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July 24, 2013
Pioneer award 

Douglas County recognized as Charter School "Pioneer"

The Colorado League of Charter Schools (CLCS) awarded the Douglas County School District (DCSD) the prestigious Pioneer Award at its 20th Anniversary Celebration held earlier this summer.


"We're honored to receive this award as it acknowledges Douglas County School District's commitment to putting what's best for our students first and our belief in school choice," said Board of Education member Doug Benevento.  "As the only public school district in Colorado to fully embrace charter schools, this recognition truly reemphasizes our belief that parents and families know what is best for their child." Read more
Katy Kollasch
Katy Kollasch
Eldorado Elementary School
World-class education is new principal's cup of tea

When you meet Katy Kollasch, Eldorado Elementary School's new principal, it's easy to be drawn in by her enthusiasm and passion. She may be small in stature, but she packs a big Panther punch.  Seriously-she kickboxes in her free time!


Principal Kollasch grew up and attended schools in England and Wales.  Her first degree was in Consumer Science, and she soon realized that while she was passionate about several aspects in her field, she really did not want to specialize in just one area. A wise professor recognized this, and suggested she look into a degree in education. It was a perfect fit. "Now I get to infect other students with my passions," said Kollasch. Read more 

Students at nearly all elementary schools will be treated to a bit more time to eat lunch in the coming school year, thanks to a move by DCSD Nutrition Services to streamline student check-out lines.

"We've heard from parents all over the district who are concerned about how little actual time their kids have to eat lunch. This summer we're gearing up, working to give students more 'table time'. We're hiring and training more cafeteria team members and investing in additional point of service stations, all in an effort to 'buy' students more time to enjoy their lunch," said DCDS Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig. Read more

The American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association (ACFCCA) and Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services will present Colorado Chefs Salute to Education at Feast in the Field, Sunday, September 8 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Read more  

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Tickets on sale August 1

DCSD Leadership Academy
Featuring school principals:

Corey Wise
Legend High School 

 Mike Loitz
Rocky Heights Middle School

Katy Kollasch 
Eldorado Elementary School

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


July 31   5-8:30 p.m.

Butterfield Park in Castle Rock

A school supply
donation station will be
available at this free concert.
School Supply Drive logo

First day of school:

Modified calendar - August 5
Conventional calendar - August 12

Find your school's calendar here

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