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American Education Week

Dear Douglas Teachers and Support Staff,

This week is American Education Week. It is a time when we all need to pause and look around us at the students you engage every day. Every minute spent planning, every discussion held to do something better, every light that shines because of a new discovery makes a difference in the life of the child before you. Teaching is hard work; it is mentally and physically demanding. It is not a profession people go into for the money or the glory—you do it because it is in your heart to change the future. Saying thank you does not begin to express the importance of what you do every day; but, they are the only words we have so-- thank you. For the true measure of how important you are, look around you at the students.

Douglas Report Card

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For Your Information

Dear Douglas Community,

On Monday night, the Douglas School District Board of Education approved a proposal to realign grades K-3. Starting in the next school year, Badger Clark and Francis Case will become a single elementary school with two wings each housing grades K-3. This is a time of great opportunity for our youngest learners, and also one of transition for our staff and students. The building principals, Mrs. Clark and Mr. Volesky, are creating a comprehensive plan for managing the transition that will include participation from all stakeholders. Priority will be given to maintaining balance in demographics (male / female, free and reduced lunch, IEPs, military, etc.) and families will be kept together in the same wing.

We will be sharing more information with all of our community members soon, but we wanted to let you know that there will be some changes coming and we thank everyone who shared their ideas and thoughts about this issue. It is one that has two clear sides, but now that the decision has been made, it is important for our students and staff that everyone look forward and move together toward doing even greater things for the students we serve.

We are committed to being transparent in the process. If you have any questions, please contact the Badger Clark and Francis Case principals or you can contact Mr. Kerr or Mrs. Caskey directly.

Thank you for your support of the students and staff of Douglas Schools.

Important Parking Information--Francis Case, Carrousel, and Badger Clark

Important Parking Information – Please Read

Dear Badger Clark and Francis Case Families,

We have some important information to share regarding parking and traffic at Badger Clark, Carrousel, and Francis Case. Starting on Tuesday November 1, 2016 we will no longer allow pick up and drop off on the east (FC) and west (BC) ends of our buildings. These are utilized as staff parking lots. The main reason for this change is for the safety of the children. These are often areas that are not monitored in the after school hours. There are many vehicles and children moving in and out of these areas creating a dangerous environment for our students. We are asking that all parents use Don Williams Drive for all pick up and drop off procedures.

To assist with the flow and movement of traffic in the mornings, we allow parents to drop their students off in the three main crosswalks without pulling in and parking. All students should be dropped off directly in front of the building they attend. If you have students that attend both FC and BC, you may drop off students at Carrousel. There will always be crossing guards in these crosswalks to assist students in crossing safely. Please have your child(ren) ready to exit the car in a timely manner.

In the afternoons, please be prepared to park and meet your student(s) at a location that you have previously decided upon. There will be a crossing guard at the middle school bridge to assist with getting students across as well as keeping traffic moving.

We appreciate your help in following these traffic guidelines keeping all of our students safe. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of our offices at 923-0070 (FC), 923-0090 (CA) or
923-0080 (BC).

Yours in Education,

Jeannie Clark Troy Volesky Joan Dunmire
FC Principal BC Principal Director of Special Services

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Upcoming Events

Melody Shop and Patriot Blues perform at Rushmore Mall
Date: 12/6/2016, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: Rushmore Mall, Rapid City
HS Winter Concert
Date: 12/8/2016, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: High School Theatre
Middle School Choir Concert
Date: 12/13/2016, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: DMS Gym
Vandenberg's 5th Grade Christmas Music and Band Concert
Date: 12/15/2016, 9:30 AM 10 AM
Location: Vandenberg Gymnasium
MS Winter Band Concert
Date: 12/15/2016, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: DHS Theatre