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Castle View, Highlands Ranch chosen for prestigious honor by Colorado Music Educators Association

COLORADO SPRINGS – Few schools are chosen for the privilege of performing at the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) annual conference. This year, two Douglas County School District high schools received the honor.

Castle View High School woman’s choir and Highlands Ranch High School’s full orchestra (the school’s top chamber orchestra combined with the top Wind Ensemble), will perform this weekend at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

This is the third time Versailles, Castle View High School's top auditioned women's choir, will be performing at the Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference. The choir performed in 2011, 2014, 2017. What makes this an even more remarkable achievement is that schools are only eligible to perform every three years. In other words, Versailles has been invited to perform three consecutive times.

Highlands Ranch has also appeared multiple times at CMEA. The full orchestra last performed at the conference in 1998 and the school's string orchestra has played the event twice since then.

Friday, January 27 at 9 a.m. 
Castle View High School woman’s choir, Versailles
Lead by:  Heath Walter, Castle View Director of Choral Activities
Castle View's women's choir, Versailles, poses for a photo outside of the high school

2016-2017 Versailles

Soprano I
Claire Cartwright (10)
Anabella Clancy (10)
Sierra Hintze (12)
Karlie Murray (12)
Ashley Purslow (11)
Annie St. George (10)
Jeanette Sikes (10)
Andy Valore (11)

Soprano II
Sarie DeSoto (12)
Julia Dickson (12)
Jessica Freund (11)
Caylee Hajde (11)
Maia Hawkins(10)
Abigail Lehrer (11)
Samantha Luckiw (11)
Ashley Martin (11)
Noel McCauley (12)
Autumn Stoltz (10)
Hannah Vasil (11)
Megan Walker (10)

Anna Arnholt (12)
Sarah Beam (11)
Brianna Cassidy (12)
Emily Clouston (11)
Cheryl Cook (11)
Anna Hemphill (10)
Marcella House (10)
Peyton Howell (10)
Zoie Jaten (11)
Jordan Koler (10)
Aimee Lee (10)
Katherine Reiner (11)
Kaitland Schaper (11)
Tyler Sherman (10)
Sammy St. John (11)
Jori Tellinghuisen (11)
Melissa Wilson (12)

Renee Alderman (12)



Saturday, January 28 at 10:15 a.m.
Highlands Ranch High School Full Orchestra
Led by:  Kevin Larsen, Highlands Ranch High School Director of Bands and Ryan Woodworth, Highlands Ranch High School Director of Orchestras
Highlands Ranch High School's full orchestra poses for a photo.

MORE INFORMATION: Colorado Music Educator Association Conference Flier

January 25, 2017 | By rmbarber | Category:

District News

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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.