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Teaching students how to cope socially, emotionally

Eighth-grader Morgan Fritzler is working to improve her self-awareness. “Sometimes, I have anxiety and perfectionist issues and I expect myself to get everything on the first try,” Fritzler, 12, said. “It makes me feel frustrated.” But … more

DACA students rally to renew eligibility, ‘mourn loss of dream’

When she was 2 years old, Claudia Hurtado and her sister were taken across the border with people she didn’t know. Separately, her parents crossed from Mexico to Texas, and there, met the people with their children, before coming to Denver to … more

Baby box program gives women ‘breath of fresh air’

New and expecting moms throughout the Colorado now have access to free, safe place for babies to sleep with the Colorado launch of the baby box. The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting families with vital … more

Anti-reform candidates sweep the slate in the Douglas County School Board election

The anti-reform candidates known as "commUNITY" were leading in the races for four seats on the Douglas County School District Board of Education. Krista Holtzmann, Anthony Graziano, Kevin Leung and … more

Marijuana money and education in Denver metro schools

Jefferson County Public Schools is hiring six more social-emotional counselors for 14 elementary schools. Douglas County School District has one additional school counselor at each of its nine middle … more

A new opportunity for students at Lone Tree site

Quinn Hunchar doesn’t like being confined to a classroom. She prefers reading books and watching documentaries. “School is not my thing,” the 18-year-old said. “I felt like I was being shoved in a box.” When she told her parents she … more

Douglas County School District's voucher program gets new life following Supreme Court ruling

The Douglas County School District's long-contested school voucher program will get another look from the Colorado Supreme Court following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court on a similar … more

School board president closes chapter after eight years

If Meghann Silverthorn could change anything about her eight years on the Douglas County School Board, it would be the process and timing of policies implemented by the board, she said. “You can't … more

The role of money in the Douglas County School Board election

At an Oct. 3 forum held by the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, the eight candidates assured the audience that they were receiving donations from friends, families, teachers, volunteers and colleagues. Several referred to … more

Candidates touch on trust in latest Douglas County School Board forum

One word used often by Douglas County School Board candidates at the second community forum was “trust.” “Before we would consider any kind of tax increase, the first goal is to restore trust with the community,” Elevate Douglas County … more

'HalloWilcox' is school district's treat for kids

About 900 elementary school students assembled at the Douglas County School District's administrative building on Oct. 31 for an unforgettable Halloween. Inside, ghosts, witches, superheroes, trolls and other creative characters replaced … more

New Douglas County school board 'leaves politics at the door'

The Douglas County school board may be getting four new members, but sitting member David Ray is excited about a camaraderie that he says already exists. “Whereas when we came on two years ago,” Ray said, “there was already — before we … more

Hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring into Douglas County School Board races

Candidates' campaigns in this year's races for Douglas County School Board have already raised more than double the amount of money received by hopefuls two years ago. But the $168,850 donated … more

School board to consider suspending pay-for-performance for a year

The Douglas County School District may suspend the differentiated pay structure for licensed teachers and administrators, replacing it for one year with uniform pay raises while it reassesses the evaluation and salary systems that many community … more

Douglas County School District cleared of wrongdoing in 2013 election lawsuit

The Douglas County School District was cleared of wrongdoing in a lawsuit dating to 2013 following a Colorado State Supreme Court ruling July 3. The court reviewed a court of appeals' conclusion … more

School board hears recommendations on financial literacy education

Personal financial literacy is an important skill for Douglas County students to develop, some school board members said at a Dec. 12 board of education meeting, where recommendations for how to … more

Ray named school board president as new members take seats

Dozens of people crowded around the front doors of the Douglas County School District Administrative Building in Castle Rock on Nov. 28. Inside, the conference room was maxed out at more than 100 … more

University of Phoenix to close campuses

The University of Phoenix is stopping on-campus enrollment and will close approximately 20 campuses across the country as part of a “teach-out” program. The university has three Colorado locations: one in Lone Tree, one in Westminster and one … more

Students unplug, discover value of real face time

An initiative to ditch social media for a month that started with Littleton Public Schools students has gone viral, with thousands of youngsters around the country and the globe joining in the effort to get reacquainted with the world beyond their … more

Highlands Ranch school earns national credential

Fox Creek isn’t your typical elementary school. At the start of each day, students in classrooms sit in a circle, greet one another and analyze a quote that promotes a life skill. They spend time in the community, studying wildlife in the … more
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