Did You Know?

Did you know

Douglas County School District is introducing a series called, Did You Know? to highlight unique programs, school amenities, and interesting fun facts about DCSD and its staff and students. Look for the Did You Know? series on DCSD’s social media channels, website, and newsletters.

Students Learning Tools of the Trades at Douglas County High School
05/15/2024
Measure twice, cut once. That’s one of the takeaways students learn through the Building Materials class led by teacher Curtis Hanock at Douglas County High School (DCHS). The elective class is for those who want to learn hands-on, do-it-yourself skills that they can apply right away and will save them time and money in the future when they tackle repairs or make home improvements.
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Frontier Valley Students Enjoy Career Day with Visits from Community Members
05/09/2024
Frontier Valley Elementary students studied a variety of careers and jobs during Career Week. Topping off the curriculum was the school’s first-ever Career Day with visits from members of the community including CORE Electric Cooperative, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Parker Center Animal Clinic, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
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Welcome to the Rox Nature Lab!
05/03/2024
With a bright, sunny day as the perfect backdrop, those gathered counted down from three to cut the ribbon on the newest addition to the Roxborough community - the Rox Nature Lab!
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Boettcher Foundation Honors Five Outstanding DCSD Students
05/03/2024
More than 1,900 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 50 being named recipients. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proud to congratulate five DCSD graduates for earning this prestigious scholarship that aims to retain Colorado’s inspiring high school graduates within the state for their college education.
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More than 20 Graduates Celebrated at DCSD’s Leadership Institute Recognition Event
04/25/2024
DCSD’s Leadership Institute Recognition event at the Legacy Campus was a resounding success! Superintendent Kane and other district leaders joined the Professional Development Department in celebrating the achievements of 22 graduates from across 13 departments.
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Rock Canyon High School Hosts Emergency Training Scenario
04/25/2024
They found themselves in the midst of a major emergency when they left the classrooms at Rock Canyon High School behind for a real-life training exercise. Students from EMT, Fire and Rescue, and Criminal Justice classes responded, triaged, and cared for victims of a multi-car incident. Alongside the students, their teachers and representatives from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office assisted and provided feedback to the young first responders.
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Renaissance Elementary Sixth Graders Explore Water Treatment Plant
04/12/2024
In a bid to extend their learning beyond the confines of the classroom, Sixth-grader’s from Renaissance Elementary Magnet School recently embarked on a field work opportunity to the Plum Creek Water Purification Facility in Castle Rock. The excursion aimed to deepen their understanding of the intricate cycling of water.
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Rock Canyon’s Aditi Avinash Named Finalist in Nation’s Top STEM Competition
04/09/2024
Aditi Avinash, a Rock Canyon High School senior, is the only student from Colorado to become a finalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2024, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.
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The Legacy Cafe is Open to the Public
04/01/2024
Searching for a new place for breakfast or lunch? Try the Legacy Cafe at the DCSD Legacy Campus, 10035 S. Peoria St., in Lone Tree. Start your day with a latte or cappuccino and a made-to-order breakfast, or recharge mid-day with a hot sandwich lunch. The cafe offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items, including sandwiches, fresh salads, yogurt parfaits, and grab-and-go snacks and drinks.
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Mountain Vista High School has a Hydroponic Farm
01/19/2024
Since 2017, Mountain Vista High School staff and students have been operating an on-site hydroponic farm or freight farm. What used to require two to three acres of land to grow food can now be done in a crate.
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Sage Canyon's "Roots & Shoots" Connects Students to the Natural World
01/11/2024
Lessons in gardening are taking root at Sage Canyon Elementary. The school’s newest offering, Roots & Shoots, has students digging in the dirt, planting seeds, and experimenting with different methods of growing plants. It’s environmental science in a fun, hands-on way.
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Daniel C. Oakes High School Partners with the Backpack Society
10/27/2023
Every Friday morning Daniel C. Oakes High School’s student council members prepare individual boxes of donated food for students to take home when they leave school for the weekend. Approximately 25 students and a handful of staff have signed up for the free food program, known as The Backpack Society.
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DCSD Schools Named to AP Honor Roll
10/06/2023
everal DCSD high schools are being recognized for their AP (Advanced Placement) programs, being named to the new AP School Honor Roll. Schools can earn this prestigious recognition annually based on criteria that reflect a commitment to increasing college-going culture, providing opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.
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Conexión Brings Together Latin American Families From All Over DCSD
10/02/2023
Conexión, DCSD’s Spanish-language family group, aspires to be the voice of Spanish-language families, breaking barriers and building bridges with the educational community, so that each child reaches their full potential.
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Chaparral High School Welcomes Girls Flag Football 
09/21/2023
Girls' flag football is making a comeback! Chaparral High School has one of the newest teams with nearly 50 players for its first year as a club sport. Although many on the team are athletes who participate in other sports, anyone who expressed interest made the team, and every grade is represented.
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DCSD Home to 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
09/15/2023
Douglas County School District (DCSD) is pleased to announce the names of 29 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, making them part of an elite group representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors.
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DCSD Bridge Students Run the Legacy Cafe
09/11/2023
The cafe at the Legacy Campus is open for business. This cafe is run by students of the DCSD18-21 Bridge program.
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ThunderRidge High School’s Welding Shop is School’s Newest Career Technical Education Program
04/28/2023
At the welding shop at ThunderRidge High School (TRHS), students measure, cut, and of course, weld. This is where the sparks fly! Currently, five offerings of Welding I and Welding 2 classes are available. Next school year, a Welding 3 class will be offered, and the following year, Welding 4. The goal is that students who complete Welding 4 will earn their certification, giving them immediate access to the workforce following graduation.
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Cresthill Middle School Debuts Cycle Studio
02/22/2023
Cresthill Middle School (CMS) is the first and only DCSD school with a cycle studio. The school’s Health and Wellness department came up with the idea three years ago, taking a dream to fruition. “Getting kids active was the goal,” said Cresthill Athletic Director Bradley Wiidakas. “Cycling is an integral part of the Colorado experience, whether it’s road cycling or world-class mountain biking. Plus, cycling is a powerful low-impact exercise that delivers excellent benefits.”
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DCSD High Schools Have Esports, the Newest and Officially Sanctioned Activity Under CHSAA
01/17/2023
Esports is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world and one of the fastest-growing activities in DCSD. Esports are organized competitive video gaming, which involves strategy, strong hand-eye coordination, and teamwork. Teams compete against each other in tournaments. Consoles such as the Nintendo Switch make up most of the devices. Other events require personal computers that are capable of running the software. Internet speed and connection are important to the success of the program. Current popular and CHSAA-sanctioned games include Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, League of Legends, Rocket League, Mario Kart, Splatoon, Hearthstone, Madden 23, and NBA 2k3.
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Rock Canyon High School's Fire Science Program is one of the few in the Area
11/28/2022
Rock Canyon High School's Fire Science Program is one of the few in the Area. The year-long program consists of three classes that give nine college credit hours through Red Rocks Community College.
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D.C. Oakes HS is an Alternative School of Choice
10/07/2022
Daniel C. Oakes High School is an alternative school of choice for students to earn their high school diploma. The school offers smaller class sizes, personal connection with peers and staff, and prides itself on a sense of community and family.
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Douglas County Stadium Gets a New Scoreboard
09/27/2022
Score! Douglas County Schools Stadium features a new state-of-the-art scoreboard and new seating just in time for football season.
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Mill Levy Override & Bond on the November ballot
09/09/2022
Did you know that an increase in local funding due to economic growth and rising property taxes does not provide our schools with more money? It just means that the state contributes less.
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NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).