15 third-graders from Wildcat Mountain Elementa
Parent Academies for Literacy (PAL) is a new family and engagement literacy event for kindergarten, first and second grade students, with the goal of enhancing families’ connections to their children’s schools, as well as parent knowledge about early literacy skills and reading. DCSD’s Literacy team members are partnering with Reading Recovery teachers, K-2 classroom teachers and school principals in order to provide this new offering for schools and families. Funded by a Title I grant, the program runs for one hour after school, one day a week for three weeks, with each session building on the previous session. Children of all literacy skill levels are welcome to participate.
When you walk into Mountain View Elementary in Parker, you’ll notice a wall of more than 400 unique puzzle pieces designed by students, demonstrating how all individuals “fit” together. Some drew pictures, some wrote about themselves and talked about what made them special and unique. This was just one way teachers and staff used the month of April— which is National Autism Awareness month— as an opportunity to teach kids about autism and inclusivity.
Many people believe the true definition of a great school isn’t one where academic standards and statistics tower above everyone else; but instead, is a place where a student is looked at as an individual and provided chances to truly make them the best person they can possibly be. It’s that belief that has continued to push Saddle Ranch Elementary School forward.
Students, parents and community members had the opportunity to get a taste of the work being done in Roxborough Intermediate School’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), during the school’s first-ever IB Exhibition.
Douglas County School District teachers may have found the solution to an extremely challenging math problem. When you add word problems, games and students it equals engaged and excited elementary school mathematicians.
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CASTLE ROCK – South Ridge Elementary
He has spent his entire 18-year career working inside the Douglas County School District at both the elementary and middle school levels before becoming an assistant principal at Rocky Heights Middle School. Prior to last year’s school year, Veit was named the new principal at Buffalo Ridge Elementary. In that time, Veit has worked to redefine Buffalo Ridge and rebuild the connection to the community.
Franktown-based Cherry Valley Elementary School and Highlands Ranch-based Bear Canyon Elementary School and Fox Creek Elementary School have been named among the healthiest schools in Colorado by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI). A total of just 46 schools statewide were selected for this annual honor.
Extracting DNA from tissue is not often thought of as an activity that a fourth-grader would engage in. While most students are just being introduced to genetics in their science classes at that grade level, Beth Thomas’ fourth grade science class at Redstone Elementary School in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) are learning to extract and code DNA from leaves, fish and other biological samples— and they are learning this from juniors and seniors in Rock Canyon High School’s biotechnology program.
Each December, every student from kindergarten to sixth-grade at Acres Green Elementary form a line nearly one mile in length down Maximus Drive in Lone Tree, from the doors of the school to the doors of the Lone Tree ARC donation center, creating an assembly line of giving. Hand-to-hand, items collected for donation are passed through everyone until it reaches the ARC.
CASTLE ROCK— Perfecting their singing
On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor the brave men and women who have selflessly served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. Around Douglas County School District, schools are saluting veterans with performances, projects, ceremonies and more throughout the week.
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Many Douglas County schools offer television or film programs. At some DCSD schools, these digital media students are calling the shots-- from budgeting, to screenplay writing, to storyboarding, to location scouting, interviewing, and more. Watch how the skills they are gaining--at every level of school-- are benefitting these students for their futures.
Submitted by teacher Marcie Stacy
The students in Lori Wheeler’s sixth-grade class at Heritage Elementary spotted a problem flying high above their school and set out to fix it.
CASTLE ROCK—One Douglas County school
Submitted by parent, Sally Erickson
160,000 students nationwide skip school every day for fear of being bullied. These schools are taking steps to ensure a safe learning environment for everybody.
The halls of the Lone Tree Events Center are filled with artwork of hundreds of Douglas County School District students.
I can imagine that my introduction to Douglas County School District six months ago was not unlike the experience many parents new to the District have. I found myself in a whirlwind of edu-vocabulary and acronyms: GVC (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum), World Class Outcomes, and 4C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking).
Staying engaged in what’s happening now is hard for us adults. With such a distraction-heavy culture, it becomes really difficult to sit still for a few hours or more and truly listen, learn and be engaged.
Imagine what it must be like for kids.
I’ve heard the phrase “innovative classroom” several times in the five months since I began working with Douglas County School District. I have to admit, I do get a little skeptical in general when I hear the word “innovative.”
Students from Franktown Elementary are hoping a project they started for an Destination Imagination competition will help a horse ranch that is only stone’s throw away from the school.
This week is Computer Science Week and Cougar Run Elementary participated in the largest global learning movement in history, Hour of Code. Over 185,000 schools across the world are participating in this movement, and100 million people will join Hour of Code to promote computer science in education.
Every morning, the students at Summit View Elementary circle-up to welcome each other for the day.
Heritage Elementary teacher Lisa McIntosh says a recent project, led by her students, has completely changed the way she teaches. Her second-graders organized a car wash that not only raised $537 for an international organization that battles poverty and hunger, but also opened her eyes to what is possible when students are empowered to show their learning through an authentic experience.
Some of the most powerful learning opportunities can happen when students are encouraged to follow their passion wherever it might take them.
As Kelli Bainbridge walks through the hallways and classrooms of Pioneer Elementary School she is greeted by a lot of bright smiles and tons of hugs by students.
CASTLE ROCK—When you walk through the
PARKER – More than 20 Douglas County
Leading up to Halloween, Douglas County, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office & Douglas County School District are teaming up to provide you with Halloween Safety Tips.
For most of us, the concept of student testing conjures dreaded memories from our childhoods; those awful pop quizzes, intensive finals and of course sitting down with number two pencils to fill in the bubbles of the state’s standardized tests. This article talks about how student growth does not have to look like this moving forward.
Rocky Heights Middle School wins Teen Chef title
Students from the Family & Consumer Science classes at three Douglas County School District (DCSD) schools got an amazing opportunity: a chance to serve the meal they designed to hundreds of elementary students on Colorado Proud School Meal Day.
A business-like approach and sustained support from the school’s community have placed Roxborough Primary and Intermediate on the front page of PTO Today website. The school’s Parent Teacher Involvement Committee (PTIC) was selected as the magazine’s 2015 National Parent Group of the Year.
As a new school year begins, you can feel a real sense of coordination as the Strategic Plan is implemented across the Douglas County School District.
Leadership teams from schools across Douglas County School District took advantage of a new opportunity this summer. During the first-ever Leadership Summit, District staff helped to facilitate planning for the new school year and empowering schools to find the best approach to implementing the Strategic Plan for their school community.
Having a child diagnosed with a disability can be an overwhelming situation for parents. Thanks to a collaboration between the families of students in special education and the Douglas County School District (DCSD), these parents no longer have to face it alone.
Nearly all of our 67,000 students are back in class this week, after returning from summer break.
/sites/default/files/News/HOIP_School_Safety_brochure_NEW.pdfMore than 67,000 students are returning to school over the next week, making it the perfect time to discuss back-to-school safety with our kids, families and community. Whether students walk, bike, skate, ride or drive to school, it takes everyone to ensure they get there safely.
Later this week, construction will begin on an octagonal structure at Castle Rock Elementary (CRE) that will soon host fast-paced, high-energy matches of a sport that is gaining popularity in Douglas County — gaga ball.
The focus of Comic Con is often superheroes, which is probably why Douglas County School District (DCSD) students and their teachers fit in so well at this year’s event in Denver.
Students, parents and administrators in the Douglas County School District came together this week to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our employees during the 2015 DCSD Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.
Every year the student-artists featured at the Douglas County School District Art Show amaze us with their creativity. The work on display, including stunning paintings, provocative photos and astounding sculptures, represents the work of kindergarten through twelfth-grade DCSD students.
PARKER – Drew Francis has followed a winding path on his way to Douglas County School District (DCSD).
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Principal Andrew Brueckner (Drew) has a straightforward approach for leading the charge at Stone Mountain Elementary School.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Expressing ideas through visual art is a time-honored tradition in Douglas County. Students of all ages have once again spent their class time well, creating a diverse collection of artwork to express their ideas.
PARKER – In the twenty years that have passed since Molly Gnaegy arrived in Douglas County to teach kindergarten, student enrollment in the District has tripled, and Gnagey has advanced into the role of principal.
PARKER – Students at Pioneer Elementary had an authentic learning experience of financial literacy by creating their own Market Day that would benefit their playground.
FRANKTOWN – Cherry Valley Elementary School has been chosen as a 2015 Healthy School Champion by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI). Cherry Valley will be highlighted as one of the state’s healthiest schools at the CEI 7th Annual Summit and Luncheon on Friday, April 24, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown.
CASTLE ROCK – Team members from the fourth and fifth grade Larkspur Elementary Girls basketball team were recognized with a Sportsmanship Award.
LONE TREE – William Arthur Ward once said: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires.” For Lone Tree Elementary Principal, Mindy Persichina, her elementary school teachers inspired her to blaze a path of teaching.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Through a partnership between the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Heritage Elementary students will get a hands-on opportunity to learn about native ecosystems and wildlife.
The Douglas County School District celebrated the work of its teachers, support staff and administrators during the 2015 Apple Awards.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Being at school every day is not something that Brian Rodda would have envisioned for a vocation when he was a boy in Portland, Oregon.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – When entering the Eldorado Elementary building in west Highlands Ranch, it does not take long for visitors to discover a uniqueness about the school culture that starts with the very warm, polite and inviting principal, Katy Kollasch.
FRANKTOWN – Sitting near the crossroads of Colorado Highway 83 and Highway 86, Franktown Elementary School is a neighborhood school that has a small town feel, with all of the advanced resources of a suburban school district that is leading the way into the 21st century.
Recently, Legacy Point learned that it had been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. This is a national honor that recognizes outstanding achievements in school and student outcomes, through the implementation of The Leader in Me framework. It also celebrates the extraordinary impact the framework has on staff, students, parents and the greater community.
HIGHLANDS RANCH - John Gutierrez always loved school when he was growing up. He decided at an early age he wanted to be a teacher, and has never looked back.
When you ask Gigi Whalen what she enjoys most about her job, she is quick to answer it is the students.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Schools observed Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14) with an "Hour of Code."
At first glance, one might think that Justin Houck carries one of the lighter loads among principals in Douglas County.
A program that puts iPads in the hands of every “digital native” at Redstone Elementary has earned the school an Apple Distinguished School designation in recognition of its innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.
Students at Timber Trail Elementary raised more than $1,300 during a school project turned fundraiser that became the perfect way to kick of Thanksgiving.
Reading, learning, problem solving. Kelli Smith has an affinity for all three.
Kory Moore is well-versed in all things elementary. Now well into his second decade as an elementary educator, he brings teaching and administrative experience to his new role as principal at Larkspur Elementary School.
LONE TREE – Gina Smith has learned that all children have unique needs...and that all children have the potential to learn.
Googly eyes were the inspiration for a fun, student-led project that has raised enough money to sponsor schooling for five Belize students and to purchase school supplies.
Mammoth Heights Elementary was bustling with activity on Saturday, October 4, as students and staff members worked to sort piles of school supplies in preparation for the annual Belize Education Project trip.
This week, Douglas County’s Cougar Run Elementary was one of 337 schools selected nationally as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is recognition of overall academic excellence.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – “We are way more than test scores. We want to make sure that kids are recognized for who they are and are learning to be critical thinkers,”
Consistency, communication the focus of new Learning & Leadership team
PARKER – This week marks back to school for students at Pine Lane Elementary and Principal Jason Starkey is striving to make elementary school an experience his students will never forget.
PARKER – Pine Lane Elementary School Teacher Stephanie Kawamura has been selected as a State-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
Students, parents and staff celebrated the first annual Leadersihp Day at Acres Green Elementary School on May 21. The school has adopted the Leader in Me model, which is based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®.
What do a basketball court and a classroom have in common?
CASTLE ROCK – Students at Clear Sky Elementary got the chance to venture into the civilizations of the Maya, Inca and Aztec cultures through a project based learning unit designed to incorporate multiple disciplines into their experience.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Teaching students the importance of sustainability is a big part of the 21st century learning skills being taught at Heritage Elementary. The school is raising chickens to produce eggs for sale and the chickens are also fed by some of the food scraps generated at lunch.
The students at Sand Creek Elementary may have a future one day on Wall Street. This year, the school swept the Middle School division of the Stock Market Game.
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This week’s snow is a stark reminder for a group of teachers and administrators visiting Douglas County School District that they are far from their tropical home.
Over the weekend the giant white tent at the Outlets at Castle Rock was bustling with activity, as parents, students and community members gathered to admire the artwork created by Douglas County School District students and teachers.
Acres Green, Mountain Ridge and Sierra honored by CDE for efforts
The Douglas County School District gathered on Saturday to honor some of the District’s best educators, support staff members and administrators during the 2014 Apple Awards.
Students were in charge of everything during the “Night at the Museum" event, created in celebration of the Denver Art Museum’s “Passport to Paris” exhibit,
Snowmen in the tropical country of Belize sounds like an absurd concept, but with the help of Jean Kirshner and her first graders at Mammoth Heights Elementary, Belize youngsters were given the chance to experience something Coloradans often take for granted: Snow.