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The Principal Chronicles continue ... This week's episode is all about sickness. My wife has been down and out for the past week with some sort of superbug. For those of you who don't know, my wife is a former Ironman Triathlete, a current Olympic weightlifter, and an all around fitness queen. For her to stay on the couch for a week, and not go to work, was saying something. Of course, she couldn't go to the doctor, that would be silly for a medical professional to diagnose what they went to school for many years to do. Her response to me saying she should see a doctor was "they are just going to tell me to buy some drugs". As you can see, kind of a dead end street there.

So for the past week, our communication has dwindled down to shorts bursts of grunts, which I think she sees as talking, and large fits of coughing. The coughing sounds as though you are punching a yak in the stomach (not sure why someone would do that, or if that is what the sound is truly like? because I don't know any one who has punched a yak in the stomach - but that is the image that comes to mind). During the past week, I think she has watched about 40 episodes of Star Trek and every season of The Voice. Meanwhile, my role has shifted at home: somewhere in the last week, I added the title of 'butler' to my at home job description. Not sure how it happened since I never applied for that job. I guess I am just that lucky.

Good news is that she is finally recovering from the land of the dead. She made it to work today and might even stay the entire day. That being said, I am not sure I'll be able to fire myself as the house butler just yet. Stay tuned.

Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continue ...


Chaparral's Wish Week
CTE Spirit Week, March 7-11...remember your $1 each day

  • Monday: PJ Day
  • Tuesday: Twin Day 
  • Wednesday: Wuzzle Day (take a figurative word and make it literal, eg. bedhead = wear a bed on your head)
  • Thursday: Career  Day 
  • Friday: Crazy Hair Day

Restaurant Events:

  • March 3 Costa Vida (lunch and dinner), Kunjani (morning)
  • March 4-6 Lil Ricci's
  • March 7 Chick Fil A (4-8pm), Golden Flame Wings (lunch and dinner)
  • March 8 Cold Stone (4-8pm)
  • March 9 Chipotle (4-8pm, Cottonwood Dr location only)
  • March 10 Texas Roadhouse (dinner only)

PARCC/CMAS State Mandated Testing

  • PARCC testing begins before spring break for fifth and sixth graders and after spring break for third and fourth graders.
  • Here is the schedule for testing. Thanks for providing your student with adequate sleep and a good breakfast.
  • For excusal information, please visit CTE's website.

Lost and Found
CTE's lost and found will be in the lobby from March 7-17. Whatever isn't claimed during that time will be donated on Friday, March 18. Please feel free to come by and look for your students' missing items.

January/February/March Newsletter

Yearbook Orders: Yearbook order forms will come home this week. If you are unsure if you placed a yearbook order at the beginning of the school year contact us at CTEPSP[at]gmail[dot]com and we can confirm your order.

Box Tops: Thank you to everyone who clipped Box Tops throughout the year! We raised over $2000! Mrs. Tyler's class won the overall prize. They earned a pizza party for their class. Start clipping those Box Tops for next year's competition.

It's that time of year again!! Please submit any/all photos of CTE events for the 2015-16 yearbook! (class parties, assemblies, field trips, etc.)
3 easy ways:

  1. use the CTE app and send pictures right from your phone! (free to download - more info)
    - go to More/Yearbook Photos
  2. email photos to Anna Hylton
  3. send a flash drive to school with your student (labeled drives will be returned)

deadline for submissions: 15 Mar 2016


We are currently under early registration until 3/21. Participants can save $25 (instead of $220.00 for the week, it will be $195.00).
more info: Camp Invention website
registration for CTE: link

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


March 3, 2016 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

Superintendent Search text based logo

Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.