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Author George O'Connor visits Mesa

On Friday, December 4th, Mesa Middle School hosted author, cartoonist, and graphic novelist, George O'Connor. O'Connor has written and illustrated a number of children's books, but is perhaps currently best known for his 12-book series, The Olympians, which feature the gods of Greek Mythology, as well as stories of the heroes and monsters of the age.

The Mesa MS Library hosted three sessions for O'Connor with him holding a presentation about his writing process, the stories he's already written, and a sneak peak at his next two books, Apollo and Artemis. Students were also given the opportunity to ask him questions on a range of subjects from Greek Mythology to publishing. 

Two more smaller sessions were held in which O'Connor demonstrated basic drawing techniques, tricks that he's learned as an artist, and had students follow along to create their own images of a Cyclops, the face of Zeus or Athena, and a full-body image of a Greek god or hero.

January 1, 2016 | By jsheets | Category: Mesa Middle 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.