DCSD in the News – November 2014

Roxborough schools serve nearly 900 elementary students — 11/28/14 (Denver Post)
Nestled among the foothills at the northwestern edge of Douglas county, lies a secluded community where two school buildings house nearly 900 elementary students.

Major districts of two minds on temporary teacher evaluation reprieve — 11/26/14 (Chalkbeat)
Colorado school districts got a temporary reprieve this year in using student academic growth to evaluate teachers, and major districts are split into two camps about how to use that flexibility.

Lesson from Dougco schools on pay for performance — 11/23/14 (Denver Post)
Opinion, by Doug Benevento: Paying employees based upon performance isn’t just common sense or common practice for almost every profession in the United States, it’s also research-based. A recent study by Harvard University found that quality teachers are crucial to the achievement of students and their future income. The study also argued that excellent teachers should be compensated for their excellence.

Planned charter school loses hoped-for site — 11/21/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
John Adams High School is going back to the drawing board in its search for a site. An effort to buy the former Denver Christian School campus in Highlands Ranch was not successful.

DCSD rejoins state group — 11/21/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The Colorado Association of School Boards’ director successfully appealed to the Douglas County School Board to rejoin his organization. The board voted 5-2 during its Nov. 18 meeting to renew membership with CASB, a relationship it severed in 2010.

Cherry Valley Elementary in Franktown growing agricultural curriculum — 11/20/14 (Denver Post)
FRANKTOWN —Cherry Valley Elementary fifth-grader Seth Anderson said learning through agriculture helps the lessons become more real, especially since he lives on a ranch.

SkyView students have warm hearts — 11/18/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Sixty-six students at an elementary school in Denver will be bundled up in warm coats this winter, thanks to the efforts of SkyView Academy students and their Warm Coats, Warm Hearts Donation Drive.

District’s state ranking moves to top — 11/17/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The Douglas County School District made a successful bid to elevate its state performance rating. For the first time since the 2009-10 academic year, DCSD ranks as “Accredited with Distinction” — the highest of the Colorado Department of Education’s five tiers.

Ranch View math lessons take wing — 11/14/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Some Ranch View Middle School students have been acting a little bit batty lately. They’re rapping about bats, designing board games about bats, building bat habitats, writing newscasts about bats, interviewing experts about bats and advocating for the protection of bats.

Thousands of Colorado high school students refuse to take state tests — 11/13/14 (Denver Post)
Thousands of high school seniors from Boulder to the Denver suburbs are skipping new state-mandated science and social studies tests, the latest flare-up in an escalating battle over Colorado’s standardized tests.

State gives DougCO Schools highest accreditation rating — 11/12/14 (9News)
CASTLE ROCK – For years, parents and community members have protested and voiced concerns over the direction of the Douglas County School District. Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Education says that direction is up.

Performing arts school winding through process — 11/13/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
A K-8 performing arts-themed charter school is moving slowly through the approval process, aiming for a fall 2016 opening.

Youths flock to Stock Market Challenge — 11/11/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Up-tempo pop music blasted through the University of Denver’s Cable Center, adding to the excitement as numbers raced across a massive screen. High school students pondered the constantly changing information, the expressions on their faces at times gravely thoughtful and at others lit with excitement.

State tests meet student resistance — 11/10/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
High school seniors throughout Colorado refused to participate Nov. 5 and 6 in a state-mandated test. Many school leaders, parents and students hope the expected low participation rate sends a clear message about what they believe is excessive standardized testing.

Students and parents united in anti-testing stand — 11/10/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Castle View High School seniors Rachel Decker and Andrea Alfano joined hundreds of classmates in not attending school the mornings of Nov. 5 and 6 for the state-mandated Colorado Measures of Academic Standards assessments.

Graffiti on DougCo school lead to untrue rumors — 11/7/14 (9News)
DOUGLAS COUNTY – A series of instances of graffiti at Highlands Ranch High School in Douglas County School District led to some rumors, according to the district.

With elections over, superintendents to push for more money from Hick, legislature — 11/6/14 (Chalkbeat)
Colorado’s electorate might be as polarized as ever, but the state’s superintendents are finding plenty of consensus on how the state funds its schools. Or, as they see it, how the state doesn’t fund its schools enough.

Seniors’ test time a holiday for some other students — 11/5/14 (Chalkbeat)
Many of Colorado’s 63,000-some high school seniors start taking standardized science and social studies tests this week, an event that will mean time off for younger students in some districts.

Education: Voters support open negotiations — 11/5/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Voters signaled a want for greater transparency in school board business by passing Proposition 104 — the one of four statewide ballot questions to garner a green light on Election Day.

Beloved Highlands Ranch teacher dies — 11/4/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
As a Highlands Ranch High School student, Adam Rhodes was so disinterested in school he drew giraffes on his ACT and SAT test forms.

Dougco Schools Will Defend Right To Continue Religious Fundraisers — 11/3/14 (CBS Denver)
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – The Douglas County School District is accused of allowing religion into the public schools by supporting religious fundraisers, and now the American Humanist Association is taking the district to court.

Changing the artistic landscape — 11/3/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
Art has value. Every stroke or blend, every form of an artist’s expression contributes to a product which — when finished — is presented for view.

Voucher case set for state’s top court — 11/3/14 (Highlands Ranch Herald)
The Douglas County School District’s choice scholarship program finally will be aired before the state’s highest court.