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The Stallion Scoop: 23Feb17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... Wow, what a week of weather. I can't remember a February where the weather was so nice. Of course, as I write this the temperature has dropped down to 30 so it feels like winter again. I'm sure with this large swing in weather, we will have several kids get sick. We have had a bunch already.

Currently, on the docket for us, this week is the start of Chaparral's wish week. Our kickoff assembly for it is Friday. Wish week is where we do different activities to raise money for Chaparral for them to grant a wish to someone in need. It is always a special time and an awesome way for us to help out our Chaparral family.

I was thinking back to the times when I was a teacher. We never had a PSP or were able to raise any money for the school. The most we ever raised when I taught at Federal Heights was $200. We sold popcorn to the students after school for $1. That was the total amount we raised for the entire year and was the most we ever raised for the entire eight years I taught there. It's a big difference coming down to DCSD. Back then in order for us to get parents to come to conferences, we had to buy a ton of fried chicken and invite the parents in for a chicken dinner in their classrooms. Once we had them in the building we would try to quickly meet with them all before they got done eating. I have no idea why fried chicken worked but it did. We tried a taco bar, potato bar, pizza, and countless other things. The only thing that ever worked was fried chicken. Maybe there was something to be said for the Colonel's Secret Recipe. Either way, it always makes me appreciate each and every one of our parents who volunteer or donate their time and money to support our school and our Chap Family.

Well, that is it for this week's episode. Stay tuned for next week when the Principal Chronicles continues... 


We have a student who is sponsoring a fundraiser. Instead of birthday gifts for herself, she is collecting school supplies for Children's Hospital. Please see the attached flyer.

Student Council sold over 400 Valentine Candy Grams for Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for your support!

For StuCo's next service project, we will be partnering with Chaparral High School's Student Government for their Wish Week. We will do Penny Wars from February 27-March 3, and Spirit Week from March 6-10. All donations will go directly to Chap's Wish Week. Our Wish Week kick off assembly is Friday and we can't wait to see what we raise. Remember pennies are positive and silver is negative. So, you'll want to put pennies in your grade level tub and silver in another grade level's tub. The grade who collects the most points (+ for pennies and - for silver/bills) will win a movie and popcorn party!

Mark your calendars now! Parent/Teacher Conferences are the week of March 13, with our late nights being March 14 and 16.


Box Tops: Ms. Jones' class won last week and they were the proud recipients of donuts for their victory! Mr. Major's class is still in the lead for the overall prize of a class pizza party. This is the last week! All Box Tops must be in by the end of the school day Friday, February 24th, to be counted this school year! After that keep clipping and hang on to your Box Tops for next school year. The funds we receive from Box Tops will support new technology at our school! Thank you!


February DCAGT newsletter
Parent Institute flyer
DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News


February 23, 2017 | 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.