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The Stallion Scoop: 24Sep15

(Outdoor Ed edition)

This week the biggest thing that happened was our 6th grade students went to outdoor ed for three days and two nights. It has been a tradition for 5/6 grade students to attend an outdoor education trip for as long as I can remember. The students, staff, and of course Mrs. Hunt and I, LOVE spending time with the students down in Larkspur.

This year I had a meeting until 7:00 PM so I got a late start getting down to Larkspur on Tuesday, and I missed a few of the opening activities. I arrived just in time for the night hike. Essentially what happens is the various groups of students follow their camp leaders through a hike around the property with no flashlights. It is super dark for a few minutes but then as your eyes adjust it becomes one of the best experiences of the whole trip. We learned about the stars, learned how our eyes worked, learned about the planets, and of course we ate some moon rocks. I'll let the 6th grade students fill you in about what moon rocks are.

After the night hike, the students went to bed and the 6th grade teachers and I went off to our cabin. Our cabin was separated into two bedrooms so the teachers took one room and I took the other. As I went to unpack my bag I realized two very large mistakes: number one- I didn't pack a pillow ... number two- I didn't pack a blanket. So I ended up grabbing my daughter's pink princess pillow out of my car and slept under my shower towel (lucky for me I remembered to grab that - I had almost forgotten that too). Note to self: being in a hurry and packing do not mix. On another side note, I totally hid the pillow from the 6th grade teachers so they wouldn't make fun of me. I guess the secret is out now. The whole night I think I slept about four minutes.

The next day (well actually it morphed into one really long day because I didn't sleep) we wanted to watch the students complete the high ropes course. In order to get there we rode a very interesting bike; it had eight seats in a circle and all of the seats could help pedal the contraption. So the four of us jumped on there and started pedaling to breakfast. It was pretty fun until we hit the uphill portion. I had to jump off and push the bike the rest of the way up the hill, the kids also thought that was pretty funny.

The high ropes course was totally awesome. So many kids conquered their fears and climbed on some pretty high obstacles. To me it is one of the most amazing experiences of outdoor ed; the students overcoming obstacles and working together to do so. Just to see their faces was absolutely amazing. All of the tiredness I had faded quickly away just watching the kids excel. Unfortunately I had to leave right after that to get back to CTE. I am hopeful that next year I'll be able to stay down longer because it is so much fun.

Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continue ...


PSP September/October Newsletter

Fun Run: Tuesday, Sept. 29th, is the annual Fun Run. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year! 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. Pledges can be made per lap or a flat donation and they can be made via cash, checks made out to CTE PSP or online. We are in need of volunteers the day of the Fun Run. If you plan to come and cheer on your child consider signing up to mark lap cards while the students run. Students will run during their specials time. Thank you for supporting our school!

Help Wanted: Want to support our school and provide F-U-N for our community? We are currently looking for someone to help with Restaurant Nights and the All School Dance. For more information about either position click to see the descriptions. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

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!


MyConferenceTime.com/cte - visit this link to sign up for parent/teacher conferences.
1. no log-in required!
2. just click on the teacher's name - use the Register for Multiple Conferences link if you want to find a common time for all of your students
3. chose the date of conference
4. chose the time of conference - click Sign Up
5. fill in the required information
6. click Sign Up for your Conference at the bottom
7. optional - use the Add to my Personal Calendar link

Please contact Anna Hylton with any questions.

Boys & Girls Basketball Camp: 20-22 Oct 2015 (flyer)

If your family missed purchasing your school portraits on the original picture day, there is another opportunity coming. WE HAVE SCHEDULED A SECOND DAY!!!
Picture Day is on Wednesday, October 7th
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Receive a free shareable lo-res digital image
Create your own portrait package select the sizes and backgrounds you want
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Have Questions? A Lifetouch Representative is available to help at 1.888.974.6867


September 24, 2015 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

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.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.