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Elementary teacher recognized for leadership in science education


PARKER – Pine Lane Elementary School Teacher Stephanie Kawamura has been selected as a State-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Kawamura, who was selected as a result of her outstanding teaching and leadership in science, is now eligible to receive national recognition. The PAEMST awards are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government, given annually to K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers. Established by Congress in 1983, the PAEMST program authorizes the President to bestow up to 108 awards each year.

“It's such a pleasure to see her in action with our students, and it is not a surprise that Stephanie is being recognized by PAEMST for her exemplary teaching abilities, especially in science,” said Pine Lane Principal Danelle Hiatt. “She consistently facilitates high quality, authentic and relevant learning experiences, engaging students in a meaningful way, and promoting their critical-thinking skills.  The fact that her instruction was videotaped in order to support other teachers with quality science instructional design is a testament to her professional expertise and competencies,” Hiatt added.

A selection committee composed of science educators, teachers and past awardees will select the national PAEMST awardees. Teachers chosen for national recognition will be notified by The White House, receive $10,000, and an be invited to attend the awards ceremony, celebratory receptions, professional development programs, and discussions with policy-makers on how to improve mathematics and science education.

Learn more about The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

July 28, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Pine Lane Elementary School, Elementary Education

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.