Category: Bond & Mill Levy News

CPAC Member Profile: Mark Marshall, Parent This is the second in a series of profiles of Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC) members. Comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members, the CPAC is continuing to meet virtually throughout the spring in order to develop a set of recommendations for the 2020 bond and mill levy packages that will go to Read More »
CPAC Member Profile: Denton Wilkinson, Student This is the first in a series of profiles of Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC) members. Comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members, the CPAC is working to develop a set of recommendations for the 2020 bond and mill levy packages that will go to the DPS Board of Education for approval in Read More »
Changes to Physical Space Lead to Transformation in Student Behavior Clouds, swings and staff training are part of a greater effort to meet student needs at Downtown Denver Expeditionary School   A “Cloud Room” may not be the first thing that comes to mind when imagining the interior of an elementary school, but nestled among traditional classrooms and hallways at Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) is Read More »
Hands-on Education at Hamilton How a new STEM lab is transforming learning for students 3D printing. Video production. Circuits and robotics programming. These are just a few of the available options in the STEM lab that opened at Hamilton Middle School in January 2020. The lab is one of 17 DPS classrooms that have recently been transformed into engaging Read More »
Who is CPAC and What Do They Do? Committee kicks off the new year with a close look at a potential 2020 bond measure and mill levy override   In January 2020, a group of 75 parents, students, teachers, and community members will gather for the first time as the newly-formed 2020 Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC). This diverse group of DPS Read More »
Small Changes, New Technology Make a Big Difference for School Safety Thanks to Denver voters, DPS buildings are safer than they’ve ever been. A 2016 bond measure provided funding for the district to add extra layers of safety in every single school, a priority voiced by students, families and staff.  More than 8,500 doors in DPS have recently received new locks. A simple lock may seem Read More »
Mill Levy Supported Programs: Impact and Updates Some of the most innovative DPS programs in recent years were supported or made possible by the $56.6 million mill levy override approved by Denver voters in November 2016. CareerConnect, for example, provides DPS students with early exposure to thousands of career options, and the Paraprofessional-to-Teacher training program helps current DPS paras attain their teaching Read More »
Perspectives on the 2016 Bond Premium Process By Russell Welch and Kim Desmond, 2016 Bond Oversight Committee Co-chairs In the fall of 2016, voters cast their ballots in support of students across Denver. Passing the 2016 bond and mill levy measures was a sign of commitment to all of our students in DPS. All of us on the 2016 Bond Oversight Committee Read More »
MyTech: Moving DPS Towards 1:1 Technology Access It was not your typical classroom scene in Shannan Pullara’s ninth grade science room at Bruce Randolph School last Thursday. The students were hard at work solving a problem projected onto the board — but instead of raising their hands or turning in answers written on paper, their responses appeared on the screen as they Read More »
George Washington HS Reveals 2016 Bond-Funded Improvements At George Washington High School, there’s been a glaring change – a bright one at that – from spring to fall of 2018: “Well the windows make me really, really happy,” said Maryrose Cohan, who teaches speech and debate at GW. “I think it makes all of us feel like we’re being supported.” Those windows Read More »