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September 28, 2017 | By CSilberman

One of the things that prevent individuals from speaking up when they are having suicidal thoughts is the fear of what happens next. The mystery of how that plays out can be scary. The State’s Community Crisis Connection, shared with us what happens on a call, whether an individual is calling for themselves or on behalf of someone else.

 

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September 21, 2017 | By CSilberman

September is National Suicide Prevention Aw

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Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"
September 14, 2017 | By CSilberman

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.

 

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One conversation can change a life. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
September 7, 2017 | By CSilberman

September is National Suicide Prevent

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Mock bedroom setup, with typical teen materials laying around like headphones, a backpack, air freshener, and clothing.
September 7, 2017 | By CSilberman

At first, it seems like a normal teen

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August 13, 2017 | By jhatt
Large group of middle school students walking on an outdoor field.
August 1, 2017 | By CSilberman

All Douglas County School District (DCSD) Middle Schools are gaining an additional full-time counselor this year thanks to a recent grant awarded by the State of Colorado totaling nearly $900,000. Each counselor will have a specific focus on school culture and prevention related to mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, the grant includes funds awarded to each middle school for evidence-based prevention programs and activities.

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July 26, 2017 | By jhatt
Young man with headphones
April 13, 2017 | By rmbarber

A new Netflix series that debuted in March has become a popular topic of conversation in the hallways of several Douglas County schools, causing concern for some parents.

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distorted picture of backs of kids walking in hallway
April 6, 2017 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK— Student-on-student confl

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blue zone, green zone, yellow zone, red zone.
March 9, 2017 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK – South Ridge Elementary

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March 1, 2017 | By jhatt

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Earlier this month, the U.S.

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February 24, 2017 | By jhatt
Chrysta talking with Steve from Tri County Health
February 2, 2017 | By CSilberman

Chrysta Reese is a DCSD parent with a daughter who deals with addiction to heroin. She shares her story with us hoping to open a dialogue in our community that this is a problem that is indeed present in Douglas County, that it can happen to anyone regardless of circumstances or background, and that as a community we should work together to find solutions.

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December 12, 2016 | By CSilberman
December 7, 2016 | By CSilberman
November 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

This week is National School Psyc

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October 19, 2016 | By CSilberman

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among

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September 29, 2016 | By CSilberman

Bullying affects students no matter the race, gender, age or socioeconomic status. One in four kids nationally is bullied and an increasing number of teens are being bullied online.

Meanwhile, students who are bullied can show decreases in academic performance, with some students possibly experiencing suicidal thoughts. Additionally, those who bully may have lasting problems.

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September 22, 2016 | By hariemer

Seeking PD support about The Student Wellness &

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September 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

PARKER–If you were near Sagewood Middle School

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September 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK— The health and well-bein

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August 12, 2016 | By jhatt

Team Up is working with YESS officers

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July 28, 2016 | By NDJones

PARKER- Douglas County employees, the Douglas C

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April 19, 2016 | By gcburnett

On March 30, 2016, students, teachers, and admi

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March 29, 2016 | By gcburnett
Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, in 
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March 2, 2016 | By gcburnett
DC Oakes student injured when vaporizer explo
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February 25, 2016 | By gcburnett

Free suicide awareness training.

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February 9, 2016 | By gcburnett
December 19, 2015 | By gcburnett

PARENT NIGHTS:  

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December 19, 2015 | By gcburnett

"Out of Bounds" Performance at the PACE Center

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November 9, 2015 | By gcburnett
October 29, 2015 | By gcburnett
October 7, 2015 | By gcburnett

On September 29th, the Parker Police

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October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

The rainy, fall weather seemed appropriate as principals from across the Douglas County School District (DCSD) gathered with their counterparts from local churches to discuss a somber topic – teen suicide – and how we, as a community, can work together to prevent it.

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October 7, 2015 | By gcburnett

The Prevention Press is a monthly newsletter fr

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September 18, 2015 | By gcburnett

Chaparral High School Encore Players are perfor

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September 10, 2015 | By gcburnett
September 10, 2015 | By gcburnett
Check out
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September 8, 2015 | By gcburnett

Become informed about mental health and wellnes

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August 30, 2015 | By gcburnett

The Student Wellness Department was part of the

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June 11, 2015 | By gcburnett

Welcome Back for the 2015-2016 School Year. 

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June 11, 2015 | By gcburnett

Welcome Back for the 2015-2016 School Year. 

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April 28, 2015 | By rmbarber

Several Douglas County schools are getting an opportunity to expand their education and prevention efforts for bullying, school violence, substance abuse and suicide.

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April 27, 2015 | By gcburnett

Our DCSD Tobacco-Free Grant Coordinator, Cynthi

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Sources of Strength
September 24, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Sources of Strength, a national organization that trains staff and students to recognize the signs of suicidal idealization and other problems facing today’s youth recently visited Rock Canyon High School for a day of training.

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March 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

Students at several Douglas County schools are beginning with small acts of kindness, in hopes that they will lead to a larger change in the way kids treat each other in school and elsewhere.

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District News

STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of just 30 schools in the world and one of two schools in the Denver Metro region named a 2017 World-Leading Learners School, and has been invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

DCSD Faculty Art Show goes through Nov. 1

It is easy to see the creativity of Douglas County School District students. It is often on display in the art that graces the walls and display cases of our schools. This month, however, is a chance to see the skill and the passion of the art teachers behind it all.

 

Last spring she was one of only eight teachers to be honored with the Freddie G award. The award came with a trip to New York for master classes taught by industry professionals. She also led a trip to Sacramento for the Junior Theater Festival with seven of her students. To top it off she was given a $5000 grant for the school’s theater program. She plans on using the money to build a technical theater learning lab with the help of her students.