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    Our DPS Weekly is sent to all DPS employees and the Denver community every Friday afternoon. In it, you'll find a message from the Superintendent, DPS News Now weekly snapshot videos, policy updates, celebrations, DPS Features videos and upcoming events. Click on the "+" sign below next to the archive to browse past editions. 

  • Our DPS Weekly 2018-19 Archive

    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 16, 2018
      • Guest Column (Jennifer Holladay): Celebrating the DPS Family of Schools
      • ¡Somos DPS! Gets Slimey
      • Hundreds of JROTC cadets march in Veterans Day Parade
      • DPS' educators honored at Excellence in Teaching
      • Congratulations to DPS' Shontel Lewis, elected to RTD Board
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 9, 2018
      • Guest Column (Susana Cordova): Empowering Students with an Accessible Plan
      • Statement on Amendment 73 election results
      • ¡Somos DPS!: A Family of Veterans and Teachers
      • North High School's Boys Soccer Team to compete in 4A State Championship
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 2, 2018
      • Ron's Column: A Salute to Our Educators
      • Students stand up to hate and intolerance
      • ICYMI: Cast your votes on Tuesday, Nov. 6
      • Nicole Portee named Transportation Director of the Year
      • Swansea debuts new playground
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 26, 2018
      • Ron's Column: A Message from Dr. Ron Cabrera
      • Superintendent Search Community Engagement Report
      • Reminder: Cast your ballot on Nov. 6
      • We are DPS!
      • African American Young Ladies Summit event
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 19, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Bending the Arc
      • Superintendent Boasberg honored at his final board meeting
      • Upcoming Safety Community Meetings
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 12, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Sharing the 2018 SPF Results
      • 2018 ballot information
      • SchoolChoice is Jan. 15-Feb. 15
      • DPS students celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day
      • The next African-American Young Ladies Summit
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 5, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Pathways to In-Demand Jobs via Apprenticeships
      • ICYMI: Superintendent search community survey
      • ¡Somos DPS!: CMS Community School
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 28, 2018
      • Interim superintendent announcement from board president Anne Rowe
      • Tom's Column: Our Students of Today Becoming Our Teachers of Tomorrow
      • Superintendent search community survey
      • ¡Somos DPS!: DCIS @ Ford
      • DPS Features: Denver Broncos' Phillip Lindsay's story
      • Superintendent Parent Forum
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 21, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Your Questions Answered Regarding School Funding and Amendment 73
      • ¡Somos DPS!: Johnson Elementary
      • DPS Features: Farm-to-cafeteria builds community and sustainable food source
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 14, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Back at Fairview: 10 years and nearly 100,000 parent teacher home visits later
      • Guest Column (Anne Rowe): Building on our progress together
      • ¡Somos DPS!: Lake Middle School
      • 2018-19 DPS Budget Transparency Guidebook
      • DPS Features: East High School 9/11 Remembrance
      • DPS teacher among Colorado Teacher of the Year finalists
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 7, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Promising Futures Within Reach
      • ¡Somos DPS! video series kickoff
      • Fall Parent Teacher Home Visits
      • Superintendent search updates
      • 2018-19 district map and Handbook for Families and Students
      • FACE University event
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 31, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Meeting Our Children's Needs with a Trauma-Informed Approach
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 24, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Welcoming our youngest students on their first day of school
      • Superintendent Search update: Community Engagement Meetings announced
      • 2018 CMAS, PSAT and READ Act results
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 17, 2018
      • Welcome to Our DPS Weekly
      • Tom's Column: Celebrating Denver's largest graduating class ever
      • Superintendent Search update
      • Back-to-school resources
    • Our DPS Weekly for June 17, 2018
      • Passing the Torch of Leadership

  • Our DPS Weekly 2017-18 Archive

    • Our DPS Weekly for June 1, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Thank You and Congratulations on Our School Year!
      • Summer resources for all students
      • DPS Features Video: These students manage chickens!
      • African-American Equity Task Force Community Meeting June 12
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 25, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
      • Family Leadership Awards
      • DPS Features Video: From Farm to Table, Students Feed Denver Families
      • OverDrive eBook Library available to students all summer long
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 18, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Five Years Later: How Teacher Leadership is Changing DPS
      • Our thoughts go out to the Texas community
      • African-American Young Ladies' Summit connects students and professionals
      • DPS Features Video: Diving into STEM at Hill Campus
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 11, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Honoring Educators and Celebrating Students with the Seal of Biliteracy
      • Teacher Appreciation Video: Teacher revives soccer for students
      • Teaching with Tom: Visits to Sabin, Kunsmiller and Gust
      • DPS releases Budget Transparency Guide for School Support Services
      • 12 DPS high schools receive national recognition
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 4, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Building for High Impact
      • Students create change with Challenge 5280
      • DPS high school seniors celebrate College Signing Day
      • DPS wins ELPA Excellence Awards for district and charters
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 27, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Thousands of Voices Call for a Brighter Future for Education
      • 34th Annual Shakespeare Festival
      • LGBTQ Day of Silence
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 20, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Choosing a Better Future for Our Students
      • DPS Features Video: Students 'Horse Around' to Support Their Social and Emotional Needs
      • Early Release Planned at all District-managed Schools April 27
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 13, 2018
      • Tom's Column: An Extraordinary Donation to Help Our Educators Purchase a Home
      • DPS Features Video: Summer Academy Boosts Student Literacy
      • Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova recognized as a "Leader to Learn From"
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 6, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Summer Academy Offers Fast Track to Better Performance
      • DPS Mobile Library Expands Reading Opportunities
      • Join the Strengthening Neighborhoods Steering Committee
      • Share Your Input on the 2019-20 School Year Calendar
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 23, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Our Students Take the "Hamilton" Stage
      • DPS News Now: Ninth Grade College Expo
      • DPS High School Students Visit State Capitol to Discuss Gun Control
      • School Renovations on Display at Morey and DSISD
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 16, 2018
      • Tom's Column: The Time is Now to Better Support Kids, Teachers
      • DPS News Now: DPS Students Walkout Against Gun Violence
      • 2016 Bond and Mill Levy Brings Education Renovation
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 9, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Growing Teachers from Within
      • What 'Black Panther' is Teaching DPS Students
      • Families and Educators Connect at DPS' Third Annual Spring Home Visit Week
      • Terrance Carroll Joins Denver Public Schools
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 2, 2018
      • Tom's Column: What Are Your Hopes and Dreams for Your Child?
      • DPS News Now: National Nutrition Month
      • Young Leaders Seek Belonging through YAALL
      • State Recognizes More than 60 DPS Award Winners
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 23, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Keeping Our Kids Safe
      • DPS News Now: Bridging the Digital Divide
      • Celebrating Black History Month with Interactive Museum at Hallett Academy
      • Get Involved with the Third Annual Spring Home Visit Week
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 16, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Supporting Our New American Neighbors
      • DPS Board Resolution: Protect the Dream for All Kids
      • An Essential Dance: Cleo Parker Robinson in DPS
      • Free College Credits Help Students Get Ahead
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 9, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Uniting for Fairer School Funding
      • DPS News Now for Feb. 5-9
      • How Counselors Ease the High School Transition
      • DPS Awarded Annual AP District Honor Roll for Fourth Time
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 2, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Supporting Students in Writing Their Own Narratives
      • DPS News Now for Jan. 29-Feb. 2
      • DPS Features Video: Woodworking Class Draws Students Back to the Trades
      • SchoolChoice is Now Open
      • Download the Revised 2018-19 Calendar
    • Our DPS Weekly for Jan. 26, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Equity is at the Heart of SchoolChoice
      • DPS News Now for Jan. 22-26
      • South High School Awarded Gold Recognition
      • Appreciating Our Board of Education during School Board Month
    • Our DPS Weekly for Jan. 19, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Increasing Resources In Our Schools -- Where They Matter Most
      • DPS News Now for Jan. 15-19
      • Great Schools Expo Week Kicks Off Jan. 22-25
      • DPS Class of 2017 Largest in History -- graduation, completion and dropout data available.
    • Our DPS Weekly for Jan. 12, 2018
      • Tom's Column: Promoting School Integration in Innovative New Ways
      • DPS News Now for Jan. 8-12
      • Denver Broncos' Brandon Marshall Makes Good on Pizza Party Promise
      • A Look Inside DPS Lunch Meals
      • 2018-19 School Year Calendar is Now Available
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 21, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Thank You for a Great Year!
      • DPS News Now for Dec. 18-21
      • Bear Valley International School Opens STEM Lab
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 15, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Author Helen Thorpe revisits South High School
      • DPS News Now for Dec. 11-15
      • Learn about SchoolChoice in DPS
      • 60 DPS schools honored for top performance on the CMAS
      • Access past editions of Our DPS Weekly on The Commons and dpsk12.org
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 8, 2017
      • Tom's Column: CareerResidency Youth Apprenticeship Program
      • DPS News Now for Dec. 4-8
      • 2018-19 Great Schools Enrollment Guides Available
      • DPS Leaders Honored for Focus on Equity
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 1, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Thanking Our Outstanding Educators
      • DPS News Now for Nov. 27-Dec. 1
      • 2018 Graduation Dates Now Available
      • DPS Features Video: Brandon Marshall Shares Motivational Message with DPS Students
      • Welcoming New DPS Board of Education Members
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 17, 2017
      • Tom's Column: One Day is Not Enough to Thank Them All
      • DPS News Now for Nov. 13-17
      • Holiday Resources for Families
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 10, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Starting Early for Success after High School
      • DPS News Now for Nov. 6-10
      • SchoolChoice is Now Easier than Ever
      • Girls in Politics Forum
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 3, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Being Your Child's First Eduator and Advocate
      • DPS News Now for Oct. 30-Nov. 3
      • DPS Purchases Samsonite Building
      • Artists Paint Murals at Eagleton Elementary
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 27, 2017
      • Tom's Column: New Center Brings Opportunites to Montbello Families
      • DPS News Now for Oct. 23-27
      • DPS Features Video: Carlos Montoya; Fours Years Later
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 20, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Students Feel Engaged, Supported, Safe
      • DPS News Now for Oct. 16-20
      • Nov. 1 Superintendent Parent Forum Reminder
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 13, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Setting Records for Blue and Green
      • DPS News Now for Oct. 9-13
      • DPS Features Video: Lilian Nwaneto; Blair Labeling, Inc. Internship
      • Weather Delay Procedures
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 6, 2017
      • Tom's Column: College and Career Opportunities While Still in High School
      • DPS News Now for Oct. 2-6
      • Academic Gaps Rating on the 2017 School Performance Framework
      • Valdez Elementary Honored as 2017 National Blue Ribbon School
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 29, 2017
      • Tom's Column: 105 and Still Teaching!
      • DPS News Now for Sept. 25-29
      • Mayor's Diversity Awards
      • New Graduation Requirements
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 22, 2017
      • Tom's Column: The Power of Partnerships
      • DPS News Now for Sept. 18-22
      • Denver Broncos Player Tackles Attendance
      • DPS Features Video: Teaching P.E. to Digital Natives
      • DPS Team Members Work and Learn in Kenya
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 15, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Partnering with Parents to Support Our Students
      • DPS News Now for Sept. 11-15
      • East Investigation Update
      • GWHS 9/11 Remembrance Event
      • Recognizing 3 Members of Team DPS
      • DPS Reverse Trade Fair
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 8, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Connecting with Families to Support Students' Dreams
      • DPS News Now for Sept. 5-8
      • Serving Students Regardless of Immigration Status
      • DPS Features Video: 5 New Early College High Schools
      • 2017-18 District Maps and Handbooks
    • Special Edition of Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 5, 2017
      • Tom's Column: We are All Dreamers
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 1, 2017
      • Tom's Column: Protecting the Dream for All Kids
      • DPS News Now for Aug. 28-Sept. 1
      • Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
      • New Wellness Policy for Healthier Snacks
      • Fall Parent Teacher Home Visits
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 18, 2017
      • Tom's Column: DPS Outpaces State in Academic Growth for Seventh Year
      • DPS News Now for Aug. 14-Aug. 18
      • Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences Students Receive Chromebooks
      • New Back-to-School Website

  • Our DPS Weekly 2016-17 Archive

    • Our DPS Weekly for June 9, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Night of Honor honorees
    • Our DPS Weekly for June 8, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Strengthening neighborhoods initiative and committee co-chairs
    • Our DPS Weekly for June 2, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Top 12 moments
      • Favorite DPS Features videos
      • Summer resources for students
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 26, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Celebrating the class of 2017: David Shuker profile, DPS Features video
      • African-American Equity Task Force update
      • Classroom snack survey
      • Northfield High School International Baccalaureate World School status
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 19, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Seal of biliteracy celebration
      • DPS Feature video: Youth Empowerment Support Services
      • JFK greenhouse renovation
      • Brandon Marshall at Cheltenham
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 12, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Teacher Appreciation
      • Teacher Appreciation videos, classroom visits, discounts and giveaways
      • Walk and Bike to School Day
    • Our DPS Weekly for May 5, 2017
      • Tom’s column: MyTech Initiative
      • DPS Features Video: Mindfulness in classrooms
      • Isabella Bird/Denver Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit contest
      • National Teacher Appreciation Week
      • EDUCA Radio with Mayor Hancock
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 28, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Whole Child Innovation Funds
      • Shakespeare Festival
      • DPS schools in Best High Schools in America
      • Superintendent Parent Forum
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 21, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Colorado school funding
      • DPS Features Video: Sen. Michael Bennet discusses immigration with students
      • Steph Curry and the North High Vikings
      • Pin ceremony for long-time educators
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 14, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Rallie Ginsberg
      • DPS Features video: Learning Lakota
    • Our DPS Weekly for April 7, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Spotlight on athletics
      • DPS Features video: Raul Valenzuela/Nick Dawkins feature
      • Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative
      • Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School chicken coops
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 24, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Denver’s different kind of SchoolChoice
      • DPS supports Immigration Day of Action
      • 2017 graduation dates announced
      • Ellis Elementary’s School Without Borders
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 17, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Education Resource Strategies report
      • Discipline reform
      • SchoolChoice results
      • McGlone Academy completion of $5 million bond project
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 10, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Great District for Great Teachers recognition
      • DPS Features video essay: Challenge 5280
      • CMAS testing window begins March 31
      • Parent Teacher Home Visit Week
    • Our DPS Weekly for March 3, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Paraprofessional-to-Teacher-Pipeline
      • Colorado Department of Education awards
      • DPS Features video: Denver Scholarship Foundation’s Future Centers
      • ED Talk: Support for the Whole Child and Whole Adult
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 24, 2017
      • Tom’s column: North High School’s and STRIVE Prep - Excel’s production of “In the Heights”
      • Supporting our transgender students
      • Scholarship opportunity for paraprofessionals
      • Changing the Narrative, Healing the Divide Summit
      • John Amesse and Greenlee Community Review Boards
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 17, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Protecting our students’ rights
      • Responding to requests for access to district property, students or student records by Immigration and Customs Enforcement
      • Immigration rights resources for students, families and staff
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 10, 2017
      • Tom’s column: What do we mean by Whole Child?
      • 2016-17 bond and mill levy update
      • National School Counselors Week
      • DPS hosts Acting Mexican General Counsel
    • Our DPS Weekly for Feb. 3, 2017
      • Tom’s column: What our refugee students teach us
      • DPS named top-performing Outlier district
      • National African-American Parent Involvement Celebration
      • National Signing Day
    • Our DPS Weekly for Jan. 27, 2017
      • Tom’s column: End of SchoolChoice window
      • Graduation rates for Latino students
      • 2016 mill levy updates
    • Our DPS Weekly for Jan. 20, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Increasing graduation rates
      • DPS Features video: Twin sisters, high school students and refugees
    • Our DPS Weekly for Jan. 13, 2017
      • Tom’s column: Teacher Leadership & Collaboration
      • MLK Marade
      • State enrollment data shows DPS’ growth
      • Regional school expos
    • Our DPS Weekly for Jan. 6, 2017
      • Tom’s column: 2016 mill levy investments
      • Top 3 first semester most-watched DPS Features videos
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 22, 2016
      • Tom’s column: George Washington High School’s Denver Club of Humanities
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 16, 2016
      • Tom’s column: School closures and Community Review Boards
      • 2017-18 school calendar approved
      • What’s in the 2016 bond and mill levy
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 9, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Montbello’s heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting overhaul
      • Board vote on school closure and restart recommendations
      • State seeks feedback on federal education policy
    • Our DPS Weekly for Dec. 2, 2016 
      • Tom’s column: ED Talks
      • DPS Board of Education updates on early literacy and social emotional learning
      • Superintendent Parent Forum
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 18, 2016
      • Tom’s column: What we’re thankful for
      • Board of Education vote on schools as safe spaces
      • Denver Police serve Thanksgiving meals to students
      • Serve on a bond or mill levy oversight committee
      • Resources for SchoolChoice season
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 11, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Thank you Denver voters
      • School celebrations of veterans
      • Great Schools Expo
    • Our DPS Weekly for Nov. 4, 2016
      • Tom’s column: 8th Grade Career Fair
      • Great Schools Expo
      • Launch of mobile-friendly dpsk12.org
      • Homeless, migrant seniors connect with college resources
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 28, 2016
      • Tom’s column: School Performance Framework
      • DPS Features video: South High School’s LGBT literature class
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 21, 2016
      • Tom’s column: What does it mean to focus on the Whole Child?
      • Malala Yousafzai’s visit to South High School
      • Indigenous Peoples’ Day
      • Superintendent Parent Forum
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 14, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Birth to Eight Roadmap
      • South High School students discuss civics, equity with mayor and superintendent
      • Clown costume, makeup ban
    • Our DPS Weekly for Oct. 7, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Launching the African-American Equity Task Force
      • College and Career Readiness Month celebrations
      • 7Everyday Hero: Dora Moore volunteer
      • New director of business diversity and outreach
      • Lead testing
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 30, 2016
      • Tom’s column: FAQ from the Superintendent Parent Forum
      • DPS Features video: What is the SPF?
      • New executive director of Early Education
      • National Blue Ribbon Schools
      • Mile High United Way grant for Garden Place, Swansea
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 23, 2016
      • Tom’s column: State assessment gains
      • First Superintendent Parent Forum of the year
      • Security protocols: lockdown vs. lockout
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 16, 2016
      • Tom’s column: CareerResidency and CareerConnect
      • Aggressive approach to lead testing
      • Colorado Proud School Meal Day
      • FAQ: Questions about the bond and mill levy
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 9, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Celebrating Emily Griffith
      • DPS Features video: How Denver schools get and spend money
      • DPS Features video: Preparing students with disabilities for college
      • Save the date: Great Schools Expo
    • Our DPS Weekly for Sept. 2, 2016
      • Tom’s column: CMAS gains, opportunity gaps
      • Sale of Emily Griffith Opportunity School
      • DPS Features video: Mars Bus
      • School retreats, team-building exercises
      • 2016-17 District Map and Handbook for Families and Students
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 26, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Welcome back!
      • Regis F. Groff ribbon-cutting ceremony
      • Lead testing information
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 19, 2016
      • Tom’s column: 2012 bond updates
      • DPS Features video: Credit union becomes school
      • Back-to-school resources for team members
      • Kudos for Customer Service Breakfast
      • Superintendent surprises teachers with welcome-back treat
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 12, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Janine Logar Chalkbeat Q&A
      • DPS Features video: 9th Grade Academies
      • Cookout with Cops BBQ and school supply giveaway
      • DPS named College Board AP District of the Year
    • Our DPS Weekly for Aug. 5, 2016
      • Tom’s column: Welcome new educators!
      • DPS student honored for heroism
      • Transportation reminders for families
      • Back-to-school dates

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