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Legend High band equipment stolen ahead of state competition

The Parker Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding thieves who stole equipment from Legend High School in the early morning hours of Oct. 19. Equipment stolen belonged to the … 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

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

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

Students 'bring it back full circle,' return as teachers

Steele Krause, 23, a first-year teacher at Legend High School, didn’t have to worry about learning his way around the 1,976-student building. After all, he graduated from the Parker school in 2012. Instead, his biggest challenge has been … 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

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

In schools, it's cafeteria food, remixed

The bass line of “Another One Bites the Dust” pumped through Castle View High School as about 450 area students and their families came together for A Taste of DCSD. Everyone knows what an apple a day can do, but Douglas County School … more

School board candidates tackle issues at forum

Dozens of community members gathered in the Highlands Ranch High School auditorium on Sept. 26 to listen to seven of the eight Douglas County School Board candidates talk about their stances on issues guiding this year's election. Students from … more

District’s direction at stake in school board election

They come from different backgrounds and neighborhoods — and hold different educational philosophies — but parents from across Douglas County agree the upcoming schoolboard election could change the course of the school district “The … 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

School district's pay-for-performance suspended for one year

The seven members of the Douglas County School Board approved suspending the differentiated pay structure for licensed teachers and administrators for one year at the Sept. 19 board meeting. Suspending the pay-for-performance structure for the … more

Fair provides resources on substance use

A teenage bedroom staged in the lunchroom of Douglas County High School revealed everyday items that young people may be using to conceal drug or alcohol use. Inside a hairbrush was a compartment for marijuana. A pill bottle was in a pillowcase. … 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

Teacher’s lifelong passion for theater wins her prestigious award

At age 5, Laurilea McDaniel’s mother took her to New York City for the Broadway musical, “Cats.” It was the first of hundreds of shows she would see. That same year, her mom taught her how to sew a costume. “That’s definitely where my … more

Boettcher Foundation honors five DCSD teachers

For more than 60 years, Denver-based Boettcher Foundation has awarded exceptional high school students with full-ride scholarships to any four-year school in Colorado. This year, 42 of 1,600 applicants were selected. Five were from Douglas County … more

Test scores show growth, room for improvement

Standardized test-score results released in August show that the Douglas County School District outperformed the state in all but one test category, but the district saw drops in several categories since last year. Under the Colorado Measures of … more

Q&A with school board candidate Chris Ciancio-Schor

Chris Ciancio-Schor grew up in Welby, a rural Adams County community, where she worked on a vegetable farm in the summers. The Castle Rock resident has four children and six grandchildren, all of whom attend or attended Douglas County … more

Q&A with school board candidate Anthony Graziano

Anthony Graziano, 51, of Castle Rock, is a 13-year resident of Douglas County. He and his wife, Amy, have two daughters that have gone through Douglas County schools. Graziano has worked in the software and information technology industries since … more
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