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Shine Summit Expands Invitation to More Schools

“A strong girl stands up for herself, a stronger girl stands up for others.” Female empowerment  is prevalent in our daily lives, from our national news to our school communities. Shine Summit allows our female students, teachers, and community members to come together to celebrate girl empowerment while highlighting love, courage, and strength.

The 4th annual Shine Summit will be held on March 9, 2018 at 3800 E Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113. This year Shine will be hosting high school girls and 8th grade girls from all of the Continental League schools as well as fifth grade girls from the Parker area elementary schools. Students, teachers, and engaging female leaders will come together to embrace and explore the powerful influence female empowerment creates.

Girls can join Shine Summit for a day of powerful sisterhood, inspirational speeches, and transformative workshops. Through the breakout sessions and keynote speakers, females are invited to tune into the power of females in our society and come together to make a difference.


This year, the girls will hear from two influential keynote speakers, Lacey Henderson and Ali Stroker. Lacey Henderson is a paralympian who attended the 2016 Rio Games and is a 5 times national champion. Ali Stroker is a groundbreaking actress who starred on both “The Glee Project” and “Glee”. Both women will attest to the trials and tribulations that life offers young women and how to overcome them through their personal failures and successes.

In addition to the two keynote speakers, multiple breakout sessions on body image, social media, harassment, kindness, public speaking, self defense, women in medical, law and business fields, wearable art and many more will be available to attendees.

Shine Summit is expecting to host over 800 women and girls on March 9. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Staci Batterson at staci.batterson[at]dcsdk12[dot]org or visit our website


February 5, 2018 | By CSilberman | Category: Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Growth

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

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.”