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The Stallion Scoop: 10Nov16

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:

  • THE PRINCIPAL CHRONICLES
  • FROM THE AP
  • PSP NEWS
  • BOOK FAIR INFO
  • GIFTED & TALENTED NEWS

THE PRINCIPAL CHRONICLES - JOSH MILLER

The Principal Chronicles continue ... After last week's debacle of a Chronicles, I figured I needed to come back with a really good one this week. Lucky for me (and possibly, but maybe not, you) we had a staff development day on Tuesday, and it was exactly what I needed.
This year has been by far the most challenging year of my admin career. These past few months have really taken a toll on me, and when your youngest flat out tells you "all you ever do is work or you're crabby or you're exhausted" then it's time for some self-reflection and an attitude adjustment.

Although election day was interesting for a lot of reasons, for me it was a bit of a wake-up call. To set the stage, our school met in the afternoon at Chaparral with the staff from Pine Grove, Mammoth Heights, Prairie Crossing, Pine Lane, Sierra, and of course Chaparral. It was the first time we had ever gotten together as an entire feeder, or as we like to call it our Chap Family.
We first met in the gym for lunch. Serving a few thousand people is certainly challenging but it was really cool to see everyone from around the feeder. They played a video that we all contributed to and connected with one another.
Next, our staff plus a few staff members from Sierra and Chaparral, met with three young ladies who all attended Cherokee Trail and are now Juniors at Chap. All three girls were very involved at Chap and extremely successful. It was a very proud moment for our teachers at CTE to hear how their hard work had paid off. Most people in that room had tears in their eyes the whole time. Even though none of those girls were here with me as their principal, it was still an extremely moving and powerful experience. Each one of those girls was amazing.
From there, we split up into "like" areas. So all of the Kindergarten teachers in our feeder got together, all of the first-grade teachers, etc. We even had our 6th-grade teachers meet with the 7th-grade teacher at Sierra so we could all be aligned with our practice. It was awesome and all of teachers left energized.
For me, we met as principals, assistant principals, and deans about what we could do to make our feeder even better. It was so awesome to be able to speak to and spend time with the other leaders talking about making our schools the best in Parker. It was very exciting and re-ignited my love for our school and our community. It was exactly the kind of message I needed to hear.
I walked out of Chaparral feeling proud of our staff, excited about our work, and happy to be a part of this great community. I love this school and I love our kids. I will continue to do what is best for our students and to help prepare them for the future. I know I speak for our staff as well when I say this: thank you to all that read this crazy column and please know we appreciate each and every one of you.

Until next time, when the Principal Chronicles continues..


FROM THE AP - ROBIN HUNT

STEAM DAY - all families are welcome to join their student's classroom on Friday, 18Nov16, from 8:45-9:15am ... watch the video! We are so excited to show you what our students have been learning!

LOST & FOUND - please come visit the Lost & Found pile during Book Fair this week in the CTE lobby. All unclaimed items will be donated on Friday, 18Nov16.

StuCo's Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive ends November 15! (only 1 week to go and we are way behind last year's totals!)
CTE's student council is collecting food and monies for Parker Task Force's Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive (watch the video). In this annual event, we are hoping to donate more than 50 dinners to the Task Force.
Grade Level contest: the grade donating the most food will win a movie and popcorn party!

Highlighted items we have only a few or none of:
(please note: we have plenty of refrigerator space, so feel free to send perishable items as well!)

  • Frozen turkey (over 10 lbs)
  • Aluminum turkey pan (1)
  • Butter (1 lb)
  • Dinner rolls (12+)
  • Pie (2)
  • Cool whip (1)
  • Canned sweet potatoes (1 lg. or 2 med)
  • Stuffing (2)
  • Potatoes (2 boxes or 5 lbs)
  • Gravy, packets or jars (2)
  • Canned green beans (6)
  • ​Canned mushroom soup (2)
  • Canned fruit (2)
  • Cranberry sauce​ (2)
  • If you'd like to donate money, the cost of a meal is about $50. You are welcome to donate gift cards or make checks payable to the Parker Task Force

THANK YOU for your generosity!


PSP NEWS

Butter Braids: Butter Braids will be delivered Friday (Nov. 11th) afternoon. If your child has a large order, please make arrangements to help them get their order home. We still need some help delivering the Butter Braids. If you are able to help, click here. Issues with your order? Contact PSP


BOOK FAIR - KAREN NOTTINGHAM

AHOY ME HEARTIES! It's a Bookaneer Book Fair!
Batten down the hatches and check out me Book Fair treasures, November 14th - 18th!

Bring ye library lubbin' pirates to cheer "Yo Ho Ho"  for ye teachers and principals as they compete in the Ice Cream Eating Contest at our late night on Tuesday, 11/15. Don't be a scallywag - be sure to donate $1 for All For Books charity and Dress Like A Pirate at school on Tuesday!

Heave Ho to the fair during Donuts with Dad on Friday 11/11: grab some grub and strike a piratical pose in front of our green screen! Make sure to put our book treasures on ye holiday wish lists! Check out me Book Fair Home Page for all our event details.

Also, if ye be interested in volunteering ye time at the fair, be sure to let Swashbuckler Silver McGee Nottingham know at knottingham[at]dcsdk12[dot]org or at 303.387.8136 (library). Ye can also sign up at me Book Fair SignUp.

Don't be a scallywag and miss it! Thanks for making ye students Library Lubbin' Learners!  


GIFTED & TALENTED NEWS

Discovery Information Nights for Parents
The Discovery Program applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available HERE.  The application deadline is December 1, 2016.  Please click HERE for more information about the Discovery Program.
Discovery Program Information Sessions:
* Renaissance Elementary - October 20, 2016 - 6:00 to 7:00 pm (Library)
* Northridge Elementary - October 26, 2016 - 6:00 to 7:00 pm (GYM)
* Acres Green Elementary - November 9, 2016 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm (GYM)
* Pine Lane Elementary - November 10, 2016 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Innovation Lab, North Campus)
See the FLYER for additional information.

October DCAGT newsletter
Parent Institute flyer
DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News

November 10, 2016 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

kids running outside as part of a race

DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

How are we doing?

We want to hear from you! How often do you prefer to receive email newsletters from DCSD? How can we improve the news and information you receive? This brief survey should only take a minute or two of your time. Thank you for giving us your input!

Tell us what you think, here!

 

glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.