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STEM Girls' Club launched at Ranch View MIddle School

HIGHLANDS RANCH – With their futures ahead of them and a world of opportunities awaiting them, a group of girls at Ranch View Middle School (RVMS) aren’t wasting any time when it comes to exploring possibilities.

The students meet twice a week during their lunch period to learn how they can use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to change the world.

Coined the STEM Girls’ Club, the group was formed after seventh-grader Isabella Stratas attended the STEM Women and Our Daughters Changing the World event, featuring Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame member Jill Tietjen, held in November.

Tietjen mentors girls and women in the technology and engineering fields and has established and endowed national and local scholarships for women in engineering and technology.

Stratas asked Math Teacher Tiffiny Vaughn if they could start a club, and Vaughn took it from there.

“This club is a tremendous asset for our girls and encourages them to pursue STEM fields,” said Vaughn. “We are motivating our girls to be world changers and make a difference.”

Follow this link to learn more about the STEM Girl’s Club.

December 10, 2013 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Ranch View Middle School, Middle School Education

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.