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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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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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.