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Eleven DCSD Schools Receive Statewide John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science. (View more information on the School Performance Framework in SchoolView.)

Principals from each of the schools were honored by the DCSD Board of Education and Interim Superintendent Erin Kane during the Board meeting on Tuesday, February 5.

"My staff is working so hard to make sure they are meeting our students needs, this is really their award," said Donna Mitchell, Principal of Challenge to Excellence Charter School in Parker. Several other school leaders echoed these sentiments.

"It starts with the staff, students, and community," said George Boser, Principal of Summit View Elementary in Highlands Ranch. "They're relentless in finding ways to focus on building knowledge and skills. We focus on Habits of Character and getting kids to look at high quality work. Learning is a process, not always a product, and that's been our focus."

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Academy Charter School
  • Challenge to Excellence Charter School
  • Mountain Vista High School
  • Northridge Elementary School
  • Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
  • Platte River Academy
  • Redstone Elementary School
  • STEM School Highlands Ranch
  • Stone Mountain Elementary
  • Summit View Elementary School
  • Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

View all Colorado award recipients

February 8, 2018 | By CSilberman | Category: Board of Education, Superintendent

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”