The Stallion Scoop - 5Apr18

The Stallion Scoop: 5Apr18
Posted on 04/05/2018
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light it up blue dayOn April 2nd, Cherokee Trail Elementary celebrated Light It Up Blue Day! Staff and students wore blue to raise awareness for World Autism Awareness Day.

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STALLION SPOTLIGHT- get to know more about our amazing classrooms!
1-6 book buddiesFirst and sixth graders turn reading to each other into weekly design thinking!
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STAFF CHAT - THE PRINCIPAL'S PODCAST NEW THIS WEEK: Mr. Miller has posted a new podcast for his weekly Staff Chat. Each podcast is available on CTE's YouTube channel - please subscribe and never miss any of the fun! Each week he will have a short interview with one of our staff members. Please enjoy the twelfth episode with Anya Zavadil.

The DCSD Professional Development Department is launching a series of videos spotlighting "Promising Practices" around the District. After having worked with CTE's 6th grade team extensively this year, they noticed the team's effective approach to classroom management, and chose to highlight their transitions and routines strategies for the very first video!! Great job 6th grade staff and students!



Yearbooks: If you did not have a chance to pre-order a yearbook but would like one, please stop by the front office to have your name put on a waiting list. When the yearbooks arrive, mid-May, you will be contacted so you can come in and purchase your yearbook. Games Night: Mark your calendar for our annual Games Night, Friday, April 27th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm. We will play bingo, win prizes, and there will be a StuCo sponsored Cake Walk. More information to come soon! "Sonshine" Soiree: Friday, May 11th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm is our second "Sonshine" Soiree - this is a unique dance for moms & their little boys and a great way to start your Mother's Day weekend! There will be face painting, a balloon artist, a visit from superheroes, a DJ, and food. The cost is $25/couple and $5 per additional child, and that includes everything listed except concessions. The proceeds will benefit PSP and the Parker Task Force. Click on the link to RSVP. If you have any questions about this event contact Kristi Harvey. Morning with Moms: We welcome all moms, grandmas, and special women in our student's lives to this event on Friday, May 4th from 8:00am - 9:00am. If you have a business you would like to promote by offering an item for the opportunity ticket drawing contact Christina Clements.

FROM ART - WALTER BARTON Come see artwork from all schools and grades this weekend in the 2018 DCSD Art Show!. Twenty five CTE students will have their work displayed (parents of those students have been notified). The show runs from Friday April 6th through Monday April 9th with the hours of 10:00a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day. Everyone is welcome to come and see all the amazing artwork! Mr. Barton will be there Monday from 6-8pm. It will be located at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Plaza Drive, Highlands Ranch.


Hi Cherokee Trail Families! 
The Field Day T-Shirt Sale is right around the corner! This year you have two ways to order: 1. Fill out and send in the paper order form that will be sent home with your child on Thursday, March 29th 2. Order your Spiritwear online. Each "team" has its own color shirt, so be sure to order correctly! Samples of the shirts are available for viewing in the hallway by the CTE Gym.


CMAS is here! Thanks so much for sending your students ready to test this week. They all did a fabulous job!​ Please use this link for our CMAS testing schedules (formerly known as PARCC). Here's what's coming! April 10  CMAS - Grades 4 Social Studies; Grade 5 Science;

April 10 ​Second Grade to Hudson Gardens, ​Kindergarten Open House April 11  CMAS - Grades 4 Social Studies; Grade 5 Science; Film Club; Orchestra Concert April 12  CMAS - Grades 4 Social Studies; Grade 5 Science ​April 17 School Accountability Meeting April 24 Second Grade Concert April 27 Game Night May 1 Fourth Grade Program


The Principal Chronicles continue ... As I write this, it is Wednesday and we are in the thick of CMAS. Our kids have been working really hard so hopefully, all of that hard work pays off. Since nothing really exciting is happening at school that is mildly entertaining to talk about I figured I would share my tale of visiting Pittsburgh for the first time to recruit teachers to DCSD. Last week I was asked to travel to the PERC (don't ask me what the acronym stands for because I don't have a clue) teacher fair in Pittsburgh, PA. With a large teacher shortage nationally as well as locally, most Districts recruit all over the country.

The first thing I noticed when I picked up my itinerary was the LONG layovers in Chicago on the way out and Charlotte on the way back. Essentially, I would be in airports longer than I would be in Pittsburgh. We left Colorado in the morning, and after four movies, three bottles of water, and some airport snacks we landed in Pittsburgh just shy of midnight. Typically when you get off of a plane at DIA there are always tons of people around no matter what time your flight lands. Pittsburgh? Not so much. There was NO ONE around. We actually thought the airport might be closed. I didn't think airports did close but if they did it would look like the Pittsburgh airport at midnight. After picking up our bags, we called our Uber and were picked up in a Dodge Dart by a lady who had just as many facial piercings as she did dancing figurines on her dashboard which was a lot. During our ride we talked about what made Pittsburgh special as we had heard a lot of great things about it from the three staff members at CTE from Pittsburgh. Her response? Pierogi. Now of all the things that people could be proud of in their city, I truly did not imagine Pierogis would be the number one thing. She actually talked about them for nearly 22 minutes which may, in fact, be an American record for most time spent speaking about a food I had never heard of.

Upon arriving at the Holiday Inn Express, (yes I know, that's funny too) we left our pierced Pierogi lover with the creepy dancing figurines and went to check in. Through the front desk person's randomness and unique ability to change subjects multiple times in a single sentence, she did manage to convey that there was only one place to get food, and that was at a gas station called Sheets which was just up the street. After listening to her tell us to watch out for potholes on our way (like I said, random), we ventured over. Keep in mind we hadn't seen very many people since our arrival in Pittsburgh. When we walked in the door of Sheets, we found all of the people. At 1:24 AM, the place was PACKED. Who has to wait in line to order gas station food at 1:24 AM? Definitely wasn't quality food in case any of you were wondering.

The next morning started really early so we could set up at the fair. The Holiday Inn Express serves a decent breakfast including pancakes that come out of a machine. Hadn't seen a pancake machine before, but still no sign of the elusive pierogi.

Arriving at the teacher fair we quickly realized this was a massive event. There were schools from all over the country and the world (Cherry Creek was there, side note: I may or may not have taken the entire quantity of free shwag off of their table when they went for food). There were schools from Alaska, Sweden, China, and across from us was Largo County Florida. Largo County must be a very desirable district to be in because they had a huge line for the entire time we were there. After interviewing tons of great people we had to rush out to get to the airport. Before we left, however, the mysterious pierogi made its debut for lunch. Basically, it was a ravioli stuffed with mashed potatoes. Can't say I was a huge fan but what I was told later by my Pittsburgh teachers is that they have to be done "right".

On the way to the airport, guess what the Uber driver talked about for 30 straight minutes. Yep, pierogi. He actually told us, to our faces, that stuffing pierogi with sourkraut is by far the best food on the planet. Not sure if I agree with that statement but he was pretty certain.

We barely made the flight and with our super fun four-hour layover in Charlotte, we arrived back into Denver at (you guessed it) midnight. Thank goodness there aren't any Sheets in Colorado.

That is it for this week's edition, stay tuned next week when the Principal Chronicles continue ...


  • Tsunamis - Clarke Farms Swim Team
  • Chess Club - scholarships available - apply here 
  • LEGO Club - scholarships available - apply here 
  • Rosie's Ranch Summer Registration
  • Camp Invention - summer 2018
  • Sierra Middle School presents:Screenagers: Growing Up in a Digital Age

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Chaparral High School, 6:30 p.m.

    Film will be followed by a moderated discussion

    Tickets: $5 - Watch trailer and purchase tickets here: / Purchase Tickets

    ** All other showings in DCSD have sold out - purchase your tickets sooner than later **

    Are you watching kids scroll through life? With their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, we welcome you to discover surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists in this extraordinary and timely film.  The film is appropriate for students grades 6th and up. Please contact Kimberly Romine at [email protected] or Lauren LaComb at [email protected] for additional information.

  • Little Wolverine Volleyball Camp
  • After School Spanish 
  • Tennis Classes The final session of tennis for this school year is starting up in April.  Please click on the link to register or the flyer for more information. 

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