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School Breakfast Week promotes connection between nutrition and school success

National Breakfast Week with Denver Nuggets dancers

CASTLE ROCK – Recently, area schools took part in celebrating National School Breakfast Week to promote school breakfast and the importance of nutrition as a part of learning. For South Ridge Elementary School, the celebration included Denver Nuggets dancers.

"We want to make sure kids get a good, nutritious breakfast to start their day and to start their learning," said DCSD Nutrition Services Area Manager, Amy Faricy.

Last year, 60 students at South Ridge received breakfast at the school. With a new "Grab N Go" program launched by the South Ridge Nutrition Services staff, the number of students taking part in school breakfast has doubled this year. The program allows students who don't have time to sit down and eat at the school to take their breakfast to class. The program also doesn't require additional staffing.

Faricy understands the need for a week to promote school breakfast among students. "It helps kids start the conversation about nutrition at home and the special guests that join us get kids motivated and excited!"

March 11, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Nutrition Services

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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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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.