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The Principal Chronicles continue ... (Thanksgiving Break Edition) Thanksgiving has come and gone, and for me personally it was a really long a very busy week. For some strange reason, we decided to go to Disney World for the first part of the break. So we packed everyone up and headed to Florida. We stayed at the Art of Animation hotel which is one of Disney's properties. Our room was located in the Finding Nemo building which gives you a clue to all of the fun and excitement we would have during our stay.

Our plan was to hit all of the major Disney parks plus Universal Studios in the course of 5 days. Fairly ambitious, if I do say so myself. Since Disney is not the pheapest place on earth we, of course, did what every other family does when they visit Disney: maximized our time in every park. Essentially here is what my day looked like: up at 6am to workout, wake the girls at 7:30am, breakfast at 8:30am, at the park by 9am, enjoy the park with a half million of our closest friends, be back at the hotel between 11:00pm and midnight - rinse and repeat.

Highlights of the trips included the Harry Potter portion of Universal Studios, all of the countries at Epcot, the Everest ride and Pandora at Animal Kingdom, and any and all roller coasters. We had tons of fun and every day was filled with people around us. Lots and lots of people around us.

Things I learned while I was there: 1. If you are traveling to Disney as a large group or family, it is basically required you get matching Disney t-shirts commemorating said trip, 2. Lots and lots of people partake in consuming adult beverages in the different countries at Epcot, 3. Apparently it is not widely known that if you are in a large theme park, with lots of people trying to get to different places with children, stopping in the very middle of the thoroughfare and blocking hundreds of peoples path isn't a very cool thing to do, 4. Healthy food options are not readily available, but sugar filled food options are plentiful, 5. In Disney, literally everything could potentially be something to put mouse ears on. Seriously everything. Seriously. 6. Your children should not have charging privileges on their magic bands.

That is it for the week and I am very thankful to be back in school. I hope all of my faithful readers had a wonderful break. Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continues ...

As discussed at the recent District Leadership Team meeting, we have a number of parents/guardians at our schools who have signed up to receive text alerts, but have not completed the registration process by opting in to the system. Until they do so, they will not receive text alerts. Please share this information with your families to encourage them to check their settings and ensure they are opted in. Should we have a major situation, we want to make sure we can connect with our families as quickly as possible!


Giving Angel - several families have reached out to us wanting to support some needy families in the community. We have created a Giving Angel for those families. If you would like to purchase a gift for families in need, please consider taking one of the notes off the angel, purchasing and wrapping the gift, placing the note from the angel on the package and bringing it to CTE by December 15. Our office staff and PSP will be helping with delivery. Thanks for supporting our community!

Thanks to those of you who signed up for the Safety Committee. We will have our first meeting in January so be watching for an update. If you'd still like to join us it's not too late! Use this form to let us know you are interested.

StuCo Support - Student Council was able to partner with PSP in providing funds for needy families in our community. Giftcards will be purchased with the funds and given to families needing support. Thanks for supporting StuCo!

Here's what's coming!

December 4   4-6 pm Kindergarten Registration
December 5   Tentative Evacuation Drill
December 12   9:25 am Inschool Band, Orchestra and Choir Concert
December 15   2:15-3:00 pm STEAM Day
December 18   6:30 pm Choir Concert
December 21   2:50 pm Holiday Sing Along
December 22   Teacher Work Day - No School
December 25-January 5   Winter Break
January 8   School Resumes

Boondocks: Looking for Christmas presents that all kids like? We have Boondocks gift cards for sale for $25. Each gift card has $30 on it, so you save $5 and get a gift! If you'd like a card fill out the form and send it in with payment - cash or check made out to CTE PSP. 
Spirit Wear: Remember that CTE sprit wear is for sale all year! Now that the weather is getting colder maybe you're looking for a CTE sweatshirt or some CTE socks. You can also find ChapFam gear on the site. Click here to order Spirit Wear and it will be delivered to your student in two weeks. If you'd like CTE socks, click here


A big THANK YOU to the CTE Community for a successful Yee Haw! Wild West Book Fair! Your purchases help fund the purchase of library books for all of our students to read. Our families doubled our donations to All For Books this year, funding books for children in need and affected by the hurricanes, along with books for our teachers!

The following people made the Book Fair possible - we could not have been successful without your help!

  • A big shout-out to Mr. Miller and Mrs. Hunt for their stories around the campfire, Audrey Beckman for her guitar playing and songs, and Angela Matson for leading us in our boot scootin' boogie. Thanks also to Sue Grogan and her daughter who scooped and served all those yummy s'mores! All the Wild West fun could not have happened without you all!
  • Carrie Bingham
  • Audrey Beckman
  • Ali Burrow
  • Cheryl Callahan
  • Christina Clements
  • Sheri Coleridge
  • Anita Concialdi
  • Joan Cordo
  • Heidi Dawson
  • Katie Draffin
  • Katy Egle
  • Jen Ferris
  • Anne-Marie Graves
  • Sue Grogan
  • Tanner Haskins
  • Melinda Harward
  • Robin Higgins
  • Sheri Isdale
  • Mhairi Jones
  • Kelly Koehler
  • Megan Lapidus
  • Eric Leon
  • Lisa Loomer
  • Kristin Marsh
  • Angela Matson
  • Rob Maurice
  • Josh Meade
  • Robin Milerowski
  • Marie Spence
  • Krissi and Derek Spohn
  • Carin Tarka
  • Kari Tawater
  • Julie Weiler

DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]
DCSD Gifted Education News


December 1, 2017 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals were awarded with an Apple Award. 

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.