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SkyView wins $11,000 Alliance Project grant supporting arts

HIGHLANDS RANCH- SkyView Academy is experiencing another year of robust arts-enriched learning, thanks to an $11,000 Alliance Project grant they received in October from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This is the second year they have received a grant from this arts and cultural education fund.

The Alliance Project is made possible by the Scientific Cultural Collaborative, a voluntary alliance of 27 local arts and cultural organizations such as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Grant funds are allocated out of SCFD funds, which is a tax district that collects one cent for every ten dollars of sales tax across seven counties in the Denver Metro area, including Douglas County.

SkyView is a preschool through twelfth grade public charter school in Highlands Ranch. The school is one of just seven schools awarded the grant statewide. Grants are awarded to just one school in each of the seven counties in the SCFD tax district each year, meaning the application process is extremely competitive.

“The award has allowed us to enrich our existing curricula with interdisciplinary activities,” said Javier Negron, SkyView’s Spanish and Teen Leadership Middle School teacher. “For example, mixing performance with literature, theatre and dance into visual arts, and hands-on learning with history. It has allowed students to interact more with their subject area, watching it come to life.” 

Last year, thanks to the grant, SkyView students were been able to participate in many enriching activities such as a school exhibition of the Mobile Art Gallery from CherryArts Education, a program of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. They also took field trips to several performances at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Additionally, the school host guest educators from the Colorado Mountain Club.

The renewed grant for this year is allowing SkyView to bring back successful programs from last year, as well as host new arts and cultural programming. For example, the schools World Literature program is scheduling a day for a Denver Center actor to come to the school to act out scenes from the Odyssey.

“We did this last year and it really helped the story come alive for the students,” Negron said. 

Additionally, Opera Colorado is hosting an organizational skills workshop for a group of 9th and 10th graders, professional dancers from Lakewood Heritage and Aurora Cultural Services are coming in to pose as figure models for high school art students, and a Holocaust survivor will be featured as a guest speaker, timed for when students are reading the book Night.

“This is an amazing opportunity for students to hear first hand accounts of a survivor,” Negron said. “It is profoundly impactful to hear these stories and connect with someone that lived through the Holocaust.”

December 9, 2015 | By CSilberman | Category: Charter Schools

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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.