Unified Programs

Don’t delay  January marks the start of Unified Basketball Season for DCSD middle and high schools!

You might ask…What exactly are Unified Programs (Unified Sports and Unified Clubs)?  Unified Programs join students with and without special learning needs who want to get involved in a sport or club while creating friendships, building self-confidence and improving social skills*.  

The annual kickoff rally for Unified Programs is an unforgettable event with cheers, excitement and enthusiasm shared by ALL students and teachers.  It’s amazing to feel the sense of inclusion, and in turn, the school community shines.  When a school is a champion for Unified Programs, the staff perceives their school community to have higher levels of:
  • respect for diversity
  • social and emotional security
  • social and civic learning
    DCSEAC’s SSN Parent Support Group monthly meetings produced feedback that some Unified Programs are not as consistent as others within the district.  As a result, DCSEAC has begun collaborations with DCSD on how to increase the consistency of Unified Sports from school to school and make them all strong programsThe goals include:
    • Ensuring every student who is interested in participating in a Unified Program has the opportunity, no matter which DCSD middle or high school they attend  
    • All parents are informed about Unified Programs and have the opportunity to encourage their student to be involved.  
    Is your student interested in participating, or would you like more information?  Please contact your school’s learning specialist or SSN teacher for more information about Unified Sports and/or Unified Clubs. 

    Please contact Melina DePasse at melinalyn@gmail.com with general questions or comments.

    *Results of research provided by Special Olympics Colorado.

    DCSD Early Childhood Department – Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Process Information Meetings

    DCSD Early Childhood Department is sponsoring regional Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Process information meetings! For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

    These informational meetings will help families better understand how to prepare for the changes in educational processes as their child transitions from Preschool to Kindergarten. A panel of Preschool and Kindergarten educators will be at each of the regional meetings.  Representation on the panel may include Kindergarten, Elementary Administration, Special Education, Transportation, Nursing and Early Childhood Education.

    Alternate Diploma for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

    The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is hosting a series of Stakeholders’ Education and Feedback Sessions to provide information on an alternate diploma for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and the implications of a Colorado state-defined alternate diploma. CDE will be collecting comments from participants during these meetings to be shared with executive leadership to determine the need for a Colorado state-defined alternate diploma for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

    To learn more about these sessions, their dates, times and locations, please click here.