPS is excited to announce that we're able to offer a wage increase to about 3,000 team members who provide essential services in our schools!
These increases will support custodians, food service workers, bus drivers and patrol officers , as well as paraprofessionals , who provide direct instructional support to our students.
We've heard from these team members, in exit interviews and our CollaboRATE survey, that pay and the limited opportunities for compensation growth in their roles has been a significant factor in their decision to leave DPS. We hope pay increases to these groups will drive more stability in our schools by decreasing turnover and improving our ability to attract and keep great people.
While we are excited to announce this compensation increase for these employee groups, we know this alone does not address our funding needs , and so we continue to keep pressing our Colorado legislators to better fund our schools.

Educator Appreciation: Enter to Win a VIP Rockies Experience
Thanks to a generous donation from Colorado Rockies co-owner Linda Alvarado, we have four VIP Rockies packages to give to educators as a thank you for all you do!  
Click below to fill out the form to be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets and a parking pass for the Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets ballgame on Thursday, June 21. Winners will be seated in the Coors Clubhouse directly behind home plate, where you will receive all food and non-alcoholic beverages for free!
Pay Changes: Final Reminders about Summer Pay
Starting this summer, we're improving how our team members are paid and simplifying how most of our employees request and track time off.  With True Pay, our new time and pay system, all team members will receive two paychecks, one on the 7th and one on the 22nd of every month (or the weekday before if the 7th or 22nd are weekends or holidays). With our new system, you'll be paid 5-7 days after the pay period has ended. That's a shorter wait time, and it means you'll have a full month of pay by the 22nd of every month.

Visit for more information, including:
  • Summer payroll calendars that show when you'll be paid in June, July, August and September.
  • An FAQ with more details on why and how we're making this change.
  • Presentations on changes related to True Pay.
  • Contact information for the Employee Assistance Program for free help with budgeting, debt management, tax issues and other finance questions.
  • Coming soon: Links to quick reference guides and other training materials. All team members will be notified when these resources are available.
If you have questions about when or how you'll be paid this summer, visit, email or call 720-423-3900 and select option 2.
Top 5 Callout: Favorite Photo from the School Year
From the back-to-school solar eclipse to the 34th Annual Shakespeare Festival, it has been an unforgettable year. Send your favorite photo from the school year and a short caption to We'll feature the Top 5 in next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!

Share Your Voice at the African-American Equity Task Force Community Meeting on June 12
Join team members and the Denver community for the  African-American Equity Task Force  Community Meeting  from  5:30-7:30 p.m.  June 12  at Bruce Randolph School. Share your voice to help make an impact on the ongoing work around the task force's recommendations.  Refreshments and childcare will be provided. Click below to register to attend.

Join Team DPS at the Denver PrideFest Parade
Walk with Team DPS in the PrideFest Parade on June 17. Meet at the LIV on Steele Apartments, 1412 Steele St. in the common area. Then, we'll walk over to the 12th Street entrance of Cheesman Park. The meeting time will be determined by our position in the parade, so RSVP below to receive these updates.  The parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. from Cheesman Park and will end at the Capitol. Wear comfy shoes and bring your water bottle!

To confirm your participation and receive updates, please  RSVP below. By signing up, you will also receive a "WE BELONG" T-shirt! For more information, please reach out to John Ogburn or Dori Claunch.

Have a Drink on Landed and Learn More about Down Payment Assistance
Educators are invited to celebrate the end of the school year at a happy hour with Landed, a San Francisco-based startup that offers down payment assistance to help essential professionals -- including all members of Team DPS -- buy homes.  Bring your DPS ID and Landed will buy your first two drinks to thank you for the work you do. Join Landed from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at Lowry Beer Garden , 7577 E. Academy Blvd. RSVP below and learn more about Landed on The Commons .

Living Our DPS Honoree
Michael Potter
Facility Manager, McKinley-Thatcher Elementary
Students First
"Every day, Michael Potter takes great pride in his interaction with the students at McKinley-Thatcher Elementary and always puts Students First. He has a unique way of teaching them the 'word of the day' by placing a word on a sticky note and putting it on the front of his head so all the students can see and interact with him as he teaches them the meaning of the word.

Recently he took a class on a tour of the mechanical systems at the school and taught them the safety aspects of working in a mechanical area. The students enjoyed learning about how their school mechanical systems work to provide a clean and comfortable environment for them to learn and be safe in. Often, Michael has former students stop by to tell him how much his caring attitude influenced them as they progressed through life. Michael is a truly caring DPS Facility Manager and exhibits our Shared Core Value of Students First every day. He is a true asset to the DPS team."

-- Sam Adair, Facility Management Department

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