Nov. 30, 2017
Distinguished educators and guests mingled at Wednesday's Excellence in Teaching event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.
Who Do You Play For? Check Out Resources to Showcase Your Team DPS Spirit
We hope you're proud to play for DPS -- and we want to share resources to help you show it! 
Here at DPS, all of our teammates, no matter their role, have the power to make a difference for our kids. Show your support for teammates who you've see living one of our Shared Core Values by nominating them for Living Our DPS , and they could be featured in Team DPS Weekly. Or ask your team leader how to access Shared Core Values pins and note cards to give a "thank you" one-on-one or during a team meeting. Find more recognition ideas on the DPS Honors! page .
Want to wear your Team DPS spirit on your sleeve? Check out the relaunched DPS store , where you can purchase apparel (including new Team DPS jerseys), office supplies, water bottles and more.
Finally, we want to hear from you! Share why you're proud to play for DPS by emailing and you'll be entered for a chance to win a gift card to the DPS store! 
Top 5: I Teach Because ... 
For Wednesday's Excellence in Teaching event, we asked our Distinguished educators why they teach, and we just had to share their powerful, inspiring responses. The Top 5 are below, and congratulations to our giveaway prize winner, Donald Reynolds at South High.

5. "My teachers taught me that education and tolerance are the most powerful tools we have in our world!" -- Margaret Flynn, McAuliffe International School

4. "All kids deserve the right to an excellent education." -- Caitlin Goodson, Gust Elementary

3. "Every child deserves a teacher who shows up every day to remind them how much they matter." -- Corey Broker, Carson Elementary

2. "When students learn more about their strengths, they learn more about their identity and know they can succeed." -- Joey Denoncourt, College View Elementary

1. "Our students are OUR future." -- Donald Reynolds, South High School
Top 5 Callout: Thanksgiving Break Photos
Did you deep fry a turkey, brave the Black Friday crowds, hit the slopes or soak up the Colorado sunshine last week? Send photos of your Thanksgiving break adventures to We'll choose the Top 5 to feature in next week's newsletter and one person will win a giveaway prize. 
'I Give for Team DPS': Win Two Broncos Tickets 
Win two tickets to see the Denver Broncos on Dec. 10.
The I Give for Team DPS annual employee giving campaign is in full swing -- and you have another chance to win two tickets to the Broncos game on Dec. 10, courtesy of FirstBank. Participate in the campaign by Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. for a chance to win.  Click  here  for more information on I Give for Team DPS.  M ake a one-time donation  here No contribution is necessary to qualify for prizes. 

The winner of last week's drawing for a gift card prize pack was Emma Grogan on our construction team. And, d on't forget -- Tuesday, Dec. 5 is Colorado Gives Day. Schedule your gift to the DPS Foundation here

Win a round-trip flight
Everyone who contributes through payroll deductions will have a chance to win a round-trip flight, courtesy of United Airlines.  Complete  this form  to have contributions deducted from your paycheck.
Forgot Your Password? Check Out DoTS' New Password Policies
The Department of Technology Services (DoTS) is changing its password policy to make it more difficult for outside parties to hack passwords.  The new password policy only affects users with new accounts or users who reset their passwords after Dec. 4 On Dec. 4, the following changes will be in effect. 
  • The minimum password length will be 12 characters. 
  • Your password will no longer require special characters, numbers or capital letters.
To manage your password, all users must register with the Self-Service Password Management tool at Once registered, users can manage their account at  iforgot.dpsk12.orgFor instructions on how to register and manage your account, visit the DoTS section on The Commons. 
White Allies for Social Justice and Veterans: Get Involved with Two New DPS Belong Groups 

Two new DPS Belong groups are forming. Learn more below or click here for information on all other Belong groups.
  • Designed for team members passionate about social justice and fighting institutional racism, White Allies for Social Justice is a new Belong group that offers a space for educators to examine what it means to be white, for members to critically reflect on how they could be negatively impacting members of other races, and to work to identify and confront racism in our schools to make a positive change. To learn more, sign up here and join the group from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln St. in room 735. Parking and snacks will be provided.
  • A new Belong group for military veterans is actively keeping veterans in DPS up-to-date on issues that may affect them. Veterans have an important perspective to share with our students and our educators as we strive for a rich, diverse and responsive dialogue in DPS and our community at large. For more information and to get involved with the Belong group for veterans, contact Aaron Deterding.
Discount Alert: Get Your Tickets Now for 'American Mariachi'
Get discounted tickets to performances of "American Mariachi"  Jan. 26-Feb. 25  at Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  Don't miss your opportunity to see a Denver-favorite playwright, José Cruz González, as he returns to DCPA with a heartwarming story of family and friendship. Tickets are $35 (a value of $60-$80) and a portion of every ticket sold benefits the DPS Foundation. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Living Our DPS Honoree

Kaytlyn McBride
Psychologist, Cory Elementary
Students First

"Kaytlyn McBride always puts Students First in everything she does. As a school psychologist at Cory Elementary, she focuses on all students, not just the students in her caseload. 

Kaytlyn helps implement programs, like friendship group, and procedures for teachers to ensure the whole child is attended to at school. Her positive attitude and willingness to drop everything and help teachers and students in need is a support like none other. Making a difference in the lives of children is her passion and it clearly shows when she is working with first- through fifth-grade students each day. Thank you, Kaytlyn, for making our students' lives better!"

-- Sara Laughlin, Cory Elementary 

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.
Dec. 22-Jan. 5: Winter Break
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