Count me among those who wouldn’t consider sending my child to a “red” school, a school that under Denver’s School Performance Framework, or SPF, is “accredited on probation.”
For many Denver parents and their children, it was undoubtedly the March 12 announcement from Denver Public Schools that signaled life as we knew it was about to change radically.
The everyday life of DPS families changed overnight with the announcement of a 3-week school closing. Understanding the importance and medical necessity of the decision may help parents cope.
The temperature is a brisk 23 degrees as bundled-up preschool children tromp down the steps at Bluff Lake Nature Center, eager to start their school day. “Where should we go today?” asks instructor Brett Dabb. “The cicada forest!” yell several children.
This month: 1) Congressman Jason Crow Tapped to Serve as Impeachment Manager; 2) GW Principal Boldly Addresses Past Issues; Will Offer IB Courses for All; 3) Lucky’s Pulls Out of Lowry; 4) Berkshire Closing Feb. 2; and 5) Multiple Changes in NE Legislators.
The performance at Willow Elementary School’s annual Ubuntu Night follows a bustling pot luck dinner in the cafeteria where shared dishes—ranging from fried plantains to Jewish noodle kugle to New Orleans jambalaya—represent the broad cultural heritage of school families.
Denver Public Schools approached SUN this fall to determine the amenability to a conversation about shifting from proximity buckets to proximity zones for the elementary school choice process for the Stapleton enrollment zone.
If you have a child in one of these DPS schools, the first score you looked for was likely your own child or grandchild’s school. Lacking any of those you probably looked first at the closest school. Humans are wired to instinctively care for their own family and “tribe”—those closest to us.
This past June, the DPS school board passed a resolution eliminating the use of handcuffs in elementary schools; the only exception is “if the student is openly displaying a deadly weapon,” according to the resolution. This piece addresses alternatives to handcuff use, including de-escalation training DPS staff undergo.
Whether one selects a technical or vocational school, a two-year or a four-year degree program, an in-state or out-of-state undergraduate experience, the decision on where to apply to college is not one-sided. Writing an outstanding personal essay can be key to the admissions process.