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Shine Summit Expands Invitation to More Schools

“A strong girl stands up for herself, a stronger girl stands up for others.” Female empowerment  is prevalent in our daily lives, from our national news to our school communities. Shine Summit allows our female students, teachers, and community members to come together to celebrate girl empowerment while highlighting love, courage, and strength.

The 4th annual Shine Summit will be held on March 9, 2018 at 3800 E Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113. This year Shine will be hosting high school girls and 8th grade girls from all of the Continental League schools as well as fifth grade girls from the Parker area elementary schools. Students, teachers, and engaging female leaders will come together to embrace and explore the powerful influence female empowerment creates.

Girls can join Shine Summit for a day of powerful sisterhood, inspirational speeches, and transformative workshops. Through the breakout sessions and keynote speakers, females are invited to tune into the power of females in our society and come together to make a difference.


This year, the girls will hear from two influential keynote speakers, Lacey Henderson and Ali Stroker. Lacey Henderson is a paralympian who attended the 2016 Rio Games and is a 5 times national champion. Ali Stroker is a groundbreaking actress who starred on both “The Glee Project” and “Glee”. Both women will attest to the trials and tribulations that life offers young women and how to overcome them through their personal failures and successes.

In addition to the two keynote speakers, multiple breakout sessions on body image, social media, harassment, kindness, public speaking, self defense, women in medical, law and business fields, wearable art and many more will be available to attendees.

Shine Summit is expecting to host over 800 women and girls on March 9. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Staci Batterson at staci.batterson[at]dcsdk12[dot]org or visit our website


February 5, 2018 | By CSilberman | Category: Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Growth

District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.


Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.


When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.