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Parent & Community Engagement

Katherine Brown
School/Community Partnership Coordinator

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620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-387-9505

Research shows a direct correlation between parents involved in the education of students and high student achievement. Douglas County School District is committed to increasing parent involvement to ensure DCSD students are the highest achieving in the state.

Many opportunities exist in each school to increase parent involvement. DCSD also works to involve parents in the decision-making, accountability, and guidance of the schools and the district. Ensuring that the needs of students are represented is vital to the remarkable success of DCSD.

An important way DCSD involves parents is through the School Accountability Committee (SAC) and District Accountability Committee (DAC). These advisory committees represent the local control aspect of each school in the District and are required by Colorado state law, according to the Educational Accountability Act of 2009.

Parent and Community Liaison

The DCSD Office of the Parent and Community Liaison was created as part of a statutory requirement to increase the effectiveness of parent involvement in the SACs and DAC. The office also engages the community in support of schools and parents, creating a network to serve DCSD families. Whether through DCSD Parent University, Accountability Committees, or even as a resource for parents needing information and support, this office is committed to serving DCSD families.

School Accountability Committee

Each School Accountability Committee (SAC) is an advisory committee comprised of parents, community leaders, principals, and teachers who meet and discuss topics of vital importance to their individual school. The SAC makes a recommendation to the principal regarding how the school should spend money, engage parents, create strategies for success, and any other areas or issues that affect the function of the school and the success of students. This important committee meets regularly throughout the school year and is a critical component in the oversight of the school and success of students and staff.

District Accountability Committee icon The District Accountability Committee (DAC) meets monthly throughout the year and makes recommendations to the Douglas County School Board of Education regarding spending district money, charter school applications, improvement plans and parent engagement plans. DAC members also make recommendations for areas and issues for study, as well as teacher and principal assessment tools. This committee collects feedback from and provides information to the SAC.

The Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC) assists the Board of Education in fulfilling its fiscal oversight responsibilities. The FOC does not assume the ultimate fiscal responsibilities of the Board of Education. The Board and the Superintendent retain the ultimate responsibility for the District's financial condition and for decision-making in all matters of policy and operation.

The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) is charged to study school district facility and capacity needs. This citizen-based group keeps close track of new housing developments and student enrollment trends. Recommendations are made to the Board of Education on capacity needs, attendance boundaries and school locations, and other issues related to facilities.

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School/Community Partnership Coordinator
 
620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO
303-387-9505

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Research shows that when parents and families are involved in learning, they will have a more active role in the educational process. This heightened engagement in education positively impacts the academic and social success of children. DCSD Parent University affords a unique opportunity for parents, schools, and community to become jointly involved in education, increasing the likelihood of academic and personal success for our students and their families.
What does Parent University provide?
The DCSD Parent University program provides training, information, and resources to parents and caregivers that will aid parents in their essential responsibility for influencing children's lives. By partnering with internal district departments, academic institutions, community organizations and other agencies to equip families with additional skills, knowledge, and resources, Parent University will support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning.
Classes offered through Parent University provide resources and training in areas such as safety, life skills, academic development and financial literacy, and will provide families with tools that they can use to encourage their children to become successful while fostering school and community improvement.

Parent University is designed to:

  • Increase parental involvement and participation in schools,

  • Empower parents to become effective advocates for their children,

  • Strengthen home-school-community partnerships, 

  • Allow parents an opportunity to network with professionals and other parents,

  • Help parents develop the skills needed to implement positive parenting practices, and

  • Equip parents with the knowledge and awareness of resources available to them.

Mission Statement
Parent University will educate, empower and connect families with community resources needed to build parent and student confidence, enhance character development and teach life skills in order to help increase the likelihood of family success in academic endeavors.

Vision Statement
Parent University is a community collaborative empowering parents to be “power parents” by providing training, skills and resources in the areas of: 
  • technology
  • internet and cyber safety
  • health and wellness
  • financial literacy
  • academic success
  • life skills
  • leadership skills
  • navigating the school system
Parent University provides a valuable opportunity for parents, schools, and community to become jointly involved in education. The program is designed to support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning, resulting in greater school and community improvement. 

Upcoming Events

SLEEP HYGIENE
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6PM - 7:30PM
Sky Ridge Medical Center

One in four children are misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD when they are experiencing sleep deprivation. Depression, Dementia and other ailments have been misdiagnosed for the same reason. Learn more about how you can help improve the quality of your sleep in order to function at your best!
 

Eventbrite - Sleep Hygiene Workshop

 
 

Volunteers play a significant role in student and school success.

What role will you play?

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is an advisory committee comprised of parents, community leaders, principals, and teachers who meet and discuss topics of vital importance to their individual school. The SAC makes a recommendation to the principal regarding how the school should spend money, engage parents, create strategies for success, and any other areas or issues that affect the function of the school and the success of students. This important committee meets regularly throughout the school year and is a critical component in the oversight of the school and success of students and staff.
The District Accountability Committee (DAC) meets monthly throughout the year and makes recommendations to the Douglas County School Board of Education regarding spending district money, charter school applications, improvement plans and parent engagement plans. DAC members also make recommendations for areas and issues for study, as well as teacher and principal assessment tools. This committee collects feedback from and provides information to the SAC.
The Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC) assists the Board of Education in fulfilling its fiscal oversight responsibilities. The FOC does not assume the ultimate fiscal responsibilities of the Board of Education. The Board and the Superintendent retain the ultimate responsibility for the District's financial condition and for decision-making in all matters of policy and operation.
 
The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) is charged to study school district facility and capacity needs. This citizen-based group keeps close track of new housing developments and student enrollment trends. Recommendations are made to the Board of Education on capacity needs, attendance boundaries and school locations, and other issues related to facilities.

Little intro about the blog and what it offers to people here.

I am privileged to work with an amazing group of parents, staff, teachers and principals! We have a fantastic, caring community of people here in Douglas County. I hope all of you recognize that and dwell upon so many of the positive attributes of our community.

The School Accountability Committee. More affectionately known as SAC. So many parents have no idea what this committee does or how they may be able to contribute and volunteer. But in reality, those of us who serve on SACs  known  they are missing a valuable resource afforded to us.

I hope you have a safe, memorable and refreshing break and that your goodbye to 2015 brings reflection and gratitude; and the anticipation of 2016 brings you hope and expectancy.
 
Sped Model Phase In
Parents of students in Douglas County School District have reached out for more information about a new model of providing service to special education students in the district who require support through moderate needs programming.
Open Enrollment Window starts November 1 through January 5

We are now in the anticipated season of...Open Enrollment! The start date for open enrollment was November 1! However, this first round is not the round in which your choices are timestamped.

As the parent of a DCSD student and the Parent Liaison for the District, I know how difficult it is to understand the many education terms and acronyms.  I also know they can be a source of confusion and frustration.

The state funding model, the negative factor and the impact to DCSD.
Observing the overwhelming population growth in Douglas County, it's easy to conclude that many new residents are likely not native to Colorado or to Douglas County. Other Colorado natives may not have paid much attention to school finance issues and are beginning to see the effects of the lack of funding provided to the school district by the State of Colorado.
 

Here’s to hoping my copious notes from last night’s Applying to College class were effective. I guess I’ll have to refer to my Organization and Study Skills worksheets to put this blog together.

Are you tired of the frustration and sometimes arguing that comes with helping your student with homework? Do you constantly try to work with your child but feel like you are in two different worlds?

The churning clouds and thunder outside the Wilcox Building put on a captivating display during this month’s District Accountability Meeting (DAC).

If you’re anything like me, when it comes to children, most silence is not golden. I want to know details, follow how they are doing in school, make sure they are in class, know who they hang out with – basically everything parents need to know to ensure their child is happy, healthy, and on the right track.

Parent Involvement, DCSD, Parent Liaison, ParentLink

Back to school! The all too short summer is over! Time to get back into the routine of drop offs, pick-ups and homework help! For me, the first day wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped. My son just began his freshman year with the jitters and an allergic reaction to, well, Colorado. Tomorrow will be better! 

Children walking to school

The second window for Open Enrollment is now open in Douglas County School District (DCSD).

We know that students perform best when their families play an active role in their education. That is why the Douglas County School District encourages parents and guardians to get informed and involved.

Students entering school

DOUGLAS COUNTY – The schools in Douglas County School District (DCSD) provide many options for children who have a variety of learning styles. Another factor that contributes to student success is access to sufficient health care.

Parent University

February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and Parent University offered a class to help parents identify the warning signs of relationship violence. 

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The top take-aways from Parent University’s class on Organization and Study Skills, provided by Learning Foundations of Centennial.

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Through a special partnership with Microsoft, we are proud to announce that all Douglas County School District students and staff will be able to download Office 365 free of charge, for use at home. 

The Douglas County School District is committed to providing our stakeholders, including parents, employees, students and community members with updated and accurate information. 

Emergency Communication

Communication is critical during an emergency. The following are the primary communication avenues we use during a crisis and how to receive them.

Website iconDCSD Website
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School Closure Information

Parent portal iconVoice, Text & Email Messaging
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School Messenger alerts are sent to families using contacts in Infinite Campus. Guardians must opt in to which messages they want.

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Our newsletter tool is used to provide updates to parents.
 

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Push notifications are available via our app.

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Visit our Facebook page and select “friend” to receive updates in your news feed.

 

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Providing Feedback

DCSD welcomes civil discussion and feedback from stakeholders. We consider you, our students, parents, employees and community members to be a valuable part of the partnership to provide our students the best education possible.

There are many ways you can address concerns, get answers and provide praise. Generally we encourage people to begin with the school or department closest to the issue. We provide contact information on each department and school website.

General feedback and security concerns can be provided via these two avenues:
General Feedback
Safety & Security Feedback

Social Media

The District utilizes social media as part of its effort to provide information to its students, parents, employees and the community. We welcome comments on these sites, but expect the conversation to remain civil, on-topic, and accurate. DCSD reserves the right to remove comments and multiple abuses of our Facebook posting policy may result in a user being banned from DCSD's social media accounts.

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