Rise & Shine: Douglas County school buses rescue motorists stranded in blizzard

Good morning.

Welcome to another snowy day (and if you're an educator or parent, perhaps another snow day). I spent yesterday working from home with my two toddlers. One of my favorite moments came as the lights were flickering and I was gathering all the flashlights in case we lost power. My son — very seriously — added a pink light-up princess wand to the pile. The kid is prepared.

We've got a whole bunch of news for you this morning, starting with an inside look at the reorganization of the Denver Public Schools central office. Also in today's roundup: A top Denver administrator has been named a leader to watch by a national education group, how Dougco school buses came to the rescue of stranded motorists yesterday, and why music education matters.

— Melanie Asmar, reporter

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REDUCTIONS/ADDITIONS Information obtained through an open records request shows the full breadth thus far of the planned cuts and additions to the Denver Public Schools central office. Chalkbeat

FUTURE CHIEF Allen Smith, a top Denver school district administrator who has risen through the ranks, was named a leader to watch Thursday by Chiefs for Change. Chalkbeat

SNOW DAY The major blizzard that pummeled Colorado on Wednesday will result in another snow day for some of the state’s largest school districts. 9News

TO THE RESCUE Four Douglas County School District buses were used to help rescue more than 300 people who were stranded on the roads Wednesday due to the blizzard. 9News, CBS Denver

DISENGAGED A majority of middle and high school students in School District 51 feel disconnected and disengaged from their peers, teachers and education, according to a new survey of nearly 12,000 students. Grand Junction Sentinel

‘MUSIC IS ABOUT CARING’ Listen to these Colorado music teachers talk about the power of music. Colorado Public Radio

HISTORY A curriculum about the Atlantic slave trade is being taught at three Boulder-area schools. Daily Camera

ACCIO SCIENCE This Thornton teacher created a science curriculum centered around Harry Potter. Fox31

Q&A An interview with the principal at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale: “A strong school is one that is led by teachers.” Post Independent