Gold Rush Elementary in Parker has built a strong reputation over the years. It’s a school that prides itself on offering one-to-one technology and emphasizing critical thinking skills, all while maintaining a strong partnership with parents to strengthen the learning and culture for students to be the best it can be. Much of this reputation can be attributed to Dr. Jenny Brown, who has been Gold Rush’s principal for the past six years.
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A world-wide festival will return to one Dougla
A number of kids from Douglas County have volunteered to help make the holidays a little happier for children from low-income families. They have become “Santa’s Elves” in a program started by a Douglas County mom who wanted to show her child that the holidays are about more than just the gifts under the tree.
More ‘elves’ needed this holiday season.
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.
What started as a funny joke over fall break ha
Principal Chris Zimmerman has been involved with the leadership team at Cimarron Middle School for the last seven years and is currently serving in his fourth year as the school’s principal.
On a beautiful fall afternoon in Sept
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.
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The key to happiness for Mesa Middle School math and special education teacher Jennifer Amos? "Stick me in a math class and I'm happy!" Now, this passionate teacher is one of two finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Parent Academies for Literacy (PAL) is a new family and engagement literacy event for kindergarten, first and second grade students, with the goal of enhancing families’ connections to their children’s schools, as well as parent knowledge about early literacy skills and reading. DCSD’s Literacy team members are partnering with Reading Recovery teachers, K-2 classroom teachers and school principals in order to provide this new offering for schools and families. Funded by a Title I grant, the program runs for one hour after school, one day a week for three weeks, with each session building on the previous session. Children of all literacy skill levels are welcome to participate.
Lacey Dahl has been at Meadow View since 2014. She was the assistant principal for two years before becoming the principal in 2016.
The award wasn't a surprise to anyone at Rocky Heights Middle School except for Kim Chlumsky herself.
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.
“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.
As principal of Eagle Ridge Elementary for the last nine years, there isn’t much Doug hasn’t seen or dealt with. He leads by example, making sure kids are not only getting the important joys out of their day, but are also becoming the best versions of themselves.
Students across DCSD had the opportunity to wat
There isn’t a single morning you won’t find Stone Mountain Elementary Principal Michelle Franci outside in the drop-off lane waving with her Mickey Mouse hand and welcoming students into school. For her, this is one of her favorite parts of the day. Since 2007, when Stone Mountain opened, Michelle Franci has been a staple.
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.
Though he is finishing his first year as Principal of Castle View, Corr has been a staple in the school for the last nine years as a theatre teacher, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal.
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.
Dozens of second-graders from Soaring Hawk Elem
Eagle Academy in Highlands Ranch isn’t your typical high school. Students needing a different education path or those who don’t fit into traditional high school plans are finding a home at Eagle. First year principal, Jeff Broeker, says the changes he sees students go through is remarkable.
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.
If you have ever dreamed of being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, Saturday, April 8 is your opportunity. Legend High School students, staff and community members will be gathering to break a world record by tying together plastic shopping bags.
Many people believe the true definition of a great school isn’t one where academic standards and statistics tower above everyone else; but instead, is a place where a student is looked at as an individual and provided chances to truly make them the best person they can possibly be. It’s that belief that has continued to push Saddle Ranch Elementary School forward.
Students, parents and community members had the opportunity to get a taste of the work being done in Roxborough Intermediate School’s International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), during the school’s first-ever IB Exhibition.
Douglas County School District teachers may have found the solution to an extremely challenging math problem. When you add word problems, games and students it equals engaged and excited elementary school mathematicians.
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Working in a mortuary isn’t something that would appeal to most high school students, but Sierra Suazo isn’t typical. She couldn’t wait for her internship at Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel in Castle Rock.
About 60 fifth and sixth-grade students at Mammoth Heights Elementary School were inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) last week.
On Wednesday, during a ceremony in downtown Denver, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) celebrated the achievements of several Douglas County School District (DCSD) schools.
He has spent his entire 18-year career working inside the Douglas County School District at both the elementary and middle school levels before becoming an assistant principal at Rocky Heights Middle School. Prior to last year’s school year, Veit was named the new principal at Buffalo Ridge Elementary. In that time, Veit has worked to redefine Buffalo Ridge and rebuild the connection to the community.
Have you ever wondered why things work the way they do? Like how does my phone recognize what a face is?
Kids from Arrowwood Elementary in Highlands Ranch learned that and all sorts of other fun things about engineering when a group of engineers from Lockheed Martin stopped by to visit as part of the company’s outreach week on February 23.
Franktown-based Cherry Valley Elementary School and Highlands Ranch-based Bear Canyon Elementary School and Fox Creek Elementary School have been named among the healthiest schools in Colorado by the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI). A total of just 46 schools statewide were selected for this annual honor.
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A group of student-artists from some of Douglas County’s high schools had the opportunity to get feedback directly from art professors and professionals last Friday during Senior Portfolio Day.
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.
Last weekend 56 students representing eight high schools and eight middle schools in the Douglas County School District performed at the Bellco Theatre downtown during the Colorado All-State Choir.
Matt Bernstein, a molecular biologist and regional sales manager with Fisher Scientific, admits he had some preconceived ideas of today’s students, when he was invited to visit the biotechnology class at Rock Canyon High School.
Students selected from schools across the Douglas County School District performed during the second annual Middle School Honor Band and Honor String Orchestra concerts.
The Boettcher Concert Hall has, no doubt, been the host to some great musicians over its 38-year history, after all it is the home of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. On Monday, Continental League students, including nearly 300 from the Douglas County School District, not only took the stage, but they stunned the audience with their artistry.
Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.1 percent.
Two Douglas County schools have kept the streak alive. For the fifth consecutive year, Douglas County School District (DCSD) students have taken home the "Best in State" title in the Verizon App Challenge. Cimarron Middle School and STEM School and Academy now need community support to win the regional and national levels of the competition.
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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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.
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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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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.
Seven Douglas County students were recently named the recipients of prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarships.
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).
Sedalia Elementary Principal, George Boser, and some of his staff are big fans of the show Tiny House Hunters on HGTV. One night, while watching the show, inspiration struck.
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.
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.”
It took seven hours, 371 words and 42 rounds to declare this year’s winner of the Douglas County School District Spelling Bee.
How do drugs affect the teen brain differently than the adult brain? What drugs are available to teens and how are they getting their hands on them? A free resource fair and interactive seminar geared for parents will cover these topics and more on March 8.
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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Students from Franktown Elementary are hoping a project they started for an Destination Imagination competition will help a horse ranch that is only stone’s throw away from the school.
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.
This week is Computer Science Week and Cougar Run Elementary participated in the largest global learning movement in history, Hour of Code. Over 185,000 schools across the world are participating in this movement, and100 million people will join Hour of Code to promote computer science in education.
For Mary Page, every day is an opportunity to make an impact. Whether it is a student able to take the bus for the first time without behavioral challenges, or a former student who is empowered to ignite his own photography career, every day brings a new opportunity, and no two days look alike.
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.
Every morning, the students at Summit View Elementary circle-up to welcome each other for the day.
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.
Heritage Elementary teacher Lisa McIntosh says a recent project, led by her students, has completely changed the way she teaches. Her second-graders organized a car wash that not only raised $537 for an international organization that battles poverty and hunger, but also opened her eyes to what is possible when students are empowered to show their learning through an authentic experience.
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.
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After two decades, a food drive organized and executed annually by students at Daniel C. Oakes High School is still going strong.
A new online tool is now available to help parents navigate Douglas County School District’s open enrollment process.
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.
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.
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.
Yet another indicator of educational excellence, Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 14 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.
At Douglas County School District (DCSD), we know that every one of our students is unique with different interests, strengths, and goals. They learn their own ways and at their own pace. For that reason we are committed to not only personalizing learning to meet their specific needs, but also to providing information needed so that families can support and encourage continued growth. That is why DCSD is working to rebuild the Elementary Progress Report (EPR).
hile Douglas County’s Challenge to Excellence Charter School (C2E) has a tremendous amount of technology, with 1:2 tablets in kindergarten and first-grade, 1:1 tablets in second-grade and 1:1 Chromebooks in grades three through eight, the school’s leaders say it is not the numbers that matter. It is what their students are doing with the technology and the increase in engagement they have seen that they are proud of and what captured the attention of Google For Education, who recently featured the school in a case study.
A business-like approach and sustained support from the school’s community have placed Roxborough Primary and Intermediate on the front page of PTO Today website. The school’s Parent Teacher Involvement Committee (PTIC) was selected as the magazine’s 2015 National Parent Group of the Year.
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.
More than 500 of Douglas County School District’s most innovative teachers and administrators gathered this summer, along with colleagues from around the state and country, to collaborate as they reimagine and transform instruction in their classroom and schools.
Online courses offered through eDCSD, Douglas County School District’s own online school, are providing students and their families more flexibility, without sacrificing quality.
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.
Later this week, construction will begin on an octagonal structure at Castle Rock Elementary (CRE) that will soon host fast-paced, high-energy matches of a sport that is gaining popularity in Douglas County — gaga ball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently, Legacy Point learned that it had been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. This is a national honor that recognizes outstanding achievements in school and student outcomes, through the implementation of The Leader in Me framework. It also celebrates the extraordinary impact the framework has on staff, students, parents and the greater community.
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.
While it may not be noticeable in the typical classroom at Castle View High School, the school is bulging at the seams. This year, 1,920 students attend the school, which is designed to comfortably seat 1,700. Projections show that this may be a sign of things to come across the Douglas County School District (DCSD) and one reason why addressing current capital needs in Douglas County is important.
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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.
When most of us were in school, assessments were a thing to be feared. Some of us, no doubt, still awake from nightmares of pop quizzes, final exams and standardized tests, as well as those never ending rows of multiple choice bubbles.
Douglas County School District’s newest charter school is expected to take shape alongside Interstate 25, just south of Castle Rock, over the next nine months.
You might have noticed some unusual sculptures if you have driven past Mountain Ridge Middle School (MRMS) recently.
A program that puts iPads in the hands of every “digital native” at Redstone Elementary has earned the school an Apple Distinguished School designation in recognition of its innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.
Students at Timber Trail Elementary raised more than $1,300 during a school project turned fundraiser that became the perfect way to kick of Thanksgiving.
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.
Reading, learning, problem solving. Kelli Smith has an affinity for all three.
Kory Moore is well-versed in all things elementary. Now well into his second decade as an elementary educator, he brings teaching and administrative experience to his new role as principal at Larkspur Elementary School.
LONE TREE – Gina Smith has learned that all children have unique needs...and that all children have the potential to learn.
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.
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.
Googly eyes were the inspiration for a fun, student-led project that has raised enough money to sponsor schooling for five Belize students and to purchase school supplies.
Mammoth Heights Elementary was bustling with activity on Saturday, October 4, as students and staff members worked to sort piles of school supplies in preparation for the annual Belize Education Project trip.
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.
This week, Douglas County’s Cougar Run Elementary was one of 337 schools selected nationally as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is recognition of overall academic excellence.
Do your children know to come inside when they are playing in a thunderstorm? Do you know how to protect yourself from lightning? Does your child’s coach call off practice/games in a thunderstorm?
On August 9, 2014, over 30 Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) dads, grandfathers and male role models participated in a Summer Work Day to provide general maintenance and cleaning before the school opens for the year on August 20th.
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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Citing a high graduation rate, Douglas County was recently named the second best county in the nation in a survey of counties across the nation.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday June 3 Chaparral High School was presented with the Outstanding Arts School Award during a special ceremony at Temple Emanuel, Denver.
Two groups of Cimarron Middle School students were recognized during the recent International ExploraVision science competition.
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.
PARKER - This time of year, the focus is on the thousands of Douglas County students who are getting a fresh new start following their commencement ceremonies. Simultaneously, our schools and administration are celebrating the contributions of staff who are, themselves, embarking on a new journey—retirement.
National School Nurse Day, May 7, 2014, is a time to celebrate the role our school nurses play in the safety, health, and academic success of our students.
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In less than one short month with DCSD, I have attended dozens of parent and school meetings. In many of these meetings, parents have asked questions ranging from standardized testing to school budgets.
After a decade of increasing standardized assessments following the passage of No Child Left Behind, it can be hard to imagine schools without testing madness.
The students at Sand Creek Elementary may have a future one day on Wall Street. This year, the school swept the Middle School division of the Stock Market Game.
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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.
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.
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.
PARKER – For most students, getting real-life job experience while still in high school can be priceless. For the students in the Fire Science class at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS), this scenario recently became a reality.
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.
Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 16 National Merit Semifinalists.