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The Stallion Scoop: 14Jan16




The Principal Chronicles continue ...
So as many of you know, I have been gone for the last 10 days in Florida and Baltimore for Major League Soccer's Combine and Draft. Typically when I tell people where I was I get the same two questions: "What is that you do for the MLS?" and "do you know David Beckham?". The most simple answers I can give is this; I am basically team mom for the players and yes I know David Beckham. 

Florida (allegedly called the sunshine state but in reality the sun never came out and it rained the entire time) was fine and then Baltimore (freezing cold but really good crab cakes) went all right. It's been a while since I have had a funny story but I thought I would share a little bit of my fun and excitement from the Draft.

Part of my job at the MLS Draft is to be responsible for player seating. Since the draft is partially televised I need to make sure the players sit in a certain seat so the television camera can easily find them. You would think this is easy but in actuality it is pretty tough. You need to decide where to put guys; are they going to be drafted high? If so they need to be in the front but if you can't put too many top guys in the front because then the players section looks empty - and you can't have guys sitting for a really long time because that looks awkward. Also they need to sit by their family but you have a limited number of seats, plus you can't seat family behind the player because then when they are on camera they turn around and have their back to the camera. As you can see, not an easy process.

Obviously that story isn't funny but I needed to provide context. Anyway, it's the morning of the draft and I am scrambling to get the players' names on the seats. I had spent the previous three hours trying to get the "Official MLS Placards" printed but of course they wouldn't print correctly so I ended up grabbing some blank labels and handwriting the names. So I am in the draft room writing the names and sticking them on the chairs and I dropped my labels. When I jerked forward to grab them I split my pants all the way up the back. Super.

Here I am in the middle of the draft room, with a huge split in my pants. Luckily for me, no one was in the room yet so I was able to finish quickly. Unluckily for me, I had to walk all the way back to my hotel and re-check out my luggage to get a pair of wrinkly pants to change into. I'm not sure anyone saw how drafty things were for me on the way back but I have to tell you, it was super embarrassing. Never a dull moment in the life of the Principal Chronicles.

That's enough fun for this week. Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continues ...


Carpool Parents, we've had a request from our neighborhood to be careful of blocking the driveways and watch for trash falling out of cars in the yards. Thanks for your willingness to help!

StuCo's Penny-n-Paper War to support the American Diabetes Association is still going strong. Remember, paper and pennies are positive points and silver coins are negative points. We will extend our competition by a week, ending onFriday, January 29.

StuCo will be selling glow sticks at the School Dance and Valentine Candy Grams for Valentine's Day. A booth will be available for both at the school dance.

January/February/March Newsletter

Restaurant Night: Tuesday, January 26th is the date of the next restaurant night at Chick-fil-A. Save the date and look for flyers and stickers.

Red Robin Burgers for Better Schools: If you dine at Red Robin an easy way to support CTE is through their loyalty program. Sign up for their loyalty program, designate CTE as your home school and we will receive 1% of the check. For more information click here.

All School Dance: Friday, January 29th, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm is our annual All School Dance! Admission into the dance is free. Adults must attend the dance with students - five students per adult. Concessions will be offered, so don't worry about dinner! Pizza, drinks and other snacks will be sold. This year we will also have a photo booth! The cost per picture is $1 and the pictures will be e-mailed after the dance. We are in need of volunteers to make sure this night is a success for our students. Middle school and high school students are welcome to volunteer for their community service hours! Please click on the link to let us know how you can help. Thank you! 



DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]



January 16, 2016 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

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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.

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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.