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There is no school for students on October 26th and October 27th.

These are teacher planning days and students are not to report to school…we will miss them!


Our Parent/Teacher Conferences are set for October 25th and Nov. 2nd from 3:30-7:30 pm.

These are not scheduled appointments but drop-in only.  You may choose either date.

We will also have other pertinent information for you, too!  We hope to see you here at South

There is no school on Friday, Nov. 3rd.

South will be hosting many colleges and universities for our Seniors from 9:30-10:30 am.

Seniors have signed up to visit the 50 various offerings!


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THURSDAY, SEPT 14 TH:  BONFIRE:  Snacks and pizza will be offered for purchase



DANCE: 8:00-11:00 PM: South’s Courtyard: STARRY NIGHT!

Please see the letters from Denver Public Schools


South’s Back To School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 29th from 5 – 7 pm.

Be in the auditorium promptly at 5:00 to hear introductions and receive directions for the evening.

You will rotate your student’s schedule to meet your student’s teachers and hear about their expectations, curriculum and other important information.

This is a great time to meet other South families, too!

Don’t forget to VOTE for your parent CSC Representative too!  Ballots will be available.  Please vote!

Denver Parks and Recreation will be available for sharing information on the Denver Card for teens.

You can also purchase some South SWAG to get ready for our Homecoming Game on September 15th.

A reminder about College Ready Kick-Off Day on August 21st:

  1. This is mandatory for all students in College Ready (Advanced Placement and Concurrent Enrollment) Courses.
  2. If you are 9th-grade student, you report at 7:45.
  3. If you are a 10th-12th-grade student, you report at 9:00 in the cafeteria.
  4. Sessions will be offered by your teachers multiple times, so if you are enrolled in multiple classes, you will have the expectation of attending TWO sessions.
  5. If you are only enrolled in one College Ready course, you will be dismissed at 11:40.
  6. For questions, contact Marisa Vasquez at 720-423-6017 or email me at

Thank you and see you on Monday!

Denver South HS

Mark your calendar!

Picture Days and Student ID’s: Taken at Registration 8:00-2:00 pm

If your student cannot make those days, we are offering the following:
September 11th: Make-up Day
October 9th: RETAKES only (if you don’t like your picture)

Picture Day ID:


The easiest way to get school pictures is by ordering at:

Simply paste the Picture Day ID into the field on the website

• No need to send cash or flyer back to school
• Get more background choices online
• Customize your package online with different portrait sheets

Sign Up for our New MyFamily Rewards loyalty program and receive a
Free Hi-Res download with your first order

Please submit your portrait order by 8/12/2017 for free shipping to school

WELCOME REBELS! We are excited for a new year!  Please note the following information

Walk-In Registration Dates:

  • August 4th for our Incoming 9th graders (8:00 am – 2:00 pm)
  • August 10th and 11th  for all remaining grades (8:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Please try to create or recreate (if you have not used it consistently)  your Parent Portal Account to save time in the lines at our walk-in registration. Through your Parent Portal Account, you can ‘verify’ your information which will save you time.  Other forms, such as nurse information, etc. will also be on the Parent Portal Account.

This will be available July 20th  through August 11th.

Student Pictures will also take place for their student ID’s

Once you complete the information, print it off, bring it to registration and get to the finish line faster.  We value our families and their time and hope this helps you complete the registration process much quicker.  See you at the finish line.  Have a great weekend.

 On Line Verification:  

 Parent Portal:

If you cannot make the dates set above, please come into South beginning August 14th between 8:00-2:00 to register your student. We look forward to seeing all of you soon!

In addition we have been charged with meeting the goal of 100% of our families filling out Free and Reduced lunch forms to assure that everyone has the opportunity for the benefits that the district provides, so we ask that all families fill out their free and reduced lunch form even if you believe you do not need it.  Thank you for helping Denver South reach this goal.

Are you an incoming 9th grade Rebel?  Sign up for our 9th Grade Academy to be held Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th.  The NGA is half days (8:00 am – noon).  Ninth graders will hear more about South and meet new friends!  We highly recommend it.  Please send in the attached registration form.  We look forward to seeing you here at South!

I am excited to announce we have secured Overland Park golf course as our host for the upcoming fundraising event.
The event will take place August 04th 2017 with a 7:30 shotgun start.
The cost is $85 per player and includes golf, cart, lunch, and prizes.
All proceeds will go to the South High Golf Program.

Individuals or teams can register by emailing me at

For those wish to participate but unable to attend, donations can be made by contacting me at the address above. Monetary and event prize donations are always deeply appreciated.

Thank you!
See you on the 4th.

Kyle McGee,PGA , South Golf Coach

Please feel free to forward this to any interested parties.

Congratulations Seniors! We wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Your class has:
1. A state swimming champion and All American
2. Approximately $6.5 million in scholarships
3. You have the most college signees in school history
4. Your Girls’ Soccer team held the highest GPA among high schools in the state
5. You are the most inclusive class with the growth of our Unified Sports Program
6. Your track athletes broke DPS records and qualified for nationals
7. You were the recipients of THREE Boettcher Scholarships – the most of any high school in the state
8. You are DPS League champions in cross country, track, football and cheer
9. You raised our graduation rate by 11%
10. You have the highest Advanced Placement scores in school history

YOU ROCK! Please see Ms. Hanson’s commencement address attached

CONGRATULATIONS to our Girls’ Soccer team as they finish up the year with glory AND have the record for holding the highest GPA in the state – GO REBELS!

8th Grade ID camp
All female 8th graders welcome
Saturday May 20th 9:00-12:30pm
South High School turf
Cost: $5 (fundraiser goes towards girls’ soccer)
Email: to register!


SENIOR FINALS: May 15 & May 16


SENIORS REPORT TO THE AUDITORIUM at 11:30 and receive their cap and gown after the rehearsal

SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY: May 25th 6:00-7:30 pm
(An invite will be sent to parents of those students receiving an award)

GRADUATION REHEARSAL AT DU: May 30th: 1:00-3:00 pm

CLASS OF 2017 GRADUATION: JUNE 2nd, 12:00 NOON AT DU’S RITCHIE CENTER Seniors please be at DU by 11:00 a.m.

PARENTS: Please remind your students to check and see if they owe any fines/fees. Seniors cannot‘walk’ during graduation if they are not paid.

GRADUATION TICKETS: Each Senior will receive TEN FREE tickets for the graduation ceremony at Senior check out.
If more than ten guests attend, you must purchase a ticket ($5.00 each) from our treasurer after Senior check out. We will begin selling tickets on May 10th.

SHUTTLE BUSES will run from South’s West parking lot starting at 10:30 a.m. and will shuttle families to DU for the ceremony, and will shuttle you back afterwards.

This is open too the community.
When: Friday, April 21st
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Come and celebrate our diversity with us as we celebrate our students who come from 60 different countries.
Students come from across the street and across the globe!


Andrea Griffin, Malik Fletcher and our Black Student Alliance Club went to Washington DC to visit several Smithsonian museums but in particular the new and only
African-American History Museum! Great learning; lots of fun!
Thanks to our very own PTSA for helping to fund this trip!



“Mrs. Stringer and Mr. Craig had the opportunity to take 16 South students (partnered with a group from Rangeview High School) on a 10 day tour of the highlights of Italy. Students travelled to Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Pompei, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri.
It was the experience of a lifetime filled with beauty, learning, adventure, and fun. Ciao!”

Congratulations to Fatima Daak and Sordum Deeya for their hard work in earning the Daniels’ Fund Scholarship!
Our students are amazing…again!

CONGRATULATIONS TO: Anna Renkert, Cherry Ronolo-Valdez and Keller MacLachlan. You makes us proud!
The Boettcher Scholarship is a Colorado scholarship for high school seniors. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious merit-based scholarships in the state. The Boettcher Scholarship covers the cost of a scholar’s tuition, fees and books for eight semesters/12 quarters at approved Colorado four-year universities or colleges. Additionally, Boettcher Scholars also receive a living stipend. The Boettcher Scholarship is a prestigious merit-based academic scholarship awarded to graduating Colorado high school students. Award recipients, on average, rank in the top 2% of their graduating classes and have an average SAT score around 1400 (roughly the 97th percentile).
Pictured: Anna, Cherry, Counselor: Bryant Strause & Keller MacLachlan

Denver Public Schools Foundation added 4 new photos.
March 23 at 10:53am ·
Such an amazing time at the Achieve Gala Preview Event! One of Denver South High School’s outstanding students, Zahra Abdulameer,shared her story of how Denver Public Schools has made an impact in her life by exposing her to a diverse community and by making all students feel safe to express themselves. South students shine again!


Registration is now open – early bird discount ends on April 15TH

This summer we will host the second year of our 241 Denver South Sports Camp. Last year’s camp was a great success as we partnered with 241 Sports,
the national leader in sports sampling and physical literacy. Nearly 80 campers joined us for a week of multiple sport offerings led by South’s varsity coaches and athletes.
Our camp is a great blend of instruction and FUN and was well received by campers and parents alike!

Due to building renovations at South High School, we will host camp at Thomas Jefferson HS this summer July 17th-21st.
Our camp staff will still be made up of our Varsity Coaches and Athletes so same deal, just a different location!

Please check us out at the link below! We had AMAZING reviews last year for our first year!!
Here’s just a couple:

• “Thanks again for hosting an awesome week, Adam. Your coaches did an amazing job teaching new skills to the kids.
Both of mine tried new sports and I think that experience is incredibly valuable. My daughter wants to play tennis with me now – thanks to you guys!
My kids had an absolute blast.” Thanks,Rachel Neumann

• “I just wanted to thank you for putting this all together. My boys see right through kids programs= babysitting. The boys are professional
cynics when it comes to these types of programs. They are also quick to point out that they “learned nothing” and were talked to “like they were babies”.
But they came home on Monday and begged me to register them for next year. Loudly declaring- “It was awesome!”, not to mention
the fact that they were completely worn out-serious + for Jeremiah and I:) And by Friday, they reminded me they wanted to do this again.
It’s a true testament to you and your staff that the program wasn’t babysitting but really teaching the kids the sports they already loved!
With good structure, coaches that love the game, and building a sports community, you have my boys hooked.” Trinity Hindeman


Thursday night’s opening of the show was amazing! You still have the following times available to see a dynamic show! Fantastic singing, choreography and acting!

$10.00 AT THE DOOR!

Welcome Class of 2021!

Please join us on THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH FROM 6:30-8:00 PM

You will receive some important information about South.
You will also choose your classes for the 2017-2018 school year!
DON’T MISS OUT! We will begin in South’s Auditorium

Please let us know if you are coming!
Contact Karen Duell, Community/Family Liaison
RSVP to:

OR Phone: 720-423-6271

SENIOR FINALS: May 15th and 16th
SENIOR AWARDS CEREMONY: May 25th 6:00-7:30 pm
GRADUATION REHEARSAL AT DU: May 30th: 1:00-3:00 pm

Broadway Musical Professional Dancer Comes to South
Today, the dance captain of the Broadway hit An American in Paris, winner of four Tony Awards, joined our students for a dance masters class. Christopher Howard taught a combined class of intermediate and advanced dancers Ballet and Jazz. They learned a piece of the actual opening scene of the musical!

Please click on the link below for human rights resources in Denver.

They placed SECOND out of ALL DPS high schools!

Antonia Bottinelli, Keegan Bundy, Jua Fletcher, Sadia Mohammed, Annie Heckman,
Anna Renkert, Cherry Ronolo-Valdez, and Maura Ziller

Mission Statement for our policy/project this year:

• Creating a more cohesive and open school environment for all of our students.
• Outreach that appeals to our ELA and newcomer population.
• Emphasizing the importance of reciprocal relationships between newcomer and ELA students as well as the general student body.
• Educate the student body and community about different cultures at South and the world.

“Today was a powerful and moving Challenge 5280 competition at the McNichols Civic Center Building! Our students continue to inspire, lead and raise the bar on what’s possible with their innovative and thoughtful solutions to our districts most pressing challenges. Today our students set the standard high as they presented solutions to address a social justice issue to ultimately improve our schools for all students. All of our teams did an OUTSTANDING JOB today, so please take the time to congratulate all of our teams. The winning teams will be packing their bags this summer to attend the National Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI. The allied media conference supports art, media, and technology projects working for social change. Our judges had an incredibly difficult time deciding between so many amazing solutions.”

2nd Place: South High School, “Where the World Gathers to Excel”

Yumino Kimura has been volunteering in South’s Newcomer Center for over 3 years!

GOODWILL Industries provides staff (Ruthann Kallenberg below) to help support our Newcomer’s Center

through tutoring and mentoring! Olivia Hunte is also on staff through Goodwill to help

students finds jobs and internships!


Yumino Kimura has been volunteering with Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Services for the past 3.5 years.  She has given over 80 hours/year.

She volunteers not only in Goodwill’s Summer Newcomers Program but during the school year for the Newcomers Reading Program.

Additionally, Yumino volunteers in 2 math classes with Newcomers and ELA students at South High School.

Yumino is able to relate to the students as she was a newcomer from Japan some 30 years ago and knows what it feels like to learn English as a second language.

Yumino is such a joy to work with and truly is a “full time” volunteer!


South Theater is proud to present:  FIDDLER ON THE ROOF!

When:  March 16, 17, & 18th:  6:00 pm; Sunday March 19th Matinee:  2:00 pm

Cost:  $10.00 – $5.00 for students with DPS ID

This classic musical is always relevant as it examines how people maintain a balance between traditions and progress.  This is a family-friendly production with staff, students, younger children and parents all participating in the production!  Popular songs such as “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sun Rise; Sun Set” are part of the features.

Tickets are purchased at the door outside of South’s auditorium!  Hope to see you there!


Here is the link to this week’s 9News story about the Living History Lessons at South High School. 

Please copy and paste the link into your browser.


“A simply amazing story.  Please know that the residents of the Clermont Park Retirement Community cherish their partnership

with your school and love the opportunity to talk to your students about their experiences.


 “The most touching part of this program is when the Denver South High School students came up after the presentations and thanked the veterans for their service.

Practically every student in attendance came up to shake their hands or give them a hug. South High’s culture is very special.”  Chuck Montera


Our boys basketball team won a thrilling first round playoff game over Heritage by a score of 50-46! After trailing for much of the game our Rebels outscored the Eagles 17-9 in the 4th quarter for an exciting come from behind win. It was a great team effort overall with some key contributions down the stretch from a number of Rebels.

This win propels the team into the 2nd round of the 5A playoffs as we travel to take on Cherry Creek…

Please come out and support the team this week:

#23 Denver South at #10 Cherry Creek HS
Saturday, February 25th
1pm @ Cherry Creek HS
CHSAA ticket prices: $7 General Admission / $5 for k-12 students/seniors 60+

Armanni Portee is Denver South’s Most Outstanding Senior Female Athlete. Armanni has had a tremendous impact on the athletic program at Denver South. She is a natural leader who not only demands the best of herself, but raises the bar for those around her as well. Armanni has been a four year member of our varsity cheerleading program, serving as the team captain the last three years. Over the span of her career she has helped transform what was once a non-competitive pep squad into one of the top competitive cheer programs in DPS and the State. Last year, she received the highest honor from the National Cheerleading Association as she was named an All American. She also led South to a 6th place finish overall at the CHSAA State 4A Cheer Championships; this marked the highest finish by a DPS team in nearly 20 years. Earlier this year she led the Rebels to being named Grand Champions at the Denver Prep League Championships.

Armanni’s leadership and athletic accomplishments extend beyond her year round dedication to cheerleading. She has also been a four year member of South’s track team and similar to her experience with cheer, she has helped raise the bar with this program as well. Our girls track team nearly finished in last place in league during her sophomore year, and then as a Junior team captain, she led our team to a 2nd place finish overall at the league championships last year. Individually, she was the runner up in both the 100 and 200 meter races and was also a 4A state qualifier.

Armanni is a dedicated member of South’s Student-Athlete Leadership Team and has immersed herself into her personal development as a leader. She understands the power her positive example sets for others and welcomes the responsibility that comes with it. Her commitment, perseverance and winning attitude have inspired her peers and coaches alike. We are very proud of her and wish her all the best as she plans to attend Prairie View A&M and study Nursing in hopes to become a Nurse Practitioner!
She was honored at the DPS Board of Education last night!
Adam Kelsey, Athletic Director

Today, we held safety drills as required by the state. Please see the attached letter.