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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

STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of just 30 schools in the world and one of two schools in the Denver Metro region named a 2017 World-Leading Learners School, and has been invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

DCSD Faculty Art Show goes through Nov. 1

It is easy to see the creativity of Douglas County School District students. It is often on display in the art that graces the walls and display cases of our schools. This month, however, is a chance to see the skill and the passion of the art teachers behind it all.


Last spring she was one of only eight teachers to be honored with the Freddie G award. The award came with a trip to New York for master classes taught by industry professionals. She also led a trip to Sacramento for the Junior Theater Festival with seven of her students. To top it off she was given a $5000 grant for the school’s theater program. She plans on using the money to build a technical theater learning lab with the help of her students.