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Students raise $10,000 at memorial tournament

PARKER — What started as a simple idea by a DCSD student turned into a huge community gathering to honor Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis. Students from 24 schools met up at the Warrior Rumble, a volleyball tournament organized by Douglas County students and staff.

Chaparral High School senior Hayley Ferguson said her idea quickly turned into a huge event with 28 teams involved.

“The community just went for it,” Ferguson said. “I just think it’s incredible that something that was so terrible can create something so amazing.”

The tournament and silent auction/drawing featuring 100+ items raised more than $10,000. The money will go to the Claire Davis Fund to help the family with medical expenses. Attendees were also encouraged to sign a pledge book focused on safety and community spirit. Shirts from the Warrior Rumble are still available. They cost $10 each and may be purchased by emailing kdgappinger[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.

Organizers plan to keep the spirit going by launching a student alliance with Colorado high schools.

“We’re starting The Movement Alliance and asking every high school in the metro area to join this alliance,” said Kathy Gappinger, Chaparral High School teacher and tournament organizer. Participating schools will meet at least once a year to pledge against violence and create an environment within schools where students feel safe.

“I hope they keep this going to keep the memory of Claire Davis alive,” Ferguson said. “I just think it’s the right thing to do, keep promoting non-violence and helping people.”

January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Chaparral High School, Athletics and Activities

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.