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Cherokee Trail Mars Project



Lindsey Anderson has undertaken an unusual task - preparing 4th grade students for life on Mars. Projects like Mission To Mars use a methodology called design thinking. It’s part of Cherokee Trail’s process of becoming a STEAM school. They began the transformation in 2015.

“Most of the STEAM elements connect naturally when you have a real-world problem based around content,” says Anderson. Students are tackling problems like communication, math, and even the utilization of human waste to make compost. “The more they do, the more they’re going to learn.” 

They are also learning how to work as a team, and how to problem solve. Anderson assumes the role of facilitator as the small groups guide themselves through their projects. “The amount of knowledge that they’re uncovering with their research and with their own curiosity I would say exceeds what they would ever learn in a textbook.

The future is uncertain when you are going to the red planet. More importantly Anderson knows that the future job market is uncertain. That is what she hopes the design thinking will ultimately help with most. “We don’t know what jobs are going to be available in 20 years, so I’m really teaching them to be adaptable.”

May 1, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.