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Blue Knights Chess Tournament the First of Many to Come

CASTLE ROCK -- Students from all over Colorado made the trip to Castle Rock Middle School for what CRMS Assistant Principal Brian Clason hopes becomes a tradition at the school.

“I used to host a lot of Chess Tournaments when I was with [Denver Public Schools]. This is my first year here at Castle Rock Middle School,” says Clason. “We’re hoping to keep it going as we build a program throughout the rest of the year.”

38 young Jedi chess masters competed in what was called the “Blue Knights Chess Tournament,” on Saturday, December 2nd, which gave the participants a series of unranked matches to help hone their skills in a competitive, yet friendly environment.

Naman Kapasi, a student at Mountain Vista High School, took first in the High School portion of the tournament and says events like this are a great entry point for the younger players.

“I appreciate the chance to come and play,” says Kapasi. “It’s a great opportunity to get started in chess.”

Naman Kapasi (right) won the High School portion of the tournament.

“It’s nice because here we can take those hard fast rules out of it, and make mistakes into teachable moments,” says Clason. “Here you can come for the whole day, relax, stay competitive all while building a chess community here in Douglas County.”

Clason also says the diversity of play styles in these unranked matches can benefit the players beyond the chess board.

“I think that prepares them to play competitively, but also preparing them to interact with a wide variety of people.”

Clason and CRMS will host another tournament on February 3, 2018. You can register now at


December 6, 2017 | By NDJones | Category:

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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.