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Board Briefing June 3, 2014

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 7:00 p.m. June 3, 2014.  The Board conducted business items and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers and community members.  
The meeting was livestreamed by the Douglas County School District. The archive can be found at:

The Board of Education recognized the achievement of our several schools, including amazing students, teachers, and community members.
Littleton Fire and Rescue
Rock Canyon High School’s Fire Science program is wrapping up its second year. The program has given students the ability to see first-hand what it is like to be a firefighter, from battling real flames to jumping into an icy lake during rescue training. 
On Tuesday, the Board recognized Littleton Fire and Rescue department, and specifically the following firefighters, for helping to make the program a success:
Chief Chris Armstrong
Divisional Chief Roland Seno
Captain Tim Woodward
Paramedic Ryan Martin
Firefighter Jason Berglund
Firefighter Josh Meneses
Firefighter Sara Banks
Firefighter Jessica Crump
Firefighter Eric Etheridge
The firefighters have committed to more than 100 hours of volunteer instruction and live training over the past two years. 

Castle Rock Elementary School Green Flag Award
Castle Rock Elementary recently earned the Green Flag Award… the top honor given in the Eco-Schools program. Eco-School USA, which is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, recognizes exceptional achievement in conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into the curriculum.
Castle Rock Elementary is one of only 29 schools nationwide and four in Colorado to receive the prestigious award. All four of the Green Flag recipients in Colorado are in the Douglas County School District: Castle Rock, Copper Mesa, Flagstone and Heritage elementary schools.

Highly Effective School Library Programs
Recently three DCSD schools - Acres Green Elementary, Sierra Middle School and Mountain Ridge Middle School - became the latest to be recognized by the Colorado Department of Education and the State of Colorado as having Highly Effective School Library Programs
In order to earn this recognition the application process requires the school teacher-librarians provide evidence to meet 21 criteria on an evaluation rubric. A licensed teacher librarian that collaborates with classroom teachers with instruction and assessment to integrate 21st century skills and technology is an integral piece to receive this award.
On Tuesday, the Board recognized the following individuals for their achievement:
Acres Green Elementary: Tracie King with Principal Gina Smith
Sierra Middle School: Stephanie Meuer and Jennifer Milstead with Principal Michelle Davis
Mountain Ridge Middle School: Peter Vincelette
Spring Athletics
It was an exciting end to the school year in athletics, with several of DCSD’s teams competing into the post season.
Girls Golf
On May 20, Rock Canyon senior Michelle Romano won the 5A Girls State Golf Championship at Raccoon Creek Golf Club. It all came down to a one-hole playoff but she pulled away with the win.
Track & Field
Douglas County had an excellent showing at the 2014 State Track and Field Championship, with four first place finishes. 
Chaparral High School Boys 4x800 Relay Team took top honors at State this year. Their time of 7:51 gave them the edge to beat out Cherry Creek and clinch the win.
BenMorgan, Highlands Ranch, Senior also place 1st in 5A Boys Long Jump at State. He had a jump of: 22-08.50

Boys Swimming
J-P Beach, Douglas County High Senior Placed 1st in State 5A Boys Swimming in the 50 yard Freestyle event.
Boys Lacrosse
The Ponderosa High School Boys Lacrosse Team was crowned 4A State Champs on May 17 after taking down the defending champs from Wheatridge.



DCSD Development and Innovation Officer Pat McGraw and Student and Parent Choice Director Thomas McMillan were joined by representatives from several DCSD schools to discuss Choice Programming and the impact the choices in DCSD have had on students and their performance.
The panel included the following principals: Shanna Martin (Mammoth Heights Elementary School), Brian Rodda (Fox Creek Elementary Principal), Jim Calhoun (Castle View High School), Sohne Van Selus (eDCSD: Colorado Cyber School), Dr. Penny Eucker (STEM School & Academy).

Internal Communications Officer Randy Barber gave a presentation on efforts to improve emergency communication with parents.  
Vice President Benevento spoke about inaccurate reporting in the Colorado Community Media newspapers.

• Adoption of Consent Agenda: Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #15 - #20, organized for Board of Education block approval
• Approval of USDA purchases from Schwans for Nutrition Services lunch program
• Legend High School Right-of-Way Easement
• Novel Adoption DCHS "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”
• Unofficial Board of Education Minutes
• Recommendation for Dismissal of Certified Teacher
• Personnel Changes



The Board has set aside two distinct opportunities for public comment: during consideration of action (consent/action/study) agenda items, and at the end of the meeting for general issues.
During the action portion of the meeting, members of the public may address the Board of Education on any item on the meeting’s decision agenda. Speakers must complete a Public Comment form online and submit it electronically to the Board of Education secretary prior to 3 p.m. on the day of a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Groups representing a consistent viewpoint are encouraged to select one spokesperson to address the Board. 
At the time the Board is considering an agenda item, the presiding member will take public comment. Each person will have three minutes to speak. This is the Board’s opportunity to gather feedback from students, parents, and other stakeholders on matters being taken up for study or decision. We value the input from the community and may incorporate the comment into the discussion of the item. The Board may or may not choose to ask questions of those providing comment on the action item. 
General Public Comment on topics relating to the operations of schools and not on the agenda will be taken at the end of the meeting. Each person will have one minute to speak.
This is the Board’s opportunity to hear from students, parents and other stakeholders for deliberation on future meeting agendas. The Board and Staff may or may not choose to address any point or issue raised during General Public Comment, as they deem appropriate. We encourage those commenting to also provide their thoughts in written form submitted to the Board Secretary, so that the item may be better understood for future consideration.
At the next Board Meeting an account will given for all outstanding General Public Comments, giving the current status of those items, which could include being placed on a current or future meeting agenda, being referred to the district staff for study, or the board declining to take the matter further.
As an additional reminder, only those persons whom the Chair calls upon to speak during Public Comment may speak, and they may do so strictly during the time they are allotted at the podium. Other members of the audience are not permitted to speak at any time during the Board’s meeting, including during Public Comment, during any remarks or comments made by the Board or Staff, or at any other time before adjournment. In addition, public outbursts, applause, hissing, booing, or expressions of support or disapproval of any speaker’s comments are strictly forbidden. Failure to adhere to this important policy promoting the decorum, good conduct, and good order of the Board’s meeting will result in the immediate conclusion of Public Comment. If necessary, those who do not comply will be asked to leave.

June 4, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Board of Education

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.