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Summer prep pays off as school begins in Douglas County

CASTLE ROCK – The first batch of Douglas County Schools have already marked their first day of school, beginning classes as early as August 5.
 
Students donned with their new threads and with fresh school supplies packed in their backpacks stood outside of Meadow View Elementary with their parents on Monday, waiting to meet their new teachers.
 
“I feel really excited,” exclaimed Brooke Botos.
 
While the gathering means that summer break is coming to a conclusion, the crowd was buzzing with excitement for the promising new year ahead.
 
“The first day of school is contagious. You come here and they are so excited. They have their backpacks, dressed up in some sort of outfit that they just love, happy to see their friends,” said Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen.
 
“Love all the teachers, love the staff and we’re excited about the Artful Learning that they’re putting into place,” added Meadow View parent Jeff Botos.
 
This summer Meadow View’s teachers were busy—learning how to implement the Artful Learning program, which infuses music and arts, in the school curriculum.
 
“These teachers, and many others throughout the district came together this summer and went through artful learning training, and they are completely rethinking how they are going to deliver instruction to these children," Fagen said.
 
That same scene was repeated again and again across the District this summer, as DCSD’s educators volunteered for sessions that allowed them to learn the skills and try new types of instruction that are reshaping American education; ensuring our students get the 21st century skills they need.
 
It is evident that all of this work during summer break will pay off as hallways and classrooms begin to fill with students.
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category:

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