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The Principal Chronicles continue ... As I sit here and write, it's Friday and our staff is closing up shop for Fall break; We have a group of teachers (who shall remain nameless) meeting in the conference room (in their PJ's no less) to look at student data and start to put some support in place for those kids, we have a few teachers working in their rooms, our office staff is hard at work staying organized, and Mr. Barton is plugging away planning some future art projects for our kids. All in all, I would say we have about 90% of our staff in the building today.

Why am I writing about this? Well because it's roughly 8:30 AM on the day after late night conferences where most teachers left after being here for over ten hours, and yet here they are, back again talking about students when they don't have to be. It's times like these where I am truly proud of our staff at CTE. We have very high standards here and expect a lot out of our teachers, and time and time again they rise to the occasion. I think that during the hustle and bustle of the school year, it is sometimes lost how much time and energy our staff puts into this school. They certainly make my job a lot easier and we would not be where we are today without them. They truly are like one big family.

As for me and Fall break? Truly I have no idea what we are going to do. I saw Renee filling out a piece of paper as I left this morning which I have a sneaking suspicion will become my to-do list for the week. Already on it is fixing our heating system which apparently isn't working. I guess if our house isn't a balmy 80 degrees something must be broken. Renee told me to check it out this morning and fix it, which essentially consisted of me walking into our basement and looking at our furnace. I took off the front panel and stared at it for a few minutes then put it back on. I also reset the breaker outside. Yep, that is it as far as my HVAC skill set goes. It's basically the same as my car; If something breaks, I open the hood, stare at the engine block, and then take it to someone who actually knows how to fix things. Growing up my dad never let me actually learn how to fix things, I was only in charge of holding stuff and standing there apparently trying to learn by watching him. Not my preferred method of learning, to say the least. Needless to say that now, all these years later, my tool bag consists of a few tools and Google. To me, you need both to fix something.

That is it for this week's rambling edition of the Principal Chronicles. Have a wonderful Fall break and we will see you all when you are taller. Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continues...


We will have our lost and found items out for your viewing. Please be sure to come by the front office find any of your students' lost items. All items unclaimed will be donated to charity on Friday, October 7, at noon.

Student Council is selling candy bars for a fundraiser to support their service projects. The candy bars are $1 a piece. You are welcome to buy from one of our StuCo members or from the front office.

Thanksgiving Meal Drive is coming. Be watching The Scoop for more information!

Consider attending a Destination Imagination information session.

Congratulations to our first quarter EPIC award recipients who were honored during today's assembly. Thanks to Total Orthodontics for donating (2) $25 Target gift cards for two our EPIC award recipients!


Fun Run: Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who supported the Fun Run! We came VERY close to reaching our $25,000 goal! Now we get to celebrate after Fall break with Prize Day on Tuesday, October 18th. All students will get to bounce in the bouncy houses during lunch recess and individual prizes will be awarded during second recess. We are in need of a couple of parents to monitor the bouncy houses during lunch recess. Please sign-up if you are able to offer your time that day.

Butter Braids: After Fall break we will be offering Butter Braids. This is simply a service we provide and you are under no obligation to sell them! Please look for the order form to come home in Thursday folders after break and they will be due back on Nov. 3rd. Butter Braids will be delivered Nov. 11th.

Restaurant Night: Save the date for the first restaurant night of this school year at Freddy's in Parker - Thursday, Oct. 27th from 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Restaurant nights support PSP Teacher Grants, a grant that helps fulfill the classroom needs of our staff & students at CTE.

After School Tennis Lessons - Tuesday's After School
3:30-4:45 for 6 weeks  - 2nd session
10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6
Fee:$112.00 (free and reduced fee discount available)
www.PlayTGA.com or click here to find out more about the program
After School Dance Class - For Girls and Boys
Monday's 3:30-4:30
Session 1 - Hip Hop
$162 for 9 weeks
Enroll online Click HERE 
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October 6, 2016 | 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.

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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.