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'While we may not be invincible ... we are STEM strong'

Standing tall in their royal blue gowns, STEM School Highlands Ranch graduates ignored the dark skies, light rain and dropping temperatures May 20 …
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School district boasts Boettcher, National Merit winners

Five students from Douglas County schools were named National Merit Scholars, and two more received Boettcher Scholarships. The five Douglas County recipients of National Merit scholarship were …

DCSD, county officials work on plans for school safety

Elected officials from Douglas County and the Douglas County School District met to discuss specifics surrounding school safety following the May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch that left …
Graduates of Castle View High School are all smiles at the 2019 commencement ceremony. The May 22 graduation was held at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

Castle View High School graduation: 'Once a Sabercat, always a Sabercat'

Rex Corr's address to the 536 graduates seated before him at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on May 22 wasn't easy to prepare. “I struggled identifying words to impart on you before we say …
While some seniors cheered, smiled and laughed others became emotional after being handed their diploma during the 2019 commencement ceremony at Douglas County High School.

Douglas County High School graduation: 'Let's have some fun'

People in the crowd wore ski goggles, fur-lined hoods and zipped into sleeping bags to stay warm for the outdoor graduation ceremony held a day after a late spring snowstorm dumped heavy, wet snow on …

SROs and Douglas County schools: What do they cost and how many are there?

Costs to fund a school resource officer are typically split between the law enforcement agencies providing them and the organizations receiving services. The Douglas County School District, the …
Education

Parents, community members seek school security solutions

David Ray, president of the Douglas County Board of Education, opened a May 14 school board meeting with a moment of silence for Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the May 7 school shooting at STEM …
Bonnie Alexander, 68, waves a peace sign at drivers in a motorcade of more than 200 Jeeps and some other vehicles toward a May 15 memorial service for Kendrick Castillo. Castillo “was an angel in our midst,” said Alexander, a Highlands Ranch resident.

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 …
Krystal Jensen, left, and her 12-year-old daughter Kierra welcome STEM students back to school on May 15. About a week earlier, the school experienced a shooting that left one student dead and eigth others injured. "They need all the love they can get right now," said Krystal, who homeschools her daughter.

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 …

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 …

Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker, left, and Sheriff Tony Spurlock shake hands at a special work session for the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on May 13.

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 …
Business
Former chair of the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Mark Michael speaks at the chamber's annual banquet May 4. Michael then welcomed the new chairman of the chamber, Mike McNairy.

Banquet recognizes businesses, advocates

The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet May 4 at the Denver South Marriott in Lone Tree, recognizing some of the most influential business leaders and politicians of the …
Polis

Polis to ask voters to pass nicotine tax to combat youth use

Targeting teen nicotine vaping, Gov. Jared Polis recently announced a late-session bill to ask Colorado voters to significantly raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products and impose taxes …

Kratom discussion picks up in Castle Rock

The Town of Castle Rock is poised to consider an ordinance next month that would further regulate kratom at the local level by barring its sale to minors. Following some debate on age limits, council …

Residents urge Castle Rock to purchase portion of Plum Creek Golf Club

Some people in Castle Rock have a new vision for part of the Plum Creek Golf Course. Numerous Plum Creek area residents have attended council meetings in recent weeks urging the town to purchase a …

Colorado Community Media wins big at annual press convention

Colorado Community Media received 50 awards in the annual state press competition, including the prestigious public service award for a year-long series on the state of mental health in Douglas …
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