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October 2017

CRE 3rd-6th graders have engaged in the Battle...of the Books, that is! 

This fall and winter, CRE students have joined the Douglas County Libraries in their annual Battle of the Books event. The program runs at Highlands Ranch, Parker and Philip S Miller (Castle Rock) libraries for 3rd-6th graders.  Each school that participates has a 3/4 grade team and a 5/6 grade team.  The students read 10 books from a set list based on their grade level and become an "expert" on 2-3 of those books. They are the go-to person for their expert books. The teams compete against each other in interschool battles and then a bracket style tournament of 8 teams to determine the winner for the branch.

After the the final branch battles, the winning teams move onto a district battle to determine the winners for all of Douglas County.

It is FREE to participate and is open to CRE students in grades 3-6. The teams practice on Thursday mornings at 7:45am in the CRE library. Participants receive a Battle of the Books t-shirt to be worn during weekly battles. The battle schedule will be released shortly, but typically take place on weekday evenings beginning in January. 

Questions, comments or want to join? Email this years coaches: Ms. Pfeifer, Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Greene

Learn more about the Battle of the Books by visiting the Douglas County Libraries website. While there, visitors may view the required reading book list and check out the current standings

Battle Calendar:

Monday, January 29 @ Philip S Miller Library: 7pm - 3/4 team, 7:30pm - 5/6 team

Monday, February 5 @ Philip S Miller Library: 5pm - 3/4 team, 5:30pm - 5/6 team

Monday, February 12 @ Philip S Miller Library: 6pm - 3/4 team, 6:30pm - 5/6 team

Tuesday, February 20 @ Philip S Miller Library: 7pm - 3/4 team, 7:30pm - 5/6 team

Quarter Finals will take place on Monday February 26 (3/4 teams) and Tuesday, February 27 (5/6 teams). Participation in Quarter Finals is based on the seasons win/loss standings. 

Semi Finals will take place on Monday, March 5 (all grades.)

Branch Finals will take place on Tuesday, March 6 (all grades.)

District Battle will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at the Parker Arts Cultural and Events Center (PACE)


Check out last years Battle of the Books teams!

CRE's 5/6 Grade Team       

CRE's 3/4 Grade Team   



February 15, 2017 | 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.