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"Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About" Followup

On September 29th, the Parker Police Department offered an informational evening for parents at the PACE Center, ”Drugs in the Community Your Teen Knows About”.  The training was led by Lynn Riemer who calls herself the “Mad Chemist”. Lynn Riemer is President of, and is passionate about educating parents and youth about the dangers of drugs in our community.  Additional sponsors of the event were the Douglas County Youth Initiative and JAC (Juvenile Assessment Center). The Town of Parker paid for the event.



In addition to learning about the impact of drugs in our community, Chris Lazarus, a parent of a child who died of a heroin overdose, shared her compelling story. She states that no one is immune to this addiction and that it crosses all economic barriers.

Ms. Riemer presented information on drugs available in our community highlighting marijuana, heroin and synthetic drugs. Additionally, current statistics regarding the legalization of Marijuana in Colorado were shared by Riemer.  As a parent, it is important to understand the warning signs of drug use and reach out to resources in our community.   More information and resources are available on and

October 7, 2015 | By gcburnett | Category: Prevention and School Culture

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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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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.