Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College drum line performs during the MLK Day Marade Monday in City Park.
Shared Core Values Week Going Strong in DPS
It's Shared Core Values Week -- an opportunity for all of Team DPS to focus on one of our values each day of the week. Values Week was off to a great start Monday, when teammates lived our value of Equity during the MLK Day Marade -- even in the snowy, freezing weather.
"Equity is the most important value for me," said Alejandrina Barajas, a teacher at Noel Community Arts School, who attended the marade. "Our students deserve the support they need to achieve their dreams in education and society."

See photos from the MLK Marade on our DPS Facebook page
Shared Core Values Week continues, with today's focus on Accountability and a look at Students First and Fun on Friday. There's still time to incorporate the values into your week. Click here for a collection of resources, and share your stories on social media using the hashtags #teamDPS, #DPSvalues and #StudentsFirst.
Top 5: New Year's Resolutions
We recently asked you to share your New Year's resolutions, and we were so impressed with the goals you've set for 2017! Congratulations to Rhonda Albers at Manual High School, this week's giveaway winner (and good luck on your first sprint triathlon)! 
  1. "As I will be turning 55 this year, I decided to take Sammy Hagar's 'I Can't Drive 55!' as my theme song. I have also decided to train for my first sprint triathlon, the Komen women's Tri for the Cure that is held in August. I have a 22-week training plan, which gives me plenty of time, and I have made it public on my social media to keep me accountable. I already have a few people who have decided they will join me. This resolution is another way to keep me accountable." - Rhonda Albers, Manual High School
  2. "My resolution is to work more on listening to others rather than just hearing them. Everyone has a voice and is coming from somewhere, and, in continued efforts to build trust and relationships with staff, students and others, I believe listening to their voices is key to understanding their stories." - Michelle Wright, Principal at Florence Crittenton High School
  3. "My New Year's resolution is to further my goals -- I am going to write a book!" - Jamie Castillo, Centennial Elementary School
  4. "I will take the risk to have uncomfortable, poorly-articulated, awkward but respectful conversations with people who are different from me -- cultural background, political leaning, education level, etc. -- about topics we disagree on. I will seek out perspectives that are different from my own. Mostly, I will listen and create opportunities for others to be heard." - Catherine Forington, Polaris at Ebert
  5. Need a New Year's resolution? Commit to submit to the Team DPS Weekly Top 5!
Top 5 Callout: How Have You Been Living Our Values?
This week is DPS' Values Week, and there's no better time to reflect on our Shared Core Values -- Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability and Fun. How have you celebrated the week and honored our values? Email us to share how you've lived our values on your team or in the classroom, and we'll select the top 5 responses and one person will win a giveaway!
Register for Team DPS Colfax Marathon Challenge, Win $250 for a DPS School
Rally your colleagues and run or walk in one of the Colfax Marathon races in support of the DPS Foundation. For the fifth year, the DPS Foundation is a Charity Partner with the marathon -- held May 20 to May 21 in City Park -- and offering the opportunity for Team DPS and DPS supporters to run and fundraise for our students and schools.

Need extra incentive? The DPS department or school with the most registered runners and a fundraising page set up by Feb. 24 will win a $250 gift for the DPS school of their choice, as well as Team DPS performance shirts for their entire team . Learn more about rules and how to enter here. Questions? Contact
Secretary Portal going Strong
Secretary Portal  provides DPS office professionals with instant access to updates, contacts and resources by department, frequently used applications and available training throughout the district. The portal was updated and relaunched in July 2016, and has had great success since, with more than 34,000 total page views, with an average of more than 200 page views per day! Check out the feedback below from one of our frequent users of the new and improved Secretary Portal:
"Secretary Portal is great because everything is all in one spot. It's very user friendly and easy to access. I visit the portal frequently for Choice & Enrollment information and to quickly see what training is offered throughout the district." -- Amanda Encinias, Secretary  
Discount Alert: Tickets to Harlem Globetrotters
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the 1st Bank Center March 16 and the Pepsi Center March 18. DPS students and team members can save up to $11 off tickets to the show. Click here for more information, and purchase tickets by contacting Francie Fowler at  or 303-670-3696.
Living Our DPS Honoree:
Dominique Mendoza
Senior Team Lead, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

Dominique acts with authenticity and professionalism when dealing with fellow teachers and her students. As a Senior Team Lead, she is an example of how to match your actions with your words.

"At Kunsmiller, Dominique Mendoza exemplifies the DPS Core Value of Integrity. She is incredibly organized, thoughtful in her work and always follows through. Dominique is humble and always open to feedback. She is a continual learner and works every day toward becoming her best self, personally and professionally, in support of the teachers she works with and most importantly, the students at KCAA. She is willing to hold courageous conversations and approaches the conversation in a safe, productive, and non-judgmental way. Dominique gives 110% every day and always does what she says she is going to do. She is an invaluable member of our school and we are so lucky to have her on our team!"

-- Khristian Brace, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy (KCAA)

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