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students gathered around box of turkeys
November 16, 2017 | By CSilberman

With Thanksgiving around the corner,

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Two girls hugging, one has a reindeer red nose on
November 7, 2017 | By CSilberman

A number of kids from Douglas County have volunteered to help make the holidays a little happier for children from low-income families. They have become “Santa’s Elves” in a program started by a Douglas County mom who wanted to show her child that the holidays are about more than just the gifts under the tree.

More ‘elves’ needed this holiday season.

 
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katy craig sitting in a library, opposite a copy of her book
October 31, 2017 | By CSilberman

The college application process can b

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October 18, 2017 | By CSilberman

Amidst the hum of sewing machines com

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September 28, 2017 | By CSilberman

DCSD will conduct a test of the emergency notification system, including email, mobile app, website, social media, text and voice messaging on Tuesday, October 3. Should a real emergency arise, the test will be delayed.

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National Merit Scholarship Program
April 27, 2017 | By CSilberman

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 16 students across Colorado are being recognized for educational excellence with corporate-sponsored awards. Impressively, five from this group are from the Douglas County School District.

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Rock Canyon students pose on the red carpet with trophys
April 26, 2017 | By CSilberman

Young filmmakers and broadcast media students from elementary-age through high school showed off their hard work and talent on the big screen last week for the third annual Douglas County School District (DCSD) Student Film Festival. 

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Slideshow image from presentation. Delta with "Time, Resources, Solution." Bullets read "Timing, Alignment, Coalition."  What about a ballot measure in 2017? Need unified stakeholder support within the district behind any ballot measure. Need time to educate the wider community.
March 8, 2017 | By CSilberman

At the March 7 special meeting of the Douglas County School District Board of Education, a joint subcommittee recommended placing a ballot initiative on the November 2018 ballot to address funding challenges in the school district. DCSD has not had a successful ballot measure since 2006.

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ThunderRidge High School Students Celebrate Wish Week
February 16, 2017 | By acarlson1

Every year it becomes more obvious how giving s

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Photo of 9350 Teddy Lane
January 14, 2017 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District Board of Education voted on Tuesday, January 17, to purchase a building in Lone Tree, which could one day become the home District Child Find and Bridge programs, as well as Eagle Academy, DCSD’s evening high school program. District leaders say the facility, which is centrally located, is an affordable way to address needs identified in the Master Capital Plan.

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January 11, 2017 | By CSilberman

We want to ensure DCSD parents receive the emer

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January 5, 2017 | By rmbarber

Frigid temperatures prompted the Douglas County School District to cancel classes on Thursday. DCSD’s snow team is continuing to monitor conditions, while crews prepare our buildings for when school resumes.

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December 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

You may have heard about it or you may be seeing it yourself in your Douglas County school. For the last few years there has been a global emphasis on students learning how to code.

Many parents, though, do not understand what this means, or they are unsure how this translates to students who are as young as kindergartners. Does this mean that five year-olds are are now expected to communicate in ones and zeroes, or that they are expected to design the next Pokemon Go app?

This week is National Computer Science Education Week and schools around the world, including some schools in Douglas County School District, are participating in an event called Hour of Code.

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Two parents holding hands with their child, who is in between them, as they walk on a school playground with a large group of students, parents, and teachers in the background.
November 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

Open houses, parent-teacher conferences, school events; many parents understand the importance of a baseline connection to their child’s school so that they have a better understanding of their child’s academic and social progress, and so they can help him or her be successful. Many also understand the importance of parent-teacher communication, but may not always communicate as much as they’d like to or be as up front as they’d like to be. This can sometimes lead to misunderstandings and frustrations.

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Community Survey text based logo
November 17, 2016 | By rmbarber

The Community Survey is here! Corona Insights is sending online surveys to students, parents and employees in the District.

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Thank you paper quilt designed by students
November 9, 2016 | By CSilberman

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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October 20, 2016 | By CSilberman

School Accountability Community (SAC) members, parents, community members, principals, teachers, district employees, those connected to neighborhood schools, charter schools, and those with no connection to a school but simply an interest in what's happening in the Douglas County School District are all invited to attend the District Accountability Committee Fall Forum on Tuesday, October 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Forum will be held at Castle Rock Middle School, 2575 Meadows Blvd., Castle Rock.

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September 22, 2016 | By CSilberman

Our deepest c

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September 20, 2016 | By acarlson1

CASTLE ROCK-To walk through Mesa Midd

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August 31, 2016 | By CSilberman

On July 19, 2016, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education approved a proposal by Denver-based research firm, Corona Insights, to implement a district-wide community survey. Below is an overview of this research, as well as key questions.

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August 25, 2016 | By CSilberman

DCSD will conduct a test of its emergency notif

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August 2, 2016 | By CSilberman

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Directors recently approved a proposal by Denver-based research firm, Corona Insights, to implement a district-wide community survey. Attend one of the town hall meetings later this month.

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July 28, 2016 | By NDJones

PARKER- Douglas County employees, the Douglas C

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March 3, 2016 | By CSilberman

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Students throughout Douglas Co

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February 25, 2016 | By rmbarber

More than sixty people participated in the 2016 Douglas County Innovation and Safety Summit, a chance to discuss pioneering and sustainable practices in not only instruction but also school security.

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January 20, 2016 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has released the results of its recent staff survey, which shows that District employees are not only aware of the District strategic priorities – Safety, Choice, World Class Education and System Performance – they also feel empowered as they make progress on this important work.

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January 13, 2016 | By CSilberman

Q&A with DCSD Parent Liaison, Kath

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November 4, 2015 | By CSilberman

PARKER – More than 20 Douglas County

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October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

The rainy, fall weather seemed appropriate as principals from across the Douglas County School District (DCSD) gathered with their counterparts from local churches to discuss a somber topic – teen suicide – and how we, as a community, can work together to prevent it.

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September 29, 2015 | By CSilberman

How one Legend Senior is Changing the Lives of Thousands of Children

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September 24, 2015 | By rmbarber

CASTLE ROCK – This summer, Douglas County Schoo

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September 23, 2015 | By rmbarber

More than 130 Douglas County School District (DCSD) high school students will be gathering at the State Capitol on Monday to not only meet local leaders, but to work together to solve issues on the students’ minds.

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September 14, 2015 | By CSilberman

Charter school students to tackle core subjects – in another language

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September 10, 2015 | By rmbarber

This Sunday at sunrise the fifth annual Wacky Bike Ride will begin. Last year the highly successful fundraiser for the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) outfitted more than 500 of Douglas County’s less fortunate students for school. This year the ride is on track to help even more students.

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Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
May 19, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

Did you know that a bicycle is considered a vehicle? Teach your kids the rules of the road.

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Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
February 4, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – An early December outbreak of measles at Disney theme parks in California has so far left 70 people infected with the virus. The illness has since spread to Utah, Washington state, Oregon, Mexico and Colorado.

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Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children logo
October 28, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

When to Take Your Child to the ER for Cough or Sore Throat 

From our partners at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and HealthONE

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October 28, 2014 | By rmbarber

Each of the amazing schools in Douglas County have their own flavor. Over the past year, the District has worked to capture this unique blend of culture, environment and educational focus on video.

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Madison Turner
October 6, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

As the annual trek to college unfolded this year, a graduate from Legend High School could be found in the Acceptance Day Parade at West Point – a tradition that welcomes new cadets at the military academy into the “Long Gray Line.”

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September 29, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed October to be Family and School Partnership in Education Month for the third straight year.

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September 17, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District recently revamped its media consent form in order to make it easier for our parents to understand and to address the new realities of our more connected, digital classrooms.

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September 10, 2014 | By rmbarber
Parents visiting classroom
August 26, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Research shows a direct correlation between parental involvement in the education of students and high student achievement.

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August 26, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – Two Douglas County schools have launched new websites, taking advantage of the robust web tool created for DCSD.

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Chalkbeat Colorado
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Douglas County Public Schools continues to outp

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9 News
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Not all students learn in a traditional school

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9 News
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

An incredible 5-year-old started kindergarten a

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August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Citing a high graduation rate, Douglas County i

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850 KOA
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

The 4th annual Wacky Bike Ride is a one-day cyc

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Your Sports
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Check out the highlights from the First Annual

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850 KOA
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

School for several local districts begins this

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Fox 31
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

The Douglas County School District is the first

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YourHub
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, (YEA!), is an

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YourHub
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

What better time for an enterprising teacher to

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Boettcher Foundation
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Four DCSD teachers are in a class of their own,

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The Denver Post
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

The founder and chairman of the tech startup in

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Food Service Director
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

High school students gravitate to a build-your-

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School Bus Fleet
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

“Turn it off,” said the note posted on the comm

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Principal's Research Review
August 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

When students experience a concussion or mild t

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Chuck Puga
August 20, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

PARKER – Ponderosa High School is marking its 30th Anniversary and this year Principal Chuck Puga has taken the time to focus on the little things that matter most.

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August 15, 2014 | By rmbarber

Citing a high graduation rate, Douglas County was recently named the second best county in the nation in a survey of counties across the nation.

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PISA logo
August 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Recently students at a number of our high schools took the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Not only did our schools perform better than schools in the United States, they beat Finland-- which is often regarded as an international leader. 

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You Rock
August 13, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Janet, Cindy, Joan and Sue: YOU ROCK!

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August 7, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DCSD Rock Stars’ is a new program to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and outstanding work of DCSD employees.

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August 5, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

“I’m convinced this is going to be our best year ever! Our work continued this summer and we are ready to welcome students back into the classroom,” said Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, DCSD Superintendent. 

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May 17, 2014 | By rmbarber

In a special meeting of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education, Directors approved licensed (teachers & principals) employee compensation increases for school year 2014-15. 

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COSPRA Golden Achievement Award
May 6, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – The work of the DCSD Community Relations team has been recognized for communications excellence by the Colorado School Public Relations Association (COSPRA).

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April 29, 2014 | By rmbarber

On Thursday, May 1 at 11 a.m., the Douglas County School District will be conducting a test of our emergency messaging systems in coordination with other school districts across the state.

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April 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DCSD's parent liaison provides a guide to common acronyms used in the district.

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April 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

Douglas County School District will once again livestream all of its graduations this year.

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March 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Colorado Supreme Court today announced it will hear an appeal regarding the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Choice Scholarship Pilot Program.

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March 5, 2014 | By rmbarber

Last weekend’s Academy Awards, probably have a lot of students dreaming about a career in film. An effort to bring back a film festival that started here in DCSD may be just the thing Douglas County students need to make some connections that could one day lead to Hollywood, and who knows—perhaps an Oscar one day.

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March 5, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District is looking to create a school specifically designed to meet the needs of K-8 students entitled to special education services.

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March 4, 2014 | By rmbarber

Douglas County is leading the country in closing the gaps in school security. Meet the people who are making it happen and learn about your role in helping our schools stay at the top of this critical issue.

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Early Childhood Adventure participants
February 21, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

PARKER – Plan now to bring your youngsters to the 4th Annual Douglas County Early Childhood Council (DCECC) Early Childhood Adventure on Saturday, March 1.

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Creativity is Alive and Well in DCSD
February 18, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Last fall, Douglas County School District (DCSD) students and staff members were invited to “take a shot” and enter their work into the DCSD Fall Photo Contest.

 

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Katy Waskey with ProStart students
February 11, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has announced that ThunderRidge High School ProStart teacher Katy Waskey is its 2014 Colorado Educator of Excellence.

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Students discuss risk management with local professional
February 7, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – On a recent Monday evening, participants in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) at Castle View High School, learned about the importance of insurance and risk management.

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January 31, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District will be oper

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New website - home page
January 21, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

With the launch of a new, improved website, staying in touch and in-the-know is now easier than ever.

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January 21, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Colorado Department of Education recognized Douglas County schools at the 2013 School and District Performance Awards, held on December 3 in Denver.

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January 21, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District will begin live streaming its Board of Education meetings starting tonight, Thursday, December 12.

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January 14, 2014 | By rmbarber

This weekend students from 21 schools, mainly from the southern metro area, will be coming together for the Warrior Rumble, a volleyball tournament organized by Douglas County students and staff to honor the life of Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis.

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November 21, 2013 | By rmbarber

The National High School Journalism Convention was held November 14-17 and Douglas County School District had quite a showing—winning two national awards and placing in several other categories.

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November 12, 2013 | By rmbarber

On Monday, November 11, Douglas County students and staff made a special effort to commend all branches of the military in honor of Veterans Day. Observations around the District included those at Cimarron and Mountain Ridge Middle Schools, North Star Academy and Pine Lane Elementary School.

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August 28, 2013 | By Anonymous

In September 1993 a group of parents and teachers started Academy Charter School in a former grocery store in Castle Rock. The K–8 school opened its doors with 315 students of all educational abilities. Today Academy Charter School has an enrollment of 600 students in a 50,000 square foot building as well as an additional 150 students who attend the Home School Support Program. A total of 750 students are now educated by Academy Charter School.

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August 15, 2013 | By Anonymous

Weeks before school begins, Chaparral High School’s new principal, Greg Gotchey, is already hard at work. He briskly transitions from meeting to meeting, briefing school administrators, and even tests some new student desks.

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August 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

Join us at the All-You-Care-to-Eat Feast in the Field Event September 8!

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August 4, 2013 | By Anonymous

BBQ pork sliders; fresh Colorado peaches, hummus and pita bread, full-scale harvest bars...Parents in the rush of back-to-school prep can hit the easy button and mark ‘pack lunches’ off their morning lists.

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August 1, 2013 | By Anonymous

While the new school year is approaching quickly, it was teachers—not students—who were welcomed with fanfare at Legend High School this week.

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July 31, 2013 | By Anonymous

Douglas County School District Superintendent Liz Fagen and Principal Patti Magby will welcome students on their first day of school at Meadow View Elementary School in Castle Rock. Three DCSD schools will open on August 5, 2013 and openings will continue throughout the months of August and September.

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July 30, 2013 | By Anonymous
The American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association (ACFCCA) and Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services have joined forces to present Colorado Chefs Salute to Education at Feast in the Field, Sunday, September 8 11:00 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m. at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
 
 
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July 24, 2013 | By Anonymous

The American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association (ACFCCA) and Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services will present Colorado Chefs Salute to Education at Feast in the Field, Sunday, September 8 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

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July 19, 2013 | By Anonymous

This week a group of Douglas County teachers got a sneak peek of a new system that will help them build World-Class units.

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July 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

While technology has revolutionized education, Sierra Middle School and Chaparral High School Chinese teacher Catherine Channell says she never expected it to impact her classroom.

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July 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

Douglas County Board of Education passed a resolution on Tuesday night opposing the Common Core State Standards, more commonly referred to as Common Core, in the specific case of the Douglas County School District.

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July 13, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Douglas County School District for its comprehensive financial report (CAFR).

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June 28, 2013 | By Anonymous

The joy Douglas County elementary teachers have for science is evident when you watch dozens of them tinker with Legos as they build sailboats or shriek with glee as seltzer water-powered rockets pop off the launching pad.

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June 28, 2013 | By Anonymous

Students at Sedalia Elementary will soon be on the fast track to 21st century learning. With help from the Douglas County School District and the Douglas County Educational Foundation every student at the school will have access to iPads every single day.

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June 27, 2013 | By Anonymous

Most college students home for summer break spend most their time hanging out with old friends or working at a summer job. 2012 Castle View graduate Hanna Tenerowicz, however, is traveling to Africa to capture the story of the girls who attend Muanjadi High School in Mbuji-Mayi, located in south-central Democratic Republic of Congo.

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June 20, 2013 | By Anonymous

Students at nearly all fifty-eight (58) Douglas County School District (DCSD) elementary schools will be treated to a bit more time to eat lunch next year thanks to a move by DCSD Nutrition Services to streamline student check-out lines.

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June 18, 2013 | By Anonymous

This week, the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) kicks off the annual school supply drive.

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June 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

During an evening patterned after Broadway’s Tony Awards, Chaparral High School’s production of Les Misérables won five Bobby G Awards, including the coveted Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.

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June 5, 2013 | By Anonymous

After rigorously considering more than 1,300 applicants, the Board of Trustees of the Boettcher Foundation has selected 40 Colorado high school seniors, including five from Douglas County, to receive 2013 Boettcher Foundation Scholarships.

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June 4, 2013 | By Anonymous

It is an unimaginable decision for a parent to have to make—leave your house and everything they own or risk the health of their family. That is the situation one Renaissance Elementary Magnet School family faced this spring after learning that mold had infiltrated their home and sickened them. Thanks to the kindness of the Renaissance school community, the Shellenberger family has been able to get back on its feet and have the strength needed to cope with the massive disaster inside their home.

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June 4, 2013 | By Anonymous

Proposed Budget available for public inspection from Thursday, May 23 through Wednesday, June 12.

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June 4, 2013 | By Anonymous

At Copper Mesa Elementary the simple act of walking to school is but part of a bigger picture.

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June 1, 2013 | By Anonymous

Chaparral senior Carter Griffin finished first in the 500 freestyle at the 5A Boys Swimming State Championship.

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June 1, 2013 | By Anonymous

Three student-athletes from Douglas County won their events during the 5A Colorado Track and Field Championships.

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May 17, 2013 | By Anonymous

Whether grandma and grandpa live in Boulder, Philadelphia or Tokyo, they will now be able tune into their grandson or granddaughter’s graduation. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has announced plans to stream all 13 graduations this spring

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May 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

After nearly two decades as the athletic director (AD) at Ponderosa High School—Tim Ottmann knows just about everything you can about high school athletics—including just how many hours it takes to manage all of a school’s sports.

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May 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

In a special meeting of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education, Directors approved employee compensation increases for FY 2014.

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May 9, 2013 | By Anonymous

DCSD students competed academically with other students from across the state at the annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Colorado conference April 11-13 at the DTC Marriott in Denver. The results were impressive, with seven gold medals, 16 silver medals, and nine bronze medals.

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May 9, 2013 | By Anonymous

We know that the number one indicator of student success is having an effective teacher in the classroom. Here in Douglas County, we are extremely fortunate to have many of the best educators in the country, as well as a virtual army of staff members dedicated to supporting excellence and innovation every day in our classrooms.

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May 2, 2013 | By Anonymous

Internationally recognized education expert and author, Dr. Yong Zhao, spent the last two days meeting with hundreds of Douglas County School District (DCSD) teachers and leaders.

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May 1, 2013 | By Anonymous

Internationally known education expert, Dr. Yong Zhao, is slated to visit Douglas County School District (DCSD) teachers and leaders this week. Zhao will meet with teachers, district leaders, appear as a guest on “Let’s Talk Education,” and will be the keynote speaker at an educator forum.

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May 1, 2013 | By Anonymous

More than 71% of Douglas County School District (DCSD) teachers participated in the 2013 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Colorado Survey, registering the highest response rate in the metro area.

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April 30, 2013 | By Anonymous

Surrounded by students and staff, Gold Rush Elementary teacher Beverly Holtzer symbolically finished the last mile of her Boston Marathon run—a little more than a week after she was stopped short on the race course because of the tragic bombings.

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April 27, 2013 | By Anonymous

Stars 4 Douglas County, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of visual arts in public education for Douglas County youth, and thus expanding the visual arts in our community, announced it has awarded $6,000 worth of scholarships and grants to students, teachers, and local area schools

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April 25, 2013 | By Anonymous

Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) is proud to be the only school in Douglas County, and the only middle school in the greater Denver area that offers Archery as an after school club.

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April 25, 2013 | By Anonymous

Lunch menus for public schools which strive to comply with USDA Regulations for the National School Lunch Program and satisfy student needs and diverse tastes must be carefully crafted. Creating such menus can be a bit of a tight rope experience.

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April 24, 2013 | By Anonymous

eDCSD, the Colorado Cyber School is one more choice for Douglas County students.

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April 24, 2013 | By Anonymous

Want to boost your client or customer base while honoring the work of Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) amazing educators and employees?

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April 23, 2013 | By Anonymous

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored Douglas County School District (DCSD) with the first ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.

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April 20, 2013 | By Anonymous

American Academy sixth graders recently got a closer look at life in space through the eyes of experienced astronaut, Dr. Leroy Chiao, who visited as a representative for the Space Foundation, a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness.

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April 20, 2013 | By Anonymous

Working alongside teachers, the World Class Education department is preparing to complete the second version of Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC). The document, which is currently in draft form, works to ensure consistency from school-to-school and feeder-to-feeder, ensuring that all DCSD children have a rigorous curriculum that is aligned. The goal is to ensure no matter what school a student attends, they will receive the same high-level of education.

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April 17, 2013 | By Anonymous

Nutrition Services wishes to thank those who keep the lines of communications open by announcing the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING and MOVIE PACKAGE WINNERS selected from parents who participated in the Parent Satisfaction Survey, as well as to those who are active on our Facebook Friend Community.

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April 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

Two Douglas County School District (DCSD) high schools drummed their way to the top during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Percussion Association State Championships.

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April 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

By any account, the Douglas County School District’s and the Douglas County Sheriff Office’s first ‘Girls’ Empowerment Retreat’ was a huge success.

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April 13, 2013 | By Anonymous
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. Before they turn 20 about one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will have the devastating disease. While these statistics are startling, Douglas County students from across the District have banded together to fight childhood cancer.
 
 
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April 13, 2013 | By Anonymous

Renaissance Expeditionary Magnet School second graders recently completed their Winter Voyage at the District’s Outdoor Education Center.

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April 13, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the country's longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teenagers, recently announced its 2013 National Award recipients, including two Douglas County School District students.

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April 13, 2013 | By Anonymous

The four International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in Castle Rock will be joining together to give back to the community on April 24.

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April 11, 2013 | By Anonymous

As the weather starts to get warmer, the Douglas County School District’s construction team is beginning to get spring fever. They’re ready to bust out of the office and get to work, along with contractors, on dozens of projects across the District.

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April 10, 2013 | By Anonymous

Administrators at Ranch View Middle School are excited by the potential of a new club, which teaches kids programming language and then encourages them to use it to create new apps.

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April 10, 2013 | By Anonymous

Parents and students were treated to a buffet of great entrees, salads and treats during the recent “A Taste of DCSD” open house hosted by Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Nutrition Services.

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April 3, 2013 | By Anonymous

During March Madness, basketball fans are captured by the dramatic wins and losses as college teams dance their way to the NCAA championship. In Douglas County, there are a series of games that are just as exciting—but where points are not as important.

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April 2, 2013 | By Anonymous

During the day, seventh-grader Lyla Padden is a typical student at Rocky Heights Middle School—she has friends, homework and deals with the stress of TCAP tests.

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April 2, 2013 | By Anonymous

Amazing art by Douglas County students will soon be on display at Park Meadows Mall-- during the 2013 Douglas County School District Art Show

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March 27, 2013 | By Anonymous

This month the Douglas County School District (DCSD) not only attained it’s re-certification from the National Institute of Government Purchasing, but the organization awarded the district with one of its highest awards, excellence in procurement.

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March 21, 2013 | By Anonymous

Ten teams of creative middle and high school students across the country – including Rock Canyon High School -- are the winners of a national competition of more than 470 team entries to develop mobile applications that address a need or problem in their schools or communities. The winning apps range from encouraging a community to do more recycling, to making it easier for students with disabilities to take notes in class, to identifying invasive plant species in lakes.

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March 21, 2013 | By Anonymous

Megan Takeda from Castle Rock Middle School made it 15 rounds in the 73rd Annual Denver Post Spelling Bee

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March 20, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Douglas County Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday night to appoint Dr. Carrie Mendoza to fill a board vacancy in District D. Mendoza was sworn in immediately after her selection and assumed her seat on the Board.

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March 19, 2013 | By Anonymous

The District Accountability Committee (DAC) for the Douglas County School District announced on Tuesday that it will host an evening with Senator Mike Johnston next week to discuss the School Finance Bill.

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March 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

Over the course of nine forums hosted by the Teacher Advisory Council, Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen and her cabinet answered hundreds of questions about District initiatives, including topics ranging from employee pay to high school schedules.

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March 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Douglas County Board of Education announced six finalists for the vacant District D director seat on Monday

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March 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

Teams from around the state, including Douglas County’s Rock Canyon High School, gathered at Colorado State University on March 7 to test their skills in science, math and engineering, during the first-ever Colorado TEAMS competition.

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March 12, 2013 | By Anonymous

Two essays created by Douglas County students have won in the Second Annual Crnic Institute World Down Syndrome Day Essay Contest sponsored by the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome.

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March 12, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has named 28 public schools, 2 charter schools, and 5 school districts as National Finalists in the 2013 National Schools of Character (NSOC) program. North Star Academy is the only Colorado school to make the cut.

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March 11, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Douglas County Board of Education announced that a special meeting will be scheduled on Monday March 11, to discuss the candidates for the vacant District D director seat.

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March 10, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Highlands Ranch Bridge Program and Significant Support Needs (SSN) special education programs from Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch High School, and Mountain Vista High School teamed up to hold a food drive for the Panther Pantry.

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March 7, 2013 | By Anonymous

When the opportunity arose for teachers to participate in a group focused on the new Balanced Assessment System, Stephanie Crowe of Sage Canyon Elementary was quick to volunteer.

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March 5, 2013 | By Anonymous

Sixth-grade students from Northridge Elementary spent a recent Saturday in a scholarly way, and returned to school on Monday morning as champions.

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March 2, 2013 | By Anonymous

Aspen View Academy (AVA), a preschool through 8th grade Core Knowledge charter school opening September 2013 in Castle Rock, is pleased to announce that Merlin Holmes is joining their team as the school's principal.

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March 2, 2013 | By Anonymous

In only three years, the ThunderRidge High School’s ProStart team has grown from a culinary cub to a fierce grizzly at the annual state cooking competition. The school came in first-place overall on Friday March 1, during the 14th Annual ProStart Invitational Sysco Hospitality Cup Competition.

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February 28, 2013 | By Anonymous

Apple Awards honors excellence in Douglas County Schools

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February 28, 2013 | By Anonymous

Rock Canyon wins 'Best in State' for new charity app

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February 28, 2013 | By Anonymous
A Ponderosa junior and senior are state champions after winning their matches during the state wrestling meet this weekend. 
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February 27, 2013 | By Anonymous

WANTED: DCSD elementary school parent feedback   

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February 21, 2013 | By Anonymous

After volunteering to spend four Saturdays defining Douglas County School District’s World Class Targets, the teachers involved said the process was a success, providing them with an opportunity to shape the future of education, and to gain a better understanding of why the District is undertaking such monumental change.

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February 20, 2013 | By Anonymous

DCSD students perform with All-State Orchestra 

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February 18, 2013 | By Anonymous

Cell phones, iPads the norm in Douglas County classrooms.    

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February 18, 2013 | By Anonymous

RHMS counselor Clark Wilhelm named 'Educator of the Month'

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February 15, 2013 | By Anonymous
After a full year of planning and hard work, construction has begun on the new American Academy-Parker building.
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February 14, 2013 | By Anonymous
Teacher-led forums provide opportunity for dialog, answers   
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February 13, 2013 | By Anonymous
Heart Health Rap-with-a-Wrap rally features premiere of "Hands only CPR" video
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February 13, 2013 | By Anonymous

How does the lack of rain impact our community and the world around us? How do local ranchers deal with this? These are the kinds of questions students and teachers at Larkspur Elementary will soon be asking.

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February 13, 2013 | By Anonymous

Art lovers will have an extra treat this year on Valentine’s Day, with the opening of the Scholastic Art Exhibition at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver.

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February 11, 2013 | By Anonymous

This month young artists from Douglas County schools will be featured in a regional art show at the Outlets at Castle Rock.

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February 11, 2013 | By Anonymous

Had enough of the winter blues? Are your kids climbing the walls? Get them out of the house and have some family fun at the 3rd Annual Douglas County Early Childhood Council (DCECC) Early Childhood Adventure.

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February 6, 2013 | By Anonymous

The PACE Center was packed with students, parents and community members on Monday night during a Chinese New Year celebration organized by the students and parents of Chaparral High School.

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February 6, 2013 | By Anonymous

A new class at Rock Canyon High School is proving that high school students are more than capable to handle adult challenges as they prepare to compete for their dream career.

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February 6, 2013 | By Anonymous

Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services has been awarded a grant which will procure 16 new Harvest Bars for DCSD elementary schools from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSBS). The value of the grant exceeds $42,000.

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February 6, 2013 | By Anonymous

Artwork from more than 60 Douglas County School District schools is now on display at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Substation in Highlands Ranch, following the completion of a District-wide art contest.

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January 30, 2013 | By Anonymous

Singing and dancing replaced reading last week at Renaissance Elementary Magnet School when students performed classic Disney songs such as “I’m Late,” “The Un-Birthday Song” and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”

 
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January 30, 2013 | By Anonymous

 

Middle and high school students “act up” at state conference 

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January 30, 2013 | By Anonymous

Video tutorials extend Belize Education Project

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January 30, 2013 | By Anonymous

Sunny budget outlook: No budget cuts and fiscal stability.

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January 26, 2013 | By Anonymous

 

Event provides meal, help for less fortunate families    

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January 26, 2013 | By Anonymous

Students taking Spanish at Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) are getting a chance to put their skills to use, by writing to pen pals in Costa Rica.

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January 26, 2013 | By Anonymous

One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide effort to provide every four-year-old in Colorado with the same book, helping to instill a love of reading in Colorado youngsters.

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January 24, 2013 | By Anonymous

Budgets were the topic of the day on the latest “Let’s Talk Education” radio show hosted by Douglas County School District Superintendent, Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.

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January 23, 2013 | By Anonymous
It will not be long before Ranch View Middle School joins a very elite group of International Baccalaureate (IB) schools within the Douglas County School District. 
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January 23, 2013 | By Anonymous
DCSD community celebrates female student athletes
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January 17, 2013 | By Anonymous
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our commitment to the education of the youth of Douglas County; Sheriff David A. Weaver has established a scholarship fund and will award ten ($500) and one ($750) scholarships.
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January 17, 2013 | By Anonymous
The CyberPatriot team from Highlands Ranch High School (HRHS) is the only team from Colorado to qualify for the competition’s national semifinals.
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January 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

The Douglas County Outdoor Education Center in Larkspur will serve as the backdrop for The Power of Positive Relationships, an empowerment retreat being offered at no cost to girls who attend high school in Douglas County.

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January 16, 2013 | By Anonymous

 

Enthusiastic students + parents’ support = all-expense paid catered luncheon for 700     

 
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December 15, 2012 | By Anonymous

Many people in our community are hurting after Friday’s senseless violence struck Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

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December 13, 2012 | By Anonymous

ThunderRidge High School Librarian Paula Busey is one of the 2012 honorees that have been recognized for being “boundary breakers, who explore the world with passion and purpose, inspiring others to expand their horizons, ask big questions and seek new answers.”

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December 12, 2012 | By Anonymous

World renowned educator-author Dr. Tony Wagner recently visited Douglas County School District (DCSD) to meet with DCSD educators to discuss how to define, and cultivate in students, the skills necessary for surviving in the ‘globalized era’.

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December 12, 2012 | By Anonymous

Eight teens, most of which are DCSD students, will soon be headed to South Korea to represent the United States in the 14th International Robot Olympiad (IRO).

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December 10, 2012 | By Anonymous

100 teachers help to build World-Class Targets 

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December 6, 2012 | By Anonymous
After 28 years in the Douglas County School District, Chief Operations Officer (COO) Bill Moffitt knows quite a bit about the buildings, blueprints and buses that ensure that everything runs smoothly during the school day. 
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December 5, 2012 | By Anonymous

Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig officially announced that Cherokee Trail Elementary School, located in Parker, “ … has won DCSD’s tightly contested, first-ever 2012-13 Fruits & Veggies Challenge by consuming the most fruits and veggies per capita district-wide.”

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December 3, 2012 | By Anonymous

If an emergency happens at a school or an office, there usually is not much time to warn students, employees and guests about what is happening or what to do. That is why the Douglas County School District (DCSD) has implemented the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) at all of its facilities

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November 28, 2012 | By Anonymous
Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services is the first school district in Colorado, and possibly the only, to own and operate its own Subway Restaurant franchises.
 
 
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November 13, 2012 | By Anonymous

Firefighters, nurses, authors and other community members paused for a few moments recently to read a book or two to students at several HOPE Online Learning Centers.

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November 8, 2012 | By Anonymous
This time of year a big snowstorm can strike at any time, so it is important that Douglas County School District employees know what to do in the event of a snow closure or delay, especially since there have been some changes since last snow season.
 
 
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November 8, 2012 | By Anonymous
When we think of bullying, the stories grabbing recent national headlines are happening at the high school level. We hear about relational bullying, cyber-bullying, even ‘bully-cide,’ which refers to the tragedy of suicide as a result of bullying.
 
 
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November 8, 2012 | By Anonymous

Douglas County School District announced this week that it expects no budget cuts for next school year.

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November 8, 2012 | By Anonymous

The World Class Education and Choice Programming department is asking the Board of Education to approve two novels as supplemental materials to be used in secondary classrooms.

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November 8, 2012 | By Anonymous

Wildcat Mountain Elementary (WME) Food Services Manager Michelle Richardson believes in an all-encompassing approach to win kids over to the various tastes, textures and health benefits of fruits and veggies.

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November 5, 2012 | By Anonymous

Applications are now being accepted for students interested in open enrolling in a Douglas County School District (DCSD) school. The first of two DCSD open enrollment periods begins on November 1, 2012 and ends on January 7, 2013.

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November 1, 2012 | By Anonymous

The ESL Department is proud to announce that the district's English Language Learners (ELLs) met all three Federal and State Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives, or AMAOs, for 2011-2012.

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October 31, 2012 | By Anonymous

Walking to school safely can have tremendous benefits for students. Douglas County School District is encouraging students to continue the hike, while also incorporating some simple safety measures.

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October 31, 2012 | By Anonymous

Stereotypes. At Sierra Middle School, there was a time when this might have meant being labeled a jock or geek, emo or nerd. Four years ago, a grass roots effort began to encourage all students to embrace diversity.

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October 30, 2012 | By Anonymous
There was that one time when you saw it on the bus. Something terrible was happening, but you just sat there without saying anything.
 
 
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October 17, 2012 | By Anonymous

One of the many options available in Douglas County schools is programming for highly gifted students whose needs exceed what can reasonably be expected from the regular school classroom.

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October 3, 2012 | By Anonymous
Special appearances, crazy contests, banners, stickers, rallies and tallies … all hallmark traits of a full-swing election season.
 
 
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October 3, 2012 | By Anonymous

For more than a decade Douglas County High School (DCHS) has been an International Baccalaureate school, but this summer the school earned its authorization to expand the program to include all of its students.

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August 11, 2012 | By Anonymous

At the Douglas County School District, our goal is to ensure that we promote a safe and secure environment for our students. 

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August 8, 2012 | By Anonymous
Douglas County School District (DCSD) Preschool Program is currently accepting registrations and enrollment for the 2012/2013 school year.
 
 
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May 15, 2012 | By Anonymous

The English as a Second Language (ESL) 2nd Annual Celebration "Who Will You Be?" was a huge success! 

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District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

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.