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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

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.