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International Math Festival Returns to Douglas County School This Weekend

Students participate in festival

A world-wide festival will return to one Douglas County School this weekend. The Julia Robinson Math Festival is sponsored across the globe each year and for the second time it will be held at Franktown Elementary School.

Student works on a math problem“The thinking behind Julia Robinson is to inspire mathematical thinking and problem solving. Julia Robinson was a mathematician and the tasks she designed were all open ended and problem solving. It is great for kids because its non-competitive and there isn’t any risk to it. They just get to try problems they are manipulative based. There are games and puzzles. Just tons of opportunities for kids to dig in and explore and learn more about math,” says Susan Meyer, a fourth-grade teacher at Franktown Elementary.

Students work on math problemsLast year nearly 100 students from the Parker area attended the festival. This year, any student between third-grade and eighth-grade is welcome to attend the festival and test their skills on several different problem solving math questions.

“The whole purpose is to get kids inspired and to feel good about math. For some kids who area really passionate about math this is an opportunity for them to see that there are other kids just like them. You don’t have to be really good at math – this is just a great opportunity to really explore and play,” says Susan.

There is still lots of registration space available. You can visit here to sign up for the event or go here to visit the Julia Robinson Math Festival page for more information. This weekend’s event is taking place Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Franktown Elementary School. 

November 8, 2017 | By acarlson1 | Category: Schools

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.