The Stallion Scoop: 1Apr21

The Stallion Scoop: 1Apr21
Posted on 04/01/2021
stallion scoop




CTE is joining forces with Chaparral High School for their annual Wish Week through the Make-A-Wish foundation. Here is the website with all of the events that will take place over the next week. The big reveal will be tomorrow (Friday) at CHS. This year we will work with Chap to support two wishes! 

This year, we are so excited to offer a new way to collect Chap Wish Week donations! We have added a feature to My School Bucks where you can directly donate to this amazing fundraiser, even for Spirit Week (April 5th-9th). We appreciate any and all participation as this is such a good cause and unifying experience for our feeder! Please follow the steps below for placing a contribution.  

1. go to MySchoolBucks

2. Sign in and choose School Store. Scroll down and click on View All. There will be an icon for CTE Wish Week

Thank you for your donation! - CTE Student Council

Next week we will have spirit week at CTE with all of donations going towards Wish Week. The following week we will sell Spring Candygrams (more information to follow). 


EPIC'R INFORMATION (even more info)


This month's EPIC'R trait: ALL OF THEM! show ENTHUSIASM * commit to PERSEVERE * demonstrate INTEGRITY * be COURAGEOUS * exemplify RESPECT
For the last three months of school, students will be reviewing all five EPIC'R traits and discussing how to implement them as a whole at home, at school, and in the community. Ask your student about the EPIC'R lesson they learned this month!



We are very busy learning new social-emotional skills and strategies! As you probably know, all classroom teachers teach social-emotional learning through our Second Step curriculum.

In addition, Kindergarten students will be starting the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. First grade students are just about to complete this program. Students cover topics such as trusted adults, using an assertive voice, body boundaries, tattling, and strangers.    

Fourth grade classes have completed the MindUp curriculum. Students learned and practiced mindfulness throughout the lessons.  Students learned about the limbic system in their brain and its role in regulating emotions.

Fifth grade students learned about the origin of human rights through a series of lessons. Several human rights were explored with discussion that related to action that kids can take to make a difference.

Sixth grade students are continuing lessons from the Second Step curriculum. We have begun a new unit that focuses on thoughts, emotions, and decisions. The objective of this unit is to apply a strategy for emotion management that is best for them, based on context.

Coming soon! Lessons for second and third grade students!


Are you looking for some resources to support your family’s mental health? 

Social Media and Mental Health: Tips for families of older kids and teens


Talking to Children About Violence

How to talk to children about difficult news

Age related reactions to a traumatic event

How to talk to kids about difficult subjects

Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate (Eng & Sp)

Table Talk (for families): Gun Violence and Mass Shootings 

Free mental health support groups

Check out the upcoming events and supports offered by the STEM Center for Strength.  There is a new featured podcast series on physical and mental recovery & resiliency- check it out! 


Parent Resources:

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention

Douglas County Resources Employment, shelter, food resources 



The Principal Chronicles continue ... (CMAS Edition)

As I type this, it is day 2 of CMAS and so far everything has gone fairly well. Of course, this year is vastly different than in the past but I think we are all used to it by now. I am always amazed at how much CMAS takes out of our students and staff. By the end of the day, everyone is wiped out. It's like the walk of the zombies. 

In addition, I have done a ton of learning these past few weeks. I have only been the assessment coordinator once in my life and that was 800 years ago when I was an AP. At the time, I was at Pine Lane and we had just under 1000 students so we basically shut everything down for testing. In addition, everything was paper based so we literally hired someone to come in for a few hours a day for two weeks just to punch out rulers and shapes. 

Now things are all computer-based which means I had to learn a whole new system and figure out all of the logistics for all of our students including our eLearners. Given all of my other responsibilities, I am not going to lie, I was hoping the testing would be cancelled this year. When it wasn't, I kicked it into high gear to make sure everything was set and ready to go. It was a lot of late nights and early mornings trying to figure everything out. The funniest thing of all was last Friday I learned that there is a weekly email that goes out to all of the assessment coordinators that gives them weekly information and assistance. Since I am the only principal in the entire district who is also the assessment coordinator I was left off of that list. So basically I have been flying blind up until last Friday. It is a minor miracle that we even made it this far. 

On the home front, I learned that my daughter is a pool shark. So in our apartment complex we have a pretty nice clubhouse that has a pool table, foosball table, and a shuffle board table. We were playing this weekend and I was soundly beating my daughter in just about everything until we got to shuffle board. I won the first few games and then I got cocky and asked her if she wanted to start betting. In my mind I was thinking I could get all kinds of chores done around the apartment. Well, that was wrong. By the end of our session, I owed my daughter dinner, dessert, she gets to pick the restaurant, and the dessert. That is going to be a pretty expensive loss. I think I was just totally played by a 13 year old. Live and learn I guess. 

That is it for this week. Stay tuned next week when the Principal Chronicles continue.



ARCHIVED FLYERS (ALL) * Free meals for kids through the end of the 2020-21 school year. (flyer) * Pop Warner Wolfpack Summer Football Camps AGES 5-14 (flyer) * Camp Backcountry 2021 (flyer) * Registration for Stone Canyon Summer Camps is now open! (flyer)

Stone Canyon will offer both our overnight camps and day camps. Stone Canyon offers a wide variety of activities and our dedicated staff is committed to ensuring your camper will learn new skills, make new friends, and is safe while at camp. Our goal is to help our campers become more confident and daring individuals, all while having the best time of their lives!

While our programs may look a bit different to follow State COVID-19 guidelines, we aim to provide the same connection and adventure that make our summer camp special. In this email, we have highlighted important information and for more detailed information, please visit our website.

Overnight Campers: 9-15 years old

Day Campers: 6-8 years old

For more information and to register check out our website:

* Girl Scout Troop forming in our area! (flyer)

* FREE online Spanish classes (flyer)

* Strategic Kids: Chess, Lego, Magic, Origami (flyer1) / (flyer2

* Young Rembrandts On-Demand (flyer)

NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE: The Douglas County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment of, or employment in educational programs or activities. The School District’s Compliance Officer is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 303-387-0067. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public.