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September 25, 2013
DCSD addresses testing 'madness'

District believes in accountability, authentic assessment--not over-testing

Looking at the Douglas County School District's assessment calendar, it is abundantly clear that something needs to change.


System Performance Officer Dr. Syna Morgan says students at one level or another are taking tests nearly every day of the school year, most of which are mandated by state law. Read more 

Students at Field Day

Field Day provides middle school students with leadership opportunity

Student council members of Cresthill Middle School got the chance to become role models as they coached Acres Green Elementary (AGE) students during the school's recent field day. Read more

PGE students
Pine Grove Elementary pays it forward

Just one week after Pine Grove Elementary (PGE) students were caravanned safely back home after the flood scare in Estes Park, they decided to give back to the communities more severely affected. Read more
Read story: DCSD Celebrates Colorado Proud Day at Cougar Run Elementary
Students invited to submit favorite recipes,
Shadow the Chef

Shepherd's Pie; Tomato, Basil & White Bean Soup; Cucumbers, Rice Wine Vinegar & Dill:  Recipes have been trickling into Douglas County School District (DCSD) Nutrition Services from students, or their parents, seeking the opportunity for the one special student to enjoy Shadow the Chef Day with DCSD Executive Chef Jason Morse.

"Shadow the Chef Day was born out of the recognition that we have a HUGE number of students who themselves are in the kitchen preparing food, or want to be, or who just simply enjoy their parents' great, healthful cooking," said Chef Morse.
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Looking to get involved at DCSD?

The District Accountability Committee needs you! 


The District Accountability Committee (DAC) advises the Board of Education about budget, district performance, charter schools and other topics. 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.

Upcoming recycling/disposal events

Free shredding and recycling

Castle View High School, Castle Rock
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Residential-only multi-product recycling event - accepting electronics; personal documents for shredding and clothing donations. Read more

Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Substation
9250 Zotos Drive, Highlands Ranch
Drive through and turn in your unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe disposal.  Read more

Girls Retreat

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