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DCSD celebrates Earth Day

DOUGLAS COUNTY-- Douglas County School District and our Office of Sustainability wish you a very happy Earth Day! Take a look at green efforts at schools around DCSD, as well as some Earth-friendly info and tips!

Health & Wellness at Franktown Elementary

School settings are a great place to learn and practice how to lead a healthy lifestyle! Climbing walls, classroom kickball games, salad bars, Blacktop Boogie parties at recess, Student Led Health Teams (SLHT), healthy birthday party themes, and Boogie Boards for math instruction are just a few of the healthy school initiatives happening around DCSD! Why are these Healthy Schools initiatives so important and how to do they come to reality in schools? Please read on...


Energy Conservation at Rock Canyon High School

Almost everything we touch has a relationship with energy. From our plastic toothbrush to the pen we write with to the car we drive...all of these things take energy to make. We often only think of energy as turning on a light or plugging in our computer, but once we realized how much of our “stuff” is using these finite resources we start to see things differently. Read more for energy conservation tips


Waste Reduction at Cougar Run Elementary

Cougar Run Elementary has an excellent model for waste initiatives, organized by parent Kim Bartels. Every year, the student-led green team runs an all-school waste audit. Each grade level starts with a baseline moving into a school-wide Waste Free Lunch Challenge. The grade level with the most success in waste reduction from the pre- to post- audit wins. Learn more about waste reduction and diversion


Roxborough Green Spaces

A growing body of research is showing that access to green space has a positive impact on our well-being. Recently, studies are indicating green space may also be linked to improved cognitive development and even academic achievement. As a result, many of our schools are taking a look at how to improve the outdoor learning opportunities for students. Schoolyard habitats, such as those at Castle Rock Elementary and Roxborough Intermediate, dozens of outdoor classrooms, plastic bottle greenhouses at Larkspur Elementary and ThunderRidge High School, and 45 school gardens provide space for our students to get their hands dirty and explore the natural world around them. Read more


Green Ribbon Awarded to Heritage Elementary!

Heritage Elementary is a model of comprehensive school sustainability. As a result of its green culture, the school received its Eco-Schools USA Green Flag in 2014 and was named by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as one of America’s Top 10 Eco-Schools in 2015. Announced today, April 22, 2016, Heritage is a recipient of the highest green honor by the U.S. Department of Education for its work in reducing environmental impact, improving health and wellness, and effective environmental education. Read more


Roxborough Intermediate Community Impact Project

This fall students at Roxborough Intermediate decided to focus their Community Impact Project on the needs being created by their rapidly growing community.  With the construction of Sterling Ranch close by, the kids ultimately decided to focus on the needs of wildlife in our area.  They decided to create a Certified Wildlife Habitat on school grounds, through the National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitat Program. After months of planning the students took action on Earth Week, installing bird gardens, laying stepping stones and planting wild flower seeds.

April 22, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Sustainability

District News

kids running outside as part of a race

DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.