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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

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August 31, 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.