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Journalism teachers receive national honors

CASTLE ROCK – The Journalism Education Association (JEA) has announced that three Douglas County School District teachers will receive national honors this spring for their work with student-journalists.

Jed Palmer, the journalism teacher at Sierra Middle School (pictured) was one of only three teachers nationwide to be named a Distinguished Adviser this year, in the Journalism Education Association (JEA) National High School Yearbook Adviser of the Year Award program.

In the 18 years that the JEA has been awarding this prestigious honor, Palmer is only the second middle school adviser to receive this award. He is also only the fourth adviser in Colorado to earn recognition from the JEA in the Adviser of the Year program.

Melissa LarsonJessica LeifheitThe JEA also recognized Melissa Larson (pictured at left) of Mesa Middle School and Jessica Leifheit (pictured at right) of Castle View High School with its Rising Star award. The award, which began in 2006, recognizes teachers with one to five years of journalism teaching and/or advising experience who demonstrate a commitment to journalism education and show promise as up-and-coming advisers.

Palmer, Larson and Leifheit will receive their awards in April at the spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, in San Diego.

January 15, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Castle Rock Middle School, Castle View High School, Sierra Middle School, District, High School Education, Middle School 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.