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Financial Literacy on the menu for Castle Rock Middle School students

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CASTLE ROCK – For older generations, Home Economics was a class to learn your way around the kitchen and the basics of cooking. For Castle Rock Middle School Teacher Karen Vogan and her students the incorporation of multiple disciplines in the form of a ‘game’ is what makes her class innovative and exciting for her students.

“Financial literacy is really the life blood that runs through the whole game because it’s a skill that kids are applying whether they’re buying fabric for textiles or ingredients for food or how much to mark up their product for their business in order to make a profit, so they can track their growth through the semester,” said Vogan.

“I like this class because it links into a lot of things you’ll face when you’re older and it’s not just sewing and it’s not just cooking,” added CRMS Student Grace Morrow. Vogan created her classroom game of Tenacity based off of the game of Life. 

Students are basically creating their own kitchens based off the amount of money they raise and create a model for running a successful business.

“The whole point of what they’re learning through their textiles and food sections of the game are really just geared towards them getting the basic skills so that they can become a successful business at the end of the semester,” stated Vogan.


CRMS Student Ryan Dzialo added, “In this class it basically teaches us real life experiences like the worth of a dollar. A big lesson has been time management because some of the projects are just hard. Money in this class, goes just like that, it doesn’t last that long.”

But as in the game of Life, there are obstacles and failures to overcome and Vogan’s students are learning this valuable lesson.

“They’ve learned from failure and learned to be successful businesses that have higher quality products, so they make products that consumers want,” said Vogan. “One of major things that I’ve learned, especially about money, is how you keep track of things. If you don’t keep track then you can get into debt or cause a lot of problems along the way that you could of avoided,” shared Morrow.

And as the students hone their entrepreneurial skills, they acknowledge that these lessons will serve them well into their futures.

“The biggest thing I want to walk away from this class with is just the knowledge and overall gratitude that I can provide for myself and I know what I’m doing when I get older,” concluded Morrow.

May 5, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Middle School Education, World Class 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.