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The Stallion Scoop: 5Oct17




The Principal Chronicles continue ... As I sit here (actually stand since I have a standing desk) we are just a couple days out from Fall Break. I know with conferences this week our teachers are ready to take a well-deserved break. For me, it gives me a chance to get a bunch of work done at school that I normally can't get done when the teachers and students are here. I'm going to be finishing lots of projects that I started and have been working on in small chunks. One of which is my podcast around getting to know some of our teachers. If you haven't listened to it, you should check it out. (insert shameless plug - link at end of Chronicles).

Other than that, I am going up to my parents' house in Estes Park for the second half of break. As many of you know, my parents love to have us come up. Let me rephrase that, they love when my daughter comes up (my oldest isn't on break) so they can spoil her and drag her all over Estes, and I just kind of follow along for good measure. It is gorgeous up there and my parents are very outdoor people so we will be hiking and exploring just about everything. Relaxing is not the word I would use for a visit to my parent's house but I am sure my daughter will have all kinds of good fun.

Right now she is down in Larkspur (it is down isn't it?) at Outdoor Ed. It's kind of strange switching to my parent hat for Outdoor Ed. I've been down there about a million times as an educator but this is my first go around as a parent. Totally different feeling. My daughter is well equipped (like I said my parents live in Estes) but we will see how she does on the high ropes course. Hopefully, she will go all the way up but you never know. Some of my loyal readers will remember my dad of the year moment when I made her climb up a climbing wall and she cried all the way to the top. Guess we will find out.

That is it for this week. From the Principal Chronicles to all of our families: have a safe and wonderful break! We will see you when you are all taller. Until next time, when the Principal Chronicles continue ...

THIS WEEK: I have posted a new podcast for our weekly Staff Chat (available on CTE's YouTube channel - please subscribe and never miss any of the fun!). Each week I will have a short interview with one of our staff members. Please enjoy the second episode with Madison Levine here!


Halloween Trunk-or-Treat: Join us in your Halloween best on Saturday, Oct. 28th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm for our first ever Trunk-or-Treat at CTE! There will be games, food trucks, and, of course, treats! If you would like to sponsor a trunk, please contact Christina Clements to reserve your space!

Fun RunThank you so much for sending  in your donations and donating online to support our school! At last count we were over $19,000! Totals and class prizes will be announced after fall break. Prize Day will be Wed., Oct. 18th. Bounce houses will be on the playground during lunch recesses for all students! We need four parents to come and help supervise the bouncy houses. Please sign-up here. Individual prizes and class prizes will be awarded throughout the day and during second recesses. Splash Principal Miller will happen at the end of the day!

Spirit Wear: Have you seen some of the new Spirit Wear around CTE? If you'd like to place an order you can do so at any time! Order online and your items will be delivered to your student in two weeks. There are new CTE designs and apparel with the Chap Family logo! Coming soon: CTE socks!

Come see the CTE band play at a Chaparral football game vs. Cherokee Trail HS on 6Oct17 at Echo Park Stadium - the game starts at 7:00pm ... they will play before the game and at halftime!

CTE is offering an after school tennis enrichment program.  Dates: 10/17, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12.  3:45-4:45.
Click HERE to register and for details.

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DCSD Gifted Education News

October 5, 2017 | By abhylton | Category: Cherokee Trail Elementary School

District News

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots. 

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.