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The Stallion Scoop: 16Feb17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... Carpool, carpool, and more carpool. Cherokee Trail is the sixth school I've worked in during my career and every school has had some sort of drop off/pick up/traffic issues, but they were unique to each school.

My very first teaching job was at a really small charter school that was located in a shopping mall. My job for pickup and dropoff was to walk the perimeter of the entire mall in the morning and in the afternoon. It took me about 20 minutes to walk all the way around the building and since it was a shopping mall I passed Hobby Lobby, a weird gaming store, a church, an Army recruiting center, a rehab place, and a dentist. Kind of a unique mixture. I only worked there a year and never once did I figure out what the purpose of me walking around the mall was.

My next school was off of a major road and the school was surrounded by trailer parks so it was a very interesting mix of drivers that went by the school. My duty was to direct traffic on the main road to get cars into and out of our drop-off loop. Every morning and every afternoon for 8 years I was out there rain or shine directing traffic. The hardest part was getting the people past the school who weren't dropping their kids off. They absolutely DID NOT enjoy having to be stuck in traffic in front of our school. Let me put it this way, I was told I was number one with the wrong finger, hit with soda, spit on and cussed at more times than I care to remember. Needless to say, it was not an enjoyable experience by any means.

After that, at my next school my duty was getting kids to and from the bus. We had four buses and they mixed in with the cars. It was extremely hard to try to manage kids, buses, and cars all at the same time. There were literally people everywhere. It was crazytown all the time.

By now, I had started my Admin career so I was off to a new school. Here I was back in a very low socio-economic area and part of my job was to ensure kids were at school. We had a deal with several families that if their kids weren't at school I would go and get them. Nearly every morning I'd make my rounds to knock on doors and get the kids up and to school. Some of those places were interesting, to say the least. Lots of good stories but I'll save that for another chronicles.

Then I was on to DCSD and to Pine Lane here in Parker. There we had 18 buses and 1,000 students and not a single student walked to school. Our pick-up and drop off took forever. Getting that many kids home safely took a lot of coordination and cooperation from our many many families. We must have changed the routine of drop off about 70 times in my three years there to try and make it better. In the end, we got 1,000 kids off to their homes in around 15 minutes. Not bad.

Now that I am here I feel fortunate that our carpool is a lot simpler than at any other school I have worked. That being said, please remember to be courteous to others, follow simple traffic rules, and please do not park and leave your car unattended in front of our school. It is a fire lane. Lastly, please drive safely in and around our school. Most of our students walk to/from school and we want to make sure they arrive home safely.

Thanks for all of your help and flexibility with our carpool lane. That is it for this week, stay tuned for next week when the Principal Chronicles continues...


Please see the flyer for our Children's Hospital fundraiser!


Box Tops: Mr. Major's class won the second week of the Box Tops Competition! They earned cupcakes for their win. They are currently in the lead for the overall contest, too! February 24th is the last day to turn in all your Box Tops this school year! 

NEW!: Morning announcements are now available for families to watch on the CTE website! Each morning our 6th grade students record video announcements with the important news of the day: events, birthdays, lunch choices, guest teachers, and special features. Teachers play the videos each morning in their classrooms, and now families can tune in as well!

1. go to the CTE website: cte.dcsdk12.org
3. videos are listed by date

A huge thanks to the students of Communication Crew who are responsible for recording and uploading these videos each morning!
Suggestions and comments are always welcome ...

SUCCESS IN THE MIDDLE - for 6th graders


February DCAGT newsletter
Parent Institute flyer
DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News


February 16, 2017 | 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.