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April 6, 2017 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK— Student-on-student confl

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August 25, 2016 | By NDJones

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May 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

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March 1, 2016 | By rmbarber

It takes a lot of different people to ensure that the Douglas County School District runs efficiently every day. These behind-the-scenes people help to keep the lights on, kids fed and teachers supported. What you may not know is that there is a support structure helping to keep these talented professionals at the top of their game.

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February 4, 2016 | By rmbarber

Learning to read and write is one of the most important skills students learn in elementary school. If a child is struggling to keep up, the Douglas County School District has a safety net – a short-term intensive intervention designed to support ​students by assisting them in acquiring skills that not only quickly bring them back to grade-level, but also help to build a strong foundation for learning throughout their lifetime.

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February 1, 2016 | By rmbarber

While the needs of most students can be met within a typical classroom environment through universal or targeted programming—a small group of students require an even more intensive level of support. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) works to personalize learning for each and every child, including those that need the highest levels of support.

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February 1, 2016 | By rmbarber

It takes everyone working together to protect the 67,000 students of the Douglas County School District (DCSD). Through the vigilance and action of staff, students and parents, potential threats can be identified and disrupted early, as recently shown at Mountain Vista High School.

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February 1, 2016 | By rmbarber

The gifted elementary students in Douglas County School District’s Discovery Program are empowered to explore further and dig deeper than they would be able to in typical classrooms.

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January 28, 2016 | By rmbarber

CASTLE ROCK – All teachers routinely handle a v

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January 25, 2016 | By rmbarber

Natasha Straayer, Douglas County School District’s Director of Educational Programming, says personalized learning is a bit like a building renovation project. Construction workers often place scaffolding around areas that need support, as well as places that are structurally sound where expansion is planned. 

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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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January 11, 2016 | By rmbarber

Every student is unique, bringing his or her own strengths and challenges to the classroom. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) believes that educators must work to customize learning so that it is ‘one-size-fits-one.’

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October 7, 2015 | By rmbarber

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

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September 9, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is looking for student and parent volunteers to participate in the development of Parent and Student World Class Targets.

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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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November 3, 2014 | By jacable

On October 31st, the Personalized Learning Depa

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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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District News

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

HRHS Cyber Patriots

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

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.