“We in DPS firmly believe — and research shows — that strong family and school partnerships mean better academic outcomes and brighter futures for all our kids.”
Dear DPS Community,
With the 2017-18 school year underway, and our kids fully in the flow of the year, I’m excited to kick off one of my favorite opportunities of the school year: our Superintendent Parent Forums.
Created in 2010, these meetings offer a great opportunity for me and other DPS leaders to meet directly with parents and discuss how we can best work together to support our kids. We in DPS firmly believe — and research shows — that strong family and school partnerships mean better academic outcomes and brighter futures for all our kids. These forums are one of the many ways we continue to foster and build these vital relationships.
Last year, over 1,000 families representing 190 DPS schools attended our forums. During sessions, we were able to have meaningful, open conversations with families, listen to their feedback and ask for their thoughts on key district initiatives.
This year, we are committed to deepening family and community partnerships, and our forums will reflect that, with a focus on:
Our first forum — which will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the National Western Complex — will focus on strengthening direct and personal contact between families and educators, including discussing the Parent Teacher Home Visit program, ensuring strong home-to-school communication channels, and sharing tools and strategies that families can use to partner with their students’ educators and to support their students’ success.
As with every forum, we want to make it as convenient as possible for every member of our DPS community to participate, so interpretation, childcare and food and refreshments will be provided at no cost to all who attend.
We invite all families to participate, and we encourage you to engage with DPS educators in these important conversations — to share your voice and let us know how we can best support your kids. It will take all of us working together to reach our vision of Every Child Succeeds, and I’m excited to continue partnering with you to get there.
If you’re interested in getting involved, talk to your school leader and learn more here.
Want to get updates about the great things happening in DPS? Follow me on Twitter @SuptTomB.
Pictured above: Pictured above: Supt. Tom Boasberg met with DPS families at Superintendent Parent Forums last school year.
This week we celebrated Hispanic Heritage month with Valdez Elementary, EDUCA met thousands of DPS families at Fiestas Patrias and freshmen at George Washington High School remembered Sept. 11. Learn about this week’s events in 60 seconds!
Didn’t see last week’s DPS News Now video? Not to worry! DPS News Now videos are posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo every Friday. All DPS News Now videos are also available in Spanish as Lo último en DPS.
We would like to provide you a brief update on the situation at East High School. As previously discussed, DPS engaged the firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs (DGS) to conduct an independent fact-finding investigation of recent events involving the cheer team at East High School. DPS continues to work closely with the Denver Police Department and District Attorney’s office while they pursue their investigations into this matter. To date, law enforcement has not made any determinations regarding the conduct of the individuals involved. Once law enforcement completes their work, DGS will complete and release their independent report, and DPS will make any decisions pursuant to the information in the report. We will work to conclude this as quickly, fairly and transparently as possible, and will release publicly the DGS report. For more information, click here.
On Monday, students participated in their own Day of Service as part of a lesson that encouraged teens to volunteer their time for a cause that resonates with them. Representatives from Children’s Hospital, Warren Village, Bessie’s Hope, Project Angel Heart, Food Bank of the Rockies and Wounded Warrior Project were on campus for the day to educate the class and inspire them to take action to help others by involving the students in hands-on activities.
Through the project, educators aimed to not only teach the impact of Sept. 11, 2001, but to also get our kids thinking about a world larger than themselves and become involved in a service project that will extend throughout the school year.
Dr. Jennifer Moriarty, a computer gaming teacher at CEC Early College, was selected at the state level for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching! This award is the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers, and recognizes teachers who develop and implement high-quality instruction that enhances student learning. As a state-level winner, Dr. Moriarty is eligible for the national award.
Misty Schroeder, a longtime counselor at Marie L. Greenwood Academy, was named the 2017 Colorado School Counselor Association Middle School Counselor of the Year! This award is given annually to recognize the best professionals in counseling including an outstanding elementary, middle/junior high, high school, K-12 counselor and counselor educator.
Angie Jacobson, an eighth-grade teacher at Henry Legacy Middle School, represented Team DPS as one of four teachers in the state to receive The Best Should Teach Award. This award is given by the University of Colorado Boulder Graduate Teacher Program to teachers who follow The Best Should Teach Initiative, which celebrates excellence in teaching. The award recognizes college and university faculty, as well as public school teachers, in their disciplinary fields.
The DPS Reverse Trade Fair is from 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Denver PPA Event Center. Vendors from local businesses of all sizes are encouraged to attend this free event to develop partnerships and interact with DPS, local chambers of commerce and minority advocacy organizations.
Sept. 15-17: Back-to-School Weekend with the Rockies: Discounted Tickets
Sept. 20: First Superintendent Parent Forum