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September 18, 2013
DCSD: "The most interesting school district in America"

In their just-released white paper, "The most interesting school district in America?," Frederick (Rick) Hess and Max Eden showcase Douglas County as the district that "provides a stark counterpoint to the conventional reform narrative."
Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where Max Eden is a researcher. Hess and Eden point out that districts undergoing significant school reform transform from poor to passable, Douglas County's distinctive aim to going from good to great. The paper focuses on Douglas County reforms including choice and pay for performance. Follow this link to read the paper.

Hess released the paper at a Google+ Hangout panel.  The panel included Hess, Former US Secretary of Education William Bennett, and DCSD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen. A video of the panel discussion is available on YouTube.



This week Captain Robert Haight returned to Colorado after being deployed to Afghanistan. On Tuesday, September 17 he paid a visit to his alma mater, Douglas County High School (DCHS). Read more


Soldier Returns to Douglas County High School 

Congratulations to the 16 DCSD students named as National Merit Semifinalists 
Taylor Blatchford
Mountain Vista High School
Nathan Keim 
Castle View High School 
Dane Burkholder
Rock Canyon High School
Louise Kuehster 
Douglas County High School 
Shivani Chauhan
Rock Canyon High School
Julie Newman 
Mountain Vista High School 
Francis Commercon
Highlands Ranch High School
Kianna Nguyen 
ThunderRidge High School 
Amanda Dawson
Highlands Ranch High School
Shawn Ong 
Douglas County High School 
Charles Fiddler
Highlands Ranch High School 
Evan Qi 
Highlands Ranch High School 
Dylan Ingram 
Mountain Vista High School 
Lindsey Sorensen 
Mountain Vista High School 
Shannon Jiang 
Rock Canyon High School 
Lincoln Ward 
Chaparral High School 
High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis and are the highest scoring entrants in each state.  
CVHS students presentation to Board of Education
'Project Citizens' presentation to Board of Education results in policy update

At the Board of Education meeting held on September 3, five Castle View High School (CVHS) students laid out their plan to invite more foreign exchange students into all DCSD schools, and further the goal of a global education. Read more
Calling students in grades 4-12! Enter to win "Shadow the Chef" day!
Chef Jason with students
Students grades 4-12 are invited to enter to win Shadow the Chef Day! Submit your favorite snack or main dish recipe featuring the use of fruits or veggies (plus a selfie) to share with Nutrition Services "Food For Thought" e-news readers. Read more

Looking to get involved at DCSD?

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. Applications of are now being accepted for the following vacancies:
  • One community member seat
  • One DCSD high school teacher seat
Submit your application here no later than Thursday, September 26, 2013.

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