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DCSD students honored by Douglas County Youth Initiative

CASTLE ROCK – Eleven Douglas County School District (DCSD) students who have overcome obstacles in their lives, from illness to tragedy, were recently honored by community leaders.

The teens, ranging in age from 13 to 19, were celebrated at the annual Douglas County Outstanding Youth Award Ceremony. The event was held on April 29 at Douglas County’s Phillip S. Miller building in Castle Rock. 

The youth honored represented eight DCSD schools, including:
Castle View High School
Daniel C. Oakes High School
Douglas County High School
Legend High School
Mountain Vista High School
Rocky Heights Middle School
Thunder Ridge High School
Sierra Middle School

The students were nominated for many reasons by a parent, community member or staff member from the school they attend.  

During the event, each teen was spotlighted with their nominator sharing with the audience why this young member of the community was chosen.  The teens receiving this award have all overcome obstacles and risen to the challenges life has presented. 

Some examples of what this year’s recipients have done include overcoming tremendous physical health challenges, family tragedy, adversity, volunteering countless hours in the community, or raising thousands of dollars to support cancer research.  

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.