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October 23, 2013
Rock Canyon Fire Academy students get real-life training experience

Students from the Rock Canyon High School Fire Academy landed a real-life training experience when an Air Life Denver helicopter landed on schools grounds. The pilot and crew proceeded to give the trainees a complete air rescue presentation and hands-on demonstration.

"Firefighters need to know how to land them, how to load them. This happens a lot in seriously traumatic situations in a municipal district and rural areas so it's a viable training," stated Rock Canyon High School Fire Chief George Piccone.

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Students strive for Automotive Technician Certification


Dealing with an oil leak, no heat, or a broken headlight? You might entrust those vehicle repairs with a DCSD student trained through Ponderosa High School's (PHS) Auto Mechanics Program.


Automotive Instructor Craig Capraro, a certified technician himself, says the program is in accordance with the Colorado Community College network standards and is capable of training an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nationally accredited technician.


"It's an automotive program with a high degree of technical rigor, so our students that are going to be technicians come out in really good shape," Capraro said. Read more, watch video 

Principal Profile: Sid Rundle, Cresthill Middle School


From the stage to the pulpit, and finally into the classroom, Sid Rundle travelled a long, unique path only to find himself where fate would have it: as the principal of Cresthill Middle School.


While an education career seemed to fit in nicely with his teaching parents, sister, and stepmother, Rundle longed for a sense of individuality.  He had also lived in Denver his whole life and attended the same Denver Public Schools as his parents; so upon graduation, he set out to find his identity. Read more


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Avalanche Community Night
Saturday, November 2


The Colorado Avalanche will retire former defenseman and captain Adam Foote's No. 52 jersey prior to the team's game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, November 2.

Be there on this momentous night when Foote's jersey is lifted into the rafters alongside Joe Sakic (No. 19), Peter Forsberg (No. 21), Patrick Roy (No. 33) and Ray Bourque (No. 77).

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Elementary Schools vie for catered gourmet luncheon


Students at 57 Douglas County School District elementary schools have the opportunity to participate and compete in The Second Annual Put-Away-5-A-Day Fruits & Veggies Challenge October 29 through December 12, 2013.


"The Fruits & Veggies Challenge is all about our mission to support the DCSD community with resources which promote optimum wellness and learning," said DCSD Nutrition Services Director Brent Craig. Read more   

Open Enrollment period begins November 1

The first round of open enrollment runs from November 1, 2013 through January 6, 2014.

Families who wish to enroll their student in a school other than their neighborhood school must complete an Open Enrollment application, that will available online when the Open Enrollment period begins.

Follow this link for more information.


October is College Application Month


College In Colorado is hosting College Application Month during the month of October, with the goal of providing every graduating high school senior with the confidence and opportunity to apply to college. Find resources online at
Download October college application calendar

Attention students and DCSD staff!

Take your best shot and enter the Douglas County School District's Fall Photography Contest! We are looking for great photos that demonstrate the variety of talent existing right here in our schools and support locations.The contest begins October 23, 2013 and ends November 22, 2013 at 5 p.m. Read more 


STEM Women and Our Daughters event slated for November 2

Girls, moms and dads, together with business and industry professionals and leaders from higher education are invited to STEM Women and Our Daughters Changing the World on November 2 at Ranch View Middle School from 9 a.m. to noon.

There will be prizes and giveaways throughout the morning and a STEM Resource Fair with booths and display tables from higher education and business and industry leaders.  Read more

Douglas County 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

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