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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

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”