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The Stallion Scoop: 31Aug17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... As I write this it is the morning after back to school night and, as always, it was a great evening. Even four years later, I am still amazed at the number of parents who show up to support our school for just about any event. Not only that, we had tons of parents brave the extreme temperatures of our new professional development room to listen to me babble on about the state of our school. In case you missed it or your ears melted off in the heat here are the main topics I covered:

We are above our projected enrollment (by a lot) which means we will be getting some money come September. We did really well on PARCC. Please make sure students are safe coming to and leaving from school. Of course, I went into more detail about eachg, but that's the gist of it all.

On the personal side, this weekend is my oldest daughter's 12th birthday. Being that she is now in middle school, I was a little nervous that we might have to do a big girl party or go to some concert where everyone is screaming. Luckily she is pretty low key so we are going to some art place to do an art project. (I'm sure I'll be the only Dad in the place, and I will probably be one of the only adults in the place who will actually do the art project.) Of course, I possess zero artistic talent, so whatever the art project is, it will most likely come out looking like road kill. After that, we are doing the mall challenge. We did the Wal-Mart challenge with my younger daughter for her birthday in July. The challenge is essentially giving each person $5 and see who can get the most stuff in Wal-Mart for $5. Not overly sure how we are going to make it work at Park Meadows Mall but if you happen to be there this weekend and see some random girls acting strangely they may or may not be a part of the Miller clan.

Other than that, don't forget that Tuesday, September 5th is the Chaparral Homecoming Parade which is totally awesome. All are invited to sit along the street and collect the copious amounts candy OR if you have a 5th or 6th-grade student you are welcome to walk with us and distribute candy. It all starts at 5:30. If you want to walk with us please be there at 5:00. By there I mean the Chap parking lot. Hope to see you there.

That is it for this week, stay tuned for next weeks episode of the Principal Chronicles...


We are off to a great start and are anticipating a wonderful year! Thanks for sending your students to school excited to learn. A few notes regarding safety and school activities...
  • For those who want to apply for Student Council, complete applications are due by 4 pm on Friday, September 1.
  • Teachers are currently completing a training on our Second Step Anti-bully Program for Kids. You will be receiving updates in the scoop regarding our anti-bully curriculum and its implementation.
  • Please review our district's Code of Conduct.​ 


Spirit Wear: Want to show your CTE pride? Order your CTE Spirit Wear online and orders will be delivered to your student's classroom. Orders placed by Sept. 1st will arrive Sept. 15th.

PSP Membership: Become a member of PSP today! The cost per family is $25 and that includes a yearbook and a CTE decal. Funds raised from the membership will support PSP Grants and other special projects at our school! Send in the form with payment or bring it to Back-to-School night.

Minutes: If you would like to attend our monthly meetings but can't make it, you can always see what we talked about by reading the minutes. They are posted within two weeks of the meeting.

American Furniture: Whenever you shop at American Furniture Warehouse remember to give them the special CTE code - CTES65. AFW will then give a percentage of your purchase back to our school! It's a win-win!

Boondocks: We are selling Boondocks Fun Cards for $25 and each card is loaded with $30. The cards never expire and can be used at any location. If you'd like one e-mail CTE PSP

Chaparral Homecoming Parade
4th Annual CHS Feeder Area Cross Country Challenge

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


August 31, 2017 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

Banner displayed on a brick wall that says "What are your Sources of Strength?"

A fairly new partnership between DCSD’s Prevention & School Culture team and Douglas County Teen Court coordinators is providing a new path for youth offenders. Additionally, Sources of Strength— now present in most DCSD high schools and some middle schools— is establishing a healthy culture and climate with the goal of catching youth long before they fall into unhealthy behaviors or consider taking their own lives.


Cohl in Athens at World Championship game, holding a large American flag over his head

Ponderosa High School student and wrestler Cohlton Schultz has just returned back from Athens, Greece to Colorado after becoming the first United States World Champion in 20 years in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Ponderosa Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tim Ottman led a 30-minute assembly Wednesday for Cohl, joined by Cohl’s parents, his coaches from the Olympic Training Center, his former Ponderosa wrestling coach (and current Assistant Principal) Corey McNellis, and current wrestling coach Tito Rinaldis.

Student Climbs stairs with Firefighters

“Never forget” became permanently ingrained in our heads and our hearts after the attacks of September 11, 2001. But now, 16 years later, our schools are full of students who weren’t even alive when history was made; leaving many teachers to decipher how and what to teach students about a moment in our history that changed our world forever.