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The Stallion Scoop: 17Dec15

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER:

  • PRINCIPAL CHRONICLES
  • FROM THE ASSISANT PRINCIPAL
  • PSP NEWS
  • NEW EPR INFO - please read!!
  • SHOP 2 SUPPORT
  • GIFTED & TALENTED NEWS

PRINCIPAL CHRONICLES - JOSH MILLER

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. 


FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - ROBIN HUNT

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 NEWS
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! 


ELEMENTARY PROGRESS REPORT INFORMATION

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


SHOP 2 SUPPORT (VIA CTE MOBILE APP)

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!"

GIFTED & TALENTED NEWS:

DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]


 

December 17, 2015 | 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.