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With condolences and thanks

Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Kyra Connolly, who passed away from a tragic car accident near Castle View High School on Tuesday. Our sincerest thanks to the counselors, staff and community members who are supporting students and staff during this time of grieving.

Below is a letter by DCSD Parent Liaison, Kathy Brown.

To our community,

During the past few days in Douglas County, I have had a profound revelation. Our schools, and the staff who support, teach and guide our kids all day, are extraordinary. Beyond measure. We are fortunate to have among us a wonderful group of talented, dedicated and caring staff who are truly invested in every aspect of our kids lives.

You may say, “Of course we are!” And, I have said that before, without even a second thought. And I meant it. But, today, I say that from my very depths.

I recently viewed our staff through a different lens, at Castle View, my son’s school, during a morning of shock, sadness, fear and a myriad of unchecked, indescribable emotions. Everyone was struggling to hold it together. Yet, in all of the unfolding and seemingly endless moments, I watched absolute professionalism, love, care, skill and sacrifice play out in that school.

In the midst of a chaos of everything you can imagine, I watched a structure develop. Checklists and assignments. Timing considerations. In each discussion point, I saw care and concern cover all possible areas - towards staff, students, administrators, families, community, neighborhood, mental health workers, crisis responders. It seemed every conceivable angle was considered - whether it was the Meadow View walkers, staff messages and talking points or on-the-spot assessments of the emotional health of students gathered in the library.

I also saw red, teary eyes, heard choked up voices and sniffles, and watched many administrators and counselors hold off their own grief so that they could ensure the necessary support for everyone’s well being. Then there were the heartbroken teachers, alone in each classroom, who continued their instruction and maintained their composure for the sake of the students.

Over hours, the deep care and love for every person in that school community was palpable. Nothing else mattered.

We parents are protective. We want to know our kids are in good hands.

I can say that what I witnessed in only one day of crisis confirms that the people who spend the majority of their waking hours with our kids are special. They are extraordinary. They care.

Thank you, teachers, staff and administrators for all you do, every single day. Thank you so very much for your deep care for our kids.

Kathy Brown
DCSD Parent Liaison

 

September 22, 2016 | By CSilberman | 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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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.