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The Stallion Scoop: 10Sep15


This week we had our first lockdown drill of the year. As I am sure many of you know, safety is our District's #1 priority so they had District security personnel come out and train our entire staff on what to do in various emergency situations (note to self: when scheduling an all-staff, early morning meeting in conjunction with the entire feeder DO NOT pick the morning after Labor Day). Despite the large quantities of coffee being consumed, our staff did a tremendous job and learned a great deal to help keep our students safe.

In addition to the training (did I mention it was super early in the morning?), we held a lockdown drill at 11:00 that was run by District security. If you are unfamiliar with a lockdown drill, basically the students and teachers get out of sight in their rooms in case there is an intruder in the building. Our students and staff did a great job and we didn't get any negative feedback from District personnel. In fact many of our teachers were pretty slick and still kept up with their instruction even during the lockdown drill. As we went from classroom to classroom we found many teachers reading (quietly of course) to their students or doing some activities. Pretty amazing considering you need to have your lights out during the drill.

That is it for this week's edition of the Principal Chronicles, stay tuned. With outdoor ed coming up there are bound to be some pretty good stories ...


As you know our District's and Cherokee Trail's number one priority is safety. We have had a few instances of students crossing streets without looking both ways. These students have been texting or on the phone. Would you please consider visiting with your student regarding safe strategies for crossing busy streets and the use of technology while crossing streets? Your help with this is greatly appreciated by those driving near our school. Thanks!

Thank you for keeping our neighbors' driveways accessible when picking up students!

​Upcoming Events
Please join us for our SAC (5-6 pm) and PSP (6-7 pm) meetings on Tuesday, September 15.


PSP September/October Newsletter

Box Tops & Campbell's Soup Labels: Continue to collect both of these! We will hold our annual Box Tops competition next February. Campbell's Soup Labels can be collected and turned in at any time to your student's teacher or the front office. Last year we raised over $2,000 from all the Box Tops that were turned in. The Campbell's Soup Labels have helped us purchase new tables for CTE that we use throughout the school year. Thank you for supporting our school!

PSP Memberships & Yearbook Orders: Remember to support CTE PSP by becoming a member! The membership includes one yearbook and supports teacher grants we give to our staff throughout the year. You can also purchase additional yearbooks at a discount as a member. Simply fill out the form and send it in with your student. Thank you for supporting CTE PSP!

PSP Teacher Grants: At the monthly PSP meetings teacher grants are awarded thanks to the generosity of our community. Funds raised from the PSP Memberships and Restaurant Nights allow for these grants. In August we approved the following: Raz Kids & Learning A-Z for K-2nd grades, the Make Magazine subscription for the Learning Commons, curriculum to help 3rd-6th grade students develop communication & critical thinking skills. If you'd like to participate in the discussion of teacher grants, please join us at our next meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 15th at 6:00pm.

Please VOTE for our 2015-16 SAC representatives.

Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Parker Library, is returning to Cherokee Trail Elementary! This program is for 3rd - 6th graders. Teams must have a minimum of five students and can have a maximum of seven students. They are split into two divisions, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th. The teams will be competing against other area schools at the Parker Library next February. Please see the flyer or the webpage for more information. After reviewing the book list and the dates, contact Lisa Loomer by September 25th if your child would like to participate and/or if you'd like to coach a team at CTE.

Please visit Mrs. Whittingham's web site to view information about upcoming physical activity events that are available to the CTE community: including the fittin' it in 5K, the Chaparral feeder area cross XC games and the running club. 
September 10, 2015 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.