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Principal Profile: Sid Rundle, Cresthill Middle School

Sid Rundle

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sid Rundle

  1. Where would your dream vacation be?
    Brazil.  A combination of time spent deeply embedded in the local and authentic color of the cultures that inhabit Brazil and some good old beach time.  The dream for me would be evenings spent in beachside cafes listening to live bossa nova and sambas.
  2. What’s one thing you want to know about the future?
    Will the human brain physiologically change and adapt to the shifting literacies in reading and writing?  Our brain was able to remarkably adapt and change from an oral culture to a written culture… will it be able to make the same type of leap to a digital/visual culture?
  3. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
  4. If you could have a super power what would it be?
    I would most like to have the power to be able to read my wife’s mind!  Either that, or just listen better when she tells me something.
  5. If you could buy anything, regardless the price, what would it be?
    A private jet.  So many places I’d love to visit and see and pop in on.  
  6. If you could be someone famous who is deceased, who would it be?
    William Shakespeare.  I love the theatre!  He wrote, directed, acted, and generally lived a bohemian type of life.  And probably ate a lot of those big turkey legs.
  7. What was the last song you listened to?
    “Kensington Line”  -  Big Head Todd and the Monsters.  I like the opening sound of a motorcycle revving up - seemed appropriate to start my Monday.
  8. If you could travel up to space, which planet would you want to visit first?
    Pluto.  I feel badly that it was downgraded and declassified as a planet before it even had a chance to make one full orbit around the sun.  We owe it some sort of explanation and apology...
  9. Favorite quote?
    “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge, and where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”  Taken from a stanza in a lengthy poem by T.S. Eliot
  10. Where was your first job ever?
    A “sweeper-boy” at the elementary school down the block.  I would walk home from junior high each afternoon and assist the building custodian by emptying all the classroom trashcans and sweeping up around the desks and in the halls.  My job was then to haul all the trash down to the incinerator in the school basement and light it on fire!  It was a different time.

HIGHLANDS RANCH – “Most importantly, we believe in joy. If we are doing our jobs correctly, you should experience education as a joyful experience. An optimistic yet affirmative experience that changes students’ perspectives about education,” says Cresthill Middle School (CMS) Principal Sid Rundle.

Now in his 8th year as principal, Rundle emphasizes that middle school students are at a very important stage in their lives.  “This window in adolescence is such an incredibly dynamic and precious time,” says Rundle. “There is more going on in their brains, more so now, than any other time in their life. This is incredibly dynamic growth period.”

According to Rundle, mind, heart and character are the elements that guide students through their journey at CMS.  Rundle teaches his students what it takes to be a successful CMS Cougar and a sturdy human being. 

“For many adults I talk to, they elaborate on how much they disliked junior high or their middle school experience.  I thought to myself, 'it doesn’t have to be that way.' If we are thoughtful, purposeful and intentional about the middle schools we build, they can be an incredibly empowering experience for kids.”

Rundle has his heart set on providing his students with an environment where mistakes can be made.  Those mistakes can be corrected by a supportive staff that is there to mentor students into confident yet prepared prospects for high school.

“The first thing I did with my budget this year was hire a 3rd counselor. I want to have more mental health support than I have ever had before because I want to be as proactive as I can about meeting the emotional and social needs of our kids.”

Considering the fact that students need to experience frustration, disappointment, as well as rejections, Rundle believes that these are normal and healthy things as long as they are in a loving environment that loves kids and wants to take care of them. 

“We let them have that gift of struggle in order so that they will grow into sturdy human beings, which is the goal,” says Rundle

CMS defines their school as “culture warriors”. As a culture warrior, it is a student’s duty to protect and defend the culture of CMS. Rundle likes to use the acronym SHARES when it come to what CMS values: Safety, Hospitality, Accountability, Respect, Empathy, and Stewardship.

CMS encourages students to get involved in after school activities to really aid in the process of pursuing life goals or dreams.  The school offers an array of different after school activities to really empower the students to step out of the box and try something new. Cresthill’s staff collectively creates a safe and supportive environment where students are faced with personal accountability and constructive guidance. 

“This is a great opportunity to find something that they are passionate about or to take a risk and try something new,” continues Rundle. “At the middle school level students have this great opportunity that says you are neither backpacked nor brief-cased. You're right in between and this is where you will build your soul and character for the human being you are becoming.” 

August 27, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Cresthill Middle School, Middle School Education

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.