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At South, we pride ourselves in our well-rounded education.  Our goal has always been a college education opportunity for every student.  Recently, we had a set back in terms of grants and state funding that assisted our students with critical funds needed for college application fees, as well as AP and SAT testing fees.

We wish to eliminate these financial barriers so ALL students have the same opportunities.

Please contact South if you wish to discuss the need further and/or donate!

Our goal is $20,000!


Here are some important dates for you to remember!  Please see below:

DPS SchoolChoice Expo Week – DPS is holding five regional school expos rather than one large districtwide expo, as we have in the past. These expos will take place the week of Jan. 22, 2018. More information here.

 Round One of SchoolChoice opens – February 1.

 SchoolChoice closes – February 28 at 4:00 p.m.


Our three courses of AP Physics where given the challenge to engineer and build a working marble roller coaster with four specific features: a loop, a corkscrew, a camelback, and a banked curve. Students had to apply physics calculations to the engineering of their coaster. Students presented their roller coasters and the applied mathematics to their class during finals. It was an intensive group project where students persevered and ended up with some awesome final products. Some samples are below!

Last night we hosted 100+ middle school athletes for our first ever Rebel Athletics Night! We shared (and bragged) about our programs as we connected with our future Rebel student-athletes and their families. Shout out to teacher-coaches Ryan Marini, Veronica Marcelo and John Walsh who did a great job presenting on different aspects of their respective programs. We also had presentations from our current student-athletes (Hassan El Amin, Nicole Oberlag, Nate Kingdom) and former Rebel stars who have gone on to compete at the collegiate level (Zach Lindsay (UNC), Kendra Martin (Fresno St), Annie Hurney (Wyoming), Allison Hart (Florida Southern).

Thanks to all our coaches who attended and took the time to meet with our Future Rebels – feedback from parents and community was awesome!

BIG SHOUT OUT to Rich Cole who put together an exciting video which captures our program wowed our guests! (shared below)


Adam Kelsey
Denver South High School
Assistant Principal | Athletic Director
office: 720.423.6166 | email:

1. NEW! South College Fund: Immediate Need! Our Denver South Community Partnership Board is initiating our NEW COLLEGE FUND!
This campaign is the result of:

 Loss in state & federal funds that have helped support students with testing fees (AP & SAT) and college application fees for
students on free/reduced lunch rates

*Please see the link for the brochure:

and share with your friends and businesses that may be interested in supporting our South students!
There’s still time for a tax deduction in 2017 OR think about a 2018 donation! GOAL: $20,000!

You may pay cash, check or charge through our treasurer’s office or send checks to South: 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. Denver, 80210
ATTN: Karen Duell





***The College Fund Brochure was created by: Hot Creative:

Hot Creative, Gayle Marquez, Owner


Author Helen Thorpe Reunites with Students She Profiled in Newly Released Book, The Newcomers
Immigrant teenagers at South High School recount their experiences adjusting to life in America

Denver – Throughout the entirety of the 2015-16 school year, award-winning and “meticulously observant” (The New Yorker) author Helen Thorpe was a fixture in Edward Williams’ English Language Acquisition class at South High School. She was there to follow the journeys of 22 immigrant and refugee teenagers as they learned English and adjusted to life in America. Wednesday, following the release of her critically acclaimed book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, Thorpe returned to South High School for a panel discussion with Edward Williams and several of the students whose stories she shares.

Check out the link for more details. It was AMAZING!

Author Reunites with Students She Profiled

WOW!  South teachers were recognized for their amazing work with students!
“The annual celebration recognizes teachers and specialized service providers, such as school counselors and nurses, who received the top rating of

Distinguished for growth and performance in the 2016-17 school year.”

Jesse Antuma

Joe Newander

Natalie Blake

Hayley Breden

Jason Brookes

Nick Childers

Rich Cole

Matt Craig

Sean Davis

Frank Deserino

Andrea Griffin

Karmen Kirtley

Charlie Knepper

Kiley Mack

Ryan Marini

Lance McClure

Trish Merewhether

Fernando Pabon

Chris Ritchie

Katie Ryan

Mandy Stringer

Dana VanTilborg

Jodie Skodol, Counselor


Please meet us in our school auditorium for a special presentation followed by sport specific breakouts with our coaches and athletes!

ALL attendees will receive FREE tickets to our 7:00 pm Boys’ Varsity Basketball game following the event.  We hope to see all current 7th and 8th graders come with their parents to check out our fantastic athletic program.Rebel Athletics Night (1)

We invite all current 8th graders and their parents to come and visit us at South High School!

When:  Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time:  6:00-8:00 pm.  This is a full agenda of items; not an ‘open house’ format.

Do I need to RSVP?  No!  Just come!  Be ready in our auditorium at 6:00 pm.


The PTSA I Am Denver South campaign has reached the $8,700 mark towards our goal.  Last year two more areas that benefitted from the PTSA mini-grants were

Mr. Childers Psychology classes where perception goggles , a subscription to the American Psychological Association and a subscription to Scientific American magazine for the classes were all purchased for $777.99.  In addition, Mrs. Jones was able to purchase three printers and toner for use by all in the library for $582.46.

Your donations count and make a difference in our classrooms! 

Our goal this year is to raise $50,000 so we can provide more support for more teachers and students!

Checks are made out to the South High PTSA.

Denver South PTSA

Denver South High School

1700 E. Louisiana Ave.

Denver, CO 80210

You can also donate on-line at

All donations are tax deductible. Once again, we run a short fundraising campaign from Homecoming until the end of 2017 – so please don’t wait too long to donate.  These funds are used to benefit all students at South. We appreciate your help!

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!


Click for DACA Information (more…)

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!