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January 15, 2014
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Journalism teachers receive national honors

Jed Palmer, the journalism teacher at Sierra Middle School (pictured) was one of only three teachers nationwide to be named a Distinguished Adviser this year, in the Journalism Education Association (JEA) National High School Yearbook Adviser of the Year Award program.

The JEA also recognized Melissa Larson of Castle Rock Middle School and Jessica Leifheit of Castle View High School with its Rising Star award. Read more

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Fall Photo Contest winners announced

After a review of 929 entries, the winners of the Fall Photo Contest have been determined. Grand prize winners are Douglas County High School Visual Arts Teacher Cindy Ross, and student Alexandra Emond, a junior at Ponderosa High School.


Last fall, staff and students provided an array of perspectives in five categories: Altered Images, DCSD, Nature, People, and Places. Staff and student winners for each category were selected. View the online gallery to see the full list of winners and their images.


Professional photographers and DCSD administrative staff judged contest entries. Sincere appreciation is extended to photographers Kevin Keyser, Michelle Kroll, Kathi McFadden, Jeanette Bol and Paul DiSalvo for their participation.



DCSD students shine at Continental League concert


More than 300 Douglas County students were chosen to participate in this year's Continental League Music Festival, a showcase of some of the best high school musicians in the state.


Students from all nine Douglas County high schools auditioned for spots on this year's Honor Choir, Band and Orchestra. Just over 300 DCSD students made the cut, performing in what is essentially the state championship for music. Read more 

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'Warrior Rumble' honors Arapahoe High School victim


This weekend, students from 21 schools, will be coming together for the Warrior Rumble, a volleyball tournament organized by Douglas County students and staff to honor the life of Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis.


During the event, participants can bid on items including 'meet & greet' passes to Rascal Flatts concert; Robin Thicke concert tickets and signed items from the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and former Denver Broncos players.  


The event will be at Chaparral High School in Parker on January 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit the Claire Davis Fund. Read more  



Athletics, girls who pursue them highlight annual event 

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An annual celebration of female athletes will represent the "passing of the torch" from high school seniors to their middle school successors.

The 9th Annual Douglas County Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon, presented in conjunction with the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF), will be held Friday, January 17 at Chaparral High School in Parker. This special event recognizes a contingent of 90 girls who have demonstrated the value that participation in a sport has brought to their education.
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Horse jumping event National Western Stock Show Community Days


Howdy Pardners! Join us at the Stock Show, January 11-26, at discounted prices for select events. Each ticket purchased includes admission to a special performance and free Grounds Admission.

Visit the DCEF website to view a full Stock Show event calendar and to order tickets.

View Board meetings online 


The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21 at 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock. The live stream can be found on the District's official Livestream channel at


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Construction Update: North Meadows Extension Project

North Meadows Drive, immediately north of the intersection with Butterfield Crossing near Castle View High School, will be closed from January 20, 2014 until June 2014. Read full update
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