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Cresthill New Beginnings


Middle School is a very unique part of a student’s journey. It is full of new routines and changes. It’s a preview of high school.

All of this is why Cresthill Middle School hosts its New Beginnings. Parents of incoming 7th graders learn the ropes from last year's 7th graders and principal Sid Rundle. They hear about all of the little things that will make the transition to middle school an easy one. Parents hear from incoming 8th graders and Principal Rundle.

It all matters. No detail is overlooked. Parents learn about strategies for locker safety, backpack management, and what’s in the vending machines.

Principal Rundle know that success in middle school requires an all-encompassing approach. “You've got the heart, and then you've got really what we would refer to very generically as the soul. You cannot build sturdy human beings academically and intellectually unless you also address them emotionally.”

August 3, 2017 | By ccheline | Category:

District News

Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.


Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.

Student Climbs stairs with Firefighters

“Never forget” became permanently ingrained in our heads and our hearts after the attacks of September 11, 2001. But now, 16 years later, our schools are full of students who weren’t even alive when history was made; leaving many teachers to decipher how and what to teach students about a moment in our history that changed our world forever.