Bracelets at DPS' Youth Alley Booth at PrideFest 2018.
May 16, 2019
Save the Date for Denver PrideFest Weekend
Join DPS students, families, staff and allies as we walk in the Denver Pride parade in support of our LGBTQ+ community on June 16 in downtown Denver. This is our third year participating in the Pride parade -- with over 100 team members and families joining us last year -- and we hope to have even more participating in the fun this year!
 
To walk with the DPS group, meet at the LIV on Steele Apartments, 1412 Steele St., in the common area between 7:30–9 a.m. Or, meet up with the group at the 12th Street entrance of Cheesman Park, 1200 Humboldt St. at 9:15 a.m. -- look for the DPS banner, balloons and team members rocking our WE BELONG t-shirts! 

To confirm your participation in the parade and receive updates, RSVP online.
By signing up, you will also receive a "WE BELONG" t-shirt (while supplies last)! 
Can’t join for the parade but still want to participate in Pride? Stop by the DPS booth in Youth Alley, which will be open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 and
10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Sunday, June 17. DPS team members will be providing information on the different supports DPS offers our LGBTQ+ community.
Post photos of the day using #PrideofDPS or tag @DPSNewsNow and we'll share on our main DPS channels. If you have questions, email dps_belong@dpsk12.org. To learn more about Denver Pride,
Top 5: Benefits of Learning Another Language
Thank you to our team members (and student!) who shared their stories of how learning another language has benefited them!

Congratulations to our giveaway winners, Dulce Aguilera and Marlin Niño at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy!
"I am proud to be bilingual in English and Spanish and I regularly share the benefits of knowing another language with students and families. Having someone at school who speaks their language can be the difference between an actively engaged student and someone who feels left out." -- Kirby Peterson, Student Advocate Family School Liaison, Federal Programs

"I started learning Spanish in my bilingual classroom in first grade at Fairmont Elementary and kept working on it ever since -- I studied Spanish in college, taught at a bilingual school in Honduras and became an ESL teacher back in the States. Being able to communicate with Spanish-speaking students and their parents has been absolutely invaluable in building relationships and helping students achieve." -- Laura Eley, Spark Industry Introduction Coordinator, Career Connect

"I arrived in the United States when I was 11 years old and my biggest challenge was that I had was to learn English. On my first day of school, I felt kind of anxious and timid; but at the same time, I felt fortunate because I thought that coming to this country was a great opportunity for myself and for my family." -- Dulce Aguilera, Senior at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy who obtained the DPS and Colorado Seal of Biliteracy; submitted by Marlin Niño, Spanish Teacher, KCAA
Top 5 Callout: Favorite Kid Quote
Kids say the funniest things -- and sometimes, they don't even know it! What quirky quips or outstanding one-liners have you heard this year? Submit your favorite kid quotes here for a chance to win a giveaway!
Provide Feedback on Susana’s Key Questions
Over the past few months, Superintendent Susana Cordova has been meeting with individuals both inside and outside of DPS to hear about their aspirations for Denver’s children and what they perceive is working in our district -- as well as what’s not. 

To ensure that we hear voices across the organization and that we can move our work forward in a collaborative way, we encourage all team members to complete the Key Questions Survey.

To learn more about Susana's vision, values and beliefs, read Susana's Entry Plan.  
Know a Great Team? Say 'Thanks' with a Nomination
Team DPS is made up of hundreds of small and mighty teams, each working hard to accomplish goals and make a difference in the lives of our students. Recognize the teams you've seen making a difference by nominating them for the Excellence in Team Award. These teams of three to 12 people are able to successfully achieve goals with impactful results while bringing the Shared Core Values to life. 

Whether it's a school's grade-level team, departmental team, project team or cross-functional team, take the time to recognize an amazing group of people you work with by submitting a nomination by May 24. Questions? Email Our_DPSValues@dpsk12.org.
Open Enrollment Has Closed: Prize Winners and Next Steps
More than 90% of benefits-eligible team members took action and completed their enrollment by last week's deadline. Congratulations to our prize-winners who took early action: Carmen Miranda, Gretta Hunjan and Libby Malone!

If you are a benefits-eligible team member and did not enroll in or waive benefits during Open Enrollment, you will be auto-enrolled in the Aetna 3500 CDHP medical plan with employee-only coverage (post tax), a health savings account (HSA) and the DPS Sick Leave Bank effective July 1. Auto-enrolled team members will receive an email with more information from Human Resources in the next few weeks.

Questions? Call HR Connect at 720-423-3900.
ICYMI: Get Discounted Rockies Tickets for June 1
Get your tickets for DPS Appreciation Night at Coors Field -- at 7:10 p.m. on June 1 -- when the Colorado Rockies play the Toronto Blue Jays. Two dollars from each ticket will benefit the DPS Foundation. Click here to purchase discounted tickets using promo code DPS. Don’t miss out, get your discounted tickets and support DPS!
Perks at Work: Free Health Coaching
Members of Team DPS have access to free health coaching sessions this summer. Topics including nutrition, sleep, stress management and exercise are covered in the five-week program. Weekly workouts and 1:1 guidance are also part of the course, which will be offered at three times and locations: 

  • 12-1 p.m., every Monday from June 10-July 15 at Emily Griffith Campus. 
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m., every Tuesday from June 11-July 16 at Acoma Campus.
  • 9-10 a.m., every Wednesday from June 12-July 17 at Bruce Randolph.

Click here to register.
Living Our DPS Honoree
Jessica Massie
Educational Counselor, Denver Discovery School
Integrity

"Jessica Massie is one of the most incredible colleagues I have worked with and lives our Shared Core Value of Integrity. Every day, she goes above and beyond her job description and operates from a place of support for students, staff and the leadership team. Not only does Jessica anticipate needs and fill them, but she is efficient and detailed. She does a tremendous job making Denver Discovery a place students want to be.

Jessica has spearheaded important programs and leads the school store. She has also been managing school culture operations including arrival, lunch, recess and dismissal. Additionally, Jessica took on the school’s technology operations and the CMAS testing operations. None of these jobs is in her job description, yet she does them with ease. She also still manages to cultivate incredible relationships with our students and staff and has countless restorative conversations. Overall, Jessica sets a positive tone and works tirelessly to make our school run smoothly."

-- Katie Custer, Denver Discovery School
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