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The Stallion Scoop: 20Aug15

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Welcome back loyal fans to another edition of the Principal Chronicles. It's been another fun filled and exciting week with our first lightning dismissal of the year. So there I was standing outside at 3:05 looking up at the clouds and the clouds giving me 'the stink eye' back. Sure enough at 3:25 the sky opened up and dumped on us, and then at 3:45 the sun was out and shining bright. I often wonder if mother nature likes to poke fun and new principals. Hopefully, that will be our last one but if it isn't, just know we are prepped and ready.

I was thinking on my drive into school this week about what a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, I was standing in the wrong spot for my morning duty, calling kids, parents, and staff members by the wrong name, and generally making a fool out of myself. This year feels so much different but in a good way. The energy in the building is unbelievable and everyone is so excited. It again makes me feel proud to be a part of this school and a part of this community. Now as I drive into school and I pass the Colorado Lottery sign, I think of all of those millions and how many cool things we could add to CTE with that money. I've started to drive with a pad of paper to collect my ideas in the car (disclaimer: If any law enforcement officers just read that last statement, I only jot notes down when my vehicle has come to a complete and motionless stop).

Last thing, don't forget about our Back-to-School Ice Cream Social on September 1st. We will have our state of the school address, school tours (you may even get a chance to see the cool glowing table in my office), a chance to vote for our SAC members, and the best part ... a chance to spend some time connecting with your classroom teacher! (bet you thought I was going to say ice cream). We hope all of you can take time out of your busy lives to join us.

Tune in next week, when I promise to be a lot more entertaining and a lot more funny (well at least in my own head it's funny). See you next time...


Thank you for sending your students ready and excited to learn!  Being new to Cherokee Trail, I'm amazed at the level of support the community offers to our school.
As you know, safety is our first priority as a school and as a district.  We have several systems in place to ensure your child is safe when coming to school.  In looking at our systems, I've noticed that our carpool line-up needs some support.  While parents are waiting for the bell to ring, they are cautious to not block our neighbor's driveways.  However, once the bell rings, the cars begin to pull in front of the driveways.  Our school and our neighbors are asking that we honor the fact that we are utilizing public property for our school's carpool lane.  Please be careful to leave neighboring driveway's open and don't pull in front of them.
We will begin using a card system next week to speed up the carpool process.  Carpool parents will be given a card with their child's last name written on it to place in the windshield as parents drive through the carpool lane.  This will enable anyone who is monitoring the carpool lane to quickly identify which student(s) belongs with each car.  We will provide carpoolers with a card and will also have a carpool station at our Back to School Night event, September 1st.
Thanks again for your continued support and courtesy with our carpooling situation.  Please contact me should you have any questions.

PSP Restaurant Night - Gotcha Yogurt
Cherokee Trail's first restaurant "night" is Wednesday, 8/26, from 11 am to 9 pm. Gotcha Yogurt is donating a portion of their proceeds to CTE if you mention our name. We would love to see a fabulous turnout for our first event!

Back to School Night
Parents and Guardians, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend our Back to School Night on September 1. During this event, Mr. Miller will be presenting our dream for Cherokee Trail, introducing new staff, providing school tours, and serving up ice cream.  Yes, he is a superstar! We can't wait to spend some time together as a community!


In certain emergency situations (like this week's lightning dismissal), CTE will send out communication in every format available to us: email, phone, text, website, Twitter, and Facebook.
If you have not already done so, please enable your mobile phone number to allow receiving texts - here's how:
1. log in to the Parent Portal
2. click Contact Preferences (lefthand side)
3. click each box in the Text(SMS) row of your mobile phone number (your normal texting fees will apply)
4. click Save

Please contact Anna Hylton with questions.


What is PSP? Click here for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities: Looking to get involved at CTE? We have several opportunities for you to offer your talents to our community! Please click on the online sign up to read more about our committees or fill out the flyer. Let us know if you have a new idea for an event you'd like to see at our school or if you have an expertise you'd like to offer. Thank you for taking part in making this a great place for our children to be! 

King Soopers Cards: If you shop at King Soopers the KS Neighborhood Reward Card is the perfect way to support our school all year long! You simply fill out the form, send in $5 for each card you'd like to purchase and then reload your card at King Soopers or Loaf & Jug. Use the card just like cash, continue to reload it and we receive 5% for each reload.

PSP Membership & Yearbook Orders: The PSP Membership is back again! PSP Memberships are $20 per family. That includes one yearbook, supports PSP and allows you to purchase more yearbooks at a discount. Funds raised from the PSP Membership are used to support teacher grants.

Restaurant Night: Join us for the first restaurant day/night for the school year at Gotcha! Yogurt on Wednesday, August 26th from11:00am - 9:00pm. Let them know you are there to support CTE when you pay and we will receive 15% of the profits. Funds raised support teacher grants that we give out every PSP meeting. Thank you for supporting our school!


(Open to all grades K-6)
AUGUST 24th TO September 28th / 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Tuesday, September 29th
Our final run will coordinate with the CTE fun run. Running club runners will get special prizes and have their name announced at the event.
Click Mrs. Whittingham's Running Club Info to register


August 20, 2015 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Superintendent Search text based logo

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.