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Feb. 18 Board Briefing

MVHS Pom Team

The Douglas County Board of Education convened for business at 7:00 p.m. on February 18, 2014. Sophie Pepin and Kianna Nguyen, members of the Student Advisory Group and ThunderRidge High School seniors joined Board members on the dais. The Board conducted business items and engaged public comment from a crowd of students, parents, teachers, and community members.

The live stream of board meetings can be found on the official DCSD Livestream channel.

Student and Staff Recognition

The Board of Education was proud to recognize the achievement of outstanding students and staff.

Ameribotics Team

In December, more than 30 students largely from the Douglas County School District represented the United States during the International Robot Olympiad. It was the first time the international robotics event had been held on U.S. soil and it was right here in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

The board honored winners in 13 different categories. DCSD students won a total of 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 10 bronze medals, and 5 technical awards.

Gold Medalists in the Creative Category
Haley Steinke, Castle Rock Middle School, 7th Grade
Ryan Ham, Legend High School, Senior
Sam Zimmer, Douglas County High School, Sophomore
Special Award (Presentation)
Trevor Butcher, Highlands Ranch High School, Freshman
Sanskaar Saxena, Cresthill Middle School, 8th Grade 

Bronze Medalists in the Creative Category 
Akshant Lanjewar, Pine Grove Elementary4th Grade
Robot in Movie (Junior) Gold Medal
Seanan Riley, DCS Montessori, 8th Grade
Robot in Movie (Junior) Bronze Medal
Andrew Sandwisch, Stone Mountain Elementary, 3rd Grade
Caleb Klinger, Stone Mountain Elementary, 5th Grade
Peter Young, Stone Mountain Elementary, 6th Grade
Lucas Sandfeld, Stone Mountain Elementary, 6th Grade 

Robot Push Out (Rivet Class) (Junior) Silver Medal
Cooper Pecha, Stone Mountain Elementary, 4th Grade
Aubrie Lose, Stone Mountain Elementary, 4th Grade

Robot Dance (Challenge) Bronze Medal
Matt Mahoney, Highlands Ranch High School, Freshman
Audrey Menzer, Douglas County High SchoolFreshman
Gillian Menzer, Douglas County High School, Sophomore

Robot Dance (Junior) Special Award
James Morehouse, Stone Mountain Elementary5th Grade 
Cole Merchant, Stone Mountain Elementary, 5th Grade

Robot Survival (Junior) Bronze Medal
Traeton Burmeister, Stone Mountain Elementary, 6th Grade
Symon Brown, Stone Mountain Elementary, 6th Grade

DCSD Fall Photo Contest Winners

Last Fall, DCSD students and staff members were invited to “take a shot” and enter their work into the annual Fall Photo Contest. Contest judges, including local professional photographers, reviewed a total of 929 entries and selected winners in five categories for both staff and for students.

Student Winners:
Grand Prize: Alexandra R. Emond, Ponderosa High School, Junior
Altered: James T. Delahaye, Douglas County High School, Senior
DCSD: Cameron J. Meyer, Chaparral High School, Senior
Nature: Kian Rodwin, DCS Montessori, 8th Grade
People: Camille E. Kireilis, ThunderRidge High School, Junior
Places: Peter H. Sun, STEM School, 8th Grade


Staff Winners:
Grand Prize: Cindra Ross, Douglas County High School, Visual Arts Teacher
Altered: Patty Hayes, Ponderosa High School, Art Teacher
DCSD: Barbara L. Berndt, Rock Ridge Elementary, Early Childhood Education Teacher
Nature: James W. Chapman, Castle View High School, Social Studies Teacher
People: Melanie Rapp, Castle View High School, Teacher
Places: Eric J. Schmidt, Rock Canyon High School, Science Teacher


Mountain Vista High School Pom Team

Congratulations to the Mountain Vista High School Varsity Pom Team.  The team won the 2013 State Hip-Hop Championship on Friday, December 6. The pom team has won five State titles in eight years and they are the only team to have a title in pom, jazz and hip-hop in Colorado.






Public Comment

The Board engaged in public comment with members of the community.

Superintendent Reports

Special Education Director and Mental Health Director Dr. Jason Germain provided information about mental health programs and psychological safety in DCSD.

Meadow View Elementary Principal Patty Magby along with Meadow View teachers, parents, and students presented an update on the Artful Learning model adopted by the school this year.    

System Performance Officer Dr. Syna Morgan provided an update on the READ Act and the transition from CBLA to READ. This is the first year of implementation of the READ Act. The intent of the law and the current state of implementation are shared to present progress and ongoing concerns. View the presentation here

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and Budget Director Scott Smith presented a FY 2013-2014 2nd Quarter Financial Report and Budget Update. 

Quarterly Financial Report
2nd Quarter Financials and FY 2014-2015 Budget Update
Student Based Budget Example

Board Committee & Liaison Reports

Director Judi Reynolds

Adoption of the Consent Agenda

The Board voted by a margin of 6-0 to adopt the consent agenda:  Staff recommendations, detailed in Agenda Items #18-#25, organized for the Board of Education block approval.

Action Items

Board of Education Members discussed the approval of three charter school renewals:

Ben Franklin Charter Renewal
The Board voted by a margin of 6-0 to approve the Ben Franklin Charter renewal for five years.

STEM Academy Charter Renewal
The Board voted by a margin of 6-0 to approve the STEM Academy Charter renewal for three years.

North Star Academy Charter Renewal
The Board voted by a margin of 6-0 to approve the North Star Academy Charter renewal for five years.


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Session 2 audio recording


February 19, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

District News

kids running outside as part of a race

DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.