SAB Notes 12/18

School Advisory Board Notes 12/18:


-2018-2019 Budget & Staffing Timeline
-Review of 2018-2019 Projections
-Bell Schedule Survey & Timeline
-Early lunch in 2018-2019 for MS?
- Start/Stop Times & Early Release
-Calendar Survey & Timeline
-Using DPS schedule or altering
-Schedule Survey & Timeline
-Block Periods
-SS & Science sections/blocks
-Share-out & Next Steps

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2018-2019 Preliminary Projections:

Middle School -
6th – 115
7th – 114
8th – 152

Total = 381

2017-2018 Total = 414

High School -
9th – 160
10th – 139
11th – 121
12th – 94

Total = 514

2017-2018 Total = 518

Denver Public Schools forecasts a decrease in Middle School and High School enrollments in the Montbello area.

Calendar Survey & Timeline –

-Keeping on the DPS calendar keeps continuity between different schools within the region and district for families with students in different schools.
-Changing the calendar can also create attendance issues if families with students enrolled in different schools have breaks that do not overlap.

Bell Schedule Survey & Timeline –

-Earlier or later shift in daily schedule, with early lunch, could impact the block schedule
-Minutes for passing period should stay on the survey
-Staff collaboration time could fall after school, identified in the survey, with an early release for students.
-Structuring Wednesdays decision is on the survey, but need to add some context around the choices, including the use of Alternating Block which was done in the past.
-Eliminating early release Wednesdays, and instead offering one PD session day per month, would mean teachers would possibly only meet with their teams/grade levels once per month.
-Teachers could also meet with content and grade levels during stacked planning periods.
-Scheduling with no Wednesday early release with truncated schedule, would alter the alternating of schedules by day.

Master Schedule –

-Early release vs dedicated day per month
-Having a set block of time once per month could be productive, instead of 4 shorter blocks on Wednesday PDs
-Late start could impact MS lunch
-Keeping double blocks for English and Math
-May be beneficial to move to block schedule in all classes
-This would include electives, moving them to semester long classes, could be more impactful for students with more seat time.
-Could create some scheduling conflicts but common planning time per content or grade level is a priority if possible.
-Would have to choose whether to have all grade-level or all content-area with overlapping planning periods.
-The other would need to meet during dedicate PD time.

Adding an additional SAB meeting on Wednesday, January 17th 3:30-5:30PM to finalize scheduling survey.

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Letter to Families 12/15

Dec. 15, 2017

DCIS Montbello Families,

As some of you may have noticed, there was an increased presence at our school of uniformed officers from both the Denver Public Schools Department of Safety (DPS Safety) and the Denver Police Department (DPD) at arrival today.

We received reports of a potential safety concern. We take all reports seriously. Please know that it was concluded that there is no threat against our school and the concern has been properly addressed by DPS Safety, DPD and the involved parties. I am very appreciative of the support and fast response of both organizations.

The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority, and all measures continue to be taken to ensure the safety of our students.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


Julie Murgel
DCIS Montbello

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FNE Education Commission Meeting Series

Denver Public Schools invites you to attend the Far Northeast Education Commission where we will be working with parents, students, and teachers to create solutions for our community.

We will be focusing on topics highlighted by the community in order to create a list of community priorities to provide to DPS.

These priorities will serve as a direction for DPS as they serve all students and families in Far Northeast Denver. | Read More...
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Canned Food Drive!

This year DCISM is collecting canned food to donate to families in need, in the Montbello community. Families in need will be receiving whole turkeys donated from the Denver Rescue Mission and holiday baskets. We would like to be able to donate canned goods to our families, and understand how tough things can be around the holidays.

If you would like to donate canned goods, please bring them to room 3D, Ms. Hannah Higgins' Office anytime before break! | Read More...
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School Performance Meeting

Please join us for an important meeting about the school performance results of DCIS at Montbello.

Denver Public Schools invites you to attend an important meeting about the school performance results of DCIS at Montbello and an update on next steps.

At this meeting, participants will:
-Learn the measures used in the School Performance Compact process
-Understand the School Performance Framework (SPF) rating over multiple years
-Find out next steps in this process and how to get involved

Interpretation, Refreshments, and childcare service (for ages 3-12) will be provided

DCIS at Montbello
5000 Crown Blvd. 80239

Tuesday, November 7th
5:00 - 6:30 PM

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Announcement: Montbello Campus

Oct. 31, 2017

Dear Montbello Campus Families:

It is our priority to keep you informed of incidents related to student safety. This letter is to let you know that Denver police, the DPS Department of Safety and the DPS Department of Technology Services investigated the report of a student at DCIS at Montbello making an anonymous threat against the school in an online chatroom. Law enforcement has determined that there is no immediate danger.

Again, at no time were our students or staff in any danger. All school leaders have taken appropriate steps to ensure that all students and educators are, and continue to be, safe.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


Julie Murgel Debbi Blair-Minter
Principal Principal
DCIS at Montbello NCAS High School

Rhonda Juett Tara Byers
Principal Principal
NCAS Middle School STRIVE Prep - Montbello
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Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

This year, Fall Parent Teacher Conferences will be held by individual appointment with students' advisors on Tuesday, October 24th and Wednesday, October 25th. Students' advisors will be reaching out to parents over the next several weeks. Please feel free to email your students teachers if you have any questions about your students classes in the meantime! | Read More...
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Superintendent Parent Forum

The Superintendent Parent Forum & English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC) will be on Wednesday, September 20th from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the National Western Complex. Please register at | Read More...
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2017-2018 School Year Information

Registration dates are August 9th from 7:00am -2:00pm and August 10th from 11:00am -6:00pm



A $20 Activity Fee is due at registration, please bring cash only -

Activity Fees will be used for student activities and field trips throughout the year.

Mandatory 6th Grade Academy for incoming 6th graders:

August 8 th, 9th and 10th from 8:30AM to 1:30PM. Lunch

will be provided; No transportation.

Mandatory 9th Grade Academy for incoming 9th graders:

Aug. 21st and 22nd from 7:45am to 3:15pm

First day of School for 6th-9th grade is Aug. 21st.

First day of School for 10th-12th grade is Aug 22nd.

DCISM uniform information:

Every MS and HS student has to wear a

DCISM logo shirt, NO exceptions to the policy

The pricing is:

$8-men’s tee, $9-women’s tee,

$20- pullover hoodie,

$23 Zip up hoodie

The items above can be purchased during registration with cash, or online at

Pants have to be black, blue or khaki, jeans or other material No holes. NO exception on color.

Las fechas de inscripción son Agosto 9

de 7:00am a 2: 00pm Y Agosto 10 de 11:00am a 6:00pm




Academia Obligatoria para el 6° Grado:

Agosto 8, 9 y 10 de 8:30am a 1:30pm. Se proveerá almuerzo; No habrá transportación

Academia Obligatoria para grado 9 es Agosto 21 y 22 7:45am-3:15pm

Primer día de clases para grados 6-9 será Agosto 21

Primer día de clases para grados 10-12 será Agosto 22

Información de uniforme de DCISM:

Cada estudiante de Secundaria y Preparatoria tiene que llevar una camisa con el logo tipo de la escuela DCISM,

No hay excepciones a la política/norma.

El precio es:

$8- Camisa de hombres, $9- Camisa de mujeres

$ 20-Sudadera con capucha

$ 23- Sudadera con cremallera (cierre) y con capucha

Los artículos anteriores se pueden comprar durante la Inscripción con dinero en

efectivo, o en línea en

Los pantalones tienen que ser negros, azules o caqui, mezclilla u otro material

Sin agujeros o hoyos NO hay excepción en el color.

Please click the following links to view School Supply Lists and School Year Calendars for the 2017-2018 School Year:

DCISM School Calendar 2017-2018 (English)

DCISM Calendario de Escuela 2017-2018 (Spanish)

Middle School Supply List (English/Spanish)

High School Supply List (English/Spanish) |

Especially Me 2017

Especially Me 2017
19th Annual High School Conference

An Inspiring, Important and Fun Conference Stressing Issues of Dignity, Excellence, Respect and Self-Value

Focusing on African American High School Girls

Saturday - April 29, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(sign in begins at 8:00 am)

Gateway High School
1300 South Sable Blvd Aurora, CO 80012

Registration deadline April 14, 2017
(No onsite registration)

High School Students $15
Adults $25

Visit for registration & award nomination

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