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April 23, 2018


Dear DCSD Families,

I hope you are enjoying the weekend. I was honored to attend last night's Apple Awards ceremony alongside so many of you. What a great event!

As you may be aware, teachers from across Colorado are attending rallies at the State Capitol later this week to call for increased education funding. Many districts decided late last week to close school on either Thursday, April 26 or Friday, April 27.

We have been monitoring time off requests carefully over the last few days. Yesterday, requests increased significantly, such that there are not enough substitutes in the system to cover all classrooms across our district.

As a result, our neighborhood, magnet and alternative schools will be closed on Thursday, April 26. District charter schools, who manage their own staffing, will remain open and operating on a normal schedule. Please look for communication from your school with respect to the status of specific school programs, sports, and activities.

Please know that this is not a decision we take lightly and we recognize that this presents challenges for many of our families. However, with over 500 of our educators out, we will simply not be able to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all of our students. 

While many schools will not have students on Thursday, April 26, it remains an official work day, thus any staff members who wish to take the day off must use personal leave. Because we have not had any full snow days this year, there will not be any need to make-up the lost school day.

Please know that we value all of our fantastic DCSD educators in all of our schools. As you know, the district and the Board of Education have been working hard over the last year to engage in a conversation with our community about funding in our schools and will continue to do so.

If you have any questions about how this closure impacts your students, please reach out to your school's principal.

Thank you,


Erin Kane, Interim Superintendent
Douglas County School District




Please take a moment and welcome back Mr. Forbes! We are so glad you and your new knee are back in the game! 


Thank you to everyone who stayed late and helped with our last Open House of the school year! It was so nice meeting new families and the smile on the children's faces were the best part of the evening! They had so much fun observing the turkey and chicken eggs as well as watching our new chicks discover the world around them. In art, students were able to create a picture with the cray pens and take a little piece of art with them. Then in science, students explored the plasma ball and were able to dibble in a bit of science! Thank you again for all those who made this possible. We could not do it without you!! 


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Dear Larkspur Elementary Families,


Believe it or not, the end of the 2017-2018 school year is approaching and we are so pleased and excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, staff and school communities in the upcoming weeks.


Prior to the end of this school year, and before the hectic nature of May ensues, we want to take the opportunity to educate our community about the funding challenges in our district. Our goal is to build an understanding of the financial hardships Douglas County School District faces that are unique and that need to be addressed in order to provide the very best education for our students.


Additionally, we hope to gain feeder and community support for helping us educate our neighbors, family, and friends across Douglas County. This is a critical situation and we really need community involvement.


On Monday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m.​, BOE members and Castle Rock principals will be presenting budget concerns that exist in DCSD and how they have impacted our feeder schools, students, and staff. This will be a short 30 minute presentation followed by a Q&A from your elementary, middle and high school principals and School Accountability Members. We will meet in the Douglas County High School, North Gym​.


We encourage all K-12 parents across DCSD and the Castle Rock Region to join us; however, we will tailor our presentation specifically to schools located in the Douglas County High School and Castle View High School feeder communities.


If you are unable to attend but would like to volunteer for this effort in the future please click this link. As always, we thank you for your continued support of education excellence in our community and in the Castle Rock Region.



Anthony Kappas, Principal Douglas County High

Rex Corr, Principal Castle View High

Tony Jackowski, Principal Mesa Middle

Lee-Ann Hayen, Principal Castle Rock Middle

Jen Oldham, Principal Larkspur Elementary

Nancy Wortmann, Principal Cherry Valley Elementary

Jeff Johnson, Principal Sedalia Elementary

Erin Carlson, Principal South Ridge Elementary

Lacey Dahl, Principal Meadow View Elementary

Kelli Smith, Principal Flagstone Elementary

Kellie Roe, Principal Clear Sky Elementary

Deb Warr, Principal Castle Rock Elementary

Chris Neville, Principal Soaring Hawk Elementary

Stacey Roberson, Future Principal Soaring Hawk Elementary

Peter Mosby, Principal Rock Ridge Elementary

Mandy Hill, Principal Sage Canyon Elementary

Deborah Lemmer, Principal Renaissance Elementary Magnet






April 23rd Earth Day Kick Off- list of events

                  CVHS Orchestra Assembly 2:15

April 24th 5th and 6th grade Field Trip- Stone Canyon

April 25th SAC 6:00-7:00

April 26th NO SCHOOL DCSD Closed- Teacher Walkout with Jeffco Read More

                                     April 27th Green Team Earth Day Assembly/Talent Show 9:30-11:00

                                                       6th grade Rock A thon 2:00-9:00

                                                       Hex Practice 8:00

                                     April 30th Castle Rock Regional SAC Meeting- DCSD Financial Challenges @ Douglas County High School North Gym 6:00 pm

                                                       Hex Practice 8:00


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, comments or concerns!


Jen Oldham, Principal

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