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The Principal Chronicles continue ... Welcome back!!! Year number 3 has begun although I kind of feel like year 3 is a continuation of year 2. There really didn't seem to have any break. It was like one day kids and teachers were here, the next they weren't, and now they are back again. Strange how time flies. The kids grow so fast; walking around the building today I was amazed how much they have grown over the summer.

As for me, I would love to spend this Chronicle talking about all the awesome things I did over the summer, but the reality was I was either working at CTE or working at home about 90% of the summer. We did adopt a resuce dog though ... On July 4th, my significant other decided that we needed a dog. Not sure how the "need" developed or why it surfaced on July 4th, but I digress. So we spent the next three days searching high and low for a new dog. We ended up with a dog from an Indian Reservation in New Mexico. He is a Corgi/Border Collie or a Borgi (seriously, I am not making that up). He looks like a big dog with tiny little legs. His name is Doug and he is as cute as can be. We are still in the process of figureing him out and him getting used to our house, but so far all he has done is chew our front blinds, escape for three days only to be found 8 miles away aimlessly wandering by a lake, and eat an entire set of drapes. Other than that, he has been a dream. I am sure there will be more to come in the upcoming weeks.

Lastly, now that we are back in school, I wanted to remind you of a few things. We are doing a soft start which means we open our doors at 8:30 and kids go straight to class and begin their day. Don't forget to drive safely around CTE especially in the carpool lane. In additon, remember we cannot park vehicles in the car pool lane as it is not our property and it blocks other cars as well as the homeowners dirveways. Our school parking lot also closes during pick up and drop off. This keeps all of our students safe.

That is it for this week, until next time, stay tuned for the next edition of the Principal Chronicles ....

Now that the year has begun we wanted to remind you of a few things as we settle into our routine: 
  • We are no longer lining up outside in the morning. Our staff will open the doors to allow students in the building at 8:30am. We will not have any supervision outside prior to 8:30am so do your best to not have students on campus prior to 8:30. We will also not allow students in the building prior to 8:30am unless the weather outside is unsafe or below 20 degrees. 
  • Along with our new soft start please remember if you want to head on into the classroom, please come in through the front doors and sign in. With safety being our number one priority, we want to make sure we know all of the adults in the building. Thanks for helping us out with this. 
  • We have been having some issues with our A/C. The District has been out several times and continues to work on the problem. We are purchasing some fans today to help. 
Thank you and don't forget to get your fees paid through Express Check In if you haven't done so already. 

Welcome Back, CTE! We hope you had a fun-filled sunny summer! Upon your return we are sure you noticed the new digital marquee and want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years to make this marquee a reality!

PSP Membership: This year the PSP Membership includes a yearbook AND a car decal with our new logo! To purchase a PSP Membership please fill out the form and send it into school with payment attached.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are many ways to help with jobs that can be done from home, after work hours, once a school year, and more! We welcome your suggestions for new events and would love to see our team grow! Let us know how you would like to lend a hand by filing out the Volunteer sign-up sheet.

Spirit Wear: We have all new Spirit Wear this year sporting our new logo! All orders must be completed online and will be delivered to the school. Orders placed by August 26th will be delivered September 9th.

Want to know more about PSP? Please go to our website and feel free to contact us at any time with questions.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) INFORMATION

The week of September 12th, 2016, “referral” students in grades one, two, and four will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) to determine areas of strength and possible identification for gifted programming. Referrals for CogAT testing may come from the parent and/or the classroom teacher. CogAT is an assessment that indicates the level and pattern of cognitive reasoning abilities of a student in comparison to grade and age peers. Please contact Sherri Carlsonif you have questions regarding referral testing. All students participating in the referral testing process must have all 3 documents below signed and turned in by September 6th to the Gifted Education Facilitator (Sherri Carlson) for CogAT Testing.

"Universal" (Grade 3) testing (no referral needed):

  • We use the CogAT as a universal screening tool for all 3rd grade students - they will take the Level 9 version of the test.

  • Testing will occur the week of September 12th, 2016

"Universal" (Grade 6) testing (no referral needed):

  • We will continue to use CogAT as a universal screening tool for all 6th grade students.  Students take Level 12 in 6th grade.

  • Testing will occur the week of September 12th, 2016


August 11, 2016 | 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.