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Author visits Mesa Middle School, leads workshops

CASTLE ROCK- On Friday, December 4, Mesa Middle School hosted author, cartoonist, and graphic novelist, George O'Connor. O'Connor has written and illustrated a number of children's books, but is perhaps currently best known for his 12-book series, The Olympians, which feature the gods of Greek Mythology, as well as stories of the heroes and monsters of the age.

The Mesa Middle School Library hosted three sessions with O'Connor, including a presentation about his writing process, the stories he's already written, and a sneak peak at his next two books, Apollo and Artemis. Students were also given the opportunity to ask him questions on a range of subjects from Greek Mythology to publishing. 

Two more smaller sessions were held in which O'Connor demonstrated basic drawing techniques, tricks that he's learned as an artist, and had students follow along to create their own images of a cyclops, the face of Zeus or Athena, and a full-body image of a Greek god or hero.

Ten students were also selected to have lunch with O'Connor, during which they were able to have even more in-depth conversations.

O'Connor continually remarked how impressed he was with the students at Mesa. "This was one of the most well organized and downright pleasurable author visits I've ever done," he said.

December 9, 2015 | By CSilberman | Category: Middle School Education, Schools

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On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

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.”