Students from Valdez enjoying a delicious lunch!
Sept. 5, 2019
School Meal Menus Now Available in School Café 
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) recently launched a new system for families, students and staff to access school meal menus. A PDF of the monthly menus for breakfast and lunch will no longer be published on the FNS website, and instead will be available using the  School Café application. School Café is easy to access and provides more information about school meals, including photos of entrees, nutritional and allergen information. See this flier in English and Spanish for an overview of the new system and step-by-step directions on how to access the menus. If you have questions or need help, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at 720-423-5600 or
Top 5: Back-to-School Kid Quotes
Kids have the best one-liners! Check out these Top 5 student quotes that team members overheard during back-to-school, and read all of them here.

Congratulations to our giveaway winner, Hannah Williams of Math and Science Leadership Academy!
5. “At the beginning of advisement with my senior students who have been together since freshman year, one of my students asked in our circle, ‘Hey guys, do you remember when we all hated one another?’ I love that the question is past tense; I have been truly fortunate to watch these young men and women grow together over the past few years!" --  Nathan Woodward, South High School

4. “We asked one of our ECE students how old he was and he replied, '4'. Then we asked him if he knew when he was going to be 5 and he said, 'On my birthday.'" -- Ronda Bailey, Steck

3. “A little girl was sitting out in PE class. I asked her why she wasn't participating and she said, 'I can't run because my shoes are too fast and I might run into things!' It was hilarious to say the least!" -- Mallory Powell, Trevista Elementary

2. “I was opening a cold seltzer water in my third-grade classroom the first week of school. An eight-year-old student called out, 'Ms. Gates, is that your cocktail?' I had to explain to the whole class that it was ONLY water...” -- Lori Gates, Park Hill

1. “As we were reading a book about school on the fifth day, one of my sweet little kinders calls out 'Wait a second, this is school?! We've been in school this whole time?!'" -- Hannah Williams, Math and Science Leadership Academy
Top 5 Callout: Fall Favorites
While the temperatures outside still feel like summer, autumn is just around the corner! Whether it's football, food or festivals, tell us about your favorite part of fall. Share what you're looking forward to this fall through this form and you'll be entered to win a giveaway!  
Discrimination Prevention and Response Resources
DPS is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusiveness. We celebrate our diversity and will provide the necessary resources and supports to eliminate barriers to success and foster a more equitable future for all of our community members, students and employees. If you ever experience discrimination or harassment, or a hostile work environment based on a protected class (including your race, gender, sexual orientation or national origin), please submit a complaint with your name on it through the complaint form. (Be sure you’re connected to the DPS network when accessing.) Learn more and see how we’re protecting all of Team DPS on the Discrimination Prevention and Response site
Join Second Wind Walk to Support Free Counseling for Students
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and you can help raise awareness for suicide prevention by joining Team DPS in the 18th Annual Second Wind Fund Walk and support the organization that provides free counseling to our students who are at the greatest risk of suicide. The walk kicks off at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at Green Mountain High School and Green Mountain Presbyterian Church in Lakewood. For more information and to sign up, please contact
Discount Alert: 'Miss Saigon' Tickets
Check out the musical "Miss Saigon" at the Buell Theatre Sept. 10-22! Service fees are waived, and the proceeds from each ticket purchased go to DPS Foundation to support initiatives like the A to Z Fund Classroom Grants for DPS teachers. Visit for more information and to buy tickets.
Living Our DPS Honoree
Daniel Walsh
Principal, Kepner Beacon Middle School
Students First

“Dan exemplifies our Shared Core Value of Students First at Kepner Beacon Middle School every day! He is not only a leader for teachers that allows them to collaborate and make decisions together, but he also makes sure that the forefront of the collaboration is putting Students First. Dan’s dedication to our school is prominent, and the relationships that he carefully takes time to build with the students is evident in our school culture. While he thinks his dance moves are the best around (cough cough) from 'the floss' to the ‘Git Up Challenge’, the man is dedicated to being in tune with what the kiddos in our school are culturally experiencing. Dan does all this while having two of his own kids at home, being a great dad and husband (I don't know how he does it!). Our administration is amazing at KBMS and having Dan as the headman is even better! Thanks, Dan, for all of your hard work!”
-- Leslie Quiñonez, Kepner Beacon Middle School
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