• Employee Resources
  • Language

Mountain Vista Students Participate in Global Student Leadership Conference in Switzerland

DAVOS, Switzerland - Students from Mountain Vista traveled to Europe this summer to attend a student leadership conference with1,600 other students from around the world.

The Education First Global Student Leadership Conference was held in Davos, Switzerland and provided the students an opportunity to work in small groups that designed, prototyped, and presented solutions to challenges in the current education system. It is was an effort they had prepared for all of last year by participating in a before-school class at Mountain Vista called Global Learning and Leaders.

“The students invested a whole year of their time to understanding and applying the Design Thinking process,” explained Mountain Vista teacher and sponsor Shannon Vance. “The key to Design Thinking is empathy — instead of making a product with the goal of selling the largest amount possible, it’s all about the customer and giving them what they need and want.”

All of the work paid off. Mountain Vista junior Patrick Veihman and his group won the Popular Vote for their innovation: portable pedals that can be attached to desks to help students release their energy in a way that’s not disruptive or distracting.

READ MORE: Mountain Vista student Kit Miller reflects on the conference

The enthusiastic students will now take what they learned and work closely with the teachers and administrative staff at Vista to make a difference in their own school.

Many of the students are already planning to attend next year’s conference in The Hague. The theme is “Education as a Human Right.”

August 6, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: District, High School Education, Schools

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.

Superintendent Search text based logo

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.