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Honoring Educators and Celebrating Students with the Seal of Biliteracy

Honoring Educators and Celebrating Students with the Seal of Biliteracy
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“Teachers, the work you are doing today ripples far into the future for our kids. We all see the fruits of your labors with every student receiving the Seal of Biliteracy honor.”

Supt. Tom Boasberg

Supt. Tom Boasberg

Dear DPS Community,

This week has been National Teacher Appreciation Week — and as we’ve honored our educators throughout DPS, thanking them for all they do in building a brighter future for our students, it was hard to find a more heartfelt celebration of their hard work than watching so many of our students receive the Seal of Biliteracy. On Tuesday, more than 900 DPS students were honored with this prestigious award that recognizes their high-level literacy skills in a language in addition to English. The students will all wear a special yellow cord at graduations later this month.

The Seal of Biliteracy is available to all DPS students. The Seal recognizes and celebrates all of the opportunity that proficiency in a second language brings to our students and our community.

Becoming fluent in two languages helps students with their cognitive development and language abilities. It also opens up a wealth of economic opportunities for students, with more job opportunities and higher pay. And, it helps our students understand our world better and lead us forward to a future where we build stronger bridges and connections across cultures and countries, for the benefit of all.

Since DPS introduced this opportunity two years ago, the number of students applying for and earning the Seal has increased each year, from 195 recipients in 15 languages in 2015-16 to more than 900 students receiving the honor in 18 languages this year.

It’s an honor that our students have worked hard to earn and that would not have been possible without the support of their teachers.

Seal of Biliteracy recipient Madeline Gartland and her World Language teacher Myrna Wilson.

Seal of Biliteracy recipient Madeline Gartland and her World Language teacher Myrna Wilson.

“This is as much a recognition of our teachers as it is of the students. After all, none of us would be here without their unrelenting dedication to us,” said Madeline Gartland, an East High School senior who received the Seal of Biliteracy for proficiency in Spanish.

“Language teachers don’t just educate people in a new language, but also in a new way of thinking, bridging divides of language and nationality and culture. They are laying the foundation for a more respectful and understanding global society.”

This Teacher Appreciation Week, please join me in thanking all of our educators for the commitment to our kids they give every day. It takes dedication and passion to be a teacher, with many early mornings and late nights, and through giving lots of love and care along the way.

Teachers, the work you are doing today ripples far into the future for our kids. We all see the fruits of your labors with every student receiving the Seal of Biliteracy honor, every graduate soon to cross the commencement stage and each student excited to enter the next school year ready to keep learning.

Thank you for your work today, and for all of the brighter futures you’re making possible for tomorrow.

As our Seal of Biliteracy student honorees exclaimed: ¡Gracias! Arigatou! Trân trọng Cám ơn! Thank you!

Best,
Tom

Pictured above: Watch this DPS Features Video highlighting the Seal of Biliteracy event.


12 DPS High Schools Receive National Recognition

Twelve DPS high schools received national recognition on the 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Best High Schools in America.” The rankings included data on more than 20,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The top 500 best public high schools in the nation earned gold medal status — an honor given to four DPS schools! See the rankings and medals for DPS schools:

  • Ranked #2 KIPP Denver Collegiate High School — Gold Medal
  • Ranked #5 DSST: Stapleton High School — Gold Medal
  • Ranked #6 Denver Center for International Studies — Gold Medal
  • Ranked #8 Denver School of the Arts — Gold Medal
  • Ranked #12 East High School — Silver Medal
  • Ranked #15 DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School — Silver Medal
  • Ranked #29 Thomas Jefferson High School — Silver Medal
Additional recognized DPS high schools:
  • DSST: College View High School — Bronze Medal
  • Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design — Bronze Medal
  • DSST: Cole High School — Bronze Medal
  • KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy — Bronze Medal
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy — Bronze Medal

To see a full listing of recognized Colorado high schools, click here. Congratulations to all of our recognized DPS high schools!


COMING UP…

May: Discounted Rockies, Mammoth, Rapids and DCPA tickets
May 16-June 6: DPS Graduation Commencement Ceremonies
May 14: Board of Education special work session
May 17: Board of Education public comment
May 18: African-American Young Ladies Summit