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Clear Sky First Graders Organize Benefit Concert for Fellow Student
12/06/2019
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On the evening of Friday, November 1, 2019 the gym at Clear Sky Elementary was filled with tears and laughter. The first grade classes had organized a Benefit Concert for Zoey Cunningham, a fellow first-grader who was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia this past July.
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Counselor Profile: Dr. Alejandra Chavez-Stuart
12/05/2019
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Called “Miss Ale” by her students, Dr. Alejandra Chavez-Stuart brings extensive education and experience to Iron Horse Elementary. Stacy Blaylock, Communications Coordinator, sat down with Dr. Chavez-Stuart to learn more about one of Douglas County School District’s newest school counselors.
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Supporting Mental Health Using Restorative Justice/Practice
12/04/2019
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Over 200 Douglas County School District mental health professionals, administrators, and teachers came together at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in November to discuss an uncommon topic -- Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice (RJ/RP). Workshops like this one give staff the space to talk about how mental health is connected to climate and culture within schools. The practice applies to students, staff, administrators, volunteers, anyone who is part of that school’s community.
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GED Pathway Through D.C. Oakes High School
12/02/2019
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High school can be more difficult for some than others. Some students are eager to move on to college while others want to attend a trade school. Now D.C. Oakes High School offers a certified GED testing center for students who want to move beyond traditional high school.
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CVHS Football Star's Determination Inspires
11/18/2019
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Jordan Jackson is a senior at Castle View High School. His uncommon circumstances have helped to shape his uncommon determination.
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10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Cimarron Middle School
11/12/2019
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A crisp Friday morning in November marked something remarkable: Cimarron Middle School held its 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. As service members and their families arrived, students greeted them at the doors and gave each person a small American flag. Although some things have changed at the school since 2009, one thing hasn’t — students drive the Veterans Day Ceremony from organization to decoration to coverage.
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Schools Celebrate Fall Literacy Week with DCSD Staff, Digital Bookmobile
11/04/2019
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Early October brings to Colorado many things- autumn colors, pumpkin spice lattes, and cooler weather. From October 7-11, it also brought a love of reading to students across Douglas County as Elementary Schools celebrated Fall Literacy Week.
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Alum Returns to the Halls of Ponderosa
11/04/2019
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Many people return to their old high school, reminiscing over fond memories of teachers and friends. However, not many return as a full-fledged judge as one Ponderosa High School alum did for a program called Courts in the Community.
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Local History Comes Alive for Franktown Elementary
10/28/2019
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Did you take pioneers to Pikes Peak? What did you do after the flood? How did you get a time machine? These are the kinds of questions you get when second-grade students come face-to-face with history. "Characters help kids identify their local history," says enactor Mary O'Pry. "It makes it come alive for them."
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Sedalia Elementary Honors Green Ribbon with Day of Community Service
10/16/2019
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In 2017 Sedalia Elementary was honored by the U.S. Department of Education with the Green Ribbon Award. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the award recognizes schools that “reduce environmental impact and costs; improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.” Students and staff celebrate the distinction each year by cleaning up trash in their town. Principal Jeff Johnson estimates that over 300 pounds of trash were collected.
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DCSD Future Career Showcase Offers Clarity, Opportunities for Students
10/04/2019
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It’s often assumed that four years of college will be the next logical step for graduating high school seniors. “Especially in our community,” says Mountain Vista Counselor Michael Monnet, “I think most kids think it’s just not a great idea (to forego a four-year college).” The reality is that many seniors will go to college immediately after high school. What options remain for the students that don’t? That’s where the Future Career Showcase comes in.
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Six DCSD Schools Receive New Flooring
10/03/2019
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Six Douglas County schools received new flooring over the summer thanks to new local funding approved by voters last November. "I've been at Ponderosa for 30 years, and I've never seen the building look better!" exclaimed high school Principal Tim Ottmann
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DCSD Home to 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
09/18/2019
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Douglas County School District (DCSD) is pleased to announce the names of 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students advance in the competition, which awards 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
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Seven DCSD Schools Receive New Roofs
09/17/2019
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Seven Douglas County schools received new roofing over the summer thanks to new local funding approved by voters last November. “The old roof leaked, causing us to have buckets all over the halls,” says Iron Horse Elementary Principal Kirsten Bloomquist. “It was also very unsafe for any district workers who needed to be up there.”
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Meadow View Elementary students wait to enter their temporary school building
Meadow View Elementary is More than a Building
09/12/2019
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The first day of school is always a day of great anticipation for a principal. Lacey Dahl is no different. She just didn’t expect to do it twice in one month. After a summer of planning, and only three weeks into the new school year, Meadow View Elementary’s principal was forced to start again when she received a phone call about the flooding in her school caused by a broken water line leading into the fire sprinkler system.
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Mental Health Kickoff Showcases Eighth Grader's Eagle Scout Project
09/11/2019
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The bright morning sun peeked over the hills in Castle Rock, driving summer heat onto the outdoor Philip S. Miller Amphitheater for a meeting on August 20, 2019. But this wasn’t just any meeting: more than 300 smiling Douglas County School District (DCSD) counselors, psychologists, and social workers all gathered for the first Mental Health Kickoff. “It’s rare that we get an opportunity to meet as a collective group and bring all of [our] Mental Health [team] together,” said Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, Director of Mental Health, summing up the importance of the event. Awaiting each attendee who entered the amphitheater was a vibrant, colorful, glittering Calming Jar made by Kendall Meibos, an eighth-grader at Rocky Heights Middle School.
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DCSD's Policy on Safe Schools
08/29/2019
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Policy ADD directs the Superintendent to develop and maintain a safe schools plan that incorporates 18 key components. These components range from (but are not limited to) providing supervision and security of school grounds, check in procedures for visitors, training for staff and students on emergency response protocols - including practice drills, procedures for safe and confidential reporting of safety concerns, and procedures for the employment, training and use of armed security officers. Each building principal is responsible for implementing the safe schools plan at his or her school. Policy ADD applies to both district-run schools and charter schools.
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DC Student Support Center Receives Colorado Department of Education Grant
08/26/2019
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When students struggle with habitual truancy, behavior incidents, suspension, and even expulsion, Douglas County School District (DCSD) has resources available to help. These resources are about to become even more accessible thanks to a newly-awarded grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The Expelled and At-Risk Student Grant (or EARSS Grant) will provide $1.2 million to the DCSD Douglas County Student Support Center to fund increased truancy intervention programming for a minimum of 2,840 district-wide secondary students who are truant, at-risk for suspension, and expelled over the next four years.
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DCSD Board Policy ADD
08/23/2019
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At a meeting of the School Safety Committee of the Colorado General Assembly on August 20, Douglas County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Dr. Thomas Tucker remarked that DCSD will not allow arming of staff, other than dedicated security personnel, in any of its schools (neighborhood, magnet, alternative, or charter).
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Sunrise At Castle View High School
First Day of School Goals
08/21/2019
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With a new school year comes new goals. The goals in your senior year look a whole lot different than they did in Kindergarten. Here is what some of our students are excited about heading into this new year.
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New Teachers Orientation Day
08/14/2019
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More than 500 new teachers and counselors gathered at Legend this week. They heard about the district's vision and shared in the excitement of the new school year. They talked to us about what they're looking forward to in their first year in Douglas County.
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Roof of Trailblazer Elementary
Summer Bond Projects
08/14/2019
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It was a busy summer throughout the Douglas County School District. Roof replacements, floor replacements and refinishings, security upgrades, new bleachers and turf marked the beginning of work that will continue for the next few years. Thank you Douglas County community for your investment in our schools!
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Students play floor hockey at Teen Scene U
Teen Scene U Keeps Middle School Students Engaged During Summer
08/14/2019
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The prospect of summer break may not always be an exciting one for middle school-aged students. Too often, boredom sets in faster than they thought it would. That’s where Teen Scene U comes in. It’s a Before and After School Enterprise camp specifically built for middle school students in Douglas County.
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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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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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A New Turf For Titans
06/11/2019
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Turf on a football field should be replaced every 10 years as a matter of student-athlete safety. The turf at Legend High School was 11-years-old and showing its age. Thanks to Douglas County voters approving a $250 million Bond in November 2018, the Titans were able to have it replaced sooner rather than later, and a local donor chipped in to make the new turf unique. Find out how this new turf is going to help students at Legend High School, and find out what makes it truly stand out as a premiere sports field in Douglas County.
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