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August 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Douglas County West Community Schools’ 2020-2021 school year! More than ever, I am proud of our collaborative and positive staff that is always focused on creating passionate learning experiences for students. Even in these uncertain times, the district strives to live its mission every day.

Our mission statement: “Douglas County West Community Schools creates passionate learners by maximizing student achievement through dynamic learning experiences which inspire and provide a quality education for all students within a safe and community-supported environment.”

We work collaboratively towards our strategic planning goals to: 

  • Improve and expand facilities and programs to achieve excellence.
  • Enrich community connections to strengthen support for the school district.
  • Maximize learning opportunities through technology, curriculum, and instructional strategies.

As a member of the DC West Community Schools, you should see progress toward these goals each year.  We will continue to share our stories of implementation with you through various modes of communication.  Please connect with us through a monthly e-newsletter called “Community Connections”, Twitter @DCWestFalcons, Facebook @dcwestschools, and our website www.dcwest.org.

As you know, the giant lift we have had this summer is the development of health, safety, and learning plans in order to bring back our near one thousand students and 150 employees in the midst of a pandemic.  This planning has been done with a delicate balance of the physical health of our students and employees in combination with the mental health and need to continue education and socialization for the students we serve.  There are no easy answers for this situation, and many are bound to have opinion and possibly disagreement with our work and plans for reopening.  Yet, I fully believe that we will all come together for the common good of each other and the amazing service we provide for the DC West community in order to have a safe and healthy year of learning together.  You will continue to receive updates from my office on our finalization of district Return to Learning Plans.  

We have exciting news for you!  Our back to school forms and registration have gone online this year for better efficiency.  You will be receiving a packet in the mail from the schools in the next few days.  In this packet, you will find important information and directions to go online and complete all of your students' back to school forms.  If you do not have access to a computer or need any assistance, you may call or come to any of the schools the week of Open Registration, August 3rd -7th, 8:00-11:30am and 1:00-3:45pm, and our secretaries and principals will be available to assist you.  

In order to begin the year with enough time to train our employees on our safety and health protocols and various learning models this year, we have recommended that we start school on Thursday, August 20th 8:00-11:45am.   Click on the link below to see the district calendar.  Our open house is virtual this year and you will be receiving communication by Tuesday, August 18th from your students' teachers.  

2020-21 District Calendar Recommend Aug 17.2020

Together we create an educational atmosphere that our communities are proud of and experiences that will last long after students graduate. I invite you to join us in celebrating the big school opportunities that we provide in a small school setting here at DC West.  I feel blessed to be a Falcon and look forward to another inspirational year!



Dr. Melissa Poloncic, Superintendent