Week in Review - September 19-23, 2022

Week in Review - September 19-23, 2022
Posted on 09/23/2022

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September 23, 2022

As you know, last month, the DCSD Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $60 million Mill Levy Override and $450 million Bond on the November ballot. But what does this mean for our schools?

  • If passed by voters, the MLO would enable us to pay our teachers and staff more competitively with other school districts. If the MLO passes, our teachers would receive, on average, a 9% pay increase (see licensed pay schedule), our classified staff (including educational assistants, custodians, kitchen workers, etc.) would receive a 9% pay increase, and our professional/technical staff and administrators would receive a 6% pay increase. The Board has already passed a resolution that further outlines these pay increases so that they can automatically take effect should the MLO pass. This helps further safeguard and ensure that the MLO money would be spent as outlined on the ballot question.

  • The Bond would enable us to build three new elementary schools in quickly growing neighborhoods (Crystal Valley, The Canyons and Sterling Ranch) and construct additions to Mesa Middle School and Sierra Middle School. It would also help DCSD make necessary repairs and improvements to our existing buildings to provide safe and comfortable learning environments for our students.

Click here to see exactly how your school would benefit from additional funding. And click here to read our full MLO/Bond plan. Thank you, as always, for taking time to learn more about DCSD’s funding needs. 

Next week, I will be holding a virtual town hall to talk about a variety of topics including school security, mental health and future planning. I hope you will join me and bring your questions! I look forward to speaking with you! 

myDCSD Virtual Forum with Superintendent Erin Kane
Wednesday, September 28 

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Click here to join the forum

Have a fantastic weekend! 

Erin Kane

Douglas County School District




Colorado Proud Day Farmers Market at Arrowwood Elementary
This year, in connection with Colorado Proud School Meal Day, DCSD families and members of the community visited a day-long Farmers Market on the front lawn of Arrowwood Elementary in Highlands Ranch. DCSD’s Nutrition Services partnered with Hoffman Farms in Greeley and other local producers, such as Beyond the Hive, Merfs, and Yumbana, which supplied fresh produce and food available for purchase. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase corn, Palisade peaches, shishito peppers, tomatoes, Pueblo chilis, honey sticks, hot sauce and condiments, and gluten-free baked goods. “The Farmers Market was a big success,” said DCSD Nutrition Services Director Jennifer Peifer. “We sold a total of 849 pounds of Colorado-grown produce, including 380 pounds of Palisade peaches and 180 pounds of melon!” 

Chaparral High School Hosts Wolverine Ready Night for College and Career Planning
On September 14, Chaparral High School’s Counseling Department hosted a unique event designed to help students (and their families) become ready for life after high school. The event featured breakout sessions for every grade level on a variety of topics, including the college application process, financial aid and scholarships, and college and career planning. More than 260 people attended the event. A big thank you to the local and ROAR college representatives, CITC and DCSD career presenters, and the community for making this a successful event!

Ponderosa High School Students Participate in CU Boulder Honors Reading Choir
On September 18 and 19, nine Ponderosa High School students had the opportunity to participate in the CU Boulder Honors Reading choir with guest director Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan from Arizona State University. The students were given a folder with four songs they had never seen before and over the course of two days, they learned the music and performed it as a final concert for parents/teachers and community members. They were joined by students from Steamboat Springs, Littleton, Niwot, Lyons, Colorado Springs and Longmont, and truly represented Ponderosa and DCSD well.

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
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
6 Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension

Developing reading comprehension skills is incredibly important for early readers, starting as early as picture books. As school-aged children get older, it will help them understand textbooks, newspapers, and other more complex texts. Scholastic offers plenty of grade-appropriate reading comprehension activity books that can help your child practice, but in addition, here are six tips to sharpen reading comprehension skills in your early reader. 

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

Health Fueled By Fun - Wellness Activities for Kids

Health Powered Kids by Allina Health has made it their mission to educate and encourage kids to prioritize their health and wellness through a number of activities. Whether you’re looking to help your child manage stress better, learn about nutrition, teach them about the benefits of yoga and meditation, or educate them on what kids’ wellness means, we’ve got tips to help! 




myDCSD Virtual Forum with Superintendent Kane

Wednesday, September 28 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Topics: School Security, Mental Health, and Future Planning

Click here to join

Parent University - Mental Wellness: Back to School Anxiety

Hosted by Douglas County School District and Sky Ridge Medical Center

Wednesday, September 28 | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Click here to register

Beginning a new school year can be a stressful time for kids and parents alike. Join Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, Ph.D., DCSD Director of Mental Health for Student Support Services, and Anat ‘Nati’ Geva, PsyD LP, Clinical Psychologist on the HCA Crisis Assessment Team (HCAT), to learn about anxiety that can come with the return to school. You will also learn about the support available to your child in DCSD schools and ways you can help!


2023 Daniels Scholar Applications Now Open
Colorado high school seniors can apply now to become a 2023 Daniels Scholar and receive up to $100,000 toward their college degree. Apply at http://www.danielsfund.org/Scholarships by October 15 to be considered for a scholarship.

The Daniels Scholarship Program provides the opportunity for students to attend the college of their choice. The scholarship, based on financial need, provides up to $100,000 for a student to attend any two- or four-year nonprofit, accredited college or university in the United States.

Youth Congress - Friday, October 7

Calling all DCSD high schoolers! The Douglas County Youth Initiative invites you to attend Youth Congress, an event where adult leaders work with youth on issues that affect the lives of Douglas County youth. This year’s topics will include: Mental Health Classes, Youth Criminal Justice, Pressure to Succeed, School Safety, Dogs in Schools, Youth Voice, Finances, and Trade School. The event takes place on Friday, October 7 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the DCSD Legacy Campus in Lone Tree. Learn more and register at https://bit.ly/3KJWOon


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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