Week in Review - September 26-30, 2022

Week in Review - September 26-30, 2022
Posted on 09/30/2022

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September 30, 2022

Happy Friday! Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of October? It seems like September just flew by. I hope you are able to enjoy the cooler weather and football season. Speaking of football, tonight’s ThunderRidge vs. Mountain Vista game is the 9Preps Game of the Week! It should be a great matchup! I hope to see many DCSD families there!

DCSD High Schools Will be Open on Election Day

In past years, DCSD high schools have been closed on Election Day so that those school buildings could be used as polling centers. However, Colorado law now requires that polling be open on the Monday before Election Day, as well as Election Day in General Election years. We did not want to our high schoolers to miss two days of school, and therefore, we made the difficult decision to not have our high schools serve as polling centers for the November 8 election. If you prefer to vote in person, you can find polling center locations here

Speaking of voting – November 8 will be here before we know it. Be sure to check the status of your voter registration and get registered to vote by visiting www.govotecolorado.gov

How Additional Funding Would Impact Each Region of Douglas County

Want to know more about how additional funding would benefit schools in the Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch or Parker regions? Hear from our amazing Executive Directors of Schools in these short videos

Have a fantastic weekend! 

Erin Kane

Douglas County School District




Douglas County High School SRO Earns NASRO Practitioner Certificate
Congratulations to Douglas County High School’s School Resource Officer, Paul Rodrigue, who has received his NASRO Practitioner Certificate. This is a great honor as it takes years of hard work and dedication to obtain this level of knowledge and experience. To achieve this award, one must complete advanced training as a school resource officer and excel in the area of school-based policing. The requirements are three years as an SRO, completing the Basic and Advanced SRO training course, 160 hours of specialized law enforcement training, and attendance at a NASRO School Safety Conference. Deputy Rodrigue has been assigned as a school resource officer at Douglas County High School since 2017 and has been an SRO for DCSO for seven years. This accomplishment is momentous and one that few school resource officers nationwide can attain. Thank you Deputy Rodrigue for all that you do for the students at Douglas County High School! 

Mountain Vista Engineering/TSA Students Take Second in Rocket Launch Competition
United Launch Alliance (ULA) selected payloads designed by K-12 students to launch aboard three intern-built sport rockets at this summer’s Student Rocket Launch on July 23 in Pueblo, Colorado. Congratulations to the following MVHS Engineering/TSA students: TK Kim, Cody Mailey, Evan Wendling, and Jake Bridge for winning 2nd place in this year's ULA Student Rocket Launch Competition! They won $2400 for their program! Go Golden Eagles!

The Student Rocket Launch, sponsored by ULA and Ball Aerospace, gives students hands-on experience working with rockets and payloads (on-board experiments and instruments deployed after launch). The program aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and space entrepreneurs through an enriching introduction to the world of STEM and rocketry.

Three DCSD Students/Siblings Selected to Perform at CU/UCLA Football Game
Three baton twirlers who currently attend three different schools in DCSD were among the few to perform this past weekend at the University of Colorado vs UCLA football game. The talented teens were among seven other baton twirlers who were chosen to perform for tailgates and halftime with the University of Colorado Feature Baton Twirlers and the University of Colorado Marching Band. Representing Douglas County Schools, the baton twirler for Mountain Vista High School, Jaylyn Luber who currently attends Rocky Heights Middle School and her sister Jolene Luber who currently attends Timber Trail Elementary.

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
Mental Health Myths and Facts

Can you tell the difference between a mental health myth and fact? Learn the truth about the most common mental health myths.

Literacy Resource of the Week

Support Writing at Home

Young children like to scribble, make marks that look like letters, and play with writing. Chances are, your child will experiment with writing long before he or she learns to read. Here are some ways to help your child learn about and practice writing.

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

Parent University

Did you know that DCSD has a variety of videos related to mental health, wellness, and more? Check out the Parent University page of our website to see past Parent University events, many of which include great information from experts. We are proud to offer Parent University through a partnership with Sky Ridge Medical Center! 




Charity Car and Bike Show 

Benefitting the DCSD Bridge Transition Program

Saturday, October 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lone Tree Brewing Company, 8200 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree

Come check out some amazing cars and bikes at the Car & Bike Show, this Saturday! This event benefis the DCSD Bridge Transition Program! This event is free for spectators. More info >>.
Thanks Lone Tree Brewing Company for this unique and amazing partnership!


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 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 - NEW LOCATION

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 State Capitol in Denver. 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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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]