2017-18 School Year

Student and Family Handbook

For this year's Student and Family Handbook, please click here.

August 1, 2017

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) Stapleton High School.  This is my 10th year at DSST and my 5th year as Director, and yet I never tire of talking about our Mission and the impact it has had on me and on our community.  DSST’s Mission is, “DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st Century.”  This Mission has been revolutionary to education in Denver as each year, we are seeing more and more students meet their post-secondary goals.  When we opened in 2004, many thought that our Mission was too ambitious; some expected us to fail.  But you, your family and our staff have all worked to show that every student is capable of individual greatness.  We have broken through expectations to set a new standard of what all students can achieve and I will share just a few examples below.   

 

For the 10th year in a row, 100% of our seniors met their Post-Secondary Goal, which for all in the Class of 2017 was acceptance to a 4-year university.  87% of our Class of 2018 demonstrated college readiness on the April SAT and 75% of our Class of 2019 demonstrated college readiness on the April PSAT.  In addition to this demonstrable academic success, we have seen a continued improvement in our extracurricular programs such as Athletics, Robotics, Drama, Mock Trial and several others.  Altogether we are creating an experience that challenges, supports and fulfills students and families to a level that is seeing more and more re-enroll.  This year, 95% of the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 will re-enroll with us this year.  This is the highest re-enrollment rate we have ever had!     

 

And though we continue to have great success in the pursuit of our Mission, there are many ways in which we must increase our efforts and our results.  All humans deserve the ability to build the life they want for themselves.  This means we need to do more to build on the strengths that all students bring to us and to help each student develop the additional skills they want and need to pursue their goals.  Therefore, we have got to do more to break through opportunity gaps that are created by differences in economics, in ethnicity, in language and in ability.  We have also recognized that we have lost some emphasis on the DSST Core Values and the general values development that have made us who we are, so we will be increasing our focus in this area.  And finally, we are increasing our effort to help make sure that our students who enroll in college have the best opportunities to graduate college, so you will see a larger whole-school focus on college success. 

 

As we move forward this year please remember that DSST is built on the concept of community.  Community, in its simplest form, is defined as “a group of people who share a common interest.”  Our common interest is to provide an outstanding education to each one of our students within a context of shared core values so that students can go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives.  We will pursue this common interest with passion and commitment in the coming year!

 

This handbook outlines the values, expectations, and policies of the Denver School of Science and Technology: Stapleton High School. We believe the policies outlined in this handbook are critical in teaching the cultural and academic qualities that have made our students successful.  Please familiarize yourself with all of this information and return the handbook signature page to the school office.  It is important to note that on the Student and Family Contract and the handbook signature page, you and your family will sign a statement that states that you are familiar with, and will abide by all of the policies in this handbook.

 

We look forward to an excellent year with all of you.  Should you have any questions, please call the school office at 303-320-5570.

 

 

Sincerely,

Jeff Desserich

DSST: Stapleton High School Director

 

 

 

Student Fees

Fees are due at the start of the school year on registration day. They may be paid in cash (exact change), check or credit card. If you are unable to pay for fees on registration day or have further questions, please contact the office manager, Monica Burkin, at 303-524-6340 or monica.burkin@scienceandtech.org.  

We ask for your support in paying your child's registration fees in order to provide your child with all the benefits of a strong learning environment. 

Total Fee

This fee covers a general fee, a technology fee, and an activities fee (for clubs, field trips, and advisories) for your student. $275.00
Reduced Fee However, we never want fees to limit your child's opportunity for an exceptional education. If your family qualifies for, or may qualify for free or reduced price lunch, DSST will partner with you to find the amount that you are confortable paying.   This is only a suggested amount. $110.00

 

When your student arrives to register in August, if they are playing a fall sport, a $60 charge will be added to their exit ticket/school bill. If your student is playing a sport later in the year, the bill will be sent to you to be paid before the season. Each trimester’s sports bill must be paid before the student athlete is allowed to play. If your family qualifies for free or reduced price lunch, this fee will be adjusted. This new specific sports fee will allow us to continue to produce the successful programs we have in the past and make them even better. Thank you for your support of DSST, our students and our Athletics Program


School Supply List 2017-2018

9th and 10th Grade (for 11th and 12th, see below)

These supplies need to be turned in to Advisory the 1st day of school:

  • 2 reams of white printer paper
  • 1 ream of color paper (blue, yellow, pink or green)
  • 3 boxes of Kleenex

1 Backpack to carry books and laptop - if necessary, two separate bags can be purchased in order to meet the computer case standards discussed below. The dimensions should accommodate at an 8” x 11” computer.

Note: Before computers will be issued to students, all students will be required to have a backpack or other case that is designed to carry and protect their laptops. Cases will be inspected and approved by a member of the DSST IT department. Keep in mind that spending $100 for a case that will last you several years may save you several $100s over those years in charges for a damaged laptop due to poor protection. 

Items Students Should Take to Every Class Every Day (Bring these supplies the 2nd week of school):

  1. Multiple Pencils
  2. Multiple Whiteboard Markers (they will dry out over time!)
  3. Pens
  4. Erasers
  5. Highlighters
  6. Headphones
  7. Packs of Looseleaf Paper
  8. Scientific Calculator (graphing calculator preferred as this is a tool students can use all the way through college)
  9. One Pair of Scissors
  10. 2 Glue Sticks

Additional Items That Are Specific to One Class:

9th Grade Humanities

  1. Folder with Two Pockets
  2. Pack of post its

Spanish (all 9th and 10th graders)

  1. Composition Notebook
  2. 1 inch three ring binder

Math (all 9th and 10th graders)

  • Graph Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencils
  • Expo whiteboard markers
  • Protractor
  • Composition Notebook (1 - 3 for the year)
  • Binder (1 inch)

10th Grade World Literature

  • Binder (1 inch) or Folder

10th Grade Chemistry

  • Binder (1 inch or 1.5 inches)
  • $5 lab supply fee

10th Grade World History

  • 3 Binders (1 inch each)

 

11th and 12th Grade

These supplies need to be turned in to Advisory the 1st day of school:

  • 2 reams of white printer paper
  • 1 ream of color paper (blue, yellow, pink or green)
  • 3 boxes of Kleenex

Items Students Should Take to Every Class Every Day:

  1. Multiple Pencils
  2. Multiple Whiteboard Markers (they will dry out over time!)
  3. Pens
  4. Erasers
  5. Highlighters
  6. Sticky Notes - multiple packs for the whole year
  7. Headphones
  8. Loose leaf paper - plain and graphed
  9. Scientific Calculator (graphing calculator preferred as this is a tool students can use all the way through college)
  10. Scissors
  11. Colored Pencils

Additional Items That Are Specific to One Class:

11th Grade Biology / Bio X

  • Binder (1 inch) with Two Pockets
  • Colored 2-pocket folders (3)

11th Grade History / History X

  • Folder with Two Pockets
  • Binder (1 inch) with Two Pockets

11th and 12th Grade Calculus

  • TI 83-84 or 89 Graphing Calculator
  • Graph paper or green engineering paper
  • Binder (1 inch) with Two Pockets

11th Grade Earth Science 

  • Composition Book

1 Backpack to carry books and laptop - if necessary, two separate bags can be purchased in order to meet the computer case standards discussed below. The dimensions should accommodate at an 8” x 11” computer.

Note: Before computers will be issued to students, all students will be required to have a backpack or other case that is designed to carry and protect their laptops. Cases will be inspected and approved by a member of the DSST IT department. Keep in mind that spending $100 for a case that will last you several years may save you several $100s over those years in charges for a damaged laptop due to poor protection. 


Registration

Our 2017-2018  mandatory Registration  for all grades will be held on Thursday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.