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Discovery Canyon Campus High School

 A Look Ahead

Welcome Back Information

2019/2020 School Year

August 3, 2019

Dear Students and Parents/ Guardians,

Welcome to the new Thunder Class of ’23 and to the returning Senior, Junior and Sophomore classes!  I hope you have had a fun-filled and adventurous summer.

In this packet you will find helpful information for incoming freshmen, students who are new to Discovery Canyon Campus High School, and returning students. Below are a few important dates, however, please read through this email in its entirety as it has helpful information about parking, fees, student IDs, school pictures, lunch accounts, and much more!    

August 20th:

All Sports Parent Meeting (6pm) All families interested in athletics at DCCHS should plan to attend this meeting in the HS Theatre with Athletic Director Ron Sukle. 

August 22nd:

Back to School Night (6:30pm-8:30pm) Meet in the HS gym. All families will have the opportunity to meet briefly follow their students’ schedule and meet our outstanding staff! 

August 22nd & 23rd:

Yearbook Photos and Student ID Photos will be taken (Grades 10-12)

I am excited to see our returning students and meet all of you who will be new to DCCHS! It will be great to connect after a summer filled with creating new student spaces, hiring outstanding staff members, and planning for an amazing school year! I cannot wait to hear about your summer adventures, travels and experiences.


Dr. Mark Wahlstrom 


Discovery Canyon Campus


Important Information for the 2019-2020 School Year

*Student Fees will be posted Aug. 31st. Please see “Financial Obligations” section. 

High School Schedules: 

All student schedules are available to view and print at home through your IC (infinite campus) account.

The counselors worked very hard in the spring to make sure all schedules were correct and students had what they needed and requested. Therefore, we will only be doing schedule changes for the following reasons:

  • Graduation requirements

  • Academic need (ex. Changing intensive Spanish to regular, AP to DP, etc)

  • A hole in the schedule

  • Academic misplacement

Click here for the Attendance Waiver and Teacher Assistant form. Please fill that out ASAP so scheduling can occur. Also, classes will not be changed due to taking summer school until verification via the transcript can be done. Students, please check your schedule a couple of days prior to school starting because classes are being balanced due to numbers.

Jake McBride


Staci Wayant


Eric Baxter


Jennifer Scott

A-Z 504 Counselor/Coordinator 

Laurie Derickson

College & Career Counselor 

Athena Michaels

Counseling Secretary 

To schedule an appointment with your counselor, please contact Athena Michaels at (719) 234-1831. 


Parking Permits: 

Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, students will be required to purchase a parking permit and then will be assigned a numbered spot to park their vehicle. Students will only be allowed to park in their assigned numbered slot. Parking passes will be available for sale August 6, 7, 14, and 15 from 8:00 am until noon in the HS Thunder store. The cost of a parking permit is $40.  Students will need to provide the signed applications and copies of their valid driver’s license, registration and insurance in order to obtain a parking pass. Passes are available on a first come first serve basis and will continue to be sold after the start of the school year until they are sold out. 

School ID and Yearbook Pictures:

Please go to the Website: [] to order photos.

Picture Day ID: CG319744Y0

Parents: You may write a separate check to LifeTouch at the time the photo is taken unless you have pre-purchased a package at All photos will be used in the High School yearbook. Please make sure you dress appropriately! 

Grades 10, 11, 12: Photos will be taken during the school day, August 22 and 23.  This photo will be for your school ID and the yearbook. Please remember to dress accordingly.    

High School Lunches  

Cafeteria Service 2019/20

Cafeteria service for schools begins on Freshman Orientation, Aug.15, 2019.

The daily costs for a school lunch or breakfast, including milk, are:


















Online “Check-In/Check List” 

The following is an outline of procedures that can be taken care of on-line for all grade levels.

  • Parent Portal AccountsParent Portal Accounts:

    • All parents/guardians have a Parent Portal account. If you provided D20 with an email address when you registered your student with D20, all you have to do is go to the parent/student link on the district website ( and click on the top entry that says:  Every parent has a Parent Portal account created. If you do not know your Parent Portal password, use the “click here” button to reset it. You will then get an email response with your login and a temporary password.

    • To Obtain a Parent Portal Account: If you didn’t or have not provided D20 with an email address, email the helpdesk ( requesting a parent account be created.  You will need to include your name, student’s name, and your home address. You may also call the helpdesk at 234-1777; however, email, is better since the helpdesk gets very busy in August when school starts up. Once you have logged into your Parent Portal, there is a link to the Extended Parent Portal. 

  • Emergency Contact Information: 

    • Please make sure you have updated your Emergency Contact information in IC prior to school starting. Your student’s personal & emergency information can be completed / modified online through the Infinite Campus parent portal: 

    • Also, please check your cell phone message “in-box” as we frequently are unable to leave messages due to mailboxes that are not set up or are full of messages.  

  • Financial:  All returning D20 students need to clear all unpaid fees or fines prior to school starting.  

    • Please review your student’s account for any fees that may be due.

  1. Navigate to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal

  2. Log in with your username and password.

  3. Click the Fees option on the left side of the webpage. 

    1. If you have multiple students, you may use the filter to narrow the results.

    2. It is recommended that you leave the year as “All Years” to reflect an accurate balance.

Payments are accepted:

  1. Online at (credit card or ACH)

  2. Cash or check payable to DCC.

    1. Students/parents should deliver cash and checks to Business Services.

    2. It is acceptable to write one check for multiple fees and multiple students.  Please include student name(s) on memo line. 

2019-20 course fees for yearlong and first semester courses will be posted at the end of August.  More information will be posted in upcoming 20 Alerts. Any questions regarding student accounts may be referred to Mrs. Regina Kucharski (DCC Bookkeeper) by calling 234-1852 or email

  • Athletic / Activity Passes:  Freshmen may purchase an athletic/activity pass during their check-in on Aug. 14.  Grades 10-12 may purchase the pass through the system. Please print a copy of your receipt to obtain your pass.  If you pay for the activity pass on-line, please bring the receipt of payment, so you can have your Activity Pass added to your school ID.  Family Passes are $175.00 and covers five people, no more than two adults. Children K-12. Additional family passes are available for students (l-12) for $30. Adult Pass, $55, Family members of college age or older must buy adult pass for $55. If you pay for this online, please print the receipt, and you will be issued a membership card during check-in.  If you do not pick up the membership card during check-in, you may pick up the card from the Athletic office. For questions regarding Athletic/Activity passes, please call Paula Marks at 234-2815.

  • Yearbooks: DCCHS Yearbooks are available for sale online ONLY through Jostens at during the following time frames:

BACK TO SCHOOL OFFER: Aug. 1 to Sept. 27 - $70.00

Offer 2: Sept. 28 to Nov. 1 - $75.00

Offer 3: Nov. 2 to Jan. 31 - $75.00

Offer 4: Feb. 1 until books arrive - $80.00

$85.00 in person after online sales close

Extra yearbooks may not be available for purchase at the end of the year.  You MUST pre-order by February 1st to be guaranteed a yearbook!  

  • Opt-Out Form for Military Recruiter:  11th and 12th grade students please go to your IC “Extended Parent Portal” to review this document.

  • DCCHS Student Handbook Acknowledgement:  All grade levels please go to your IC Extended Parent Portal account to review and acknowledge that the DCCHS handbook was read and understood. 

DCCHS 20Alerts:

The 20Alert is our weekly communication with parents sent out every Sunday evening. Please play close attention to and read these alerts to stay informed of important information, upcoming dates, activities etc. The 20Alert is also posted every week on the DCCHS website. To ensure that you receive the 20Alert each week please make sure all your information and email address is correct and up to date in Infinite Campus. 


From the Athletic Department:  

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Fall Sports Registration Information:

Deadlines for registration:

August 1st: Boys Golf – first day of practice, Monday, August 5th

August 8th: Boys/Girls Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, Boys Golf, Boys Soccer, Softball, Boys Tennis and Volleyball – first day of practice, Monday August 12th

Practice locations will be posted to the DCC HS Athletic website on Tuesday, August 6th.

Tuesday, August 20th – All Sport Parent Meeting – 6:30pm – HS Theatre

Go to for step-by-step directions to register.  When registering, please choose only one sport per season.  Otherwise, they will appear on all of the rosters that they choose.  All registrations will be pending until complete. Staff will approval only fully completed registrations. 

Registration must be submitted and approved before the deadline to guarantee participation in tryouts or practices.  Payment of fees alone does not constitute registration.  Payment may be made at or brought in to the Athletic office.

Physicals are uploaded during the registration process.  All pages must be uploaded showing the physical date and physician's signature.  We recommend physicals be done during the summer months to guarantee they remain current for the entire school year.  

All athletes transferring into DCC (grades 10-12) are required to complete a Transfer of Eligibility Form located on the registration website.  Transfer students may not participate in athletic activities until the transfer has been approved by CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association), and previous and current Athletic Directors.  This process takes time so please initiate transfer eligibility as soon as possible.

If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Paula Marks, High School Athletic Secretary at 719-234-2815.  Mrs. Marks' hours are Monday - Friday,7:30am-3:30pm.


Senior recognition ads and senior portraits will be due NO later than 

3 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2020. 

Please watch for upcoming information in the 20Alert on where/how to upload photos.


Senior Portraits and Senior Baby Ads 

Please watch the 20 Alerts for additional information. 


Health Care Plans

If your child has a medical concern such as a life-threatening/food allergy, asthma, diabetes, seizures, etc., pick up the appropriate Heath Care Plan from Jennifer Tichenor, in the health room office in the Campus Services area.  Ms. Tichenor will provide this information to the Campus School Nurse. If your child has a “unique” health concern, please pick up a general health care plan. It is imperative; a health care plan is on file for the safety of your child. If your diabetic student manages his/her diabetes independently, please complete the Diabetes Independent Management Plan and sign the “Agreement for Students Independently Managing their Diabetes.” Health forms are also available on the district website under the parent/student tab and click on health information. 

Medications at the High School level

In high school, students who are mature and capable of taking their own over the counter or prescription medication (excluding controlled drugs) may do so as instructed by their physician and / or parent. High school students who are taking controlled drugs must keep their medication in the school office.  Parents/guardians must physically bring any controlled medication to be administered by school personnel to and from the school. Controlled drugs are, but not limited to, stimulants, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and antipsychotics. In addition, a district medication consent form must be completed, and signed by the parent/guardian and signed by the medical provider with prescriptive authority. The prescription medication must come in the original pharmacy container. The medication consent form is available on the district website under the parent /student tab and click on health information.  Please refer to the detailed high school medication policy if you have further questions. 

Tetanus /Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) booster

In the State of Colorado, the Tdap booster is required for all incoming 10th, 11th and 12th graders for the 2017-2018 school years.  If your child has received the Tdap booster, another dose is not required and the Tdap can be given if a prior TD booster was administered at least 2 or more years ago.  The basic difference between Dtap is that Dtap is licensed for children 2 months through 6 years of age and Tdap is licensed for children 10-18 years of age. This is a mandatory requirement or you must sign an exemption to opt out (see below).  Colorado state law requires students meet all vaccination requirements within 14 days of the commencement of school. Failure to comply with the law may result in school suspension. Please bring in verification from the health care provider to the school nurse, or sign an exemption with the grade level secretary by August 30, 2019.

Please note:  If your child cannot be immunized for medical reasons, a physician must sign the medical exemption on the reverse side of the Certification of Immunization. If immunizations are against your religious beliefs, you must sign the religious exemption on the reverse side of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Certificate of Immunization every year during school enrollment or registration. If you have a personal belief opposed to immunizations, you must sign the personal exemption on the reverse side of the certificate every year during school enrollment or registration.

Questions may be addressed to the campus nurse, Marcia De Jong, 234-1812.

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If your student is leaving DCC,  be sure to contact the DCC registrar:

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Contacting the registrars will help in coordinating information with your student's new school.

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