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Week in Review - November 28-December 2, 2022
12/02/2022
Happy blustery Friday, I hope everyone was able to get a little sleep last night despite those winds. The weather here in Colorado is always so unpredictable, especially this time of year. That can bring up many questions about how we determine when schools will be delayed or closed. Please take a moment to review my communication from November (if you haven’t already). Remember, if you don’t hear from us about a delay or closure by 5:00 a.m., then schools are open as normal (if your child attends a DCSD charter school, be sure to check in with them for their status).
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Week in Review - November 14-18, 2022
11/18/2022
Happy snowy Friday (although in true Colorado fashion the snow is nearly a memory already)! Thank you for your patience and understanding related to the delayed start of school this morning. The roads were incredibly icy last night and the extra 90 minutes this morning made a huge difference in providing time for road conditions to improve and for us to get all of our school parking lots plowed and buildings ready for the day. I hope you received the email and text notifications about the delay yesterday evening. If not, please be sure that you are signed up to receive emergency notifications from us, click here to learn how. DCSD employees, you can update your preferences to receive emergency notifications within Workday.
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Week in Review - November 7-11, 2022
11/11/2022
Happy Veterans Day! I want to take a moment to sincerely thank the veterans across Douglas County and our entire country for their service. Thank you for providing us with the freedoms we enjoy each day. We have many staff, parents, alumni and community members within our school district who are veterans and we celebrate and thank each and every one of them!
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Week in Review - October 31-November 4, 2022
11/04/2022
Happy Friday! We made it through our second snow of the season. With the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, so far, the snow hasn’t been able to stick to roads for very long. However, we know that will change as winter progresses. Click here to learn more about how we determine delays and closures (snow days) when inclement weather occurs.
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Week in Review - October 24-28, 2022
10/28/2022
Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful Fall Break and are enjoying the cooler weather we’ve experienced this week. Prior to the break I had the opportunity to visit with the students and staff at Mountain Ridge Middle School. Join me on my tour, hear the amazing conversations and learn more about this incredible and welcoming middle school on the latest edition of Super’s Vision.
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Week in Review - October 10-14, 2022
10/14/2022
Happy Friday! I hope you have been able to enjoy this fall weather and all of the gorgeous colors that go along with it. As you know, the DCSD Board of Education unanimously voted to place a $60 million Mill Levy Override and $450 million Bond on the November ballot. Unfortunately, some of the information about these ballot initiatives that appeared in the 2022 General Election Tabor Book (otherwise known as the Blue Book or Voter’s Guide) was inaccurate. I addressed the misinformation during the Board of Education meeting this past Tuesday.
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Week in Review - October 3-7, 2022
10/07/2022
Happy Friday! I hope October is off to a fantastic start for you and your loved ones. October is often associated with Fall and Halloween, among many other things. But, here in DCSD it is also known for the start of Apple Award Nominations! For 17 years now the Foundation for Douglas County Schools honors exceptional educators and staff who are inspiring a love of learning in students and are trailblazing extraordinary innovation in our schools. It’s truly such a gift and a joy for our teachers and staff to receive nominations especially when they come from students, former students and their families.
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Week in Review - September 26-30, 2022
09/30/2022
Happy Friday! Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of October? It seems like September just flew by. I hope you are able to enjoy the cooler weather and football season. Speaking of football, tonight’s ThunderRidge vs. Mountain Vista game is the 9Preps Game of the Week! It should be a great matchup! I hope to see many DCSD families there!
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Week in Review - September 19-23, 2022
09/23/2022
As you know, last month, the DCSD Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $60 million Mill Levy Override and $450 million Bond on the November ballot. But what does this mean for our schools?
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Week in Review - September 12-16, 2022
09/16/2022
DCSD’s calendar committee (made up of DCSD parents, students, leaders, teachers, and classified staff) have been working hard since January to develop four academic calendar options for the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 school years. Now we want to hear from you – our parents, students and staff members – regarding your feedback to these four calendar options and which one you like the best. Here’s how you can make your voice heard.
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Week in Review - September 5-9, 2022
09/09/2022
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. While suicide prevention is absolutely important every day of the year, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, National Suicide Prevention Month gives us an opportunity to shine a special, encouraging light on this topic that affects us all, and send a clear, hopeful message that help is available, and suicide can be prevented.
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Week in Review - August 29 - September 2, 2022
09/02/2022
Welcome to September! This week we received incredible news! One of our amazing middle school teachers was named a finalist for the 2023 Colorado Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to Rocio Meli from Castle Rock Middle School! We wish Rocio the best of luck in the remainder of the selection process (the winner will be named by the end of October). Please join me in congratulating Rocio and thanking her for her dedication to our students and for representing DCSD so well!
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Week in Review - August 22-26, 2022
08/26/2022
This past Tuesday our Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $60M Mill Levy Override and $450M Bond on the November 2022 ballot. All seven board members expressed their strong support and personal dedication to our students and our staff. There was also a lot of support and unity among community members that provided public comment - even community members that typically have opposing viewpoints came together in support of additional funding for our school district.
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Week in Review - August 15-19, 2022
08/19/2022
I hope you had a wonderful second week of the 2022-2023 school year. Many families have participated in back to school nights over these past two weeks and I’ve heard inspiring stories about how excited our kids and staff are to be back!
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Week in Review - August 8-12 , 2022
08/12/2022
For most of our schools this week marked the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year and I hope it was amazing for each of our students, families and staff.
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Week in Review - August 1-5, 2022
08/05/2022
Our schools have been buzzing with excitement this week! Teachers have been setting up their classrooms and attending professional development.
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Week in Review - July 25-29, 2022
07/29/2022
The first day of school is just 10 days away and our staff is busy getting ready to welcome our students back. We cannot wait to see the excitement on the faces of our students on their first day of the school year! This week, hundreds of our staff attended critical professional development opportunities
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Week in Review - July 10-15, 2022
07/15/2022
The summer months are flying by. We are getting geared up to welcome students back on August 8th and couldn’t be more excited!
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Week in Review - July 2-8, 2022
07/08/2022
We hope you are enjoying the summer months, including the much-needed rain we received this week!
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Week in Review June 27-July 1, 2022
07/01/2022
Welcome to July! Whether you are celebrating with friends or family, camping, vacationing or just relaxing at home, we wish you a very happy Independence Day and long weekend.
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NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected]