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Principal Rex Corr and his sons
May 17, 2017 | By acarlson1

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.

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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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Students stand outside historical building
April 26, 2017 | By acarlson1

Dozens of second-graders from Soaring Hawk Elem

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Principal Jeff Broeker in his office
April 26, 2017 | By acarlson1

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.

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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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Student showing off his presentation on a laptop, center, while people all around him pay close attention
April 6, 2017 | By CSilberman
Legend students tie bags in preparation for world record attempt.
April 1, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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Dr. Jennifer Malouff with her students
March 16, 2017 | By acarlson1

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.

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March 16, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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Students participate in Julia Robinson Math Festival at Franktown Elementary.
March 15, 2017 | By rmbarber

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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March 15, 2017 | By CSilberman

HIGHLANDS RANCH - "In life, if you ge

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national merit scholar logo
March 9, 2017 | By CSilberman

Douglas County School District is celebrating 2

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blue zone, green zone, yellow zone, red zone.
March 9, 2017 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK – South Ridge Elementary

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Students working with residents at Highline Place
March 9, 2017 | By acarlson1

LITTLETON - Every other Wednesday you can walk

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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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March 2, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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Students with Mammoth Heights' National Elementary Honor Society hold up the school's banner.
March 1, 2017 | By rmbarber

About 60 fifth and sixth-grade students at Mammoth Heights Elementary School were inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) last week.

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DCSD Interim Superintendent Erin Kane and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Cook pose for a photo with representatives from CDE at 2017 ceremony
March 1, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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John Veit
March 1, 2017 | By acarlson1

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.

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February 24, 2017 | By ccheline

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.

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kids exercising
February 23, 2017 | By CSilberman

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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Students passing books
February 21, 2017 | By acarlson1

HIGHLANDS RANCH - Students spent the last week

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A student talks to her peers during senior portfolio day.
February 21, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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Principal Danny Winsor with his students
February 15, 2017 | By acarlson1

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.

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DCSD students participate in the All-State Honor Choir performance in February 2017.
February 9, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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February 2, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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DCSD Middle School Honor Orchestra performs during concert at Castle View
January 25, 2017 | By rmbarber

Students selected from schools across the Douglas County School District performed during the second annual Middle School Honor Band and Honor String Orchestra concerts.

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Continental League Music Festival musicians performing in finale
January 25, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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high school grads jumping in the air
January 19, 2017 | By CSilberman

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.

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STEM students pose
January 19, 2017 | By rmbarber

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.

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January 11, 2017 | By CSilberman

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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January 11, 2017 | By rmbarber

2017-18 preschool

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Two girls hugging, one has a reindeer red nose on
December 1, 2016 | By rmbarber

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, deadline to sign up is Friday

 
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Teacher Walter Barton sitting with group of art students at a table and talking them through their design sketches.
November 30, 2016 | By CSilberman

PARKER— The halls of

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November 21, 2016 | By CSilberman

PARKER- School leaders, educators and

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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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September 15, 2016 | By CSilberman

DOUGLAS COUNTY-Douglas County School District i

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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 25, 2016 | By CSilberman

LITTLETON—It was five years in the ma

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July 18, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

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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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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 10, 2016 | By CSilberman

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.

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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 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 18, 2016 | By rmbarber

It took seven hours, 371 words and 42 rounds to declare this year’s winner of the Douglas County School District Spelling Bee.

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February 11, 2016 | By rmbarber

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.

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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 14, 2016 | By rmbarber

DCSD UPDATE - JANUARY 15, 2016

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January 13, 2016 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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December 9, 2015 | By CSilberman

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. 

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December 9, 2015 | By CSilberman

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.

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December 8, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District believes that every teacher should incorporate certain best practices into their work. Those high-level expectations, which include backward planning, collaborating with students and providing them actionable feedback are laid out in their evaluation tool, known as Continuous Improvement of Teacher Effectiveness (CITE). Additionally DCSD’s Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum provides the goals and targets that all students are expected to reach. This still leaves an incredible amount of flexibility for our professional educators.

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December 1, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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November 16, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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November 3, 2015 | By rmbarber

A new online tool is now available to help parents navigate Douglas County School District’s open enrollment process. 

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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 25, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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September 16, 2015 | By CSilberman

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.

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September 15, 2015 | By rmbarber

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).

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September 4, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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September 4, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 27, 2015 | By rmbarber

Douglas County School District (DCSD) teachers are leading the way. Empowered by District leadership, a group of pioneering educators has blazed a new path in education, exploring a new way of teaching to meet the needs of today’s students.

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August 20, 2015 | By rmbarber

Five years ago the Douglas County School District embarked on a transformational journey to completely and systemically reinvent itself. Inspired by the research and work of Steven Covey, William Glasser, Jay McTighe, Grant Wiggins, Yong Zhao, and many others, we built a high-level plan for change – a plan that sets the stage for change based on the convergence of literature and research; a plan that empowers great teachers and leaders to reinvent American education for our students.

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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 20, 2015 | By rmbarber

Driven by a passion for students and informed by the latest research, teachers and leaders in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) are reinventing American education. Many of our educators began this journey of reimagining the way they teach, after coming to the realization that the traditional education system no longer fully serves the needs of today’s students.

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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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June 25, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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June 19, 2015 | By rmbarber

Online courses offered through eDCSD, Douglas County School District’s own online school, are providing students and their families more flexibility, without sacrificing quality.

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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

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.

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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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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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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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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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January 20, 2015 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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January 13, 2015 | By rmbarber

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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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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December 10, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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December 9, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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December 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

You might have noticed some unusual sculptures if you have driven past Mountain Ridge Middle School (MRMS) recently.

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December 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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November 25, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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November 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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Kelli Smith
November 12, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Reading, learning, problem solving. Kelli Smith has an affinity for all three.

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November 5, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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Gina Smith
October 29, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

LONE TREE – Gina Smith has learned that all children have unique needs...and that all children have the potential to learn.

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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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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

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.

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October 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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October 1, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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August 25, 2014 | By rmbarber

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? 

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August 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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August 15, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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June 4, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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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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June 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

Two groups of Cimarron Middle School students were recognized during the recent International ExploraVision science competition.

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June 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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May 28, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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May 7, 2014 | By rmbarber

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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April 29, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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April 29, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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April 29, 2014 | By rmbarber

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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April 24, 2014 | By rmbarber

HIGHLANDS RANCH - All curious Douglas County ar

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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 17, 2014 | By rmbarber

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.

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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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fire scene
April 8, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

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.

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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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October 29, 2013 | By rmbarber

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

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District News

A snowy spring storm delayed the State Track and Field meet, but it couldn’t slow down Douglas County School District’s athletes.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the second group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including three Douglas County School District students.

Boettcher foundation

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