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Polar Plunge

Aurora Reservoir- on Saturday, February 20th, Mesa students participated in The Polar Plunge.  The Polar Plunge is a very special occasion because participants are helping to raise money for Special Olympics. The Special Olympics help students perform in things they thought they couldn’t do. The Polar Plunge is an event that has students jump into freezing cold water maximum of a minute.

Student Alyssa Drab participated this year and she said,  “Yes, I would love to do it in the following years.”

Teacher Eric Sandstead also participated in the Polar Plunge and he said, “Freezin for a Reason and I was freezin!”

Student Keegan Clay participated this year and said “The Polar Plunge was really fun I was with friends and in general I would recommend it.”

Mesa had 34 participants this year. In the past 5 years, Mesa has raised $18,000 doing the Polar Plunge!

March 7, 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.