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ThunderRidge teacher selected for national honor

ThunderRidge High School Teacher Jackie Bath

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

Bath has been an educator at ThunderRidge High School (TRHS) for 18 years, and currently teaches earth sciences and geology. In a news release, the AAPG stated, "from podcast lectures and interactive tutorials, to simulations, labs and direct exposure to local, regional and global issues, Bath creates a sort of geological utopia, in which students are encouraged to immerse themselves and make real-world decisions."

The AAPG Teacher of the Year honor includes a $6,000 prize; $3,000 of the prize will be awarded to TRHS for Bath to translate into educational opportunities for students.

“My career, as an earth science educator has been a journey,” Bath said. “My passion for geology and the geosciences provides inspiration to develop activities that actively engage students in meaningful ways.”

Read the AAPG news article

March 16, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, High School Education

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.