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Girls Earn Top Awards and Create Outdoor Space at Ranch View Middle School

Girl Scouts sit in garden they are creating

Ranch View Middle School is now home to a beautiful community garden and outdoor classroom, thanks to four Girl Scout Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 3505. Elise Cary, Emily Lucker, Abby Ulrich and Madison Weitzel worked for more than a year and half to plan, research and create the garden.Girls working in the garden

The project included budgeting and raising funds to revamp the space; working with a local nursery to design a garden layout; providing 20 xeriscape plants for the garden site; working with Douglas County schools and Girl Scouts of Colorado to obtain the appropriate approvals to work at the site; and providing and completing all the labor to install the new garden.  These tasks included weeding, tilling, planting and mulching the outdoor garden space. 

Girls working on gardenAt the time, when the project was started, the girls were all students at Ranch View Middle School. Now, all four are freshman at ThunderRidge High School. The project earned them a Silver Award, the highest award level of for a Girl Scout Cadette. The girls created the space with the hope that it will be used as an outdoor classroom and community space. They also worked with Ann Rhinehart, a teacher at Ranch View, to create a garden club to help sustain it in the future.

September 28, 2017 | By acarlson1 | Category: Schools

District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.