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Students Spark Some Fun into Learning


The November meet-up for Create Something Great took place at the Innovation Pavilion in Centennial. Students began the evening by showing educators how to program and guide robots.


Our keynote, Lindsay Levkoff Diamond from SparkFun! in Boulder captured the attention of the audience with the compelling story of how SparkFun! came to be. It began because of a business problem that the then, college student Nathan Seidel, the founder and CEO of SparkFun! wanted to solve. He needed 1 electronic part for a college project and could not purchase the part anywhere inside the US. This sparked the idea to build his own business providing single electronic parts for purchase. SparkFun! began with one employee working out of his home and is now a multi - million dollar business with 150 employees with their own building.

Breakout Learning Sessions included an electronics project offered by a SparkFun! team and Minecraft and coding session offered by Matt Pacione from Discovery Canyon Campus Middle School in Colorado Springs District 20.


If you are interested in attending Create Something Great meet-ups, please email Linda Conway ljconway[at]dcsdk12[dot]org  or Mary Murphy mary.murphy[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.  


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November 13, 2014 | By lkozel | Category:

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.

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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.