An Origin Story: Our Mascot, Sparky the Dragon
The legend tells of a kind and brave dragon, one of unknown origin, who lives deep within the heart of the Rocky Mountains. No race or creed or gender can define the dragon, the dragon is simply known by friends near and far as Sparky.
Sparky first arrived at the International School of Denver in 2019 (although the origin story dates Sparky to the school’s opening in 1977) to an excited throng of ISDenver students, who immediately smothered him with hugs. Love at first sight, which a dragon very well may not have been used to in the past!
The connection to the school is understandable when you get to know Sparky. A scholar, with more questions than answers, Sparky pursues sciences, mathematics, languages, and the arts with playfulness and curiosity. Sparky is a friend to all. On the athletics field, Sparky is a fierce competitor. But, most importantly, Sparky works hard, plays fair, and is a team player. The exact qualities that exemplify all our ISDenver learners, too.
Could Sparky have been attracted by ISDenver’s generous spirit of Community Giving? Is Community Giving calling out for him to stay? We do know this--that Community Giving dollars are helping to protect Sparky: since he is so in demand with appearances at athletic games, school-wide events and even ribbon-cutting ceremonies for all our exciting upcoming projects, Sparky has been sent on a little trip to be outfitted with a special hard hat. The very next time we have a Sparky sighting he will be safe from harm wearing his spiffy new hat!
Sure, the lore may speak of a fire-breathing dragon – one that flies on the wind of the Rockies. But, beyond the lore, you will find the embodiment of who we are, or at least, who we might be:
And, perhaps, above all--generosity. Thanks to your commitment to giving, Sparky thrives.
Fourteen of our MYP students were able to attend the STAMP virtual learning conference, run and organized by High School leaders from across the area. STAMP is also part of a bigger network of diversity and inclusion, CIRCLE (Connecting Inclusive, Responsive Communities Leading Education). G4-G8 Counselor Annie Barocas provides an enlightening synopsis of the conference and our students experiences.
Isabelle Valot, now age 17, who grew up in Denver before moving to France with her family, started school here at ISDenver in the French program when she was four years old. Her first teacher was current K3 French teacher Dominique Shortridge, who is still very close to the family.
ISDenver's virtual after-school Mentor Club is thriving and providing many benefits for all its members - including language immersion to students who are staying home from school and doing long-term Livestream Learning.