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Congratulations to our first 'Rock Stars of 2014-15!

Rock Star coffee cupDOUGLAS COUNTY – DCSD Rock Stars’ is a new program to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and outstanding work of DCSD employees.  Nominated by District leaders, ‘Rock Stars’ will be recognized weekly in THINK.  Check-in each week and join us in applauding our colleagues. 
DCSD Rock Star Stephanie Kawamura is a gifted education classroom teacher in the Discovery Program at Pine Lane Intermediate. Kawamura has been recognized as a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) award. The PAEMST is the nation's highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. As a state finalist, her name has been sent to Washington, DC for consideration for the national award.  Ms. Kawamura will be recognized at the Colorado Association of Science Teachers conference in November. Read story: Elementary teacher recognized for leadersihp in science education.
DCSD Rock Star Brandon Petersen is part of the Center for Professional Development team. Throughout the summer, Petersen has gone above and beyond to help facilitate professional development opportunities for teachers and leaders, improve learning tools, and generally support all of the efforts of the office.

August 7, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Communications

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.