Youth Transportation System for DPS Students

Youth between the ages of 13 – 18 who attend Denver Public Schools (DPS) and have a MY Denver Card can sign up for On MY Way! This is a youth transportation program provided by Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs in which students can receive monthly RTD passes through their phones from October 1 – December 31, 2021.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Age: 13 – 18
Attending School: Denver Public Schools
Other: Must have a MY Denver Card (visit https://denvergov.org/mydenvercard) and a smartphone to access the mobile tickets.

THREE STEPS TO SIGN-UP
1. Have your DPS student email* address ready.
2. Register here for On MY Way! (use DPS email).
3. Download RTD’s Mobile Ticket App and create an account (use DPS email).
* Participants must use their own DPS email address (i.e., siblings cannot use the same email).
HOW THIS WORKS
Once your account is reviewed, monthly passes will be pushed to your RTD Mobile Ticket Wallet.
ALL 3 SIGN-UP STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED.
FOR QUESTIONS: mikhail.vafeades@denvergov.org

Denver Online Graduating Senior Info

Please see the load of information for Denver Online’s graduating seniors provided by Counselor Casey Burton (casey_ burton@dpsk12.org)

The linked SLIDES contain resources and more detailed information about many of the items I am sharing below. Refer back to it as needed if you have questions about any part of the college planning process.

Free College Application Day$ October 19th, 20th, & 21st– all 32 public colleges and universities in Colorado and several private institutions will allow students to apply for free on Tuesday, Oct. 19th, Wednesday Oct. 20th, and Thursday Oct. 21st as part of the third Colorado Free Application Day$. Applications must be submitted on those days. It is recommended that applications are complete before the 19th so they can be easily submitted on that day for free. 

*DPS Counselors are hosting Virtual Office hours from 10-2 on Tuesday the 19th to help with college applications. Seniors can sign up for a time slot HERE. 

*We are also hosting an In Person Drop In App Day from 10-2 at our Smedley building on Wednesday the 20th. Please RSVP by emailing Casey_Burton@dpsk12.org.

*Links to instructions and  FREE APP CODES for all Colleges can be found HERE.

Virtual College Visits- During our Friday Virtual Senior Meetings we will have two more college admission reps coming to join us this month. Deneshia Hearon from CU Denver on Friday Oct. 8th and Israel Sanchez from CU Boulder on October 29thLast week we were joined by Erin Ulrich from Metro.

SAT/ACT- If your senior needs to re-take the SAT or ACT, now is the time to register if they want those scores factored into their college admissions decision. Many colleges are going test optional this year, but I would still recommend that students take the SAT or ACT to bolster their applications.

Getting Grants and Student Loans to Pay for College- The best way to apply for loans and grants (free money based on income) is to complete the FAFSA which opens on October 1st for the 2022-2022 school year. The first step before applying is to create your FSA ID which serves as your digital signature. Parents and students must both create an FSA ID. Please see the linked SLIDESHOW for more information about the FAFSA.

Scholarships- Most scholarship $$ comes from the colleges where students attend, but there are tons of other scholarships out there (and some are really ‘out there’). Please see the linked SLIDESHOW for more information about Scholarships.

College Application/COMMON APP and Essay support– I am happy to meet with you and/or your students one on one via Zoom to help research colleges, complete college applications, and offer Essay support. Students can also reach to their English 4 teacher Sarah Woodard, as they have been working on their college Essay/Personal Statement in her class for the past few weeks.

Letters of Recommendation- Denver Online staff members are happy to write letters of recommendation for college and scholarship applications. We ask that your students give us at least 2 weeks’ notice before any deadlines and to accompany any request with a completed copy of the linked RECOMMENDATION REQUEST. (They will need to print or create their own copy of this form)

Concurrent Enrollment- Is your student interested in getting a jump start on College by taking tuition free college classes this spring? The Concurrent enrollment program allows students to take college classes at local Community Colleges or online via CSU Global. Students only pay for books and fees, and Denver Online covers the tuition. The only catch is that students must pass these courses with a C or better or they will have to repay the tuition. These classes are real colleges classes and can be transferred to most 4 year colleges in the US, plus they earn high school Honors credit for them. We will be starting the spring registration season in the next month, so please be on the lookout for more information about that if your senior is interested.

Accuplacer Testing- As part of the Class of 2022 Graduation requirements, all seniors must demonstrate College Readiness Competency. There are a variety of different measures for this such as the SAT or ACT, but we focus pretty heavily on the Accuplacer test. This test serves dual purposes.

1) Meeting the college ready benchmarks on English and Math means your student has completed the Competency Graduation Requirement

2) It is also the Community College Placement Test, so any student taking college classes for the first time will have to take this test before they can register for Spring College classes.

We are offering this test each Tuesday (REMOTE) and Wednesday (IN PERSON) on the following dates:

10/26, 10/27, 11/2, 11/3, 11/9, 11/ 10, 11/16, & 11/17. Students can sign up for a time slot HERE. Space is limited so sign up ASAP.

ASCENT– The ASCENT program is a way for your senior to earn another year of tuition free college credit next year if they complete 12 college credits (about 4 classes) before their graduation date in May. I will be sending out more information and the application process for ASCENT once I receive it.

Graduation Information- Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the pandemic we have yet to be able to set a date or secure a venue for Graduation, but rest assured we will have an in person ceremony (assuming the world continues on a path to normalcy).  Once we have a date and location we will be sure to inform you all so stay tuned. The linked SLIDES have more information about graduation (scroll to the last few slides).

Post-Secondary Paths Outside of College- Although I tend to emphasize college (a lot), I also understand that not everyone plans to go to a 2 year or 4 year College or Trade School. If your student needs help planning for their future outside of college (Work, Military, Independent Living, etc.), please reach out to me so I can help.

$10 Counseling Sessions

I am reaching out from the University of Colorado Denver Student and Community Counseling Center.  Our clinic provides counseling services for children, families, and individual adults for DPS at a rate of $10 per session provided by our Masters-level counselors.  We are hoping to spread the word to your students, families, and staff about this resource.  A flyer with more information is attached below.

Senior Events!

Free College Application Day$ October 19th, 20th, & 21st– all 32 public colleges and universities in Colorado and several private institutions will allow students to apply for free on Tuesday, Oct. 19th, Wednesday Oct. 20th, and Thursday Oct. 21st as part of the third Colorado Free Application Day$. Applications must be submitted on those days. It is recommended that applications are complete before the 19th so they can be easily submitted on that day for free. 

*DPS Counselors are hosting Virtual Office hours from 10-2 on Tuesday the 19th to help with college applications. Seniors can sign up for a time slot HERE. 

*We are also hosting an In Person Drop In App Day from 10-2 at our Smedley building on Wednesday the 20th. Please RSVP by emailing Casey_Burton@dpsk12.org.

*Links to instructions and  FREE APP CODES for all Colleges can be found HERE.

Accuplacer Testing every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-16-11/17- As part of the Class of 2022 Graduation requirements, all seniors must demonstrate College Readiness Competency. There are a variety of different measures for this such as the SAT or ACT, but we focus pretty heavily on the Accuplacer test. This test serves dual purposes.

1) Meeting the college ready benchmarks on English and Math means your student has completed the Competency Graduation Requirement

2) It is also the Community College Placement Test, so any student taking college classes for the first time will have to take this test before they can register for Spring College classes.

We are offering this test each Tuesday (REMOTE) and Wednesday (IN PERSON) on the following dates:

10/26, 10/27, 11/2, 11/3, 11/9, 11/ 10, 11/16, & 11/17. Students can sign up for a time slot HERE. Space is limited so sign up ASAP.

Health Fair: October 9th!

On October 9th, CEC Early College (near 26th & Federal) will be hosting a 9Health 365 Fair and we need your help getting the word out within our local community. 

Over the last 42 years, the 9Health 365 Fairs have helped over 2 million Coloradans affordably obtain invaluable and often life-saving health care information. The Fairs offer dozens of important health test and most $30 or less, making these tests even more affordable than they would normally be through even the best insurance plans.

Help us help our community stay healthy by getting the word out.

Here’s how you can help.

  1. FLYERS – Please send them out via your school’s communication tools such as Infinite Campus, the Flyer app, school newsletter, teacher emails, etc. Additionally, please post the flyers around your school, especially near the entrance. 
  2. CALENDAR – Please add the event to your school’s website calendar.
  3. FACEBOOK/TWITTER – Please post the attached images & video along with the copybelow to your school’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.  Please be sure to tag @9Health365 @DMHRotary @CECEarlyCollegeofDenver and @SafewayDenverCO1248 to help extend your post’s community reach.
    • COPY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA: 9Health Fairs are back and we’re ready to celebrate your good health! It’s more important than ever to get the facts on your personal risk factors! We have affordable preventive health screenings and free flu shots available for you. Come to the CEC Early College 9Health Fair on October 9th from 8am to Noon. Appointments are required. Register online TODAY: www.onlinereg.9health365.org
  4. TEACHERS/STAFF – We want healthy teachers too!! Please share this valuable information with your teachers and staff.  Please post our Flyers in your break rooms, offices and teacher restrooms. 
  5. SPREAD THE WORD – Word of mouth can be a powerful tool. Please spread the word amongst your friends and peers and ask your students’ families to do the same.
  6. FREQUENCY – please share out this information through all your school’s communication channels and often – ideally once a week.

YouthRoots After School Program

YouthRoots is a youth leadership program that promotes civic engagement and leadership among Denver metro youth. Applications for our 2021-2022 after-school program are due Sept 26, and we are still looking for teens to apply!

September 26th is the deadline for a life-changing leadership opportunity for students. YouthRoots is a local nonprofit that teaches high school students how to make the world a better place while developing their leadership and life skills. YouthRoots was recently awarded the National Philanthropy Day’s Award for “Outstanding Foundation.
The program is completely free. As members of YouthRoots, students will:

  • Learn and practice skills that will empower them to be a strong leader today and tomorrow
  • Use philanthropy to tackle issues they care about
  • Collaborate with awesome high schoolers from different schools
  • Complete 60 hours of community service

Students who are passionate about making the world a better place should apply online here by September 26. You can also nominate a student online.
Please contact the Program Manager, Erin Button, at erin@youthroots.org with any questions.

Middle School Launch Information

Logging Into Schoology 

Courses will show in Schoology when the counselor has registered the student for classes.  Please be patient with our counselors during this time as they are working as quickly as possible.  To log onto Schoology to find your courses, please follow these directions:

  • Go to Student Portal: https://myportal.dpsk12.org 
  • Log in to Click on Academics>Related Apps>Schoology
  • Student is routed to their DPS Google account (@dpsk12.net)
    • Username: DPS Student ID #
    • Password: Date of Birth MMDDYYYY

Middle School New Student Orientation
Your schedules will be created and active in Schoology and IC over the next day.  You can access them through the DPS Student Portal here.  A team member will be reaching out via email in the next two days to get you started and feeling comfortable at Denver Online.  We will follow our live learning schedule starting Thursday, Aug 26, 2021.  Students should plan to follow their grade level live learning schedule below. 


Update DPS Enrollment Information


Sign Forms 

While updating your information in the portal, please also complete the following two documents found in the portal.  Both of these documents are required to be signed and completed.  Please use this document to help find and complete the documents virtually.  You can also use the below links to access these documents to print, sign, and then send back to Veronica Martinez at vmarti4@dpsk12.org.

  • Affidavit of Colorado Residencystates that the student will be residing in the state of Colorado for the 21-22 school year
  • Academic Technology Consent Formdescribes what software and technology applications are used at Denver Online.  It also describes that these are all DPS approved vendors and that student information is protected.


Send Documents

Please email to Veronica Martinez at vmarti4@dpsk12.org or return to the school (4250 Shoshone Street, Denver, CO 80211) the following documents:

  • Proof of Residency – a utility bill attached to the student household address.  This could be a bill for electricity, cable, water, or a lease or mortgage agreement.  The proof of residency will accompany The Affidavit of Residency and it helps determine student and school funding.
  • Student birth certificate if not submitted to DPS in a previous year
  • Transcripts (for students coming from out of district)
  • Immunization Record if not submitted to DPS in a previous year


Other Resources

  • MySchoolBucks – a secure online tool accessed through Parent Portal for families to pay for meals, student fees, athletics, and early childhood education.
  • Meal Benefits Application – secure and fastest way to apply for low cost or free school lunches for children every day.
  • Parent/Student Portal – access student grades and assignments, attendance and behavior, and courses and schedules.

New Parent Orientation (Virtual)

  • What: This virtual orientation teaches parents of students at Denver Online how to navigate the online programs so that they can monitor their student’s progress, grades, and attendance.  It also introduces parents to faculty at Denver Online, to other parents, and to special opportunities for parents and their students (e.g. volunteer opportunities, tuition-free college credit, committees to serve on, etc).
  • Who: We strongly encourage all parents of new Denver Online students to attend this event
  • When: 
    • High School Parent Orientation: Thursday, September 2nd, 6pm
    • Middle School Parent Orientation: Wednesday, September 1st, 6pm
  • Where: https://dpsonline.zoom.us/my/ianjones

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.  You can also find a list of all faculty members here.