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Mountain Ridge students pay tribute to Chihuly exhibit

HIGHLANDS RANCH – You might have noticed some unusual sculptures if you have driven past Mountain Ridge Middle School (MRMS) recently.

Students in Sally Losness’ art class recently studied the work of glass artist Dale Chihuly, and were inspired by his outdoor glass sculptures, which were recently on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens. As a result, 200 sculptures have been created and “planted” outside on school grounds.

Since middle school is not the best environment for glassblowing, the students created 3D pieces using recycled materials, including cardboard, wire and duct tape. The students then layered plaster bandages over each of the structures, and painted them with acrylic color, using spray paint for the highlight details. The finishing touch was added in the form of triple clear gloss layers, applied to protect the art from the elements while displayed outdoors.

“The silhouettes of the pieces in the morning are stunning as are the bright bold colors and shapes in the sunshine later in the day, and at night they can be downright creepy,” Losness said.
While creating the striking sculptures, the young artists studied organic shapes from nature, as well as Chilhuly glass pieces. In addition to exploring the design concepts related to an exhibit of this magnitude, students learned life skills as they navigated the process of planning, engineering, building and creating each piece. 

December 3, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Middle School Education, Schools

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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.