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February 17 Board Briefing

Legacy Point receives award

CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County Board of Education convened for a public meeting at 5 p.m. on February 17, 2015. The Board discussed 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 online at the official DCSD Live Stream Channel.

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CVHS recognition

Castle View Co-Ed Cheer Team

MVHS recognition

Mountain Vista Poms Team

PHS recognition

Ponderosa Poms Team

Brandon Lee recognition

Brandon Lee

Student and Staff Recognitions  

The Douglas County School District had an impressive showing, winning a number of state titles at the 2014 State Spirit Championships held at the Denver Coliseum on December 5 and 6.

  • Castle View’s Co-Ed Cheer Team won the 4A/5A State championship in Co-Ed Cheer.
  • Mountain Vista’s Poms Team was crowned the state champion in Hip Hop.
  • Ponderosa’s Poms Team won the State Title in Poms.

Congratulations to these fine athletes. We are proud to have you represent our district.

Brandon Lee, a senior at ThunderRidge High School, is one of two Colorado students selected as Colorado delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program.

A group of 104 student delegates from across the country will attend the program’s 53rd annual Washington Week next month. As a delegate, Brandon will fly to Washington, D.C. to attend meetings and briefings with members of Congress and their staff, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an ambassador to the U.S. and senior members of the national media.

Brandon will also receive a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history and public affairs.

Finally, we are recognizing Legacy Point Elementary, recently named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by the Franklin Covey Company.Legacy Point recognition

This is a national honor that recognizes outstanding achievements in school and student outcomes through the implementation of the Leader in Me framework. It also celebrates the extraordinary impact the framework has on staff, students, parents and the greater community.

At the school, you can see Covey’s “Seven Habits” at work as students “seek first to understand,” “sharpen the saw,” and develop “win-win” opportunities.

Superintendent Reports

Chief Technology Officer Gautam Sethi and his InspirED Innovation team provided an update on the functions and features delivered this school year. They also demonstrated the CITE 1-5 WalkThrough Tool's features and capabilities with embedded perspective from building leaders. View presentation

DCSD Legal Counsel Rob Ross provided an update regarding a waiver from PARCC assessments. View remarks

Chief Financial Officer Bonnie Betz and her team presented  the FY 2014-2015 Second Quarter Financial Report for the Board of Education's review. This report is in compliance with Colorado State Statute and the District's Policy. The report includes information for all District Funds with a comparison from prior year versus current year. The presentation highlighted key points of the quarterly financials.

Adoption of Consent Agenda

The Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the consent agenda, including:


The Board of Education adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

February 18, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Board of Education

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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.