Board of Education Update – December 21, 2017 Regular Meeting

2018-19 School Calendar Approved

At the December 21, 2017 Board of Education meeting the Board adopted the 2018-19 School Calendar proposed by the Calendar Advisory Committee. Key items include:

  • School starts Aug. 20, ends May 31.
  • Full weeks off at Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Spring Break.
  • Spring Teal Days align with interim assessments, Student Learning Objective (SLO) conversations.
  • Renamed “Parent-Teacher Conferences” to “Family Conferences”; Provided flexibility at the school level to decide the need for and schedule of a Spring Family Conference day.

You can view the calendar here. Please share it with your teams and school communities. You can also share the DPS social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Boundary and Zone Changes in Far Northeast, Five Points

In order to ensure equitable access to great schools for all our students, and to address enrollment changes, the board approved boundary and zone changes in Far Northeast Denver and Greater Five Points to take effect in the 2018-19 school year.

In Far Northeast Denver, the district will create two new enrollment zones to serve the Gateway and Green Valley Ranch North areas. These zones will help address capacity challenges at Lena Archuleta Elementary School caused largely by more than 5,000 new housing units in planning and development in the area.

In Greater Five Points, the district will create a single enrollment zone to include Wyatt, Cole, Whittier and University Prep: Arapahoe elementary schools. In an area of town where gentrification and housing changes have resulted in a steep decline in the number of school-aged children, there are currently more than 800 elementary school seats available in the area, even after last year’s closure of Gilpin Elementary School. Because of transportation complexities and resulting from construction in the area, Downtown Denver Expeditionary School will not be included in this zone for the 2018-19 school year but could be added in future years.

View the resolutions here

Denver Language School Placed at Gilpin

The board placed grades 4-8 of the Denver Language School (DLS) at the Gilpin facility in Curtis Park, following the recommendations of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and the Gilpin Facility Placement Committee. The fourth grade is included in the placement only for one year, while a portion of DLS’ main facility is under construction. Read the full recommendation here.

Superintendent’s Report: Early Literacy and SPF

In his monthly public board report, Superintendent Tom Boasberg shared details about how the district is working to ensure educators and families have accurate information about the reading progress of students in grades K-3. A Frequently-Asked-Questions document has been posted on the DPS homepage about early literacy assessments and the SPF.

2018 Call for New Quality Schools Released

At the meeting, the DPS Portfolio Management team officially released the 2018 Call for New Quality Schools. Under state statute, DPS is required to accept applications for new charter schools every year, and DPS uses the Call for New Quality Schools (known as the Call) to extend the same opportunity to district-run schools and to make clear the rigorous, transparent quality review process to evaluate the quality of applications regardless of governance type. Letters of intent to apply are due in February, with applications due on April 2, 2018. Applicants will have access to a number of resources and supports throughout the Call process, including online prerecorded screencasts and webinars, and in-person workshops and office hours.

DPS’ top Denver Plan 2020 goal is to have at least 80% of DPS students attending a high-performing school by 2020. To make this goal a reality, DPS is committed to strengthening our existing schools and welcoming new, quality schools into the district. The complete Call document, application resources and more information about the process are available here.