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Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"
September 14, 2017 | By CSilberman

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.

 

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Mock bedroom setup, with typical teen materials laying around like headphones, a backpack, air freshener, and clothing.
September 7, 2017 | By CSilberman

At first, it seems like a normal teen

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Large group of middle school students walking on an outdoor field.
August 1, 2017 | By CSilberman

All Douglas County School District (DCSD) Middle Schools are gaining an additional full-time counselor this year thanks to a recent grant awarded by the State of Colorado totaling nearly $900,000. Each counselor will have a specific focus on school culture and prevention related to mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, the grant includes funds awarded to each middle school for evidence-based prevention programs and activities.

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May 17, 2017 | By gcburnett

Pharmaceutical Drop Off Locations

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Young man with headphones
April 13, 2017 | By rmbarber

A new Netflix series that debuted in March has become a popular topic of conversation in the hallways of several Douglas County schools, causing concern for some parents.

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March 16, 2017 | By rmbarber

Students at six Douglas County middle schools signed a pledge on Wednesday, promising that they won’t use electronic cigarettes or other tobacco products.

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kids exercising
February 23, 2017 | By CSilberman

Franktown-based Cherry Valley Elementary School and Highlands Ranch-based Bear Canyon Elementary School and Fox Creek Elementary School have been named among the healthiest schools in Colorado by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI). A total of just 46 schools statewide were selected for this annual honor.

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Kids on field day huddled
December 12, 2016 | By rmbarber

Planning funded

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November 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

This week is National School Psyc

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October 31, 2016 | By gcburnett
DougCo Youth Leadership Board Meeting
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May 26, 2016 | By rmbarber

A series of clinics helped provide dental care for more than 70 DCSD students -- especially those whose parents can’t afford insurance.

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May 16, 2016 | By CSilberman

A special thank you to the 36 DCSD schools that

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March 17, 2016 | By NDJones

Bullying often stems from misunderstandings between various social circles, but ThunderRidge has taken steps to try and erase the lines that separate those cliques. That’s where “Seminar” comes in.

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March 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

160,000 students nationwide skip school every day for fear of being bullied. These schools are taking steps to ensure a safe learning environment for everybody. 

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January 27, 2016 | By rmbarber

Peter Thompson, a Douglas County School District (DCSD) psychologist and leader of the District’s Brain Trauma Team, has set an ambitious goal. In the next three years, he hopes to ready teams at every school to handle possible cases of brain trauma.

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January 20, 2016 | By CSilberman

Out of Bounds is an informative evening about kids and cyber-bullying, and will give parents resources on where they can turn to for help

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January 19, 2016 | By rmbarber

In addition to the academic supports offered by DCSD’s Personalized Learning Department, there is a large and comprehensive group of professionals dedicated to the psychological and physical health of students.

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January 19, 2016 | By rmbarber

The new director of Douglas County School District’s Health and Wellness Department says she was excited to learn about the many different programs offered by the District—all of which are focused on supporting the physical and psychological health of DCSD students.

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January 13, 2016 | By CSilberman

Q&A with DCSD Parent Liaison, Kath

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December 9, 2015 | By gcburnett

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) visited

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October 29, 2015 | By gcburnett
September 17, 2015 | By gcburnett

How much sodium is in what you eat?

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September 8, 2015 | By gcburnett

Become informed about mental health and wellnes

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August 30, 2015 | By gcburnett

The Student Wellness Department was part of the

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August 19, 2015 | By rmbarber

Back to school often marks the beginning of the cold and flu season in our schools. With recent media coverage regarding viral meningitis at a Douglas County School District school, and two more parent-reported possible cases this week, we would like to remind everyone in District to keep three simple steps in mind to prevent illness of all types.

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April 28, 2015 | By rmbarber

Several Douglas County schools are getting an opportunity to expand their education and prevention efforts for bullying, school violence, substance abuse and suicide.

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April 28, 2015 | By rmbarber

As work under a one-year grant provided by Kaiser Permanente wraps up, the hope is that the opportunities created, including fitness classes, will spark a change in schools and classrooms around the Douglas County School District.

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April 20, 2015 | By gcburnett

Learn how your school can impact the health of your staff and students and set them up for academic success!

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Students entering school
April 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – The schools in Douglas County School District (DCSD) provide many options for children who have a variety of learning styles. Another factor that contributes to student success is access to sufficient health care.

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Cherry Valley students get moving
April 7, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

FRANKTOWN – Cherry Valley Elementary School has been chosen as a 2015 Healthy School Champion by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI).  Cherry Valley will be highlighted as one of the state’s healthiest schools at the CEI 7th Annual Summit and Luncheon on Friday, April 24, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.

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April 2, 2015 | By rmbarber

Did you know trees begin spreading pollen before leaves appear on their branches? Grass and weeds will begin pollinating later in the year.

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Ebola in Africa
December 9, 2014 | By gcburnett
DCSD receives Certified Healthy Business Leader recognition
September 9, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Staff Wellness program has received recognition from Health Links for initiatives that encourage employees to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

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September 9, 2014 | By rmbarber

Douglas County School District parents and staff recently had an opportunity to learn more about the prevention of suicide and other youth tragedies from a national expert in school crisis.

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January 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

One of the most difficult topics during a student’s teenage years is dating. While so much of that dialogue is shared between parents and students, it is rare for students to talk to their peers about the great responsibility they have of being respectful with each other.

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October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

CASTLE ROCK – While prom and graduation are meant to be times of celebration, unfortunately they can also be times of tragedy. Parents can make a difference by having a conversation with their kids about the consequences related to their decisions.

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District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.