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Teachers and students become familiar faces for those with Alzheimer's

Students working with residents at Highline Place

LITTLETON - Every other Wednesday you can walk down the halls of Highline Place Memory Care facility in Littleton and hear the overwhelming sound of children and laughter. The noise will immediately put a smile across your face. But once you get closer, and you can see the smiles and the interaction between the students and staff from Saddle Ranch Elementary School and Highline’s residents, the vision will warm your heart.

According to Saddle Ranch Elementary school principal, Dr. Jennifer Malouff, the school started its volunteer program just a few short months ago. During every visit they provide a handful of crafts like coloring and painting, games that encourage hand and eye coordination and other activities that provide ways to connect with the residents.Student painting with residents.

The residents look forward to the visits every-other week, almost as much as the kids.

staff and students work with residents at Highline Place

At the beginning of the school year, Saddle Ranch staff made a decision to incorporate philanthropic events and activities into its Professional Development days, classrooms and after-school programs. This year alone, the school has baked and decorated cookies for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, packed over 150 sack lunches to the Samaritan House of Denver, provided support and volunteered for countless charities, food drives, and organizations.

Students playing games with residents

It’s giving students and staff a chance to prove the school’s motto, take care of yourself, take care of each other and take care of this place, and make sure they are leaving their community a better place than when they started.

March 9, 2017 | By acarlson1 | 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.