9/5/13 Email Blast

     6- Mother & Son Kickball game 4:30 pm-Coyote Ridge Park
     8- WackyW cycling event at RHMS
     9- TTEA meeting 9:00 am-cafeteria
    10- Destination Imagination meeting 6:00 pm-library
    27- No school- Professional Development Day
    30- Book Fair starts
     1- Official Count Day-please be in attendance!
     4- Book fair ends
     9- Assessment Day
    10-Assessment Day
    11- Fall break begins
    21- School resumes
    29- Picture retakes
Dear Douglas County Families,
With the beginning of school, we want to give you an update on our efforts to keep our students, staff and community safe. 
Over the summer, much work has been done to address security concerns at our buildings and to prepare for the implementation of the new School Marshal Program. You may now notice the daily presence of law enforcement officers in our elementary and middle schools. This is in addition to the already successful School Resource Officer program at our high schools.
Through our partnership with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker Police Departments, officers and deputies are adding another layer of security at our elementary and middle schools via multiple daily unannounced visits. The primary responsibility during those marshals' shifts is to visit and patrol our schools. While they may assist with a law enforcement issue at our schools, if needed, they will not be called away to answer other calls in the community.
We believe that the extensive requirements, in-depth training and wealth of resources our local law enforcement partners offer will ensure we have the best possible protection for our children.
The Marshal program was one of several actions suggested by DCSD's new Safety Committee, an advisory group that reviews and suggests improvements to the District's security protocols, infrastructure and training. The goal is continuous improvement.  It is also important to mention that savings created by the District's energy management efforts, as well as contributions by each law enforcement agency will cover much of the program's cost. 
At the Douglas County School District, we know that a safe environment is essential to successful learning in our classrooms. That is why safety is our highest priority.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Michele Radke
The 3rd annual WackyW is a one-day cycling event to encourage fitness, fun, and fundraising. With four rides to choose from, and money from each registration benefiting Douglas County Schools, the WackyW is a no-brainer way to spend a Sunday in Colorado! Riders enjoy a spacious staging area at Rocky Heights Middle School, stocked aid stations, excellent post-ride food, an amazing expo, and fun-filled goodie bag.  There are four routes to choose from 6, 45, 62 and 100 miles. A portion of every registration goes to the school of the rider's choice (pick us!).  For more information, registration,or volunteering please visit: www.WackyW.com. Registration ends September 6 at 10:00 am.  Race is September 8.