DCSD In the News – March 2015

Copper Mesa principal resigns — 3/27/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
An elementary school that has become accustomed to tumult recently learned it will lose its new leader at the school year’s end. Copper Mesa Elementary Principal Peggy Griebenow recently announced she will resign, citing differences with the Douglas County School District.

School leaders debate future funding — 3/27/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Representatives of 13 Douglas County School District School Accountability Committees let the school board know they want a bond measure to fund capital needs on November’s ballot. They presented a position statement to the board during the March 17 meeting.

Principal guides school on academic expeditions — 3/23/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Fox Creek Elementary sets sail on every school day under the slogan, “We are crew, not passengers.” Principal Brian Rodda is captain of the academic ship.

County has five charter schools in the works
Five new charter schools may be added to the Douglas County School District by fall 2016, and an existing charter school plans to expand to a full K-12 school. — 3/20/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)

Board tamps down charter school concern — 3/19/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Two new charter schools will open in Douglas County for the 2015 school year, and three more are in the approval and planning stages. Not everyone thinks that’s good news.

Superintendent explains school funding stance — 3/16/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Douglas County Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen was one of only four Colorado school leaders who didn’t sign a recent statement about K-12 school funding concerns. Fagen doesn’t fault the statement, she said, but believes it doesn’t go far enough.

Tests ignite debate locally, statewide — 3/16/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
Pine Grove Elementary fifth-grader Kole McNamara didn’t join his classmates in taking the PARCC test this month. After reviewing some of the test questions and reading about the assessment, his mother, Laura McNamara, opted the Parker student out of the testing.

Charter school sticks with PARCC — 3/14/15 (Douglas County News-Press)
While Douglas County’s neighborhood schools are excusing absences for students whose parents refuse the PARCC test, Castle Rock’s Academy Charter School took a different path.

Jeffco teacher contract talks off to a “good start” — 3/10/15 (Chalkbeat-Colorado)
GOLDEN — The Jefferson County school district and teachers union began contract negotiations in earnest Monday and both sides left the first meeting feeling optimistic.

Story of Navy SEAL inspires sixth-grader — 3/7/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
A book changed Summit View Elementary sixth-grader Blake Shepardson’s young life, and galvanized his entire school around an upcoming fundraiser.

Douglas students take home TSA awards — 3/7/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Sarah Coleman’s heart pounded as she watched her hand-crafted vehicle repeatedly slam into a piece of wood. Inside, surrounded by Styrofoam, was a still-uncracked raw egg.

Letter: Balanced approach best for schools — 3/4/15 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Parent survey? Who doesn’t want an efficient and transparent school district with student needs first and foremost? We all want a world-class education in Douglas County; and we can have one.

PARCC testing debuts in Colorado: problems in Sheridan — 3/3/15 (Denver Post)
At 8 a.m. Monday, about 100 students at Sheridan High School southwest of Denver arrived as scheduled for their first exposure to a new generation of online standardized tests meant to measure their critical thinking and reasoning.

“Opt-out” movement: Just say no to new Colo. assessments — 3/1/15 (Denver Post)
While her classmates practice for state-mandated tests, Hannah Farris sits in the hallway reading a favorite book or dreaming up lyrics for an anti-testing song to the tune of “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”