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The Stallion Scoop: 21Apr16




The Principal Chronicles continue ... I am guessing that Spring is here since we have had a blizzard one day and now, as I sit and write the chronicles, the sun is out shining. "Welcome to Colorado" as they say.

So we just took down our parent survey and I wanted to say thank you to all of you who took the time to fill it out. I truly love feedback as I feel it is the only way to get better at what we do. We got positive feedback, negative feedback, and some pretty critical feedback. All of which we collect and take very seriously.

I want to get a little personal in the Chronicles today. When I accepted this job last year, I was given a choice of where I wanted to go. It was one of the easiest big decisions I have ever made. I wanted to come here as soon as I found out Ms. Maas was leaving. I love this school, I love our students, I love our staff, and I love this community. I was reminded again of the community support we have during the second grade performance; we originally put out 275 chairs but so many people showed up we had to bring out every chair we had! It is so wonderful to see that kind of support, and I know our students loved seeing all of those people.

These past two years I have learned a lot - about myself, about this school, and about this community. Some days have been better than others and I have made my fair share of mistakes, but we are growing and improving every day. As I walk through the classrooms and see how hard our staff is working and how dedicated our students are, I am proud of our school. As I sat back and listened to those little second graders sing, I was proud our community came out to see them.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this school, I feel extremely lucky to be the principal here. Thank you for your open and honest feedback on our survey, and please know we will do our best to listen and make our school better. I will always listen to feedback whether it be good or bad. Also know and understand that I truly care for our students and look at each and every one as though they were my own. I truly love my job (most days). Thank you for the opportunity.

That is it for this week, next week I'll try to infuse more humor but I have been pretty reflective these past few days. Have a great week and see you next time when the Principal Chronicles continue ...


Another year of State testing has been successfully completed! successfully! Thanks to staff, students, and parents for helping make all weeks run so smoothly.

Thanks to parents for being safe in our parking and pick-up and drop-off areas.


PSP April/May 2016 Newsletter

Restaurant Night at Sonic: Monday, April 25th go to our local Sonic at Lincoln & Jordan from 5:00pm - 7:00pm to support CTE. We will receive 10% of the sales during that entire time. Share this fun event with neighbors, family and friends! 

Morning with Moms: Save the date for our annual Morning with Moms on Friday, May 13th from 8:00am - 9:00am. There will be muffins, opportunities to win prizes, and special time with your student.

RETURN TO THE MOON!!! Summer Space Camp at Pine Lane Elementary

WHO? 3rd - 6th Grade Students

WHEN? Tuesday, June 7 - Thursday, June 9 - 9:15 am - 3:15 pm

WHAT? On Tuesday and Wednesday, students will prepare for an unforgettable trip to the moon at Pine Lane Elementary School.  On Thursday, we will travel to the Challenger Learning Center in Colorado Springs for the Return to the Moon simulation!
Scenario:  The year is 2025. For the first time since the last Apollo mission in 1972, humanity returns to the Moon to establish a permanent lunar base to make lunar observations, study the feasibility for developing a self-sustaining off-planet settlement, and create stepping stone for human planetary exploration.

WHERE? Pine Lane Elementary School - North Campus Room 34, 6485 Ponderosa Drive, Parker, CO 80138

PRICE? Early Bird Rate  - $117 if you pay on or before May 3, 2016
Regular Rate - $130 if you pay after May 3, 2016

WHAT TO BRING? Participants should bring water, snacks, and lunch each day.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS? Please email Stephanie Kawamura (⅚ Discovery Teacher)

REGISTRATION? Online registration at here (online registration directions)
Note:  Space is limited to 38 students. A minimum of 20 students is required to run this summer camp.

DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News


April 22, 2016 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals were awarded with an Apple Award. 

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.