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Videos provide a ‘taste’ of DCSD schools

PARKER – Each of the amazing schools in Douglas County have their own flavor. Over the past year, the District has worked to capture this unique blend of culture, environment and educational focus on video.

This unique signature at our schools is often something you can feel and see when you walk through the halls, but can be difficult to portray on a website. Because it can be a key factor for parents and students as they choose a school, DCSD set out to give families at least a taste of each program.

The goal was to give each school the ability to work with professional television photographers to create three to five minute stories that really reflect the school’s culture and offerings.

“I had the pleasure of walking into every school and I'd say, 'Ok, here is an open mic. Brag about your school and they could not stop talking,” Harrity said. “I could not fit all these great things happening into five minutes. That's a good problem to have.”

“I've never seen kids so in love with their schools,” Harrity added.

“Whether it is a neighborhood school or one of the charter schools, they are all celebrating their identity, based on their community, its needs and the character of their students,” said Mike Harrity, who oversaw the massive video project.

He says that it was immediately clear that schools have been given a lot of autonomy.

“They said that they are in control and had the power to decide the general direction they were headed and to implement it in the classroom, based on their dynamics and their needs,” Harrity explained. “They all had the constant themes of 21st Century learning, but they adapted it to their strengths and the needs of their students.”

Harrity, who is also a father of two current Ponderosa students and a graduate, says that following this project he is impressed by the work being done across the District.

“I'm saddened that my kids came at the tail end of this, and their lives were not impacted like the 7, 8 or 9 year olds of today. Those kids are going to be so much better prepared for jobs and prepared for the next level,” Harrity said.

The videos will be incorporated in the new school selection tool that is currently being developed. Additionally, many of the schools have proudly displayed their videos on their websites and are sharing them at the Choice is For Kids Fairs.

October 28, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Communications, Choice Programming

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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.