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What’s New in DCSD

“I’m convinced this is going to be our best year ever! Our work continued this summer and we are ready to welcome students back into the classroom,” said Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, DCSD Superintendent.  “The energy and excitement from our students and staff is contagious!” 

Here’s a look at a few new things in DCSD this year:

Strategic Plan CoverDCSD Strategic Plan:  The new 2014-17 DCSD Strategic Plan features four priorities: Safety, Choice, World Class Education and System Performance. 


Mobile app iconDCSD Mobile App: Download the latest version of the DCSD mobile app and stay connected.

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DCSD Parent University:  New this year, Parent University will educate, empower and connect families with community resources needed to provide confidence, character development and life skills.  DCSD Parent University registration will open on September 9.
Parent Liaison logoDCSD Parent Liaison:  In May 2014, DCSD added the Office of Parent Liaison to connect parents with District resources and leaders.  The DCSD Parent Liaison will work closely with SACs, maintain a social media presence and serve as a liaison.

Choice graphicDCSD Choice Fairs:  DCSD will host three Choice Fairs to showcase schools and District programs.  This is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about what makes each school unique and choose a school that best fits their needs.



Choice graphicCastle View High School: The Mosaic Collective is a pilot program being implemented this year for a group of 9th and 10th graders.  The new program will address the personalized learning needs of each student in a transformational learning environment.  Teachers will collaborate with each student to develop curriculum aligned with that particular student's passion and interest.  At the same time, the teacher will also ensure the individual student learns critical standards and skills.  The Mosaic Collective teachers have spent a great deal of time researching and developing an approach to education that will best prepare students for a future filled with change and uncertainty.


No Limits graphicNo Limits: Our high-quality video vignettes have become a hallmark of our Community Relations efforts. This year, we are creating a new franchise to feature this work. The ‘No Limits’ concept was developed by members of Dr. Fagen’s Teacher Advisory Committee and we look forward to implementing it. The goal of these pieces is to provide tangible exemplars for our employees and share our accomplishments with the community. 

August 5, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Communications

District News

While the holidays are often a joyous time with friends and family, we know that they can also be stressful, not just for adults, but for children too. In addition to the annual pressure of gift giving, family gathering and travel, the holidays can trigger memories of the loss of loved ones and other traumatic events.

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots.