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Spelling Bee

On January 19th, Mesa Middle held the school wide spelling bee. Approximately two dozen 7th and 8th graders battled against each other to determine the best speller at Mesa. Luke Hasselback crushed the competition and came out victorious. “The definitions were the hardest part of the competition,” Luke stated. “I studied for 3 to 5 hours every day for a week to prepare.”

Nik Larson was Mesa’s 2nd place winner. “Memorizing the words was the hardest,” Nik Larson stated. “I've been  studying all my grammar words carefully since 2nd grade because I  have wanted to win the spelling bee”. For all his hard work and pride, he has  been rewarded with 2nd place in the Mesa spelling bee and the respect of other students because of his victory.

January 29, 2017 | By rkyoung1 | 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.