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April 22, 2018 | By CSilberman

The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals were awarded with an Apple Award. 

2018 apple awards
January 29, 2018 | By CSilberman

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools is pl

On stage at Apple Awards, Mike Weaver shaking hands with emcee. Steve Cook and Erin Kane on left hand side.
May 5, 2017 | By CSilberman

CASTLE ROCK - It was a celebratory tone at the

teachers at last year's apple awards ceremony
February 21, 2017 | By CSilberman

The Douglas County Educational Foundation has released the names of the individuals who have been named as 2017 Apple Award representatives. The teachers and support staff members listed here were chosen from this year’s field of Apple Award nominations, submitted by members of the Douglas County School District community. 

The glass awards for apple finalists on display at the 2016 Apple Awards
October 27, 2016 | By rmbarber

In response to teacher feedback and a desire to encourage even more students, parents and employees to participate -- the Douglas County Educational Foundation announced plans this week to expand its nomination window for the upcoming 12th Annual Apple Awards. The Foundation will accept nominations starting, Monday, November 14, 2016 and the window will remain open through Winter Break to Friday, January 13, 2017.

March 5, 2016 | By rmbarber

The ballroom at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was packed with Douglas County educators as Douglas County School District’s best were honored during the annual Apple Awards.

December 2, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County Educational Foundation has released the names of the individuals who have been named as 2016 Apple Award representatives.

September 10, 2015 | By rmbarber

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Apple Awards. Deadline: Sunday, October 4!

February 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District celebrated the work of its teachers, support staff and administrators during the 2015 Apple Awards.

2015 Apple Awards
February 11, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Last week Apple Award Certificates with pewter Apple Award pins attached, were sent to  at schools and sites for distribution to nominees during Apple Celebration Week, February 16-20.

October 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

There hasn’t been a lot of time for the new leader of the Douglas County Educational Foundation (DCEF) to get his bearings.

Jenny Henry
March 6, 2014 | By rmbarber

For teachers, changing the your classroom philosophy and approach is not something that is easily done. Walking into Jenny Henry’s 5th grade classroom at Copper Mesa Elementary, it’s obvious this isn’t an “old school” teacher-led class. 

Mark Newton
March 6, 2014 | By rmbarber

Molding young, impressionable minds into a professional level journalist is quite the challenge. In the fast-paced world of 21st century journalism, digital natives at Mountain Vista High School are at the top of their game.

March 1, 2014 | By rmbarber

The Douglas County School District gathered on Saturday to honor some of the District’s best educators, support staff members and administrators during the 2014 Apple Awards.

Apple Awards graphic
February 25, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

DOUGLAS COUNTY – On Saturday, March 1, the 2014 Apple Awards will recognize the excellence and dedication of Douglas County School District (DCSD) employees.



District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.


Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.


When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.