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Leadership summit led by middle school students

CASTLE ROCK — On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 18 talented and amazing students representing our nine middle schools (2 from each building) participated in an all-day leadership summit at the Cantril Building. These students met with Middle School Director Marc Schaffer to share perspective, insight, and feedback concerning their experiences at the middle school level. Participating students not only celebrated the many excellent programs and experiences they have within their respective schools, but also offered a number of opportunities for improvement and enhancement.

The student representatives were selected by building administration and staff from each middle school.  Criteria included demonstrated excellence in leadership, problem-solving skills, and ability to work with others.

The group will reconvene in spring to take on a community action project where they will "give back" to their respective schools (and DCSD) in some way. Many of the suggestions that were offered as ways to enhance the middle school experience for students will be further explored at this time.

Participants not only represented their respective schools well, but also showed us as educators and District leaders that our students are capable of tremendous insight and have the ability to advocate for their academic and social-emotional needs at the middle level.

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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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.