Students at College View Elementary value curiosity among other character strengths.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
Show Your Grit, Zest, Kindness and More on Character Day
Mark your calendars for Character Day on Sept. 22 -- a global event when students and adults have the opportunity to join the conversation around character, focusing on who they are, who they want to be in the world and how to develop the whole child with a focus on character strengths like resilience, grit, empathy, courage and kindness.

With one of our Denver Plan 2020 goals focused on building supports around the Whole Child, there has never been a better time to start these important conversations.

Get involved using this toolkit of Character Day ideas and information. Questions? Contact   Kim Price.

Reminders Regarding Discrimination and Harassment Policies
As we all settle into the new school year, we wanted to take a moment of your time to remind you about our important  policies  regarding discrimination and harassment.
 
As a part of Team DPS, each one of us has a role to play in ensuring that we create an inclusive working environment.  What is inclusion? An inclusive workplace is an environment of involvement, respect and connection -- where uniqueness of beliefs, positions, backgrounds, talents, capabilities and ways of living are welcomed and leveraged. 
 
  • Diversity and bias trainings and workshops
  • What a "protected class" is
  • What a "hostile work environment" is
  • Complaint processes for discrimination and harassment
We strongly encourage you to reflect on what you can do to build inclusive cultures and, when necessary, make the courageous choice and report potential violations of our discrimination and harassment policies. Please read the full letter for our complete complaint process, or simply email  employee_relations@dpsk12.org or call the Employee Relations hotline at 1-855-295-6776 for more information and assistance.
Team DPS Top 5: Fall Favorites
Raise your pumpkin spice latte in the air and cheers to Team DPS' Top 5 favorite things about fall. Read the full list here, and congratulations to our random giveaway winner, Laney Shaler!
 
"Fall is my favorite season because I can wear vests, go hiking with my dog amongst the beautiful aspens and, of course, drink pumpkin spice lattes!"
-- Laney Shaler, New Teacher Pathways and Development
 

Top 5 Callout: Student Character Traits in Action

Sept. 22 is Character Day, when everyone is encouraged to focus on talking about and developing character strengths like resilience, grit, empathy, courage and kindness -- including our students. Tell us about a time you saw one of our students demonstrating a positive character strength, and you'll be entered for a chance to win a DPS prize pack!
 
Mentoring Program for Educators of Color
DPS is launching a mentor program to foster greater inclusiveness across the district with a focus on educators of color. Apply here by Sept. 27 to be a part of the program, and contact Gwen Henderson-Gethers if you have any questions or would like to serve as a mentor.

Discount Alert: DPS Night with Colorado Rapids
Support our kids while cheering on the Rapids as they take on the Portland Timbers at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Tickets for DPS supporters are discounted starting at $26 (a value of $38) and a portion of each benefits DPS schools.

Discount Alert: 'Frankenstein' Tickets
Enjoy the U.S. premiere of the new stage adaptation of "Frankenstein" between Sept. 30 and Oct. 15 at the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex at a discounted price of $35, up to 50% off normal value. A portion of each ticket will benefit DPS schools through the DPS Foundation. Purchase tickets using promo code DPS2016 and select the GSTUDENT price to receive your discount.

Living Our DPS Honoree:
Matthew Craig
English Teacher, South High School
Equity

Matthew took initiative when he noticed an opportunity to increase LGBTQ awareness at South High School.

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

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