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The Stallion Scoop: 2Feb17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... So it is Wednesday as I write this and so far it has been a very big week for us here at the CTE. Yesterday we hosted 8 principals and one director of schools from Jefferson County. They were here (because we are awesome, and) to see our STEAM model and how we incorporate flexible seating. Our tour began with me telling our story of how we arrived at STEAM and all of the hard work we put into making our school such a great place to be.

You cannot imagine how amazed they were at our school and how excited they were to see STEAM in action in our building. (Touring our school is one of my favorite things to do so if any of my loyal readers want to have a tour just let me know). Many times I take for granted how awesome our school is because I am here all the time and I forget that our school is unique in so many ways. Those principals left our school with their phones full of pictures and their heads full of new ideas. I am so proud of our CTE family. Each and every one of them does such a great job for our kids. (Plus we have really good kids. really).

Other than that we have Valentine's Day coming up which is always a wild day. I may have told this story before but one Valentine's Day at one of my previous schools, we had a mom show up dressed as Cupid. Not the happy little chubby cupid, the cupid costume you would buy at the back of the costume store in the adult section. She wanted to surprise her son in class with a bunch of treats. I'll tell you right now, there was no way we were going to let her into our building with THAT much skin showing. Never a dull moment that is for sure.

That is it for this week, stay tuned next week when the Principal Chronicles continues...


Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams for Valentine's Day. We will be selling them before/after school February 1-10. They may also be purchased at the front office. The cost is $1. You are welcome to write a message on the candy gram. They will be delivered to your student on Valentine's Day with a full size candy bar attached.

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. More information to come.

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


Box Tops Competition: The time has come to start turning in those baggies of Box Tops you've been saving all year! The Box Tops Competition will run from January 30th - February 24th. See the flyer for more information. If you have any questions e-mail our Box Tops chair, Jen Lingle

All School Dance: Thank you to Lisa Carey for organizing this year's All School Dance! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with supplying the concession stand and those volunteers who helped work different stations throughout the dance last Friday night. Our CTE school village is the BEST and the dance wouldn't have happened without everyone coming together! We had a great turnout of CTE staff and the kids love to see them outside of the classroom after school hours - thank you! Everyone went home happy and tired! See you next year! 

Dear CTE parents and students,
We are just two weeks away from our Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart event! As the kids go WILD about heart health by eating more veggies and fruit, asking for donations can also help us save more lives. We suggest each student reach out to friends and family and collect 10 donations before the event.
One quick, easy and fun activity is to log in to your HeadQuarters and have your child take the Zoo Crew Ecard Challenge. Your child can pledge to take a healthy action and then pass it on to 10 others while asking for a donation.
We know you can do this! Ready – Set – Go WILD about Heart Health!

CTE Concert Choir will be singing in the Chaparral Feeder Area Choir Concert on Wed night Feb 15th at 6:30pm. Come support our choir and singers!



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DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
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February 2, 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.