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Our DPS Weekly: Thanking Our Outstanding Educators

More than 1,000 DPS educators were celebrated for receiving the top rating of Distinguished for growth and performance in the 2016-17 school year during the annual Excellence in Teaching event Wednesday night.

“Teaching is one of the few professions that truly touches eternity. We remember something that each teacher gave us.”

Supt. Tom Boasberg

Supt. Tom Boasberg

Dear Team DPS,

Think back to your time in school. Can you name all of your teachers?

Mayor Michael B. Hancock can, and I would guess many of us can too.

“Teaching is one of the few professions that truly touches eternity. We remember something that each teacher gave us,” shared our city’s mayor at Wednesday night’s thank you celebration with DPS’ most outstanding teachers. “I can remember every teacher, and I want to thank you for touching eternity. You make a difference in the life of a child.”

Wednesday marked our annual Excellence in Teaching celebration, when the mayor and I had the opportunity to thank our outstanding teachers and specialized service providers (SSPs) who received a Distinguished rating on the district’s nationally recognized growth and performance system for the 2016-17 school year. Held at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and made possible thanks to generous DPS Foundation partners, the event invited our top educators and a guest to be recognized, thanked and celebrated for their excellence in serving kids.

Talking to our teachers and meeting their families who support them, it was clear how deeply each one of our educators cares for their profession, their teammates and their students. The work they are doing today will have an impact far into the future. We want to help all of our educators continue to grow and develop in their craft, and we know that recognizing and honoring their efforts go hand-in-hand alongside coaching and supports.

Sup. Tom Boasberg mingled with distinguished DPS educators and guests at Wednesday's Excellence in Teaching event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

Sup. Tom Boasberg visited with distinguished DPS educators and guests at Wednesday’s Excellence in Teaching event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

A simple “thank you” — whether shared among hundreds of teachers during the Excellence in Teaching celebration or through a note card left on a desk — can have a big impact, not only on the recipient but across all of DPS. Because when we share recognitions, we not only celebrate those who inspire us, we also set the bar for who we want to be as an organization and how we want to act as team members. And when we are stronger as a team, we are better able to support our kids and their dreams.

(Looking for ways to recognize your teammates? Visit DPS Honors! to learn more.)

Thank you to all members of Team DPS for the passion you bring every day, no matter your role, to make a difference for our students. As one of our Distinguished teachers from Abraham Lincoln High School shared:

“I teach because it brings me joy. I am grateful each day that I get to go to a place filled with people I care about and that I get to do work that I truly enjoy.”

We are fortunate to have so many educators dedicated to reaching our vision that Every Child Succeeds. Thank you.

Best,
Tom

Pictured above: More than 1,000 DPS educators were celebrated for receiving the top rating of Distinguished for growth and performance in the 2016-17 school year during the annual Excellence in Teaching event Wednesday night.

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DPS News Now: Weekly Headlines from DPS in 60 Seconds

This week we honored teachers and specialized service providers who earned a Distinguished rating at the Excellence in Teaching event, and we swore in our new board of education members. Learn more about this week’s events in 60 seconds!

DPS News Now -- Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017 Lo último en DPS -- Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017

Didn’t see last week’s DPS News Now video? Not to worry! DPS News Now videos are posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo every Friday. All DPS News Now videos are also available in Spanish as Lo último en DPS.


Class of 2018 Graduation Dates Now Available

Families can now access Spring 2018 graduation ceremony dates to begin planning for their students’ big day! Find graduation times, dates and locations sorted alphabetically by school name or chronologically by ceremony date.


Never Give Up: Denver Broncos’ Brandon Marshall Motivates DPS Students

Broncos player Brandon Marshall speaks to kids about overcoming adversityDenver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knows adversity. As his team struggles through a difficult season in 2017, he thinks back to even more difficult times for him personally.

“I had to persevere through some things,” Marshall said. “I was released three times in my career. While I was released, I was told that I wasn’t good enough to play or maybe I should look for something else to do.”

Today, Brandon Marshall is a top defender both on the Denver Broncos and in the NFL. As he’s earned success, he’s doubled down on motivating students about something he’s known to be true throughout his life: the importance of showing up.

“Stay in school, work hard and persevere through anything or any trying time that you might have,” Marshall said during a visit to Swansea Elementary School this fall. “Just like you guys, I knew what I wanted to be at your age when I grew up. And you know where it started at, right? It started off with school.”

Click here to watch this DPS Features video. And good luck to the Broncos!


Welcome to DPS’ Newest Board of Education Members

New board members from left to right: Jennifer Bacon, Carrie Olson, Angela Cobián and Barbara O'Brien.

New board members, from left to right, Jennifer Bacon, Carrie Olson, Angela Cobián and Barbara O’Brien.

At a special meeting Monday night, our Board of Education welcomed Angela Cobián (Southwest Denver), Carrie A. Olson (Central/East Denver) and Jennifer Bacon (Northeast Denver), as well as returning board member Barbara O’Brien (at-large citywide). The Honorable Judge Dianne L. Briscoe administered the oaths of office for the newly elected board members, who will serve for four years in their roles.

These board members join current-seated board member President Anne Rowe representing District 1: Southeast; board member Lisa Flores representing District 5; Northwest and board member Happy Haynes who, along with Barbara O’Brien, represents the city at-large. Bios for current board members are available here.

Learn more about Monday’s meeting and visit the board’s webpage to see the 2017-18 board meeting calendar, agendas for upcoming meetings and board policies.


COMING UP…

Dec. 7: oard of Education Meeting — Focus on Achievement
Dec. 22-Jan. 5: Schools Closed for Winter Break