Week in Review - September 5-9, 2022

Week in Review - September 5-9, 2022
Posted on 09/09/2022

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September 9, 2022

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. While suicide prevention is absolutely important every day of the year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Suicide Prevention Month gives us an opportunity to shine a special, encouraging light on this topic that affects us all, and send a clear, hopeful message that help is available, and suicide can be prevented. For example, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free & confidential support and be reached simply by calling or texting 988 or chatting 988lifeline.org. Learn more about suicide prevention resources and how you can get involved. 

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Our very own South Ridge Elementary in Castle Rock is turning 50. Tomorrow they’re hosting a 50th birthday celebration and everyone is invited! Stop by tomorrow (Saturday, September 10) from 4-7 pm for face painting, ninja course, bounce house, obstacle course, carnival games and food trucks (click here to view the invitation). Congratulations South Ridge on 50 years! Thanks for being part of the DCSD family! 

Have a fantastic weekend!

Erin Kane

Douglas County School District




Ponderosa Hosts 9Prep Game of the Week Pep Rally
This past Friday, the Chaparral High School versus Ponderosa High School football game was selected as the 9NEWS Game of the Week. Scotty Gange of 9NEWS spent the morning with the home team Mustangs as they got ready to enjoy their game against crosstown rival Chaparral High School. Watch the video. >>

DCSD Tenor/Bass Choral Festival
On September 2, tenor/bass choir members from DCSD high schools gathered together at Rock Canyon High School for a day of singing! The guest clinician was Dr. Raul Dominguez from Regis University. Ponderosa’s own Vocal Music Director, Paul Faulk, accompanied Dr. Dominguez on the piano. DCSD students from across the district practiced works such as “The Dawn's Awake'' by Laura Farnell, “Cielito Lindo”, Arranged by Juan Tony Guzman, and “Break It Down” by Jonathan Pilgrim. In the afternoon, each high school had the opportunity to perform what they had learned for teachers and chaperones!

DCSD Librarians Kick Off the School Year
On Friday, August 26, the District Library Media Center hosted an all school “Librarian Kick-Off” event at the new DCSD Legacy Center. Sixty-one DCSD schools were represented by 75 library staff members who participated in a variety of sessions that included literacy, Sora training, collection development, interactive read alouds, circulation, and Destiny training. Eight book and digital resource vendors were present to offer product support, free books, and lunch for all participants. Librarians were able to connect with one another and learn a variety of skills to take back to their buildings to continue to support all DCSD students and staff.

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
Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) - Partners for Childrens’ Mental Health

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) is a gatekeeper course focused on reducing suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This free course is specifically focused on youth in Colorado, however, the skills of QPR transfer to other ages and states. Click here for dates, time and to register

Literacy Resource of the Week

HelpNow Homework Help via Douglas County Libraries

Douglas County Libraries offers free homework help from professional tutors. Grab your library card and use HelpNow for free access to online tutoring, homework help, practice tests, writing reviews, study tools, and more! Learn more. >>

Total Wellness Resource of the Week

Recipes from the American Heart Association

"Delicious. Simple. Affordable. Quick. Cooking that's good for your heart and your wallet". Read more. >>





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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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]