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Halloween Is Upon Us!

Our little ones will be enjoying Halloween costumes, parties, trick or treating, and eating lots of candy! As parents, we need to be aware of what our children are receiving when trick or treating.  Although local law enforcement has not seen an issue at Halloween  with marijuana "edibles" candy, that doesn't mean we don't need to remain vigilant. 

Marijuana edibles contain up to 95% THC, which is the chemical that effects the brain and takes approximately 30 minutes to take effect. Marijuana is being infused as "edibles" in candy that is marketed to kids such as "Sour Patch Kids", "Gummy Bears", and other candies that appeal to kids. 

Parents, make sure your kids know to not accept any candy that is not factory sealed and that is not from a reputable manufacturer.  If it does not look right, it probably is not right! It is better to throw the candy away and be safe than sorry!

October 29, 2015 | By gcburnett | Category: Prevention and School Culture, Health Wellness and Prevention

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.