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August 7, 2013
Summer prep pays off as school begins in Douglas County 

The first batch of Douglas County Schools have already marked their first day of school, beginning classes as early as August 5.

Students donned with new threads and fresh school supplies packed in their backpacks stool outside of Meadow View Elementary with their parents on Monday, waiting to meet their new teachers.

"I feel really excited," exclaimed Brooke Botos.

While the gathering means that summer break is coming to a conclusion, the crowd was buzzing with excitement for the promising new year ahead.

"The first day of school is contagious. You come here and they are so excited. They have their backpacks, dressed up in some sort of outfit that they just love, happy to see their friends," said Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen.

"Love all the teachers, love the staff and we're excited about the Artful Learning that they're putting into place," added Meadow View parent Jeff Botos. Read more

DCSD Nutrition Services ready for back-to-school appetites 

BBQ pork sliders; fresh Colorado peaches, hummus and pita bread, full-scale harvest bars...Parents in the rush of back-to-school prep can hit the easy button and mark 'pack lunches' off their morning lists.

"We want families to rest assured: the Nutrition Services crew has students' palates - and their good health - in mind," insists Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig. Read more  
School Marshal program launches

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies and officers from Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker Police Departments will be visiting our schools daily as part of the innovative new safety program that launches with the beginning of the school year. 

After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012, DCSD officials created a Safety Committee that recommended the creation of the School Marshal Program. As part of a 'layered approach' to ensure safe schools, law enforcement officers will be spending time in schools and buildings all across the District.

The program, which is a first-of-its kind in the nation, has received a considerable amount of media attention, most recently by Fox31

New Chaparral principal plans to build upon school culture of community, excellence     

Greg Gotchey Weeks before school begins, Chaparral High School's new principal, Greg Gotchey, is already hard at work. He briskly transitions from meeting to meeting, briefing school administrators, and even tests some new student desks.

While getting to know the lay of the land at the school campus in Parker, he was quick to give credit to the school's former leaders, all while showing an incoming freshman and his parents around. "If you look up, you will see what the former principal used to say," he said, pointing up to a mural with the quote, 'Take Care of One Another.'

"I think that is something that we do well," Gotchey said. Read more 



Hear more from Principal Gotchey on today's episode of Let's Talk Education - 

3 p.m. at 



School Supply Drive logoThere's still time to donate school supplies! 

The Douglas County Educational Foundation's annual School Supply Drive will conclude in a few weeks. The effort has produced many greatly-needed supplies that will fill backpacks for students in need.

Follow this link to download a list of most-needed supplies and drop-off locations.

School garden
Celebrate school gardeners at Feast in the Field

Cougar Run Elementary School first grader Zac Haller shows off part of an early school garden harvest. DCSD School Gardeners will be honored September 8 at Feast in the Field, as "Colorado Chefs Salute Education."

Feast in the Field logoThe full-scale feast event will benefit the ProStart Scholarship and Colorado Chef Association Apprentice funds as well as aid in the procurement of middle school Harvest Bars. Advance admission wristband purchase recommended.

Let's Talk Education

hosted by Supt. Elizabeth Fagen 

Wednesday, Aug. 7
3 p.m.

New Principals and 
New School Traditions
Greg Gotchey
Principal, Chaparral High School
Deanne Kirby 
Principal, Trailblazer Elementary 
Sarah McAfee Principal, Buffalo Ridge Elementary

Tune into this live broadcast at
3 p.m. every Wednesday at 

Board of Ed call for nominations 

Board Briefing
Follow this link for a recap of the Board of Education meeting held on August 6, 2013.
Storytelling Festival
Rapids Community Night

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