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DCSD Nutrition Services Continues Meal Program to Feed Kids Throughout Summer
07/03/2019
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During the summer inside the kitchens of Castle View and Chaparral High Schools, you’ll find nearly 20 employees working as hard as ever– providing free breakfast and lunch meals to kids and families that need them most.
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STEM School Charter Contract Renewed
06/29/2019
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On Saturday, June 29, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted 6-0 (one director was absent during the vote) to renew the charter contract for STEM School Highlands Ranch for a term of five years effective July 1, 2019
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2019 National Merit Scholarship Recipients
06/17/2019
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More than 1.6 million students from 22,000 high schools across the country entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently released the names of winners from two award categories: Corporate Sponsorship Awards and $2,500 Awards. Recipients of a third category, College and University Sponsorship Awards, are scheduled to be announced this summer.
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2019 Shining Stars Staff Nominations
05/24/2019
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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 are providing outstanding service and care for students who receive special education services. Parents and families have nominated the following staff members for making a difference in the lives of their students.
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Boettcher Foundation Recognizes Scholars and Teachers in 2019
05/23/2019
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Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for a prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship -- a four-year scholarship that includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of their choice. We are excited to announce that two students from Douglas County School District were named 2019 Boettcher Scholars and we are proud that 10 DCSD educators received Teacher Recognition Awards from the Boettcher Foundation.
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Administrator Scholarship Recipients, Class of 2019
05/23/2019
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Every year, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Administrator Scholarship Program honors graduating seniors from across the district. Students who are awarded this scholarship have often overcome personal challenges. These students show grit, determination and resiliency.
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Missy Martin 2019 Scholars: Where Positivity Creates Positives and Seniors Conquer Hardship
05/23/2019
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When a train collided with Missy Martin Berg's car in 2002, the shock and trauma of the accident rippled throughout the district. Despite the following hospitalization, coma, and life-long health effects, Missy still graduated from Douglas County High School and transformed tragedy into triumph. In the wake of her accident, Missy founded the charitable organization Future Hope Foundation, which awards scholarships to graduating seniors who have overcome insurmountable challenges during their time as Douglas County students.
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Apple Awards 2019 Guests
DCSD 2019 Apple Award Winners Announced
04/24/2019
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It was a night of fast cars, 80’s rock and roll, and most importantly, some of the most outstanding staff and educators in the Douglas County School District. Saturday, April 6, 2019 marked a drastic change in format for the annual Apple Awards– an awards program that highlights amazing work being done by DCSD educators, administrators, and department employees.
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From the Supt: DCSD Celebrates Public Schools Week
03/26/2019
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Here in Douglas County, we have over 8,000 teachers and staff who are providing our 68,000 students, across 91 schools, with the skills they need to succeed in our ever-changing world. Our teachers, principals, counselors, support staff and others are key to helping our students succeed.
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A former student relates her experience from the Discovery Program
Pine Lane Hosts Discovery Program Alumni Panel
02/19/2019
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As parents of gifted children know, being advanced doesn’t always mean school is easy. That’s where the Discovery Program comes in. Prospective parents and students gathered at Pine Lane to hear from some of the program’s alumni.
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Chad's Wish
02/15/2019
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The Mountain Vista community granted the wish of six year-old Chad Isaacs - a big fan of professional wrestling.
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2019 Apple Award Recipients Announced
2019 Apple Award Recipients Announced
02/07/2019
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The Foundation for Douglas County Schools has announced each school and department's representatives for the 2019 Apple Awards
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National Letter of Intent Signing Day 2018-19
02/07/2019
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Students from around Douglas County sign their letters of intent to play collegiate sports. See the full list here.
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Prairie Crossing teacher Steve Martin celebrated at retirement
01/10/2019
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Steve Martin has been an ESL teacher at Prairie Crossing Elementary for the past 16 years. He recently retired, but continues to teach. He now teaches people about ALS, the disease he battles.
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Polly Poindexter
Rock Canyon's Polly Poindexter memorialized with poem and song
12/19/2018
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Over the summer Rock Canyon High School lost their beloved registrar, Polly Poindexter, to cancer. A poem was found at her desk. It was set to music. This holiday season the school's Women's Select Choir is using the song as a reminder to embrace opportunities to tell the people you love that you care.
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Coding Night Brings Families Together
12/12/2018
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Connecting with your kids isn’t always easy. The generation gap can be especially noticeable with technology. So Debbie Blair, the technology co-teacher at Prairie Crossing, helped start Family Coding Night - part of a national effort to emphasize coding in schools. It's giving students skills that will help prepare them for any career.
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Renaissance Secondary Students help local homeless
Renaissance Secondary Students Help Local Homeless
11/30/2018
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Students at Renaissance Secondary School were determined to make a difference globally by tackling an important local issue.
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The Battle of Bennington
11/29/2018
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History is sometimes better experienced than read about. 5th graders at Franktown Elementary experience the Revolutionary War through costumes, weapons, smoke, and combat.
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Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge
11/20/2018
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DCSD students from six different schools experienced a simulation that tested their ability to perform under pressure at the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge.
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Gratitude to Giving
11/20/2018
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Sage Canyon Elementary's Paula Bishop wanted a way to fight childhood hunger during the holidays. She teamed up with over 700 students and an old friend to give a happier Thanksgiving to families in need.
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Oasis Mental Health founders
ThunderRidge students create non-profit group focused on mental health
10/08/2018
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Students at ThunderRidge are looking to destigmatize the conversations around mental health.
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Transportation Employees Place High In Skills Competition
08/09/2018
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Two technicians and a trainer all placed high in the 2018 CSPTA competition
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Raptor Visitor Management System will aid school securitynews
Visitors walking into any Douglas County school, whether to volunteer or spend some time with their child, will notice a change to the school’s visitor pass process. In our continual effort to increase safety and security at our schools, the Douglas County School District has implemented the Raptor Visitor Management System - a system that utilizes government-issued IDs or the driver’s license of building visitors upon their arrival.
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Mesa Students Bridge the Gap Between Theory and Practice to Design Workable Solutions to Global Issuesnews
Have you ever asked yourself, “what is my role as a Global Citizen?” It’s a question that may not cross your mind too often, but students at Mesa Middle School spent two semesters answering it. Mesa Middle School Professional Learning Specialist Mary Murphy created the Innovation and Design: Social Enterprise pilot elective course where seventh and eighth-grade entrepreneurs tackled global and local community challenges. Students designed working prototypes after investigating issues, developing empathy for the affected communities, gathering field research, testing a prototype, and collecting data during the testing period.
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