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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.
             
   

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.

             
   

 

             
   

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.