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August 2019

Cherry Creek Innovation Campus Opens

The start of the 2019-2020 school year marks the opening of the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, a state-of-the-art college and career readiness facility that will give high school students from across the Cherry Creek School District a head start on rewarding, in-demand careers. CCIS will offer students curriculum rooted in real-world skills and the opportunity to earn trade certifications in fields ranging from aviation to computer sciences to health care. The student learning experience will mimic state-of-the-art work environments, with a focus on putting learners in an industry-based culture and climate. Students, parents and community members will also have the opportunity to tour CCIC this fall.

Important Dates for 2019-2020 School Year

 

All Cherry Creek Schools are now on a traditional calendar! The first day and last day of school is the same for all schools, as are the fall, winter and spring break dates:

  • August 12 – First day of school

  • October 14-18 – Fall Break

  • December 23-January 6, 2020 – Winter Break

  • March 16-20, 2020 – Spring Break

  • May 22, 2020 – Last day of school

             
   

April 2019

Have You Visited the New CCSD Website?

Cherry Creek Schools launched a new website in March that features a modern design and an easy-to-navigate organizational structure that makes it easier for parents, students, staff and community members to find information they need. The new website reflects the district’s commitment to innovation, inclusive excellence and college and career preparedness and success. Visit the new website at www.cherrycreekschools.org and send your feedback to news@cherrycreekschools.org.

25 CCSD Teachers Earn, Renew National Board Certification

The Cherry Creek School District is proud to announce that six teachers from across the district achieved National Board Certification in 2018, while 19 additional teachers successfully renewed their certification. Cherry Creek Schools now has 165 National Board Certified teachers, the third-highest number in the state. Each of these accomplished educators earned the profession’s highest mark of achievement through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process, demonstrating their proven impact on student learning and achievement.

             
   

March 2019

CCSD to Launch New Website in March


Cherry Creek Schools will launch a new website in March 2019. It will feature a modern design and an easy-to-navigate organizational structure that will make it easier for parents, students, staff and community members to find information they need. The new website reflects the district’s commitment to innovation, inclusive excellence and college and career preparedness and success.

 

Enrollment Now Open for New Online High School


High school students who live in the Cherry Creek School District can enroll and register for classes at Cherry Creek Elevate, the district’s new online high school, which will open in August. Elevate will offer students a flexible schedule and a comprehensive curriculum that includes a full range of core and elective courses, including Advanced Placement and concurrent enrollment courses.

  

Cherry Creek Innovation Campus


CCSD high school students who will be juniors or seniors next year can now apply for the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus. The state-of-the-art facility, which will open in August, will offer a wide array of immersive, professional-based programs in fields ranging from aviation to hospitality to entrepreneurship.

             
   

December 2018 

Innovation Campus, Innovation Spaces Taking Shape

Voters in the Cherry Creek School District showed their support for innovation and excellence when they passed the district’s bond and budget question in 2016.  That decision is paying off in concrete ways across the district’s 108 square miles, as illustrated by a presentation to the CCSD Board of Education during its regular meeting on Nov. 12 held at Altitude Elementary School. Sarah Grobbel, CCSD’s Executive Director of Career and Innovation, and Mark Morgan, principal of the district’s new Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, offered an in-depth view of the progress of bond-funded projects. The focus of the presentation included new innovation spaces going in at every elementary and middle school across the district, as well as the CCIC, the standalone college and career preparedness facility that’s slated to open its doors to high school students from across the district in the fall of 2019.

New Online High School Named Cherry Creek Elevate

The Cherry Creek School District’s new online high school has a name! Cherry Creek Elevate online high school will open in the fall of 2019 and will serve between 200 and 250 full-time students in 9th through 12th grade. The CCSD Board of Education approved the new name during its regular meeting on Nov. 12.

Board Conditionally Approves Charter School

After an extensive review process, the CCSD Board of Education conditionally approved the application for the Colorado Skies Academy, a charter middle school focused on aviation and aerospace. 

             
   

November 2018 

Willow Creek Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

For the third time in 20 years, Willow Creek Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Willow Creek, which also earned Blue Ribbon recognition in 1999 and 2006, is one of five schools in Colorado and 349 schools nationwide to be honored this year. It is one of eight CCSD schools that have earned National Blue Ribbon School honors for outstanding academic achievement or notable improvements in closing achievement gaps.

Progress Report on Bond Projects


The Cherry Creek School District has come a long way since the end of the 2017-18 school year. That's thanks in large part to projects made possible by funds from the 2016 bond and budget election, which have been steadily coming to fruition across the district over the past five months. Those include opening of Infinity Middle School in August and Altitude Elementary in late October, completion of the first 15 Innovation Spaces going in at all elementary and middle schools, and progress on the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus, which will open in August, 2019.


STEAM-A-Palooza IV is Nov. 10

Join the Cherry Creek Schools community for STEAM-A-Palooza IV, Saturday, November 10th at Grandview High School. This FREE event offers innovative, hands-on learning and fun for students of all ages. At STEAM-A-Palooza you will:
•    Get your hands dirty with student and teacher-led experiments.
•    Explore tools and technologies used in CCSD classrooms.
•    Learn more about what it means to be in a STEAM profession.
•    Find out how you can help inspire and empower our students.
Get more info and your free tickets at www.steamapaloozaccsd.com/.

             
   

October 2018

Reminder: Fall Break Falls Differently this Year

 

Because the Cherry Creek School District no longer has any year-round schools, fall and spring breaks have been realigned to provide optimal learning periods between breaks.  Fall break for Traditional Calendar schools is Oct. 15-19.

Board of Education Approves Resolution Supporting Amendment 73

 

The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education on Sept. 11 approved a resolution supporting Amendment 73, a school finance ballot initiative. Get more information about Amendment 73 and future funding for Cherry Creek Schools on our website.

 

CCSD to Open Online High School 


The Cherry Creek School District will open an online high school in August 2019, and Principal Kristy Hart can’t wait to welcome her first students. “The sense of urgency is there because the need is there, and that is really exciting,” Hart said.  The school will have a physical space at a still-to-be-finalized location and will serve between 200 and 250 full-time students in ninth through 12th grade, as well as some part-time students who are also taking traditional classes at their home high schools. Hart expects the student body to comprise a diverse group of learners.

             
   

September 2018

Important Dates


Sept. 3 – Labor Day, no school

Oct. 15-19 – Fall Break, Traditional Calendar

 

Board Approves 2019-20 Calendar


The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education approved the 2019-20 calendar on Aug. 13. All schools will be on a Traditional Calendar next year.  For school calendars for this year and next, visit the CCSD website.


Denver's Top Elementary Schools


The Denver Business Journal reports that CCSD dominates when it comes to Denver's best public elementary schools, according to a new 2019 ranking by the education and neighborhood ranking website Niche.

 

CCSD Students Get Boost from Later Start Times


Preliminary results show that moving high school start times in the 55,000-student Cherry Creek School District more than an hour later is producing better rested and more engaged students, according to a top sleep researcher.  

             
   

August 2018  

Important Dates

August 13 – First day of school for Traditional Calendar schools

Sept. 3 – Labor Day, no school

Oct. 15-19 – Fall Break, Traditional Calendar

Calendars for the 2018-19 school year are available here: http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Calendars/Pages/default.aspx

Start School Check-in by Completing Parent Forms

Cherry Creek Schools requires families to update their household and student information each school year including emergency contacts, medical and policy acceptance forms, along with school-specific forms through our online Parent Forms.  Your child's school will use this information as part of their annual check-in processes for the start of the school year.  You can return to the web-based forms at any time to update information that may change during the year (i.e. phone numbers, emergency contacts, medical updates, etc.).  You can access the Parent Forms step-by-step guide by visiting our website.  Cherry Creek Schools requires each family to update their student information.  Be aware that updating student forms electronically is only part of the check-in process.  Each school has additional steps for each student to complete.  Check with your school for more information. 

Get Involved

The start of the new school year is a great time for students and parents to get involved in school activities and organizations! Students will have many opportunities to participate in co-curricular clubs and organizations which give them opportunities to have fun, make new friends, develop new interests and serve their communities. Parents can support their students and schools by participating in PTCO (Parent-Teacher-Community Organization), SAC (School Accountability Committee) or PASS (Partnership for Academically Successful Students). Watch your email, school newsletter and school website for more information on these and other enjoyable and meaningful ways for students and parents to get involved!

             
   

 

             
   

Weather Delays and Closures

Winter weather will be here before we know it!  When extreme weather hits, Cherry Creek Schools officials decide whether to close, delay or hold school as scheduled, based on the safety of students and staff.

If classes are going to be delayed or cancelled, the information is posted on the district’s website, www.cherrycreekschools.org, sent to families via Blackboard Connect phone calls, and sent to local media outlets.  Families can also call the district’s Weather Hotline at 720-554-4701.