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Making a difference is never easy. It can seem especially difficult when you are in 3rd grade - but it can be done. Students at Pioneer Elementary School in Parker have been working on a project to save the monarch butterfly from extinction.

Where do you start with such an overwhelming task? Sometimes you just need to know the right people. Parker Town Councilman Joshua Rivero also happens to be a parent to two kids kids working on the project. He has volunteered his time to help them put a plan into action. “You want something done, you can do it at your town hall.” The mayor signs a pledge offering his support.

With help from the councilman and teacher Tammy Velasco, the kids are preparing an action plan to present to the Parker town council. They cover everything from what to say, to where to say it.

When the big day finally arrives the kids are equipped with confidence. After leading the assembled crowd in the pledge of allegiance and observing some of the proceedings, the mayor calls the students up to face the dais. The need for limiting pesticides, planting milkweeds, and spreading the word is central to their presentation.

What they really want is support. “I will gladly go online and support and take the pledge online,” responds mayor Mike Waid. After a signature and applause from the supportive crowd, the students are on their way. They leave knowing that it is possible to make a difference.

June 5, 2017 | By ccheline | Category:

District News

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.