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Douglas County Schools honored by the Colorado Department of Education

DCSD Interim Superintendent Erin Kane and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Cook pose for a photo with representatives from CDE at 2017 ceremony

Parker Core Knowledge, Redstone & Stone Mountain receive both John Irwin School of Excellence & Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards

DENVER – On Wednesday, during a ceremony in downtown Denver, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) celebrated the achievements of several Douglas County School District (DCSD) schools.

During the ceremony, in the lobby of CDE’s headquarters, Interim Superintendent Erin Kane accepted recognitions for the DCSD schools that received the National Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon awards, as well as the state’s John Irwin School of Excellence and Governor’s Distinguished Improvement awards.

DCSD Interim Superintendent Erin Kane and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Cookare recognized during  CDE ceremonyA total of 13 DCSD schools were named 2016 John Irwin Schools of Excellence and 5 were selected for Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards. Three schools – Parker Core Knowledge, Redstone Elementary & Stone Mountain Elementary – received both awards from the state, and Parker Core Knowledge had the additional distinction of being chosen as one of last year’s National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Below is a full list of the schools honored.

National Blue Ribbon Schools
2016 DCSD Recipients

Parker Core Knowledge Charter School K-8

About the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award
Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America’s most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. A National Blue Ribbon Schools flag waving overhead has become a trademark of excellence, a symbol of quality recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers in thousands of communities.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement.

READ MORE: Parker Core Knowledge becomes National Blue Ribbon School
CDE News Release - Six Colorado schools named 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools

Green Ribbon Schools
2016 DCSD Recipients
Heritage Elementary School

About the National Green Ribbon Schools Award
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honors America’s public and private elementary, middle and high schools for their efforts toward improving student health and achievement and reducing their environmental impact. A Green Ribbon Schools award will represent a healthy and sustainable school, recognized by parents, students, staff and governments at federal, state and local levels as an exemplary model of achievement in sustainability, health and environmental education.

Green Ribbon Schools sets a standard of excellence for all schools to become energy efficient and healthy learning spaces that provide environmental education. National studies and existing green schools programs indicate that the benefits of the Green Ribbon Schools program will include increased energy cost savings, improved student and staff health and productivity, enhanced critical thinking skills, improved student performance, reduced behavioral problems and increased student engagement, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

READ MORE: DCSD celebrates Earth Day - Green Ribbon Awarded to Heritage Elementary
CDE News Release - Heritage Elementary, Poudre School District honored in national Green Ribbon Schools program- April 22, 2016
 

John Irwin Schools of Excellence
2016 DCSD Recipients
Challenge to Excellence Charter School
Heritage Elementary School
Highlands Ranch High School
Mountain Vista High School
Northridge Elementary School
Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
Platte River Charter Academy
Redstone Elementary School
STEM School
Stone Mountain Elementary
Summit View Elementary School|
Thunderridge High School
Wildcat Mountain Elementary School

About the John Irwin School of Excellence Award
The John Irwin School of Excellence Award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the three-year school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the academic achievement indicator. (For more information on the School Performance Framework, see SchoolView.)

The Excellence Awards are named for former Colorado State Representative, John J. Irwin. According to CDE he was “a true friend and visionary of education.”

Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award
2016 DCSD Recipients

Fox Creek Elementary School
Gold Rush Elementary
Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
Redstone Elementary School
Stone Mountain Elementary

About the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award
The Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award is given to schools that demonstrate exceptional student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth and “meet or exceed” expectations on the indicator related to academic growth gaps.

March 1, 2017 | By rmbarber | Category: Schools

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