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The Stallion Scoop: 21Dec17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... Wow, the time has gone by extremely fast and winter break is just about here. It seems so strange to have school end so close to Christmas. At this time last year, we had already left for winter break. It's been a crazy week to say the least.

As for me personally, most of my presents are purchased and wrapped with the exception of a few. The downside is that about 5 of my gifts are back ordered so they won't be here by Christmas (note to self: probably shop earlier). So I am in a bit of a quandary as to how to present said gifts. I was thinking maybe wrapping a picture of the item or making an IOU, but both of those sound lame. I might have to do what any American adult male would do and google it. It is amazing what you can find on the internet, especially Youtube.

Other than that, there isn't much on the agenda for my clan other than work around CTE. I don't have my daughter for the majority of break (another downside of not getting out earlier) so I'll either have a long list of at home chores or I'll come to CTE to get some work done.

Lastly, this time of year is always a good time for reflection and thankfulness. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this school and this community. Even though it is now my fourth year here, I still feel lucky to be here. We have great kids, a great staff, and a great community. Not many principals can say that.

That is this week and from our family to your family. Happy Holidays!! See you next time when the Principal Chronicles continue....


Lost and Found - Our lost and found is in the front lobby for your perusal. All items left after December 21st will be donated to a local charity. Please come retrieve all those items that you have noticed are missing!

Here's what's coming!
December 22   Teacher Work Day - No School
December 25-January 5   Winter Break
January 8   School Resumes
January 10  Student Council Meeting, Spelling Bee
January 12  Teacher Professional Development - No School for student
January 15 MLK Day - No School
January 16 Tentative LockOut Drill
January 19  Tentative Shelter in Place Drill
January 22  Tentative LockDown Drill
January 24   Student Council Meeting, Band/Orchestra/Choir Concert with Sierra Middle School Assembly
January 25   Jump Rope for Heart Assembly
January 26
   All School Dance

Giving Angel - Thanks for giving back to our community. Below is a note from one of our receiving families...

My family was nominated by someone in your community as a family to receive gifts for the adopt-a-family Christmas program. I must admit that I was humbled that someone would do this and really thankful. During Christmas, as a single parent, I often struggle with trying to give my 3 children a Christmas with gifts and a good meal. All year long we saved money to be able to afford to move into a home close to the school, and unfortunately, I knew this would make money pretty tight once the holidays rolled around. With moving costs and all, I had prepared my children that this year for Christmas,  they probably wouldn't be getting anything, but that I would try my best to at least make us a family dinner in which we could all be together and really focus on what being a family is all about, and the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Togetherness.
Yesterday, I was contacted by someone helping with your drive, asking if she could drop off some things that you all had collected and purchased through the drive to give to families. I was ecstatic to hear from her, but I was at work and unable to meet her to get the items. So she offered to leave them in my garage. (Which was super awesome of her.) 
When I arrived home, I opened my garage and was emotionally overwhelmed by all the gifts. I wish all of you involved could have seen the look on my kid's faces when they got home and saw all the gifts under our tree. I was brought to tears and can not tell you how amazed and incredibly grateful I am for everyone involved. The generosity and compassion you have shown my family are by far one of the best things that I have seen in years, and to know that there are still people like you in this world gives me a hope in mankind that I thought no longer really existed.
You all are helping to bring up such wonderful, caring children and teaching them such acts of humanity, is really a lesson that can not be learned without such wonderful mentors.  I know my whole family is completely blown away by this act. While I don't feel that Christmas is about presents or things, I do think that it is about showing others they are loved and cared about.
Thank you so much for making my family feel this way. You will never truly know how much you have changed our lives with your kindness.

A grateful adopt-a-family recipient.  :-) 

​I wish you the Happiest of Holidays!

All School Dance: Mark your calendar for this year's All School Dance, Friday, January 26th at 6:00pm. We will sell concessions and you can dance the night away! More details to come after break.

Happy Holidays from PSP! We hope you enjoy the break with your families! Thank you for supporting our school this semester! We will see you in 2018 at more fun community events and opportunities to support our school.

January PSP Meeting: Please take note that our next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, January 23rd at 2:15pm at CTE! All are welcome! We will discuss upcoming events and award PSP grants, grants we give out monthly to our staff & students to meet the needs of our school. 


Come see and hear your Cherokee Trail Concert Choir Perform this season!
Monday December 18th  6:30pm - Holiday Concert - CTE gym 

Thursday December 21st 6:30pm - Holiday Concert - O'Brien Park Gazebo 
Monday February 5th 6:30pm Sierra Middle School (Chap Feeder Area Concert)

DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News
December 21, 2017 | 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.