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DCSD freshmen ready for new challenges


HIGHLANDS RANCH- First day of school is always an exciting yet anxious experience for any incoming freshman across the Douglas County School District. Our high schools, including Rock Canyon in Highlands Ranch make it their priority to make the freshman feel right at home the second they step foot on campus.

Excited and supporting Link Crew leaders lined up and met all incoming freshman as they all embark on their journey as a Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) Jaguar.

“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,” says Principal Andy Abner. “Our day today is all planned around freshmen and helping them to feel comfortable so getting them acclimated to their new environment here at RCHS and officially turning them into Jaguars.”

Link Crew Leaders serve as the freshman support system that RCHS takes in to high consideration the first semester of high school.

“I think a lot of our juniors and seniors really recognize and remember when they were freshmen, especially the 100 or so Link Leaders that are here today to help our freshmen through that experience,” says Abner.

Freshmen students are illuminated with excitement and nerves as they finalize their schedules, locate their lockers and fix their hair for their school picture. The first day of school marks the beginning of a new year with new ambitions and strong traditions.

“It’s really exciting to be moving up to the last stage before you graduate…not a lot of nerves, both my sisters went here so I kind of know the school,” Freshman Mattie Martin said.

“The end goal for everyone of our students, every single day, is that they walk out of RCHS feeling valued. We want them to walk out of here knowing we care about them. We want them to be successful and we’ll do whatever it takes to help them be successful,” says Principal Abner. He concludes, “We know that we’re doing a good job of getting these students ready for the career and the work world that they’re going to face.”


DCSD’s Class of 2018 is unique
This year’s freshmen have had the unique opportunity to see the District’s first Strategic Plan take root during their middle school years. Over the past three years, they and their families should have had more educational program options within the District, the opportunity to participate in more rigorous, authentic learning opportunities and assessments, and benefited from teachers backward planning their lessons, amongst other improvements.

Now as high school students, they will graduate at the culmination of our new 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. The plan continues on the same path, with the goal preparing these students for the college or career of their choice.

The four priorities of the Strategic Plan are:

Maximizing physical, psycological and online safeety for students, staff and community.

Providing each child the maximum opportunity for success.

World Class Education
Achieving sustainable learning for the 21st century

System Performance
Defining and measuring what matters most


 Learn more about our vision, in the Douglas County School District’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan.

August 13, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: High School Education, Schools

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