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Student Climbs stairs with Firefighters
September 13, 2017 | By acarlson1

“Never forget” became permanently ingrained in our heads and our hearts after the attacks of September 11, 2001. But now, 16 years later, our schools are full of students who weren’t even alive when history was made; leaving many teachers to decipher how and what to teach students about a moment in our history that changed our world forever.

 

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Large group of middle school students walking on an outdoor field.
August 1, 2017 | By CSilberman

All Douglas County School District (DCSD) Middle Schools are gaining an additional full-time counselor this year thanks to a recent grant awarded by the State of Colorado totaling nearly $900,000. Each counselor will have a specific focus on school culture and prevention related to mental health and substance abuse. Additionally, the grant includes funds awarded to each middle school for evidence-based prevention programs and activities.

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Student showing off his presentation on a laptop, center, while people all around him pay close attention
April 6, 2017 | By CSilberman
March 16, 2017 | By NDJones

PARKER – In the Sierra Middle School

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Principal Danny Winsor with his students
February 15, 2017 | By acarlson1

In the past two and a half school years, Sagewood Middle School has quickly and quietly become the sleeping giant of middle schools— providing students with an impeccable work ethic and strong foundation of academic excellence. But Sagewood can also now add a long list of accolades the school is known for today. According to school administration and teachers, it was the vision at the school’s helm, courtesy of school principal, Danny Winsor that propelled them forward.

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Kids taking apart an old printer as part of a destruction and creation enrichment class
January 19, 2017 | By CSilberman

Left: Students in the "Invention

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January 11, 2017 | By CSilberman

What began as Lockheed personnel helping out with Sagewood’s Robotics Days has evolved into a formal partnership. This school year, Sagewood is one of just three schools statewide, and the only school in Douglas County, to be an official Ambassador School for Lockheed Martin.

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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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September 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

PARKER–If you were near Sagewood Middle School

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July 18, 2016 | By CSilberman

Four years ago, Cimarron Middle School teachers and staff saw an opportunity to improve how they collaborate with students and how students collaborate with each other. Now, four years later, not only have they succeeded in these efforts, they have also been named the National Student Teacher Emergenetics Program (STEP) School of 2016.

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May 23, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

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April 27, 2016 | By CSilberman

PARKER—When young aspiring journalist

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April 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

With an emphasis on World Class Outcomes, 21st century skills, authentic learning experiences and more, teachers are leading the way to prepare students for their futures. But are these new ideas? How does a teacher teach these skills? What is effect on students?

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March 25, 2016 | By CSilberman

Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) has been selected as a Colorado School to Watch by the Colorado Association of Middle Level Education (CAMLE).

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March 10, 2016 | By rmbarber

The halls of the Lone Tree Events Center are filled with artwork of hundreds of Douglas County School District students.

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February 18, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.” 

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February 18, 2016 | By rmbarber

A group of middle school students from four Douglas County School District (DCSD) schools helped to represent Colorado during the National Junior Thespian Conference in Texas last weekend.

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February 10, 2016 | By rmbarber
December 17, 2015 | By rmbarber

Step aside Paris and Milan. For one night, Cresthill Middle School will be the center of the fashion world. The school is event hosting a fashion show on Thursday night, showcasing the unique hand and machine stitched work of eighth graders in Cresthill’s Creative Sewing Class.

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December 1, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District has some promising young musicians at the middle school level. In February those students will be celebrated during the first-ever DCSD Honor Ensemble concert.

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November 30, 2015 | By rmbarber

 Every morning, the students at Summit View Elementary circle-up to welcome each other for the day.

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November 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

Like many Americans, the students and staff at Ranch View Middle School were stunned when they heard about the events of November 13 in Paris.

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November 16, 2015 | By rmbarber

Some of the most powerful learning opportunities can happen when students are encouraged to follow their passion wherever it might take them.

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November 11, 2015 | By CSilberman

Over 5,000 Douglas County 8th grade students at

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November 4, 2015 | By CSilberman

PARKER – More than 20 Douglas County

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October 25, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 12, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 12, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 12, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of Douglas County is a groundbreaking and exciting thirty-week program that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs.

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August 11, 2015 | By rmbarber

On Monday, Douglas County High School freshmen gathered for their first day of school. Among them was a student that some might consider a hero. This summer, after overcoming cancer and the loss of one of his legs, Robert Burns walked triumphantly, carrying the Special Olympic torch as it traveled through Colorado on the way to the World Games.

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August 9, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 6, 2015 | By rmbarber

Nearly all of our 67,000 students are back in class this week, after returning from summer break.

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August 6, 2015 | By rmbarber

/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.

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May 26, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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Film Festival winners
May 19, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Film Fest, (also know as “The Dougies”) proved to be a celebration of video programs encompassing the District. This year, students from grades five through 12 participated, submitting everything from music videos to school newscasts.

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Red carpet interview
May 19, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – On Friday, May 15, search light beams waved across the night sky at Mountain Ridge Middle School for its first full-length movie premiere night.

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National History Day participants from Cresthill Middle School
May 12, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DENVER – The Wright Brothers and Audrey Hepburn; Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Brigham Young. The spotlight shines again on these historical figures and others, the result of award-winning presentations by middle and high school students in Douglas County. 

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May 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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Financial Literacy - loan application
May 5, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – For older generations, Home Economics was a class to learn your way around the kitchen and the basics of cooking.

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Sierra Middle School student Declan Palmer with his teacher, who also happens to be his father.
April 29, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DENVER – Student journalists and their teachers from Douglas County had the opportunity to network with their peers and professionals recently at national journalism convention held in Denver.

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April 28, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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Students visit a village in Ecuador
April 21, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

PARKER – Some students from Sierra Middle School spent spring break learning about Ecuador's culture, environment and people during a whirlwind tour of the country.

 

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Sierra Middle School Cube Team
April 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

MONUMENT – The Sierra Rubik's Cube Club won the team event at the Colorado Rubik's Challenge Tournament that was held on April 14, 2015 in Monument, Colorado.

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Sierra Middle School Principal Michelle Davis
April 15, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

PARKER – Connecting with the person leads to connecting the person to learning. Getting to know people is a priority for Sierra Middle School Principal Michelle Davis, as well as the teachers and students and the school.

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April 14, 2015 | By rmbarber

This week during the second-annual iLab Innovation Capstone Symposium seventh-grade students at Mountain Ridge Middle School will once again be empowered to employ the knowledge and skills they’ve learned in the classroom to effect change in their community and around the world.

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District Art Show
April 13, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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Carlie McCrillis and Clara Krause, co-editor-in-chief's of the Rocky Heights yearbook
April 7, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

NEW YORK – Columbia University is well known for honoring excellence in journalism with the annual Pulitzer Prizes.  Middle and high school journalism students across the country earn similar honors through the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

 

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Co-editor-in-chiefs, RHMS yearbook
April 6, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

NEW YORK – Columbia University is well known for honoring excellence in journalism with the annual Pulitzer Prizes.  Middle and high school journalism students across the country earn similar honors through the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

 

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Middle school app designers win best in state
March 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

PARKER - DCSD’s Cimarron Middle School has been

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Mountain Vista High School robotics entry
March 11, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DENVER – The 2015 Colorado TSA State Conference was the organization's largest state conference to date, with more than 1,330 registered participants. The event was held Feb. 19-21 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

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Castle Rock Middle School Principal Lee-Ann Hayen
March 10, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – Lee-Ann Hayen loved horses when she was growing up and had her sights set on becoming an equine veterinarian when she graduated from high school.

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February 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District celebrated the work of its teachers, support staff and administrators during the 2015 Apple Awards.

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Hour of Code at Castle Rock Middle School
December 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Schools observed Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 8-14) with an "Hour of Code."

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December 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

You might have noticed some unusual sculptures if you have driven past Mountain Ridge Middle School (MRMS) recently.

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Anthony Jackowski
December 3, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Anthony Jackowski arrived at Mesa Middle School this school year with a wealth of experience to share with staff and students.

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November 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

Eighth-grade students braved very cold conditions to give a warm welcome to employers from across the state of Colorado, as they learned about potential career opportunities during the third annual Career Connect 8th Grade Expo.

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October 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

Next month Chaparral freshman Breanne Hunter will be on her way to Washington, D.C. to be honored as a rising star in student journalism.

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PK-12 Leadership Team
August 28, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Consistency, communication the focus of new Learning & Leadership team

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Sid Rundle
August 27, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – “Most importantly, we believe in joy. If we are doing our jobs correctly, you should experience education as a joyful experience. 

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July 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Two college students were among the crowd at the gala unveiling Rocky Heights Middle School’s (RHMS) third full-length film, “Nighthawk Man Origin,” amazed at how their successors had brought new, big-screen life to their creation.

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Nighthawk Man art
July 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – For a moment you might have thought you were in Hollywood. In May, the glitz and glamour of the red carpet was on full display at the Wildlife Experience IMAX Theater in Parker as Rocky Heights Middle School students and parents gathered to celebrate the premiere of “Nighthawk Man.

 

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MVHS students at TSA National Competition
July 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – In late June, 6,800 students and educators from across the United States converged near the nation’s capital to display their technology acumen, creating an atmosphere charged with enthusiasm and innovative ideas.

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June 4, 2014 | By rmbarber

During a special assembly at Cimarron Middle School on Tuesday packed with eighth-grade students, you might have thought that teacher Shannon Shelton was a rock star.

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June 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

Two groups of Cimarron Middle School students were recognized during the recent International ExploraVision science competition.

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June 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

A letter written by a Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) student is on its way to the U.S. Library of Congress, after winning the Colorado Letters About Literature contest.

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Cresthill students with teachers
May 28, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DENVER – Ten students from Douglas County School District received top honors at the National History Day in Colorado (NHDC) state competition, held Saturday, May 3.

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May 13, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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April 17, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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Sagewood school and cadet
April 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Sagewood Middle School’s sixth-grade Bobcat team hosted 16 cadets from the United States Air Force Academy on Friday, April 4.

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April 15, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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Student with phone using QR code
April 2, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Acres Green, Mountain Ridge and Sierra honored by CDE for efforts

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TSA state conference awards
March 18, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DENVER – The Douglas County School District dominated the competition at the recent Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference, leaving with dozens of awards and numerous students headed to the national competition.

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March 1, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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Students making presentation
February 5, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Teaching and learning in Douglas County schools takes on many forms, including one at Rocky Heights Middle School that took a dive into the "Shark Tank."

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RVMS Teacher Tiffiny Niederhofer Vaughn
January 29, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – The Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics (CCTM) recently recognized Tiffiny Niederhofer Vaughn of Ranch View Middle School as one of its 2013 Outstanding Teachers of the year. 

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January 15, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – The Journalism Education Association (JEA) has announced that three Douglas County School District teachers will receive national honors this spring for their work with student-journalists.

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December 10, 2013 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – With their futures ahead of them and a world of opportunities awaiting them, a group of girls at Ranch View Middle School (RVMS) aren’t wasting any time when it comes to exploring possibilities.

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December 9, 2013 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE PINES—Principal Mike Loitz’s name is well known in the halls of Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS). What you might not know is that it is also on the minds of university students more than 800 miles away. 

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November 21, 2013 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK - Approximately 5,000 eighth grade students attended the annual Career Connect 8th Grade Expo on Wednesday, November 13.   

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November 9, 2013 | By rmbarber

“Smile for the cameras!”, “What are you wearing tonight?” and “Would you like any popcorn?” were just a few of the remarks overheard at the premiere of “The Rock Crew” movie at Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) on Friday, May 11.

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Sid Rundle
October 25, 2013 | By SCPaulsen

From the stage, to the pulpit, and finally into the classroom, Sid Rundle traveled a long, unique path only to find himself where fate would have it: as the principal of Cresthill Middle School. 

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District News

STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of just 30 schools in the world and one of two schools in the Denver Metro region named a 2017 World-Leading Learners School, and has been invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

DCSD Faculty Art Show goes through Nov. 1

It is easy to see the creativity of Douglas County School District students. It is often on display in the art that graces the walls and display cases of our schools. This month, however, is a chance to see the skill and the passion of the art teachers behind it all.

 

Last spring she was one of only eight teachers to be honored with the Freddie G award. The award came with a trip to New York for master classes taught by industry professionals. She also led a trip to Sacramento for the Junior Theater Festival with seven of her students. To top it off she was given a $5000 grant for the school’s theater program. She plans on using the money to build a technical theater learning lab with the help of her students.