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Chicken Cam!

This fall, our 3rd graders are focusing on the life cycles of various organisms. They have brought a variety of organisms right into their classrooms to observe the changes throughout the different states of their life cycles. One of the most exciting organisms is chicken eggs that they will have the opportunity to watch hatch into chicks! 3rd grade teachers Mr. Mundt and Ms. Zelem partnered with the Douglas County 4H program to bring in eggs and an incubator. The students are able to watch as changes occur in the eggs and as the chicks hatch. 

In addition to the eggs, students will also be able to observe organisms through Eco-Columns made out of 2-liter bottles. 

Once they are done with their organisms, they plan to release many of them into the CRE Habitat. Some of the organisms are not suitable for release into the habitat, so they will provide a safe, alternative release for those organisms. Students will be reading, researching, and learning about the life cycles of different organisms in order to determine whether or not the habitat is a suitable environment for the organism to survive. 

Please follow along on the egg journey by watching our Chicken Cam

November 1, 2016 | By mgreene1 | Category: Castle Rock Elementary School

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.