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Procession honors Kendrick Castillo at memorial service in Highlands Ranch

About 250 Jeep enthusiasts gathered in Highlands Ranch on May 15 to ride in a procession ahead of a celebration of life service for Kendrick Castillo. According to license plates, vehicles came from … more

Community members welcome STEM students back with words of love

On a cloudless day, the sun beaming down, a small group of parents and children stood along Barrons Boulevard in Highlands Ranch waving posters with words of encouragement. “You are … more

Students honored for strength, perseverance

The Administrators’ Scholarship Program at Douglas County School District honors students who have overcome personal challenges and excelled in school. Since its inception in 1988, the program has … more

Douglas County commissioners eye $10 million to enhance school safety

Jennifer Thompson Consolo and her family had no idea her daughter was being bullied and had begun self-harming during her sophomore year at Douglas County High School. They also didn't know she was … more

Documents reveal dispute between sheriff's office, STEM over resource officer contract

Documents distributed as part of a news release by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on May 10 show disagreement, and some underlying tension, led to the discontinuation of a contract that provided … more

STEM denies allegations made by anonymous parent

The executive director of STEM School Highlands Ranch adamantly denies allegations made by an anonymous school parent that the school's climate and culture are out of control. "I can't even fathom … more

STEM School students walk out of shooting vigil amid frustration

A vigil that brought politicians, activists and several hundred students and parents to Highlands Ranch High School after the nearby STEM School shooting devolved into chaos and chants, with many students expressing frustration with the event’s political overtones on gun policy. more

Multiple students injured, one killed in shooting at STEM School in Highlands Ranch

Eight students were wounded and one was killed in a shooting at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The two suspects were in custody. more

Colorado students awarded Boettcher scholarships

Graduating seniors in the Colorado Community Media coverage area are among those named 2019 Boettcher Foundation Scholars, according to a news release from the foundation. “The Boettcher Foundation … more

Adult literacy graduation was biggest ever

Douglas County Libraries hosted a spring graduation ceremony for adults completing their high school equivalency on April 28 at the Lone Tree branch of Douglas County Libraries. Eight graduates … more

Two vacant seats on DCSD's District Accountability Committee

Douglas County School District needs to fill two vacancies on its District Accountability Committee. Comprising parents, teachers, district staff and community members, the committee makes … more

School district hosts Earth Day Extravaganza

The Douglas County School District celebrated Earth Day by showcasing innovative projects and honoring students for their efforts to promote sustainability. Mountain Vista High School in Highlands … more

DCSD invites community to second round of meetings

The Douglas County School District is in the midst of developing a roadmap that will guide the next three to five years. The goal is to promote what board of education members and district leaders … more

Traveling solo with grandkids part II

Sandi Poindexter, grandparent and worldwide traveler has more suggestions for traveling solo with a grandchild based on research and personal experience in part two. She suggests to set expectations, … more

Sage Canyon students get comforting welcome back

Students at Sage Canyon Elementary School in Castle Rock got a special welcome back on April 18, the day after Douglas County School District closed due to what officials described as a credible … more

DCSD employees will be paid for three snow days

Starting July 1, Douglas County School District will add classified employees to the list of staff that gets paid for up to three snow days or district closure days. The move is part of a continued … more

Douglas County students react to threat

When Rock Canyon High School was placed on lockout April 16, Mara Powner and Ashley Zbylski, both seniors, felt a mix of emotions — scared, confused, freaked out. About midnight, when the Douglas … more

Douglas County School District offers resources for families in light of threat

Douglas County School District is offering resources for students after canceling school April 17 due to what officials deemed a credible threat in the area. Local law enforcement and the FBI were … more

Hard lessons from Columbine help protect kids

Tragedy has changed the way area school districts assess and approach threats. As the home district of Columbine High, the site of what was once the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, … more

FBI: "No longer a threat to the community"

Shortly after noon today, multiple Jefferson County School District schools were placed on lockout — meaning business as usual within buildings but all access in and out of school buildings is … more
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