Dear Friends of Denver Center for 21st Century Learning,
Whether you are new to DC21 or already part of the family, I am thrilled at the opportunity to welcome you ‘home’ for the 2019-20 school year. At DC21 we pride ourselves in creating a culture where students feel safe and supported so that their learning can be the ‘main event’. By addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, and creating an academic setting, we honor the trust that you have extended to us by allowing us to partner with you this year.
As always, I am looking forward to working in conjunction with students, parents, and teachers to assure that each of our students find a clear path toward high school graduation. We work tirelessly to accelerate student achievement and growth through a student-centered educational environment. We are dedicated to working longer school days and a longer school year than the traditional public schools in order to ensure that the students will master the skills and knowledge needed for life beyond DC21.
I frequently tell the students, “Every day you either get better or you get worse, you never stay the same.” Well, we are in celebration mode as the year opens because we have gotten better! Here are some of our “wins”:
Our name, DC21, stands for Denver Center for 21st Century Learning and emphasizes our expectation that our students will graduate prepared to find success in their lives beyond high school; that they will be leaders in the future of our society. With this in mind, our new Futures Center provides a space where students can receive information, support, and counseling they need to take the next steps toward preparing for their adult lives. Visit us and learn how we can help you and your student plan for the future.
More of our students than ever before are already earning college credits through Concurrent Enrollment at MSU and CCD. Our P/SAT preparation is the most robust it has ever been, enhancing our scholars’ ability to enroll in strong college programs.
Our new CTE/Business model has increased opportunities for students to begin work on a number of post-secondary options. Our Career Exploration field trips have been especially popular and our Career Coach/Mentor Program is gearing up for this year.
Finally, we are making strides toward meeting criteria on the state’s School Performance Framework, assuring you that we are providing your scholars with the very best education in a warm, welcoming school culture.
While academics are our top priority, we are committed to supporting students to grow socially by having positive interactions with peers and adults. Students at DC21 will be encouraged to embrace Traits of a Young Professional (http://www.dpscareerconnect.org/welcome/about-us/soft-skills/) emphasizing integrity, team work, and respect for all. We strive to foster behavior management and a growth mindset.
Have you had a chance to visit our building lately? Our halls, common spaces, and gym have all had recent makeovers. New Carpet, new flooring, and even a state-of-the art water station to keep scholars hydrated and healthy filled with light, we have created a physical space that our students can be proud of. Last year’s gym remodel was a win for our students and school spirit has never been better. Please stop by the main office for a visitor’s pass and take a look around.
At DC21 we are passionately committed to providing scholars, parents, and community advocates with a warm, welcoming environment where all have the opportunity to experience success. We strive toward a culture that inspires dreams, builds compassion, and opens minds! Please join me in this most important of all endeavors. And please keep in touch, attend community events and parent conferences. Contact us with you questions, concerns, and compliments too. We need you to partner with us to make sure your scholar attends daily, ready to learn.
Together WE are the ‘village’ that it takes to raise a child!
Renard A Simmons, Principal