October is not just spooky season- it’s College & Career Success Month! And while a track record of 100% of seniors solidifying post secondary plans doesn’t happen in just one month’s time, there has certainly been a flurry of October initiatives to get students ready for their next step. We are excited to share the innovative strategies that DSST's College Success teams across the network have been implementing this year!
Denver Public Schools recently released the 2019 School Performance Framework results, an annual evaluation of school performance.
This past weekend, 14 College View High School students went camping in the San Isabel National Forest, near Buena Vista. The overnight trip, led by four teachers, allowed students to build community across grade levels and social groups.
Colorado state test results have recently been released for the 2018-19 school year and a few celebrations are in order!
The college process is daunting, and it can be difficult to know where (and when!) to begin. The DSST College Success team encourages families and students to start thinking about the college applications early in their high school career to ensure that you are set up to succeed when Junior and Senior years roll around.
This summer, DSST: College View student Tiana Pham is participating in Governor Polis’ Executive Internship Program at the State Capitol. This selective internship is reserved for graduate, undergraduate and high-achieving high school students who demonstrate strong academics and a commitment to serving the State of Colorado.
1. Create a Terrarium
At DSST, we know our families and parents are vital partners in student success. We also know that kids, no matter their age, do not come with instruction manuals and that there are often many questions parents and caregivers have around their adolescent students. We asked DSST teachers, staff, and parents for their favorite resources to help answer some of the frequently asked questions about raising adolescents; check out this collection of their book recommendations and additional resources for families of middle and high school aged kids:
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This May, DSST Public Schools completed our 15th school year. Our first school, DSST: Montview High School (formerly DSST: Stapleton) opened in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver in the fall of 2004. In the 15 years since, we have opened 14 schools on 8 campuses and will expand into Aurora, Colorado this fall with the opening of Aurora Science & Tech Middle School.
For almost two years now, engaged students at both the middle and high schools have dedicated countless hours and tons of energy to both the idea of changing the name of DSST’s founding school. At the middle school, students were led by Writing teacher PJ Shields, who dedicated extensive class time over two years to work through these changes - both in conversation and through research and writing projects. At the high school, this was done in partnership with Colorado Youth Congress (CYC).