Written by: Jenna Spendlove, D’Evelyn Education Foundation Manager
Each year, there are many parent volunteers who create, plan, and execute the Board’s numerous activities and we’d like to take a moment to thank them for all of their efforts.
First, to our “graduating” parents:
Fernanda Jacques – Fernanda has been the Editor of the Jaguar Trax for the past couple of years and has done an outstanding job! Her years of dedication are greatly appreciated. Her years at D’Evelyn have come to an end, but her legacy will remain for years to come.
Lanier Johnson – Lanier worked on the D’Evelyn Diretory, as well as many other activities, for years at both Dennison Elementary and D’Evelyn. Her years of volunteering are greatly appreciated. Her last student at D’Evelyn is now graduated.
Second, to our current parent volunteers, THANK YOU!
After Prom - Shannon Willis
Annual Dinner & Auction – Elise vonLuhrte-Neugebauer, Wendi Graper, Leticia Dyson, Jennifer Bountry, Laura Bechtel, Jennifer Allbritton, Brittany Jackman, Kristi Gulley, Terrie Fontenot, Molly Stensland, Nikie Gagnon, Stephanie Culligan, Ann Koerner, Lisa Colehour, and Jenna Spendlove
D’Evelyn DASH – Molly Stensland & Barb Haerbig
D’Evelyn Directory – Julie Vanek & Leslie Kyler
D’Evelyn Performing Arts – Brittany Jackman
Junior High Boosters – Jill Kroog
Parent/Teacher Conference Dinners – Sarah Carlson
School Store – Julia Blackford
Teacher Appreciation – Kelly Morris
Written by: by Kelly Morris & Jenna Spendlove
This year, the D’Evelyn Education Foundation participated in Teacher Appreciation Week beginning on Cinco de Mayo and to say that it was “Nacho” ordinary celebration would be an understatement. It was important that our teachers were reminded each day of how very much they are APPRECIATED and LOVED!!! We are so thankful for all they do for our students and school—and especially all that they have done to allow the learning to continue this Spring.
In addition to the daily reminders of how thankful we are, each day there was a Virtual Selfie Scavenger Hunt. Tuesday the 5th was a Cinco de Mayo scavenger hunt, Wednesday the 6th was Shelter-in-Place, Thursday the 7th was D’Evelyn Pride, and Friday the 8th was COVID-19 Eating & Entertainment in Isolation hunt. There were numerous winners each day who received gift cards to great places. Please enjoy a few of the fun photos!
And remember…Our Teachers Are Appreciated!!!!!
By Ralph K. Spencer, D'Evelyn Education Foundation Board of Directors
OK, I admit it, I'm a numbers guy. I can't help it. Give me your telephone number and I will remember it for three days. Same with the negative balance in my checking account, or your checking account, for that matter. Same with my daughter's nursing schedule for the month of Feb. It's a blessing and a curse, all at the same time. However, and there is always a however in life, I will strive to keep this article simple/easy to understand, despite the numbers. I am going to be talking scholarships and awards, a topic near and dear to the parents of every D'Evelyn senior, and perhaps of interest to many of our graduating seniors. The infamous numbers have changed from last year - for the better. Where numbers are concerned, short and sweet is mandatory. So, here we go, starting with perhaps the most important piece of information, which ironically contains only dates, not numbers:
The deadline for submitting scholarships is Wed, April 1, 2020, the first Wednesday of school following spring break. ALL scholarships must be submitted to the Counseling Office by 3:00 pm on April 1, no exceptions!
And finally, speaking of numbers, have you ever wondered why the Star Wars movies came out in the sequence 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3? Because in charge of numbers, Yoda was. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist!!! GO JAGS!
By Jothi Ravindran, D’Evelyn Foundation Board Member
As communities across the nation celebrate Black History and as we follow the D’Evelyn call to “prepare [our] students for roles as active, informed citizens” throughout the month of February, it is valuable to take a look back at where the celebration began. Harvard scholar and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History,” began promoting what was then called Negro History Week in 1926 during the second week of February to celebrate the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln — two men who made positive and enduring contributions to America and its black communities. Over the ensuing decades, it has evolved into a four-week-long celebration of African American History, which is far too often ignored or under-represented in the telling of American history.
Almost from the beginning, Mr. Woodson knew it would be important to have an annual theme for Black History Month, so this tradition began in 1928. The 2020 theme is African Americans and the Vote, as this year coincides with the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, which gave African American men the right to vote in the wake of the Civil War, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920. Even after the 15th Amendment’s passage in 1870, the ability of African Americans in the South to vote was consistently undermined until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, fifty-five years ago, which is still used in court battles today.
Black History Month became a month-long annual celebration first acknowledged by the US Federal Government in 1976 under President Gerald Ford, who called upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Learn more about African American History Month by visiting these resources:
Ted Talks to Celebrate Black History
By Ralph K. Spencer, D'Evelyn Education Foundation Board of Directors
On January 9, 2020, I had the distinct pleasure, at the request of the Counseling Office, to meet with D'Evelyn seniors in the cafeteria to discuss the topic of free money, otherwise known as Scholarships and Awards. Since that meeting, I am very proud to report that the total of this year's scholarships and awards has increased by $900 thanks to the generosity of two D'Evelyn supporters. The Lynne M. Murphy Performing Arts Scholarship has been increased from $1,000 to $1,500. The Dr. Peter Silvaggio Physics Scholarship has been increased from $600 to $1,000, which can be split 50-50 between two applicants, if necessary. Therefore, for the first time in D'Evelyn history, the total of senior scholarships and awards available in any given year will break the $25,000 barrier, or to be specific, $25,250!!! This total will be awarded to D'Evelyn seniors at the May 13 Senior Banquet - to be held at none other than Empower Field, home of the Denver Broncos!
The following bullets highlight my comments to the seniors and also include some additional information that I was not able to discuss given the time constraints of this meeting.
I will be writing additional articles on the topic of D'Evelyn scholarships and awards in future editions of the Jaguar Tracks. I hope you will take a few minutes to learn more about this incredibly rewarding program. If you have specific questions, please direct them to me at 303-979-9175, Ms. Hays, or Ms. McSwain. Free money, as everyone knows, is hard to come by in this world. With that in mind, the best of luck to every D'Evelyn senior who decides to take the scholarship plunge!!!
The D'Evelyn Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. The Board of Directors oversees the finances, legal issues and long-term strategic plans of the organization