• Employee Resources
  • Language

Green Ribbons, sustainability the focus of ‘Let’s Talk Education’

DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO – This week, green ribbons and sustainability are the focus of “Let’s Talk Education.” On Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored Douglas County School District (DCSD) with the first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award. DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen will host sustainability leaders on her weekly radio show.
“DCSD has long been a model of excellence in the area of sustainability,” said Lee Smit, DCSD Sustainability Manager. “This is an incredible honor for our students, our staff, and our district leaders.”  According to Smit, sustainability efforts have saved DCSD over $15 million in the last six years. 
In addition to the district award, two DCSD elementary schools have been awarded Green Ribbons for their school based sustainability efforts.  Copper Mesa Elementary and Flagstone Elementary will be honored on Thursday in back-to-back ceremonies.
‘Let’s Talk Education’ is a weekly radio show that features discussions about the latest education topics, DCSC initiatives and news.  Listeners can submit questions and comments by calling in live, posting questions or Facebook, or simply by emailing the district.
WHAT:            Let’s Talk Education
                       DCSD Weekly Radio Show
WHEN:            Wednesday, April 24, 2013 
                        3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Listen to the show live at
                      (Archived shows can be found at
GUESTS:        Lee Smit, DCSD Sustainability Manager, Chantal Astler, Sustainability Coordinator and Kelly Smith, Principal of
                      Flagstone Elementary
April 24, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.