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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Welcoming New Members of our Senior Leadership Team to DPS

Dear Team DPS:

Please join me in welcoming two new faces to our senior leadership team: Georgia Duran, Chief of Family and Community Engagement (FACE), and Eddie Koen, Chief of Staff. I'm thrilled that these two amazing leaders will be joining our team and lending their talents to help achieve our vision, Every Child Succeeds.

Both Georgia and Eddie met with their respective teams this week and will be starting their new roles in the next month. I want to share a little bit about each leader:

Georgia Duran
FACE Chief: Georgia Duran comes to us from Aurora Public Schools, where she has spent the past decade leading communications and community engagement efforts. But Georgia shares that DPS is home -- she grew up in Denver, attended Knapp Elementary and Lake Junior High before graduating from West High School (Go, Cowboys!), and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Most recently, she earned a doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity from the University of Colorado.

Georgia's career has focused on improving educational opportunities for all students, including successfully increasing student, parent and community engagement in APS through strategic and inclusive outreach in more than 10 languages. She also served on the board of the original West Denver Prep (now STRIVE) charter school and is a founding member of the Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents. Georgia has mentored students for more than 25 years and is committed to creating change so that every student receives a high-quality education.
Eddie Koen
Chief of Staff: Eddie Koen joins DPS from the nonprofit world, most recently serving as founding regional executive director for College Track, which serves cohorts of under-served students from the summer before ninth grade through college graduation. The 10-year program aims to remove the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree. Eddie raised almost $2 million in capital to start a new College Track site in Denver.

Like Georgia, Eddie understands the obstacles that face diverse students in their quest for academic success. He initially dropped out of high school in his hometown of Chicago before returning and going on to become a first-generation college graduate. He then went on to earn his law degree from Samford University. In addition to College Track, Eddie has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Charity's House Ministries and the Equal Justice Initiative.

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to these new members of Team DPS!

The Commons Now Available Anywhere, Any Time
The Commons, DPS' social intranet, is now accessible from anywhere, at any time. That's right -- you no longer need to be logged into the DPS network to access all the great news, celebrations and resources The Commons has to offer.
Access is easy -- just follow these simple steps:
  1. Type https://thecommons.dpsk12.org into your internet browser
  2. Log in with your DPS credentials (the same username and password used to log onto your DPS computer every day)
  3. Start exploring!
Having trouble? Email The Commons team. If you're a charter school employee and you don't know your DPS credentials, email DoTS or call 720-423-3888.
Team DPS Top 5: Things You're Looking Forward to this School Year
Last week, we asked Team DPS what you're most looking forward to with the start of the school year. One thing is for sure: We have a lot to be excited about in 2016-17! Read the complete Top 5 list to see what teammates had to say. And congratulations to our random giveaway winner, Sharon Vasquez!
"I'm looking forward to engaging students in interactive activities that open them up to scientific inquiry and adventures they've never experienced. I look forward to having fun through the joy of learning with my students." -- Sharon Vasquez, teacher at Bruce Randolph

Top 5 Call Out: Summer Memories
Summer break may be over -- but it's never too late to bask in the memories. Tell us your favorite memory from summer for a chance to win a DPS prize pack.

Denver Startup Week + DPS = Innovation's Perfect Match
The Imaginarium, DPS' innovation lab, has teamed up with  Denver Startup Week for the Imaginarium's Fall 2016 Design Challenge. The team is looking for entrepreneurs, K-12 students, parents, teachers and community members to pitch ideas, attend the design challenge or attend any of the  Denver Startup Week events focused on youth.

Art Supplies? E-Mission to Mars?
Westerra's School Grant Program has You Covered
The Westerra Credit Union School Grant Program is now accepting applications for grants up to $500. Last year, Westerra awarded 31 DPS schools grants to purchase workbooks, arts and crafts supplies, athletic equipment, positive behavior incentives and much more -- including at Lowry Elementary, where the team used its grant for a digital learning E-Mission: "Moon, Mars and Beyond" with the Challenger Learning Center. 

'Sing it to Me Santa' Tickets Now on Sale
Support our kids through the DPS Foundation's "Sing it to Me Santa: Colorado Rocks for Teachers" benefit concert at the Ogden Theatre on Dec. 10, with headliner Michael Franti Duo and opening band Tracksuit Wedding. Tickets are available for $40 (while supplies last) at axs.com.

Living Our DPS Honoree:
Yuzo Nieto
Music Teacher, SOAR
Students First

SOAR's Yuzo Nieto is putting Students First inside the classroom, outside the classroom and even outside of Colorado! Because of Yuzo's hard work, his students were able to go on a trip of a lifetime.

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

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