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.
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.
The Boettcher Foundation recently honored 42 Colorado teachers for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students – with five of the teachers coming from the Douglas County School District. Every year, the Boettcher Foundation allows each scholarship recipient to acknowledge the teacher who has had the greatest impact on the student’s life. During a special ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens, each Boettcher Scholar shared moving stories and thoughtful remarks about his or her teacher.
More than 1,400 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to five recipients
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.
A Douglas County sophomore just returned from Washington, D.C., where he was honored for his winning app, "Spell Me!," which helps prepare students for spelling bees and tests.
During his time at the school, he has seen the student population nearly double. Chris discusses the relationships created at ThunderRidge as the foundation for the quality of the school, and more.
PARKER— The annual Douglas County Sch
Extracting DNA from tissue is not often thought of as an activity that a fourth-grader would engage in. While most students are just being introduced to genetics in their science classes at that grade level, Beth Thomas’ fourth grade science class at Redstone Elementary School in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) are learning to extract and code DNA from leaves, fish and other biological samples— and they are learning this from juniors and seniors in Rock Canyon High School’s biotechnology program.
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.
The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is celebrating four students who attained a perfect score on the ACT test. More than 1.9 million students take the ACT each year. Less than one percent of those students achieve a perfect score.
This summer, approximately 60 Douglas County students and chaperones were given the opportunity to attend this trip hosted by EF (Education First), an international company that provides educational tours for students all around the world. In attendance, there were 18 students from Highlands Ranch High School (HRHS), 11 students from Castle View High School (CVHS), 20 students from Mountain Vista High school (MVHS) and 9 students from Rock Canyon High School (RCHS).
Results released today show an increase in DCSD’s average composite score, which is now 22.5.
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.
Seven Douglas County students were recently named the recipients of prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarships.
STANFORD, CA—Last week, Douglas Count
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?
Bullying often stems from misunderstandings between various social circles, but ThunderRidge has taken steps to try and erase the lines that separate those cliques. That’s where “Seminar” comes in.
Students will have the opportunity to explore careers with more than 20 businesses and organizations during the annual Career Connect program.
The halls of the Lone Tree Events Center are filled with artwork of hundreds of Douglas County School District students.
I can imagine that my introduction to Douglas County School District six months ago was not unlike the experience many parents new to the District have. I found myself in a whirlwind of edu-vocabulary and acronyms: GVC (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum), World Class Outcomes, and 4C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking).
Staying engaged in what’s happening now is hard for us adults. With such a distraction-heavy culture, it becomes really difficult to sit still for a few hours or more and truly listen, learn and be engaged.
Imagine what it must be like for kids.
This school year, Chaparral implemented Sources of Strength in the school. The wellness program uses the combined power of peer relationships and caring adult relationships to improve social norms and enhance social support.
I’ve heard the phrase “innovative classroom” several times in the five months since I began working with Douglas County School District. I have to admit, I do get a little skeptical in general when I hear the word “innovative.”
Students enrolled in Douglas County High School’s (DCHS) International Baccalaureate (IB) dance program are getting an incredible opportunity this week-- one that no other students in the U.S. are receiving.
A team from Rock Canyon High School have some big footsteps to follow. This week they learned that they have clinched Best in State and Best in Region during the Verizon App Challenge. Now the students hope to follow the lead of the school’s 2013 team, which went on to become national champs and released their app to the market.
Every morning, the students at Summit View Elementary circle-up to welcome each other for the day.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – It was a mad dash, but a grou
Some of the most powerful learning opportunities can happen when students are encouraged to follow their passion wherever it might take them.
In the first moments of her keynote address, the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine set the tone for the entire Shine Summit. Ann Shoket encouraged the nearly 400 high school girls to be brave, strong, confident and to follow their dreams.
PARKER – More than 20 Douglas County
After two decades, a food drive organized and executed annually by students at Daniel C. Oakes High School is still going strong.
Ponderosa High School (PHS) recently hosted its Eighth Annual Human Rights Week. The five-day event is always packed with speakers and film screenings aimed at educating students and the community about local and global issues. This year one of the speakers was a recent Ponderosa graduate, who has had the opportunity to see some of the issues first-hand.
For most of us, the concept of student testing conjures dreaded memories from our childhoods; those awful pop quizzes, intensive finals and of course sitting down with number two pencils to fill in the bubbles of the state’s standardized tests. This article talks about how student growth does not have to look like this moving forward.
Rocky Heights Middle School wins Teen Chef title
Students from the Family & Consumer Science classes at three Douglas County School District (DCSD) schools got an amazing opportunity: a chance to serve the meal they designed to hundreds of elementary students on Colorado Proud School Meal Day.
Rock Canyon students seek funding for biotechnology projects
HIGHLANDS RANCH – You do not need to be a graduate student at a major university to study Alzheimer's disease, allergies or the impact of mobile devices on the human brain. These are just a couple of the experiments proposed by Rock Canyon High School students, who are getting a chance to be real researchers thanks to the expansion of the school’s biotechnology program.
On October 23, the students will present their projects to the public, in hopes of securing funding for their research.
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.
In 1961 a gleaming new building greeted freshmen students as they arrived for their first day at Douglas County High School. This past weekend some of those same students returned to the storied school to celebrate their 50-year reunion and to reminisce.
As this summer’s reunion for the Class of 1995 approached, Chris McNellis says he was battling a growing sense of guilt. The former class president had done a lot at Ponderosa High School, including winning the school’s first state championship in wrestling, but he had failed to see one important task through.
As a new school year begins, you can feel a real sense of coordination as the Strategic Plan is implemented across the Douglas County School District.
Leadership teams from schools across Douglas County School District took advantage of a new opportunity this summer. During the first-ever Leadership Summit, District staff helped to facilitate planning for the new school year and empowering schools to find the best approach to implementing the Strategic Plan for their school community.
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.
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.
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.
Students from Mountain Vista traveled to Europe this summer to attend the “Education First Global Student Leadership Conference” in Davos, Switzerland with 1,600 other students from around the world. They prepared for the trip all last year by participating in a before-school class at Mountain Vista called Global Learning and Leaders.
Nearly all of our 67,000 students are back in class this week, after returning from summer break.
/sites/default/files/News/HOIP_School_Safety_brochure_NEW.pdfMore than 67,000 students are returning to school over the next week, making it the perfect time to discuss back-to-school safety with our kids, families and community. Whether students walk, bike, skate, ride or drive to school, it takes everyone to ensure they get there safely.
CASTLE ROCK – A contingent of Advanced Placement (AP) science students from Castle View High School (CVHS) recently made the trek to Alamosa for an intense round of problem-solving and a test of their knowledge. They returned to Castle Rock with several affirmations of their abilities.
As Maddie Malhotra walked across the stage at Sports Authority Stadium last week to receive her diploma, a part of her wished that she could capture the moment with her own camera.
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.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – DCSD seniors are well on their way to college with prestigious scholarships paving the way.
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.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Students in Jim McClurg's film editing class at Rock Canyon High School recently used their talents to bring attention to public libraries and motivate kids to read.
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.
A speech and debate captain from Douglas County High School will be representing the Douglas County School District in two big speech and debate competitions this summer, including the 2015 USA World Schools Debate Invitational.
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.
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.
Excellence in athletics has become synonymous with Ponderosa High School. While it is usually the Mustang’s wrestling, football or poms programs in the spotlight, this week the administrator behind much of the success was honored.
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.
MORRISON – Twenty-five students and Teacher Bob MacArthur spent the morning of Saturday, April 4 flying a balloon. All the way to an altitude of 63,044 feet - almost 12 miles above the mile high city.
A group of Chaparral High School fashion students brought fire and ice to the runway at this year’s Denver Paper Fashion Show. The school claimed the top award for students during their inaugural appearance at the competition.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Expressing ideas through visual art is a time-honored tradition in Douglas County. Students of all ages have once again spent their class time well, creating a diverse collection of artwork to express their ideas.
PARKER – Finding the courage to pursue a passion is the first step to making dreams come true. Legend High School junior Nicole Steiner recently learned that it is possible to transform dreams into reality when she attended the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy in Orlando, FL.
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).
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Five students from high schools in DCSD have been named National Medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
TULSA – The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has named high school teacher Jackie Bath the 2015 AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year.
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.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Students from Douglas County received more than 60 awards and honorable mentions in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards.
PARKER – London’s former Lord Mayor, Duncan Sandys, recently visited Legend High School to formally invite the Legend Titans Band to perform in London’s 2016 New Year’s Day Parade.
The Douglas County School District celebrated the work of its teachers, support staff and administrators during the 2015 Apple Awards.
The students in Mountain Vista High School’s Engineering and Technology programs have proven that, given the right tools students will amaze you. A generous grant recently awarded to the school will now help to expand the capabilities of their recently opened Fabrication Lab even further.
Usually students have to wait until college to explore the world of biotechnology. This winter, however, a group of students from Rock Canyon High and Copper Mesa Elementary schools teamed up, showing they are more than capable of handling cutting-edge research.
BEAVER CREEK, CO – The 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships was also the site of a world-class experience for students from the ThunderRidge High School ProStart program.
Jack Kennedy says one of the biggest challenges and thrills of his career was helping to build Rock Canyon High School’s journalism program—from the ground up.
With heavy snow and cold temperatures, Rock Canyon High School’s Fire Science class’s recent vehicle extrication exercise was about as realistic as you can get—in training.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – Highlands Ranch High School (HRHS) is one of only a dozen schools across the United States and Canada that will be competing in the 2015 CyberPatriot National Finals Competition.
Rock Canyon High School’s yearbook adviser isn’t known for sugar coating her expectations. Undoubtedly it is this high standard that has pushed her students to excellence and a reason she was named a Journalism Education Association (JEA) Distinguished Adviser of the Year.
HIGHLANDS RANCH – At Rock Canyon High School (RCHS), there is a culture of caring that threads throughout the student body and faculty.
DENVER – Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond has announced that ThunderRidge High School senior Brandon Lee is one of the two students who have been selected as Colorado delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program.
PARKER – Students at Chaparral High School kick
Mountain Vista High School senior Spencer Pozder may be finished with his finals, but he still has one authentic assessment yet to complete. His love for engineering and music will be on display this holiday season in a lighting display he designed at Mountain Vista, which will help raise money for the school’s band and orchestra.
PARKER – “Ru-dy, Ru-dy, Ru-dy” was the chant from well over one thousand students at Ponderosa High School as they welcomed famed Notre Dame alumnus Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger to the stage.
Looking at her photos, you may never guess that Chaparral High School senior Maddie Malhotra is a bit shy. Her bold photos of athletics have a way of speaking, whether she is capturing a collision during a rugby match or the emotions on the football sideline.
When you look at a mosaic, up close, it can be hard to see a pattern. It isn’t until you look at the artwork as a whole that you get a true appreciation of how all of the little pieces of stone or glass come together. The same might be said of the Mosaic Collective, a new learning model launched at Castle View High School, which aims at empowering students to lead their learning.
For the third consecutive year, the Mountain Vista Golden Eagles soared to a team victory during the state cross country meet, claiming the 5A Boys championship.
PARKER – Jason Jacob has been a familiar face at Legend High School since the school opened its doors in 2007.
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.
So far, more than 1.6 million people have watched OneRepublic’s newest music video, “I Lived” on YouTube. The video is a celebration of the life of Rock Canyon High School sophomore Bryan Warnecke who has battled Cystic Fibrosis (CF) since birth.
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.”
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.
Yet another indicator of educational excellence, Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 21 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
The annual Douglas County Band Showcase will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker.
Consistency, communication the focus of new Learning & Leadership team
Social media has tranformed the lives of our teens. In September, our high school students will have an opportunity to discuss the role technology is having on their lives and to open a dialog with Douglas County leaders.
DOUGLAS COUNTY - Four DCSD teachers are in a cl
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.
First day of school is always an exciting yet anxious experience for any incoming freshman across the Douglas County School District. Our high schools, including Rock Canyon in Highlands Ranch make it their priority to make the freshman feel right at home the second they step foot on campus.
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.
Every year, graduation season is a bit like Christmas morning for Douglas County Board of Education President Kevin Larsen. It is something that he looks forward to all year long.
by Ross Passeck, Ponderosa Class of 2014
Originally featured in Pradera Living magazine
On Tuesday June 3 Chaparral High School was presented with the Outstanding Arts School Award during a special ceremony at Temple Emanuel, Denver.
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.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Four DCSD students were recently named winners of the prestigious Boettcher Scholars award. More than 1,600 Colorado students applied for the honor, with 40 being named recipients.
The 5A girls golf championship came down to a one-hole playoff and Rock Canyon senior Michelle Ramano was able to take the lead to win the title.
Both Ponderosa and Highlands Ranch High School students achieved third place finishes during the recent 5A Colorado Girls Tennis Championships.
Douglas County had an excellent showing at the 2014 Track and Field Championships, with four first-place finishes.
THORNTON – It
On the same turf that the Denver Broncos won the AFC Championship in January, the Ponderosa Mustangs proved they too are champions.
DOUGLAS COUNTY–The CU Leeds School of Business has invited four high school juniors from Douglas County to participate in its Business Leadership Program, from this June 8 through June 14.
When Highlands Ranch High School’s varsity baseball took the field last week against ThunderRidge, it may have been hard for the umpire to keep all of the players straight. They were all wearing the number 42, in commemoration of a historic moment in baseball and the Civil Rights Movement.
After placing fifth in the 400-meter freestyle during the London Paralympic Games; Rock Canyon High School Junior Brickelle Bro has not slowed down. In fact, she recently broke an American record and is now preparing to swim in the Pan Pacific Para games.
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.
Douglas County, Highlands Ranch and Mountain Vista high schools had gold medal-winning performances.
DOUGLAS COUNTY – Every year, among academics, athletics and activities, high school students throughout Douglas County also seek ways to support kids and give back to their communities.
PARKER – Most say that music is a universal language. For students of Legend High School’s Choir, that dialect was delivered by world-renowned a cappella group Deke Sharon and the House Jacks on Friday, March 14 during an all-day master class.
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.
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.
DENVER – Art students from across the District represented Douglas County well in the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards.
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.
CASTLE ROCK – Mark Morgan’s route to the principal’s desk wasn’t traditional, but perhaps that is what makes him such a great fit with the students he leads at DC Oakes High School.
The Colorado Technology Association conference is a showcase of the latest advances by some of the biggest names in technology, including Google, IBM and this year—Legend High School.
Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 16 National Merit Semifinalists.
Students from the Rock Canyon High School Fire Academy landed a real-life training experience when an Air Life Denver helicopter landed on schools grounds.