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Not your average spring break!

Students visit a village in Ecuador

PARKER – Some students from Sierra Middle School spent spring break learning about Ecuador's culture, environment and people during a whirlwind tour of the country.

Twenty-three students and four chaperones practiced speaking Spanish as they observed everything from religious practices to farming techniques. The group played and worked during their visit, and tried a variety of foods with each meal. They also toured two of the largest cities in the country and visited a deserted island...watching wildlife, bartering for souvenirs and making friends along the way.

"It was an amazing, unforgettable experience," said Spanish Teacher Brent Sheffield. "The group gained a greater appreciation for the world around us."

Students posted blog entries and photos to a website while they were gone. Follow this link to visit the Sierra Student Travel blog. 

April 21, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Middle School Education

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.


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