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Student-led showcase builds Cimarron MS pride, gives parents full scope of learning at school

PARKER - Excitement is in the air at Cimarron Middle School. It’s their very first Celebration of Learning. “This is a way of celebrating what the students are doing,” explains 8th Grade Assistant Principal Doug Kapeller.

At first glance it resembles a trip to IKEA. Red arrows on the floor funnel students and parents all through the building to different stations.

One of the first exhibits offers free food. Students pass out beignets to everyone as they explain what they learned about France in their European unit.

“We're trying to teach the process,” says Kapeller. It’s a different take on parent-teacher conferences. Students show. Parents get an idea of what the entire school is learning by taking in all the different projects on display. “We're not teaching in rows and desks anymore. We're not doing worksheets anymore,” says Kapeller. “We're doing authentic projects.” 

Parents are led through a TV production classroom, art projects, and a cup-stacking station among others. The teachers are there to answer questions, but it’s the students that are showing off their work. Some parents miss the one on one format, but others are grateful for the change of pace.

The new take on conferences definitely sparks excitement throughout the building. Principal Kapeller embraces the school pride on display. “They want to show that we are Cimarron. They want to show that this is the place to be.”

March 14, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Middle School Education, 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.