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Storybook Characters Come to Life

Students Dress Up

To celebrate their love of reading, students, teachers and staff at Northridge Elementary School in Highlands Ranch held a Character Book Day this week.

Students and staff dressed up as their favorite character from books. Characters from fantasy to history and comic books to textbooks roamed the halls for the day.

“I dressed up as the Cheshire cat because he’s a really fun character and in the story he is a bit crazy and you see many different sides of him,” says sixth-grader Cassidy Campen.

“I thought it was really fun to dress up as book characters. We don’t normally get to dress up and do this, so it was really fun to pick a character and then dress up. I chose Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. because he is just a really fun character, he’s pretty funny and makes me laugh,” says sixth-grade student Andi Fichtelberg.

To celebrate the special day, children’s book author, Justin Matott held assemblies and book writer’s workshops with students, giving them a chance to look deeper into their writings and stories and hear from a published author how he decides on what to write and where his ideas come from.

Northridge Elementary says the day was such a success they are already looking forward to next year.

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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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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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.