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Art Show a visual treat

An art piece-- a book cut to appear as a 3D skeleton of a human chest with a rose in the middle

A delight for the eyes, the annual event demonstrates the very large size of art programs in DCSD and how beneficial they are to so many students

HIGHLANDS RANCH - Students young and older showed off their masterpieces to their families and the community at the annual Douglas County School District K-12 Art Show this past weekend. This year, the event was moved to several ballrooms in the Highlands Ranch Hilton Garden Inn, adding an exciting maze-like feel as if one was walking through a museum.

Hundreds of paintings, photographs, sculptures, jewelry and more were on display, representing months of hard work by DCSD students.

“Being able to showcase these students, their talent, it’s a privilege for us,” said Kalen Thornton, ceramics teacher at Legend High School and also a member of this year's Art Show Committee. It’s like a cooking show, they take their food out of the oven in the end and everyone goes ‘ohh!’ That’s kind of what the art show is like for us, we finally get to put this stuff on display so that people can see how big our program is and how beneficial it is to so many students.”

The Art Show was made possible by the hard work of the Art Show Committee, which is made up of art teachers from across DCSD: Melanie Rapp, Wendy Wilson, Kalen Thornton, Ashlee Forney, Laura Sierra, Brenda Van Dyke, Lindsey Ott, Andrew Eckerling and Cindy Ross. The committee began organizing the event in November.

As part of the Art Show, judges were on hand to select just a handful of awardees, who will be honored at a private ceremony sponsored by the Air Academy Federal Credit Union. A full list of award winners can be viewed here.

View the gallery of photos here

April 6, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category:

District News

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.