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Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head
September 14, 2017 | By CSilberman

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.

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student speaking at podium, teacher looking at her proudly.
August 16, 2017 | By CSilberman

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.

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Boettcher foundation
May 10, 2017 | By CSilberman

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

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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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Congressman Buck with Etash
April 13, 2017 | By CSilberman

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. 

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Chris Tabeling headshot
April 12, 2017 | By acarlson1

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.

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Kalen Thornton, left, overseeing one student project, another student off to the right.
March 9, 2017 | By CSilberman

PARKER— The annual Douglas County Sch

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fourth grader on left, high schooler on right, using biotech tool to extract dna from leaves
February 8, 2017 | By CSilberman

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.

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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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students pose with Board of Education as they receive award for receiving perfect ACT scores
November 9, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

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August 31, 2016 | By CSilberman

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). 

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August 11, 2016 | By CSilberman

Results released today show an increase in DCSD’s average composite score, which is now 22.5.

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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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May 13, 2016 | By rmbarber

Seven Douglas County students were recently named the recipients of prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarships.

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April 21, 2016 | By CSilberman

STANFORD, CA—Last week, Douglas Count

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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 17, 2016 | By NDJones

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.

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March 14, 2016 | By rmbarber

Students will have the opportunity to explore careers with more than 20 businesses and organizations during the annual Career Connect program.

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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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March 10, 2016 | By CSilberman

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).

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March 3, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

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February 26, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

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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 10, 2016 | By rmbarber
January 27, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

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January 13, 2016 | By rmbarber

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.

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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 16, 2015 | By rmbarber

HIGHLANDS RANCH – It was a mad dash, but a grou

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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 10, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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November 4, 2015 | By CSilberman

PARKER – More than 20 Douglas County

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November 4, 2015 | By CSilberman

After two decades, a food drive organized and executed annually by students at Daniel C. Oakes High School is still going strong.

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October 29, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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August 20, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 20, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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

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.

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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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CVHS students
May 28, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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May 26, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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Scholarship logos
May 20, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – DCSD seniors are well on their way to college with prestigious scholarships paving the way.

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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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"Stolen Knowledge" video image
May 19, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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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 12, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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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 29, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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 prepare to launch weather balloon
April 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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April 14, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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Nicole Steiner at the Disney Dreamers Academy
April 7, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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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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Thirst for Knowledge by Legend High School senior Jordan Sandt
March 25, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Five students from high schools in DCSD have been named National Medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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ThunderRidge High School Teacher Jackie Bath
March 16, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

TULSA – The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has named high school teacher Jackie Bath the 2015 AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year. 

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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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Student art
March 4, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Students from Douglas County received more than 60 awards and honorable mentions in this year’s Scholastic Art Awards.

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Presentation of invitation
March 2, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

 

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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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February 17, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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February 17, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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TRHS ProStart student preparing dessert
February 11, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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February 3, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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February 3, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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January 27, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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January 27, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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Rock Canyon High School Principal Andy Abner
January 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – At Rock Canyon High School (RCHS), there is a culture of caring that threads throughout the student body and faculty.

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ThunderRidge High School Senior Brandon Lee
January 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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December 19, 2014 | By rmbarber

PARKER – Students at Chaparral High School kick

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December 19, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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Rudy Ruettiger addresses students at PHS
December 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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November 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

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. 

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October 29, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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October 28, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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Jason Jacob
October 8, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

PARKER – Jason Jacob has been a familiar face at Legend High School since the school opened its doors in 2007.

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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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October 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

 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.

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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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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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National Merit Scholarship Program
September 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Yet another indicator of educational excellence, Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 21 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.

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band instruments
September 16, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

The annual Douglas County Band Showcase will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker. 

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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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August 21, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 21, 2014 | By pmhans

DOUGLAS COUNTY - Four DCSD teachers are in a cl

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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 13, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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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

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.

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Feeling the beat at the PHS graduation ceremony
June 3, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

by Ross Passeck, Ponderosa Class of 2014
Originally featured in Pradera Living magazine

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June 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

On Tuesday June 3 Chaparral High School was presented with the Outstanding Arts School Award during a special ceremony at Temple Emanuel, Denver.

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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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DCSD Boettcher Scholars
May 28, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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May 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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May 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

Both Ponderosa and Highlands Ranch High School students achieved third place finishes during the recent 5A Colorado Girls Tennis Championships.

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May 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

Douglas County had an excellent showing at the 2014 Track and Field Championships, with four first-place finishes.

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May 17, 2014 | By rmbarber

On the same turf that the Denver Broncos won the AFC Championship in January, the Ponderosa Mustangs proved they too are champions.

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Business Leadership Program representatives
May 13, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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. 

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April 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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April 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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FCCLA logo
April 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Douglas County, Highlands Ranch and Mountain Vista high schools had gold medal-winning performances.

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RCHS student with Wish Kid
March 19, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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Choir students learning new music
March 19, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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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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"Anatomy of a Superhero" by Erynn Coleman
February 11, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DENVER – Art students from across the District represented Douglas County well in the 2014 Scholastic Art Awards.

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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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DC Oakes Principal Mark Morgan with two students
November 20, 2013 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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November 15, 2013 | By rmbarber

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.

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October 29, 2013 | By rmbarber

 Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 16 National Merit Semifinalists. 

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October 21, 2013 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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August 14, 2013 | By Anonymous
Last week, the Douglas County school board recognized Kristen Autret, senior at Legend High School, and Amy Yoelin, senior at Highlands Ranch High School, in honor of being chosen as Youth Ambassadors for Governor John Hickenlooper’s summer internship program.
 
 
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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.