COMMUNITY

 
  
                   
   

CHERRY CREEK SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS

             
                   
    For information about Cherry Creek Schools, visit www.cherrycreekschools.org.

Follow Cherry Creek Schools on your favorite social media:

CCSD Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/CCSDK12/

CCSD Twitter       https://twitter.com/CCSDK12

CCSD Pinterest    http://www.pinterest.com/CCSDK12/

CCSD YouTube   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvE-O7R1m60h5aH25Sm8TRg

For questions or concerns about Cherry Creek Schools, contact Abbe Smith, Director of Communications, at 720-554-4475.

To receive Cherry Creek Schools' Community eNewsletter, go to www.cherrycreekschools.org and click on District News in the left hand column, then on eNewsletter.

             
                   
   

October 2019

What CCSD Students Want You to Know about Suicide Prevention

 

Students from every high school in the Cherry Creek School District came together to produce an extraordinary video, which was released in September. Please watch it and use it to start conversations about suicide prevention with the people you love. The link is below with the letter from Dr. Siegfried.

The Cardboard Challenge is Coming!

 

The 7th Annual Cardboard Challenge, a celebration of creativity, will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, at Smoky Hill High School. This free event, sponsored by the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, is open to ALL CCSD students and gives them the opportunity to create and build using cardboard, recycled materials and their imagination.

             
   

September 2019

Veterans/Active Military Appreciation Football

The Cherry Creek School District is proud to recognize our nation’s heroes at the Annual Veterans and Active Military Appreciation Football Game, coming up on Saturday, September 7, at Legacy Stadium, located at 26101 E. Arapahoe Road, Aurora, 80016. Veterans, active duty military personnel and their families will be treated to dinner at 4 p.m., followed by Smoky Hill vs. Rangeview football game at 6 p.m. The event is free to veterans, active duty military personnel and their family members.

 

Cherry Creek Future Forward

 

Cherry Creek Schools is moving “Future Forward” with its new strategic plan. The plan, which launched with the 2019-2020 school year, focuses on instructional, workforce and operational excellence to continue the district’s dedication to excellence. Learn more on the Cherry Creek Schools’ website.

 

Important Dates

  • September 2 – Labor Day, no school

  • October 14-18 – Fall Break

  • December 23-January 6, 2020 – Winter Break

             
   

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/.

             
   

 

             
   

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.