DPS announces interim superintendent

Annual school performance results released; district receives civics grant


Dr. Ron Cabrera steps in as interim superintendent

Following Tom Boasberg's departure as superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS) on Oct. 19, board members announced that Dr. Ron Cabrera would step into the position while the search continues for a permanent replacement.

Boasberg first announced he would be stepping down from the position in July.

Cabrera recently worked as the interim associate chief of academics and innovation for DPS according to a news release announcing him as the interim. Prior to that he served as a teacher, principal, instructional leader and superintendent in Denver and in school districts across the state. He was principal of Boulder High School, director of curriculum and instruction in Commerce City, deputy superintendent in Westminster and superintendent in Loveland, to name a few. He retired as assistant superintendent for instructional leadership and equity for the Boulder Valley School District in June 2017.

When picking an interim superintendent, the school board did not consider people who have applied for the permanent position, the release said. The board expects to name a successor to Boasberg in December.

Learn more about the search for a new superintendent at www.supersearch.dpsk12.org

DPS receives grants for high school civics program

The district received two grants totaling $1.4 million over the next several years according to a news release. The Hewlett Foundation will give $1 million over three years and Jobs of the Future will give $400,000 over two years. The grants are also part of a research partnership with the University of Colorado's Boulder and Denver campuses as well as Rowan University. The money will be used to expand Student Voice and Leadership's (SVL) action civics and critical civic inquiry work across high schools and will triple the programming, the release said.

Performance frameworks results show growth in literacy

The School Performance Framework (SPF) results for schools across DPS were released in October. DPS releases the numbers annually and describes it as a report card for schools - measuring the satisfaction of both students and parents as well as standardized test scores and how the school serves its students. To learn more about SPF visit http://spf.dpsk12.org/en/

For the second year in a row, data showed district wide growth in literacy rates, according to a news release from DPS. This year, DPS set a higher bar for proficiency in state assessment testing levels.

SPF results showed that 91 percent of its intensive tier schools improved from yellow (approaching expectations) to green (meets expectations). The intensive program at DPS brings more support in to schools that show the most need, giving students more resources and support for achievement goals.

To see ratings for individual schools within the district visit http://spf.dpsk12.org/en/spf-ratings/

Platt Park elementary school starts construction on expansion

McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School, located at 1230 S. Grant St. is expanding its classroom space. Between November 2018 and August 2019, a six-classroom addition will be under construction. In summer 2019, interior renovations, including Early Childhood Education restrooms, gym floor replacement, and a new Special Education room, will be completed. During construction, there will be activity and increased traffic in the alley on the west side of the building and to the south on Louisiana Street. Please see visit mckinleythatcher.dpsk12.org for details of what the new expansion will look like.

Families looking for a small, community-focused school in the heart of the Platt Park neighborhood are invited to RSVP for a school tour by calling 720-424-5600. Tours run the last Friday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

High school launches I am Denver South campaign

South High School, located at 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., has launched it's annual fundraising campaign for the school's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The school has set a goal to raise $100,000 by the end of the year. In October the school announced that it had already raised $10,000.

The funds from the I am Denver South campaign go toward teachers and students. Teachers can apply for grants from the PTSA for their curriculum and student learning experiences.

The school will also host a community party at the SPACE Gallery on Nov. 8 for the I am Denver South campaign. The event will go from 6:30-9 p.m. RSVP to Karen Duell at karen_duell@dpsk12.org. The gallery is located at 400 Santa Fe Dr.


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