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The Lion King is a Smashing Success!

The sounds of the native language of South Africa, Zulu, resonate through the gym as the characters from The Lion King Experience fill the room with the words "Ingonyama nengw' enamabala;" translated "a lion and a leopard come to this open place." The cast take the stage bursting into English lyrics for "The Circle of Life." And just like that, the audience was taken out of the gym and onto the African plains to witness the story of Disney's The Lion King. 

Students from kindergarten to 6th grade participated in this years musical acting as the beloved story characters of Simba, Nala, Mufasa, Scar, Zazu, Timon and Pumbaa, and of course, the mischevious hyenas Bonzai, Shenzi, and Ed. The ensemble cast was all of the native animals as well as a pack of hyenas. The production featured 7 songs with a number of dialogue-only moments. 

Featuring stunning costumes, excellent staging and setting, the audience witnessed the birth of Simba, the son of the King and heir to the throne of the Pridelands. Evil Uncle Scar is jealous of the young cub and Scar's plot to take over the throne by killing his own brother, Mufasa, and blaming his only son, Simba, goes off without a hitch. Simba runs away and meets new friends, Timon and Pumbaa, who teach him "Hakuna Matata" (it means "no worries") is the way to a good life. Years later, Simba's childhood friend, Nala, leaves the Pridelands in hopes of finding help from Scar's regime. She runs into Simba and convinces him (after some deep reflection and a moment remembering his fathers teaching) to return to defend his kingdom. Scar is brought down and his fate is sealed after turning on his friends, the hyena pack. Simba and Nala rule together over the Pridelands and even have a lion cub of their own. 

The students performed three shows on Thursday. A last minute performance was added at 7:15pm due to the overwhelming popularity of the show. 

You can view the production photo gallery here. Additional photos can be found on Mrs. Parks website here. 

December 9, 2016 | By mgreene1 | Category: Castle Rock Elementary School

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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.