UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Monday, May 17 & Tuesday, May 18 are finals and book drop-off.
  • Friday, May 21 is graduation.
ACTION REQUIRED: BUS TRANSPORTATION ENROLLMENT
FOR 2021-2022
All students that plan to ride the bus next year must submit the enrollment form below. This is the official enrollment form, which is different from the previous interest form. Please fill this out as soon as possible to reserve your spot on the bus.

CLASS OF 2021 ANNOUCEMENTS
Yard Signs
Graduation yard signs are ready for our graduates! Come to the front office to pick yours up.
SAT/PSAT SCORES
SAT/PSAT scores are now posted in your College Board account for you to view! If you haven't created a College Board Account, click here to get started. Just be sure that your information matches the information you put down on your student information sheet before you started the test. Choose CEC Douglas County as the school, otherwise, they will not see the results. Some of you may not have your scores ready yet if they are still processing tests. Paper scores will not be available until June or August.

CONGRATULATIONS TO STUDENT OF THE YEAR: Skylar Endes!

Congratulations to Skylar Endes on being awarded the 2020-2021 CEC Castle Rock Student of the Year! Skylar was nominated and selected by the CEC Castle Rock faculty and staff for her growth mindset and engagement in the school community. It's been a pleasure to observe your growth and development as a student and as a person this academic year! Great job, Skylar! 
HOW TO GET TO SLEEP BEFORE AN EXAM, FAST
Can’t sleep before an exam? Feeling stressed and anxious? Manically searching for ASMR videos, meditation podcasts or how to get to sleep before an exam tips? This guide on how to get to sleep before an exam will help you fall asleep fast, so you can wake up ready to regurgitate everything you’ve been memorizing.

  • Practice deep breathing exercises. If you’re having difficulty sleeping before an exam and getting stressed, try and regulate your breathing. Breathing exercises help people get to sleep as they force you to concentrate purely on your breathing, and getting your breathing to be deeper, like it is during sleep.
  • 4-7-8 breathing method. Breath through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, then exhale slowly and deeply for eight seconds. Repeat this until your breathing becomes deeper.
  • Three-part breathing. A lot of people prefer to do this technique as there’s less counting than the 4-7-8 method. It’s used in yoga. All you do is breath in through your nose slowly until you feel the air has completely filled your chest, abdomen, and diaphragm, then breath out completely, slowly again through your mouth.


5 WAYS TO HANDLE STRESS DURING FINALS WEEK
Students are finishing up finals and patiently waiting for the semester to end. Here are five ways you can combat stress and make this semester (and the semester following) the best yet!

  1. Identify it. Where or what is causing you the most stress? Before you can think about how to manage stress, you have to understand and identify the problem from its source. Once you identify the problem, now all you have to do is create a plan of action to either get rid of it or minimize it.
  2. Write stuff down. The average student has a laundry list of tasks to complete. By writing everything down, you transfer what has been weighing heavy on your mind onto a piece of paper. Physically seeing all of the things you have to do can help you manage it. Through creating a to-do list, you can actively work to cross each item off as you complete it. Bonus: for every task you cross off your list, reward yourself!
  3. Stay organized. Finals week will test your ability to understand all the concepts that you have learned over the last couple of months. Create a system that will encourage you to remain organized and on top of your assignments. Keep each class's notes in one place, and don't mix assignments from multiple courses. If your notes are scattered, gather all of your materials for each class and put them each in a separate notebook. This will help you immensely as you study.
  4. Get some fresh air. As a student, it's easy to quickly get consumed in all of the things you have to do. Time feels like it slips by like sinking sand. Simply getting up and going for a walk, or feeling the warmth from the sun, can give you a sense of clarity in the midst of all that is in front of you. By deciding to get some fresh air, you are further deciding to take a break and can return to what you're working on or studying for with a clear mind and fresh set of eyes.
  5. Stay calm and practice gratitude. It is quite common to feel like you have to get an exceptional grade on every single final. While this is a great goal, it often isn't as achievable for all of your classes. Don't let yourself get too worked up about your grades – remember, they are not a full representation of who you are, what you'll do in the rest of your educational career, or how your life will play out.



SAVE THE DATE: SUMMER SCHOOL



Summer School is coming to CECCR.
Boot camp style – 3.5 hours a day and 3 days a week for HS English and Math.​

When: June 8 – 10 and 15 – 17 ​
Time: 8:30 am – 12 pm or 12:30 – 4 pm
If you may be interested, please see the interest form for additional information. ​
COLLEGE & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Exclusive STEM Extravaganza by ACC
  • June 7-11, 8am-5pm.
  • Workshops on Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cybersecurity.
  • FREE
  • Space is limited! Click here to sign up.

Collaborative Youth Summit
The Collaborative Youth Summit will bring together Colorado young people for a three-and-a-half-day virtual conference. The goal is to connect and inspire ALL youth to embrace your unique leadership by providing an open and inclusive space to further expand your knowledge and skills to create and lead the changes you want to see.

Attend sessions presented BY youth FOR youth. Session topics will cover mental health, civic engagement, youth leadership, social issues, equity, and making change in your community.

At this conference, you will have opportunities to:
  • Connect with young people from across Colorado
  • Learn new skills
  • Attend conference sessions and hear a youth keynote speaker
  • Discuss future opportunities to make change in your community

Register here by May 18th to receive swag items!

Registration open through June 4th. This conference is open to any young person (age 12-24) free of charge. Registration for this conference will also automatically enroll you in the Shared Risk and Protective Factor Conference, which is happening simultaneously.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Designed exclusively for students in 6th through 12th grades, the free AIAA High School Membership provides activities, competitions, and scholarships that will promote STEM and STEAM educational programs. In the short month this option has been offered, we have welcomed 430 budding aerospace scientists and engineers to AIAA.
 
This membership opportunity is an important part of AIAA outreach to help build a future aerospace workforce that represents the diversity of perspective and thought needed in the industry. Now more than ever, the aerospace industry must embrace diversity of all forms to meet the challenges of the future.

Junior Boettcher Scholarship Webinars
  • Thursday, May 20 (5-6 p.m.)
Senior Scholarship List
We will now be posting scholarships that we find on our advising college guide! Click here to access the full list of scholarships.
  • $5,000 Hispanic Scholarship available through the Health Equity Scholars - Click here for eligibility requirements
  • $5,000 scholarship available through the United Negro College Fund - Click here for eligibility requirements
  • Dawson Memorial Scholarship
  • Rotary University Hills Scholarship
  • Women’s Energy Network of Colorado Scholarship
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
  • Grossman Scholarship
  • Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship
  • Ellevation Education Scholarship for English Language Learners
  • Forward Steps Scholarship for Current/Former Foster Youth
  • MSU Denver Mentorship Scholarship - contact Julia Volzke

Scholarship Resources for All Grades
Did you know that it is never too early to start applying for scholarships? High School Freshmen to College Seniors should always be on the lookout for different scholarship opportunities.

Here are some resources to help get you started:
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