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The Stallion Scoop: 11Mar16




The Principal Chronicles continue ... Apple Award Edition

The Apple Awards are a celebration of DCSD employees who were nominated by their peers and then a few are chosen as the overall winners the night of the Apple Awards. This year our two Apple Award winners were Sandra Holliefield and Karen Nottingham.

I have been going to the Apple Awards for the last three years. They are always pretty fun; the venue is beautiful and this year was no exception. The biggest difference between this year and the previous two years was there wasn't a massive blizzard to drive in. Also for the first time ever, my significant other wanted to go. I had to ask her about five different times if she truly wanted to go. She works downtown and typically doesn't like to go to events where other people are present. (I know what you are thinking and you are right, we are complete opposites). Since she wanted to go we had to figure out what to do with goof and ball aka our two girls. Since we are a blended family we do not have our girls 100% of the time so we highly value our family time. Essentially we never get a babysitter. ever. Side Note: Actually we did once (for a school Christmas party no less) and the babysitter locked them all out of the house 30 minutes after we left (party-over).

So of course we can't find a babysitter, we don't really talk to one of our neighbors because she has about seven random people living there at any given time and our other neighbors are super nice but about 2,000 years old. My oldest (of course) came up with the brilliant idea that they could stay home alone. We have left them home alone before, they are 10 and 8 and pretty responsible but never at night and never for more than an hour. We decided to take a huge parenting risk and let them stay home (much to their delight).

As we left the house, I made sure that every door was locked, windows were locked, plenty of food, left out about 28 emergency numbers, strategically placed the American Girl doll book about staying home alone by the couch, and crossed my fingers. I had no idea how stressed out I would be the entire evening. I left my phone on the table and kept checking in every five minutes. Then my youngest called (right in the middle of a presentation no less) and I about had a heart attack. She called because "she missed me" which is kid speak for "I'm bored". The whole night went by super slow but fast at the same time if that makes sense and truly the second the award show was over we bolted out of there. The whole drive home I kept thinking of all the different ways our house could be destroyed but when we walked in we found one kid asleep and the other watching old episodes of the Tree House Master. All in all it was a great night for the Apple Award nominees and a very stressful evening for me.

That is it for today ... Until next time with the Principal Chronicles continue ...


We can't thank you enough for your generous contributions during Chap's Wish Week! Cherokee Trail donated $1006.00 toward their cause. Chap's goal was to raise $30,000 which they surpassed by raising $57,000.00 total to donate toward final wishes...our feeder rocks!

Fifth and Sixth grade parents, remember we begin PARCC testing on Monday, March 14. We appreciate you ensuring your children receive adequate sleep and a good breakfast. We are excited to see how well CTE performs this year.

See our EPIC award recipients for the 3rd quarter here ... presented at the EPIC assembly today.

Have a wonderful weekend!

January/February/March Newsletter

Yearbooks: The due date to order yearbooks has been extended to next Tuesday, March 15th. Please get your order form in with payment by that date. If you are unsure whether you ordered a yearbook earlier in the year, please contact us at CTEPSP[at]gmail[dot]com and we will let you know. 

WE STILL NEED PHOTOS!! Please submit any/all photos of CTE events for the 2015-16 yearbook (class parties, assemblies, field trips, etc.)
We have no classroom photos for these sections: Engel, Nelson, Briese, Coggan, Ostermiller, Dreith
3 easy ways to submit photos:

  1. use the CTE app and send pictures right from your phone! (free to download - more info)
    - go to More/Yearbook Photos
  2. email photos to Anna Hylton
  3. send a flash drive to school with your student (labeled drives will be returned)

deadline for submissions this week!: 15 Mar 2016


We are currently under early registration until 3/21. Participants can save $25 (instead of $220.00 for the week, it will be $195.00).
more info: Camp Invention website
registration for CTE: link

DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News


March 11, 2016 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.