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Grammy-Winning Percussionists Visit STEM School


It’s something these kids hear a lot - “STEM and music don’t go together.” If you take a step into the music room at the STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, you’ll quickly realize that this place is different. “This school integrates the arts and the humanities,” observes long-time STEM advocate Bud Ahearn. “The same part of the brain that scientists use, musicians use.”

These students know that full well, but they were curious. How far can the integration of STEM and music take you? So they decided to ask some experts. The experts in this case are a percussion group from Notre Dame called Third Coast Percussion. Their combination of STEM and music earned them a Grammy. They took the time to listen to songs from the young musicians and answer questions about music and education.

Before long the percussionists joined in on a jam session with the students. “Music is about the science of sound,” said Ahearn shortly before music filled the classroom. Third Coast Percussion jams with STEM students.

The connection may not seem obvious - but it’s there. “Engineering students also have a very intense interest in music,” said Third Coast Percussion member Robert Dillon. The combination of STEM and music is exciting to many. “These are the leaders of the future who are whole - if I might describe them as such,” said Ahearn. “We haven’t seen anything yet. We’re just getting started.”


March 10, 2017 | By ccheline | Category: Schools

District News

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.”

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.