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Welcome to Behind the Scenes, the DCSD spotlight for good news occurring in and around the Douglas County School District by our amazing staff and students. Learn about the heroes who are impacting our school district every day behind the scenes, and the events taking place within our schools that enrich the educational value for others.

 

National Recognition for Social Innovation Awarded to Mountain Vista Sophomore
05/05/2021
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In March 2021, Sophomore Taylor Witte of Mountain Vista High School (MVHS) received national recognition in the Junior Achievement Social Innovation Challenge for her book vending machine prototype.
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DCSD's Elite Athletes Honored
04/30/2021
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Douglas County School District and the Foundation for Douglas County Schools would like you to join us in congratulating the following elite athletes selected by their schools to be honored for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
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Meet Buttercup, Castle View High School Police Therapy Dog
04/23/2021
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As sweet as she sounds! Castle Rock Police Department and the Douglas County School District are proud to introduce the newest team member of the Castle View High School (CVHS) family, Buttercup. Buttercup is a 2-year-old Golden Retriever-Sheltie mix who joins School Resource Officer (SRO) Scott Gillespie in his duties at the school.
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2021 National Merit Corporate Scholarship Winners
04/23/2021
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DCSD is pleased to announce the 2021 National Merit Scholarship winners. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the first group of winners in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Only 16 students in Colorado are being recognized for their educational excellence with corporate-sponsored awards - with four of those coming from the Douglas County School District.
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DCSD Celebrates Earth Day 2021
04/22/2021
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All across DCSD, earth-friendly school programs and clubs are sprouting up to make a greener tomorrow. Students of all ages are learning to nurture their environments while inspiring wonder.
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Rising RVMS Student Thanks Teachers, Admin for a Successful Competitive Ski Season
04/16/2021
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Sophia Gardner was only five years old when she started skiing the bunny hills at the Loveland Ski Club. What started out as learning skiing fundamentals evolved into a passion for a sport. By the age of seven, Sophia began competing in mini ski races that advanced her confidence and skills. Her father, Bill Gardner, recalls when Sophia had entered a race in Winter Park to try her luck, that standing on the podium as 3rd Place Winner with a metal around her neck was the spark that ignited the fire and love of competitive ski racing.
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Cherokee Trail Elementary Celebrates World Book Day
04/15/2021
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Cherokee Trail Elementary celebrated World Book Day on Friday, March 5th. We had all kinds of book characters roaming our halls, spinning the Wheel of Reading for prizes and choosing free books! The day was made extra special with in-character book readings by Mr. Bartuska (A Giraffe and a Half), Mr. Major (The Beautiful, Fabulous, Phyllis McFee) and Mr. Miller (On Account of the Gum). We're building life-long learners and readers at CTE!
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Apple Award Winners 2021
04/09/2021
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Congratulations to 2021 Apple Awards Winners! Check out some of the extraordinary accomplishments of these extraordinary staff.
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2021 DCSEAC Shining Star Staff Nominations
04/05/2021
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Each school year the Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee (DCSEAC) accepts nominations for its Shining Star program. This award celebrates DCSD staff members who provide outstanding service and care for students that receive special education services. Parents and families have nominated the following staff members for making a difference in the lives of their students in the 2020-2021 school year.
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Celebrating HOSA State Leadership and TSA Winners
04/02/2021
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The Douglas County School District has a lot to celebrate as we share the good news from this week. We are excited to share athletics state championships, conference awards, and more!
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Mountain View Elementary Achieves Level 1 Certification
03/26/2021
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Mountain View Elementary School has been awarded Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools. Level 1 certification means Mountain View Elementary School has created a “Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture,” which is the foundation for every level that follows. Without such a culture, student achievement is compromised, according to Marzano Resources. Day-to-day school operations are addressed and evaluated in Level 1.
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Secondary Students Returned to Full Time In-Person Learning
03/24/2021
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On March 22, Douglas County middle and high school students returned to school for full-time, in-person learning. The back-to-school energy normally felt in August was in full swing. DCSD is the first large school district in the Denver/Metro area to have all students, preschool-12th grade back for full, in-person learning five days a week!
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Celebrating Career & Technical Education Month
02/23/2021
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February is February is CTE month - Career and Technical Education. See how our teachers have adapted to remote learning in these hands-on fields.
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Community Resources Following Events in Washington, DC
01/07/2021
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Recent events at our nation’s Capitol will likely be a topic of conversation in our homes, schools, and workplaces in the coming days. Seeing and hearing about events of this nature can have an impact on our children and their ability to feel safe and secure. They may have questions or want to talk. This may further compound the pressures both adults and children are feeling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Second Semester Update
12/30/2020
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Our plan for preschool, elementary and our most impacted/at-risk students in center-based programs at the middle and high school levels remains the same.
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Rock Canyon Journalism Educator Wins National Award
12/14/2020
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Douglas County School District (DCSD) is pleased to announce that Kristi Rathbun at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) has been recognized as one of the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Pioneer Award recipients. The Pioneer Award is the highest honor NSPA awards to middle and high school journalism educators.
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Return to School Plans
12/11/2020
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As you know, state and national health experts and elected officials have been stating that students should be in school even as positivity rates are at high levels in our communities. We agree that schools are safe and the COVID-19 transmission rates in schools are low, but health experts and elected officials fail to address the real reason why schools are not open: schools do not have enough staff members available (including substitutes, bus drivers and nutrition services personnel) to support in-person learning at every level five days per week. This is mainly due to staff members being ill with COVID-19 or other seasonal illnesses, or being included in quarantines.
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DCSD Names Chief Technology Officer
12/04/2020
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It is a pleasure to share that Mark Blair will serve the Douglas County School District (DCSD) as our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective immediately.
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Thanksgiving Break Message
11/21/2020
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During the Thanksgiving Break, all DCSD schools will be closed and no direct instruction will take place (this includes eLearning). If your child attends a DCSD charter school, please check in with them directly about their schedule for next week.
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DCSD Moving to Remote Learning
11/12/2020
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We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 data in our community, as well as positive cases and the number of quarantines in our schools. At the DCSD Board Meeting on Tuesday we discussed that data was trending towards a change in Douglas County’s status to Level Orange on the CDPHE COVID-19 Dial. Today, we learned that Douglas County’s status will, in fact, be moved into Level Orange effective Friday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. This comes with increased restrictions for our community and our schools.
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COVID-19 Update Nov 06
11/06/2020
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We have important information to share about the status of COVID-19 in our community and what it means for our schools. At this time, the Douglas County School District is NOT moving to full remote learning (nor are we moving our elementary schools back to the hybrid learning model). However, the current COVID-19 data in our community is quickly trending in the wrong direction. It appears that tomorrow our Decision Dashboard score will have dropped for the second week in a row.
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Updated Quarantine Protocols
10/27/2020
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recently updated its COVID-19 guidance for cases and outbreaks in child care and schools, which allows school districts, under certain circumstances, to be more targeted in determining which students and staff to place on quarantine if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a school or classroom. Effective immediately, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is revising its quarantine process to reflect this updated guidance. DCSD will continue to implement comprehensive health and safety processes and work to reduce the number of quarantined students and staff by using targeted contact identification when possible.
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Need to Switch Learning Preferences for Second Semester?
10/23/2020
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Douglas County School District (DCSD) families who wish to change their child’s learning preference (i.e. Hybrid/In-Person to eLearning or vice versa) for the second semester can do so between Friday, October 23 and Sunday, November 1. Changes to learning preferences will become effective in January 2021 and continue through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to make changes is Sunday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m.
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eLearning Teachers Find Joy Amid Challenges
10/06/2020
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Every school day morning, Patrick Allen greets his second-grade students one by one and, once everyone is present and settled, introduces the first topic of the day. Enter any second-grade classroom, and you will likely see something similar, except that as an eLearning teacher, Allen’s classroom exists virtually.
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DCSD Names Corey Wise as Sole Finalist for Interim Superintendent
09/24/2020
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At a Special Meeting of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education on Thursday, September 24, the DCSD Board voted 5-0 (two board members were absent) to name Corey Wise as the sole finalist to serve as the school district’s interim superintendent. Mr. Wise is serving in his 25th year in the Douglas County School District. He began in the district as a student teacher, and later held the roles of teacher, assistant principal, and founding principal of Legend High School. He currently serves as DCSD’s Executive Director of Schools for the East Highlands Ranch Region and Alternative Education.
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DCSD Search for Interim Superintendent
09/20/2020
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DCSD Board to reconvene at a future date to continue the process of naming an interim superintendent
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Colorado Proud School Meal Day 2020
09/18/2020
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The definition of health in the COVID-19 era often refers to safety mitigation measures like wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, handwashing, and other areas focused on physical hygiene. However, Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services keeps another component of health in mind—nutritious, fresh, and locally-sourced food.
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DCSD Elementary Students to Return to In-Person Learning
09/16/2020
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Last night (Sept. 15) the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education voted unanimously to return our elementary students to full-time, in-person learning by a target date of October 19, 2020.
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Remembering 9/11
09/11/2020
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Dear Douglas County School District Family, It has been nineteen years since that tragic September day we now refer to as 9/11, also known as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
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Over 30 DCSD Locations Receive Bond Improvements
09/10/2020
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Over the Summer of 2020, more than 30 Douglas County School District (DCSD) locations underwent capital improvements funded by the $250 million Bond approved by Douglas County voters in 2018.
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National Suicide Prevention Month
09/09/2020
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Suicide prevention takes the entire community working together and DCSD has worked hard at forming relationships with community partners to make sure students and families are comprehensively supported.
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Important News from DCSD Board of Education
09/08/2020
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We have important news to share with our school district family. At a Special Meeting of the DCSD Board of Education on September 8, Superintendent Thomas Tucker resigned from the school district, effective September 30, 2020.
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DCSD Road to Return Community Town Hall on August 5
07/31/2020
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DCSD invites families and community members to join us for a conversation about the DCSD Road to Return. Town hall panelists will include DCSD Superintendent Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D., Dr. John Douglas, Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department, and Douglas County School District Leadership. Topics to be addressed include: student wellness, health and safety protocols, learning models, and more.
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Back To School 2020 Update
07/17/2020
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Transitioning our students and staff back to school requires community collaboration and we thank you for your continued partnership. We will continue to update and refine our re-entry plan to incorporate feedback, the changing environment, and pending guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on reopening schools protocols. This information, along with our, forthcoming, full plan document, and frequently asked questions will be presented and reviewed by the Douglas County Board of Education at its upcoming special meeting Saturday, July 25.
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Important Update: 2020-21 School Year
07/14/2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with many challenges and continuously changing information. And with that, we understand that the idea of returning students and staff to the classroom comes with great anxiety. As the safety of our staff and students is of utmost importance, the decision to return to in-person learning is not one we are taking lightly. We are listening to the concerns of our community and working to answer the many questions being raised by our students, parents, staff, and community members.
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A Few Good Minutes: What to Expect During Graduation [Video]
06/19/2020
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June 19, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," Chris meets with DCSD Director of Activities and Athletics, Derek Cheney, to see what graduates and families can expect during next week's graduation ceremonies.
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Staff Perspective: Jeremy Goldson, MVHS
06/18/2020
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Jeremy Goldson teaches several theatre, sports broadcasting, and film classes at Mountain Vista High School (MVHS). Douglas County School District (DCSD) Communications Coordinator, Stacy Blaylock, sat down with Goldson to learn more about how and why he switched from prioritizing content to prioritizing community with his passionate students.
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Athletics and Activities Return on June 22
06/17/2020
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It has been a long road, but I am happy to say we are just days away from the return of Athletics/Activities in the Douglas County School District (DCSD)! Over the last several weeks, we have worked closely with local and state health agencies, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), other schools in the metro area, and DCSD leadership to determine when our students could return to athletics and activities. I know all of us - students, coaches/sponsors, and parents - have been looking forward to this day!
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DCSD Parent Engagement Expands During Remote Learning
06/10/2020
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During the recent remote learning period, Douglas County School District (DCSD) expanded its parent engagement opportunities with a series of online webinars on social-emotional well-being. With homes now serving as the classroom, parents became more involved in their child's education helping their students both academically and emotionally. Resources offered by DCSD aimed to connect parents with community experts who can help families build additional skills in supporting and empowering their children.
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Condemning Racism and Social Injustice
06/03/2020
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We launched this school year with the theme of “Growing Together” to celebrate the power of interdependence and moving together toward a common vision and direction. Who knew that only a few months later we would be faced with obstacles that threaten the very core of “growing together”: a pandemic health crisis restricting physical contact, a virtual learning model minimizing relational interactions, the most extreme acts of racism and social injustice, an economic crisis resulting in increased unemployment and a significant burden on our families, and political unrest that has amplified divisiveness and polarization.
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Staff Perspective: Debbie Tawzer, Legend High School
06/03/2020
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Like many educators, Debbie Tawzer, the Internship Coordinator and Digital Design/Engineering Teacher at Legend High School faced technological challenges when Douglas County School District (DCSD) switched to remote learning. Stacy Blaylock, DCSD Communications Coordinator, chatted with Tawzer on how she continued teaching classes that relied on specialized technology and in-person internship work.
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Rock Canyon Biotech Program Creates Problem Solvers
06/01/2020
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The Biotechnology program at Rock Canyon High School has developed into a robust opportunity for Career and Technical Education (CTE) since its opening in 2008. By designing, developing, and funding their own research, students hone the practical and interpersonal skills that will help them succeed in science and beyond.
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Staff Perspective: Rex Corr, Castle View High School
05/27/2020
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Rex Corr, Ph.D., has been principal at Castle View High School for more than three years. The COVID-19 pandemic shut the building’s doors, but Corr has stayed focused on his students, especially in celebrating the graduating Class of 2020.
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Ranch View Middle School Musicians Explore Music Composition
05/21/2020
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When Douglas County School District (DCSD) school buildings closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the abrupt disruption to traditional classroom learning astounded students, teachers, and families. Adjusting to the new remote learning arrangement required creativity, especially by music teachers whose band, orchestra, and choir students depend on one another to perform.
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Staff Perspective: Bas Wolf, Highlands Ranch High School
05/18/2020
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Bas Wolf heads the in-school Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) program at Highlands Ranch High School (HRHS). Though ACE falls under Career and Technical Education, the program is unique among Douglas County School District. Stacy Blaylock, DCSD Communications Coordinator, chatted with Wolf about his focus on self-discipline and community and how that has made the shift to remote learning meaningful for both him and his students.
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A Few Good Minutes: Teacher Appreciation and Persevering Graduates [Videos]
05/08/2020
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May 8, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," we thank the many people that make Douglas County School District so special, we talk about the students who are receiving a special scholarship for their amazing resiliency, and we make fun of Nate’s mullet.
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DCSD Town Hall: Supporting Mental Health and More
05/05/2020
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Please join Douglas County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. and special guests Scott Cypers, Ph.D., Director of Stress and Anxiety programs at the Helen and Arthur E Johnson Depression Center, DCSD School Board Director Christina Ciancio-Schor, and DCSD Personalized Learning Officer Nancy Ingalls for a community town hall meeting that you can join from the comfort of your own home.
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National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020
05/04/2020
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The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. On behalf of the Douglas County School District, I would like to express my deep appreciation to our teachers for the heroic work they do each day to ensure the success of each of our students. Our talented professional educators provide high-quality teaching, learning and emotional support to ensure our students are prepared for college, career and life.
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A Few Good Minutes: Reaching Out and Challenging Confinement [Video]
04/27/2020
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April 24, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," DCSD teachers, students, and parents are piercing through isolation and saying, "You matter" to one another.
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Community Town Halls All In One Place
04/24/2020
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Join our Superintendent, Dr. Thomas S. Tucker, and special guest panelists for virtual Town Hall Meetings to answer questions on DCSD's summer plans, budget, finances, and more.
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A Few Good Minutes: Creative Ways DCSD Students and Teachers are Staying Engaged [Video]
04/17/2020
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APRIL 17, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," from Little Pups and sporty Mustangs to TikTok teachers and sewing students, our DCSD community proves how a bit of creativity keeps us connected while we're apart.
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DCSD Community Town Hall April 16
04/15/2020
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Thank you to all who RSVP'd for the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Community Town Hall meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 16, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. The response has been extraordinary - we received more than 1,000 RSVPs, as well as many great questions. The virtual town hall is open to all DCSD parents, students, and community members, and we hope you will join us!
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A Few Good Minutes: Adapting to Remote Learning [Video]
04/14/2020
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APRIL 10, 2020: Remote learning has been an adjustment for everyone. Through it all, we've seen some great and heartwarming stories that have come out of it. Here are just some of them.
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