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Monitoring the Storm - January 21, 2018

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Meet David Whitelock, Head Athletic Trainer at ThunderRidge High School

How many years have you been at your DCSD school?   
18 years
 
Where did you go to school? 
I graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver (now MSU of Denver).
 
What is your favorite thing about working at your school?
The kids, the staff, and the traditions that I have been a part of. But mostly...the kids are awesome!
 
What is your best memory while working at your DCSD school?
Every year I look forward to our Field Day Assembly. The student-led competition really showcases the great imagination, creativity, and togetherness that ThunderRidge is all about.
 
What are some other professional experiences you have had?
I have been involved in leadership positions with the Colorado Athletic Trainers' Association (CATA) and am currently the Chairman for the Honors and Awards Committee for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association (RMATA). During my tenure as President of the CATA, I was able to work with some amazing people to help ensure the Colorado Athletic Training Practice Act was maintained, which ensures title protection for Athletic Trainers and ensures safe and proper healthcare is being delivered to all athletes in the state.
 
What are you surprisingly good at?
Pickle Ball and Badminton
 
What is the biggest proof that you are good at what you do?
The disappointed look on my opponents' faces as they walk off of the court defeated.
 
Challengers are always welcome.
 
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Being a dad and a husband.
 
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
Exactly what I am doing now....but with a few more vacation days built in.
 
Family details:
Wife = 1. Married for 24 years.
Children = 2. Both boys. One is a junior at CSU and the other is a senior at ThunderRidge.
Dogs = 2
 
I love spending time with any or all of them doing anything.... except laundry.
 

 

December 11, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Athletics and Activities

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.