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Yearbook Wins!

'Look Up', last year's yearbook is a finalist for the Pacemaker award this year. According to Yearbook sponsor, Jeremy Kamm, this is "kind of like making the playoffs and going to the Superbowl."

"Pacemaker finalists were announced in Minneapolis by the National Scholastic Press Association. Overall, what separated the finalist's books from the rest was clean designs, strong photography and comprehensive coverage of local and national trends. The selected publications also had clever and solid themes that developed both visually and verbally throughout the book. A team of judges comprised of experienced journalism professionals and educators chose finalists from five categories that totaled 367 entries. From these entries, 89 were selected as finalists. NSPA congratulates all finalists in this step towards winning scholastic journalism's most prestigious award, the Pacemaker." from http://studentpress.org/nspa/2015-yearbook-pacemaker-finalists-announced/

Mr. Kamm and a group of yearbook representatives will travel to Los Angeles April 14-17, 2016 to participate in the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention where the Pacemaker winners will be announced. Please congratulate the yearbook staff and specifically Kenzie Brockman and Josh Bulawa. Maddie Malhotra was the Editor In Chief last year and is now attending Boston University.

March 10, 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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.