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Young filmmakers show off their work on the big screen

Rock Canyon students pose on the red carpet with trophys

CASTLE ROCK-Young filmmakers and broadcast media students from elementary-age through high school showed off their hard work and talent on the big screen last week for the third annual Douglas County School District (DCSD) Student Film Festival. The annual event is produced by DCSD's Community Relations department, and this year generated more than 100 submissions from schools across the district. Through their teachers, students submitted short films, event and sports coverage, documentaries, animated films, music videos and more.

More than 60 finalists had their films and videos screened at the AMC Movie Theater in Castle Rock, and more than 300 students, family members and teachers were in attendance for the event.

"DCSD's stellar media teachers encouraged their students to submit their work, helping to generate the large participation and turnout," said DCSD Creative Services Specialist Nate Jones, who organized this year's DCSD Film Festival.

Awards were also distributed for elementary, middle, and high school categories. Rock Canyon High School walked away with the most awards for the evening, including seven films awarded first-place. But it was a middle school film that took home Best-in-Show; that honor was given to the short drama "Free" by Rocky Heights Middle School students Gatlin Zbylski, Megan Tuin, Taylor Prazzo, Sara Smith. In addition to the Best-in-Show trophy, these students won a GoPro camera, donated by DCSD's Innovation & Design Center.

All finalists' films can be viewed on the DCSD Student Media YouTube channel. VOTE TODAY for Fan Favorite!

A fan favorite film is still yet to be determined. Individuals can vote for their favorite film or films by "liking" those videos on YouTube. The students' video with the most likes on Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. will win the Fan Favorite category. Those students will also gain a new piece of equipment: either a 360 degree camera or an audio kit and microphone. 

"This is the first year we have conducted a fan favorite category. Our goal is to provide an incentive and opportunity for students, who may normally have a tendency to shy away from sharing their work with others, to show their friends and extended family members this great passion of theirs," said Jones.

View the full list of finalists and winners here 

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April 26, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Communications

District News

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.