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Youth Congress Day


There's something special about walking into Colorado’s State Capitol building. “The architecture is so beautiful and everything is just so well designed and it just makes you feel like you're really involved,” said Julia Reigrut, a Freshman at Highlands Ranch High School. The building was filled with students on September 25 as high schoolers from Douglas County gathered for the 2017 Youth Congress Day.

High Schoolers Discuss In A Large Group“We are here to gather the opinions and the voices of today's youth,” said Parker Councilman Joshua Rivero. “We're writing resolutions on eight topics and hopefully those resolutions will be adopted by one or many different boards and councils.” Among the topics were curfew, truancy, mental health, community service. Students met with leaders from various local governments to learn how to effectively draft a resolution and present it publicly. Discussions and compromise are the order of the day. Students Presenting Resolution

The exercise is not just theoretical. “It's wonderful that through a prior youth congress they unified the curfew hours,” recalls Lone Tree Council Member Wynne Shaw. It helped clear the confusion of having different curfews in neighboring towns. Curfew is under the microscope again this year. A group of students is proposing a punishment system that begins with a warning on a first offense.

Some of these students may pursue a career in law or politics. Others are getting a practical lesson about local government. One of the great rewards from an adult’s perspective is seeing students actively involved in the legal process. Rivero said “If you get an engaged teenage student I think you’ve done a pretty good job.”

October 3, 2017 | By ccheline | Category:

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”