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May 9, 2022

Dear DCIS Community,

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Cinco de Mayo festivities this past week. Included in this day is a celebration of our senior class of 2022. Our wonderful PTSA and Latinx Student Alliance worked so hard to pull this event together, and it was full of joy and excellent vibes. We are also thrilled that so many of our incoming students and families had an opportunity to attend as well. In excellent news from our staff, I am thrilled to say that our own Sam Wilson-Moses has been matched with an approved kidney donor! He expects to go through the surgery later this summer and will spend at least six months recovering. We are so grateful that this life-saving opportunity has been created for Sam. 

May is certainly a month filled with joyful ceremonies. We look forward to seeing you involved in any way you choose, from our Continuation on May 26th to our Prom on May 14th, to Graduation on May 20th and even our Field Day event on May 27, 2022. A note for families with 8th graders: After Continuation on May 26th, it is OPTIONAL for 8th graders to return to school for Field Day in the afternoon of May 27th. All academic expectations will be completed by the time they continuate.

Another symbol of the power of the DCIS community is the emergence of our Community Mural Project. Artists Katy Casper, Talia Parsell, and Grow Love Art have partnered with Dr. Susan Marion and over 40 DCIS students to create the mural on the East wall of our school. Expected completion is May 9, and students are encouraged to participate during lunch and after school in this special project. For more information, please read the Community Mural Concept and see photos below:


Be well,
Ms. Marisa Vasquez
🌟 Cinco de Mayo Community Festival 🌟
Thank you to everyone who came out to make our DCIS Cinco de Mayo Community Festival a success! Check out more photos and videos from the event on our Facebook and Instagram.
🌟 DCIS Community Mural Update 🌟
Our DCIS community mural is coming together beautifully! Finishing touches Monday, 5/9 — Check out the progress we've made so far!
🌟 Girls on the Run, Heart and Sole 5k 🌟
Big shoutout to everyone who participated in the Girls on the Run - Heart and Sole 5k at the Happy Smackah Race in Longmont this weekend! Y'all did incredible and we had a blast. Check out more photos here.
🌟 Celebrating our DCIS HS Seniors! 🌟
🌟 Meet Our New DCIS Staff 🌟
🌟 Cinderella - DCIS Drama Club Spring Production 🌟
Bravo to the cast and crew of “Cinderella” who performed three shows, 4/28, 4/29, and 4/30. The show was a great success!
🌟 Unified Theater class “Shrek” 🌟
Students in the Unifies Theater class wrote, performed and designed their own production of “Shrek” on Wednesday May 4. This class is made up of student in the multi-intensive needs classroom and general education students. The performance was adaptive to the needs and abilities of the students.
🌟 Spring Opportunities to Celebrate and Volunteer 🌟
Volunteer for Prom Here! Come join the fun at the Children's Museum!
Volunteer for
 Graduation Here! Excited to celebrate our Seniors!


📅  Spring Finals Week Calendar — May and June 2022
Please check out the spring finals week schedules below for May 23-27 and May 30-June 3.
If you have any questions, call our main office at 720-423-9000. Thank you!
Support our DCIS Chair Fundraiser!
Our ‘Chair Campaign’ is an opportunity for students, staff, alumni, and supporters to literally have their own seat in our beloved auditorium.

How to Support:
➡️ Donate Online: Make a contribution via the DCIS PTSA PayPal: Please specify “Auditorium Seats” in the notes to seller section
➡️ Mail Direct Checks: Make a direct check contribution made out to ‘DCIS PTSA’ subject Auditorium Chairs, mailed to 574 W 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80203.

DCIS 6th Grade Academy — August 2022
All Sixth Grade incoming families please click HERE for program details and register for DCIS' 6th Grade Academy scheduled for August 10-12, 2022 from 8am-12pm. It is expected that all 22-23 school year 6th graders attend the Academy. 

If your student is interested in joining, please email Jennifer Killmer or sign up HERE.
DCIS 9th Grade Academy — August 2022
All Ninth Grade incoming families please take a moment to read the letter below and register for DCIS' 9th Grade Academy scheduled for August 8th, 10th, and 12th.

If you have any questions, please email or call the DPS NGA Hotline at 720-424-8277.

🎓 DCIS HS Announcement: Graduation Portraits
This year we will be working with Lifetouch Shutterfly for graduation portraits at our commencement ceremony. Lifetouch will photograph our graduates and 3-5 days after the ceremony the portraits will upload to a Shutterfly site.

You can access the images using this link:
DCIS HS Seniors! Order your senior merch here:
Senior Families
Please let us know HERE if you and your guests will need interpretation/translation support at graduation! We want to make sure our graduation is inclusive of all languages so everyone can enjoy and celebrate together!

Class of 2026 Rising Freshmen: 'Ready for 2026' Opportunity — Sign Up Today!
DCIS-Baker is one of the select schools that is running an awesome three-week summer program to best prepare next year's freshmen for the challenges and opportunities of high school. Please click HERE for the invitation letter in English and HERE for the invitation letter in Spanish.  If you have any questions please reach out to Assistant Principal Courtney Wickham at or Program Lead Camay Hunter at  Note: this is a separate opportunity than the traditional 'Ninth Grade Academy' that runs closer to the start of school. 

DCIS Summer School Information
DCIS Baker is pleased to announce that we will have our own summer school this June to support our students in recovering credits from previously failed or incomplete courses. Summer school will run from June 13 to June 30.

Priority will be given to Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 students with some seats also available for the Class of 2025. Ms. Wickham--with the support of school counselors and high school advisors--will be contacting families for this by Wednesday of this week so you can know the details and expectations of this opportunity. Our very own math and literacy teachers will be the support staff at our summer school. If you have any immediate questions please reach out to Ms. Wickham or your child's school counselor. 

DCIS Travel Center: Looking for Host Families This July!!
Ms. Wickham, Travel Center Coordinator, is working with the American Exchange Project (AEP), the nation’s first-ever domestic exchange program that sends recently graduated High School Seniors on free trips to one of our many partner towns around the US during the summer. The program was created to help bring together our divided country through domestic cross-cultural youth exchanges.   
This is the first year AEP is coming to Denver, and this summer from July 16 - July 23, a group of young Americans from across the country will be in Denver. I invite you to join us by becoming an AEP Host Family.

Please consider joining AEP by opening your home during this time to one of the traveling students and act as their local family. As part of minimizing burdens on our Host Families, AEP offers a $200 stipend for that week’s transportation and food costs. Please let us know you’re ready to help by signing up via Host Family Signup Page

Please reach out to Ms. Wickham with any specific questions. 
Opt-In Window for 2022-23 Transportation Open Now through June 30
The Transportation Opt-In Program for the 2022-23 school year is now live on the Parent Portal. Opt-in instructions are available herePlease ensure families of eligible students opt-in via Parent Portal by June 30. If families do not opt-in by June 30, we will plan our bus routes without their student. This doesn’t change their student’s eligibility, but may cause a delay in service.

Questions? Email
Career and Technical Education Certification (CTE) Student Interest Form
DCIS Students! Please fill out this CTE student interest form. We are looking for your feedback and hoping to understand what certifications you would be most interested in. Thank you!


SAVE THE DATE! DCIS Baker Spring Events 2022
Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details
  • DCIS Senior Check Out — May 12th and 13th, 2022
  • DCIS High School Prom — Saturday, May 14, 2022
  • DCIS High School Graduation — Friday, May 20, 2022
  • DCIS 8th Grade Continuation — Thursday, May 26, 2022
DCIS Collaborative School Committee — Tuesday, May 10, 2022 
Join us! Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 5-6 PM. 

Public comment is in the first 15 minutes - Zoom details are below:
Meeting ID: 339 462 3166
Passcode: 525389
Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests today!
Thanks for your help keeping our students, teachers, staff, and community safe! Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. 

Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.


Judi’s House for Grieving Children and Families We are excited to let you know about the FREE services Judi’s House will be offering: Caring for Grieving Kids virtual workshops for parents and guardians.

FREE Mental Health Support for Colorado Youth
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What can parents do to prevent bullying?
TIPS here!

Do you need to talk to your counselor? 
Fill out the form below and your counselor will get in touch with you either via email, phone or Google Meet. 

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DCIS Special Service Providers:

Additional Organizations:
  • Safe2Tell Colorado: 877-542-7233,
    Note that DCIS staff and DPS Safety & Security and DPD monitor Safe2Tell 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. This is the quickest way to reach out if you have safety concerns that are imminent.
  • Second Wind Fund of Metro Denver, Counseling Services (English/Spanish):
  • Trevor Project (LGBTQ Youth): 866-488-7386
  • Colorado Crisis and Support Line: 844-493-8255, or text TALK to 38255


DCIS Clothing Closet and Food Pantry
We are continuing to accept donated food, water, and canned goods, as well as clothing to support students, families, and community. If you'd like to contribute or would like to receive support, please feel free to contact DCIS' School Social Worker, Vincent Scudella at

➡ Please check out this list of recommended foods and household items.


Boletín Requests
Please send bi-weekly boletín requests (key announcements, community updates, and feedback) to our School Communications Specialist at
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