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New Chaparral principal promises to build upon school culture of community and excellence

PARKER – Weeks before school begins, Chaparral High School’s new principal, Greg Gotchey, is already hard at work. He briskly transitions from meeting to meeting, briefing school administrators, and even tests some new student desks.
 
While getting to know the lay of the land at the school campus in Parker, he was quick to give credit to the school’s former leaders, all while showing an incoming freshman and his parents around.
 
“If you look up you will see what the former principal used to say,” he said pointing up to a mural with the quote, ‘Take Care of One Another.’ "I think that is something that we do well,” Gotchey said.
 
As Chaparral’s new principal, he promises to build upon the foundation created by its former leaders.
 
“Mr. (Ron) Peterson and Mary Gill before him set this place up to be a community center,” Gotchey said. “When I was going through the interview process, I got to know the kids and the faculty.  I was impressed by the attitude—that they care for one another and they care for the kids and kids care for faculty.”
 
That community culture is what drew him to Chaparral. 
 
Gotchey, a Colorado native, has 12 years of experience as a school administrator, all in Colorado school districts. When asked if given the opportunity to meet anyone in the world (living or not), he immediately chose Sir Isaac Newton.  His choice is a logical one since Gotchey himself was a science and math teacher.
 
Gotchey says that he is impressed with the Chaparral’s achievements, including its athletic teams and performing arts students. In fact, the school’s spring production, “Les Misérables” won 5 Bobby G Awards, including “Outstanding Musical” and “Best Actor.” He also is building up his CHS fan gear, and plans on attending several sporting events and activities in the coming months.  Parents, students and community members will have the opportunity to meet Gotchey and his administrative team at a future open house. 
 
“I think we've got a well-rounded opportunity for kids,” Gotchey said. “Our goal is to use academics, activities and athletics to help the kids grow up and to make good, wise decisions, to be thinkers and members of the community. We do that through a lot of activities.” 
 
Developing those 21st century critical thinking skills in students is a key piece of his vision for CHS students.
 
“I see us really in the forefront of what is happening elsewhere in the country,” he added. 
 
While school will officially begin at Chaparral on August 12, Gotchey welcomes students and parents to stop in before then.  Call (303) 387-3500 for more information.
August 15, 2013 | By Anonymous | 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.