The Stallion Scoop: 1Sep16

The Stallion Scoop: 1Sep16
Posted on 09/01/2016
Stallion Scoop


  • CogAT INFO


The Principal Chronicles continue ... Last night was our Back to School Ice Cream social (which was a huge success by the way) and during the evening I had several of my loyal readers ask about the Spartan Race. First of all, I am always surprised that people actually read the riff-raff I write in here. Similar to the morning announcements, it seems like I am writing and trying to crack myself up. It's almost like some weird journaling exercise. Anyway, I thought I would share some of the fun and excitement I had last Saturday running all over Breckenridge Ski Resort:

Like many of you know, I signed up for this race not knowing exactly what I was signing up for. As it turned out, it was 14 miles (up and down the mountain if you must know) and roughly 30 obstacles. Prior to the race I was told I needed to bring a camelbak full of gels, water, aspirin, and salt tabs. I didn't know what a salt tab was. So there I was at the starting line with about 100 of my closest, shirtless, bearded, mohawk-laden counterparts. Before we could even start the race, the announcer made us do some strange Spartan yell (which I think was derived more from the movie 300 rather than actual Greek history) but I digress. The gun sounded, and my shirtless compatriots sprinted out of the chute to start the race. I was a little perplexed about what the hurry was, since it was a 14 mile race and who sprints into 14 miles? I quickly found my answer when I rounded the first bend and jogged past about 90% of the sprinters who were now walkers. One point for the shirted old man.

The second obstacle in the race was to jump in and cross a freezing cold lake. Yep, you guessed it, less than five minutes into the race and I was soaked. From there it was a lot of running on the flat and downhill parts, and hiking up the steep parts, mixed in with obstacles of various types. Lots of walls, moving heavy things around, climbing on things, you know, everything you loved to do as a kid. Most of the obstacles weren't overly challenging except for the sandbag carry. Ugh, that was awful.

After running (make that hiking up) to the top of the mountain, I came to a super steep hill that I couldn't even see the top of. Our task was to pick up a #45 sandbag and carry it 908 feet to the top and bring it back down. To give you an idea of the steepness of the hill, if I stood straight up and stuck my arm out I could touch the ground. Not enjoyable. At the top of the hill was a giant sign that said Spartan Beast 11,700 feet with a guy dressed like Santa Claus yelling at everyone to hurry up. I know this is probably a mortal sin but I was about three seconds from punching Santa in the throat.

The rest of the race was running downhill with lots of obstacles. In the end, it took me 4 hours and two minutes. I was fairly disappointed in my time so I think I will do it again next year but train and prepare much differently. Maybe I'll move to the top of some random mountain and run around it for the summer.

That is it for this week. Stay tuned for next week's episode of the Principal Chronicles....


Back-to-School Night: Thank you to everyone who came out Tuesday night! We hope you enjoyed learning more about CTE and your child's classroom. Thank you to those who signed up for the PSP Membership! There is still time to sign up, order your child's yearbook, and get a brand new CTE car decal.

King Soopers Cards: Want an easy way to support CTE PSP throughout the year? If you shop at King Soopers and/or buy gas at Loaf & Jug, get a King Soopers reloadable card! Every time you reload the card 5% comes back to CTE PSP. That's it! To get a card fill out the form and send it in along with payment. We will get a card to you ASAP that will be loaded with $5. Reload it at the customer service desk or the checkout counter. Thank you for supporting our school!

Volunteer Opportunities: We are in need of some helping hands to assist us in starting the year off with a bang! We would like someone to help with Restaurant Nights (a monthly event at a local restaurant that will donate a portion of the proceeds back to CTE) and can use a couple people to organize our Outdoor Movie Night in September. We appreciate everyone doing what they can to make our community the best it can be! If you are able to assist us with either of these needs, please contact us at

Minutes from August 23rd meeting: link

CTE Communication Crew is a group of students, grades 4-6, who support their classroom and the school by participating in a variety of media functions including: morning announcements, marquee & TV updates, and video app instruction (watch the PSA).
Communication Crew will meet weekly with Mrs. Hylton in the tech lab before school, Tuesdays 7:45-8:30am, for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.
Two students from each 4-6 grade class will be selected and announced the week of 12sep16!
If you are interested in being on the CTE Comm Crew please:
* submit the form by Thursday, 8sep16
* ask your teacher to complete the Teacher Recommendation form - it is each student's responsibility to ensure their teacher has completed this form!!

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) INFORMATION

The week of September 12th, 2016, “referral” students in grades one, two, and four will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT 7) to determine areas of strength and possible identification for gifted programming. Referrals for CogAT testing may come from the parent and/or the classroom teacher. CogAT is an assessment that indicates the level and pattern of cognitive reasoning abilities of a student in comparison to grade and age peers. Please contact Sherri Carlson, if you have questions regarding referral testing. All students participating in the referral testing process must have all 3 documents below signed and turned in by September 6th to the Gifted Education Facilitator (Sherri Carlson) for CogAT Testing.

  • Referral Letter

  • CogAT Consent to Test Form - This form is required and will remain in the student’s cumulative file

  • Gifted Education Referral Form - By requesting that your child take the CogAT, you are formally initiating the gifted identification process

  • Gifted Identification Parent Observation Form - This form is part of the body of evidence collected for gifted identification purposes

"Universal" (Grade 3) testing (no referral needed):

  • We use the CogAT as a universal screening tool for all 3rd grade students - they will take the Level 9 version of the test.

  • Testing will occur the week of September 12th, 2016

"Universal" (Grade 6) testing (no referral needed):

  • We will continue to use CogAT as a universal screening tool for all 6th grade students. Students take Level 12 in 6th grade.

  • Testing will occur the week of September 12th, 2016

Choir is open to all 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. It's a great way to do some singing, learn more about working with a musical group, make new friends, and have FUN!
Rehearsals will start on the last Thursday of September, and continue on Thursdays through December 8th. Rehearsal will be 7:45-8:30am. Our calendar and more info regarding signing up will be coming home with all 4th, 5th and 6th grade students soon, so keep an eye out!
Students will be performing a Holiday Concert here at CTE in December in the evening, and will also perform an outdoor concert the same week in downtown Parker or possibly at Zoo Lights in Denver (weather permitting).
I hope to see another big group this semester!
Bobby Anderson - CTE Music Specialist

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS CLASS My name is Kathy Brown and I serve as DCSD's Parent Liaison. I'm writing to Special Education teachers, counselors, and Gifted/Talented teachers to let you know of an upcoming class offered through the Parent University series, that you and the parents of the children you work with may be interested in.
Working with students on an individual basis is often difficult, but some students need that individual attention. Through Parent University, we are hoping to help alleviate your workload by giving parents the tools to partner in their child’s learning at home so they are prepared for school.
An upcoming class called “Executive Functions” will help parents work with their children to make the most of their school experience.
Executive functions are like the CEO of the brain. They are in charge of making sure things get done from the planning stages of the job to the final deadline. When kids have issues with executive functioning, any task that requires planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking becomes a challenge. The more you know about the challenges, the better you’ll be able to help your child build her executive skills and manage the difficulties.
In order to help parents partner with their students and teachers, Parent University has scheduled three classes in three different regions of DCSD on Executive Functions, taught by Learning RX. It is recommended that parents bring their students so that they will both understand that struggles in Executive Function can sometimes appear as a learning disability when it’s not. It’s just another way to learn and process information. Parents who attend will also receive a gift certificate for a free evaluation.
Tuesday, August 30, 6PM - Mountain Ridge Middle School
Wednesday, August 31, 6PM - Castle Rock Middle School
Thursday, September 1, 6PM - Cimarron Middle School

Parents can register at
Please distribute this information to parents of students in your classroom who would benefit from this free class offered by Douglas County School District. Thank you.
Kathy Brown, DCSD Parent Liaison
School/Community Partnership Coordinator, DCSD
@DCSDParentLiaison / facebook
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