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DCSD engaged parents = student success

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Research shows a direct correlation between parental involvement in the education of students and high student achievement. As identified in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Strategic Plan, DCSD is committed to engaging parents in every aspect of their child’s education. As part of that commitment, DCSD welcomes, encourages, and supports parents and family members as key partners in the education of their students. 

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This year, the best year ever in DCSD, the District has introduced four new initiatives to engage parents.

Office of Parent Liaison

“With the large number of educational opportunities available in the District, parents need a partner to help navigate the system, address issues and be involved,” said DCSD Parent and Community Liaison, Katherine Brown. “This district – and my job - is about empowering parents and I am thrilled to work alongside them in this journey.”

The Office of Parent and Community Liaison is a resource to ensure that the unique educational needs of students are met in every DCSD educational setting, making a World Class Education open and accessible to all families.

As a link between DCSD, its schools and community, the office also works to increase parent engagement and community involvement through the District and School Accountability Committees. These committees provide input into the function of schools and the district.

District Accountability home page

“I cannot stress enough the importance of parents participating on their School Accountability Committee,” says Brown. “The input provided by parents on important issues at the local school level makes a lasting impact on their child’s education.”

Parent University

In September, DCSD will launch Parent University, presenting classes with an emphasis on empowering parents to be an active part of their child’s development and education. 

"Parenting doesn't come with an instruction book and we learn on the job. It's important to be able to provide parents with the training they may need for some important areas of their child's life, learning and development,” said Jennie Lynn Cartwright, a parent advisor to Parent University.

Coursework focusing on safety, study skills, health and wellness and other important issues, will equip parents with the tools necessary to increase student academic success.

“This program is a great way to collaborate with parents, students and members of the Douglas County community to maximize interactions and connections for the benefit of our students,” says Pat McGraw, DCSD Chief Development and Innovation Officer. “This is a needed service with great benefits for all involved.”

DCSD Choice Fairs

In October, DCSD will host ‘Choice Fairs’ to highlight the learning styles, environments, programs and uniqueness of every school.  The fairs are slated for the dates listed below.

 October 27
 October 28
 October 29
 October 30

Ranch View Middle School
Sierra Middle School
Rocky Heights Middle School
Castle Rock Middle School

Watch upcoming issues of Newsline for more information.

DCSD Choice Selector Tool

Also in October, DCSD will introduce the Choice Selector Tool. This robust online resource is designed to help parents identify which schools best fit the needs and learning style of their students.

August 26, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Communications, District

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.