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The Stallion Scoop: 2Mar17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... As I sit and write this, it is 7:53 PM, the girls are chasing the dog around the house with one of them on crutches for reasons unbeknownst to me, and Renee is watching some video on her phone while the TV is blasting The Voice. I'm not entirely sure why everything in this house has to be at a very high volume but apparently, it does. Typically at this time, I am trying to get everything organized and ready for tomorrow since I will be up by 4:20 AM in order to make it to the gym and back again before I need to make the 45-minute trek into school. This night, however, the day has been so busy that I am still trying to wrap up the school day.

As a building Principal, I wear many many hats. Sometimes I wear the discipline hat and other times I wear the counselor hat. I have a leader hat and a follower hat, a custodial hat and an advertising hat, and many times I wear all of the hats I have at the same time. It's all part of being a building Principal. It is a 24/7 crazy job but I do truly love it (most of the time) and most of all I am proud to be a member of the Cherokee Trail Elementary family and a proud member of the Chaparral family.

I guess it's time to call it a night. The dog has stolen a sock and is running around outside while the girls chase him and The Voice has morphed into some kids' cooking show but strangely enough, the video on the phone is still playing with no one watching. I'm off to bed (plausible deniability in case our neighbors call the police because nine and eleven-year-old hooligans are attempting to retrieve said sock by screaming hysterically).

Until next time (unless I am physically detained) 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.

Mark your calendars now! Parent/Teacher Conferences are the week of March 13, with our late nights being March 14 and 16 (info about signing up below).

For StuCo's next service project, we will be partnering with Chaparral High School's Student Government for their Wish Week (read the Community Letter).
@ CTE:

  • Penny Wars from February 27-March 3 - Remember pennies and bills 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/bills and - for silver) will win a movie and popcorn party!
  • Spirit Week from March 6-10. All donations will go directly to Chap's Wish Week.

@ Chap:


Yearbooks: Order your yearbook now if you didn't order one at the beginning of the year! Fill out the form and send it in with your student by March 13th. If you believe you placed an order at the beginning of the year and need clarification, please e-mail us at CTEPSP[at]gmail[dot]com and we'll let you know. Yearbooks will be delivered in May.

Restaurant Night: Join us for the next restaurant night at Panera in Parker Thursday, March 9th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm! You must bring in the flyer or show them an electronic version when you pay. CTE PSP will receive a portion of the proceeds and all restaurant nights benefit Teacher Grants, which are awarded at our monthly meetings. Thank you for your support!

Box Tops: Congratulations to Mr. Major's class for winning week four of the Box Tops Competition and for winning the overall award! His class will enjoy an extra recess and a pizza party! Thank you to everyone who sent in Box Tops! We received over 15,000 Box Tops, which means our school will receive over $1,500! The money we receive from Box Tops will help bring more technology to our classrooms.

Teacher Conference DinnersTuesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 16thour staff will stay late for Parent/Teacher Conferences. PSP will provide meals for our staff those nights and we can use your help to provide some additional items - drinks, paper products, desserts, and some decorations. If you are able to provide something for these meals, please click on the online sign-up and let us know how you can help. Thank you!


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.




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


March 2, 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.