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Hate Crime Task Force

Lawyers with the Colorado Lawyers Committee/Hate Crime Task Force led a mock trial for Miss Kasprzyk’s English 1 classes. Students were broken into six separate juries, and after the trial, lawyers helped students decide whether or not the accused was guilty on four separate counts of alleged hate crimes. The visit was in conjunction with the students’ study of To Kill a Mockingbird.

“I love teaching this novel for many reasons, and one thing I always stress is the privilege and right we have as Americans to serve on a jury.” Miss Kasprzyk said. “This interactive experience allowed members of the legal community to share their passion for civic responsibility with young adults in an authentic way.”

The experience brought the novel to life by helping students understand just how damaging hate crimes can be, as well as the challenges jurors face during the deliberation process.

Aaron Worland, a student participant in this mock trial, said, “I know how important jury duty is to Miss K, and I understood how important it is to the Denver judge who wrote ‘The Importance of Jury Duty’, but being in that jury...that’s when I realized how seriously a juror must take this responsibility.”

January 13, 2016 | By mdboatwright | Category: Chaparral High 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.