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September 21, 2017 | By CSilberman

September is National Suicide Prevention Aw

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.


One conversation can change a life. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
September 7, 2017 | By CSilberman

September is National Suicide Prevent

November 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

This week is National School Psyc

October 31, 2016 | By gcburnett
DougCo Youth Leadership Board Meeting
September 29, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

September 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK— The health and well-bein

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.

October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

Cynthia Redfern receives award
April 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

Plum Creek Academy Principal Mary Page
March 18, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

February 10, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

National School Counseling Week
February 3, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Ask any student or parent, and they will confirm that school counselors can have tremendous impact on student success.

January 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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
September 24, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

September 24, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

September 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

September 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

September 17, 2014 | By gcburnett
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.

April 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

March 19, 2014 | By arorcutt

Rock Canyon students were well prepared to run

March 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

January 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.


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.