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The Stallion Scoop: 17Sep15


The time here at CTE is moving so fast it's hard to keep track of everything that is going on. It seems like just last week we were just starting out but we are just about to Fall Break. Crazy how time flies.

Speaking of time, coming up in the next few weeks for me is a bunch of safety training. With safety being our Districts' number one priority, and as building leader, I signed up for quite a few courses just to make sure I am current. One of the classes I am going to take is first aid/ CPR. So on a Saturday in October, me and 30 of my closest friends will be heading to Rocky Heights Middle School to learn the ways to help people in an emergency situation. Of course for me, it's always an adventure into the awkward social situations that those kind of classes bring. When it comes to working with complete strangers and having to bandage them up, it creates kind of a weird situation. Maybe my personal space bubble with total strangers is too big, but I do think it is kind of strange to be putting someone into a sling that I have never met before. I guess it would be the same thing in a real emergency situation so I should just deal with it.

It also reminds me of a time when I was in Adams 12 and we had a student break his arm on the playground. We called an ambulance and tried to get a hold of his parents. When we couldn't reach the parents, it was up to me to escort him to the hospital. This is where things got interesting (I'm sure none of you are surprised if you read the Chronicles often) ... So not only did the ambulance show up but so did the fire truck. and the police. and District security. and a second fire truck. and one motorcycle policeman. I felt pretty confident that the 35 medical personnel that arrived could handle getting our ONE student taken care of. Considering we still hadn't reached the parents, I jumped into the ambulance with the student not even thinking twice about it (note to self: always think before jumping). I didn't bring my cell phone, wallet, anything but my school keys and school ID. For some reason, unbeknownst to anyone but the driver, we went downtown to the hospital and actually passed two hospitals on the way. We got to the hospital and the nurses came out and take our little guy back to get his x-rays and cast, which left me to take care of the paperwork. Yep, you guessed it. No wallet, no phone, just some random guy off the street riding with a student with a broken arm. Let me just sum up the whole experience of filling out the paperwork with just a single word: awkward. By this time, the parents had showed up, our student got his cast, and they headed home (key word in that sentence: THEY). Since I had not driven down, had no wallet or phone, I was now stuck downtown with no way to get home. After about two hours of trying to get a hold of people to get me through a pay phone (a rotary dial pay phone no less) a police officer heard of my plight and gave me a ride to work. (I still had a second job at that time). So I went with the police officer and sat in the back of his car (awkward again) and drove off to the restaurant where I worked. Of course the police officer pulled right in front of the giant windows at the restaurant and I got out of the BACK of the patrol car. Never a good look showing up to work in a patrol car. Let me just say, I had to do a lot of explaining.

That is it for this week's edition of the Principal Chronicles. Stay tuned next week when the Chronicles continues with a special Outdoor Ed edition.
Stay safe!! 


Student Council is coming! Be watching for information regarding applications for student council. This year student council will take place after school and will focus primarily on community projects and a basic understanding of governmental processes. We are excited to refresh this program and get students involved in our community!

Wishing the best experience to our Sixth Grade going to Outdoor Education: September 22-24!

Parent/Teacher conferences will be the week of October 5 - sign-up information will be sent out in the Stallion Scoop next week!


PSP September/October Newsletter

Fun Run: Our annual Fun Run is coming, Tuesday, Sept. 29th. OnMonday, Sept. 21st your students will attend an assembly to learn more about the Fun Run. That day they will bring home information on how they can obtain sponsors for the Fun Run. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we appreciate any support you can offer! Funds raised will help us reach our goals of providing more technology for K-2nd grades, enhancements to the Learning Commons and amphitheater, provide field trip scholarships and teacher grants. We are in need of volunteers that day, so if you plan to come and cheer on your child, which we hope you do, consider signing up to mark lap cards while the students run. Students will run during their specials time. Thank you for supporting our school! 

Outdoor Movie Night: It's that time of year again for CTE Movie Night! Movie night will take place on Friday, October 2nd at 6:00 p.m. on the CTE field. The movie will begin at sundown. We will have candy, caffeine free soda, popcorn, and water for sale, but the event is FREE!!! Bring your own pillows, blankets, and chairs.  Please click on the link to vote for the movie that you want to see. If you are available to help sell concessions, monitor students coming in & out of the building or help with set-up and clean-up, please click the VolunteerSpot link. We welcome middle school or high school students to help with this event and it will serve as their community service hours. We hope to see you there!

Spirit Wear: CTE Spirit Wear is now available for purchase! Your student should have received a flyer in their Thurs. folder. You can return this flyer with payment by Sept. 28th or you can place your order online. Show your Stallion Pride!

Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Parker Library, is returning to Cherokee Trail Elementary! This program is for 3rd - 6th graders. Teams must have a minimum of five students and can have a maximum of seven students. They are split into two divisions, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th. The teams will be competing against other area schools at the Parker Library next February. Please see the flyer or the webpage for more information. After reviewing the book list and the dates, contact Lisa Loomer by September 25th if your child would like to participate and/or if you'd like to coach a team at CTE.

CTE Tech Crew is a group of students, grades 4-6, who support their classroom and the school by being knowledgeable in a variety of tech functions. Tech Crew will meet weekly with Mrs. Hylton in the tech lab, Tuesdays 3:30-4:15pm, for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. Two students from each class will be selected and announced next week! If you are interested in being on the CTE Tech Crew please complete all questions and submit this form by Friday, 18sep15.

The Parent University is designed to support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning.  More information.

I have had several parents asking why this year they are unable to send/receive emails from their students' school accounts. Here is the answer:

Beginning in the 15-16 school year, Gmail permissions for elementary school students is set to a “walled garden” approach.
What does “walled garden” mean?

  • Elementary students are now able to send/receive email with internal DCSD accounts (both staff and other students).

  • Students will also receive email from vetted educational resources (current approved services include Google Classroom, Khan Academy, Edmodo, Prezi).

  • Students will *not* be able to receive email from outside senders (eg. social media websites, spammers, parent accounts, etc.).

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

September 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.”