Sept. 27, 2018
A DPS high school student receives on-the-job learning at Denver International Airport.
Top 5: What Was Your First Job? 
As DPS prepares our teachers of tomorrow through EdConnect and provides students with real-world learning experiences through internships and job shadows, we asked you to think back on your first job. We received so many stories of team members' early roles, we couldn't share just five! Here are a few favorites below, and be sure to check out the full collection here. Congratulations to our winner, Tiffany LoSasso in Educational Technology and Library Services!

5. "My first job was scooping ice cream at a local ice cream and shave ice joint on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach, Delaware. That summer I had the most amazing right bicep!" -- Michelle Morton, Centennial Elementary

4. "My first job was assembling the newspaper for our local periodical, the Jackson County Herald, when I was 16. It was a summer job, and I got to work with my two best friends, so it was a lot of fun! The paper would come off the presses in the middle of the night, so we would go in around midnight and finish at 2 or 3 in the morning. I loved how the pages were still warm from the press, and how my hands were covered in ink afterward. After that, we'd go to an all-night diner and kept talking till the sun came up!" -- Catherine Koch, Student Equity and Opportunity
3. "I worked as a Student Sweeper at DPS after school -- unknown to myself that was the start of my 25-year career with Team DPS. I spent my afternoons cleaning up after other students and learning a respect for the custodians that keep our schools in such wonderful condition. I liked talking to other student sweepers and the adults that I looked up to." -- Ariel Vigil-Dunlap, Maintenance Operations

2. "I worked as a restaurant hostess in Fruita, Colorado, and got to serve coffee every morning to Weird Al Yankovic's dad. Such a fun first job!" -- Beth Lakin, North High School

1. "My first job was as a costume character at Six Flags Elitch Gardens (when that's what it was called). I dressed in crazy hot costumes as Daffy Duck or Tweety Bird, danced for kids, and had other teenagers trying to take off the cartoon head. Good times." -- Tiffany LoSasso, Educational Technology and Library Services

Top 5 Callout: Favorite College Course
Do you remember a course in college that sparked a new passion or changed your perspective on the world? In the spirit of College and Career Readiness month, which kicks off next week, we want to hear about your most interesting college course or post-secondary training. Fill out this form and you'll be entered to win a giveaway! 
Mandatory Reporter Training Deadline Extended to Oct. 8
Due to system issues this week, some team members were not able to access the Learning Space to complete Mandatory Reporting Training, which is a required training session regarding reporting of child abuse and neglect. In order to ensure all team members have time to complete the training, the deadline has been extended to Monday, Oct. 8.

Click here to log in to Learning Space with your DPS credentials to access the course. For more information, visit the Mandatory Reporting page on The Commons.

Upcoming Superintendent Search Forums
The board wants to learn from all DPS community members about their hopes and dreams for our next district leader.  Team members are invited to join one of these forums or spread the word to other educators, parents and community members who may be interested:
  • Forum for families of students with disabilities5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, at the UNC Denver Center at Lowry, 1059 Alton Way in rooms 203 and 204.
  • Forum for LGBTQ+ students, 4-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at The Center, 1301 E. Colfax Ave.
  • Forum for families of LGBTQ+ students, 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade.
  • Teacher forum, 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
  • Principal forum, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, at South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
For the latest news on the superintendent search, visit
Register for Creating Connections for a Chance to Win! 
We are counting down the days until  Creating Connections  on Oct. 24! This values-based leadership program serves as the foundation for all of Team DPS and gives team members tools to apply our shared vision and values into their own roles. Register or refer a teammate for a chance to win!  Here's how:
  • Register for Creating Connections by Oct. 15 to be entered to win a prize. Register now. Sign in using your DPS username (first name_last name) and password.
  • Refer a team member to Creating Connections. Send an email to and "cc" team members to refer them to the program. Once they register, you both will be entered to win a prize.
Substitute pay is available for educators. Email questions to

Register for a Free Back-to-School 5K
Join DPS team members and their families, friends and pups at the second-annual Back-to-School 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Boulder Running Company in Cherry Creek. 
This event is a fun, untimed walk/run for all members of Team DPS. All 5K participants will be entered in a drawing for prizes, like free shoes! Plus, show your DPS badge and receive 20% off all weekend at Boulder Running Company. 

For more information and to register, click here.
Participate in Elementary Science and High School Biology Curriculum Review
We want to hear from DPS educators! Join the Curriculum & Instruction team to engage with curriculum being considered for elementary science and high school biology students next year. There will be two public sessions to choose from, 7-10 a.m. or 4-7 p.m., Wednesday., Oct. 3, at the DPS Acoma Campus, 1617 S. Acoma St. 

This event is an essential component of our curriculum review process that helps ensure our students are given the highest-quality resources aligned with Science Colorado Academic Standards. 

Questions? Email
Perks at Work: Yoga Discounts 
DPS has partnered with several local yoga studios to make it more affordable for team members to access the benefits of regular yoga practice. 

Just bring your DPS badge to access these offers:

For information on all DPS fitness discounts, visit the Gym Discounts page on The Commons. 

Living Our DPS Honoree
Andrew McConnell
Teacher, Edison Elementary
Students First
"This year, Andrew McConnell joined the Edison staff as the new ESL teacher. Since the first day of school, he has made an impact on his students as well as the entire school community by living our Shared Core Value of Students First. 

Andrew took small group photographs of every student in his classes and made them into posters to put up in the hallways of the school. The photos all say 'We love school because' and show the kids holding a board with their answer. There must be about 150 of them. The posters have bolstered our community's morale and show the diversity of our student community!"
-- Anne Spires DeLong, Edison Elementary
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