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Valor graduates hear calls for service

Valor Christian High School graduates were encouraged to follow a righteous path at their May 24 commencement ceremony at Cherry Hills Community Church in Highlands Ranch. Maia Rocklin gave the … more

Lone Tree students aim for the stars

Three students from the Lone Tree STEM Scout program received Junior Scientist Awards from Minipcr, a company that sponsors the Genes in Space program, which encourages students to create DNA … more

Supplies, more offered to families in need

School is just around the corner, and not everyone is ready. School supplies, clothing and other necessities can create a financial hurdle for already-stressed household budgets. Some families simply … more

Project aims to connect University of Denver, community

The University of Denver has announced a large-scale development plan that will change the landscape of the campus with the addition of more retail and dining outlets. The school unveiled the Denver … more

School board invites charter school leaders to discuss possible tax measure

As the decision on whether to put a tax measure on the November ballot nears, the Douglas County School Board hosted a special meeting for charter school leaders to voice their needs. Several … more

Suicide intervention skills training provided

Learn the skills to help save someone from suicide. Participants of the two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training sessions will gain more knowledge about suicide, learn the skills needed … more

School board approves new pay-raise system

The Douglas County School Board is prioritizing compensating employees for what its members call the “inequity and unfairness” caused by reforms enacted by previous board members. At a June 5 … more

Survey gives insight into students' mental, physical health

Nine in 10 students enrolled in the Douglas County School District feel safe at school. More than three-fourths of DCSD students have an adult to go to for help with a serious problem. Four in 10 … more

Scheffel wins race for state board of education

Democrat Tim Krug, of Franktown, and Republican Debora Scheffel, of Parker, were each vying for the state board of education seat for the 4th Congressional District in the Nov. 6 election. Scheffel … more

Douglas County School District offers free summer lunch program

For the fourth summer in a row, the Nutrition Services team at the Douglas County School District is offering free lunch for kids and teens, Monday through Friday, at various times and locations … more

ThunderRidge students want an ‘oasis’ for mental health

Last year, Mia Hayden lost a close friend to suicide. Melanie Zhou’s mother was battling cancer. Then her school principal died of cancer. These life-changing experiences led the two ThunderRidge … more

Douglas County school board to keep current policy on medical marijuana in place

Since Benjamin Wann started taking medical marijuana nearly three years ago, he hasn't had a seizure. Wann, a junior at Mountain Vista, was diagnosed with epilepsy at 3 years old. In 2014, Sarah … more

27 Douglas County students named National Merit semifinalists

Twenty-seven Douglas County School District students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, more than doubling the district's 12 semifinalists from a year ago. Fewer than 1 percent … more

Gubernatorial candidates talk education

School funding, achievement gaps, tax breaks and educating a diverse group of students were all topics Colorado gubernatorial candidates Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton weighed in on Sept. 24 when … more

New Douglas County superintendent 'inspires people to have commitment’

Thomas Tucker’s grandparents, both sharecroppers in rural Arkansas, taught themselves how to read. Then they taught their children to read the Bible. They learned math so they could negotiate the … more

Signatures being checked for statewide school funding measure

Coloradans looking to bolster education funding throughout the state may be one step closer to their goal, as the Great Schools, Thriving Communities campaign turned in more than 170,000 signatures … more

Douglas County School District pays $1.3M settlement to family of student with special needs

After a years-long legal battle, the court case involving the Douglas County School District and the family of a son with special needs has been resolved. On May 3, the school district paid $1.32 … more

Students honor 9/11 victims

A group of Highlands Ranch High School students placed thousands of small American flags in a grassy field near University Boulevard and Cresthill Lane. The 2,977 flags represent each victim of the … more

‘You want a building to be cared for’

When a prospective parent walks in the front door of Ranch View Middle School in Highlands Ranch, he or she may see the 22-year-old carpet, chipped tile and cracks in the wall. If that parent isn’t … more

Mill levy override puts focus on DCSD teachers

Tim Ottmann, principal of Ponderosa High School in Parker, recalls why a volleyball coach of 16 years who led the team to several state championships left the school three years ago for a position in … more
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