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Sierra students conquer the Cube!

Sierra Middle School Cube Team

MONUMENT – The Sierra Rubik's Cube Club won the team event at the Colorado Rubik's Challenge Tournament that was held on April 14, 2015 in Monument, Colorado. The event was open to all schools and groups in the state and featured more than 20 teams (8 members/team) and in excess of 150 individual competitors.

Each team had to solve 25 scrambled cubes in the fastest time possible. The Sierra team finished in 2:39.728 during the heat rounds. Sierra won the final round with a time of 2:27.080 seconds, averaging one cube every six seconds, and beating the 2nd place team by more than 9 seconds.

Kyle Oakley, an 8th grader, took 2nd place in the Solo competition. Kyle solved a single cube in 28.8 seconds.

Team members from Sierra were Riley Clark, Tyler Oakley, Kyle Oakley, Ethan McBride, Declan Palmer, Michael Bittrolff, William Verhoeven, and David Heurtevant. The team was coached by Jed Palmer.

April 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Middle School Education

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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.