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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

National superintendent search in the works for school district

Following more than an hour of deliberation at a special meeting on Dec. 4, the Douglas County School Board voted 7-0 to hire a firm to conduct a national search for a permanent superintendent. “I … more

Douglas County School Board votes to rescind voucher program

At a special meeting Dec. 4, more than a dozen parents, teachers and former educators took the stand and pleaded for the Douglas County Board of Education to end the controversial school voucher … 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

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

School board weighs options on superintendent search

Hiring a permanent superintendent is a school board's most important job, multiple members of the Douglas County School Board said at a Nov. 28 board of education meeting in Castle Rock. At the … 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

Changed graduation requirements affect Douglas County students

In October 2016, the Douglas County School Board approved changes in the school district's graduation requirements. The new requirements begin with the freshman class of the 2017-18 school year. … more

Should schools teach a class on how to manage money?

A community survey completed in 2012 indicated that the Douglas County School District needs to provide more financial-literacy education. Since May of this year, school board member Steven Peck has … more

Douglas County Libraries offer high school diploma program

Wendy Wilson, 24, has worked hard to achieve a career in retail sales, working at various outlets in the Lone Tree area. But, she said, she’s hiding a secret. “I never graduated from high … 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

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

A local partnership between Fox Creek and HRCA

For the past month, fourth-graders at Fox Creek Elementary have spent two hours a week studying a portion of the Backcountry Wilderness Area, 8,200 acres of conservation land that borders the southern edge of Highlands Ranch. They look at … 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

'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

Hickenlooper budget would boost school funding

Colorado would give school districts more money next year and the state would make a dent in its school funding shortfall under Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed 2018-19 budget released Nov. 1. If the plan is approved by state lawmakers, school … 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

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

Rocky Heights students roll out magical meal

Nearly 150 parents and community members attended Rocky Heights Middle School’s first annual Farm to Table dinner event Oct. 19, to savor flavors created by students of Julie Olsen’s culinary arts class. Students at the school were directed … more

Colorado Supreme Court visits Mountain Vista

Students and staff assembled in the auditorium of Mountain Vista High School for what senior Grace Wilson described as a “once in a lifetime” experience. On stage, behind a long table, sat the Colorado Supreme Court. Over three hours, the seven … more
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