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August 28, 2013
Aspen View Academy opening Boxes in the hallways and empty bookshelves were signs that work is still underway at Aspen View Academy, but parents and students didn't seem to mind a bit. Read more, watch video  

Academy Charter School logo Academy Charter School celebrates 20 years of educating students

In September 1993 a group of parents and teachers started Academy Charter School in a former grocery store in Castle Rock. The K-8 school opened its doors with 315 students of all educational abilities. Today Academy Charter School has an enrollment of 600 students in a 50,000 square foot building.  Read more

Summer construction projects use solar tubes
to enhance classrooms

SOLAR TUBES IN SCHOOLS 2013Douglas County School District's Planning and Construction Department completed more than 45 projects over the summer break. Many tasks consisted of replacing aging items. However, several of the projects were opportunities to support the choice programming and academic learning in our schools.  

Classroom with solar tube

For instance, select schools were fitted with solar tubes, which illuminate classrooms solely with sunlight. This technology has many benefits for students and schools.
McAfee ready to inspire students, teachers at Buffalo Ridge Elementary
Sarah McAfee
Buffalo Ridge Elementary School is starting the 2013-14 school year with a new principal, and she is looking forward to igniting a passion for learning in all students who pass through the doors.

Sarah McAfee is not afraid of challenges. Shortly after she graduated from college, she and her husband picked a spot on the map and moved to Colorado. A job offer landed her at a private school, where she first experienced thematic-based teaching. While working, she put herself through a Master's program, earning a degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading from the University of Colorado. Part of her motivation was watching students in her own classes struggle with reading. But she soon realized that this was only part of the puzzle, and pursued an administrator's license. "I decided that it isn't enough to be just a literacy coach. I could only touch a certain number of kids," she said.  Read more 

family with computer A new learning opportunity is now available for family members of students in Douglas County schools, through the newly formed DCSD U.


EDCSD: The Colorado Cyber School and Rosetta Stone are providing a one-year membership to a Rosetta Stone online account with 24/7 access for a $70 membership fee. Account holders select one of 25 available languages to study for 12 months. Read more 


Supplies available for students in need
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The Douglas County Educational Foundation has received a generous amount of school supply donations. If you have a child who needs supplies, submit a request here to be included on the distribution list. You will be contacted when your supplies are ready to be picked up, usually about a week after your request is received.

Looking to get involved?
The District Accountability Committee needs you!
The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is a crucial committee that advises the Board of Education about budget, district performance, charter schools and other topics related to the Board's work. The DAC is comprised of members who represent all DCSD stakeholders. Read more

Get ready! 
The DCSD Fittin' It In 5k returns October 12 
Fittin It In 5K bannerPlan now to participate in the 3rd Annual Fittin' It In 5k. A vendor expo, Incredible door prizes, healthy post race snacks and entertainment are all on the agenda. Flu shots will also available.

The event will run from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Highlands Ranch High School. Follow this link to register online! All race fees go directly to your school of choice. Contact Michele Carter, (720) 433-1596 with questions.

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