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School district boasts Boettcher, National Merit winners

Five students from Douglas County schools were named National Merit Scholars, and two more received Boettcher Scholarships. The five Douglas County recipients of National Merit scholarship were … more

DCSD, county officials work on plans for school safety

Elected officials from Douglas County and the Douglas County School District met to discuss specifics surrounding school safety following the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left … more

Highlands Ranch High School graduation: Ready to follow their hearts

Don't be afraid of failure. Understand life will give you trials. Seize opportunities when they come to you. Stay humble. Those were some of the messages seniors at Highlands Ranch High School heard … more

What the new grads are saying in Douglas County

Isaac Abramovitz, Rock Canyon High School What will you always remember about your time in high school? I will always remember the awesome friendships I made playing sports with my fellow classmates. … more

SROs and Douglas County schools: What do they cost and how many are there?

Costs to fund a school resource officer are typically split between the law enforcement agencies providing them and the organizations receiving services. The Douglas County School District, the … more

Experts weigh benefits of school resource officers

Leaders in school safety and law enforcement agree that school resource officers offer more than security. They provide education about issues like cyberbullying and dating violence and engrain … more

Parents, community members seek school security solutions

David Ray, president of the Douglas County Board of Education, opened a May 14 school board meeting with a moment of silence for Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the May 7 school shooting at STEM … more

SkyView Academy encouraged to challenge limits

Just shy of 60 SkyView Academy graduates tossed their caps into the air, signaling the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. The May 18 commencement ceremony took place at the Highlands … more

'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 … more

Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from … more

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are … more

Students honored for strength, perseverance

The Administrators’ Scholarship Program at Douglas County School District honors students who have overcome personal challenges and excelled in school. Since its inception in 1988, the program has … more

Douglas County commissioners eye $10 million to enhance school safety

Jennifer Thompson Consolo and her family had no idea her daughter was being bullied and had begun self-harming during her sophomore year at Douglas County High School. They also didn't know she was … more

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided … more

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom … more

STEM School students walk out of shooting vigil amid frustration

A vigil that brought politicians, activists and several hundred students and parents to Highlands Ranch High School after the nearby STEM School shooting devolved into chaos and chants, with many students expressing frustration with the event’s political overtones on gun policy. more

Multiple students injured, one killed in shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch

Eight students were wounded and one was killed in a shooting at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The two suspects were in custody. more

Colorado students awarded Boettcher scholarships

Graduating seniors in the Colorado Community Media coverage area are among those named 2019 Boettcher Foundation Scholars, according to a news release from the foundation. “The Boettcher Foundation … more

Adult literacy graduation was biggest ever

Douglas County Libraries hosted a spring graduation ceremony for adults completing their high school equivalency on April 28 at the Lone Tree branch of Douglas County Libraries. Eight graduates … more

Two vacant seats on DCSD's District Accountability Committee

Douglas County School District needs to fill two vacancies on its District Accountability Committee. Comprising parents, teachers, district staff and community members, the committee makes … more
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