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The Stallion Scoop: 17Dec15


  • NEW EPR INFO - please read!!


I can't believe that the first half of the year has come to a close. It goes by so fast but then again I woke my daughter up this morning for school and noticed that her feet are touching the bottom of her bed. When did she get so big? I think about that as well when I walk through the classrooms and see how much the kids have grown both physically and academically. It is just amazing.

Last year for the Chronicles I wrote about some of the crazy Christmas presents I received during my teaching career. So I think this year, I'll spin a little yarn about some of the outrageous things that have happened on the last day before break.

One year when I was teaching we had a true to life Home Alone story happen. We had a family that had three children. The two oldest were in high school and the youngest was in second grade. It was the last day before break and all of the students had gone home except for this little second grade student. When we called the parents they told us that they were on the road to grandma's house and were in such a rush to beat the traffic that they totally forgot to pick up their student. They meant to get him on the way and I guess got distracted. Of course we didn't tell the student that and the family came in about an hour later to pick him up. This time of year can be pretty distracting.

Another year we had a family from Europe (it's been so long ago I can't remember which country) bring in presents for the entire class. The issue was that the presents stuck really really bad. (Imagine a backed up sewer meets a sweaty sock). The students in the class were all complaining about the smell so we went and opened up the presents. It turned out to be cheese from the country where the family was from. It was completely fresh but just the kind of cheese that really smells. After a long explanation from the family (and a geography and culture lesson) everything turned out great.

That is it for this edition of the Principal Chronicles ... Have a wonderful winter break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year. 


Congratulations to our second quarter EPIC award recipients!!

Walter B * Bela G Denise K * Marissa R
Garrett B Aslynn H Micah L Briana S
Lauren B Alyse H Harley L Audrey S
Alex C Rachel H Ryan L Hayden S
Caleb C Nguyen H Ryan L Madelyn S
Brooke C Lacey J Gwin M Vincent T
Maverick C Olivia J Tyler M Brynley T
Sofia F Katie J Brayden M Tobias V
Kai F Alivia J Carson M Luke V
Fiona F Luke J Ethan N Solane W
Abby G Joshuah K Isabella P Kai W
Mason G Laila K Taylor R Rose W
*staff member      

PSP November/December Newsletter

Restaurant Night: Thank you to everyone who came to Culver's last week! A special thank you to all the CTE staff members who spent their time at Culver's that night: Holly Pierce, Jenny Henry, Josh Miller, Robin Hunt, Lindsey Anderson, Sandra Holliefield, Stephanie Lerner, Kristin Wilson, and Heidi Dawson. We are pleased to let you know that between tips and funds received from sales we made just under $500. Amazing!

PSP Monthly Meeting & Teacher Grants: Unfortunately, we had to cancel our meeting again this month because of the snow day. Our next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19th at 6:30pm. Our PSP board and community members who have attended the PSP meetings this year came together via e-mail on the snow day to award some teacher grants prior to the break. Thanks to funds raised this year we were able to award playground equipment to Mrs. Whittingham for all kids to use at recess, projects for our gifted learners in grades 3-6, noise reducing headphones for SPED, funds for our spelling bee, and music scholarships. Thank you for supporting CTE PSP and our school! Happy Holidays!

All School Dance: Save the date for the All School Dance,January 29th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, at CTE! This is always a fun event and this year we have a few new twists! We can't wait! 


Dear Cherokee Trail Families,
In two weeks we will be providing parents with access to our new and improved Elementary Progress Reports [EPR].
Your child’s report card will still have all of the same great information you are accustomed to, including progress they are making on reading, writing and math skills. Plus, parents will now be able to see how students are doing on the District’s World Class Outcomes, 4Cs, and 21st Century Skills.

How do I access my student's EPR?
Accessing the EPR

EPR Customized For Our School
Each school has the ability to customize their Elementary Progress Report to include school-specific values. Here at Cherokee Trail Elementary, we have included World Class Outcomes, 21st Century Skills, and the 4 C's along with the academic content you have traditionally seen on the report card. We have also added a section for our teachers to report out on EPIC behavior.

World Class Outcomes & the Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
Don’t know what World Class Outcomes your student is studying? or want to know more about our Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum? Check out the GVC page on the District website. There you can find the Outcomes broken out by grade level.

Learn More
Want to know more about the new EPR? Check out the following video and information on the District website:
Watch our Video
Elementary Progress Report Website


During the holiday season, the Cherokee Trail Shop 2 Support program is an easy way for you to give back to CTE from the online shopping you do! Fifty percent of all commissions generated will come back to the school.
By starting your online shopping experience at the CTE Shop 2 Support site, our school gets credit for your purchases and a portion of the sale will come back to CTE. Please remember that you must start your online shopping experience on the CTE Shop 2 Support site for us to get credit for your purchases. You should be able to find what you are looking for from the top notch online retailers in the program. 

The program is simple:
  1. Bookmark our page and start all your online shopping on this site.
  2. Click on the logo for the retailer you’d like to shop with.
  3. Shop as you normally do and buy what you want. That’s it!
Thanks for your support and happy shopping!"


DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]


December 17, 2015 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”