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  • Sources of Strength and Sources of Support
    Sources of Strength
    Connecting Peers and Adults through positive messaging focusing on
    Hope, Help and Strength
    Sources of Support
    For elementary students to learn the same positive messaging language they will
    hear in middle and high school
  • Boys' World
    Who: Parents of 7th-9th grade boys
    When: Tuesday may 2nd 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Where: Parker Library 20105 East Mainstreet
    Cost: FREE
    Save your spot by sending RSVP to:
    LIght snacks will be served and  each family
    will receive a copy of "Masterminds and Wingmen"
  • Red Alerts/School Violence
     1.Weapon talk or weapons present
     2.Stranger in building / propped doors 
    3.Messages about hurting others
     4.Cyber threats
    Safe2Tell 1-877-542-7233 or (ELEMENTARY)

Department Contact

Prevention and School Culture

Staci McCormack Coordinator

Cynthia Redfern  Prevention Relations Lead
TEAM U.P. (Universal Prevention)
Castle Rock
Heather Riemer       heather.riemer[at]dcsdk12[dot]org
Highlands Ranch


620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Fax: 303-387-0119

upcoming events

A UNIVERSAL Approach to Prevention

Setting the tone for safe and healthy schools and students to impact:

  • bullying 
  • substance abuse 
  • suicide 
  • school violence 
Positive Messaging
Eliminating the Code of Silence through messages of Hope, Health, Strength
Social Dynamics
Creating a safe and supportive environment for all students.
Relational Safety
Strengthening Self-Advocacy skills


Suggested Reading

Queen Bees and Wanna Bees by Rosalind Wiseman

Helping your daughter  survive cliques, gossip, boyfirends, and the new realities of Girl World.


Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman

Helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker- room test, girlfirends, and the new rules of Boy World.

SOURCES OF SUPPORT (Elementary level)

This menu option provided by Team U.P. to help change unhealthy cultural norms to healthy cultural norms, focusing students on the Strength they already have. This is aligned with the “Sources of Strength”  program which is  currently in many of the Douglas County School District Middle and High Schools.  This will allow our elementary students to hear positive messaging and build resiliency with common language from the program.


SOURCES OF STRENGTH (Middle and High School levels)

Our mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. High Schools in DCSD with Sources of Strength programs include:CHS, CVHS , MVHS,PHS,Plum Creek Academy,  RCHS, and TRHS. Participating Middle Schools include: CRMS, Mesa, RHMS, and SMS.


Social Dynamics
Creating a safe & supportive environment for all students

In fact, we know before we can create an environment conducive to learning, our students must feel safe, secure and supported.  That is why we have developed an innovative Student Wellness & Prevention Framework (see above) to build resiliency skills and help students recognize when they need help and where to get the help they need. Our Student Wellness & Prevention Framework is full of ways to report anonymously, lists of warning signs,Test-A-Tip number, Safe2Tell and other resources.


Life Skills Lessons

Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations. 


Developed by Dr. Gilbert J. Botvin, a leading prevention expert, Botvin LifeSkills Training is backed by over 30 scientific studies and is recognized as a Model or Exemplary program by an array of government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. 


Rather than merely teaching information about the dangers of drug abuse, BotvinLifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior through activities designed to:

  • Teach students the necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink, and use drugs
  • Help students to develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Enable students to effectively cope with anxiety
  • Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
  • Enhance cognitive and behavioral competency to reduce and prevent a variety of health risk behaviors


Relational Safety 
Strengthening Self-Advocacy skills in friendships and teen dating relationships.


The Outrage – Teen Dating Violence Seminar

This seminar for tenth-grade high school students takes on teen/relational dating violence.



Have a healthy relationship

Dating Violence Performance
High School Sophomores

Restorative justice (RJ) is a powerful approach to discipline that focuses on repairing harm through inclusive processes that engage all stakeholders. Implemented well, RJ shifts the focus of discipline from punishment to learning and from the individual to the community.

Team U.P. works with schools to create Restorative Cultures. By using the 5 R's of Restorative strategies , Relationships, Responsibility, Respect, Repair and Reintegration, we work to establish  positive communities in our schools.


Dating Bill of Rights

I have the right to…..

Ask for a date.

Refuse a date.

Have my own thoughts and feelings and

Communicate them.

Have my limits and values respected.

Be heard.

Set physical, emotional, and sexual boundaries.

Have friendships outside of my relationship.

Say “no.”

Be safe on a date.

Be treated with respect.

Disagree with my date.

Determine who I will date.

Control my own destiny.

Get angry.

Be assertive on a date.

Leave any dating situation when I don’t feel

safe or it doesn’t feel right for me.

Have a healthy relationship.

Learn More

Heather Riemer
Universal Prevention Team
Outrage Community Performances:
MVHS -9:00 a.m. on
            April 6th
            April 20th 

Opportunities to grow in the outdoors

While we serve students in Douglas county elementary, middle and high schools, each of our reteats is developed and differentiated for the needs and ages of the students.

We offer two types of retreats, focusing on 2BME and leadership.

Our 2BME retreat focuses on the positive, allowing participants to find their internal gifts, talents and internal power by connecting with others, challenge by choice opportunities, games, great food and more.

Day Retreat

Designed for 5th and 6th graders to explore empathy as a way to positively impact their entire grade level's cohesiveness.

Overnight Retreat

Retreats for middle and high school students where social cultural norms are explored and leadership skills are developed.

Providing leadership training and experiences in a outdoor education environment.

Middle School

Through adventure and team-building activities, students explore and develop their leadership skills. 

High School

Through adventure and team-building activities, students explore and develop their leadership skills.

Learn More

2BMRetreat Website

Prevention Relations Lead

8th: South Ridge Elementary 5th grade
7th: Castle Rock Elementary 5th grade
8th: HOPE Online 
10th: Distict Wide High School  overnight
16th: District Wide Middle School overnight
11th: Sedalia Elementary 5th/6th grade
12th: Frontier Valley Elementary 5th grade
20th: Castle Rock Middle School overnight

Team U.P. is passionate about teaching healthy behaviors regarding substance abuse. We know that using alcohol and drugs can decrease a teen’s decision making skills and to make rational judgements, and increase their risk taking. Through the teaching of “Botvin Life Skills” we promote healthy behaviors by:



  • giving students the tools to develop high self-esteem
  • teaching students to make good decisions based on what is best for them
  • emphasizing good communication and assertive skills
  • encouraging healthy and positive relationships
  • developing positive coping skills to live a life that is free from substance abuse




Parent Corner


Underage Drinking: Confronting Peer Pressure

Communicate and role-play to protect your teen:

  • Start an ongoing dialog about peer pressure to drink
  • Talk about the dangers of underage drinking. Share facts. Share information. Discuss alcohol related issues in the news. Read your local newspaper for stories on car crashes, police blotters and arrests related to alcohol use.
  • Develop strategies with your teen for avoiding and confronting risky behaviors. Role-play ways to refuse alcohol. Role play ways to stop an impaired friend from driving.
  • Make sure your teen understands what binge drinking is and why it is particularly dangerous.
  • Make sure your teen knows how to identify impaired behaviors in others.
  • Have a family plan about what to do if your teen finds him/herself in a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Teach your teen the golden rule: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY




As a parent, you have the right to:

  • Set limits with your teen

  • Talk with your teen about the illegal use of alcohol

  • Expect that your rules will be respected

  • Follow through with appropriate consequences if your rules are broken


As a parent host of a teen party, you have the obligation to:


Communicate with other parents about party details.

Put all your alcohol, valuables and weapons in a secure place.

Supervise the party. Frequently monitor all party areas, indoor and outdoor.

Make it clear that alcohol and other drugs are not allowed.

Know the guest list and keep uninvited guests out.

Restrict entry and exit areas to deter guests from bringing in alcohol and other drugs.

Be prepared to call a guest's parents if the guest is impaired or if he/she attempts to bring  alcohol or drugs to the party.

Set an end time to the party.


"Underage Drinking: What Parents Need to Know"  HUMAN RELATIONS MEDIA



A New Dangerous Trend: 1 in 4 Teens Who Use E-Cigarettes Report "Dripping"

By Amy Orciari Herman
Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH


Many teens who use electronic cigarettes have tried "dripping," according to results of a survey reported in Pediatrics. With dripping, small amounts of e-liquid are dropped directly onto an e-cigarette's atomizer coil to vaporize the liquid at a high temperature; users then inhale the vapor immediately.

Among some 1000 Connecticut teens who reported ever having used e-cigarettes, 26% said they'd tried dripping. Male sex, white race, use of multiple tobacco products, and more frequent use of e-cigarettes were all positively associated with dripping behavior. The most commonly reported reasons for dripping included the following: it "produces thicker clouds of vapor," the "flavor tastes better," and it provides "a stronger throat hit."

The authors note that while data don't exist on adverse events associated with dripping, "exposure of e-liquids to high temperatures results in significant increases in the levels of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acetone in the vapors."


Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is the #1 public health problem in the U.S                                              
 Over 440,000 Americans die yearly due to tobacco-related illnesses,
including 4,300 in Colorado. Tobacco claims more lives annually than HIV,
illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined
The tobacco industry spends $15 billion a year promoting its products to new,
young customers including $113 million in Colorado.

Marijuana Use

                                             Effects of Marijuana on the Human Body

Professional Development is offered to school facilities from DCSD's Prevention & School Culture department.

Purpose & Structure of Professional Development

  • activities
  • structured conversations through restorative practices
  • shared meals
  • direct teach
  • games

All content is:

  • based on Social Contagion Theory
  • best-practice for changing unhealthy cultural norms to healthy norms
  • research based
  • based on increasing help-seeking and protective factors

  • When students are more connected to school and encouraged to be their authentic self, student achievement raises exponentially
  • Codes of Silence (bullying, suicide, school violence and substance abuse) lessen when students have a trusted adult in the building

Professional development days are created to help the adults recognize their role in an upstream prevention model. Modeling psychological health to students includes the modeling of:

  • Authentic self
  • Connectedness
  • Help-seeking
  • The use of protective factors for students serving as the first step in supporting students’ psychological safety

Psychological healthy adults foster healthy students & healthy school cultures.

Staci McCormack, DCSD Prevention & School Culture Department

Out of Darkness Walk

Walk Date: 09/24/2016
Walk Location: Coors Field - 1663 Park Avenue West
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/24/2016 at 8:30 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Laurie Freeman 
Contact Phone: 720-841-4137 
Contact Email: tljcfreeman[at]live[dot]com