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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

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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.