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Feast in the Field to honor student school gardeners

DOUGLAS COUNTYThe American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association (ACFCCA) and Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services have joined forces to present Colorado Chefs Salute to Education at Feast in the Field, Sunday, September 8 11:00 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m. at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
“In addition to featuring the fare of some of Colorado’s most highly regarded food providers prepared by top chefs from across the front-range, we’ll also showcase the efforts of our community’s student gardeners,” said DCSD Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig, “DCSD Student Gardens are invaluable teaching tools.”
“Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness. Not to mention an appreciation for food from seed to plate,” according to the Whole Kids Foundation Executive Director Nona Evans.
Craig said he hopes to “…raise community awareness regarding the value of school gardens as well as pat students on the back for their work in the gardens this summer.” 
A self-avowed “farm boy” Craig believes the real reward for all gardeners is “… in the harvest … the gratification of bringing food to the table one has nurtured from seed is indescribable.”
DCSD Nutrition Services will be surveying the District’s most productive gardens and plans invite student gardeners from select schools to participate at Feast in the Field with DCSD Chef Jason Morse.  Morse, known for his grilling expertise, plans to create extraordinary produce fare. 
“Colorado Chefs Salute Education: It’s more than an event theme. It is a focus and a promise.  By encouraging student gardeners and finding ways to get kids into the awesome flavors of well-prepared produce, we’re making good on our promise and impacting kids in a really healthy way,” said Morse. 
DCSD ProStart students and ACF apprentices will also assist at the Feast.
FEAST Tickets go on sale early August.
July 30, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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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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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.