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Professional Development Aligns with a Vision

Moving our school forward on a pathway to an aligned vision meant that during the 2015-16 school year we literally moved around the Denver area to immerse ourselves in real-world scenarios with focused messages. We immersed ourselves in engaging learning environments and connected with experts and expert ideas. It is important to make visible our plans  and efforts for the year (see our website LTE Professional Developmentas well as thank the following corporations and individuals for their support with our learning opportunities. We couldn't have done it without you!


September 25

Levy Restaurants Pepsi Center provided us with a delicious buffet lunch complete with drinks, many options, and dessert. Thanks to Travis Tucker, Regional Director Levy Restaurants, for arranging the complimentary lunch and for working together with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Pepsi Center to arrange free use of one of their conference rooms! #LevyRestaurants

Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Pepsi Center provided us with a beautiful room at the Pepsi Center as a place to host our lunch and speaker session. Thanks to Katie Kaszynski, Senior Manager Meetings and Events, who helped us arrange this free of cost. #KroenkeSports #PepsiCenter

Jamie McKenzie joined us as our expert speaker/author and led us through activities from his book, Learning to Question to Wonder to Learn, exemplifying how students use higher order thinking skills as they answer their own questions. #JamieMcKenzie

January 14

Castle View High School was the site where we focused on making to learn. Thanks to Dr. James Calhoun, principal, who invited us to to take part in their Community Information Night Series featuring author and speaker Gary Stager. His book, Invent to Learn, is on our list of recommended reading material. #InventtoLearn  

February 15

Western Union was the site where we focused on what it means to prepare our students for a future participating on a global stage. Thanks to two of our parents, Dan Diaz and Brad Jones, Global Corporate Communications, who co-hosted this event for us. They not only provided us with inspirational thoughts about how to collaborate, communicate, and function on a global stage, but they also provided us with a free catered breakfast. #WesternUnion




February 29, 2016 | By kftucker | Category: Lone Tree Elementary School

District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.