Week in Review - August 29 - September 2, 2022

Week in Review - August 29 - September 2, 2022
Posted on 09/02/2022

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September 2, 2022

Welcome to September! 

This week we received incredible news! One of our amazing middle school teachers was named a finalist for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Rocio Meli from Castle Rock Middle School! We wish Rocio the best of luck in the remainder of the selection process (the winner will be named by the end of October). Please join me in congratulating Rocio and thanking her for her dedication to our students and for representing DCSD so well! This is the second year in a row that DCSD has had a finalist for this amazing honor (last year Julia Ferre, an eighth-grade science teacher at SkyView Academy was a finalist (read more)). 

In 1887, the State of Colorado, along with four other states (Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) passed laws creating the Labor Day holiday. And, a few years later, in 1894, the U.S. Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday. Labor Day recognizes the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity and well-being. And here in DCSD we absolutely celebrate the hard work of each and every one of our amazing employees.

I hope your Labor Day weekend will be filled with friends, family and some well-deserved relaxation. Thank you for everything you do for the 64,000 students in the Douglas County School District. 

Have a fantastic three-day weekend!

Erin Kane

Douglas County School District




Pine Lane Elementary Celebrates 50 Years
This past Saturday Pine Line Elementary celebrated its 50th anniversary with an event that included school tours, music, bounce houses and food. Former students and staff from Pine Lane have been posting their favorite memories on the school’s website. Congratulations Pine Lane on your 50th anniversary! 

DCSD Staff Participate in Special Olympics of Colorado Plane Pull
DCSD Team - Inna Lindauer (DCHS student-specific nurse), Jeanne Bowler (DCHS EAIV), Maureen Benninger (DCSD PT) and Michelle Rudolf (DCSD OT), along with Jim, Barb and Megan Rudolf and help from the Douglas County Sheriff Special Operations Response Team, pulled a Gulfstream Jet 20 feet in 13.494 seconds for the Special Olympics of Colorado (SOCO) Plane Pull. We also raised $1,500+ to support SOCO athletes. Way to go! 

Rock Canyon High School Student Becomes Publishes Book
Congratulations to Rock Canyon High School senior Jamie Kim who is now a published author. Her book, How to Read for Fun, was published by Luminare Press and is currently available on Amazon. In addition, she has an agreement for expanded distribution and the title will be available at Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, and other major retailers. Wow! What an accomplishment!  

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
How to Calm a Child in 5 Steps

This article will help you understand how you can help a child calm down from intense emotional states and how to prepare for it.

Literacy Resource of the Week

Target the Problem!

Welcome to Target the Problem!, information to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties.

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

When Kids Should Start Swimming Lessons

It's important for every child to know water survival skills as well as how to swim. While swimming lessons can't eliminate the risk of drowning completely, they can keep kids safer around water and help to prevent tragic water accidents, particularly for kids over age 1. Here's an age-by-age guide on swimming lessons for kids, including what to look for and what to expect.





2023 U.S. Senate Youth Program Application available

The United States Senate Youth Program application for Colorado students is available. The 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 4–11, in Washington, D.C. Each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.


High school juniors or seniors with demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service are eligible to apply.

Applications are due on Wednesday, Oct. 12. For more information on eligibility, Colorado’s selection process and application, visit the U.S. Senate Youth Program webpage.


Join the DCSD Family

DCSD is hiring for a variety of positions, including bus drivers, transportation assistants, educational assistants, BASE workers, kitchen assistants, building engineers, security dispatchers, grounds and maintenance and so much more. Learn more and apply today at 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.


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]