August 13, 2014

Legend back to school assembly
Welcome Back to School!
This year's freshmen ready for high school, new challenges
Rock Canyon Freshmen Ready for New Challenge

"We're welcoming 550 new students to our school community today and it's just a lot of excitement and it's going to be a lot of fun. Our day today is all planned around freshmen and officially turning them into Jaguars."
Principal Andy Abner

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This week marks back to school for students at Pine Lane Elementary and Principal Jason Starkey is striving to make elementary school an experience his students will never forget.

"The whole reason why most of us get into education is to make a difference, and to hopefully have kids that look back and have that teacher/administrator who really stood out and made a difference," says Starkey. "I want to make a widespread difference."  Read more

Note from the President President Obama encourages Douglas County students to 'dream big dreams'

Pioneer Elementary preschool special education teacher Leslie Gresham had no idea that a simple letter to the president would result in a personal visit from Mr. Obama and a chance to tell him about early childhood education efforts here in Douglas County.

This summer, she was astonished when she received a call from the White House. Gresham and three other letter writers from Colorado were chosen from the more than 40,000 letters the White House receives daily. The call was an invitation to dinner with the president on July 8. Read more

DCSD has more than 60 Early Childhood classrooms located in Parker, Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch, providing students with research-based and developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned with our kindergarten programs. As with every grade level in the District, an early childhood GVC ensures students are learning skills that will benefit them later in elementary school, and for the rest of their lives. Early Childhood Education website
Fiscal Oversight Committee seeks new members

Douglas County School District's Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC) is seeking volunteers to serve a three year term, beginning September 2014.
If you reside within the Douglas County School District, and are interested in serving on this important committee, follow this link to submit an application. 


After a brief summer break, DCSD's weekly talk show hosted by Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen returns next week. Tune in to learn what's new in DCSD this year. Assistant Superintendents Ted Knight and Dr. Steve Cook with join Dr. Fagen to provide an in-depth look at the great things going on in DCSD this year.  

Board Update

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will be on Tuesday, August 19, in the Board Room of the Wilcox Administration Building, with the public portion of the meeting convening at approximately 7 p.m. Board of Education home page



When students experience a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury, a collaborative and multidisciplinary school team approach offers the best hope for full and complete recovery - one such school district that consistently implements evidence-based practices is Douglas County School District. Principal's Research Review: A Comprehensive Team Approach to Treating Concussions in Student Athletes 

FoodService Director logo High school students gravitate to a build-your-own-burrito station. FoodService Director: The Big Idea 2014 - BYO burrito concept

KOA News Radio logo The 4th annual Wacky Bike Ride is a one-day cycling event with money from each registration benefiting Douglas County Schools. 850 KOA: The Wacky Bike Ride

YourHub logo The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, (YEA!), is an innovative program that transforms local middle and high school students into real entrepreneurial successes on the Castle View HS campus. YourHub: Young Entrepreneurs Academy begins new classes this fall

Citing a high graduation rate, Douglas County is named the second best county in the nation. Denver Business Journal: These Are The 10 Best Counties In America 

Cimarron Middle School teacher Shannon Shelton was named the 2014 Colorado History Teacher of the Year.

School Supply booth
Thanks to the generous donations of hundreds of Douglas County residents and organizations, the Douglas County Educational Foundation has provided nearly 600 backpacks containing school supplies to students in need.

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