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Community Relations

Randy Barber
Chief Communications Officer

Paula Hans
Public Information Officer

Meet the Community Relations team

620 Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-387-0033
Fax: 303-387-0107

The Community Relations office provides clear, efficient and effective communications about Douglas County School District. As a team, we:

  • Serve as the advisor and liaison between the district, news media and general public so that the public has a better understanding of DCSD initiatives, accomplishments, needs and goals
  • Advise and assist principals and others in the district with news media, extraordinary school or district occurrences and incident/crisis communications
  • Provide district-wide emergency communications to DCSD families, such as during weather closures/delays, incidents/crisis, lockdowns and lockouts
  • Produce written, photographic and video news features highlighting school and district programs, practices and achievements
  • Provide information and communications from the district to employees
  • Manage district branding and assist other departments with print and digital graphic design needs
  • Obtain resources for DCSD programs and schools through marketing partnerships with companies and organizations in our community
  • Maintain a multitude of communication vehicles, such as E-newsletters, the DCSD website, Livestreamed events, social media, event calendars and more
  • Provide training to DCSD students and staff in video production, live broadcast and video editing, and advice in the setup and upkeep of video production spaces in schools
  • Oversee DCSD's Digital Media Education Studio, maintaining equipment usage and school participation
  • Recognize accomplished students, teachers and leaders at Board of Education meetings

 

Meet the Community Relations team

 

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2016 Innovation & Safety Summit

17 Things You May Want to Know from DCSD's Employee Survey

Think Different

 

 

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READ WHAT'S NEW: The Big Picture, a chronicle of DCSD's journey to modernize curriculum, sustainable and personalized learning and balanced assessment for our students, and why DCSD chose to take on this ambitious effort.

 

 

 

 

READ WHAT'S NEW: One District, One Community, a chance to be peek in the windows of schools across Douglas County. This road tour visits teachers and students across the district, exploring what's really happening in DCSD classrooms.

 

 

Visit the news center

The Douglas County School District is committed to providing our stakeholders, including parents, employees, students and community members with updated and accurate information. 

Emergency Communication

Communication is critical during an emergency. The following are the primary communication avenues we use during a crisis and how to receive them.

Website iconDCSD Website
Alerts posted on front page. No sign up required
School Closure Information

Parent portal iconVoice, Text & Email Messaging
Sign Up: Parent Portal | School Messenger FAQ
School Messenger alerts are sent to families using contacts in Infinite Campus. Guardians must opt in to which messages they want.

Newsline iconNewsline
Sign Up: Constant Contact
Our newsletter tool is used to provide updates to parents.
 

Mobile app iconDCSD Mobile App
Sign Up: Apple iTunes | Google Play
App available for Android and iPhone
Push notifications are available via our app.

Facebook iconFacebook
Visit our Facebook page and select “friend” to receive updates in your news feed.

 

Twitter iconTwitter
Visit our Twitter page and select the “follow” option to receive our tweets.

 

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Communication

We know that different people prefer to receive news and information in different ways. That is why we offer a variety of communication avenues.

Our Communication Avenues

Providing Feedback

DCSD welcomes civil discussion and feedback from stakeholders. We consider you, our students, parents, employees and community members to be a valuable part of the partnership to provide our students the best education possible.

There are many ways you can address concerns, get answers and provide praise. Generally we encourage people to begin with the school or department closest to the issue. We provide contact information on each department and school website.

General feedback and security concerns can be provided via these two avenues:
General Feedback
Safety & Security Feedback

Social Media

The District utilizes social media as part of its effort to provide information to its students, parents, employees and the community. We welcome comments on these sites, but expect the conversation to remain civil, on-topic, and accurate. DCSD reserves the right to remove comments and multiple abuses of our Facebook posting policy may result in a user being banned from DCSD's social media accounts.

Read our Facebook Posting Policy

Submit Stories & Events

Good News

We are always looking for great stories about our students, staff and school communities to feature on our website and in our newsletters.

Good News Submissions

We are passionate about our work. Every morning we get up, ready to have great conversations with our students, parents, employees and community about DCSD, what we have accomplished and where we are going.  

We know that representing more than 67,000 students and 6,700 employees is a big responsibility and one that we take seriously.

Media Relations
The Office of Community Relations offers assistance to print, online and broadcast media. Our office assists you in shooting news footage, scheduling on-air interviews with Board of Education members, principals, District administration and staff, as well as the Superintendent.

Contact Us

Paula Hans
Public Information Officer
303-387-0031

Every day, our identity is a celebration of the work of our 7,000 employees and accomplishments of our more than 60,000 students. That is why we ask our employees and community to treat our brand with respect.

 

 

Our logo may have changed its appearance over the years, but the design has remained the same. Now instead of a multi-colored version, the logo is defined by a modern, monochromatic look.

This district mark represents a student and is made of the "D" and "C" of Douglas County.

The understated design and muted colors speak to the strength and traditions of our District.

 

 

 

 

Logo
The DCSD logo should be monochromatic or in other words, only one color. It may be displayed in:

Other DCSD colors
Consistency is important-- which is why we have outlined an expanded palette of colors which can be used in conjunction with our website and other graphic projects.

 

 


 

 

Specific branding has been created for the District's Strategic Plan, including icons, taglines and colors. These elements should only be used in concert with District recognized exemplars in Safety, Choice, World Class Education and System Performance.

Safety
Maximizing physical, psychological and online safety for students, staff and community.

Choice 
Matching children to the best learning environment creates the highest probability of success.

World Class Education
Preparing our students to be the best in the world.

System Performance
Defining and measuring what matters most.

 

There are times when reporters are restricted by air time. There are times reporters are limited by print space. And there are times reporters just leave out critical parts of the story. Whether intentional or not, DCSD wants families, staff, and community members to know the full story. 

This is the Rest of the Story...


InspirED Innovation Update
August 10, 2016

InspirED Innovation is a custom-built tool that enhances the work of teachers and leaders. The software deepens instructional planning, evaluation, professional development and student learning. Read more


Ponderosa High School Funding
May 1, 2016

Dr. Steven Cook, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, shared a special message with the Ponderosa High School community regarding funding for the 2016-2017 school year. Read more


CDE and DCSD Reach Settlement Agreement on Enrollment Audit
April 20, 2016

Highly productive discussions between the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) have resulted in an agreement regarding a dispute over student attendance calculations. Read more


Elevating Special Education in DCSD
April 19, 2016

The Douglas County School District’s Special Education team is focused on exceeding student needs. The team empowers students to achieve world-class outcomes by providing specialized instruction and services. Read more


DCSD Safety Enhancements
April 18, 2016

The Douglas County School District's Safety and Security team recently purchased 10 long rifles to be used by DCSD Armed Security Patrol. Read more

today in support of my colleagues across the State of Colorado in advocating for adequate school funding for our students.

As education leaders, we have a professional and moral obligation to deliver on the promise of a high quality education for each and every child in our state. In order to deliver on this promise, I agree that Colorado schools must receive stable and adequate funding for each and every one of its unique children. Unfortunately, this is not our current reality.

- See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent/statement-in-support-of-adequate-...

today in support of my colleagues across the State of Colorado in advocating for adequate school funding for our students.

As education leaders, we have a professional and moral obligation to deliver on the promise of a high quality education for each and every child in our state. In order to deliver on this promise, I agree that Colorado schools must receive stable and adequate funding for each and every one of its unique children. Unfortunately, this is not our current reality.

- See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent/statement-in-support-of-adequate-...

today in support of my colleagues across the State of Colorado in advocating for adequate school funding for our students.

As education leaders, we have a professional and moral obligation to deliver on the promise of a high quality education for each and every child in our state. In order to deliver on this promise, I agree that Colorado schools must receive stable and adequate funding for each and every one of its unique children. Unfortunately, this is not our current reality.

- See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent/statement-in-support-of-adequate-...


Some Students Leave Class for Peaceful Protest
Organizer Chooses to Meet with Superintendent After Event

March 9, 2016

Calling for a “peaceful protest,” a group of Ponderosa High School (PHS) students and adults gathered on the PHS soccer field on March 9 to talk about teachers who have left their school. DCSD would like to provide the facts surrounding this gathering. Read more


Adequate Funding for Colorado Students
January 11, 2016

"As education leaders, we have a professional and moral obligation to deliver on the promise of a high quality education for each and every child in our state," writes DCSD Superintendent Liz Fagen. She recently released a statement in support of adequate funding for all Colorado students. Read more

today in support of my colleagues across the State of Colorado in advocating for adequate school funding for our students.

As education leaders, we have a professional and moral obligation to deliver on the promise of a high quality education for each and every child in our state. In order to deliver on this promise, I agree that Colorado schools must receive stable and adequate funding for each and every one of its unique children. Unfortunately, this is not our current reality.

- See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent/statement-in-support-of-adequate-...

today in support of my colleagues across the State of Colorado in advocating for adequate school funding for our students.

As education leaders, we have a professional and moral obligation to deliver on the promise of a high quality education for each and every child in our state. In order to deliver on this promise, I agree that Colorado schools must receive stable and adequate funding for each and every one of its unique children. Unfortunately, this is not our current reality.

- See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent/statement-in-support-of-adequate-...

today in support of my colleagues across the State of Colorado in advocating for adequate school funding for our students.

As education leaders, we have a professional and moral obligation to deliver on the promise of a high quality education for each and every child in our state. In order to deliver on this promise, I agree that Colorado schools must receive stable and adequate funding for each and every one of its unique children. Unfortunately, this is not our current reality.

- See more at: https://www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent/statement-in-support-of-adequate-...


Mountain Vista High School Threat
December 15, 2015

Douglas County School District (DCSD) Superintendent Liz Fagen and Mountain Vista High School (MVHS) Principal Mike Weaver share news regarding a threat to the MVHS community. Read more


PARCC results released
December 11, 2015

A new era in state standardized testing has begun and according to the results released by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Douglas County School District students continue the trend of performing above the state average, as they have done with prior statewide assessments.

On Friday, December 11, Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released PARCC scores for all Colorado school districts. The PARCC tests were administered in spring 2015 in two areas: English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Students in third through eleventh grades were eligible to participate in PARCC testing. Read more
 


UPDATE: Colorado Department of Education Audit 

October 30, 2015

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is working to resolve a dispute with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), which claims that some of our full-time students did not meet the State’s requirements to receive full-time funding. Read more


Colorado Department of Education Audit 

June 25, 2015

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) wants to withhold $4.2 million from Douglas County School District (DCSD) students and staff by declaring some DCSD graduates as part-time students, even though some of them were short only a few seconds a day on their full-time schedules. Read more


April 17, 2015

DCSD would like to provide the facts regarding a recent 7News story titled “Kids fed expired food in Douglas County schools; district says 'Our food is safe.'” Many of the foods mentioned in the story are no longer served at DCSD. Read more


Want to help your child with school? Get involved! 

April 15, 2015

We know that students perform best when their families play an active role in their education. That is why the Douglas County School District encourages parents and guardians to get informed and involved, whether it is volunteering in their child’s classroom or participating at the District level. Read more

February 26, 2015

The Douglas County School District takes the safety of our students, staff, parents and community extremely seriously. When inclement weather hits, the DCSD Snow Team is activated. Read more


February 18, 2015

Colorado school superintendents recently signed a letter directed to Governor Hickenlooper and state lawmakers regarding school funding. Douglas County School District Superintendent Liz Fagen did not sign the letter. She explains why in her own letter. Read more


January 21, 2015

Douglas County School District is hosting the 2015 Innovation Summit February 18-20. Costs associated with the event are being funded entirely through grants. Read more 


DCSD Community Relations

January 9, 2015

In a recent story titled “Vying to have voices heard,” the Douglas County News-Press attacks communication efforts made by the Douglas County School District’s Community Relations team. We would like to provide some factual details that were left out of the story. Read more


Tony Wagner & DCSD
January 9, 2015

Colorado Community Media published a story on January 2, titled “Consultant mixed on school changes.” We would like to clarify some items mentioned within the story. Read more


RHMS World Religion Study
January 6, 2015

Radio station 710 KNUS interviewed Rocky Heights Middle School Principal Mike Loitz today regarding a field trip involving a visit to a Mosque. We would like to provide some additional information regarding the field trip. Read more


Reporting Pension Liabilities - PERA and GASB 68
December 15, 2014

For the 2014-2015 audit (completed and reported next fall based on the current year financial results), Douglas County School District (DCSD), along with all other districts and other PERA participating governmental entities in Colorado, will be required to report in the District’s government-wide financial statements, our portion of Colorado’s Public Employee’s Retirement Association (PERA) unfunded liability associated with PERA’s defined benefit retirement program. Read more


District and School Accreditation
December 12, 2014

DCSD's district rating of Accredited was moved to Accredited with Distinction due to several improvements in performance across the district. Numerous schools at all levels showed improvement in the various performance indicators, thus bolstering district performance framework results for 2014. Read more


Full Day Kindergarten Tuition Change
December 11, 2014

At the December 11, 2014 Board of Education meeting, Directors voted by a margin of 7-0 to approve a change in kindergarten tuition. Read more


DCSD Earns Accredited with Distinction Rating
November 12, 2014

The Douglas County School District continues its work to reinvent and transform American education in the best interest of its students. The work of many talented, pioneering teachers and leaders has resulted in DCSD earning the highest accreditation rating from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) – Accredited with Distinction. Read more


Buffalo Ridge Rumor
October 14, 2014

A Buffalo Ridge Elementary teacher recently resigned in the middle of the school year. There have been several inquiries from parents, as well as rumors on social media about the treatment of this employee on his last day. Read more


Concurrent Enrollment and Colorado Christian University (CCU)
October 9, 2014

The opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school are expanding in DCSD. Read more


The READ Act and CDE
October 6, 2014

DCSD understands that we have a difference of legal opinion/interpretation with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) regarding the authority and ability of the State Board of Education to provide relief to our students by waiving portions of the READ Act. Our legal interpretations may vary, but we are committed to continuing our collaborative work with CDE in the best interest of our students. Read more 


Colorado Has Blizzard of State Tests
October 6, 2014

The Denver Post published a September 26, 2014 editorial penned by Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen (Douglas County School District), Superintendent Dan McMinimee (Jefferson County School District), and Superintendent Jason Glass (Eagle County Schools). The editorial talks about the deluge of state-mandated tests. Read more


Innovation Waiver / READ Act
September 25, 2014

Want to learn more about the recent Board of Education resolution regarding the READ Act? Read more 


Rumor vs. Truth
September 24, 2014

Is it rumor or truth? This is where you will find the facts regarding turnover, finances, student achievement and more. Read more


Recruiting and Retaining the Best Teachers
September 8, 2014

The Denver Post published a September 9, 2014 story titled "Teachers rated ineffective are leaving Douglas County School District." And the Castle Rock News-Press released a September 5, 2014 story titled "Schools take closer look at turnover." 

Through an innovative Pay for Performance system, Douglas County School District is one of the first school districts in America to truly address the lack of professional compensation for education professionals. Recent teacher retention data shows the system is working. Read more


Choice Scholarship Program
September 7, 2014

Chalkbeat Colorado posted a September 5, 2014 story titled “Defendants: Dougco voucher program constitutional based on previous Colo. Supreme Court decisions.” Implemented in March of 2011, the DCSD Choice Scholarship Pilot Program will provide up to 500 Douglas County students with scholarships to the qualified private-partner school of their choice. In order to be eligible, students must be Douglas County School District residents who are currently attending a DCSD school and have been in the District for no less than one year.

On March 17, 2014, the Colorado Supreme Court announced it will hear an appeal regarding the DCSD Choice Scholarship Pilot Program. Read more


CDE Audit
August 26, 2014

The Castle Rock News-Press released an August 21, 2014 story titled “Longer classes, shorter lunch set for Ponderosa.”

We would like to provide additional details about the CDE audit and high school schedules.

The audit is in no way tied to high school bell schedules, although the story may lead a reader to believe otherwise. It is tied to individual student schedules.

Although DCSD was never contacted by the reporter for comment, we did release a statement in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, which further explains the process. Read more 


TCAP Results
August 18, 2014

TCAP results - 2014The Denver Post released an August 14, 2014 story titled “Colorado students show slight decline in state TCAP results.”

The Douglas County School District was not included in the story, so we would like to provide details about our academic achievement.

DCSD TCAP scores once again rank among the highest in the state. In fact, DCSD scores outpaced the state average in all grades and all content areas.

When compared to the rest of Colorado, DCSD scored more than 11 percentage points above the state average. Read more

 

 

Share your good news or event!

We know that there are great things going on in our schools every day. Help us to celebrate the achievements of our students, staff and the support of our school communities.

Douglas County School District Community Relations welcomes submission of story ideas, calendar events and articles.

Submission does not guarantee publication. Priority is always given to stories that are newsy, of interest to a District audience, exemplify progress on the Strategic Plan priorities: Safety, Choice, World Class Education and System Performance and our District's Traditions: Innovation, Excellence and Economic Efficiency.

Please include the graduating year if the good news pertains to an individual student past or present.
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