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Mt Everest summiteer says “You Can” to Challenge to Excellence students

Kim Hess standing with the C2E athletics teacher

PARKER - Mountain climber, Kim Hess, had to try and try again to achieve her childhood dream of summiting Mt. Everest.  Hess has survived 26 broken bones and the 2015 Nepali Earthquake while stationed at Base Camp 2 on Mt. Everest.  

Her first attempt to climb Mt. Everest ended in a tragedy for an entire country.  She stayed in Nepali for a month to help rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000.  She returned in 2016 to complete her dream and successfully summit Mt Everest.

Her story riveted 150 sixth through eighth grade middle school students at Challenge to Excellence (C2E), a Parker-based Charter school.  Beyond the amazing accomplishment of a Mt. Everest summit, Hess taught the students about perseverance and persistence to achieve your dreams, even acknowledging that sometimes you may even be overcoming your own self-doubts.

Student trying on thick mountain climbing jacket and suit, Kim Hess helps her try it on.

“There was a moment on the summit of Mt Everest at 29,034ft when I recalled one person in particular who said I would never stand on top the world. That person was myself. Sometimes our biggest obstacle or setback in life can be ourselves," shared Hess. "Reminding myself that I was capable of anything I put my mind to, I smiled, laughed and danced because I had done it...I found my happy.”

December 6, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Challenge To Excellence, Choice Programming

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”