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Staff Retreats for Safety and Security, Pine Lane Elementary and Rocky Heights Middle School

Staci McCormack , Coordinator of Prevention and School Culture, has recently led three Staff Retreats.  McCormack states:

“Professional development days are created to help the adults recognize their role in an upstream prevention model. Modeling psychological health to students which includes: Authentic self, Connectedness, Help-seeking, and the use of protective factors for students serving as the first step in supporting students’ psychological safety.” Psychologically healthy adults foster healthy students and healthy school cultures. These full-day retreats include: activities, structured conversations through restorative practices, shared meals, direct teach, and games.

In the above photo, staff are sitting in a circle playing the “Shoe Game”.  Each participant throws their right shoe into the middle. Then everyone runs into the center and grabs a shoe.  They must then find the owner of the shoe. The owner  must tell one truth and one lie while the other staff member deciphers which one is true.  It is a fun way to learn something new about the people you work with.

To schedule a staff retreat for your school or department, please contact Staci McCormack at staci.mccormack[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.

August 17, 2016 | By jhatt | Category: Prevention and School Culture

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”