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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

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.