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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/.  

             
   

November 2017 

2017-18 Weather Closure and Delay Guidelines


The Cherry Creek School District has implemented new protocols for school closures and delays. Elementary schools will be on a 60-minute delay, and middle and high schools will be on a 90-minute delay. For more information visit http://cherrycreekschools.org/pages/storminfo.aspx.

 

Cherry Creek Schools to Host Veterans Week November 6-10


All veterans and current military members are cordially invited to attend Veterans Week in Cherry Creek Schools, Nov. 6-10, 2017. Every school in the district will host an event or activity to honor those who have served or are serving our great nation.  Veterans Week activities include assemblies, parades and classroom presentations. Visit www.cherrycreekschools.org for information on Veterans Week events throughout the district.

3rd Annual STEAM-a-Palooza is November 11

All Cherry Creek Schools students are invited to participate in the district’s 3rd Annual STEAM-a-Palooza, from 10am to 3pm on Sat., Nov. 11, at Grandview High School. Experience the authentic curiosity, learning, innovation and problem-solving taking place in Cherry Creek Schools during this free community celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

 

Breakfast with CCSD Legislators is November 16


Please join us for breakfast with members of the Colorado General Assembly who represent the Cherry Creek School District. This is a great opportunity to become better acquainted with CCSD state representatives and senators in an informal setting prior to the 2018 legislative session. Breakfast with CCSD legislators will be held from 7-9am on Thurs., Nov. 16 at the Student Achievement Resource Center, SARC.
             
   

October 2017 

New Board Members Elected by Acclamation

Karen Fisher and Kelly Bates have been elected by acclamation to seats on the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education in unopposed campaigns. Both Fisher, an incumbent CCSD board member first elected in 2013, and Bates, a longtime community volunteer and advocate for the district, mounted unopposed campaigns for the two open board director district posts. Because of the lack of opposition, the fall election has been canceled and both candidates have been confirmed.

National Study Supports Later School Start Times

A new national study says later school start times for middle and high school students boosts academic performance and makes teens safer drivers. The RAND study supports and reaffirms the reasoning behind Cherry Creek Schools' decision to start the 2017-18 school year with later starts for middle and high schoolers.

Register Now for 5th Annual Cardboard Challenge

All CCSD students can register now for the 5th Annual Cardboard Challenge, which will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 12 at Smoky Hill High School. Students build amazing creations using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Sponsored by the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, the Cardboard Challenge provides students a unique opportunity outside of the classroom to innovate, create and shine. This event is free to all CCSD students. See the CCSD website for details.

             
   

September 2017

Solar Eclipse Outdoor Lab Day Provides Unique Learning Opportunity

 

Students, teachers, staff and administrators across the Cherry Creek School District cast their collective gaze skyward on Monday, Aug. 21. The solar eclipse offered a unique learning opportunity to the entire CCSD community. Students of all ages and grades marveled at the eclipse, even as they drew on the stunning phenomenon for real-world lessons about the natural world. "What an opportunity," said CCSD Board Member Dave Willman. "This is science in action." The district provided eclipse glasses so all students and staff could view the eclipse safely.

 

Career and Innovation Academy Taking Shape

 

CCSD 11th- and 12th-graders will soon have an amazing learning space in which to explore and prepare for the careers of today and tomorrow. Planning is well underway for a state-of-the-art Career and Innovation Academy, which is part of the bond package approved by voters in November 2016. The facility will be built on a 42-acre site near East Broncos Parkway and South Chambers Road, not far from the Denver Broncos training facility. The topography of the site will support the building’s futuristic design, which provides unique collaboration spaces, high-tech labs and industry-specific spaces where students will be able to take a variety of courses in seven career pathways.

             
   

June 2017

August 14 is the first day of school for Traditional Calendar schools.  Please see www.cherrycreekschools.org for a complete school calendar! 

Reminder: New Start Times for 2017-18 School Year

After many months' worth of public forums, careful research and community dialogue, the CCSD Board of Education approved new start times for the 2017-18 school year. Elementary schools will start at 8 a.m. and release at 2:45 p.m., high schools will start at 8:20 a.m. and release at 3:30 p.m., and middle schools will start at 8:50 a.m. and release at 3:45 p.m.

Congratulations Class of 2017!

In May, 4,067 students graduated from CCSD’s seven high schools. The Class of 2017 includes 18 students who earned perfect ACT scores, two Boettcher Scholars, 11 Daniels Fund Scholarships, 44 National Merit Finalists, 83 National Advanced Placement Scholars, six military academy appointments, six NROTC Scholarships, 18 College Board National Hispanic Scholars, six AVID Giving Generation Scholarships, two Gates Millenium Scholars, six QuestBridge Scholars, one Coca-Cola Scholar, one Dell Scholar and 11 Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists.

             
   

May 2017

CCSD Board of Education Gets Update on Bond Projects

At its April 10 meeting, the Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education heard updates regarding new "innovation spaces" and a standalone "Career and Innovation Academy," projects made possible by voters in the 2016 bond and budget election.

Those projects include the construction of "innovation spaces" at every elementary and middle school in the district, learning areas designed to develop skills like collaboration, inquiry, empathy, problem-solving, curiosity, innovative thinking and passion. According to the latest academic research, as well as firsthand input from parents, teachers and other members of the CCSD community garnered during the Cherry Creek 2021 initiative, these are the skills that are integral to preparing students for a 21st-century academic and professional landscape.

The presentation also detailed the progress on plans for a new, standalone facility dedicated entirely to career and technical education. The new, untitled building – temporarily nicknamed the "Career and Innovation Academy" – will be open to all CCSD juniors and seniors and will expand the diverse and detailed CTE programs that are already thriving in the district.

             
   

April 2017  

CCSD Board of Education Unanimously Approves Changes to Start Times 


The Cherry Creek School District Board of Education unanimously approved changes to school start times during its regular meeting on March 13, citing the latest research and best practices regarding sleep patterns in adolescents.

 

The vote followed many months' worth of public forums, careful research and community dialogue across the district regarding the changes, which will kick off at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Starting in the fall, elementary schools will start at 8 a.m. and release at 2:45 p.m., high schools will start at 8:20 a.m. and release at 3:30 p.m. and middle schools will start at 8:50 a.m. and release at 3:45 p.m. These changes were carefully designed to offer adolescents and teens a later start, and specifically to provide them with added sleep that research has shown to be so critical to development and learning.

As part of the process, all students in 3rd through 11th grade are being invited to participate in a survey on sleep habits, daily routine and general well-being. While existing sleep research indicates the change in start times will have an overall positive effect, the district is committed to understanding the impact this change has on our students, parents and staff.  With this understanding, we can determine what areas of additional support, if any, may be needed as we make this transition.  Download a copy of the survey at www.cherrycreekschools.org. Additional information has been emailed to CCSD parents.

             
   

March 2017  

You’re Invited! Invest in Success Gala

           
The Cherry Creek Schools Foundation will host the Invest in Success Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., March 9, at the Hyatt Regency DTC. Proceeds from the event support educational innovation and success for all CCSD students.  For more information visit
www.ccsdfoundation.org/gala2017

 

Register Now for CCSD Day at the Capitol


You're invited to join the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network (CCCLN) for CCSD Day at the Capitol from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thurs., March 23, 2017. Get the latest information from district leaders and your state senators and representatives about legislation that could affect your children, our schools and our district! Transportation and lunch are provided. For more information contact Ilana Spiegel (ilanadspiegel@gmail.com).

 

Students Recognized for Extraordinary Academic Achievement


Out of the 2.1 million students who took the 2016 ACT test, less than one-tenth of one percent – or less than 2,000 students – earned a perfect score of 36. In Colorado, 58,616 students who are seniors this year took the test and 62 of them earned a perfect 36. Sixteen of those students are from the Cherry Creek School District and they were recognized by the district during a luncheon in their honor held on Feb. 16.

 

Cherry Creek Schools Fitness Festival Ends Successful, 16-Year Run;

Wellness Emphasis Shifts from Events to Every Day Efforts


The Cherry Creek School District is changing gears to better support the health and well-being of its students, staff and community. The district is putting more emphasis on year-round health and wellness programs, instead of one-time events. That means the district will no longer host the Cherry Creek Schools Fitness Festival, allowing it to invest more time into supporting programs that benefit students, staff members and families on a daily basis.

             
   

February 2017  

PIN Needs You, You Need PIN

The Parent Information Network is seeking new board members. PIN is a great way to stay involved in Cherry Creek Schools as your children move from elementary to middle to high school. PIN provides free monthly presentations by local and nationally recognized speakers, authors, and subject-matter experts on issues related to parenting and kids. Please contact PIN Chairperson, Kim Garrity, by phone (303-808-7638) or email (kgharrity@comcast.net) if you have questions about PIN.

             
   

 

             
   

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.