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A Few Good Minutes: What to Expect During Graduation [Video]
06/19/2020
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June 19, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," Chris meets with DCSD Director of Activities and Athletics, Derek Cheney, to see what graduates and families can expect during next week's graduation ceremonies.
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Staff Perspective: Jeremy Goldson, MVHS
06/18/2020
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Jeremy Goldson teaches several theatre, sports broadcasting, and film classes at Mountain Vista High School (MVHS). Douglas County School District (DCSD) Communications Coordinator, Stacy Blaylock, sat down with Goldson to learn more about how and why he switched from prioritizing content to prioritizing community with his passionate students.
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Free Lunch Program to Continue Through July 31
06/17/2020
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The DCSD Nutrition Services Free Summer Lunch Program will continue through July 31! To date, DCSD Nutrition Services has distributed more than 400,000 meals to kids in our community! Each meal bag contains food for breakfast and lunch and each Friday bag contains enough food for the weekend.
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Athletics and Activities Return on June 22
06/17/2020
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It has been a long road, but I am happy to say we are just days away from the return of Athletics/Activities in the Douglas County School District (DCSD)! Over the last several weeks, we have worked closely with local and state health agencies, the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA), other schools in the metro area, and DCSD leadership to determine when our students could return to athletics and activities. I know all of us - students, coaches/sponsors, and parents - have been looking forward to this day!
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DCSD Parent Engagement Expands During Remote Learning
06/10/2020
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During the recent remote learning period, Douglas County School District (DCSD) expanded its parent engagement opportunities with a series of online webinars on social-emotional well-being. With homes now serving as the classroom, parents became more involved in their child's education helping their students both academically and emotionally. Resources offered by DCSD aimed to connect parents with community experts who can help families build additional skills in supporting and empowering their children.
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Condemning Racism and Social Injustice
06/03/2020
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We launched this school year with the theme of “Growing Together” to celebrate the power of interdependence and moving together toward a common vision and direction. Who knew that only a few months later we would be faced with obstacles that threaten the very core of “growing together”: a pandemic health crisis restricting physical contact, a virtual learning model minimizing relational interactions, the most extreme acts of racism and social injustice, an economic crisis resulting in increased unemployment and a significant burden on our families, and political unrest that has amplified divisiveness and polarization.
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Staff Perspective: Debbie Tawzer, Legend High School
06/03/2020
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Like many educators, Debbie Tawzer, the Internship Coordinator and Digital Design/Engineering Teacher at Legend High School faced technological challenges when Douglas County School District (DCSD) switched to remote learning. Stacy Blaylock, DCSD Communications Coordinator, chatted with Tawzer on how she continued teaching classes that relied on specialized technology and in-person internship work.
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Rock Canyon Biotech Program Creates Problem Solvers
06/01/2020
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The Biotechnology program at Rock Canyon High School has developed into a robust opportunity for Career and Technical Education (CTE) since its opening in 2008. By designing, developing, and funding their own research, students hone the practical and interpersonal skills that will help them succeed in science and beyond.
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Staff Perspective: Rex Corr, Castle View High School
05/27/2020
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Rex Corr, Ph.D., has been principal at Castle View High School for more than three years. The COVID-19 pandemic shut the building’s doors, but Corr has stayed focused on his students, especially in celebrating the graduating Class of 2020.
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Free Lunch Program to Continue to July 31
05/21/2020
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The DCSD Nutrition Services FREE Lunch Program will continue services through July 31st!
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Ranch View Middle School Musicians Explore Music Composition
05/21/2020
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When Douglas County School District (DCSD) school buildings closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the abrupt disruption to traditional classroom learning astounded students, teachers, and families. Adjusting to the new remote learning arrangement required creativity, especially by music teachers whose band, orchestra, and choir students depend on one another to perform.
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Staff Perspective: Bas Wolf, Highlands Ranch High School
05/18/2020
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Bas Wolf heads the in-school Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE) program at Highlands Ranch High School (HRHS). Though ACE falls under Career and Technical Education, the program is unique among Douglas County School District. Stacy Blaylock, DCSD Communications Coordinator, chatted with Wolf about his focus on self-discipline and community and how that has made the shift to remote learning meaningful for both him and his students.
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A Few Good Minutes: Teacher Appreciation and Persevering Graduates [Videos]
05/08/2020
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May 8, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," we thank the many people that make Douglas County School District so special, we talk about the students who are receiving a special scholarship for their amazing resiliency, and we make fun of Nate’s mullet.
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DCSD Town Hall: Supporting Mental Health and More
05/05/2020
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Please join Douglas County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. and special guests Scott Cypers, Ph.D., Director of Stress and Anxiety programs at the Helen and Arthur E Johnson Depression Center, DCSD School Board Director Christina Ciancio-Schor, and DCSD Personalized Learning Officer Nancy Ingalls for a community town hall meeting that you can join from the comfort of your own home.
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National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020
05/04/2020
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The first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. On behalf of the Douglas County School District, I would like to express my deep appreciation to our teachers for the heroic work they do each day to ensure the success of each of our students. Our talented professional educators provide high-quality teaching, learning and emotional support to ensure our students are prepared for college, career and life.
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End of the Year Wrap-Up Plans
04/30/2020
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With the Governor’s announcement of the extension of the school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) staff are in the process of coordinating how we will wrap up the remainder of this school year, and the pick-up of student personal belongings from school buildings.
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A Few Good Minutes: Reaching Out and Challenging Confinement [Video]
04/27/2020
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April 24, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," DCSD teachers, students, and parents are piercing through isolation and saying, "You matter" to one another.
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Community Town Halls All In One Place
04/24/2020
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Join our Superintendent, Dr. Thomas S. Tucker, and special guest panelists for virtual Town Hall Meetings to answer questions on DCSD's summer plans, budget, finances, and more.
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A Few Good Minutes: Creative Ways DCSD Students and Teachers are Staying Engaged [Video]
04/17/2020
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APRIL 17, 2020: This week on "A Few Good Minutes," from Little Pups and sporty Mustangs to TikTok teachers and sewing students, our DCSD community proves how a bit of creativity keeps us connected while we're apart.
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DCSD Community Town Hall April 16
04/15/2020
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Thank you to all who RSVP'd for the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Community Town Hall meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 16, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. The response has been extraordinary - we received more than 1,000 RSVPs, as well as many great questions. The virtual town hall is open to all DCSD parents, students, and community members, and we hope you will join us!
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A Few Good Minutes: Adapting to Remote Learning [Video]
04/14/2020
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APRIL 10, 2020: Remote learning has been an adjustment for everyone. Through it all, we've seen some great and heartwarming stories that have come out of it. Here are just some of them.
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DCSD Closed for In-Person Learning for Remainder of Year
04/03/2020
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Today marks the completion of our first full week of remote learning. I hope you and your family are finding a bit of a routine and normalcy during this time. I want to share with you that I, along with 13 other school district superintendents across the Front Range, have collectively made the difficult decision to keep our schools closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
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DCSD Closure Extended Through April 30
04/01/2020
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The Douglas County School District will follow the Governor’s executive order and remain closed through Thursday, April 30, and we will continue with remote learning during that time.
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Stay-at-Home Order Effective March 26
03/25/2020
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Today, the Tri-County Health Department, along with two other public health departments, issued a Stay-At-Home Public Health Order. This affects all residents in Douglas County, as well as those living in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, and Jefferson counties. The Stay-At-Home order will go into effect on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. and continue through Friday, April 17 at 11:59 p.m.
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Together We Will Endure
03/24/2020
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As we embark upon online learning with our students and families, I want to thank the Douglas County community. These are unchartered waters for everyone. Like a ship captain without the traditional nautical instruments, our teachers and parents are finding new ways to keep the ship afloat and steady.
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Closure Extended Through April 17, Remote Learning Begins Next Week
03/18/2020
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The Douglas County School District will be following this executive order, meaning our buildings will remain closed through Friday, April 17. This includes Before and After Care (BASE), preschool programs, and facility rentals. As we announced last week, we will be transitioning to remote learning starting next week. Monday, March 23, will be a teacher planning day and there will be no student assignments on that day. Following that, teachers will be in touch with students remotely, each day, with assignments.
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Additional Information Regarding DCSD Closure
03/13/2020
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The following is some additional information regarding the closure of Douglas County School District. This closure is a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Starting at 5:00 p.m. today (Friday, March 13), Douglas County School District will be closing all of its facilities (schools, central office buildings, etc.) through Sunday, March 29.
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Douglas County Schools CLOSED March 16 - 27
03/12/2020
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In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Douglas County School District will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. This includes our already scheduled Spring Break next week.
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Coronavirus Update: March 11, 2020
03/11/2020
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Yesterday, Governor Polis declared a state of emergency for Colorado. Per his press release, this declaration will help ensure resources are available to the state to combat COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is of utmost importance to DCSD. We continue to partner with Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment when making preventative plans and decisions to protect our students, staff, families, and community.
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COVID-19: DCSD Out-of-State and International Field Trips Cancelled
03/09/2020
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We continue to work closely with our partners at Tri-County Health Department as we monitor the spread of COVID-19. As the number of cases expands in the U.S. and around the world, in an abundance of caution, DCSD is canceling all district-sponsored out of state and international field trips, athletics, activities (including band, etc.), and professional development activities until further notice. Your child’s teacher, coach, or sponsor will be reaching out with more details. Please know this was not an easy decision, as we recognize the impact this has on our families, but was made in the best interest of protecting the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community.
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Coronavirus Update: March 8, 2020
03/08/2020
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Douglas County School District (DCSD) and Tri-County Health Department have been notified that a potential exposure to COVID-19 at Ranch View Middle School (RVMS) is no longer a concern, due to a negative test result for the virus.
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COVID-19
03/06/2020
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International and Out-of-State Field Trips/Staff Travel The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in regard to future field trips and staff travel.
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Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
03/06/2020
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As of yesterday, March 5, there were two "presumptive positive" cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Colorado. One of these cases involved an older, adult woman in Douglas County who was exposed during an international cruise. Click here to read the press release from Douglas County Government. According to the Tri-County Health Department, this individual is currently isolated at her home and has had limited public contact, including with her family members and healthcare providers. Tri-County Health Department staff is monitoring people who may have been exposed.
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Legend Grads Return as Teachers
03/05/2020
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Few graduates return to their high school. Fewer still intentionally return to take part in building the culture of that school. However, that is what Legend High School (LHS) graduates Jesse Van Divier (class of 2013), Brooke West (class of 2012), and Meg Gray (class of 2012) did.
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Mustangs Ensure Winning Wish Week for Ethan [Video]
03/05/2020
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Wish Week in DCSD is a time to make dreams come true. At Ponderosa High School the Mustangs are coaching up Ethan - a third-grader who loves LEGOS and football.
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Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Part of Chaparral Culture
03/04/2020
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The Wolverines of Chaparral High School view themselves as a family, or “Chap Fam” for short, and they follow their motto “Take Care of One Another” ardently. Over the past five years, Sources of Strength, a nationwide youth suicide prevention program, has become an inseparable part of the school’s culture.
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DCSD Counselor Profile: Kelli Clay, Rocky Heights Middle School
03/03/2020
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For Kelli Clay, a Counselor for Prevention at Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS), the transition to remote learning presented new challenges when it comes to the emotional well-being and safety of RHMS students. Along with her counseling team, Kelli shifted gears to ensure students and families continue receiving the same support they would get in a school environment.
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Apple Award Winners 2020
02/29/2020
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Congratulations to 2020 Apple Awards Winners! Check out some of the extraordinary accomplishments of these extraordinary staff. Classified Employee of the Year, Joanna Blayter -- Department Employee of the Year, Aaron Ragon -- Elementary Educator of the Year, Lisa Knudtson -- Secondary Educator of the Year, Tim Smith -- District Administrator of the Year, Lacey Dahl.
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How DCSD is Monitoring Coronavirus
02/28/2020
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The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is coordinating with local public health agencies to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are keeping in close contact with the Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on this subject. We have created a dedicated page about Coronavirus on our district website to share information and tips on reducing the spread of disease: www.dcsdk12.org/coronavirus.
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Wish Week 2020
02/28/2020
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DCSD schools raised over $600,000 for charity during Wish Week 2020! Wish Week is all about students paying it forward through the Make-A-Wish Foundation or other charities of their choice. Though some schools use a different name, such as Grizzly Gives Week at ThunderRidge High School or Make A Difference Week (MAD Week) at Castle View High School, the intent remains the same: to change lives through compassion and generosity.
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Legend High School Comes Alive With Talented Young Musicians
02/21/2020
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Distant music swept like a river of murmuring cellos, ponderous timpanis, playful flutes, and elegant violins through the empty halls of Legend High School. Well, empty except for the nearly 100 musicians preparing for the exclusive performances of the Middle School Honor Band and Honor String Orchestra on Saturday, February 1. After a full day of playing for empty seats, the students would perform to an auditorium packed to standing-room-only.
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Students Initiate Energy Conservation in Schools During Competition
02/19/2020
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Students in Kathy Dorman's Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science class at Ponderosa High School were recognized by Resource Central in the ReNew Our Schools competition for their success in reducing their school building's energy use and raising awareness on energy consumption.
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Kindie Teacher Beats Cancer, Returns to Coyote Creek [Video]
02/18/2020
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After a five-month battle with breast cancer, Kindergarten Teacher Jenny White received a hero's welcome to Coyote Creek. See her remarkable return to the classroom.
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Rock Canyon Fire Science Alum Returns to Help Students [Video]
02/13/2020
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Meet Chase McDaniel, an alum of the Rock Canyon High School Fire Science program, as he volunteers his time to help current students of the Career and Technical Education program that helped set him on his path to becoming a firefighter.
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DCSD Counselor Profile: Aaron Kellar, Castle View High School
02/10/2020
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Aaron Kellar has been a Castle View High School Sabercat for 13 years, sometimes working with 600 individual students per year. Thanks to the local MLO funding awarded in 2018, he can now form connections with students on a deeper level to help them personalize their post-graduation plan.
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Dropout Rate Declines: How DCSD is Addressing Truancy
02/05/2020
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In 2019, DCSD’s dropout rate also decreased from .7 percent in 2018 to .6 percent. To better understand the challenges facing students who drop out, DCSD invited national truancy expert Dr. Chris Kearney of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to speak with school counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and administrators.
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DCSD Counselor Profile: Kristina Hilton, Northridge Elementary
01/23/2020
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Former special education teacher Kristina Hilton is making waves as Northridge Elementary's first school counselor, where she works with students in developing resiliency skills and collaborates with families to meet the needs of a diverse student body.
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Meadow View Elementary Returns Home
01/23/2020
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It’s been four months since flooding damaged Meadow View Elementary School's crawl space, moving the staff and students into a temporary location in September. They made the best of a tough situation, but now they're celebrating a return home.
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Families Learn Together at the Chaparral Feeder Family Coding Night
01/07/2020
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For a third year, the Chaparral feeder area hosted Family Coding Night at Sierra Middle School to help expand student knowledge and passion for computer science by exploring a variety of resources for families.“There’s this misconception of coding as being an isolated activity,” says Megan Allwein, the Technology and Innovation teacher at Pine Lane Elementary. “It’s really about working together and solving problems.”
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Local Change Shares Global Goals for Renaissance Secondary Students
01/06/2020
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Students from Renaissance Secondary took the phrase, “Act local, think global” to a new level with unique and impactful Design for Change projects last Spring. In November 2019, they traveled to Rome, Italy, to meet other young change-makers at the Design for Change Global Summit where over 70 countries were represented by more than 4,000 students.
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Pre-Apprenticeship Offers Students View into Careers in Healthcare
01/03/2020
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A new class at the Arapahoe Community College Sturm Collaboration Campus opened new postsecondary avenues for students interested in the healthcare field. They spent an entire semester exploring their career interests in a real-life, hands-on environment with working professionals.
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DCSD Counselor Profile: Kayla Knoll, Franktown Elementary
12/17/2019
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North Dakota native Kayla Knoll focuses on social-emotional learning for the 349 Franktown Elementary students. Stacy Blaylock, DCSD Communications Coordinator, sat down with Knoll to learn more about one of Douglas County School District’s newest school counselors.
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Youth Congress 2019: Where Youth Voices Meet Open Ears
12/12/2019
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For 14 years, Douglas County students have been connecting with local public officials at the Youth Congress event, held annually at the Colorado State Capitol building. Through discussion and collaboration, students spoke out on ideas relevant to their generation. Most importantly, the students were in the same space as Douglas County lawmakers who openly listened.
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DCSD Counselor Profile: Ann Fitch, Gold Rush Elementary
12/10/2019
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Ann Fitch, the school counselor at Gold Rush Elementary, is helping elementary counseling programs expand district-wide. Stacy Blaylock, DCSD Communications Coordinator, sat down with Fitch to learn more about Douglas County School District’s Elementary Lead Counselor.
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Clear Sky First Graders Organize Benefit Concert for Fellow Student
12/06/2019
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On the evening of Friday, November 1, 2019 the gym at Clear Sky Elementary was filled with tears and laughter. The first grade classes had organized a Benefit Concert for Zoey Cunningham, a fellow first-grader who was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia this past July.
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DCSD Counselor Profile: Dr. Alejandra Chavez-Stuart, Iron Horse Elementary
12/05/2019
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Called “Miss Ale” by her students, Dr. Alejandra Chavez-Stuart brings extensive education and experience to Iron Horse Elementary. Stacy Blaylock, Communications Coordinator, sat down with Dr. Chavez-Stuart to learn more about one of Douglas County School District’s newest school counselors.
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Supporting Mental Health Using Restorative Justice/Practice
12/04/2019
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Over 200 Douglas County School District mental health professionals, administrators, and teachers came together at the Highlands Ranch Mansion in November to discuss an uncommon topic -- Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice (RJ/RP). Workshops like this one give staff the space to talk about how mental health is connected to climate and culture within schools. The practice applies to students, staff, administrators, volunteers, anyone who is part of that school’s community.
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GED Pathway Through D.C. Oakes High School
12/02/2019
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High school can be more difficult for some than others. Some students are eager to move on to college while others want to attend a trade school. Now D.C. Oakes High School offers a certified GED testing center for students who want to move beyond traditional high school.
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CVHS Football Star's Determination Inspires
11/18/2019
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Jordan Jackson is a senior at Castle View High School. His uncommon circumstances have helped to shape his uncommon determination.
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10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Cimarron Middle School
11/12/2019
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A crisp Friday morning in November marked something remarkable: Cimarron Middle School held its 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. As service members and their families arrived, students greeted them at the doors and gave each person a small American flag. Although some things have changed at the school since 2009, one thing hasn’t — students drive the Veterans Day Ceremony from organization to decoration to coverage.
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Schools Celebrate Fall Literacy Week with DCSD Staff, Digital Bookmobile
11/04/2019
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Early October brings to Colorado many things- autumn colors, pumpkin spice lattes, and cooler weather. From October 7-11, it also brought a love of reading to students across Douglas County as Elementary Schools celebrated Fall Literacy Week.
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Alum Returns to the Halls of Ponderosa
11/04/2019
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Many people return to their old high school, reminiscing over fond memories of teachers and friends. However, not many return as a full-fledged judge as one Ponderosa High School alum did for a program called Courts in the Community.
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Local History Comes Alive for Franktown Elementary
10/28/2019
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Did you take pioneers to Pikes Peak? What did you do after the flood? How did you get a time machine? These are the kinds of questions you get when second-grade students come face-to-face with history. "Characters help kids identify their local history," says enactor Mary O'Pry. "It makes it come alive for them."
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Sedalia Elementary Honors Green Ribbon with Day of Community Service
10/16/2019
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In 2017 Sedalia Elementary was honored by the U.S. Department of Education with the Green Ribbon Award. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, the award recognizes schools that “reduce environmental impact and costs; improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and provide effective environmental and sustainability education.” Students and staff celebrate the distinction each year by cleaning up trash in their town. Principal Jeff Johnson estimates that over 300 pounds of trash were collected.
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DCSD Future Career Showcase Offers Clarity, Opportunities for Students
10/04/2019
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It’s often assumed that four years of college will be the next logical step for graduating high school seniors. “Especially in our community,” says Mountain Vista Counselor Michael Monnet, “I think most kids think it’s just not a great idea (to forego a four-year college).” The reality is that many seniors will go to college immediately after high school. What options remain for the students that don’t? That’s where the Future Career Showcase comes in.
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Six DCSD Schools Receive New Flooring
10/03/2019
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Six Douglas County schools received new flooring over the summer thanks to new local funding approved by voters last November. "I've been at Ponderosa for 30 years, and I've never seen the building look better!" exclaimed high school Principal Tim Ottmann
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Strategic Plan Staff Launch Event
09/27/2019
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The day broke bright and early while thousands of DCSD employees flooded into the Pepsi Center at the heart of Denver. From neighborhood schools to charter schools, to classified staff and administrators, every facet of the school district was represented. For the first time in over a decade, DCSD was under one roof.
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DCSD Home to 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
09/18/2019
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Douglas County School District (DCSD) is pleased to announce the names of 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students advance in the competition, which awards 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.
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Seven DCSD Schools Receive New Roofs
09/17/2019
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Seven Douglas County schools received new roofing over the summer thanks to new local funding approved by voters last November. “The old roof leaked, causing us to have buckets all over the halls,” says Iron Horse Elementary Principal Kirsten Bloomfield. “It was also very unsafe for any district workers who needed to be up there.”
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Meadow View Elementary is More than a Building
09/12/2019
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The first day of school is always a day of great anticipation for a principal. Lacey Dahl is no different. She just didn’t expect to do it twice in one month. After a summer of planning, and only three weeks into the new school year, Meadow View Elementary’s principal was forced to start again when she received a phone call about the flooding in her school caused by a broken water line leading into the fire sprinkler system.
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Mental Health Kickoff Showcases Eighth Grader's Eagle Scout Project
09/11/2019
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The bright morning sun peeked over the hills in Castle Rock, driving summer heat onto the outdoor Philip S. Miller Amphitheater for a meeting on August 20, 2019. But this wasn’t just any meeting: more than 300 smiling Douglas County School District (DCSD) counselors, psychologists, and social workers all gathered for the first Mental Health Kickoff. “It’s rare that we get an opportunity to meet as a collective group and bring all of [our] Mental Health [team] together,” said Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, Director of Mental Health, summing up the importance of the event. Awaiting each attendee who entered the amphitheater was a vibrant, colorful, glittering Calming Jar made by Kendall Meibos, an eighth-grader at Rocky Heights Middle School.
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DCSD's Policy on Safe Schools
08/29/2019
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Policy ADD directs the Superintendent to develop and maintain a safe schools plan that incorporates 18 key components. These components range from (but are not limited to) providing supervision and security of school grounds, check in procedures for visitors, training for staff and students on emergency response protocols - including practice drills, procedures for safe and confidential reporting of safety concerns, and procedures for the employment, training and use of armed security officers. Each building principal is responsible for implementing the safe schools plan at his or her school. Policy ADD applies to both district-run schools and charter schools.
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DC Student Support Center Receives Colorado Department of Education Grant
08/26/2019
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When students struggle with habitual truancy, behavior incidents, suspension, and even expulsion, Douglas County School District (DCSD) has resources available to help. These resources are about to become even more accessible thanks to a newly-awarded grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The Expelled and At-Risk Student Grant (or EARSS Grant) will provide $1.2 million to the DCSD Douglas County Student Support Center to fund increased truancy intervention programming for a minimum of 2,840 district-wide secondary students who are truant, at-risk for suspension, and expelled over the next four years.
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DCSD Board Policy ADD
08/23/2019
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At a meeting of the School Safety Committee of the Colorado General Assembly on August 20, Douglas County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Dr. Thomas Tucker remarked that DCSD will not allow arming of staff, other than dedicated security personnel, in any of its schools (neighborhood, magnet, alternative, or charter).
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First Day of School Goals
08/21/2019
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With a new school year comes new goals. The goals in your senior year look a whole lot different than they did in Kindergarten. Here is what some of our students are excited about heading into this new year.
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New Teachers Orientation Day
08/14/2019
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More than 500 new teachers and counselors gathered at Legend this week. They heard about the district's vision and shared in the excitement of the new school year. They talked to us about what they're looking forward to in their first year in Douglas County.
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Summer Bond Projects
08/14/2019
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It was a busy summer throughout the Douglas County School District. Roof replacements, floor replacements and refinishings, security upgrades, new bleachers and turf marked the beginning of work that will continue for the next few years. Thank you Douglas County community for your investment in our schools!
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Teen Scene U Keeps Middle School Students Engaged During Summer
08/14/2019
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The prospect of summer break may not always be an exciting one for middle school-aged students. Too often, boredom sets in faster than they thought it would. That’s where Teen Scene U comes in. It’s a Before and After School Enterprise camp specifically built for middle school students in Douglas County.
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DCSD Nutrition Services Continues Meal Program to Feed Kids Throughout Summer
07/03/2019
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During the summer inside the kitchens of Castle View and Chaparral High Schools, you’ll find nearly 20 employees working as hard as ever– providing free breakfast and lunch meals to kids and families that need them most.
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