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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.

2017 Mini Rebels
Cheerleading Camp
Schedule of Events:

Mini Rebels should come to clinic prepared and ready on the following days:
Tuesday, January 31st h Clinic from 5:30-7:30 pm
Registration will open at 5:30 pm in the main gym foyer.
Saturday, February 4th from 9:00-12:00 pm Clinic
Monday, February 6th Rebels take on the Kennedy Commanders @ 7:00 pm.
[Mini Rebels will report at 6:00 pm. They will cheer the first half of the game and perform at half time]


 February 2nd: 3:30 – 7:30
 February 7th: 3:30-7:30 pm

We hope you can come and meet with your student’s teachers at any time during the hours posted. You may want to see all teachers or just a few! Pick either day and time that is convenient for you. It is more convenient for you if you bring a copy of your student’s teachers/classrooms but we will also have it upon request when you come into South.

(a planning day for staff)

FREE Bilingual forum and consultations with immigration attorneys will take place at South High School for Spanish-speaking families.

When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Place: Auditorium

FREE to the public and South families.

For more information, contact Mr. Fernando Pabon

 This past Wednesday, our dancers performed at Denver International Airport in the main terminal. It was a 2-hour performance shared with East Dance Company and what a magical experience it was! Our students were able to experience this love and community with another DPS high school and even wish to do a collaborative choreography with them. We’ve included some pictures of the evening showing the power of dance and collaboration: East + South Dance Companies loving each other to the fullest!
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Representative Diana DeGette came to speak to a group of our students today to recognize South as a socially aware and equitable school!
This is because of our parents, students, staff and community! South just rocks…that’s all…it just rocks! Who wouldn’t want to come to South?!
Rep. Degette

South High Digital Media Club (sponsored through the University of Denver) has been granted the following award:

“I am pleased to announce that the Executive Committee of Transportation Solutions Foundations has selected South High School for the Transportation Solutions Champion Award, for excellence in increasing the use of alternative transportation for students through ongoing planning!” The Foundation is reserving a table for 8 students for their award ceremony on the morning of Thursday, February 23. Congratulations to the following students: Amran Muse, Seraphina Thiare, Fuwei Huang, Joe Zhou, Richard Boateng, Wolfred

, Barikwa Deeya and Cesar Robles.
As a result, there will be an Open House here at South sponsored by Transportation Solutions.

You are invited to the Public Open House for the Colorado & University Light Rail Stations Multi-Station Plan and Mobility Study. Come hear about concepts for the future of the two station areas and tell us what you think!
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Denver South High School

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12TH: PLEASE HAVE YOUR STUDENTS HERE, ON TIME AND IN CLASS BY 7:45 and will be here all day until 3:00 ACCESS testing will require that our ELL (English Language Learners) students be in attendance that day for the full day of testing.

Tests will only be given to students who are part of our ELL Program. There is no school for all students who are not ELL identified students.

ACCESS is a state test produced by the WIDA (part of the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research). It is a summative, comprehensive, asset based exam that is an opportunity for English Language Learners (ELLs) to demonstrate English Language Proficiency in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. This annual exam measures both growth and mastery. The testing will take the entirety of the school day. Students will report at 7:45, and, because of the length of the speaking portion, some students will be here until the end of the school day at 3:00.

Choice time is here! Are you choosing South for your high school education?
Are you a new student coming to South for the 2017-2018 school year?
Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey below so we may better serve you as a South REBEL!
We are excited to have you as part of our exciting REBEL community!

Marcus Lindsay is 4A Player of the Year! Our very own Marcus Lindsay was chosen as this year’s 4A Player of the Year. Marcus had an amazing year leading our Rebels to an 11-1 season record and into the quarterfinals of the 4A State Tournament. He rushed for 1,896 yards, averaged 158 yards rushing per game and scored 23 touchdowns. He also starred on defense as a linebacker with 106 tackles on the season (3rd best on the team). Marcus was also the Player of the Year in the Mountain Conference and will represent South in the CHSAA Senior Game in June. He is currently being recruited by Weber State, Montana and CSU Pueblo. Congrats to Marcus on this awesome achievement! marcus-football

Great opportunity for Denver youth!
Denver’s health departments are looking to young people in Denver to help us better understand what health issues really matter to youth! If you know any young people who live in Denver and are between 15 and 25, please encourage them to apply for this paid opportunity to be a part of the Youth Leadership Team for the 2017 Youth Health Assessment (YHA). The YHA Youth Leadership Team will be made up of six to 10 Denver youth who are committed to helping the public health agencies in Denver better understand the key issues in youth health from the youth perspective. This work will be coordinated by Denver Public Health in partnership with Denver Environmental Health and will use a youth-led research approach to determine what matters most in youth health! Interested youth can apply here or learn more here. Questions can be sent to

Please encourage students to be present and on time for finals!
If your student completes all of their finals and does not need to do any make-ups, they do NOT
need to report to school on December 20th or December 21st.

Winter break begins December 22nd


Our students will be showing off their artistic talents at the following events.
We hope you can come and enjoy the festivities. All of which are FREE and no entrance fee!

VISUAL ART SHOW OPENING: Dec. 1st 5:30-7:00 pm Room 105
VISUAL ART SHOW CLOSING and RECEPTION: Dec. 8th: 5:30-7:00 pm Room 105

CHOIR CONCERT: “Christmas on Broadway” Dec. 1st 6:30 pm in the auditorium

BAND/DRUM LINE PRESENTATION: Dec. 8th 6:30 pm in the auditorium

FOOTBALL: Our Rebel Football team completed the regular season a PERFECT 10-0! We are the Mountain League Champions and dominated the league outscoring our last four opponents 201-0. We finished the regular season ranked as the #1 team in 4A and are the #1 seed in the 4A State Tournament. This is an incredible accomplishment…like South High School and DPS HISTORIC level. This team has worked incredibly hard to achieve this type of excellence and represent US in such an amazing way!
CHEERLEADING: Our Rebel Cheer squad killed it this past weekend as we not only hosted the DPS League Championships, but we also took home some impressive hardware as the league champs. A big shout out to Coach Meredith Barrow and the cheer parents for putting on a terrific event and to our Cheer team for winning the All Girl League Championship and the DPS League GRAND CHAMPION title! This earns us the right to host this event again next year. The growth of this program over the last four years is monumental and again shows the absolute excellence our students can achieve! Look for a great showing by our team at the 5A state Championships in December.

Football Playoffs: As the #1 overall seed in the 4A Playoffs our Rebels will host #16 Vista Ridge this Saturday, November 12th at 1pm at All City Field. This is OUR opportunity to show awesome staff support for OUR TEAM! Please see the ticket prices and game info below…bring the whole family!

#1 Denver South Rebels vs. #16 Vista Ridge Wolves
Saturday, November 12th @ 1pm
All City Field

CHSAA Ticket Prices:
4 and Under: Free
Students (K-12) and Senior Citizens (60+): $5
General Admission: $8.00

Here’s a link to the entire 4A Playoff Bracket