The Stallion Scoop: 4Nov22

The Stallion Scoop: 4Nov22
Posted on 11/04/2022
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All dads, grandpas, uncles or other dynamite adults are welcome!

Join us for our Eleventh Annual Donuts with Dudes.  We will serve donuts, juice, milk and coffee. 

Opportunity tickets will be for sale for $1, for a chance to win a prize! 

After breakfast with your student in the CTE Gym, stop by the book fair in the Library, 

and then join them in their classroom for the first 30 minutes of school.

When: Friday, November 11th, 7:30am – 9:00am


We are selling Butter Braids, just in time for the holidays! All orders are due November 11th, Butter Braids will be delivered to your student on November 15th. Register your student here for online ordering.


November 5th: Spirit Night at Code Ninja's (flyer)

November 11th: Donuts with Dudes 7:30am

November 29th: PSP Meeting 5:30pm

December 5th: Spirit Night at The Chicken Shack

December 21st: Spirit Night at Urban Air


book machine
Thanks to generous funding from PSP and our CTE community, students can earn a coin to "buy" a book from our new, Inchy the Bookworm vending machine for showing EPICER behavior at school!


Let's Read S'more at our Happy Camper Book Fair

November 11th - 18th!

We open with Donuts & Dudes!  

The excitement begins during Donuts & Dudes on Friday 11/11: shop early at the fair beginning at 7:15 am. 

We're open LATE until 8:30 pm on Tuesday, November 15th! Join us at 7pm for our Family Event. Don't be left out in the cold - put on your camping & camo attire that day to school - bring along a woodland animal stuffed friend if you'd like!

We're holding a Coin Challenge for the All For Books charity the week before the Fair, 11/7-11/11. The grade level that collects the highest overall total will receive a movie party. 

HATS OFF TO READING:  MONDAY  11.7 Bring your PENNIES & wear your Favorite Hat!

READING KNOCKS OUR SOCKS OFF: TUESDAY 11.8 Bring your NICKELS and wear your Crazy Socks!

TEAM UP WITH A GOOD BOOK: Wednesday 11.9 Bring your DIMES & wear your Favorite Team Shirt!

BOOKS COLOR OUR WORLD: Thursday 11.10 Bring your QUARTERS and wear your Favorite Color!

COZY UP WITH A GOOD BOOK: Friday 11.11 Bring ANY COIN OR BILL and wear your PJs!

Our Happy Camper Book Fair needs some Camp Volunteers like YOU! SIGN UP ONLINE!

Check out our Book Fair Home Page for all events!

So grab your camping gear, and don't miss out on this HAPPY CAMPER Book Event. Thanks for helping our students READ S'MORE Books at the library!


Election day is quickly approaching. Be sure to turn in your ballot by November 8. Find a ballot box or voting location near you - Be sure to complete both sides of the ballot!

Superintendent Erin Kane talks about the $60 million Mill Levy Override (5A) and the $450 million Bond (5B) that will appear on November's ballot in 2022. Superintendent Erin Kane also addresses some common questions and misinformation about these two ballot initiatives.

Like many school districts across our state and country, @DCSDK12 faces many funding challenges. Additional Funding Would Help DCSD to Provide:

- More competitive pay for teachers & staff

- Safe, efficient, quality learning environments

- 3 new neighborhood schools & additions to 2 existing middle schools #myDCSD

@DCSDK12 has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. This wouldn't be possible without our amazing teachers and staff supporting our students and our schools. A $60 million Mill Levy Override, if passed by voters, would be invested into making district-wide compensation more competitive with other school districts so we can hold on to our valued teachers and staff. #myDCSD

@DCSDK12 is the 3rd largest district in Colorado, yet our per pupil dollar amount is nearly four times less than that of our neighboring district, Cherry Creek Schools. This equates to more than $124 million annually, based on our current student count. A Mill Levy Override, if passed, would help to lessen this gap and ensure that DCSD continues to be a great place to learn and work! #myDCSD

DCSD’s average teacher salary is over $18,000 less than Cherry Creek Schools and nearly $11,000 less than Littleton Public Schools. In addition, other staff such as Educational Assistants, Bus Drivers, and Campus Security Specialists can earn higher wages at local retail stores and restaurants. This gap makes it difficult for us to compete for high quality teachers and staff. If passed, MLO funds would be used to provide pay that is more competitive so that we can retain our wonderful teachers and staff. #myDCSD

As some areas of Douglas County grow, so does our need for new schools in newly developing neighborhoods. We haven't built a neighborhood school since 2010! Additional bond funding, if passed by voters, would enable DCSD to build new neighborhood schools in Crystal Valley, The Canyons, and Sterling Ranch, and to construct expansions to Mesa and Sierra Middle Schools. Bond funds would also be used to repair, maintain, and update DCSD's existing schools. #myDCSD

Per the 1994 School Finance Act, the state legislature sets total funding for each school district each year. Think of our funding as a bucket, set by the state and filled with state and local funding.

Local Share = Fixed tax rate set by the state of Colorado applied to all taxpayers in our school district and across the state.

State Share = Funding from State Income Tax and Sales Tax allocated by Legislature.

We can make the bucket larger through voter approved local funding via Mill Levy Overrides and Bonds, providing local dollars to support our students, staff, and schools. #myDCSD

If @DCSDK12 were to pass a $60 Million Mill Levy Override and a $450 Million Bond, it would cost taxpayers $1 per week per $100,000 of assessed home value. For example, a Douglas County resident with a home valued at $500,000 would pay approximately an additional $250 per year if both measures are approved. #myDCSD


At Cherokee Trail we focus on six traits, teaching and fostering them in our classrooms and school-wide in order to create learners who are strong academically and socially. They are:

Read more on the EPICER page!
This month, we will be focusing on PERSEVERANCE - here are the indicators of how this trait might look at school:

* I use determination to try to finish a task

* I have a growth mindset

* I continue through tough times and problem solve


All Wellness students: Please wear shoes that slip off and on easily for our stretching portion of Wellness.

Grades K/1/2:  This week we will learn how being kind can help someone else build their confidence.

Invisible Scribble

Grades 3/4/5: We will learn about how individuals contribute to group success.

Grade 6: We will explore finding commonalities with others.


PLE School Counselors Jessica Weiss and Tiffany Anderson are hosting a parent night in November about the topic of helping students with anxiety. Laurie Lacomb will speak Monday November 14th at 5PM at PLE North Campus. All families are welcome! (flyer)


Hello families!

My role as a school counselor includes teaching students mindsets & behaviors related to career education.  I have begun visiting classrooms to teach career exploration activities.  Activities include learning about career cluster areas, career interest surveys, and various occupations.  It is never too early to begin discussing careers and goals.  As a parent, one way to help your child with career exploration is to simply share about your own career and choices you have made (successes and failures).  Your child will begin to understand that their interests and abilities should align with their intended career path.

I have also recently visited all 5th and 6th grade classes to discuss safety and tools they have available to ensure the safety of themselves and others.  We discussed the importance of safety at home and school. The students were provided information about Safe 2 Tell Colorado and how they can report a concern.  We also discussed the importance of having at least 3 adults they can go to if they have a concern or need help (trusted triangle).  Adults can also report concerns to Safe 2 Tell.  Please read additional information below.     

Safe 2 Tell Colorado

Do you know how to report a concern that threatens you, your friends, your family or your community?  Safe 2 Tell Colorado is an anonymous reporting tool for parents and students.  There are 3 ways to make an anonymous report – via website, app, or phone call.  


Parent Articles: How Teen Puberty Impacts Mood

Family Resources:

Is your child struggling with anxiety?  Pine Lane Elementary is hosting a parent workshop on anxiety for the Parker community Monday, November 14 from 5-6 pm.  Details can be found here.

Weekly snack/food bags provided by Parker Task Force – If your family is interested in having a bag of snacks/food sent home in their student’s backpack weekly, please fill out this brief form.

Families with housing instability

Free/Reduced Meal Benefits



The Principal Chronicles Continue ....
Now that the calendar has switched to November, I think it is official that the "Holiday Season" is upon us. For us here at CTE, that means school shifts into high gear as we have lots of breaks between now and winter break. Our staff has to really be collaborative and on the same page to make sure our students are getting what they need. Luckily, we have the best staff in the District so we are prepped and ready to meet our students' needs. Having said that, we all love this time of year as we can focus on giving and doing things for others. Our teachers do such a good job of instilling these values in our students as we want them to succeed academically but also be good people.
On the home front, there isn't a ton happening after my daughter and I ate our way through Chicago. She wasn't with me for Halloween but yet still managed to go out trick or treating. I am not sure what the official cut-off date is for when kids should stay home and hand out candy vs. going door to door. I guess it is at least 15 since my daughter went door to door. Who knows, maybe it'll be 16 but to be honest, I am pretty happy she is good trick-or-treating as there are 100 other things she could be doing that I wish she wouldn't.
That is it for this week's edition. Stay tuned to next week's edition when the Principal Chronicles continues...


Don't miss the Chaparral Athletic Auction - It will be a fun event with cool things to bid on!  All proceeds go towards supporting local high school athletes!

Join local Parker-area and Chaparral High School supporters this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Legacy Campus (formerly known as The Wildlife Experience) for the 2022 Chaparral Athletic Auction.  Organized by Chaparral parents, this event is the culmination of various sports teams working together to gather donations and work with other organizations to create a fun event. 

There will be delicious food and drinks along with a large variety of items that will be available for bidding during the Silent and Live Auctions.  From sports memorabilia to tickets to special events to video gaming equipment, there will be a large variety of items up for auction.  Finish your Christmas shopping or plan a fun family event with some of the exciting items available for bid.

For $55 per person, attendees will enjoy games, appetizers and full bar. Organizers of the event would love for local neighbors, elementary school parents, community members and more to attend this bi-annual event.  There is also an option for people interested to bid online for items. Visit to join in the fun if you want to purchase tickets, donated or join in the online auction.

Proceeds for the Auction will benefit the Chaparral High School sports program which includes football, volleyball, golf, spirit teams, swim, tennis, basketball and more!

For more information, contact Christy Leishman. Thank you for supporting Chaparral High School athletes!


* Chap Youth Wrestling Club (flyer)
* LEGO Storytelling: Marvel vs. DC (flyer)
* CHAP Sweet Street (flyer)
* Science Matters - before/after school STEM Clubs (flyer)
* Chap Dance Team - The Mini-Wolverines (flyer)
* Robotics & Coding Club (flyer)
* DCSD Healthy Kids Expo (flyer)
* CTE STEM CLUBS from Science Matters (link)
* Cub Scout Pack (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.