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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

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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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.