Jan. 18, 2018
DPS educators embodied the Shared Core Value of Fun during winter break!
Top 5: Winter Break Photos
From marriage to Morocco to jumping out of planes, our educators made the most of our recent winter break! Check out the Top 5 winter break photos above, and congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Suzanne Pait at High Tech Early College. 

5. "This winter break, I jumped out of a plane in California!"  -- Marisol Calderon-Santacoloma, Farrell B. Howell

4. "We spent Christmas in Morocco!" -- Gabriela Quiroga, Oakland Elementary

3. "I c aught the Nuggets vs. Sixers game." -- Dwayne Brown, Denver Green School

2. "The Ice Castles at Silverthorne were truly unforgettable!" --Jessica Studley, Brown International Elementary

1. "I got married on Christmas Eve. It was a small gathering of our family and our now five children." -- Suzanne Pait, High Tech Early College
Top 5: What Makes Your School Great?
It's time to practice your pitch before the regional Great Schools Expos, Jan. 22-25! In a single sentence, tell us what makes your school great. Is it equity in practice, a commitment to collaboration, a culture of putting students first or the way your team lives our value of Fun? Send your responses to  newsletters@dpsk12.org . We'll choose the Top 5 for next week's newsletter, and one person will win a giveaway prize!
School Expo Week Helps Families Prepare for SchoolChoice
This is an exciting time for our families as they get ready for SchoolChoice. January is the month when families research their options to find the best-fit school for their student. To make the process more convenient, we've planned five regional Great Schools Expos rather than one large districtwide expo. The expos will take place Jan. 22-25. Click  here  for the complete schedule. If you have questions, contact Leah Weston The SchoolChoice season opens Feb. 1, and the deadline for families to rank their top five school choices and submit their online application is 4 p.m. Feb. 28.

Visit  schoolchoice.dpsk12.org  or call the Choice hotline at 720-423-3493 for more information.
Progress Update on the African-American Equity Task Force
In the fall of 2016, the African-American Equity Task Force (AAETF) was commissioned to develop a set of recommendations to help improve the experiences of our African-American students, families, team members and teachers. Since the adoption of the recommendations by the Board of Education in June 2017, five implementation teams have been created with the task of driving results toward each of the recommendations. 

Currently, these teams are collaborating with multiple departments and organizations to develop and prioritize actions that will lead to results.  Read the current accomplishments and progress for each recommendation  here.
Apply for A to Z Fund Teacher and Classroom Grants by Jan. 31
If you're a classroom teacher trying to fund a special project, apply for an A to Z Fund Teacher and Classroom Grant through the DPS Foundation by Jan. 31 -- or share this funding opportunity with educators you know! The grants fund innovative programs or projects that enrich the learning experiences of our kids. They fund materials, resources and opportunities that fall outside classroom budgets but have a lasting impact on students. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. Apply before 5 p.m. Jan. 31
Click here for more information on the A to Z Fund Grant and to find out how to apply. 
Living Our DPS Honoree

Michael Atkins
Learn to Lead Principal Resident, Grant Ranch

"Mike Atkins is a champion for all students and staff at Grant Ranch and lives the Shared Core Value of Equity. Every day, he demonstrates that he cares for all of our students as well as our staff, and consistently exhibits a posture of listening and learning from others. Because of his personal and professional experiences, Mike has dedicated his efforts to help shift the culture of our building. He has helped align us toward one common goal -- that all students have equitable access to meaningful and transformative education.

By developing and implementing systemic changes, Mike has pushed the status quo and has helped us become a staff that is accountable to our students, our community and to each other. Mike inspires us to revisit why we dedicate our lives to our students and he empowers us to rise up to meet their needs. He is always a team player and works hard to ensure that everybody feels valued and everybody's voice is heard. Our school is a better place because Mike is a part of it!"

--  Jessica Lujan, Cassandra Nason, Jamie Nicholas, Tom Philip and Susan Workman, Grant Ranch

Nominate one of your colleagues who you see living one or more of our Shared Core Values to be featured as a Living Our DPS honoree.
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