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September 11, 2013

'Out of the Darkness' walk kicks off Suicide Prevention Week

Hundreds of people marked the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week by participating in the fourth annual South Metro 'Out of the Darkness' Community Walk.

Highlands Ranch High School (HRHS) hosted the event on Saturday, September 7, which aims to both share information in the community about suicide prevention and to remember those affected by suicide. 
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More money will soon be headed to neighborhood schools in Douglas County, thanks to the improving economic picture and sound fiscal management. Employees will also receive increases in pay, based on last year's evaluations.

On Tuesday, September 3, at the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen announced plans to pass on $4.5 million in increased available resources to our classrooms in the form of average salary increases totaling $3 million and $1.5 million back to our neighborhood schools in the form of Student Based Budgeting (SBB). Read more 

Castle View High School
Castle View sets its sights on creating a 'transformational' high school

A series of conversations over Saturday morning coffee have led Castle View High School educators to look at the way they teach students differently. They are now considering a revolutionary change that could eventually be a model for high schools around the country.

The school will be hosting a two-day symposium featuring several education experts, including Yong Zhao and Gary Stager, to help staff explore the ideas being discussed.


Parents are invited to attend a forum on Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m., which will feature a panel of experts and an opportunity for parents to ask questions.
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Student Wellness department launches year-long focus on health and well-being

The Student Wellness Prevention Framework is designed to promote overall health and safety for children of all ages, from preschool through high school. A variety of topics are covered, including bullying, suicide, and school violence. The mission of the Student Wellness department is for healthy students to know when they need help and how to get help.


In August, the department introduced the Healthy Students framework to students, and administered a five-question survey in order to focus instruction and discussion.


For the month of September, the focus is on helping students identify and communicate their feelings. Students will be given a "feelings chart" to help expand their emotional vocabulary. Both middle and high school students will practice communicating "I feel" statements and will receive a handout to serve as a guide. Join in this effort by reading the September parent letter provided by your school.


Coming in October: How to "A.C.T." (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when a peer is hurting.


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This week, students at Ponderosa High School will have the opportunity to listen to survivors of various atrocities in human history. The learning opportunity is part of a week-long, school-sponsored Human Rights Awareness Week.


"We try to find different people every year," said Ponderosa Social Studies Teacher Mark Thorsen. "This year, we have a panel of survivors from different genocides that have taken place in Bosnia, the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We've never had that sort of opportunity before."


Activities are being held from Monday, September 9 until Saturday, September 14, with two special events slated for Thursday and Friday. Thursday's program will feature survivors of genocide. On Friday, a presentation about Ponderosa's partnership with Optimus Youth will be made. Parents and community members are welcome to attend these presentations.  Read more  



Band showcase shines spotlight on all high schools in DCSD

The annual Douglas County Band showcase will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker.  Marching bands from nine schools will perform, including Castle View, Chaparral, Ponderosa, Douglas County, Highlands Ranch, Legend, Mountain Vista, Rock Canyon and ThunderRidge.

The first band performs at 5 p.m.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and performances begin at 5 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. Concessions will be available with proceeds benefiting the band programs. Sports Authority Stadium is located at 11901 Newlin Gulch Blvd, Parker, CO, 80134.

According to Proclamation of Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper, "The Colorado Proud Program represents more than 1,900 members and promotes the best and the freshest locally grown agricultural products in the state." 

Students throughout the District will celebrate the 10th Annual Colorado Proud School Meal Day on Wednesday, September 18. Parents are invited to join their students in school cafeterias for the District's Colorado Proud Day Meal. Read more 

The Colorado Rapids defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0! The victory keeps in the Rapids in a strong playoff position with only three home games left. This weekend's game against 6th place Dallas is shaping up to be one of the most important matches of the season! 
Rapids score a goal

Girls Retreat 

Ron King Organizatoin 


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