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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!

             
   

April 2018  

Siegfried Named Sole Finalist 

The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education announced on Mar. 9 that Dr. Scott Siegfried, currently deputy superintendent, is the sole finalist for the position of superintendent after the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull at the end of the current school year. For more info visit http://www.cherrycreekschools.org/News/Pages/siegfriedsuper.aspx.

 

Safety Update


Safety and security has always been a primary focus in Cherry Creek Schools. That was very clear during an in-depth, hour-long presentation to the Board of Education on Mar. 12.  Deputy Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried touched on all aspects of safety and security including current practices, historical upgrades and proposed improvements to the district’s comprehensive school safety program.

 

April Parents’ Council Meeting


You’re invited to a special, extended Parents’ Council meeting on April 11 that will feature two powerful presentations. First, a senior from each of the district’s high schools will share their story of overcoming adversity on the road to graduation. Then Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull will answer questions during the popular “Ask the Superintendent” program. Wed., April 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Student Achievement Resource Center (SARC), 14188 E. Briarwood Ave., Centennial.

Help Your Child Navigate Friendships, School and Social Media

Save the date for the Annual Parent Information Network Brunch and evening meeting on Tues., May 1. PIN is proud to bring Rosalind Wiseman, educator and NY Times bestselling author, to share important information to help your child navigate friendships, school and social media.

             
   

March 2018

Board of Education Approves Plan for Superintendent Selection

The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a plan on February 12 for moving forward with the selection of a new superintendent. The board will post the position and strongly encourages all interested internal candidates to submit applications.

 

The decision to seek a candidate from within the Cherry Creek School District was made after considering valuable feedback from hundreds of parents, students, staff and community members through focus group meetings, public forums and online collection of feedback submitted through email. The board used community forums and meetings with staff as a way to engage the broader community in assessing our strengths and identifying the challenges that face the district in the future.

 

“The board is deeply grateful for the feedback we received over the past month from members of the Cherry Creek Schools community. Overwhelmingly, we heard a strong desire to continue the work happening in our schools and across the district around innovation, college and career preparedness, and rigorous academics,” said Board of Education President David Willman. “We look forward to interviewing internal candidates about their vision for continuing the district’s tradition of excellence, while also pursuing strategies that maintain strong school culture and embrace our diversity.”

 

The superintendent position will be posted this week and will be open for two weeks. The board will then interview internal candidates and decide on a finalist before spring break. There will be a two-week period during which the board accepts feedback on the finalist. A final decision will follow.

 

Thanks to all of the parents, students, staff and community members who participated in the feedback process. The board looks forward to continuing the conversation about how we can work together to ensure that all of our graduates have the tools, knowledge and educational opportunities they need to succeed in life.
             
   

February 2018 

Superintendent Harry Bull Announces Retirement

Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Dr. Harry Bull announced Jan. 8 that he will step down at the end of the 2017-18 school year, after more than three decades of service to the district.  Dr. Bull was appointed superintendent in July 2013 after serving across the district in roles as teacher, dean, principal and administrator. He was named the 2017 Superintendent of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives.  The Board of Education will move quickly to decide on a process for selecting the next superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools.

 

Parents’ Council Salutes Dr. Bull, Investigates Innovation

 

Parents’ Council kicked off the new year with a standing ovation for Superintendent Harry Bull and by delving into innovation initiatives that are being implemented across the district.  Those include “innovation spaces” to be created at every elementary and middle school. That work will take place in three phases, with construction beginning at the first 15 schools this summer and continuing through 2019.  “We’re not just changing furniture,” Grobbel said. “We’re actually taking down walls, we’re making things open and transparent and giving kids a real opportunity to work and learn in innovative ways.”

             
   

January 2018

Ready for Winter Weather?


Even though it was a mild fall, we're bound to get some winter weather sooner or later. In the event of a weather delay or closure, parents will be notified via the Blackboard Connect phone message system, information will be posted on the
district and school websites, Facebook, Twitter, and we will also notify the news media.

 

CCSD Community Night with the Avalanche


Support the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation and watch the Colorado Avalanche vs. the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 6 at the Pepsi Center. See Milan Hejduk’s jersey being retired! Tickets start at $25 and are available at http://avalanche.teamkse.com/cherrycreek1718/.  

             
   

 

             
   

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.