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July 17, 2013
The beginning of the 2013-2014 school year is just around the corner!

Newsline is published weekly to keep you informed about the work being done to continuously deliver a World-Class education to students in Douglas County. You will also find feature stories highlighting examples of collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

First day of school:
Modified calendar - Monday, August 5
Conventional calendar - Monday, August 12
Find your school's calendar here

Learn more about the achievements of students, upcoming events and District initiatives in our Newsroom.

Learning opportunities keep teachers busy this summer

While many people assume that teachers get the summers off to relax, the reality is that they are busy getting ready for the new school year, often times spending hours upon hours in training.  In true form of practicing what you preach - or in this case, teach - Douglas County School District professional development participants get to interact in a dynamic and World-Class setting that might involve solar cars and even "geeks."

Summer Science Camp
Summer Science Camp
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Geed Week 2013
Geek Week 2013
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District prepares for launch of InspirED Innovation

DCSD principals will have an opportunity to try out a new system that will soon help teachers to build World-Class units. The system, which is named InspirED Innovation is based on Backward Design, allowing teachers to manage the entire unit-building process from a single tool - defining the outcomes they hope to achieve in class, coordinBig Data logoating the learning activities needed to reach the objective and finally outlining the assessments they'll use to determine whether the students have achieved the goal. Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen says, until now, there hasn't been a system able to help teachers through this process efficiently.
"We knew that our teachers and our leaders deserved something better," Fagen explained. "So, we've gone down this pathway of actually creating this system that will be a supporter to our teachers and our leaders, eventually to our parents and our students."

Teachers will be able to use the system beginning next week. Learn more about the innovative effort in today's Board Briefing.

CAFR coverDouglas County School District awarded for transparency 


The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Douglas County School District for its comprehensive financial report (CAFR).  An impartial panel judged the CAFR and determined that it met the "high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive 'spirit of full disclosure' to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and use groups to read the CAFR."  Read more 


"This award underscores our continued effort to keep the District transparent so that our parents, students and teachers can be involved as much as possible."
  - DCSD Board of Education member Doug Benevento


DCSD launches
InspirED Innovation


Laura Hillstrom-Interim Director,
Information Technology 

Chris Lawson-Project Manager

Keely Vaughan- Teacher, Sage Canyon Elementary

Hosted by Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen, this live Internet radio show broadcasts every Wednesday at 3 p.m. on
Board Briefing

July 15 Board meeting summary

The next Board of Education meeting will held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the DCSD Administration Building, 620 Wilcox Street, in Castle Rock. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Police officers at Board meeting


School supply donation stations will be set up at these free concerts 


July 17 and 31 *  5-8:30 p.m.

Butterfield Park in Castle Rock


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