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On stage at Apple Awards, Mike Weaver shaking hands with emcee. Steve Cook and Erin Kane on left hand side.
May 5, 2017 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK - It was a celebratory tone at the

teachers at last year's apple awards ceremony
February 21, 2017 | By CSilberman

The Douglas County Educational Foundation has released the names of the individuals who have been named as 2017 Apple Award representatives. The teachers and support staff members listed here were chosen from this year’s field of Apple Award nominations, submitted by members of the Douglas County School District community. 

The glass awards for apple finalists on display at the 2016 Apple Awards
October 27, 2016 | By rmbarber

In response to teacher feedback and a desire to encourage even more students, parents and employees to participate -- the Douglas County Educational Foundation announced plans this week to expand its nomination window for the upcoming 12th Annual Apple Awards. The Foundation will accept nominations starting, Monday, November 14, 2016 and the window will remain open through Winter Break to Friday, January 13, 2017.

March 5, 2016 | By rmbarber

The ballroom at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was packed with Douglas County educators as Douglas County School District’s best were honored during the annual Apple Awards.

December 2, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County Educational Foundation has released the names of the individuals who have been named as 2016 Apple Award representatives.

September 10, 2015 | By rmbarber

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Apple Awards. Deadline: Sunday, October 4!

February 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District celebrated the work of its teachers, support staff and administrators during the 2015 Apple Awards.

2015 Apple Awards
February 11, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Last week Apple Award Certificates with pewter Apple Award pins attached, were sent to  at schools and sites for distribution to nominees during Apple Celebration Week, February 16-20.

October 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

There hasn’t been a lot of time for the new leader of the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) to get his bearings.

Jenny Henry
March 6, 2014 | By rmbarber

For teachers, changing the your classroom philosophy and approach is not something that is easily done. Walking into Jenny Henry’s 5th grade classroom at Copper Mesa Elementary, it’s obvious this isn’t an “old school” teacher-led class. 

Mark Newton
March 6, 2014 | By rmbarber

Molding young, impressionable minds into a professional level journalist is quite the challenge. In the fast-paced world of 21st century journalism, digital natives at Mountain Vista High School are at the top of their game.

March 1, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District gathered on Saturday to honor some of the District’s best educators, support staff members and administrators during the 2014 Apple Awards.

Apple Awards graphic
February 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – On Saturday, March 1, the 2014 Apple Awards will recognize the excellence and dedication of Douglas County School District (DCSD) employees.



District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.