Super Staff Spotlight: Cole Hensley from Cole HS

Our network is full of committed educators. However, not all of them have driven 1.5 hours each way, every day, from Colorado Springs (until his recent move to Castle Rock) to teach at DSST: Cole HS like Cole Hensley.

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Topics: Community Stories


Women of Worth: Research-Based Art Projects at CG MS

8th graders from DSST: Conservatory Green Middle School will showcase their original art creations that celebrate women who catalyzed positive change.

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How Your Taxes Affect College Financial Aid Opportunities

With January coming to an end, not only does it mean that the days are getting (ever-so-slightly) longer, but tax season has officially arrived. Whether you file early or for an extension, how you file this year’s taxes can have a lasting impact for years in the future, especially when it comes time to fill out FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Completing the FAFSA helps you pay for college!

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Super Staff Spotlight: Alex Haserodt-Arnold at College View MS

Every few weeks, we like to highlight an exemplary staff member that has been nominated by a colleague for the great work that they do, whether inside and outside of the classroom. 

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Topics: Inside the Classroom


A Look Inside a Middle School Science Classroom

Are you missing the days of middle school science? Take a peek into one of our 21st century science classrooms and see what has changed, and what has stayed the same.

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Topics: Inside the Classroom


4 Things to Consider Before DPS SchoolChoice

In Denver, any student who wants to attend a school other than their neighborhood school can take part in School Choice; and round 1 of the School Choice window opens on January 15! Denver families will have from January 15 until February 18 to submit their School Choice form on the DPS School Choice website. However, if your family isn’t quite ready to fill out the online school choice form, do not fret. The window is not first-come, first-serve, so you still have plenty of time to investigate your options.

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Topics: Our Program


Physical Fitness Gets a Leg Up At DSST: Henry

The middle schoolers at DSST: Henry have new ways to get active thanks to a big grant from DPS! 8th Grade Dean of Students Marcus Pumphrey won $20,000 that will be put towards expanding after-school physical fitness beyond their current athletics offerings. Every day beginning November 18, around 50 students in the pilot program will participate in new pursuits that will get them moving. This will include a variety of activities including martial arts, rock climbing, or hiking. This grant is giving students, staff and the community an opportunity to connect on a level that would not be otherwise possible, as partnerships with community members, local colleges and universities, sporting retailers, and more are already in the works! 

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Topics: Inside the Classroom


How the Advisory system helps students feel known and supported

At DSST, we believe that students thrive best in small-school environments so that each and every student is known and supported. Beyond simply having a small-school model, DSST has a few programs in place to make sure that students “don’t slip through the cracks.” One of those programs is Advisory.

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College & Career Success Month

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!

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Celebrating Growth & Success in Our Schools

Denver Public Schools recently released the 2019 School Performance Framework results, an annual evaluation of school performance.

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