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CRE Builds Community by Giving Back

This fall, students in K-6th grade at Castle Rock came together to make a big impact in the Castle Rock community. 

The PTO sponsored a Canned Food Drive to take place before Thanksgiving. Students and parents had one week to donate as many canned and non-perishable food items as they were able. In total, over 1100 lbs of food were donated to the Douglas Elbert Task Force food bank located in Castle Rock! 

Shortly after, CRE's 5th grade students came together to create a fundraiser for Hurricane Matthew relief through the American Red Cross. Along with Mrs. Parks, CRE's art teacher, the 5th graders offered a school-wide pajama day for $1 and put together goodie bags of treats and fun for an additional $1. Students and staff participated in the event and, in total, raised over $415 for donation! 

Upon learning that a student within the Douglas County Schools area was in need of funds to use toward a Make-A-Wish opportunity, CRE staff and 6th graders joined forces to host CRE's first Parents Night Out event on Friday, December 3. The event featured a holiday movie favorite (with concessions), games and a craft. The event pulled in 68 kids and everyone had a wonderful time. The total raised from the event is still being tabulated. Check back for updates within the next few days. 

December 7, 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.