Featured Articles from Principal Ottmann

How Involved Should Parents Be in Their Child's Education?
  - February 25, 2020

Parents:  Why You Need to Stop Doing Your Kid's Work
   - February 11, 2020

How to Prevent Becoming a Snowplow Parent
    - January 17, 2020

One Great Reason to Reduce Social Media Use 
     - December 18, 2020

The Consequence of Undivided Attention 
     - November 21, 2020

When Achievement Becomes an Unhealthy Pursuit 
     - October 25, 2020

The Fine Line Between Excellence and Obsession 
     - September 19, 2020

Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It 
     - August 30, 2020

Opportunities for Parent Involvement

InvolvedThere are many ways to get involved and make a difference at Ponderosa High School. We encourage you as parents to take an active role in what is going on at your child's school. Whether you participate in our SAC, assist with our fundraisers, join our Booster Clubs, or simply volunteer, we encourage you to take an active role in the many happenings at PHS!


The purpose of the SAC is to inform, encourage and provide opportunities for parent and community members to be involved in the planning and evaluation of the school’s instructional program and quality improvement processes. The SAC makes recommendations concerning the school’s Performance, Improvement, Priority Improvement, or Turnaround plan, and meets at least quarterly to discuss implementation of the school’s plan and other progress pertinent to the school’s accreditation contract with the Board of Education. Final decision-making authority rests with the principal or other person or group receiving the recommendation from the SAC (e.g., The Superintendent, District Accountability Committee (“DAC”) or Board of Education).

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) has several openings for parents or guardians of Ponderosa students in the 2019-2020 school year.  Please click the "More Information" link below to find out how to become involved.

More Information

Ponderosa SAC Website

PHS can use your help. Current opportunities include:

Emergency Supplies Sign-up
Athletic Training Room Expansion Fundraiser
Music Department - Amazon Fundraiser
Ponderosa Spirit Flags
Scorer's Table Recognition
King Soopers Card for Ice Hockey
King Soopers Card for Lacrosse

If interested in volunteering at PHS, please fill out the volunteer application or contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Jennie Streightiff
Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]

volunteer application

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0127.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).