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Remembering our heroes from the Challenger Space Shuttle 30 years later

January 28, 2016

Today marks the anniversary of a devastating event in American history—one that occurred years before any current DCSD students were born, but one that their parents and teachers remember vividly.

Thirty years ago the space shuttle Challenger was destroyed in an explosion over the Atlantic Ocean, less than two minutes after takeoff. All seven members of the Challenger crew died. 

Aboard was the first civilian traveler, Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school teacher who won a nationwide competition to teach lessons from space. She believed that by participating in the mission she could help students better understand space and how NASA works. She was strapped into a seat on Challenger's lower deck, between Ronald McNair on her left and Hughes Aircraft Co. satellite engineer Gregory Jarvis on her right.

This day, 30 years ago is a day that the world will never forget. Today, DCSD remembers teacher and hero Christa McAuliffe, as well as our other fallen heroes on the Challenger flight.






January 27, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category:

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.