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ThunderRidge students want an ‘oasis’ for mental health

Last year, Mia Hayden lost a close friend to suicide. Melanie Zhou’s mother was battling cancer. Then her school principal died of cancer. These life-changing experiences led the two ThunderRidge … more

Douglas County School District bond measure tackles ‘huge needs’

Inside a classroom at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, the threadbare carpet is 25 years old — stained, worn and uneven in places. The handles of outdated wooden cabinets are broken or … more

Mill levy override puts focus on DCSD teachers

Tim Ottmann, principal of Ponderosa High School in Parker, recalls why a volleyball coach of 16 years who led the team to several state championships left the school three years ago for a position in … more

Douglas County school board to keep current policy on medical marijuana in place

Since Benjamin Wann started taking medical marijuana nearly three years ago, he hasn't had a seizure. Wann, a junior at Mountain Vista, was diagnosed with epilepsy at 3 years old. In 2014, Sarah … more

New Douglas County superintendent 'inspires people to have commitment’

Thomas Tucker’s grandparents, both sharecroppers in rural Arkansas, taught themselves how to read. Then they taught their children to read the Bible. They learned math so they could negotiate the … more

School is in session: 5 things to know

As quickly as it arrived, summer break has come to an end. The first day for many neighborhood schools in Douglas County was Aug. 9. The beginning of the school year represents a fresh start, a blank … more

Tips to stay safe during severe afternoon storms

Monsoon season in Colorado generally lasts from July to September. During this time, severe afternoon thunderstorms — sometimes accompanied by lightning and flash floods — are more likely. While … more

Pets: ‘They are yours for life’

Shannon Whitecotton’s six dogs have taught her patience, tolerance, how to love unconditionally. They keep life interesting. “We have learned that food can and will be eaten if left on a counter … more

Time to Talk: 'There is help and hope'

Lora Thomas vividly remembers the day: a snowy February afternoon in 2012. She was Douglas County’s coroner then and she was standing in the kitchen of a home in Parker, talking with a father who … more

School tool kit, online screenings geared toward early intervention

Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading mental health advocacy organization, offers two unique tools for the public to promote the prevention and early intervention of mental illness — one … more

School-district committee studies capacity issues

Douglas County School Board members point to unbalanced enrollment in the district, including issues with overcrowding at some schools and underutilization of others, as the reason for denying a … more

‘You don’t know all the people you have touched’

Becca Tuska was 16 years old when doctors left a surgical tool in her body during surgery for a sports injury. The former dancer spent the next year fighting infections as doctors searched for a … more

School principal, developer and nonprofit leader ‘soar’

Diane Smethills is the principal of Sterling Ranch, a $4.4 billion forward-thinking development spanning 3,400 acres west of Highlands Ranch. Tamra Ryan is the CEO of Women’s Bean Project, a … more

Douglas County teachers join rally at state Capitol

Elina Asensio, 12, goes to Northridge Elementary School in Highlands Ranch. On April 26, she stood in front of the state Capitol as she talked about her teachers. They inspire her, she said. They … more

Cyberbullying can take lasting toll on teens

Camryn Cowdin was checking her Facebook page when she saw hateful posts from a person she considered a friend. Her name was never used, but she knew the words were about her. “He would directly … more

Sexting poses legal, psychological risks for teens

When Douglas County Deputy Jay Martin first started teaching about relationships, digital safety and substance abuse prevention, maybe one high school student in each of his classes would raise his … more

How to help kids manage the digital world

The answer isn’t simple, but educators and mental health professionals agree that steps can be taken to combat the adverse affects of social media use. Setting screen time limits, along with … more

Douglas County School District will be closed on April 26 as teachers rally at Capitol

Neighborhood, magnet and alternative schools in the Douglas County School District will be closed April 26, as teachers participate in a rally at the state Capitol in Denver, interim Superintendent … more

Culture shift affects jail population

Law enforcement and mental health experts point to a culture shift in the approach to mental health treatment in the 1960s for the drastic rise in inmates with mental illness. In 1963, President John … more

‘All of our jails are psychiatric facilities’

At 17 years old, Michael was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He also was battling an addiction to heroin. Through his father’s private insurance, he received treatment and medication for both. In … more
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