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The Stallion Scoop: 13Aug15

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Happy post summer!! I hope all of you had a wonderful break and were able to enjoy the sunshine at the pool.

As for me, I spent most of the summer in sunny Parker, Colorado enjoying the scenery and quietness of Cherokee Trail Elementary. Our admin team and I cleaned and moved and organized and then cleaned some more. We wanted to change a number of our spaces into a more student centered environment. I literally spent three hours one day moving ONE set of shelves. I can't tell you how fun it was to move it a inch and have it completely come apart or the shelves fall out or come unhinged in one area. Who needs to travel when you have THAT kind of fun going on?
Our staff also spent a good deal of their summer at school making their classrooms a more student friendly environment. It is amazing what a little paint and elbow grease can do for a classroom. I absolutely LOVED taking a break from moving things around to check in to see what amazing things they were doing for our students. 
I guess I didn't spend the WHOLE summer here at school. We did spend a week at a dude ranch in Granby. (Yes, it was a lot like the movie City Slickers, and yes I did ride a horse quite a bit.) My horse was named Pebbles but her name should have been Golden Corral because all she ever wanted to do was EAT. I have never seen a horse as wide as Pebbles in my whole life. I felt like I was doing the splits every time I rode her. Our girls had a ton of fun that week and I even brought back one of Pebbles horse shoes to hang in my office. (Hey, I need all the luck I can get).
That is it for this week's edition. Don't forget that September 1st is our Back to School Ice Cream Social from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Hope you all can make it, we have all kinds of fun and excitement planned. Stay tuned until next time when the Principal Chronicles continue.... 

Parents and Guardians, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend our Back to School Night on September 1. On this night Mr. Miller will be presenting our dream for Cherokee Trail, introducing new staff, providing school tours, and serving up ice cream. Yes, he is a superstar! We can't wait to spend some time as a community!


What is PSP? Click here for more information.

Welcome back, CTE! We look forward to serving our school this year as we embark on an EPIC school year! Look for information here about upcoming events, reports on what we provide for CTE and volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions contact us at CTEPSP[at]gmail[dot]com.

Monthly PSP Meeting: Our first meeting of the school year isTuesday, August 18th at 6:00pm at CTE. All are welcome! We will discuss all that we have planned for the 2015-2016 school year, elect new board members and review teacher grants

Volunteer Opportunities: Looking to get involved at CTE? We have several opportunities for you to offer your talents to our community! Please click on the online sign up to read more about our committees or fill out the flyer. Let us know if you have a new idea for an event you'd like to see at our school or if you have an expertise you'd like to offer. Thank you for taking part in making this a great place for our children to be! 

King Soopers Cards: If you shop at King Soopers the KS Neighborhood Reward Card is the perfect way to support our school all year long! You simply fill out the form, send in $5 for each card you'd like to purchase and then reload your card at King Soopers or Loaf & Jug. Use the card just like cash, continue to reload it and we receive 5% for each reload. 

PSP Membership & Yearbook Orders: The PSP Membership is back again! PSP Memberships are $20 per family. That includes one yearbook, supports PSP and allows you to purchase more yearbooks at a discount. Funds raised from the PSP Membership are used to support teacher grants. 

School Supply Kits: We apologize to everyone who ordered a school supply kit this year for the late arrival! There was an issue with the shipping company that could not be foreseen. Thank you for your patience as we resolved this matter!


(Open to all grade K-6)
AUGUST 24th TO September 28th / 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday, September 29th
Our final run will coordinate with the CTE fun run. Running club runners will get special prizes and have their name announced at the event.
Click Mrs. Whittingham's Running Club Info to register 

As we strive to deliver a World-Class Education for our students, we know allowing students to use digital tools can open more and more learning opportunities in our classrooms. That is why the District is launching an effort to allow students to use Personally Owned Devices (PODs). The goal is to leverage these devices, so that students have access to learning applications and online information throughout the school day, not just when they are in a computer lab or when using school-owned devices. Read more here.



August 13, 2015 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Superintendent Search text based logo

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.