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Parent Academy teaches how to talk with children about drugs

CASTLE ROCK - How do drugs affect the teen brain differently than the adult brain? What drugs are available to teens and how are they getting their hands on them?

A free resource fair and interactive seminar geared for parents will cover these topics and more from 5:30-8:30 p.m. March 8 at the Douglas County Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive in Castle Rock.

The event will start off with a chance for attendees to talk with various service providers from around the County. It will then conclude with three rotating breakout sessions where parents can become better equipped and empowered to handle situations involving teens and common issues associated with substance abuse.   

The program is hosted by Douglas County’s Youth Education and Safety in Schools Program (Y.E.S.S.), a collaborative effort managed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Douglas County School District, the police departments of Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker, and the Rotary Club of Castle Pines.

RSVP here by March 4 to reserve your seat and give event organizers an idea of how many people will attend. You do not need to bring a ticket with you to the event. Those who decide to come at the last minute are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please email Phyllis Harvey at pharvey[at]dcsheriff[dot]net with any questions.

February 11, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Schools

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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.