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The Stallion Scoop: 3Sep15

The Principal Chronicles ... Back-to-School Night Edition - JOSH MILLER
This week brought Back-to-School Night which, in my opinion, was totally awesome. It was the culmination of many months of planning and preparation. We tried extremely hard to pack as much information into one night as we possibly could. I know the school tours and the ice cream were the highlights and my presentation (although informative) was a sleeper. I think I made 95% of the students in my presentation fall asleep. It was a great chance to connect with the wonderful families of our community but by the end of the night, I was done talking and utterly exhausted. And to add to the fun, when I got home, unbeknownst to me (but beknownst to Renee), our new garage door was installed during the day (not really sure why we needed a new garage door but apparently we did and it was put in). So I sat in the driveway for about 10 minutes trying to figure out why my opener wasn't working. Then I went through the house to the garage and it took me another 10 minutes fumbling around in the dark to try and figure out how on Earth to open the garage door from the inside. I basically resorted to pushing my finger against the wall in small increments until I found something that opened the door (since this is a family show, I will forgo the ensuing conversation Renee and I had about the garage experiment).
Sorry about the tangent but it sort of related to Back-to-School Night (well not really but it is a good story). 
Leading up to Back-to-School Night, Robin (our new AP) was asking me all kinds of logistical questions which basically I had no answer for. All I did a year ago was stand at the front door and meet parents. As I was telling her, I never made it out of the front of the building the entire night. I truly had no clue what happened in the rest of the building. Although I did notice that PSP hooks kids UP on the ice cream front. Holy Cow, it felt like CTE's version of Cold Stone (that was a mental note I took at the time: PSP doesn't mess around when it comes to a party!).
Lastly, a couple of safety reminders. First, if you are an early bird and get into our parking lot before it closes, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay in your space until the lot opens. We have had a couple of near misses of kids vs. cars and want to make sure all of our walkers are safe. The other is the playground in the morning; we need some help. Prior to school starting we are not allowing students to play on the playground UNLESS they have a parent with them. We are doing this because we don't have extra staff to watch the playground and do not want a student getting hurt. Thanks for helping us out on this we really appreciate it.
That is it for this week. Stay tuned for next weeks edition of...... The Principal Chronicles......
Back-to-School Ice Cream Social: What an amazing night! Thank you to all of our staff for meeting with families, scooping ice cream, giving tours, handing out passports, giving presentations and more! It's always great to kick off the school year with such enthusiasm for our school! A special thank you to Carla Autrey and her team for all their hard work!

Box Tops & Campbell's Soup Labels: Continue to collect both of these! We will hold our annual Box Tops competition next February. Campbell's Soup Labels can be collected and turned in at any time to your student's teacher or the front office. Last year we raised over $2,000 from all the Box Tops that were turned in. The Campbell's Soup Labels have helped us purchase new tables for CTE that we use throughout the school year. Thank you for supporting our school!

Fun Run: Save the date for our annual Fun Run - Tues., Sept. 29th! This is our biggest fundraiser of the school year! It's also a lot of FUN for the kids and promotes healthy living. More information will come home after the assembly on Mon., Sept. 21st. Thank you for supporting our school! 


Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Parker Library, is returning to Cherokee Trail Elementary! This program is for 3rd - 6th graders. Teams must have a minimum of five students and can have a maximum of seven students. They are split into two divisions, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th. The teams will be competing against other area schools at the Parker Library next February. Please see the flyer (below) for more information. After reviewing the book list and the dates, contact Lisa Loomer by September 25th if your child would like to participate and/or if you'd like to coach a team at CTE.
September 3, 2015 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

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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.

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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.