Week in Review - August 15-19, 2022

Week in Review - August 15-19, 2022
Posted on 08/19/2022

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SUBJECT: Week In Review - August 15-19, 2022


August 19, 2022


I hope you had a wonderful second week of the 2022-2023 school year. Many families have participated in back to school nights over these past two weeks and I’ve heard inspiring stories about how excited our kids and staff are to be back! 


I hosted two virtual forums this week and so appreciate the hundreds of you who took the time to join me to learn more about how our school district is funded, and to ask great questions (click here to view a forum recording). If you have a question that wasn’t answered during a forum, please email it to Alison Rausch at [email protected] and we will get back to you! 


We have posted a very detailed plan regarding a potential Mill Levy Override (MLO) and Bond on our website. I encourage you to look through it as it explains exactly how additional funding would be used. Our Board of Education will decide this coming Tuesday whether or not to place a $60M MLO and $450M Bond on the November ballot. 


If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out Touch-A-Truck in Castle Rock, which is hosted by our partners at the Castle Rock Police Department. Be sure to say hello to our bus drivers and transportation staff who will be there alongside a DCSD bus! 


Have a fantastic weekend!


Erin Kane
Superintendent

Douglas County School District


GOOD NEWS FROM AROUND DCSD

 

Video: A Morning on the Bus in DCSD
Join bus driver Larry Dudley and transportation educational assistant Mary Menard as they take us along on their morning route. See first-hand how fulfilling it is to work as a bus driver or transportation assistant in DCSD. Larry and Mary are based out of our Highlands Ranch terminal and mostly transport students with special needs. They are quite the team and attribute their success to their ability to work together while having some fun on the ride to school. See the video >>

 

Join our team. Apply to be a bus driver or transportation assistant. Learn more at www.dcsdk12.org/DriveDCSD 

First Week of Preschool in DCSD
This week marked the first week of school for our preschoolers in DSCD. Many DCSD staff members, had a blast visiting our preschool sites and welcoming our Early Childhood teachers and students to the 2022-2023 school year.



Legacy Point Elementary Adds New Sensory Spaces

Exciting new sensory spaces have been added to every floor at Legacy Point Elementary this year! Sensory paths are available to Kindergarten through 3rd graders. On the path, students can hop, jump and crawl to get out their wiggles. They will each also have a space tent filled with calming tools to use. 4th and 5th graders have a calming station in their pod. Students can sit and use sensory tools while taking a break. These sensory spaces are available to all students who may need a quick movement break or a place to take a break.

Summit View Elementary Gets Zen The Summit View Elementary Mental Health team remodeled an unused space for teachers to take a break, reset and find their zen. The Zen Lounge offers soft music, massage chairs, and even snacks. 


Share Your School’s Good News! We will continue to send these celebratory emails out each week. If we missed a celebration or you have good news to share, please submit it here

 

RESOURCES AND TIPS FOR PARENTS


Mental Health Resource of the Week

I-Matter Mental Health Support Extended to June 2023
Free therapy sessions are available for Colorado youth 18 and younger, or those 21 and younger if receiving special education services. Visit IMatterColorado.org to learn more.

 

Literacy Resource of the Week


Introducing Kids to Filmmaking (Adobe)
What’s special about filmmaking is that it combines creativity, teamwork, and technology. From screenwriting to storyboarding to video production and beyond, it takes a tremendous variety of skills to make a movie. But, thanks to the evolution of education and technology, today’s kids have a rich body of opportunities to flex their filmmaking muscles. With a little bit of guidance and a lot of creative license, even small children can dip their toes in animation and film.

 

Total Wellness Resource of the Week
An Age-by-Age Guide to Nutrition for Kids (Parents Magazine)
Your pediatrician, along with a pediatric registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), can help you understand your child's nutritional requirements, and what tools you can use to help them get the vitamins and minerals their bodies need to thrive. Here are some of the top nutrients to make sure babies, toddlers, and kids are consuming every day.

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

BASE Job Openings


The DCSD Before and After School Enterprise (BASE) is hiring! Many BASE programs offer morning and afternoon positions. Find a site near you, and apply today!
www.dcsdk12.org/careers

 

Become a DCSD Kitchen Assistant

Looking for a fulfilling job that allows you to work while your kids are in school? Become a DCSD Kitchen Assistant! We have full and part time positions available with benefit eligibility at only 20+ hours per week, as well as substitute positions where you can set your own schedule. Learn more and apply today at http://www.dcsdk12.org/careers

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.

NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected]