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Meet Ponderosa High School Principal Chuck Puga

Chuck Puga

10 Things You Didn't Know About Chuck Puga

  1. What do you enjoy doing on your off time?
    Spending time with my family.
  2. Who is your favorite band?
    Black Label Society.
  3. Your favorite restaurant?
    4Gs, it is a Mexican Restaurant by Lincoln High School.
  4. What college did you graduate from?
    Colorado College, 1989. 
  5. If you could travel to any Broncos game away, who would it be against?
    The Raiders in Oakland 
  6. If a mountain was named after you, what would it name it?
    Mt. Puga. 
  7. Where was your first job?
    7th grade Social Studies Teacher at Parker Junior High School in 1989. It is now Sierra Middle School. I am starting my 26th year in Douglas County.
  8. What was your first car?
    1978 Bonneville. It was a tank and got 11 miles to the gallon.
  9. If you could freeze your age at any time, how old would you be?
    Now, but I like life and all of its experiences and challenges so I chose not to be frozen! I wanna live! 
  10. What is one question you have about the future?
    Have I been a good parent?

PARKER – Ponderosa High School is marking its 30th Anniversary and this year Principal Chuck Puga has taken the time to focus on the little things that matter most. He and his team are welcoming students into the PHS family and striving to provide them with the highest probability for success.

"It's one of our deep-seeded beliefs that even though education is our number one priority, just as important, is that we establish relationships with the kids so they feel comfortable in this school," says Puga.

As one of the smaller high schools in the district, Puga knows that "its about quality, not necessarily quantity." Size does not define that great, big, Ponderosa High School family of which he is so proud.

Choice is a priority in DCSD and it's a priority at Ponderosa. "The cool thing about Ponderosa is that it's a small school, but we offer everything and more that a big school offers."

"Giving our kids and community choice is so important. Our students need to have opportunities so they can use their talents or hone their talents or find what they really want to do and have opportunities to do so," says Puga.

Ponderosa is the only school that offers NATEF certified Auto Shop. PHS students also have the opportunity to receive college credit in PHS CU-Succeeds program and join clubs like PeaceJam. Ponderosa also offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in seven different departments including science, math, foreign language and art.

Puga said, "our students feel at home here at Ponderosa because we take the time to let them know they are special and their choice matters.


August 20, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Ponderosa High School, Communications, High School Education

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.