The Stallion Scoop: 26Jan17

The Stallion Scoop: 26Jan17
Posted on 01/26/2017
Stallion Scoop




The Principal Chronicles continue ... It's Thursday as I sit and write the Chronicles this week and once again the sickness has taken over my body. I cannot figure out what the deal is this year. I think there may be some super strain of bug going around. I never get sick, and I mean never. Growing up I got an award for perfect attendance throughout my entire career as a student. With my mom being a principal I basically had to go to school unless there was some sort of natural disaster that prevented us from physically making it to school.

Speaking of my parents, they are off on another vacation this week. My parents retired about 20 years ago and moved to Estes Park. Now, when most people think of retired folks going on vacation they think of cruises and beaches. Not my parents. To give you a clue as to what they consider a vacation, they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa for my mom's 70th birthday.

This week they are leaving for Antartica. Yes, you heard me. They are taking a vacation to the most inhospitable region on the planet. Why you ask? I have no Earthly idea why they actually want to go. They leave this afternoon to fly to Dallas, then to Buenos Aires, then to some strange place that starts with the letter U at the Southern tip of South America. From there they get on a boat which I would assume is a large one since Cape Horn has traditionally some of the worst seas in the world and sail straight south to Antartica. If that doesn't sound fun enough, then they get to spend five fun filled days on said boat looking at ice and penguins. Apparently, my parents really really like penguins since I think that is the only wildlife that can survive there. The company they are traveling with gave them polar parkas and polar boots for their trip. Can't wait to see those coats, I bet they will look like they are going to Mars. Even writing this, I am still shaking my head as to what they are even thinking when they booked this trip. Of course, my mom did say that it is summer now in the Southern Hemisphere so it will be much warmer. Not sure how below freezing temperatures are "much" warmer, but I digress.

That is it for this week. Stay tuned next week when I might contemplate adding some actual information into this thing. Until next time when the Principal Chronicles continues...


Student Council will be selling Candygrams and glowsticks at the All School Dance, 27Jan17, in the CTE gym!

Candygrams will also be on sale for $1 before and after school next week, and will be deliviered to recipients on Valentine's Day


Box Tops Competition: The time has come to start turning in those baggies of Box Tops you've been saving all year! The Box Tops Competition will run from January 30th - February 24th. See the flyer for more information. If you have any questions e-mail our Box Tops chair, Jen Lingle.


Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart has officially begun at CTE. Mrs. Whittingham is in need of volunteers to help with the event. Thursday, February 16th. Please click here to get details and to register.


CTE Concert Choir will be singing in the Chaparral Feeder Area Choir Concert on Wed night Feb 15th at 630pm. Come support our choir and singers!


Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary!
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Cherokee Trail Elementary is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The camp will be June 5-9.
Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

  • Engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations
  • Experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets
  • Exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air
  • Taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operations

All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!
Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children.
Register on or before March 20, 2017 using promo code Discover25 to receive $25 OFF the base price of $235. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!


Dear Principals and Administrators of Elementary Schools,
I am Gracie Heilbrun and I attend Cimarron Middle School as an eighth grader. My partner, Kasey Fox, and I were recently members of a group within our school that developed a concept for a new application for mobile devices. This concept was uniquely designed in order to establish a more economical and overall reasonable way to send care packages to troops overseas as well as to disaster relief stations. It would create an itemized list for each organization needing care packages to allow for consumers to choose items that were truly needed in care packages as that is a common issue people face when sending these packages. We consequently named our app Care Packager and entered the Verizon App Challenge. Our concept won for the entire state of Colorado, so our next steps are to win nationals by gaining votes which would allow for our app to be created with the assistance of professionals from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Our school, Cimarron Middle School, would win an additional $15,000 dollars yet more importantly our app would have the ability to become reality with the potential for helping people all around the world. Furthermore, what we are asking of each of you would be if we could send you flyers to send home to your students' families in either ThursdayFolders or something of a similar fashion. We would be willing to work with you in order to create something digital as well if that would better suit you. Our main goal is to spread the word around the student body of the school in which you are associated with and the students' families in an effort to gain as many votes as possible. Voting ends soon, on February 14, so we would need to get our plans rolling quickly. If you would wish to learn more about the nationwide competition of the Verizon App Challenge click here, and we have attached the flyers that we have already designed. If you would like to gather any more information on our app you may reply to me, or watch this video. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this email.
Gracie Heilbrun & Kasey Fox​

Care Packager App Challenge Flyer.pdf




February DCAGT newsletter
Parent Institute flyer
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