Dear Swigert Families:
I hope you are all enjoying and soaking in the final weeks of summer with your families. We are incredibly excited to welcome new families and greet returning families for the 2017-2018 school year. All classroom teachers will return on Friday, August 11th to plan their IB units in collaborative teams. On Monday, August 14th Swigert welcomes back the entire staff. We will be working together throughout the week on community building, instructional planning and preparing for the school year. I wanted to let you know about upcoming events and share new staff information. Please reach out with any questions. Shelby_dennis@dpsk12.org or via phone at 720-424-4795.
Upcoming Events and Information
You can use the DPS parent portal to verify student registration at http://myportal.dpsk12.org We will also have in person registration on Thursday August 17th beginning at 2:00pm in the Swigert office.
Meet the Teacher Night:
Thursday August 17th
5:00-6:00 pm on the Swigert Playground
Meet the Teacher Night is an opportunity for your child to meet their teacher, fill out student questionnaires and receive information regarding the first day of school. Class lists will be posted in the windows facing the play grounds and all staff will be outside and available to answer any questions. We will not be going into classrooms at this time. If you did not order an Edu kit you can drop off school supplies at this time. This is an informal event, please come when you can within the window of time.
First Day of School:
Monday August 21st
The first day of school is a half day. This allows students to ease into their new schedule and provide time for any needed assessments in the afternoon. The arrival time is the same, 8:25amfor ECE and Kindergarten Families and 8:30 for First- Fifth Grade. We will have our annual park to school walk on the first day if any families would like to join. We will gather at 7:50 am at the dog statue park at 35th and Xanthia Court. We will begin our walk to school at 8:00 am. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us for this walk. Teachers will be out on the playground beginning at 8:15 am with signs to show students where to line up. Dismissal is at noon and lunch will not be served. Buses will be running their regular routes for both arrival and dismissal.
We are also very excited to celebrate the solar eclipse on the first day of school. It is the first total eclipse of its kind visible on the mainland US since 1979 and we want our students to experience this with our school community. All students will view the eclipse out on the field as a school community. We will ensure all students have access to proper viewing glasses and learn about the eclipse and its significance with their teachers. If you are planning to travel to see the eclipse and will miss school please let our office know ahead of time.
We will provide more details as it gets closer but if you would like to research this event, here are some great websites:
Saturday August 26th, SAC Sponsored Swigert Welcome Breakfast 10:00am on the Swigert Playground
Thursday August 31st: Back to School Night 5:30-6:30 pm
Wednesday September 6: First PTA Meeting 6:30 in the Library
PTA Direct Giving Events: 9/9, 9/23 and 10/14 (more information to come)
School Leader : Amy Green
I started my career in education twenty-four years ago in Alief Independent School District in Houston, Tx. teaching in a first grade. After my first year of teaching, I moved back to my native state, Denver, Co. to teach full day Kindergarten and started working for DPS. I completed my masters in education in 1998 in curriculum and supervision. Within that time, I worked in the superintendent’s office and many other departments such as literacy, GT, ELA, early childhood. During that time, I deepened my instructional knowledge and learned from others around me. I also worked as an AP in a couple of schools with DPS but in 2007, I took the leap and became an elementary school principal. For the last ten years, I have been developing my craft in instructional and distributive leadership. For the first time, I am working to mentor and support other leaders in learning the systems and structures within DPS. Our work will entail building a strong visionary model for our school and resulting in achieving grand results for the students we serve.
GT Coordinator: Robin Bresnahan
My name is Robin Bresnahan and I’m thrilled to be the GT Coordinator at Swigert IB School! I received my bachelor’s degree from CSU in Art Education in 2003 and am finishing my Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies Master’s Degree from CU Denver. I have worked as an English Teacher and Visual Arts Teacher in Barcelona, a Parent Community Liaison and IB Visual Arts Teacher in Adams County 14, an IB Visual Arts Teacher in Dujiangyan, China, and a Target Immersion Language Visual Arts Teacher and Administrator at Denver Language School most recently. I speak both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and love learning about diverse cultures. I live in Park Hill with my husband, four year-old daughter, Josephine, two-year old son, Brock and Chinese dog, Lulu. I love to cook, travel, hike, teach and practice yoga, run, bike, study languages, create art, and spend time with family and friends. I can’t wait to be a part of this vibrant and thriving community!
Second Grade Teacher: Craig Zeigler
I have been working in Denver Public Schools since 2008. Inspired by teachers of my youth and unfulfilled with my post collegiate career in medical sales, I decided to take the plunge into education to help and encourage students to develop a passion for life long learning. I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. Sports, music, camping, mountain biking, and spending time getting immersed in new hobbies have always been passions of mine. I have two young energetic children, Maebe and Zeus, a partner who is a fellow DPS educator, and two rambunctious Boston Terriers named Obi and Higgins. I received my B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and hopefully I will be completing my M.A. from CU Denver in the near future.
My foray into education was as a paraprofessional at Steele Elementary. From there I was accepted into the Stanley British Primary Teacher Preparation Program. While obtaining my initial teachers license, I worked in mixed classrooms that served grades K-2 and 3, 4, 5. Following my completion of the Stanley program, I went on to teach reading intervention at Farrell B. Howell and Johnson Elementary. Several years ago I was given the opportunity to take over a vacated 3rd grade position at Johnson and I have been a classroom teacher ever since.
Since 2015, I have worked in Stapleton at High Tech Elementary School as a 3rd grade teacher. During my tenure at High Tech, I have worked to extend student’s learning that start the year above grade level academically and ground academics with real world connections and applications. The Stapleton community has been nothing short of fantastic and I look forward to bringing my experiences from High Tech Elementary and working, learning, and growing with students as a 2nd grade teacher at Swigert International School.
Special Education Teacher: Atlanta Waldren
I am a Colorado native that has been with Swigert International School since its inception in 2010. I have a Masters in Early Childhood Education, with emphasis in early childhood special education. I have 3 little ones at home. My educational experience is teaching children with mild to profound disabilities. I’m thrilled to return to Swigert in my new role!