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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.


The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals were awarded with an Apple Award. 

The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.

It was just two years ago that Mountain Vista High School student Lauren Irwin first enrolled in her school’s beginning-level journalism program. Now, she has been named the Colorado Student Media Association (CSMA) High School Journalist of the Year. With this honor, she receives a $2,000 scholarship for a Colorado-based college, and she will move on as the Colorado nominee for the national Journalism Education Association (JEA) High School Journalist of the Year competition.

headshot of Eva Siders

Eva Siders, a seventh-grade student at Sagewood Middle School in Parker, was invited to join the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s prestigious 7th Grade Talent Search.

Eleven Douglas County School District schools have been named recipients of the 2017 John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards. The John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement over time. These schools received an "Exceeds Expectations" rating on the Academic Achievement indicator of the School Performance Frameworks reflecting exceptional performance in Math, English Language Arts, and Science.

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

kids playing in orchestra

Congratulations to students who will be representing DCSD at All-State Orchestra. The Colorado All State Orchestra has been providing memorable performance opportunities for the state's top high school musicians since 1952. Conductors have programmed staples of classic orchestral repertoire as well as contemporary literature. Students will perform on February 10, 2018 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.




young americans poetry digest

15 third-graders from Wildcat Mountain Elementary School in Highlands Ranch can now call themselves published poets. Their poems are featured as part of the 2017 Young American Poetry Digest, which is compiled by the National Schools Project. The organization's purpose is to get students excited about writing and to provide an audience for student poetry.  A panel of educators reviews the poetry submitted and selects poems to be published based on a list of literary criteria.

katy craig sitting in a library, opposite a copy of her book

The college application process can be daunting even for the students who rank among the highest-performing in their class. For Douglas County High School alumna, Katy Craig (class of 1995), it has been a long-standing passion of hers to give back to high school students the knowledge she has gained since the days of applying to colleges herself, so they can reach their full potential.

Last spring she was one of only eight teachers to be honored with the Freddie G award. The award came with a trip to New York for master classes taught by industry professionals. She also led a trip to Sacramento for the Junior Theater Festival with seven of her students. To top it off she was given a $5000 grant for the school’s theater program. She plans on using the money to build a technical theater learning lab with the help of her students.

Jennifer Amos working with her class

The key to happiness for Mesa Middle School math and special education teacher Jennifer Amos? "Stick me in a math class and I'm happy!" Now, this passionate teacher is one of two finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.



Kim working with a student

The award wasn't a surprise to anyone at Rocky Heights Middle School except for Kim Chlumsky herself.




Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.

student sitting at desk, smiling.

Growth can be hard to measure. It means different things to different people. Recently the 2017 Colorado Achievement and Growth Results were released. Growth and high performance were evident at many schools in Douglas County. How the growth happened is unique to each school. The above video shows the faces of growth and high achievement in our district.

student speaking at podium, teacher looking at her proudly.

The Boettcher Foundation recently honored 42 Colorado teachers for the significant impact they have had on some of Colorado’s top students – with five of the teachers coming from the Douglas County School District. Every year, the Boettcher Foundation allows each scholarship recipient to acknowledge the teacher who has had the greatest impact on the student’s life. During a special ceremony at the Denver Botanic Gardens, each Boettcher Scholar shared moving stories and thoughtful remarks about his or her teacher.


GOLDEN - Following a close competition, golfers representing two Douglas County Schools were the runner-up and third-place finisher in the 5A Girls Golf Championship.

It came down to a crucial final shot, but Grandview's Amy Chitkoksoong was able to edge out Highlands Ranch High School's Jenna Chun and Rock Canyon's Amelia Lee to win the state championship.

Below are the highlights from the tournament held at the Rolling Hills Golf Course in Golden.

Boettcher foundation

More than 1,400 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 five recipients

National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 16 students across Colorado are being recognized for educational excellence with corporate-sponsored awards. Impressively, five from this group are from the Douglas County School District.

Congressman Buck with Etash

A Douglas County sophomore just returned from Washington, D.C., where he was honored for his winning app, "Spell Me!," which helps prepare students for spelling bees and tests. 

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Douglas County School District is celebrating 21 students who have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students advance in the competition, which awards 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million.

Kalen Thornton, left, overseeing one student project, another student off to the right.

PARKER— The annual Douglas County School District Art Show is upon us, and students in art classrooms across the district, in all grade levels, are putting the final touches on their works of art from paintings and sketches to sculptures and jewelry.

Douglas County High School senior Lexie Barker stands atop the podium following the 2017 5A Diving Championships.

Douglas County High School senior Lexie Barker claimed the 5A State Championship in diving on Friday.

students pose with Board of Education as they receive award for receiving perfect ACT scores

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is celebrating four students who attained a perfect score on the ACT test. More than 1.9 million students take the ACT each year. Less than one percent of those students achieve a perfect score.

The glass awards for apple finalists on display at the 2016 Apple Awards

In response to teacher feedback and a desire to encourage even more students, parents and employees to participate -- the Douglas County Educational Foundation announced plans this week to expand its nomination window for the upcoming 12th Annual Apple Awards. The Foundation will accept nominations starting, Monday, November 14, 2016 and the window will remain open through Winter Break to Friday, January 13, 2017.

DOUGLAS COUNTY-Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 22 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. These academically talented students advance in the competition, which awards 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million.

Results released today show an increase in DCSD’s average composite score, which is now 22.5.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee - After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, 60 Teams from all over Colorado competed in Destination Imagination's Global Finals. Two Douglas County School District middle schools placed in the top 10 during the international competition.

A series of clinics helped provide dental care for more than 70 DCSD students -- especially those whose parents can’t afford insurance.

Seven Douglas County students were recently named the recipients of prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarships.

Submitted by teacher Marcie Stacy

HIGHLANDS RANCH– There isn’t an app for that, which is exactly why one 11-year-old just became a state winner of the SIFMA Foundation’s Fall 2015 InvestWrite competition. 

Ava Price, a sixth grader at Sand Creek Elementary, won first place in Colorado in the middle school division of InvestWrite. The program challenges students to consider an investing scenario and make recommendations that incorporate short- and long-term goals.

She won against 3,000 other students in grades six through eight.

PARKER—When young aspiring journalists enter Sierra Middle School’s newspaper and yearbook classes for the first time, they already know that they are inheriting the role of caretaker for esteemed programs, which have won multiple national awards annually for nearly a decade.

Students recently received the news that Sierra’s newspaper won second place Best of Show and the yearbook won third place Best of Show at the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Convention.

CASTLE ROCK—One Douglas County school defied all odds at a recent LEGO Design Challenge event.

27 elementary school teams from all over Colorado were tasked with developing a model of a Mars Rover for NASA, which needed to be able to travel forward in a straight line, halt when it encountered an object with its sensor and then travel backwards before coming to a stop.

Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) has been selected as a Colorado School to Watch by the Colorado Association of Middle Level Education (CAMLE).

The ballroom at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was packed with Douglas County educators as Douglas County School District’s best were honored during the annual Apple Awards.

Ninety works of art by Douglas County School District (DCSD) student-artists are on display at the History Colorado Center this month during the Colorado Scholastic Art Exhibit.

A group of middle school students from four Douglas County School District (DCSD) schools helped to represent Colorado during the National Junior Thespian Conference in Texas last weekend.

Gone are the days when a program like BASE could be considered just a childcare option for working and busy parents. In DCSD, BASE is providing services that augment and enrich the education children are receiving during the day in their schools.


Ottmann has served as Athletic Director for PHS since 1994. This past month, the Colorado High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) acknowledged Ottmann’s triumph in the athletic world with an induction into the CHSCA Hall of Fame. Ottmann is one of just five coaches to receive the honor this year.

108 female student athletes honored for National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Student musicians from across Douglas County performed in the Continental League Music Festival on January 12. The festival, held at Boettcher Concert Hall, featured a performance from the Continental League Honor Orchestra, Honor Choir and Honor Band. 

A team from Rock Canyon High School have some big footsteps to follow. This week they learned that they have clinched Best in State and Best in Region during the Verizon App Challenge. Now the students hope to follow the lead of the school’s 2013 team, which went on to become national champs and released their app to the market.

The Douglas County Educational Foundation has released the names of the individuals who have been named as 2016 Apple Award representatives.

The Douglas County School District has some promising young musicians at the middle school level. In February those students will be celebrated during the first-ever DCSD Honor Ensemble concert.

Like many Americans, the students and staff at Ranch View Middle School were stunned when they heard about the events of November 13 in Paris.

HIGHLANDS RANCH – It was a mad dash, but a group of sophomores from Rock Canyon High School not only completed a horror film in 40 hours, but also won first-place honors for it. The students say the competition was an extremely valuable experience academically, as well as for their future careers.

PARKER – More than 20 Douglas County schools will be celebrating local veterans during special assemblies, concerts and luncheons this Veterans Day, November 11.

The students and staff of the Douglas County School District recognize the great sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. Veterans Day provides the opportunity for our schools to coordinate events that celebrate their service to our country, as well as learning about the specific stories of each of these courageous veterans.

Ponderosa High School (PHS) recently hosted its Eighth Annual Human Rights Week. The five-day event is always packed with speakers and film screenings aimed at educating students and the community about local and global issues. This year one of the speakers was a recent Ponderosa graduate, who has had the opportunity to see some of the issues first-hand.

 For the second year in a row, the Douglas County School District accounting team received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International, the highest honor bestowed for financial reporting by the organization, for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

How one Legend Senior is Changing the Lives of Thousands of Children

More than 130 Douglas County School District (DCSD) high school students will be gathering at the State Capitol on Monday to not only meet local leaders, but to work together to solve issues on the students’ minds.

Yet another indicator of educational excellence, Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 14 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Apple Awards. Deadline: Sunday, October 4!

A business-like approach and sustained support from the school’s community have placed Roxborough Primary and Intermediate on the front page of PTO Today website. The school’s Parent Teacher Involvement Committee (PTIC) was selected as the magazine’s 2015 National Parent Group of the Year.

In 1961 a gleaming new building greeted freshmen students as they arrived for their first day at Douglas County High School. This past weekend some of those same students returned to the storied school to celebrate their 50-year reunion and to reminisce.

As this summer’s reunion for the Class of 1995 approached, Chris McNellis says he was battling a growing sense of guilt. The former class president had done a lot at Ponderosa High School, including winning the school’s first state championship in wrestling, but he had failed to see one important task through.

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of Douglas County is a groundbreaking and exciting thirty-week program that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs.

On Monday, Douglas County High School freshmen gathered for their first day of school. Among them was a student that some might consider a hero. This summer, after overcoming cancer and the loss of one of his legs, Robert Burns walked triumphantly, carrying the Special Olympic torch as it traveled through Colorado on the way to the World Games.

Students from Mountain Vista traveled to Europe this summer to attend the “Education First Global Student Leadership Conference” in Davos, Switzerland with 1,600 other students from around the world. They prepared for the trip all last year by participating in a before-school class at Mountain Vista called Global Learning and Leaders.

As Maddie Malhotra walked across the stage at Sports Authority Stadium last week to receive her diploma, a part of her wished that she could capture the moment with her own camera.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – DCSD seniors are well on their way to college with prestigious scholarships paving the way.

Students, parents and administrators in the Douglas County School District came together this week to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our employees during the 2015 DCSD Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.

Excellence in athletics has become synonymous with Ponderosa High School. While it is usually the Mustang’s wrestling, football or poms programs in the spotlight, this week the administrator behind much of the success was honored.

Every year the student-artists featured at the Douglas County School District Art Show amaze us with their creativity. The work on display, including stunning paintings, provocative photos and astounding sculptures, represents the work of kindergarten through twelfth-grade DCSD students.

A group of Chaparral High School fashion students brought fire and ice to the runway at this year’s Denver Paper Fashion Show. The school claimed the top award for students during their inaugural appearance at the competition.

This week during the second-annual iLab Innovation Capstone Symposium seventh-grade students at Mountain Ridge Middle School will once again be empowered to employ the knowledge and skills they’ve learned in the classroom to effect change in their community and around the world.

Co-editor-in-chiefs, RHMS yearbook

NEW YORK – Columbia University is well known for honoring excellence in journalism with the annual Pulitzer Prizes.  Middle and high school journalism students across the country earn similar honors through the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).


Nuggets presentation

DENVER – It was not just Ty Lawson and Jameer Nelson that got cheers during the Denver Nuggets pre-game on March 25. Two Douglas County School District athletic trainers were called out to center court to be honored by the team for their dedication to DCSD sports programs.

Thirst for Knowledge by Legend High School senior Jordan Sandt

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Five students from high schools in DCSD have been named National Medalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

ThunderRidge High School Teacher Jackie Bath

TULSA – The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) has named high school teacher Jackie Bath the 2015 AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year. 

The Douglas County School District celebrated the work of its teachers, support staff and administrators during the 2015 Apple Awards.

The students in Mountain Vista High School’s Engineering and Technology programs have proven that, given the right tools students will amaze you. A generous grant recently awarded to the school will now help to expand the capabilities of their recently opened Fabrication Lab even further.

Usually students have to wait until college to explore the world of biotechnology. This winter, however, a group of students from Rock Canyon High and Copper Mesa Elementary schools teamed up, showing they are more than capable of handling cutting-edge research.

There is no doubt that the finalists in Douglas County School District’s 2015 Spelling Bee are artisanal (or craftsman-like) in their use of word—but this year they actually needed to know how to spell the word artisanal, to become the champion.

Performers at 2015 Continental League Music Festival

DENVER – More than 300 high school musicians represented Douglas County School District (DCSD) at the Continental League Music Festival on January 12.


Jack Kennedy says one of the biggest challenges and thrills of his career was helping to build Rock Canyon High School’s journalism program—from the ground up.

With heavy snow and cold temperatures, Rock Canyon High School’s Fire Science class’s recent vehicle extrication exercise was about as realistic as you can get—in training.

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Highlands Ranch High School (HRHS) is one of only a dozen schools across the United States and Canada that will be competing in the 2015 CyberPatriot National Finals Competition.

Rock Canyon High School’s yearbook adviser isn’t known for sugar coating her expectations. Undoubtedly it is this high standard that has pushed her students to excellence and a reason she was named a Journalism Education Association (JEA) Distinguished Adviser of the Year.

Recently, Legacy Point learned that it had been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. This is a national honor that recognizes outstanding achievements in school and student outcomes, through the implementation of The Leader in Me framework. It also celebrates the extraordinary impact the framework has on staff, students, parents and the greater community.

John Gutierrez

HIGHLANDS RANCH - John Gutierrez always loved school when he was growing up. He decided at an early age he wanted to be a teacher, and has never looked back.

ThunderRidge High School Senior Brandon Lee

DENVER – Colorado Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond has announced that ThunderRidge High School senior Brandon Lee is one of the two students who have been selected as Colorado delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program.

A program that puts iPads in the hands of every “digital native” at Redstone Elementary has earned the school an Apple Distinguished School designation in recognition of its innovation, leadership, and educational excellence.

“Accredited with Distinction” has been awarded to the Douglas County School District by the Colorado Department of Education.

For the third consecutive year, the Mountain Vista Golden Eagles soared to a team victory during the state cross country meet, claiming the 5A Boys championship.

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded Douglas County School District its Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation during the 2014-2015 budget year. 

Next month Chaparral freshman Breanne Hunter will be on her way to Washington, D.C. to be honored as a rising star in student journalism.

Googly eyes were the inspiration for a fun, student-led project that has raised enough money to sponsor schooling for five Belize students and to purchase school supplies.

Mammoth Heights Elementary was bustling with activity on Saturday, October 4, as students and staff members worked to sort piles of school supplies in preparation for the annual Belize Education Project trip.

 So far, more than 1.6 million people have watched OneRepublic’s newest music video, “I Lived” on YouTube. The video is a celebration of the life of Rock Canyon High School sophomore Bryan Warnecke who has battled Cystic Fibrosis (CF) since birth.

This week, Douglas County’s Cougar Run Elementary was one of 337 schools selected nationally as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The award is recognition of overall academic excellence.

The U.S Department of Education showcased Douglas County School District’s sustainability efforts this week by visiting several of our schools as part of their Green Strides Best Practices Tour.

When Rocky Heights Middle School Assistant Principal John Veit walked into the school yearbook room, he was greeted with handfuls of confetti and cheers from staff, students, and a special guest. 

On August 9, 2014, over 30 Ben Franklin Academy (BFA) dads, grandfathers and male role models participated in a Summer Work Day to provide general maintenance and cleaning before the school opens for the year on August 20th.

Citing a high graduation rate, Douglas County was recently named the second best county in the nation in a survey of counties across the nation.

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

Nighthawk Man art

HIGHLANDS RANCH – For a moment you might have thought you were in Hollywood. In May, the glitz and glamour of the red carpet was on full display at the Wildlife Experience IMAX Theater in Parker as Rocky Heights Middle School students and parents gathered to celebrate the premiere of “Nighthawk Man.


MVHS students at TSA National Competition

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – In late June, 6,800 students and educators from across the United States converged near the nation’s capital to display their technology acumen, creating an atmosphere charged with enthusiasm and innovative ideas.

During a special assembly at Cimarron Middle School on Tuesday packed with eighth-grade students, you might have thought that teacher Shannon Shelton was a rock star.

On Tuesday June 3 Chaparral High School was presented with the Outstanding Arts School Award during a special ceremony at Temple Emanuel, Denver.

Two groups of Cimarron Middle School students were recognized during the recent International ExploraVision science competition.

A letter written by a Rocky Heights Middle School (RHMS) student is on its way to the U.S. Library of Congress, after winning the Colorado Letters About Literature contest.

DCSD Boettcher Scholars

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Four DCSD students were recently named winners of the prestigious Boettcher Scholars award. More than 1,600 Colorado students applied for the honor, with 40 being named recipients.

PARKER - This time of year, the focus is on the thousands of Douglas County students who are getting a fresh new start following their commencement ceremonies. Simultaneously, our schools and administration are celebrating the contributions of staff who are, themselves, embarking on a new journey—retirement.

The 5A girls golf championship came down to a one-hole playoff and Rock Canyon senior Michelle Ramano was able to take the lead to win the title.

Recently Castle Rock Elementary School (CRE) became the fourth school in the Douglas County School District to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Douglas County had an excellent showing at the 2014 Track and Field Championships, with four first-place finishes.

THORNTON – It was a big day for Douglas County’s freestyle swimmers. ThunderRidge High School senior Nathan Mueller and Douglas County High School senior JP Beach both made multiple visits to the podium on Saturday, during the 5A Swimming and Diving State Championships.

On the same turf that the Denver Broncos won the AFC Championship in January, the Ponderosa Mustangs proved they too are champions.

Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver celebrated the contributions made by Douglas County School District Health Services Director to keep students safe and healthy.

National School Nurse Day, May 7, 2014, is a time to celebrate the role our school nurses play in the safety, health, and academic success of our students.

The students at Sand Creek Elementary may have a future one day on Wall Street. This year, the school swept the Middle School division of the Stock Market Game.

On Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Larkspur Elementary was one of 48 schools across the nation to receive a Green Ribbon Award this year.

After placing fifth in the 400-meter freestyle during the London Paralympic Games; Rock Canyon High School Junior Brickelle Bro has not slowed down. In fact, she recently broke an American record and is now preparing to swim in the Pan Pacific Para games.

This week’s snow is a stark reminder for a group of teachers and administrators visiting Douglas County School District that they are far from their tropical home.

Over the weekend the giant white tent at the Outlets at Castle Rock was bustling with activity, as parents, students and community members gathered to admire the artwork created by Douglas County School District students and teachers.

The student-journalists at Mountain Vista High School cover a lot stories, but this week the breaking news focused on one of their own. On Sunday, the school’s Co-Editor-In-Chief, Taylor Blatchford, was named the Journalism Education Association’s (JEA) National Journalist of the Year.

Just a short walk from Renaissance Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School stands a small wooden structure. While, at first, it may be mistaken as a birdhouse, the students who helped to erect this Little Free Library in Metzler Park hope their project will bring a love of reading to their town.

An eighth-grade student from Mountain Ridge Middle School finished in second place during the recent Colorado Geographic Bee.

fire scene

PARKER – For most students, getting real-life job experience while still in high school can be priceless. For the students in the Fire Science class at Rock Canyon High School (RCHS), this scenario recently became a reality.

Ponderosa senior Dylan Gabel overcame a broken back to win two straight state titles. 

Two young Douglas County ladies, one from Rock Canyon and the other from ThunderRidge, topped the podium during the recent 5A Colorado Swimming Championships.

 The Mountain Vista Golden Eagles is one of the four boys basketball teams still standing in this year’s 5A State Tournament.

Located in the shadow of DCSD’s Shea Stadium, Plum Creek Academy is an educational gem; a shining example of how a school district can care for students with significant needs.

Last weekend’s Academy Awards, probably have a lot of students dreaming about a career in film. An effort to bring back a film festival that started here in DCSD may be just the thing Douglas County students need to make some connections that could one day lead to Hollywood, and who knows—perhaps an Oscar one day.

The Douglas County School District gathered on Saturday to honor some of the District’s best educators, support staff members and administrators during the 2014 Apple Awards.

CASTLE ROCK – A total of 25 students ranging from fourth to eighth-grade will represent Douglas County in March, during the 2014 Colorado State Spelling Bee.

The students earned their spots on the DCSD team on February 1, during the District Spelling Bee, which was held at Castle Rock Middle School. During the event the kids had to conquer a writing test and the traditional oral spelling competition.


The top three spellers were:

Athletes from across the Douglas County School District signed on the dotted line on February 5.

Students from Douglas County, Mountain Vista and Rock Canyon high schools have been nominated as candidates for the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

DOUGLAS COUNTY – This weekend, students from 21 schools will be coming together for the Warrior Rumble to honor the life of Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis.

Girl basketball player

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

Robotics medal winners

DENVER – For the first time ever, the United States hosted the International Robot Olympiad (IRO), right here in Colorado. Douglas County students welcomed the world and then showed them their Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity and Communication in the competition.

The National High School Journalism Convention was held November 14-17 and Douglas County School District had quite a showing—winning two national awards and placing in several other categories.

When you visit Kim Kehr’s school website, it’s easy to see what subject she is most passionate about., because her page reads, “Math, the only subject that counts” in big bold letters. It’s this passion for arithmetic that has earned the Cimarron Middle School eighth-grade teacher Raytheon’s Math Hero Award.

At the Board of Education meeting held on September 3, five Castle View High School (CVHS) students laid out their plan to invite more foreign exchange students into all DCSD schools, and further the goal of a global education.

The Colorado Society of School Psychologists (CSSP) named Dr. Peter Thompson, the school psychologist at Rocky Heights Middle School and Traumatic Brain Injury Coordinator for the Douglas County School District, the Colorado School Psychologist of the Year.

After drawing record crowds and wowing those audiences, it is no surprise that Chaparral High School’s (CHS) production of Les Misérables has now garnering award nominations.

 Douglas County School District is pleased to announce the names of 16 National Merit Semifinalists. 

Earlier this month students from the Denver Metro Area tested their critical thinking skills during the MATHCOUNTS Metro Chapter competition. 

Think you know everything there is to know about this great big planet, we call home? Well, nine Douglas County School District students will be putting their geographic knowledge to the test in a couple weeks.

The results are in from the recent Transitional Colorado Assessment Program and despite the changes, students with the Douglas County School District once again far outpaced the state average. In fact, DCSD scored highest in the state in reading and 13 percentage points above the state on the entire test this year.
Last week, the Douglas County school board recognized Kristen Autret, senior at Legend High School, and Amy Yoelin, senior at Highlands Ranch High School, in honor of being chosen as Youth Ambassadors for Governor John Hickenlooper’s summer internship program.

After rigorously considering more than 1,300 applicants, the Board of Trustees of the Boettcher Foundation has selected 40 Colorado high school seniors, including five from Douglas County, to receive 2013 Boettcher Foundation Scholarships.