DCSD In the News – April 2014


Administrator banks on her teaching experience — 4/25/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Kiffany Lychock is uniquely qualified for her job in the Douglas County School District’s professional development department. With 10 years of classroom experience and 13 years of employment with DCSD, she’s deeply familiar with both the craft of teaching and the district.

Lawmaker chastises school district lobbyist — 4/25/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
A state representative publicly chastised the Douglas County School District’s lobbyist last week, prompting DCSD leaders to fire back.

Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch hosts special effects guru and 7News meteorologist at Imagination Expo  – 4/18/14 (Denver Post)
All curious students in and around Highlands Ranch are invited to the fourth annual Imagination Expo at Northridge Elementary school on Wednesday, May 7, from 5-8 p.m.

Six high schools plan to restore schedules — 4/18/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
All four of Highlands Ranch’s public high schools will return this fall to the more traditional class schedule most used until 2011-12. Two of Parker’s three high schools intend to follow suit a year later, while the other three county high schools intend to remain on the block schedule adopted countywide in 2012-13.

Teachers question new standardized tests — 4/17/14 (9News)
HIGHLANDS RANCH – When Kristen Chenoweth teaches her students in science class at Cresthill Middle School, she says there’s always one thing missing – time.

Judges and attorneys go back to school – 4/14/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
At first glance, the drama played out on the Rock Canyon High School stage April 11 might have been mistaken for a high school play.

Students open tiny library in Castle Rock – 4/14/14 (Castle Rock News-Press)
Students at Castle Rock’s Renaissance Expeditionary Magnet School hope the free-standing library they opened near a community park inspires smiles along with imagination.

Family concerned about school changes – 4/14/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
A few years ago, the corner of Laurie and Ken Vogel’s Highlands Ranch neighborhood served as a social hub. Parents and children gathered there daily to wait for the Douglas County School District bus, conversing in the morning chill about weather, their children, school and neighborhood issues.

Science teacher gets national nod – 4/14/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Shawndra Fordham refuses to set limits for her students or herself. That’s likely the attitude that earned her third place among hundreds vying for a coveted national science teachers’ award.

Some Republican school-board backers reconsider support — 4/11/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Key members of the local Republican Party who supported current Douglas County School Board members during their campaigns say they’ll demand better behavior from board members.

Apple Award winner says students, life, ample reason to smile — 4/8/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Pete Mazula exudes a curious combination of joy and fierceness. Both are inspired by the students at Mountain Ridge Middle School, where the 60-year-old Mazula has spent 10 years as a security specialist.

Recent moves by Douglas County school board prompt criticism — 4/8/14 (Denver Post)
Recent decisions by the Douglas County School District Board of Education involving a change in public comment time at meetings and the election of a new board member are prompting criticism.

Outlets host huge student art show — 4/4/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The artwork of more than 2,000 Douglas County School District students and teachers is featured in the DCSD Art Show at the Outlets at Castle Rock. The pieces will be on display from April 10-13.

Letter to the editor: Parents’ feedback matters most — 4/3/14 (Castle Rock News-Press)
I am writing in response to Dave Usecheck’s letter to the editor published March 27, titled “Survey needs to reach parents, non-parents.”

Emotional ‘Unplugged’ meeting has upbeat ending — 4/3/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The Douglas County School District’s second Board Unplugged meeting lasted nearly three hours, and was punctuated by raised voices, frequent interruptions and philosophical clashes, but it ended on a cooperative note.

Douglas district works with Argosy to train teachers to be principals — 4/3/14 (Denver Post/YourHub)
Douglas County teachers who are interested in becoming principals can start the process with a new program the school district has created through Argosy University.

Students’ excitement invigorates classroom — 4/1/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Highlands Ranch fifth-grade teacher Jenny Henry has turned the reins of education over to her students.  “I’m no longer the expert,” said Henry, a Copper Mesa Elementary School teacher whose teaching style recently was recognized with a Douglas County School District Apple Award. “We know kids are capable of wonderful things. But you have no idea, when you hand that power over to them, just how they take off.”