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DOUGLAS COUNTY- When students are given voice and choice in their learning, encouraged to create and invent and are connected to the world outside of their classrooms, the result is not just more engaged kids-- but students that are better prepared for life after school.

Many Douglas County schools offer television or film programs. At some DCSD schools, these digital media students are calling the shots-- from budgeting, to screenplay writing, to storyboarding, to location scouting, interviewing, and more. Watch how the skills they are gaining--at every level of school-- are benefitting these students for their futures.

 

Middle School Level

Students at Mountain Ridge Middle School are responsible for everything from the screen play to the budget while making the school's second full-length film-- Twilight Ridge The Movie. The class is an excellent example of sustainable learning at the middle school level.

 

High School Level

There is something special about room 4104 at Rock Canyon High School. Even first thing in the morning students are excited to be at school and are highly engaged in their learning. Students are empowered to take risks, resulting in amazing technical feats and unparalleled originality, culminating in a year-end film festival. 

 

Elementary School Level

There are TV & Film students at the Elementary level too! Students at Roxborough Elementary take on leadership roles, leading other students in productions for the entire school community and taking charge of the daily announcements. 

 

 

 

 
May 23, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Elementary Education, High School Education, Middle School Education

District News

Colorful dark sky with a near-full eclipse of the sun.

Planning is already underway to ensure that students can experience this unique event. We are asking our staff to take precautionary measures if they plan to involve their students in this amazing experience, to ensure the safety of all involved. Students will be instructed not to look at the partially or even near-fully eclipsed sun with the naked eye.  Additionally, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses—even very dark ones—are not safe for looking at the sun.

 

student speaking at podium, teacher looking at her proudly.

The Boettcher Foundation recently honored 42 Colorado teachers for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students – with five of the teachers coming from the Douglas County School District. Every year, the Boettcher Foundation allows each scholarship recipient to acknowledge the teacher who has had the greatest impact on the student’s life. During a special ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens, each Boettcher Scholar shared moving stories and thoughtful remarks about his or her teacher.

Large group of middle school students walking on an outdoor field.

All Douglas County School District (DCSD) Middle Schools are gaining an additional full-time counselor this year thanks to a recent grant awarded by the State of Colorado totaling nearly $900,000. Each counselor will have a specific focus on school culture and prevention related to mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, the grant includes funds awarded to each middle school for evidence-based prevention programs and activities.