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September 21, 2017 | By CSilberman

September is National Suicide Prevention Aw

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Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"
September 14, 2017 | By CSilberman

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.

 

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One conversation can change a life. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
September 7, 2017 | By CSilberman

September is National Suicide Prevent

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November 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

This week is National School Psyc

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October 31, 2016 | By gcburnett
DougCo Youth Leadership Board Meeting
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September 29, 2016 | By CSilberman

Bullying affects students no matter the race, gender, age or socioeconomic status. One in four kids nationally is bullied and an increasing number of teens are being bullied online.

Meanwhile, students who are bullied can show decreases in academic performance, with some students possibly experiencing suicidal thoughts. Additionally, those who bully may have lasting problems.

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September 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK— The health and well-bein

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January 19, 2016 | By rmbarber

In addition to the academic supports offered by DCSD’s Personalized Learning Department, there is a large and comprehensive group of professionals dedicated to the psychological and physical health of students.

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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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Cynthia Redfern receives award
April 17, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – With a rise in the number of children engaging in tobacco use over the past few years, DCSD's Tobacco-Free Grant Coordinator, Cynthia Redfern, has risen to the task educating our youth, their parents, and the community as a whole about the health risks related to tobacco use.

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Plum Creek Academy Principal Mary Page
March 18, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Mary Page is the epitome of lifelong learning, and it was through the process of learning that she found her true calling as an educator, and role as principal of Plum Creek Academy.

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February 10, 2015 | By rmbarber

At a recent forum more than two hundred Douglas County parents gathered to learn ways to keep their kids safe and to ask their questions to the experts.

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National School Counseling Week
February 3, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Ask any student or parent, and they will confirm that school counselors can have tremendous impact on student success.

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January 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

CASTLE ROCK – The middle school years are a time of self-discovery and growth. Later this week, a group of District students will learn that they can follow a path of self-awareness and acceptance during an Empowerment Retreat hosted by the DCSD Student Wellness Department.

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Sources of Strength
September 24, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Sources of Strength, a national organization that trains staff and students to recognize the signs of suicidal idealization and other problems facing today’s youth recently visited Rock Canyon High School for a day of training.

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September 24, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

According to the Centers for Disease Control, hundreds of thousands of students in grades K-12 sustain concussions caused by sports-related injuries, motor vehicle accidents, or falls each year.

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September 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) has a number of Prevention and School Culture programs, differentiated to meet the needs of our students at different grade levels, all of which aim at creating empathy and a positive culture at our schools.

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September 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

Traditionally in education, the services provided to schools was compartmentalized, with different teams taking care of the educational, psychological and special needs of students.  Douglas County School District is taking a different approach, looking for ways to provide layered, differentiated support that meets all the needs of every child.

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September 17, 2014 | By gcburnett
September 9, 2014 | By rmbarber

Douglas County School District parents and staff recently had an opportunity to learn more about the prevention of suicide and other youth tragedies from a national expert in school crisis.

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April 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

Parents in Castle Rock will have opportunity to take part in Douglas County School District’s Safeguarding Children: Building Resiliency student safety forum on Wednesday night. The last of three scheduled regional forums will be held at Castle View High School, beginning at 6 p.m.

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March 19, 2014 | By arorcutt

Rock Canyon students were well prepared to run

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March 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

Students at several Douglas County schools are beginning with small acts of kindness, in hopes that they will lead to a larger change in the way kids treat each other in school and elsewhere.

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January 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. The fateful crocodile that has swallowed the clock in “Peter Pan” has found me and is in hot pursuit. I am beleaguered by the ticking clock, minute by minute, hour by hour, then tolling to signal another young suicide.

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District News

Kim working with a student

The award wasn't a surprise to anyone at Rocky Heights Middle School except for Kim Chlumsky herself.

 

 

 

Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.

 

Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.