Some Douglas County schools get early jump on new year

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The Douglas County School District is the first to start classes for the new year in the Denver metro area Monday.

At Soaring Hawk Elementary School, teachers, staff, the band and school mascot will welcome students back after summer break. While there will be a little bit of fun Monday morning, the focus is education.

The district launched a new plan that targets students’ safety, parents’ decision-making, curriculum and teaching techniques, and holding students accountable for their education.

District leaders say they’re ready for students to get back in the classrooms. Students can expect new classroom designs, teaching strategies and new technology.

“We have a lot of new technology because of the rotation cycle and the way that our schools have decided to spend those dollars to kind of move away from labs and go more into technology that’s in the hands of students every single day,” Superintendent Liz Fagen said.

The district is not only focused on education but nutrition as well. It has partnered with Whole Foods to serve healthy, tasty meals that students will eat.

Not all schools start Monday. Douglas County schools on the conventional and split-fall break have a modified start Aug. 11.