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DCSD acronyms help parents speak a common language

As the new Parent Liaison for DCSD and as the parent of a DCSD student, I know how difficult it is to understand the many education terms and acronyms.  I believe it is imperative that all of us speak a common “language,” in order to achieve the daunting task of increasing parent engagement across 82 schools throughout the district.

To help address the confusion, I worked with parents and administrators to compile an A-Z list of the most helpful acronyms you may hear or read in the school halls, on the internet, in the district buildings or one of dozens of other places that students, teachers and parents reside.

This list may spark some questions and interest.  In that case, feel free to contact me, Katherine Brown for further clarification and/or to engage in future involvement opportunities.



2e

Twice Exceptional

504 Plan

Disability Accommodation Plan

AA

American Academy

ACS

Academy Charter School

ACT

American College Test - All Colorado Juniors Required to Take

Admin

Wilcox Building

ADD/ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AESOP

Substitute Placement and Absent Management System

AEC

Alternate Education Campus

AGE

Acres Green Elementary

ALP

Advanced Learning Plan

AP

Advanced Placement

AP

Assistant Principal

APD

Auditory Processing Disorder

APR

Annual Performance Report

ASD

Autism Spectrum Disorder

ATU

Amalgamated Transit Union

AVA

Aspen View Academy

AVID

Advancement via Individual Determination

AWE

Arrowwood Elementary

BAS

BAS - Balanced Assessment System

BASE

Before and After School Enterprise

BCE

Bear Canyon Elementary

BEST

Business Education and Support

BFA

Ben Franklin Academy

BFB

Beginning Fund Balance

BFR

Budgeting for Results

BLT

Building Leadership Team

BoE

Board of Education

BOCES

Board of Cooperative Educational Services

BP

BP- Backwards Plan (Three stages to plan for World Class Education)

BRE

Buffalo Ridge Elementary

BRT

Building Resource Teacher

C2E

Challenge to Excellence Charter School

CA

Change Agent

CAFR

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

CAG

Curriculum Advisory Group

CART

Charter Application Review Team

CAS

Colorado Academic Standards

CBLA

Colorado Basic Literacy Act (no longer valid)

CCE

Coyote Creek Elementary

CDE

Colorado Department of Education

CHS

Chaparral High School

CHSSA

Colorado High School Athletics and Activities

CIL

Curriculum and Instruction Leader

CIMS

Cimarron Middle School

CITE

Continuous Improvement of Teacher Effectiveness

(teacher evaluation standards)

CKCS

Core Knowledge Charter School

CMS

Cresthill Middle School

CoGAT

Cognitive Abilities Test

COP

Certificates of Participation

CORA

Colorado Open Records Act

CPD

Center for Professional Development

CPI

Consumer Price Index

CQI

Continuous Quality Improvement

CRE

Castle Rock Elementary

CRS

Colorado Revised Statutes

CRT

Computer Resource Teacher

CSAP

Colorado School Assessment Program

CSE

Clear Sky Elementary

CTE

Career and Technical Education

CTE

Cherokee Trail Elementary

CVE

Cherry Valley Elementary

CVHS

Castle View High School

DAC

District Accountability Committee

DCAGT

Douglas County Association for Gifted and Talented

DCEF

Douglas County Educational Foundation

DCHS

Douglas County high School

DCH-South

Douglas County High School South Annex

DCO

Daniel C. Oakes High School

DCSD

Douglas County School District

DCSEAC

Douglas County Special Education Advisory Committee

DOS

Directors of Schools

DRA

Developmental Reading Assessment

EA

Eagle Academy

EA

Educational Assistant

ECC

Early Childhood Center

ECE

Early Childhood Education

eDCSD

Online School

EE

Eldorado Elementary

EL

Expeditionary Learning

ELL

English Language Learners

EPR

Elementary Progress Report

ERE

Eagle Ridge Elementary

ESSA

Every Student Succeeds Act

ESL

English as a Second Language

FCE

Fox Creek Elementary

FE

Franktown Elementary

FEEDER

A group of schools; elementary, middle and high, that serve the same geographic area. Students generally move from one articulation area to the next.

FERPA

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

FOC

Fiscal Oversight Committee

FSCP

Family School Community Partnerships

FSE

Flagstone Elementary

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

FVE

Frontier Valley Elementary

HR

Human Resources

GRE

Gold Rush Elementary

GT

Gifted and Talented

GUDA

GVC Unit Design Academy

GVA

Global Village Academy

GVC

Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (DCSD Curriculum)

HE

Heritage Elementary

HOPE

HOPE Online Learning Academy

HR

Human Resources

HRHS

Highlands Ranch High School

I & D

Innovation and Development

IB

International Baccalaureate

IC

Infinite Campus (records system, attendance, grading)

IDEA

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IEP

Individualized Education Plan

IHE

Iron Horse Elementary

ILP

Individual Literacy Plan (plans under CBLA,

no longer valid)

InspirED Innovation

DCSD’s integrated suite of web-based software tools to assist teachers and leaders

IT

Information Technology

LE

Larkspur Elementary

LEAD

Leadership Effectiveness through Analysis and Data

LEP

Limited English Proficient

LHS

Legend High School

LPE

Legacy Point Elementary

LRPC

Long Range Planning Committee

LSS

Learning Support Services

LTE

Lone Tree Elementary

MAP

Measure of Academic Progress (interim assessment)

MDVE

Meadow View Elementary

MHE

Mammoth Heights Elementary

MTSS

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

MMS

Mesa Middle School

MRMS

Mountain Ridge Middle School

MVE

Mountain View Elementary

MVHS

Mountain Vista High School

NCLB

No Child Left Behind

NE

Northeast Elementary

NRE

Northridge Elementary

NSA

North Star Academy

O&M

Operations and Maintenance

PARCC

PARCC- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for

College and Careers (on line summative DCSD is moving

towards in the near future 14-15)

PBL

Project Based Learning

PCA

Plum Creek Academy

PCE

Prairie Crossing Elementary

PLC

PLC- Professional Learning Communities

(Meeting held by Admin team once per month to

share learning opportunities)

PD

Professional Development

PDPA

Public Deposit Protection Act

PE

Pioneer Elementary

PERA

Public Employees’ Retirement Association

PGE

Pine Grove Elementary

PGI

Professional Growth Incentive

PHS

Ponderosa High School

PLI

Pine Lane Intermediate

PLP

Pine Lane Primary

PLS

Professional Learning Specialist

(formerly BRT, Building Resource Teacher)

(Teacher Responsible for professional development

in the school)

PPA

Parker Performing Arts

PPR

Per Pupil Allocation

PRACS

Platte River Academy Charter School

RCHS

Rock Canyon High School

REMS

Renaissance Expeditionary Magnet School

RMSEL

Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning

ROXP

Roxborough Primary School

ROXI

Roxborough Intermediate School

RtI

Response to Intervention

RRE

Rock Ridge Elementary

RSE

Redstone Elementary

RVMS

Ranch View Middle School

SAC

School Accountability Committee

SAG

Student Advisory Group

SAT

Scholastic Achievement Test

SBB

Site Based Budget

SCE

Sand Creek Elementary

SED

Sedalia Elementary

SGCE

Sage Canyon Elementary

SGMS

Sagewood Middle School

SHE

Soaring Hawk Elementary

SIP

School Improvement Plan

SME

Stone Mountain Elementary

SMS

Sierra Middle School

SOE

South Ridge Elementary

SPED

Special Education

SPF

Standard Performance Frameworks

SSN

Significant Support Needs

SRE

Saddle Ranch Elementary

SRO

School Resource Officer

STEAM

Science Technology Engineering Art + Design Math

STEM

Science Technology Engineering Math

SVA

SkyView Academy

SVE

Summit View Elementary

TBE

Trailblazer Elementary

TELL

Teaching Empowering Leading Learning

TRHS

ThunderRidge High School

TTE

Timber Trail Elementary

UIP

Unified Improvement Planning

WCA

World Compass Academy

WME

Wildcat Mountain Elementary

Y.E.S.S.

Youth, Education and Safety in Schools

Zpass

Bus Fees

April 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Communications

District News

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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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We want to hear from you! How often do you prefer to receive email newsletters from DCSD? How can we improve the news and information you receive? This brief survey should only take a minute or two of your time. Thank you for giving us your input!

Tell us what you think, here!

 

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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.