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The Stallion Scoop - 3Dec15



(STEAM Day edition)

Sorry this edition is so late but I wanted to wait so I could write a little bit about our STEAM day. Today was one of the best days I have had as an administrator. Walking around and listening to all of the students explain their challenges and seeing all of their hard work was an unbelievable experience. We have been planning for and working towards this day for almost a year.

Last February when we went to Florida to look at the STEAM school we saw their "STEAM Day". We thought then that it was a really good idea for our community to see all of the learning that has been going on in our classrooms. So we started planning our own version of STEAM day since then. Our Professional Learning Specialist, Sandra Holliefield (who came with us to Florida), put it all in perspective when she asked me to compare our STEAM day to the one we saw in Florida:
I may be biased but ours was about a million times better than the one we saw in Florida! Our students were better prepared, their projects were tied more to what they were learning, our students had a lot of choice of what they could do, and most importantly every student we talked to today knew exactly what the purpose of their challenge was. I felt like a proud dad of all 498 students.

In addition to all the great student work, I was astounded at how much effort our staff put into the day. Keep in mind that, our teachers are knee deep in trying work through a completely new report card as well as get things organized for STEAM Day. I am so proud of our staff and love how hard they work for our students. As I have said many many times before I love this school, I love our staff, and I love this community. Thank you to the hundreds of families who showed up this morning to support our school.

Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continues ...

PSP November/December Newsletter

PSP Monthly Meeting: Our November meeting was canceled due to the snow so our next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 15th at 6:30pm. All are welcome! We will discuss previous events & fundraisers, upcoming events & fundraisers and teacher grants. ​

Culver's Restaurant Night: Tuesday, December 8th, from4:00pm - 8:00pm please join the CTE community at Culver's! CTE Staff will be there to greet you and may even bring you your dinner. Culver's is generously giving us 10% of the profits from that entire time - dine-in or drive-thru. Tell your family, friends and neighbors to stop by, too! 


During the holiday season, the Cherokee Trail Shop 2 Support program is an easy way for you to give back to CTE from the online shopping you do! Fifty percent of all commissions generated will come back to the school.
By starting your online shopping experience at the CTE Shop 2 Support site, our school gets credit for your purchases and a portion of the sale will come back to CTE. Please remember that you must start your online shopping experience on the CTE Shop 2 Support site for us to get credit for your purchases. You should be able to find what you are looking for from the top notch online retailers in the program. 

The program is simple:
  1. Bookmark our page and start all your online shopping on this site.
  2. Click on the logo for the retailer you’d like to shop with.
  3. Shop as you normally do and buy what you want. That’s it!
Thanks for your support and happy shopping!"


WHEN: 9 December 2015
TIME: 4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.  - Wednesday, 9Dec15
PLACE: CTE main office
Please provide: Birth Certificate, Proof of Residency, and Immunization Record ... more info.

DCAGT [Douglas County Association for the Gifted & Talented]


December 4, 2015 | 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.