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Winning essay benefits Sierra Middle School

PARKER – Sierra Middle School seventh-grader Kate Padrnos was recently selected as the winner of a nationwide "Generosity" essay contest.

The Charles Lafitte Foundation awarded Kate with a Kindle Fire and earned a $1,000 grant for Sierra's Library Media Center. After reading The Messenger by Lois Lowry, Kate wrote about the book’s character Matty, and how his traits of compassion and generosity touched her.

Kate concluded her composition with a statement of commitment for how she plans to live her life.

 “I want to try to make the world a better place and be accepting. I will DO and expect nothing in return and I will give up more for others willingly. Above all, I will try to be a better person.”

Follow this link to read Kate’s essay.

October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.