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September 16, 2003 Calendar Committee Revised 2003-2004 Calendars With the ratification of the new agreement between DPS and the DCTA, the Board of Education approved changes to the 2003-2004 calendar. Teachers will work three fewer days this year for a total of 181 days. One of the days is a half-day with students. Both family friendly black-and- white versions (may be photocopied) and color versions of the calendars are accessible online at this link— http://www.dpsk12.org/calendars. Attached are letters to parents (in English and Spanish) and a memo to principals re: rescheduling affected parent teacher conferences. Traditional Calendar Changes Last day of school for students (1/2 day) changes from Thursday, May 27 to Wednesday, May 26 (May 27 becomes a non-duty day for teachers) Monday, Oct. 20 (no school for students) changes from a professional day to a non-duty day for teachers Tuesday, Feb. 17 (no school for students) changes from a parent conference day to a non-duty day for teachers Continuous Year Calendar Changes Last day of school for students (1/2 day) changes from Friday, June 11 to Thursday, June 10 (June 11 becomes a non-duty day for teachers) Monday, Oct. 20 (no school for students) changes from a professional day to a non-duty day for teachers Monday, April 12 (no school for students) changes from a professional day to a non-duty day for teachers Printed 2003-2004 Calendars As it has in the past, the warehouse will stock 5”x6” and 8 ½”x11” color versions of the calendar. The family friendly black-and-white versions are available online and are intended to be photocopied for easy reproduction and distribution to families (see link above). All previous orders for printed black-and-white calendars will be canceled. Contact Joel Teachout, or call 303-575-4055, if you would like to submit an order for printed color versions instead. —1— Research, Planning and Special Programs Attention Principals of Title I School Improvement and Corrective Action Schools Based on recent information received from CDE, the district is compiling the list of schools that will be on second year improvement this year. Once the list is complete, the Title I office will disseminate information regarding the CDE approved supplemental service providers that are available to your school. (Please note that the district only received this list last week). The district’s overall approach to supplemental services will be finalized in the next week or two. In the meantime, schools may be approached by providers saying they have been approved for that school. Please do not commit to a provider until you have all the information from the district that is needed to make an informed decision about the services that will be available to students. If you have any questions, please contact Janet Raban in the Title I office, 303-405-6650. Human Resources DAEOP Mentor Program Last year, the DAEOP and the district negotiated a mentoring program to provide peer assistance to DAEOP on specific technical office skills, such as SASI and SFG. This year, demand for the program is growing and more mentors are needed. Please pass this information on to DAEOP in your building or department: Are you interested in being a mentor for another DAEOP employee? Do you have expertise in SASI, SFG, Outlook, MS Office or other office skills? If you are interested in being a mentor, you are required to attend a morning training session followed by a skills testing session in the afternoon. The one-day session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, October 20 in DoTs Conference Room 1 (during a non-student contact day to minimize disruption to schools). Lunch will be provided by DAEOP. Complete the questionnaire accessible from this link, and bring it with you to the session— http://hrforms.dpsk12.org. If you have questions, please contact Pauline Garcia by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gifted and Talented Education District Enrichment Activity Information We are compiling our annual listing of enrichment and extracurricular activities available in Denver Public Schools. Please let us know by this Friday, September 19 if there are any activities available to the entire district that are not already included that should be listed. Current listings include Brain Bowl, Citywide Music Programs and Marching Band, Community Band Program, Destination Imagination, Distance Learning, Elementary, Middle and High School Art Exhibitions, Geography Bee, Speech Invitational, History Day, Hoop Shoots, Jump Rope League, Mathcounts/Mathletics, Reflections, Instrumental Music, Science Expos, Science Olympiad, Semantics (Spelling Bee), Shafroth Speech, Shakespeare Festival, We the People, and the Young Authors’ Conference. Coordinators for current listings will be contacted to update information. School GT representatives will be receiving and distributing specific information and materials this week. Please see the attached flyer for some activity dates and details. Information for all of the activities listed above will be available soon on the Web, the district calendar, and in a districtwide listing. Contact Becky Muggli at email@example.com or 303-405-8274 to add an activity listing or for more information. Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Fall Conference and Administrators' Workshop October 9-11 The 27th annual GT state conference will be held October 9-11 at the Radisson Denver Southeast. Sessions on Thursday and Friday are recommended for GT representatives. There is also an Administrators' Workshop/Breakfast on Friday, October 10 from 9-11 a.m. during which Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman from the University of North Carolina will present “Growing Exceptional Talents and Gifts in School.” A Parent Institute is also available on October 11. Register by Wednesday, September 24. Forms and additional information are available www.coloradogifted.org. Risk Management Employee Injuries Over the past three years, the most frequent employee injury has been falls and slips. These injuries can be minor to severe. The most common type of fall and slip happen on the same level as employees walk along, then fall. These falls can be largely prevented by just slowing down and paying attention to where we walk. An example is an employee carrying a large load that blocks his or her view. Other examples are employees who walk and talk with a student or co- worker and are not paying attention to where they are walking, then fall. Stairs and steps are also a common location for falls for the same reasons of carrying too much or not paying attention. Snow and ice accumulations are also causes of falls. Many falls can be prevented by wearing proper shoes or boots, taking smaller steps, and slowing down. Let’s make a real effort to have our staffs slow down and watch where they are going and prevent falls and slips. Elementary School Safety Programs Elementary Principals—Now that a new school year has begun, your teachers and students are busy with new challenges. Unfortunately, the beginning of school is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), normal school transportation hours are the most dangerous time of the school day for children. During the 1998–1999 school year, 864 children (ages 5–18) nationwide were killed while traveling to or from school. It is important to increase the safety awareness of your students to the hazards of traveling to and from school. The following safety programs are available at no cost to your school. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Mary Ann Mayo at Community Resources, Inc. at 303-782-0975 or firstname.lastname@example.org. AAA Safety Village—An interactive program consisting of two 45-minute presentations to kindergarten–grade 2 and grades 3–5, which can be customized to cover the pedestrian and traffic hazards near your school. Buster the Bus—A 45 minute presentation offered by the DPS Transportation Department to ECE, kindergarten, and grade 1 that teaches children how to safely walk to and from the bus, how to safely get on and off the bus, and how to be safe bus riders. Tricycle Safety Village—A 40-minute hands-on exercise conducted by Officer Bob Montoya of the Denver Police Department and geared to ECE, kindergarten, and grade 1 classes. The course, which may be set up on the playground or a large indoor area, uses tricycles and teaches traffic sign/signal recognition and bicycle traffic rules. Don’t Touch It! Tell a Grown-Up—A 30-minute program for ECE and kindergarten classes conducted by Officer Bob Montoya of the Denver Police Department. It teaches children not to touch guns, knives, bullets, hypodermic needles, and other dangerous found items. Stranger Danger—A 30-minute program for kindergarten–grade 2 classes conducted by officers in DPS Safety and Security. It teaches children what to do if approached by a stranger and techniques to use in other dangerous situations, such as finding a weapon or other dangerous items. Bicycle Rodeos—Coordinated with Officer Bob Montoya of the Denver Police Department and geared to grades 2–5. Students bring their own bicycles to maneuver through a skills course. Helmets are required. Rodeos teach bicycle skills, rules of the road, recognition of road hazards, and injury prevention. Facility Management Project WET Teacher Workshop Principals, please post and/or distribute the attached flyer about a workshop for teachers about pollution and water conservation. Background: The EPA and the state Health Dept. have new regulations on storm water management. Now, all smaller business and school districts need to apply for a permit and develop a program for dealing with storm water discharges. Storm water drains directly into the South Platte River or Cherry Creek from our schools so we want to prevent any pollution from getting into these waterways. The storm water program has to cover six areas: public education and outreach, public involvement and participation, detection of illicit discharges, construction site water runoff, post construction storm water management, and finally pollution prevention. This training class for teachers helps the district meet part its program obligation (public education and outreach) and hopefully the teachers will incorporate part of their training into the classroom. Contact Joni Rix with questions, 303-575-4131. Curriculum and Instruction Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) for Middle School Girls This program gives hands-on science experience to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls. It also includes conferences for parents, teachers, and counselors to implement immersion science technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences. One DPS goal is to increase the participation of minority and female students in high school math and science courses and send more to college in these fields, thus building a more diverse pool of potential STEM teachers. Please email email@example.com or call 303-764-3395 for information and registration. General information and student and adult registration forms are attached— please distribute to your middle school science teachers. Students and teachers can also register online at CSM by going to http://www.mines.edu/outreach/cont_ed/ and clicking on the left side of the screen on “New Initiatives.” Junior Great Books Attached are the course announcement and registration form for the newly scheduled training events in Denver. Please share this information about Junior Great Books’ Shared-Inquiry Leader Workshops—Level I with all your personnel. School Community Partnerships Personal Accountability and the QBQ September 26 Principals and department heads…You’re invited to register up to five people for “Personal Accountability and the QBQ” on Friday, September 26 at George Washington High School. This workshop is right for your team if you have ever heard questions like these: Why do we have to go through all this change? Who dropped the ball? When is that department going to do its job right? Who’s going to solve the problem? Access this link for registration information— http://dce.dpsk12.org/ (click on QBQ). Grant Writing and Program Development Workshop September 24-25 The district Grant Writing and Program Development Workshop is now open to staff from all four quadrants. Call Student Services to sign up, 303-764-3610. Space is limited, but there will be another workshop held in January. For more information, access the Grants Resource Center website—http://grants.dpsk12.org. Department of Technology Services Network Security During August 2003, the LovSan virus (also known as “Blaster”) infected several hundred computers on the DPS Network (DPSNet). As a result, several hundred staff hours were required to clean up the infection. Additional preventative procedures will be implemented over the next few months to increase the security and reliability of DPSNet. DoTS will work with your School Technology Representative to ensure a smooth transition and successful implementation of these new procedures. The majority of these new procedures will be behind the scenes, but ones that will impact you and your staff are: Laptop or other mobile computer users that connect to the Internet outside of DPS will be required to have desktop firewall software to prevent Internet virus attacks from entering the computer and also to have up-to-date antivirus software installed and running at all times. Windows XP and Macintosh OSX computers have built-in firewall software and the district owns antivirus software for other DPS computers. (Call the DoTS Hotline, x3888, for more detailed information.) A recommendation will be made to the Board to amend Board Policy EGAEA: Electronic Mail to state, “Computer passwords must be kept secret and may not be shared with anyone.” More information regarding the complete procedural recommendations may be viewed from the DoTS website—http://dots.dpsk12.org/security. While much of the above may seem confusing to most of us, the net effect of these added steps will be to bring more control to what can or cannot enter DPSNet and cause major problems. We will work closely with all sites to implement these changes, but we expect that you may hear a complaint or two about new and unaccustomed restrictions and appreciate the help and understanding of all involved. In addition, DoTS will be kicking off a "Compute Responsibly" marketing campaign to remind users how to properly use DPSNet in order to protect it from viruses and other intrusions that interrupt the workflow of DPS classrooms and offices. Expect to see these informational posters on a regular basis. If you have any questions, please contact the DoTS Hotline, 303-764-3888. DPS Foundation The 2003 Dinosaur World Tour is at the Pepsi Center from October 17 through November 16. The event will be the largest exhibition of dinosaurs and related fossils ever displayed in the Rocky Mountain Region. As an educator, you will have a rare chance to become involved and share with your students the most exciting educational experience in the last 65 million years! During the four-week event, guided/pre-reserved school tours will be available every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a discounted rate of $5 per student. Teachers and chaperones will be admitted for free. The guided tours will last approximately one hour. After the tour, students will be allowed to explore the event until their time expires. Groups are invited to bring their own lunches or purchase special box lunches at $2 per person. To sign up for a school group tour, access this link— http://www.dinosaurworldtour.com/DWT%20school%20group%20info%20and%20form.pdf. Reservation forms must be received by October 17. Public Information Office Marketing Tip of the Week Reinforce public perception that your staff is composed of well-trained, caring, and competent individuals who are committed to meeting the needs of all children. Make sure all staff members understand that they are involved in setting your school or department’s reputation. They can’t opt out. Whenever the phone is answered, whenever there is a parent/teacher conference, whenever a visitor arrives, impressions—either positive or negative—are communicated. TUESDAY TELEGRAM ARCHIVE (click on this link) http://www.dpsk12.org/docs/tuesday_telegram/tue_tele_archive.shtml (BACK) (BACK) (BACK) Great Books Training in Shared Inquiry Shared Inquiry Leader Workshop—Level I George Washington High School October 24 and 25, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register: Call the Great Books Foundation at 800-222-5870, then press 1. Telephone hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST. Or register online at http://www.greatbooks.org/. Course fee: $159 per person. Register by October 3 and save $20 on the registration fee. College credit is available through California State—Fullerton. About the Shared Inquiry Leader Workshop—Level I Our Shared Inquiry Leader Workshop—Level I offers concrete, step-by-step instruction in how to use Shared Inquiry discussion and interpretive activities with Junior Great Books materials. Every Junior Great Books leader should enroll in the Shared Inquiry Leader Workshop—Level I. This two-day workshop prepares you to begin leading Shared Inquiry activities with students of all ability levels. You will learn: • Questioning strategies that keep discussions lively and focused • How to use follow-up questions to help children develop their own ideas • Techniques to involve children of all ability levels • Before- and after-discussion activities that reinforce good reading and discussion Junior Great Books = Method + Materials Junior Great Books combines interpretive discussion and daily classroom activities with outstanding literature to help all students learn to read for meaning and think critically. Method: Shared Inquiry Discussion and Interpretive Activities. With the Junior Great Books Shared Inquiry method, the search for meaning in a story becomes an exciting investigation shared by everyone, including the adult leader. Written and oral interpretive activities extend this structured search for meaning to every stage of the reading and writing process. In Junior Great Books Shared Inquiry training, educators learn how to bring lively engagement with authentic literature to all students in the classroom. Materials: Great Literature. Junior Great Books publishes the finest children’s literature anywhere, literature that has been carefully selected to challenge the reader and to spark rigorous discussion. The stories are complex and multifaceted, allowing children—and adults—to ask genuine and thought-provoking questions. (BACK) The Great Books Foundation A nonprofit educational organization 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2300 • Chicago, IL 60601-2298 Telephone: 800-222-5870 • Fax: 312-407-0334 http://www.greatbooks.org/ • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Professional Development Registration Form Location: Denver, CO First Day: October 24, 2003, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Event Number: 200310027 Last Day: October 25, 2003, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Event Type: T-BLTC Fee: $159 per person. The total fee is reduced to $139 if registration with payment is received by, Friday, October 3, 2003. Enrollment will be confirmed upon receipt of payment. Please register the following person(s) for the Great Books Foundation professional development workshop listed above. Send registration form and payment to Course Registrar at above address. Photocopy this form for multiple registrations. Participant Name ______________________________________ Title ___________________________ Position (e.g., Teacher, Administrator, Volunteer) ______________________ Grade Level(s) ________ Home Address________________________________________________________________________ City ___________________________________________ State _________ Zip ___________________ Institution ______________________________ District ______________________________________ Institution Address ____________________________________________________________________ City ___________________________________________ State _________ Zip ___________________ Work Phone ( _____ ) _____________________ Home Phone ( _______ ) ________________________ Fax( _______ ) __________________________ E-mail _______________________________________ I understand that by enrolling, I commit to attending the entire training course. I am submitting payment by: Check made payable to The Great Books Foundation Purchase order number _____________________________________________________________ Institution issuing purchase order _____________________________________________________ Visa or MasterCard Number ______________________________________ Expiration __________ Cardholder Name ___________________________ Signature _____________________________ Amount: $ ___________________ Registration submitted by: Name ____________________________________ Work Phone ( _____ ) ________________________ (BACK) 2003–2004 ACTIVITIES CALENDAR Denver Public Schools Gifted and Talented Department BRAIN BOWL (Available to grades 6–8) State Coordinator Lyndi Thomas 303-871-2625 DPS G/T Department Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 Colorado/Wyoming Competition: Date and location to be determined DI (DESTINATION IMAGINATION®) (Available to grades K–12) State Coordinator Connie Ackerman 303-871-2531 www.extremecreativity.org (Colorado) DPS Coordinator Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 www.destinationimagination.org (National) Tournament Dates Denver Tournament: Saturday, March 6, 2004 (George Washington High School) State Tournament: Saturday, April 24, 2004 (University of Denver) Global Finals: May 25–30, 2004 (University of Tennessee) Information Night Tuesday, September 23, 2003, 7:00–8:30 p.m. (George Washington High School) Team Manager Training Saturday, November 8, 2003, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (University of Denver) Saturday, December 6, 2003, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (University of Denver) Saturday, January 10, 2004, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (University of Denver) IC Clearly (Instant Challenge Workshop) Saturday, December 13, 2004, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (Campus Middle School, Cherry Creek Schools) GEOGRAPHIC BEE (Available to grades 4–8) DPS G/T Department Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee (National) Registration Deadline: October 15, 2003 School Bees: Anytime between November 17, 2003, and January 16, 2004 Colorado Geographic Bee: April 2, 2004 (Location TBD) National Geographic Bee: May 25–26, 2004 (Washington, DC) HISTORY DAY (Available to grades 6–12) State Coordinators Wendy Rex-Atzet 303-492-5845 www.colorado.edu/history/ColoradoHistoryDay (Colorado) Emily Allen 303-492-5845 www.nationalhistoryday.org (National) DPS Coordinator Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 Teacher Training: Saturday, October 18, 2003, 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (1330 Fox Street, Third Floor Conference Room) District Competition: Saturday, March 27, 2004 (Hamilton Middle School) State Competition: Saturday, April 24, 2004 (University of Colorado at Boulder) National Competition: June 12–17, 2004 (University of Maryland) MATHCOUNTS (Available to grades 6–8) State Coordinator Noelle Cochran 303-796-4611 www.pec.org (Colorado) Metro Area Coordinator Jim Hall 303-741-7700 www.mathcounts.org (National) Metro Competition: During February 2004—Exact date and location to be determined State Competition: During March 2004—Exact date and location to be determined National Competition: May 6–8, 2004 (Washington, DC) MATHLETICS (Available to grades 6–8) DPS Coordinator Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 Cluster Competition: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 (Multiple locations) Cluster Competition: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 (Multiple locations) District Competition: Saturday, January 24, 2004 (Location TBD) SCIENCE OLYMPIAD (Available to grades 6–12) North Region Contact Jack Lundt email@example.com www.coloradoscienceolympiad.org (Colorado) DPS Contact Sharon Colbath firstname.lastname@example.org www.soinc.org (National) North Regional Competition: Saturday, March 6, 2004 (Poudre High School, Fort Collins) State Science Competition: Saturday, April 17, 2004 (Colorado School of Mines, Golden) National Competition: May 21–22, 2004 (Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA) SEMANTICS (Available to grades K–8) DPS Coordinator Bill Schaefer 303-322-0479 DPS G/T Department Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 DPS Semantics Meet: Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 9:15–11:45 a.m. (Multiple locations) DPS Semantics Meet: Wednesday, February 11, 2004, 9:15–11:45 a.m. (Multiple locations) All-City Written: Thursday, February 26, 2004, 9:15–11:15 a.m. (Location TBD) DPS Oral Spelling Meet: Thursday, March 4, 2004, 12:45–2:30 p.m. (Location TBD) Rocky Mountain News 2004 Colorado State Spelling Bee: Saturday, March 20, 2004 (Colorado Convention Center) Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee: June 1–3, 2004 (Washington, DC) SHAFROTH EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING (Available to grades 9–12) DPS Coordinator Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 Wednesday, April 14, 2004 (Denver School of the Arts) SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (Available to grades K–12) DPS Coordinator Joe Craft 303-405-8278 Auditions for schools on traditional calendar: Monday, March 29, through Friday, April 2, 2004 Auditions for schools on continuous year calendar: April 5, 2004 Festival: Friday, May 14, 2004 (Downtown Denver) YOUNG AUTHORS’ CONFERENCE (Available to grades K–5) DPS Coordinator Becky Muggli 303-405-8274 Thursday, April 22, 2004 (Temple Emanuel) (BACK) Project WET Workshop! When? October 4th, 2003 Where? Cherry Creek State Park Time? 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. From non-point pollution to conservation, water is a hot topic for everyone in Colorado. Sponsored by the Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners, this free* workshop includes Project WET activity book, lunch, snacks, take-home materials, ½ CSM credit, and special discussions centered around the Cherry Creek watershed led by watershed professionals. Do not miss this special WET workshop! ------------------------------- Project WET Registration October 4th, 2003 Name: ___________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Phone: __________________ Email: __________________ School and District: _________________________________ Grade and Subject(s): ________________________________ School Phone: ______________________________________ Vegetarian Lunch: _yes _no Food Allergies: _____________ Please send a $10.00 check made out to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation to hold your spot in the workshop. This check will be refunded to you when you attend the workshop Payments should be sent to Debbie Lerch Cushman at: 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216 Workshop questions to Karin Hostetter: 720-234-5074; email@example.com (BACK) September 16, 2003 Dear Families: We want to let you know that the last day of school for students this year will be one day earlier than noted on the calendars you’ve received previously. Enclosed is an updated 2003-2004 calendar that reflects the new last day of school. For schools on the traditional calendar, the last day of school is a half day now scheduled for Wednesday, May 26. In addition, the parent conference day originally planned for Tuesday, February 17 will be rescheduled. For schools on the continuous year calendar, the last day of school is a half day now scheduled for Thursday, June 10. These changes to the 2003-2004 calendar are part of the recent agreement between Denver Public Schools and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association. The only change for students is the above-mentioned last half day of school, which remains a half day as originally planned. If you would like additional copies of the calendar, feel free to contact our office, or access the “calendars” link near the top of the DPS web site, www.dpsk12.org. Sincerely, Principal (BACK) A 16 de septiembre de 2003 Estimadas familias: Queremos comunicarles que este año, el último día de escuela para los estudiantes será un día antes del que se había señalado en los calendarios que han recibido ustedes anteriormente. Se acompaña un calendario 2003- 2004 actualizado que refleja el nuevo último día de escuela. Para las escuelas con calendario tradicional, el último día de escuela es medio día de labores programado ahora para el miércoles 26 de mayo. Además, el día de entrevistas con los padres, originalmente señalado para el martes 17 de febrero será vuelto a programar. Para las escuelas con calendario de año continuo, el último día de escuela es medio día de labores programado ahora para el jueves 10 de junio. Estos cambios al calendario 2003-2004 son parte del convenio reciente que se celebró entre las Escuelas Públicas de Denver y la Asociación de Maestros de Salones de Clases de Denver. El último cambio para los estudiantes es el último medio día de escuela mencionado arriba, que sigue siendo medio día de labores como se había planeado originalmente. Si usted desea tener copias adicionales del calendario, no dude en ponerse en contacto con nuestra oficina, o de consultar la conexión “calendarios” que se encuentre cerca de la parte superior del sitio Web de DPS, www.dpsk12.org. Atentamente, Director de la Escuela (BACK) DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS Interdepartmental Communication To: All School Principals From: Area/Assistant Area Superintendents Sally Mentor Hay Educational Cabinet Date: September 16, 2003 Subject: Parent/Teacher Conferences With the ratification of the new agreement with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association it was necessary to make several changes to the 2003 –2004 school year calendars. Listed below are those changes: Traditional Calendar: Change the last day of school from May 27 to May 26. Designate October 20 as a no student/teacher day rather than a planning day for teachers. Designate February 17 as a no student/teacher day, rather than a parent conference day. Continuous Calendar: Change the last day of school from June 11 to June 10. Designate October 20 as a no student/teacher day rather than a planning day for teachers. Designate April 12 as a no student/teacher day rather than a professional day. Parent/Teacher Conferences: Parent conferences remain a high priority in Denver Public Schools, and our goal is to meet with at least 80 percent of our parents/guardians during the first and second semesters. October 21 has been scheduled as the districtwide Parent/Teacher Conference day during the first semester. All schools will also be expected to hold conferences during the second semester, even though a specific date has not been designated. The following are some suggested options for scheduling second semester conference times: Use some of the site hours April 12 on the traditional calendar and adjust the day for some conferences. Use one of the three night meetings negotiated in the Agreement. Use flex time within the 40 hour work week/hold conferences on a staggered basis before and after school. Have conferences during report card pick-up. Ask teachers to schedule conferences on an individual basis and to keep a log of them. Conduct two student-led conferences at the same time. All principals are asked to report their plan for second semester conferences to their Area/Assistant Area Superintendent by December 11, 2003 and to report the percentage of family participants.
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