Week in Review - August 22-26, 2022

Week in Review - August 22-26, 2022
Posted on 08/26/2022

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SUBJECT: Week In Review - August 22-26, 2022

August 26, 2022

Happy Friday DCSD Families and Staff! This past Tuesday our Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $60M Mill Levy Override and $450M Bond on the November 2022 ballot. All seven board members expressed their strong support and personal dedication to our students and our staff. There was also a lot of support and unity among community members that provided public comment - even community members that typically have opposing viewpoints came together in support of additional funding for our school district.

If passed by voters, an MLO would enable DCSD to provide pay that is more competitive with other school districts to retain teachers and staff. Should an MLO pass, DCSD teachers, on average, would receive a 9% pay increase, as reflected in these salary schedules. Classified staff members, such as bus drivers, educational assistants, custodians, etc., would receive a 9% increase. Other staff, including school principals and administrators, would receive a 6% pay increase. See page two of this document to review exact ballot language for the MLO.

A $450 million Bond would help DCSD construct three new neighborhood elementary schools and create additions to two existing middle schools to reduce crowding and plan for growth. The Bond would also assist DCSD in implementing safety and security upgrades, and updating and repairing its existing school buildings, to provide safe, efficient, quality learning environments for students and staff. Click here for details on what each of DCSD’s existing schools would receive should the Bond be approved by voters. See pages two and three of this document to review exact ballot language for the Bond. 

Click here to view DCSD’s MLO/Bond plan or visit www.dcsdk12.org/funding for more information. 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Erin Kane

Douglas County School District




DCSD Introduces “Did You Know?” Series
The purpose of the program is to highlight unique programs, school amenities, and interesting fun facts about DCSD and its staff and students. Look for the Did You Know? series on DCSD’s social media channels, website, and newsletters. The series appears on the DCSD website home page, underneath the Behind the Scenes section. It will also link to a landing page, where you can access more Did You Know? Stories.

Milestone Anniversaries
Eight DCSD schools are celebrating milestone anniversaries this school year. DCSD’s roots run deep! Lots of memories have been made at these long-time schools. Cherry Valley Elementary in Castle Rock and Sedalia Elementary are celebrating their 70th anniversary; Larkspur Elementary, Pine Lane Elementary in Parker, and South Ridge Elementary in Castle Rock are celebrating golden anniversaries; Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch and Ponderosa High School in Parker are celebrating their 40th anniversary, and Summit View Elementary in Highlands Ranch is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Castle View High School Senior Selected for Croation Selection of North American Boys Soccer Team
Castle View High School Senior Matthew Reljanovic was chosen to join the Croatian Selection of North America Boys Soccer Team this summer as they traveled this summer to Zagreb, Croatia to play the top youth academy teams from Croatia’s professional soccer league. This ten-day tour culminated in a game against the Croatian youth national team, for which Matthew was named team captain. Matthew is currently a co-captain for the Castle View boys varsity soccer team. Congrats Matthew and Go Sabercats!

Sand Creek Elementary Hosts Meet the Teacher Scavenger Hunt
Sand Creek Elementary hosted a Meet The Teacher Scavenger Hunt this year to give students the opportunity to see their new classrooms for the year, as well as give their VIG (Very Important Grown-up) a tour of their Specials classrooms and the cafeteria. The Scavenger Hunt was a huge success making this the highest attended Meet the Teacher event the school had ever hosted! Great job Sand Creek!

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


Mental Health Resource of the Week
Showing Teens Healthy Ways to Cope

Megan Miccio, a school health professional at Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School, says adults can help the teens in their lives deal with stress — and avoid using harmful substances to cope —  by doing two important things: 1) talking about substance use and 2) modeling healthy coping skills. Here are some ways you can teach healthy behaviors by practicing them yourself:

Literacy Resource of the Week

The Challenge of Learning to Read
No other skill taught in school and learned by school children is more important than reading. It is the gateway to all other knowledge. If children do not learn to read efficiently, the path is blocked to every subject they encounter in their school years.

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

Internet Safety - Parent’s Guide to Discord

If you’ve got a teen in your house, there’s a good chance you have Discord. We don’t mean bickering—we’re talking Discord with a capital D, the chat app that’s especially popular with teens.




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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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.


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]