High School Launch Information

New Student Orientation (Virtual)

  • What: Every new high school student will participate in a virtual New Student Orientation where they will connect with their Mentor Teacher and learn how to navigate Schoology!  There are two parts:
    • Mentor Teacher meeting: Each student will be paired with a Mentor Teacher.  The Mentor Teacher is the student and parent’s primary contact and support person at the school.  Families will receive an email from their Mentor Teacher to schedule a time to meet with both student and parent in Zoom. 
    • Schoology orientation: Students and parents will complete a virtual orientation in Schoology, after meeting with their Mentor Teacher.  Completing these tasks will ensure that they have all the tools and information they need to be successful at Denver Online! 
  • Who: All new 9th-12th grade high school students and a guardian. (This virtual orientation will exclude any 9th grader who attended the in-person 9th Grade Academy on August 9th-11th)
  • When: Mentor Teachers will be connecting with Denver Online families to complete the New Student Orientation August 16th-27th.
  • Where: Meetings will take place virtually in Zoom (video conferencing system), followed by an orientation within Schoology.

First Official Day of School and of Live Learning

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 from 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.

Chromebook Pick-Up: 23rd-27th

Chromebook Distribution
Students are more than welcome to use their own personal devices, but each student is able to borrow a chromebook for school if they would like.  If a student already has a chromebook issued to them from a previous DPS school, they should plan to keep that device to use for the school year.  If you are needing a chromebook to use for schooling, please come by Smedley (4250 Shoshone Street, Denver, CO 80211) during any of the following days/times.  The chromebook pick-up station will be located near the front door of the building.  Please make sure you have your school ID number.

  • August 23rd-27th, 9am-2pm

*Helpful Tip: Problems with getting into Zoom on your Chromebook?  You do not need the zoom app.  Just follow these simple directions.  You can only access the web version of Zoom on the DPS Chromebooks.  You can simply click on the zoom link you are sent, or you can type zoom.us into the browser, click on “Join a meeting,” and then enter the meeting number.
*Have other tech questions?  Please reach out to our School Tech, Martha Wilcox, martha_wilcox@dpsk12.org

Denver Online Students: Updating Registration Paperwork

Update DPS Enrollment Information

Sign Forms (for Current DPS students)
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. Use this document to find and complete the documents virtually online.

  • 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 Julie_Capp@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.

Schoology Updates for Current Denver Online families

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Denver Online Students and Families:
We will continue to use Schoology for student learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Schoology helps us work together to provide students with meaningful learning experiences both at school and at home. We’ll use Schoology to share assignments and resources, capture your child’s learning, and communicate about student progress and needs.
We are excited to announce that, starting for the 2021-2022 school year, we will be joining the DPS instance of Schoology. This will allow us to take advantage of additional support and resources for our school community. This also means that students and parents who have existing accounts will have a slightly different experience than past school years. In order to make this transition, students, staff, and parents will be unable to login to their Schoology account from July 3rd to July 26th. Once all accounts have been transferred, new and existing students will login by going to schoology.dpsk12.org. Parents will be able to login as they did before or can login via the Parent Portal. For parents who created a second Schoology account for DPS and Denver Online, they have the option to merge these accounts together using the process in this article or call DoTS for support at 720-423-3163. Students will use their DPS Google accounts to log into the new instance. More information will be shared once the migration has been made.We will also be passing grades back from Schoology to Infinite Campus (IC). As a result, you will see progress eligibility and final grades posted in both the Student and Parent Portals. Schoology will be the most accurate place to check your student’s grades and coursework. We appreciate your patience as we put this new process in place.
Below are steps for setting up Schoology at home and additional resources to help you support you and your student during this transition. You will access Schoology through your DPS Parent Portal account. 
If you do not yet have a DPS Parent Portal account, click here to create your account. Please note that all information submitted in the Getting Started form must match what the school has on file for you.
If you already have a DPS Parent Portal account but do not remember your login, please use the login assistance found on the portal homepage myportal.dpsk12.org. For support with your DPS Parent Portal account, please call 720-423-3163.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at ian_jones@dpsk12.org.
Best,
Principal Ian Jones

More students of color participate in Colorado’s dual enrollment programs

DENVER – July 19, 2021:  More than 53,000 students took at least one dual enrollment course during the 2019-20 academic year, according to a report released jointly today by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This was an increase of nearly 2,900 students from 2018-19, or a 5.6% jump in dual enrollment participation overall. 
 
“Colorado’s students deserve the opportunity to explore new subjects and expand their educational aspirations,” said Governor Jared Polis. “By having the chance to take college courses early in their academic journey and gain credit and sometimes even an associate degree when they finish high school, concurrent enrollment allows students to get ahead while also lowering the costs of higher education. Here in Colorado, we want to make access to higher education possible for every student. Concurrent enrollment does just that, making a college education more attainable and affordable.”
 
Often tuition-free, dual enrollment programs provide high school students with the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses and earn high school and college credit. Colorado’s Concurrent Enrollment (CE) program, established by the state Legislature in 2009, is still the most popular choice among dual enrollment programs for the fifth year in a row. Nearly 40% of Colorado high school graduates participate in some type of dual enrollment experience. Concurrent Enrollment continues to see sustained growth with an annual growth rate of 16% in 2019-20. Statewide, 175 school districts—or 98%—and 91% of high schools offer Concurrent Enrollment programs. 

“These programs are key to reducing postsecondary costs and time-to-degree,” said Dr. Angie Paccione, executive director, CDHE. “By taking college classes in high school, concurrent enrollment can boost students’ confidence in their ability to attend college, help them gain valuable experience and increase workforce earnings after several years.”

More students of color took advantage of CE classes in the 2019-20 academic year. CE participation grew by 32.9% among Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students, 27% among Asian students, 23.3% among African American or Black students, 19.9% among students identifying as two or more races, 18.4% among Hispanic or Latinx students, and 15.8% among American Indian or Alaska Native students.

“I’m so pleased to see more and more students taking college courses while they are still in high school, and I want to acknowledge all the hard work our school districts and educators have done to increase these opportunities for our students,” said Katy Anthes, commissioner of education. “These opportunities can increase the relevancy of high school and open a wide variety of options after high school, including pathways to meaningful careers and college.”
 
Key findings from academic year 2019-20Statewide, 53,245 students participated in dual enrollment programs of any types in the 2019-2020 Academic Year.  This represents nearly 40% of all high school graduates in public high schools in Colorado.Concurrent Enrollment continues to see sustained increases in participation, more than 16% statewide with 40,098 students participating in 2019-20.In 2019-20, high school students attempted 340,181 Concurrent Enrollment credit hours and nearly 93% of all hours were passed.From 2018-19 to 2019-20, participation in Concurrent Enrollment increased:32.9% Hawaiian or Pacific Islander students27%, Asian students23.3% African American or Black students19.9% students identifying as two or more races18.6% White students18.4% Hispanic or Latinx students15.8% American Indian or Alaska Native studentsNearly 40% of students who participated in ASCENT in 2019-2020 were Hispanic or Latinx, a group that is historically underrepresented in postsecondary education.In 2019-20, 2,877 high school students earned some type of postsecondary credential after participating in Concurrent Enrollment or ASCENT programs.Statewide, 175 school districts (98%) offer Concurrent Enrollment programs.This report was prepared by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education and was submitted to the Education Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives pursuant to 22-35-112 C.R.S. Read the complete report. Students and families can access concurrent enrollment resources here: http://www.cde.state.co.us/concurrentenrollment.
   
*In this report, “dual enrollment” refers to the broad array of programs available to high school students that allow them to take college-level courses for free. “Concurrent Enrollment” refers only to statewide programs created by House Bill 09-1319 and detailed in the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act (C.R.S. 22-35-101 et seq.). 

United Flight Travel Vouchers Available for the Class of 2021

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Graduating students of DPS’ Class of 2021 who plan to attend an out-of-state college this fall can apply for a United Airlines Flight Travel Voucher to get a free flight! Thanks to the support of DPS Foundation’s longtime partner, United, this unique opportunity will help ensure that eligible DPS graduates feel more supported in their postsecondary journey. For more information on how to apply, students can visit dpsfoundation.org/united-airlines.

Resources for Students and Families This Summer

Resources for Students and Families This Summer
We hope all of Team DPS and the DPS community are enjoying the last few days of the 2020-21 school year! As we look ahead to the summer, we wanted to share a few resources to help ensure all of our students can stay active and learning, and all of our families feel supported. Stay tuned next week for a wrap up celebration of the school year!
Food Distribution Schedule for Summer 2021
Breakfast and lunch meals will once again be available for pick-up at school sites across DPS. Please note that dates and times are subject to change.
  • Free meals are available Monday-Friday for kids 18 and younger unless otherwise noted.
  • Students do not need to be present for meal pick up.
  • No documentation is required to receive meals.
  • Meals must be consumed off-site.
See the full list of summer food distribution sites and schedules here.
DPS Summer Resources Guide
Looking for opportunities to learn, volunteer, or create this summer? Do you need support with basic needs, such as food, housing, mental health supports, COVID-19 or internet access? This Summer Resource Guide was developed for the 2021 summer based on what DPS has heard that community members need. It is compiled by DPS Family and Community Engagement in collaboration with community partners. Find this guide (which will be available in other languages) and a one-pager of 2021 summer website resources on the Equity and Engagement website.
Encourage Summer Learning
Technology is essential for learning, and learning happens all of the time — not just during the school day. We want to ensure all students have every opportunity to extend their learning, access the information they need, and be able to create/prepare for the future. To encourage summer learning, we have created DPS Summer Learning Fun for all students in grades K-12. Students can visit the site to virtually go on adventures, visit museums, read, practice language skills, learn how to code and to participate in Summer of Sora — a virtual ebook and audiobook program!
Youth Sports through Denver Parks and Recreation
Summer Youth Sports through the Denver Parks and Recreation is kicking off its Summer 2021 season! Kids ages 5-17 can learn the fundamentals of numerous team sports including basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, baseball, softball, coach pitch, t-ball, cheerleading, and gymnastics. Note: All youth sports will operate to follow COVID safety protocols. To learn more and register, please visit denvergov.org/recreation.
Pictured at top: End-of-year artwork done by students at Ashley Elementary.

 

Video: COVID Dashboard Update
Watch the video below for the latest health update from our expert partners at Denver Health (watch the video in English and Spanish):
Join DPS Foundation at an Upcoming Rockies Game!
Fans are invited to cheer on the Rockies at Coors Field on June 1 at 6:40 p.m.; June 2 at 6:40 p.m.; June 3 at 1:10 p.m.; and June 4 at 6:40 p.m. — all while supporting our students through the DPS Foundation! Tickets start at $12 with no ticket fees, and $2 from each ticket sold will be donated back to DPS Foundation to help ensure students and educators have the tools and resources needed to succeed. Learn more and buy tickets here.

June 4 Is Deadline for Families Who Wish to Enroll in Remote Learning for Next School Year

Denver Public Schools’ middle school and high school students can opt into Denver Online easily through Parent Portal NOW (until June 4th)! While this is the easiest way to start at Denver Online next school year, if you miss the opt-in window, students can still apply off our website by completing the Student Interest Application.

June 4 Is Deadline for Families Who Wish to Enroll in Remote Learning for Next School Year
As a reminder, families who would like to enroll their student in the centrally run remote-learning program for the 2021-22 school year should complete the Learning Option Selection form on the Parent Portal, or call their school’s front office, by June 4.
Families whose student will be returning to full-time, in-person learning next year do not need to take any action, and their student will automatically be enrolled in in-person learning at their assigned school for the 2021-22 school year.
For more information, visit the in-person learning and remote-learning pages on our website or call the Family and Community Helpline at 720-423-3054.

 

 

Denver Film’s Young Filmmakers Workshop:

Denver Film’s Young Filmmakers Workshop is open to applicants 14-18 years old and they are actively filling spots in their classes. The organization still has scholarship funding available. Their goal is to fill all available spaces and allocate all scholarship funds.
Contact Seth Degler with your questions–seth@denverfilm.org
Introducing an opportunity for students to safely learn the techniques of filmmaking remotely this summer from the comfort of their own homes.
Young Filmmaker students will meet once a day for a week-long course where they will collaborate with other students and create projects inspired by a specific film genre. Students will then have a chance to showcase their final project at the 44th annual Denver Film Festival in November. These are bite-sized courses perfect for both the entry level filmmakers starting out and the experienced filmmakers looking to expand their skill set.