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The Stallion Scoop: 26Oct17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... Happy almost Halloween!! You can feel the energy start to buzz around the building based on Halloween being right around the corner. I am really excited to see all of the costumes that the kids come up with. As a design challenge for our building, we are having our teachers decorate their doors for Halloween. So when you are in the building for the next few weeks you should come check them out.

As for my own family, the girls are going to be a golden angel and something else. Why something else you ask? Well my oldest, who is now in middle school, is coming up with a surprise costume for Halloween. Who knows what that will look like, but knowing her, it will be something like a rainbow-fluffy-sloth-unicorn. In addition, we will be going to Chap's Sweet Street as well as CTE's own Trunk-or-Treat! Essentially all the money I spend on dental insurance will be needed after this weekend. I hope to see all of you there.

Thanks for tuning in, and stay alert for next week's episode of the Principal Chronicles ...

THIS WEEK: I have posted 2 new podcasts (due to Fall Break delay) for our weekly Staff Chat. Each is available on CTE's YouTube channel - please subscribe and never miss any of the fun! Each week I will have a short interview with one of our staff members. Please enjoy the third & fourh episodes with Beth Ward and Karen Nottingham!

Are you interested in keeping CTE safe? Please consider joining our Safety Committee. Our safety committee will be investigating ways to increase safety and wellness at our school and in our community. Please use this link to let us know you may be interested. 
Thanksgiving Dinner Drive for Parker Task Force - Student Council is collecting food for those in need. Please consider donating any of the items below for these meals. The grade level which collects the most items will win a popcorn party. Nonperishable items needed:
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Mushroom Soup
  • Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes
  • Potatoes (fresh, canned or boxed)
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy (packets or jars)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Jello (boxes only)
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Bagged Dinner Rolls (not frozen or refrigerated)
  • Aluminum Turkey Pan
  • Giftcards to local grocery stores for perishable items 
We will be collecting perishable items on Thursday, November 2. Perishable items needed:
  • Frozen Pies
  • Whipped Cream
  • Turkeys
  • Butter


Butter Braids: Butter Braid orders are due Thursday, Nov. 2nd. Please send them in along with payment. There's a new savory Butter Braid this year, the four cheese & herb braid, and cookie dough! Great items to have on hand for the holidays!

Box Tops: Keep clipping those Box Tops! Our annual Box Top Competition will be in February!

Decals: Would you like an additional CTE Stallion decal for your car or your laptop? If so, fill out the form and send it in with payment. Decals are $4.

​American Furniture Warehouse: If you are in the market for new furniture, please consider American Furniture Warehouse and mention our special CTE code, CTES65. We will receive a portion of the sale when you do. Feel free to share this with grandparents, neighbors, and friends who you know will be shopping there soon! Thank you for supporting our school!


Dear CTE Families:
This year, to celebrate Veteran's Day, we are hosting a veteran from the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation to read to students and tell his story, along with a Q&A time.
In conjunction with this, we would like to decorate the walls with stories of our community's veterans. A template, My Veteran's Day Hero, can be completed by your child at home. Students can honor a family member or friend who has served in the military. There is a place to include his/her name, the veteran's name, and service information, and either a photograph or a drawing that represents their veteran. You could also have your child write a short piece on why their Veteran is a Hero, and how they exhibited EPIC qualities as a veteran. This could either be on the template or attached to it.
Your child's teacher also has the template if you are unable to print it at home. Please return the completed form to your child's teacher by Thursday, 11/2, so that we have time to create the display prior to the veteran's visit on Monday, 11/6, and for our Donuts with Dad event on Friday, 11/10.
Thank you for taking the time to honor the veterans in our CTE community!

HOWDY, PARDNERS! It's a Wild West Book Fair!  
Get a wiggle on and check out our passel of Book Loot, 
November 10th - 17th!

By hook or crook, get yerself to our Cowboy Jamboree at our Late Night on Tuesday, November 14th at 7 pm.  Mojo The Lucky Flapjack (Mr. Miller) and Dakota The Rotten Jailbreaker (Mrs. Hunt) will be spinning a yarn by our campfire, crooning some cowboy songs and sharing some vittles. Don't be a city slicker - be sure to
donate $1 for All For Books charity and don your cowboy duds at school on Tuesday!

Giddyup to the fair during Donuts with Dad on Friday 11/10: grab some grub and strike a highflautin’ pose in front of our green screen! Make sure to put our books on ya'lls holiday wish lists! Check out our Book Fair Home Page for all our event details: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/cherokeetrailelementarysch

Also, if ya'll be interested in volunteering yer time at the fair, be sure to let Lefty The Sharp-Eyed Gunslinger Nottingham know at knottingham[at]dcsdk12[dot]org or at 303.387.8136 (library).

Be sure to lasso up a volunteer spot at our Book Fair SignUp:  http://signup.com/go/fGrQbfu
Don't be a tenderfoot and miss it! Thanks for making yer students Book Learnin' Readers! 

   * Chaparral SWEET STREET event
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October 26, 2017 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

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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.

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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.