Parent Resources

Science and Tech Parent Group

Welcome to DSST: Byers Science and Tech Parents (STP)! All parents and guardians of Byers students are members of STP; there is no membership fee. STP focuses on helping parents utilize their talents, energy and resources to support DSST: Byers’ efforts to provide every child with an outstanding education.

To learn more about STP, visit www.byersstp.com or email byersstp@gmail.com

​Looking for "Plus One" volunteer opportunities? Click here www.myschoolanywhere.com. Your login is the email address you provided for the Byers Family Directory. If you forgot your password, click on "Forgot Password." If you do not have a MySchoolAnywhere account, please email: byersstp@gmail.com


Parent Portal

Denver Public Schools (DPS) offers parents the Parent Portal, a program that allows you to access accurate, current, and confidential information about your child’s school attendance, grades, class assignments, and more. Please contact the Parent Portal Hotline with questions: 720-423-3163.

Note that the Parent Portal is separate from the Student Portal, which allows students to access their own information. Students may contact their Deans with questions or if in need of assistance. Learn more about the Parent/Student Portal by downloading the Parent Toolkit: English, Español. The Portal Team has also coordinated a variety of training resources for parents/guardians. Please visit their website for additional resources.

Please find attached:

Parent Portal FAQs (English, Spanish)

Parent Portal Quick Reference Guide (English, Spanish)


Byers Traffic Plan

Pick up options at the end of the school day:

Option 1: Washington Street Pick-up

  1. Pick up students on the west side of the street from the curb only. If there is not a spot available, turn left on Cedar and come back around to look for a spot. DO NOT ask your student to get into your vehicle while in the driving/traffic lane.
  2. Students enter the car on the passenger side only.
  3. Signal and look carefully before you cross the bike lane (both ways).
  4. Do not leave your car (no parking zone, loading only).

Option 2: Pearl Street Pick-up

  1. Pick up students on the east side of the street from the curb only. If there is not a spot available, turn left on Bayaud and come back around to look for a spot. DO NOT ask your student to get into your vehicle while in the driving/traffic lane.
  2. Students enter the car on the passenger side only.
  3. Do not leave your car (no parking zone, loading only).

Make a plan to meet your student off campus. 

  1. Many families have proactive plans on this and have practiced a safe, designated meeting spot. This is up to individual family discretion and is not directed by the school because we cannot supervise students off-campus but is an option used by many families. 
  2. Please continue to honor street signs (e.g. we have had many families park in alleys or in neighbor's driveways. These are not acceptable decisions even off campus since our students so clearly represent our school in their uniforms and neighbors report these to us each time they happen.)

DO NOT

  • Use Cedar St to drop-off or pick up students.
  • Ask your student to run across or into traffic to get into your vehicle in a driving/traffic lane.
  • Cross the bike lane on Washington without signaling.
  • Leave your car idling while you wait. Reduce our school's carbon footprint and turn off your vehicle's engine while you wait!
  • Wait or park in areas that say No Parking Zone.
  • Block crosswalks with your vehicle.

By not following the Byers Traffic Plan, you risk student safety and ticketing by City Parking/Traffic Officials.


Transportation Information 

SCHOOLPOOL

We are pleased to continue our partnership with Schoolpool to assist families that are interested in carpooling, walking, biking or riding the RTD bus to and from school with other families.  Schoolpool is sponsored by Way to Go (formerly RideArrangers), a program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).

The program works as follows:

  1. In mid May, we will send our roster to Way to Go to be imported into their secure mapping software program.  It will include parent and student names, grades, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. Essentially, this is the same information provided in our student directory.
  2. In early August, Way to Go will email families their personalized list and map identifying families sharing the same route to/from school (families without an email address will receive a hard copy of their list).  Parent names, student names, grades, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses will be shared. 
  3. After the lists are generated, families will be able to login to Way to Go’s secure website to view and contact matches, add comments indicating special requests or preferences (i.e., “can provide morning rides”, “student is in afterschool activities,” “currently carpooling,” etc.), and find matches for other addresses (i.e., second household, grandparents, etc.).

Note:

  • Add notifications@ridearrangers.org to your address book or safe sender list to ensure your list and login information is delivered to your inbox. 
  • Your information will only be shared with DSST: Byers families; Way to Go will not sell it to other businesses, agencies or third parties.  Likewise, we ask families to treat the information with privacy.
  • There is no obligation to participate.  The information is a great resource to meet nearby DSST: Byers families for other reasons such as temporary transportation needs, play dates, baby sitters, summer BBQs, etc.
  • If you are interested in participating, you will need to take the initiative to contact the families on your list to make your arrangements.
  • DSST: Byers and Way to Go assume no responsibility, but provide information for your use.  Way to Go does not run background checks, confirm valid drivers’ licenses or assess insurance coverage on participants.  Potential users are advised to screen participants to their personal satisfaction and check their own insurance coverage for carpooling to assure they are covered under these voluntary arrangements.  No drivers, vehicles or insurance are provided.  Questions can be directed to Way to Go at 303-458-7665 or waytogo@drcog.org.

ARE YOU NEW TO DSST: BYERS AND MISSED THE INITIAL NOTIFICATION? YOU CAN STILL ACCESS THE INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER FALCON FAMILIES LIVING AROUND YOU BY COMPLETING THE FOLLOWING STEPS:

  • You may view your matches online, however you won’t be able to see your matches’ home address and student name(s).  You will be able view their matches on a map, though, in relation to your home.  If the family wants to receive our traditional “match list” where your matches’ addresses and student names are provided, you will need to contact us to have one generated.  If you want a traditional “match list,” contact waytogo@drcog.org with your passcode and we can add them.
  • For the DSST: Byers Passcode, please email molly.couture@scienceandtech.org.

Website:      www.waytogo.org

  1. Click on Schoolpool
  2. Select DSST Byers
  3. Follow the registration instructions

Questions? Contact Way To Go directly:

Phone:         303-458-7665

Email:          waytogo@drcog.org


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the DSST Core Values?

The six DSST Core Values are Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Courage, Curiosity and Doing Your Best. They are the foundation of Byers and are an active part in the daily lives of each community member. Visitors to our community most often remark that the values are not simply words on walls but are tangibly lived by students, staff, and families at DSST: Byers.

What are the start and end times of school?

The school day will start at 8:00am and end at 3:20pm (MTThF) with a shortened schedule on Wednesdays, from 8:00am to 1:45pm. 

What is the scope and sequence of course offerings?

Subjects 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12 Grade
English Language Arts Composition World Literature American Literature College Pre-English
AP Language
AP Literature
Mathematics Math 1H
Math 2H
Algebra 2*

*Course phased out with class of 2020
Algebra 2
Math 2H
Precalc*
Precalc
Algebra 2
Calc AB*
Calc AB
Precalc
Calc BC/AP Stats*
Science Physics
Honors Physics
Chemistry Biology
AP Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Physics
Biochemistry
Biotechnology
AP Computer Science
Social Studies/History Humanities World History American History
Geography
AP US History

AP US History
Civics/AP Gov

Academic Electives (Music, Wellness, STEM, Other) Speech and Debate
Choir
Yoga/Mindfulness
Practical Engineering
Robotics
Coding
Painting
Team Sports
Weightlifting
Dance
College Seminar
and others
same same same
Foreign Language Spanish 1
Spanish for Native Speakers (SNS)
Spanish 1
Spanish 2
SNS 2
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
AP Spanish
Spanish 3
AP Spanish
Internship/Other   College Seminar (during elective block) Internship (1 trimester) Senior Project (2 trimesters)

What are the AP course offerings that are typical of a DSST high school?

DSST is committed to not just offering AP courses, but to ensuring that students will be successful on the AP exams in order to earn college credit. Our philosophy continues to be that depth is more valuable than breadth when it comes to advanced course offerings while also offering a variety of high quality AP courses. In addition, DSST Byers is very responsive to its high achieving student body and will plan its course offerings accordingly to ensure this high level of academic rigor continues throughout students’ high school years.

Confirmed AP Course Offerings Potential AP Course Offerings
AP US History
AP Calculus (AB & BC)
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics
AP Spanish
AP English Language
AP English Literature
AP Psychology
AP Statistics
AP Computer Science
AP Music Theory

Did you know that 97% of DSST students who took the AP Biology exam last year passed? 
Additionally in 2014-15, DSST schools only made up 5% of the number of students who took the AP exams in Colorado, however represented:

49% of passing Physics C: Mechanics scores
41% of passing Biology scores
39% of passing Chemistry scores
32% of passing Calc AB scores
25% of passing Calc BC scores
18% of passing US History scores 

What electives will be offered?

DSST students will be exposed to a variety of classes (listed in the table above) through an elective block that utilizes resources outside of the school in order to give thems exposure to different fields and learning experiences. DSST students will have one elective block per trimester. These course will run a trimester or year-long in length giving students a total of 4-12 electives over their high school career. Many electives will focus in the areas of music, STEM and wellness. More specifically all students will take at least one course in Music during their time at DSST: Byers High School to provide them with exposure to the fine arts. All electives courses are carefully designed to meaningfully complement our core curriculum. They run year-long and by trimester.

What is the internship and Senior Project?

In the 11th grade year, all students will participate in a 10-week long internship, giving them an opportunity to apply some of the learning they’ve done in classes to a real-world job. Click HERE for more information on the 11th grade intership program. In the 12th grade year, all students will complete a Senior Project, intended to synthesize learning from their experiences throughout their time with DSST.

Is Summer School required?

Current 8th graders of DSST: Byers do NOT have to attend NSO (New Student Orientation) summer school prior to their 9th grade year. Summer school is mandatory for all new-to-DSST:Byers students. 

What competitive sports will be offered?

DSST: Byers High School will offer competitive teams in cross country, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Students interested in other sports not offered at DSST: Byers will be able to do so at either their neighborhood school or at nearby South High School. DSST: Byers staff will fully support student athletes who participate in sports through other local high schools (e.g. early release). More information can be found on the athletic website.

Will the high school have college placement?

Yes! Byers is dedicated to the college placement process for each and every student and begins this process as soon as high school begins. The college process will be an ongoing and regular conversation with students, with information and resources infused throughout their high school experience, particularly through DSST’s unique Advisory Program and Morning Meetings (offered daily). Multiple visits to colleges will also be part of this plan. The DSST network provides tremendous college placement support to all its campuses, which Byers High School will benefit from. Each high school within the network employs a full-time Director of College Placement. DSST: Byers hired a director for the class of 2020 starting with the 2017-18 school year. 

Does DSST provide transportation?

No, DPS high schools do not offer school transportation and many students use RTD public transportation, and/or participate in carpool arrangements. DSST provides students with  a family directory to help connect with other families in their area, and information from the Way To Go School Pool program to help arrange carpool or group walks or rides. For RTD route and schedule information, please visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ or call 303.638.9000. Monthly bus passes also are available at DSST or may be purchased at a local King Soopers.

Is DSST Byers an open campus?

No, we are a closed campus. Students remain on campus for the duration of the school day unless excused for specific opportunities like off-campus internships or athletic events.

How does DSST handle discipline issues?

The DSST community is founded on the school’s six core values (as previously described) and all students, parents and teachers formally commit to doing their best to live and support these core values. The DSST core values provide students with the opportunity for self-improvement, individual growth, and character development, as well as support stewardship of our entire DSST community. Most student discipline issues are handled through direct conversation and using the student mistake as a “teachable moment.”  The student may be assigned to DSST’s discipline options (Refocus and/or College Prep sessions) are utilized to address specific behavior issues. DSST follows Denver Public Schools’ guidelines regarding serious offenses. Please refer to the DPS website for more information.


Required for all Families

Complete your annual Free and Reduced Price (FRL) Lunch Application Online

  • It is vital that 100% of families complete the FRL application every year
  • Please be aware that ALL applications will be processed online this year. You must do this on a computer, tablet or mobile device- if you need assistance please come to your school or contact DPS Foodservices at 720-423-5600

Pay your student fee

Student fees are $250 for MS students ($100 if you qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch) and $275 for HS students ($110 if you qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch)

Avoid the wait and pay online for maximum convenience. Options are available online to pay partial amounts if you would like to establish a payment plan or can only pay a portion of the total fee. All school fee amounts go to support computer hardware, software, student activities, trips and supplies for your student.