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3 DCSD libraries awarded the CDE's "Highly Effective Library Program" distinction

Four DCSD Teacher-Librarians Receive

Highly Effective School Library Program Status

Tracie King from Acres Green Elementary School, Pete Vincelette from Mountain Ridge Middle School, and Stephanie Meurer and Jennifer Milstead from Sierra Middle School have been recognized by the state of Colorado as having Highly Effective School Library Programs.  To earn this recognition an application process requires that school teacher-librarians provide evidence to meet 21 criteria on an evaluation rubric.  A licensed teacher librarian that collaborates with classroom teachers with instruction and assessment to integrate 21st century skills and technology is an integral piece to receive this award.

Douglas County School District now has 6 Highly Effective School Library Programs as these three schools join, Rocky Heights Middle School, Ranch View Middle School, and Thunderridge High School. You can read more about this recognition at this Link: HESLP. Congratulations Tracie, Pete, Stephanie, and Jennifer!

Click here to see the CDE's Highly Effective Library Program rubric. 

2014 Highly Effective Recipients

Application videos for these Highly Effective Library Programs:

Acres Green Elementary School

Mountain Ridge Middle School

Sierra Middle School



March 11, 2014 | By msprincipe | Category: Innovation & Design Center

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.