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Principal Puga Welcome Letter

Dear Parents, 
On behalf of the staff at Ponderosa High School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year!  We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our students need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she: 

  •  Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience 
  •  Completes all homework assignments given by teachers 
  • Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life 
  •  Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject 
  •  Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college 

Please consider joining our school volunteer program as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennie Streightiff could use your help with many activities: 

  •  School-wide events 
  •  Student recognition events 
  •  Outreach and recruitment of parent and community volunteers 

It is very important that you and your child are fully informed regarding standards related to appropriate behavior for a safe and productive school year. Please ensure that your student review the DCSD Code of Conduct so he/she is aware of the the expectations of a student within the Douglas County School District. If you have any questions about the rules and expectations, please feel free to contact me.
The wonderful Mustang staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to a successful year!

Chuck Puga



October 6, 2014 | By admin | Category: Ponderosa High School, Educational Technology

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.