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Students code their way to a $5,000 grant for Ranch View Middle School

HIGHLANDS RANCH–The CODE Club at Ranch View Middle School (RVMS) recently was named both the state and the regional winner in the 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The contest invited middle- and high-school student teams to design a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities.

The RVMS CODE Club developed the concept of an app that would help bring the school’s announcements and information into one place for students. The design resulted in a $5,000 cash grant for RVMS. Additionally, CODE Club advisor Tiffiny Vaughn has been invited to participate in an online course called “Teaching App Creation with MIT App Inventor,” taught by app development experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab’s Center for Mobile Learning.

More than 1,300 teams nationwide competed in this year’s app challenge.

Related story: Student-designed app wins best in state

May 13, 2014 | 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.