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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]
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March 11, 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.