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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

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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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.