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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/.  

             
   

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.
             
   

 

             
   

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.