September is National Suicide Prevention Aw
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.
September is National Suicide Prevent
This week is National School Psyc
Bullying affects students no matter the race, gender, age or socioeconomic status. One in four kids nationally is bullied and an increasing number of teens are being bullied online.
Meanwhile, students who are bullied can show decreases in academic performance, with some students possibly experiencing suicidal thoughts. Additionally, those who bully may have lasting problems.
CASTLE ROCK— The health and well-bein
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.
The rainy, fall weather seemed appropriate as principals from across the Douglas County School District (DCSD) gathered with their counterparts from local churches to discuss a somber topic – teen suicide – and how we, as a community, can work together to prevent it.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – With a rise in the number of children engaging in tobacco use over the past few years, DCSD's Tobacco-Free Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Redfern, has risen to the task educating our youth, their parents, and the community as a whole about the health risks related to tobacco use.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Mary Page is the epitome of lifelong learning, and it was through the process of learning that she found her true calling as an educator, and role as principal of Plum Creek Academy.
At a recent forum more than two hundred Douglas County parents gathered to learn ways to keep their kids safe and to ask their questions to the experts.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Ask any student or parent, and they will confirm that school counselors can have tremendous impact on student success.
CASTLE ROCK – The middle school years are a time of self-discovery and growth. Later this week, a group of District students will learn that they can follow a path of self-awareness and acceptance during an Empowerment Retreat hosted by the DCSD Student Wellness Department.
Sources of Strength, a national organization that trains staff and students to recognize the signs of suicidal idealization and other problems facing today’s youth recently visited Rock Canyon High School for a day of training.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, hundreds of thousands of students in grades K-12 sustain concussions caused by sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or falls each year.
The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has a number of Prevention and School Culture programs, differentiated to meet the needs of our students at different grade levels, all of which aim at creating empathy and a positive culture at our schools.
Traditionally in education, the services provided to schools was compartmentalized, with different teams taking care of the educational, psychological and special needs of students. Douglas County School District is taking a different approach, looking for ways to provide layered, differentiated support that meets all the needs of every child.
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.
Parents in Castle Rock will have opportunity to take part in Douglas County School District’s Safeguarding Children: Building Resiliency student safety forum on Wednesday night. The last of three scheduled regional forums will be held at Castle View High School, beginning at 6 p.m.
Rock Canyon students were well prepared to run
Students at several Douglas County schools are beginning with small acts of kindness, in hopes that they will lead to a larger change in the way kids treat each other in school and elsewhere.
Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The fateful crocodile that has swallowed the clock in “Peter Pan” has found me and is in hot pursuit. I am beleaguered by the ticking clock, minute by minute, hour by hour, then tolling to signal another young suicide.