Team members from the Emily Griffith Campus shared their college spirit last Friday by wearing their favorite college gear
Oct. 10, 2019
Show Your College Spirit Every Friday in October
Celebrate Career and College Success Month by wearing your favorite college gear every Friday! Use this opportunity to spark a conversation with students about your path after high school and the importance of planning for their futures, including considering college, vocational training, the military or a path that's right for them.

Make sure to capture your team's college spirit with a photo and send to Gary_Cooper@dpsk12.org.

Follow DPS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to be inspired by how our students are preparing for success in their career and college journeys – and add your students’ stories to the celebration by tagging #MyPlanDPS.
Would You Rather Results
In the spirit of our Shared Core Value of Fun, last week we asked Team DPS what they would rather do. Here are the results:
Top 5 Callout: Thank a Classified Employee!
This week is Classified Employee Recognition Week, our opportunity to thank these team members for all they do in supporting our families and students. Whether they are driving buses, supporting in the classroom, preparing healthy meals, keeping the school clean or our students safe, our classified employees keep DPS running every day. Fill out this form  and tell us why you're thankful for a classified employee on your team!
New Emergency Messaging System for Families Starting in November
Starting in November, DPS will begin using SchoolMessenger to send emergency messages to parent and guardian contacts, as well as high school students who have signed up to receive them. These messages include email, text and phone communications related to school closures, early releases or late starts, and messages about lockdowns or lockouts. In the past, these messages have been sent out using Infinite Campus Messenger. 
 
During this first phase of the transition, the Department of Safety and the Communications team will send emergency messages using the new SchoolMessenger system. Schools will continue to distribute their school-based communications through Infinite Campus Messenger. Over the course of the year, DPS will transition entirely to SchoolMessenger for all district and school-based communications that have previously been sent through IC Messenger. 
 
For more information about the transition to SchoolMessenger, please refer to this FAQ. If you have questions, please email communications@dpsk12.org.
Grow Team DPS by Sharing Paraprofessional Hiring Event
DPS is hosting a Paraprofessional Job Fair at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Bruce Randolph. Schools and central office teams will be onsite offering interviews and sharing information about current openings for people with different levels of experience. The Para-to-Teacher Program will also be there to talk with candidates about becoming teachers.

BONUS: Earn a $125 referral bonus by referring someone who is successfully hired into an ECE, SPED or ELA paraprofessional position. Learn more about the referral bonuses offers.
Upgrade Your Computer to Windows 10 
Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7, and security upgrades will no longer be offered for that version. All DPS computers (that are not Macs) must be upgraded to Windows 10 to ensure they stay protected. For these security reasons, computers running on Windows 7 will be removed from the DPS network starting in January. If you have a computer that is currently running Windows 7, please work with DoTS to upgrade your device. You can do this two ways:

  • Submit an incident at https://dotshelp.dpsk12.org indicating you need a Windows 10 upgrade.
  • Use the Walk-In Service and stop by the DoTS concierges desk on the 7th floor of the Emily Griffith Campus for first-come, first-serve support.
 
A DoTS technician will work with you to ensure your data is backed up and your machine is upgraded to Windows 10.
Discount Alert: Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks
Join the DPS Foundation to watch the Colorado Avalanche take on the Anaheim Ducks Oct. 26 at the Pepsi Center. Tickets start at $26, and a donation of $5 for each ticket goes back to DPS Foundation to support our kids. Visit dpsfoundation.org/offers for more information and to buy tickets.
Living Our DPS Honoree
Angela Danley
Teacher, George Washington High School
Students First

“Angela lives our Shared Core Value of Students First in everything she does. She works hard to collaborate with her U.S. History team to make sure students are getting what they need and are being challenged. Angela integrates group collaboration, presentations and rigor into her lessons. She goes above and beyond the classroom by coaching volleyball and spending her afternoons and evenings on the court. Angela is an AVID teacher who makes sure to support her AVID students in their desire to go to college. She believes in access to education and making sure the students of George Washington have what they need to be prepared, whether that be for an AP test, a volleyball game or college. She helps support her peers in their practice which continues to help students. Angela is a strong leader, advocate and teacher.”

-- Michelle Rosen, George Washington High School
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