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Interim superintendent will apply for permanent position

Douglas County School District interim Superintendent Erin Kane has announced that she will apply for the permanent superintendent position. “Many of you have asked me if I intend to apply,” Kane … 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

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

Metro area schools look to later start times

Research says that a later school start time positively impacts alertness, mental health, wellness and behavior in high school and middle school students, which means students are better prepared to … 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

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

Local students walk out to show support for shooting victims

Students at Chaparral, Highlands Ranch and ThunderRidge high schools walked out of school Feb. 21 to show support for victims and family members of the recent school shooting in Florida. Students … more

School board renews charter contract for online school

The Douglas County School Board's decision to renew the charter contract of Hope Online Learning Academy received a standing ovation from dozens of parents and teachers in the audience at a Feb. 6 … more

Keeping students, schools safe

In Colorado, where eight school shootings have occurred since 1982 — leaving 19 dead and 29 wounded — keeping students safe is a reality that has spurred Denver metro area districts to lead the … more

Safe2Tell emerges as key resource to keeping students safe

Safe2Tell, an anonymous way for students, parents, school staff and community members to report concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others, emerged as a needed resource in the aftermath … more

Learning from lessons of the past

One way the Jeffco school district is sharing its knowledge is through the The Frank DeAngelis Center for Community Safety — named after former Columbine High School Principal Frank DeAngelis — … more

Community scholarship application period opening soon

When Emily Pantoja was a senior at Mountain Vista High School in 2014, she applied for a scholarship through the Highlands Ranch Community Association. The process was fairly simple — she was asked … more

Teens may be moody — or in need of help

Being a teenager can be difficult. School demands, social pressures and self-imposed expectations can take a toll on young people of both sexes, often causing moodiness and irritability. Historically … 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

ThunderRidge principal loses battle with cancer

The community is mourning the loss of ThunderRidge High School principal Chris Tabeling, who died from cancer at the age of 46 the morning of March 4. “He was passionate about his families — his … more

Douglas County schools raise big money for Make-A-Wish

Once a year, students in Douglas County spend a week raising money for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. The school district never disappoints — this year it has raised $309,360 and is … more

Douglas County School District ordered to pay for private education of student with autism

A federal judge has ordered the Douglas County School District to reimburse the family of a student with autism for costs associated with his private education. On Feb. 12, U.S. District Judge Lewis … more

Feeder schools implement policies for tech use

Schools in the Rock Canyon High School feeder system are taking steps to address students' increasing use of technology in the classroom. In August, Rocky Heights Middle School implemented a cell … more

School board to consider ballot questions to boost funding

Built in 1962, Douglas County High School needs more than $17 million worth of capital repairs, according to Principal Tony Kappas. The original plumping needs maintenance, pipes are rusting — some … more

Douglas County students spend fall break in the kitchen

Aromas of sharp onion and chives, sweet sesame and tangy ginger pervade a medium-sized cafeteria at Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures, an outdoor education center in Larkspur. About 30 students from middle and elementary schools from across Douglas … more
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