Our mission: Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world.

List of 10 news stories.

  • FUSION 2019 is live!

    FUSION is Dawson's annual collection of literary, visual, and audio work from students K-12. This year, every grade is represented, across over 100 works. FUSION is published online: Find a link on the Portal and the Dawson homepage. So much wonderful work: Congratulations to all!
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  • MISSION STATEMENT

    Dawson is in the self-study phase of re-accreditation. As part of this effort, after a year-long process with faculty, staff, and trustees, Dawson has approved a new Mission Statement.

    "Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world."

    We are proud to implement this statement as a full reflection of Dawson's program and goals.
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  • Respect. Compassion. Courage. Integrity.

    Dawson School challenges its students to achieve excellence not only in mind and body, but in character. The school adopted four virtues years ago as points of emphasis and focus for us all: respect, compassion, courage, and integrity. Every day, our campus strives to live these values, through gestures big and small. Which virtue did you exemplify today?
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  • Dawson Athletics Ranked #12 Statewide

    Dawson Athletics has been ranked No. 12 statewide - all sports, all classifications - by Mile High Sports Magazine! Earning this recognition from 350+ schools is a testament to the breadth and depth of Dawson's program. Congratulations to our committed students, excellent coaches, and supportive teachers, families, and fans. We couldn’t have done this without everyone involved! #dawsonpride
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  • Dawson Again Named BEST OF BOULDER

    We are delighted to announce that Dawson was recognized as the best private school in the region in Boulder Weekly's "Best of Boulder" poll for the 13th year. We are honored to have so many people recognize the value Dawson brings to the community, and the importance of excellence in education. 
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  • DAWSON WELCOMES OVER 150 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO CAMPUS

    Dawson College Counseling is pleased to welcome over 150 colleges and universities to campus to meet with students and staff this fall. We are proud of our relationships with these fine institutions, and of the remarkable students they come to meet. Welcome - we're glad you're here!
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  • HAIL TO DAWSON

    In honor of fall Spirit Week, do you know all of the words to Dawson's school song?

    Hail to Dawson true,
      with our colors white and blue.
    We pledge to you our Mustang pride
      linked in purpose, side by side.
    As we strive today
      let our motto say
    "Nothing without labor";
      Hail to Dawson all the way!
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  • Dawson Diversity Statement

    Dawson actively promotes and embraces the exchange of diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds through curricular design, community involvement, and the integration of our four virtues – respect, compassion, courage, and integrity – into every aspect of our community life. It is our responsibility to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all members of our community, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability, or religion, as well as to cultivate in each student the ability to make empathetic, socially responsible decisions.
                                                                                                                                  -- Dawson Diversity Statement
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  • Dawson Offers New "Distinction in Coding and Innovation"

    Dawson recognizes the interest and demand for skills around the creative use of technology: Interested Upper School students can now earn special recognition on their transcript if they meet the requirements of a new Disctinction in Coding and Innovation. Students will finish the program with a mastery of several programming languages, will have integrated creative technology projects into classwork, and will creatve five major programming projects. Contact Mr. Nickerson for more details.
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  • Flags of Dawson

    Recognize these? We have lunch underneath these flags every day, but do you know what they represent?  Over its 47-year history, Dawson has enrolled students from many countries - and those countries are each represented here. If you are attending Dawson from a country that is not included here, please let us know, so that we can add your flag!
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Support, Insights During Coronavirus

Holly Smith, Upper School Counselor
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Last week, I sent a letter to faculty to share with them my own experience of living through this strange time of the coronavirus. In addition to my own reflections, I’ve been interested to hear the advice of other mental health professionals. Recently I found a great article written by Dr. Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist from Brown University, titled “A Brain Hack to Break the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle.

Here’s what I found very helpful. Dr. Brewer very simply breaks down the aspects of anxiety that are born out of uncertainty, and we are definitely in a time of change and uncertainty.  I have found that at these times we, as parents, are in a place of processing our own anxiety, and it is difficult for us not to spill over to our kids. Most importantly, it is really okay and authentic to soothe your children’s fears and tell them what you do know, of course putting a lighter spin on it. I say this because when folks impart their own fear and anxiety to others there is a contagion that occurs. Uncertainty is something humans don’t do well. Some of us can go with the flow, but the majority of us seek answers, solutions, and anything that will bring a sense of calm, resolution, and control. This one is tough; in truth we don’t know the best way to navigate the uncertainty of the coronavirus. The bottom line is that fear helps us learn to avoid dangerous situations. Our primitive brain (the amygdala) is the part of our brain that senses danger. Our prefrontal cortex is responsible for creativity, problem solving, and future planning.  When anxiety creeps in, Dr. Brewer defines it as a “feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” So right now, our prefrontal cortex does not have enough information to predict the future, especially with the coronavirus.

Some of the things I suggest are to begin to bring some structure into your family with your children. If you have the opportunity to work at home, carve out a time and place to do your work every day so it becomes as routine and predictable as possible. Interruptions cause stress and tension. So have a plan for each day. Set your expectations the night before. And try to get everyone on the same page. It would be wonderful to set up a quiet area where your kids can do their school work that is separate, if possible, from an area in the house where they can relax, play and have time to chill. And while you should certainly practice social distancing, painful as it is, with people outside your household, take time to connect as a family. Make fun meals and eat together, relax, and read, watch movies together, etc, since this is your family, not a theater filled with people you don’t know.

Embrace not being busy. We are always complaining that we do not have enough time to rest, cook healthy foods, exercise, etc.  Seize the present. This can be unsettling at first and might take some practice. I know for myself, I am always moving from one task to another. Everyday, I try to meditate or just sit quietly to separate myself from the news and my computer. Taking care of oneself might feel indulgent, but now is the time. Your self-care will help give you energy to care for your family.

If you are feeling anxious, talk to your spouse or a friend or a therapist. And pay attention to how your kids are doing; it’s uncanny how anxiety rears its head in our kids: It can come out in the strangest ways - sometimes directly and sometimes sideways.  For additional guidance, we’ve collected a variety of resources to help families deal with the psychological impact of this crisis. You can access them on the Dawson's Coronavirus Information page; links on the Portal and on the website homepage.

In closing, please don’t hesitate to call if you need to chat or need resources for you or your family. I can be reached at 720-556-2555.

Warmly and with love-

Holly Smith
Upper School Counselor
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