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The Stallion Scoop - 27Oct16




The Principal Chronicles continue ... Yesterday I was asked to go back to Pine Lane Elementary, where I was the Assistant Principal for three years, to be a substitute Principal for the day while their leadership team was out of town. It was a very interesting day, to say the least. The students who were in 6th grade yesterday were in 4th grade when I was at Pine Lane. It was strange to see how those students have grown up. Some things had changed there but a lot of things hadn't. It truly was a walk back in time.

For those of you who have never been to Pine Lane, it isn't a neighborhood school; All of the students either ride the bus there or get dropped off by their parents. They do not have any students that walk to school. I had forgotten what it was like to have 700 students all getting into cars and busses at the same time.

Speaking of carpool changes, we are going to officially open our parking lot for our pick up and drop off starting the Monday after Thanksgiving break. We sent out communication about it yesterday and we are confident this system will be better than what is currently happening. Please look for more communication coming in the upcoming weeks (more info).

Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continues...


LOST & FOUND has filled up again - please stop by and claim any lost items!

StuCo's Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive
Beginning October 24, CTE's student council will be collecting food and monies for Parker Task Force's Thanksgiving Dinner Food Drive. StuCo will be holding a contest at school: the grade level donating the most food will win a movie and popcorn party (watch the video). Below are the items we will be collecting. The numbers indicate how many of each item are needed to feed a family of 5-6. If you'd like to donate monies, the cost of a meal is about $50. You are welcome to donate gift cards or make checks payable to the Parker Task Force. We are hoping to donate more than 50 dinners to the Task Force.

Frozen turkey (over 10 lbs)
Butter (1 lb)
Dinner rolls (12+)
Pie (2)
Cool whip (1)
Aluminum turkey pan (1)
Stuffing (2)
Potatoes (2 boxes or 5 lbs)
Gravy, packets or jars (2)
Canned green beans (6)
​Canned mushroom soup (2)
Canned sweet potatoes (1 lg. or 2 med)
Canned fruit (2)
Cranberry sauce​ (2)

Thanks for your generosity!


Spirit Wear: Reminder that you can order CTE Spirit Wear at any time online and show your CTE pride! Now that the weather is getting colder your child may want a new sweatshirt or sweatpants! Orders place are filled within two weeks and will be delivered to your child at CTE.

Butter Braids: Butter Braid order forms are due Thursday, November 3rd! Please turn them in along with full payment to the office or your teacher by that date. Butter Braids will be delivered on Friday, November 11th. If you are able to help deliver them sign-up here. Thank you! 


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 their 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, is attached which your child can complete at home. Students can honor a family member or friend that has served in the military. There is a place to include their 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 Monday, 11/7, so that we have time to create the display prior to the veterans' visit and for our Donuts with Dad event on Friday, 11/11.

Thank you for taking the time to honor the veterans in our CTE community!

AHOY ME HEARTIES! It's a Bookaneer Book Fair!
Batten down the hatches and check out me Book Fair treasures, November 14th - 18th!

Bring ye library lubbin' pirates to cheer "Yo Ho Ho"  for ye teachers and principals as they compete in the Ice Cream Eating Contest at our late night on Tuesday, 11/15. Don't be a scallywag - be sure to donate $1 for All For Books charity and Dress Like A Pirate at school on Tuesday!

Heave Ho to the fair during Donuts with Dad on Friday 11/11: grab some grub and strike a piratical pose in front of our green screen! Make sure to put our book treasures on ye holiday wish lists! Check out me Book Fair Home Page for all our event details.

Also, if ye be interested in volunteering ye time at the fair, be sure to let Swashbuckler Silver McGee Nottingham know at knottingham[at]dcsdk12[dot]org or at 303.387.8136 (library). Ye can also sign up at me Book Fair SignUp.

Don't be a scallywag and miss it! Thanks for making ye students Library Lubbin' Learners!  

September SAC meeting minutes - here

Community Event at Chaparral HS: Teens Take the Wheel - flyer


Discovery Information Nights for Parents
The Discovery Program applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available HERE.  The application deadline is December 1, 2016.  Please click HERE for more information about the Discovery Program.
Discovery Program Information Sessions:
* Renaissance Elementary - October 20, 2016 - 6:00 to 7:00 pm (Library)
* Northridge Elementary - October 26, 2016 - 6:00 to 7:00 pm (GYM)
* Acres Green Elementary - November 9, 2016 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm (GYM)
* Pine Lane Elementary - November 10, 2016 - 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Innovation Lab, North Campus)
See the FLYER for additional information.

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

October 27, 2016 | 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.