Our DPS Weekly: Some of the Stars of DPS Remote Learning

Apr. 10, 2020
 
Knapp Elementary screenshot of students during a remote learning video session
Pictured above: Knapp Elementary students and their teacher gather remotely during a video call. (Photo courtesy of Chalkbeat and Principal Shane Knight.)

Dear Team DPS,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy.

Today wraps up our first week of remote learning, and we’ve been very pleased overall with how things are going. Both Chalkbeat Colorado and Denverite did stories this week that showcase how our educators and families did on our first day of remote learning.

And it’s been so heartwarming throughout this week to see the hard work, creativity, sense of joy, and sense of humor that’s been reconnecting students with their schools and teachers. We’ve shared much of that on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, and I want to share a few of my favorite DPS Stars of Remote Learning with you … from Larry the Service Dog at Collegiate Prep Academy to the South High School dance-off dancers. Just click on the images below to watch each one.

I hope you enjoy these videos. And thank you to everyone in the DPS community for everything you’ve done to help bring us all together in spirit while we’re apart.

Warm regards,
Susana

Kepner Beacon Middle School welcomed students back with a fun take on The Brady Bunch in their “The Beacon Bunch” video.

Dog video from Denver North High School

And since dog videos are always a hit, here’s another one — this time, featuring a Denver North High School staff member’s dog with a reminder of how students can add some fun to their virtual learning schedules.

Ahead of remote learning, many schools like Westerly Creek Elementary created videos of staff displaying signs of love and encouragement to help ease student anxiety.

South High School principal Bobby Thomas and his family kicked off an upbeat “Shoulda Been A Rebel” virtual TikTok dance off.

South High School principal Bobby Thomas and his family kicked off an upbeat “Shoulda Been A Rebel” virtual TikTok dance off.

When it comes to sleeping in, Cowell Elementary fifth-grade teachers expressed how many students were feeling after the extended spring break in this TikTok video.

The famous Collegiate Prep Academy mascot, Larry the Wheaten Terrier, fired up Montbello and Far Northeast Denver with a quick rendition of the Warrior chant.

At McGlone Academy, grades 3-5 technology teacher Mr. Clifton shared a way that all of the school’s students can help stop the spread of coronavirus by making their own masks out of their school uniforms.

Lowry Elementary and Sabin World were among many school communities that couldn’t “Stop The Feeling” of dancing while participating in social isolation.

Hot dog! CEC Early College principal Jamie Lofaro wore a hilarious outfit as she welcomed students back from the extended spring break.

Joe Shoemaker Creation LAB educator Reeves Macdonald put together a particularly fabulous video “Fashion Week,” which inspires students to make hats out of materials most anyone can find at home.