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CHERRY CREEK SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS

             
                   
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March 2020 

Get Ready for Cherry Creek Reads


Get ready for Cherry Creek Reads - a districtwide celebration of reading with the theme “Read Together, Change Lives Together!” Our featured book is Because, an inspirational story by Mo Willems, a New York Times bestselling author. "Because" takes readers on a journey of self-discovery, with the realization of how one small event can change a life forever and make one wonder…. What’s my "because?"

 

CCSD to Host 2nd Annual HBCU, HSI and TSI College Fair

 

High school students and parents can meet with representatives from Historically Black Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Tribal Serving Institutions and learn about admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities during the Second Annual HBCU, HSI and TSI College Fair, which will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Tues., March 3, at Overland High School.

             
   

February 2020 

Tour the CCIC and Learn About the Future of CCSD

Tour the new, state-of-the-art Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC) and hear from Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried about the future of Cherry Creek Schools at one of two upcoming community events. There will be an evening reception at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 and a breakfast reception at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25. To RSVP, please visit http://bit.ly/CCSD_Community or call 720-554-4475.

Mapping Our Future

Mapping Our Future is a new digital tool to share information about our community’s schools: their diversity, their successes and how your tax dollars are being spent to prepare the next generation of leaders. This interactive map is part of the Cherry Creek School District’s commitment to transparency and keeping our community informed. Visit cherrycreekschools.org/MappingOurFuture and start exploring!

Legislative Updates Available on CCSD Website

You can now visit the Legislative Updates page at https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/domain/5188 to get information on proposed legislation before the Colorado General Assembly that could have an impact on public schools and your child’s education. In an effort to be transparent and to keep you informed, we will post updates to the page throughout the legislative session and will include updates in our Parent Connection and Employee Connection newsletters. Use the resources on the page to get more information on issues, to track bill status or to contact state lawmakers who represent the Cherry Creek School District. 

CCSD Food and Nutrition Services Department Wins Accolades

The CCSD Food and Nutrition Department recently underwent an administrative review by the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition. The review, which is conducted every three years, encompassed visits to eight schools across the district and resulted in praise and commendations regarding everything from menu design to food procurement. That’s no small feat for a department that includes more than 60 full-service kitchens and that last year served about 3.2 million lunches and about 1 million breakfasts. 

Get Discounted Colorado Avalanche Tickets

Cheer on the Colorado Avalanche as they take on the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 13. Purchase tickets through the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation at http://avalanche.teamkse.com/CCSD_213/ using code AVSCHERRYCREEK2.

             
   

January 2020 

Calling All CCSD High School Students - CCSD Career & Job Fair

 All CCSD high school students are invited to the CCSD Career & Job Fair from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020, at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus. Explore different career pathways, meet with local businesses, participate in informative breakout sessions. Start building your future success now!

Donate Band and Orchestra Instruments

Do you have any band or orchestra instruments that are no longer being used? Would you like to put them to good use? Then donate them to the Cherry Creek Schools Instrumental Music Program! You can help student musicians pursue their passion for music and the district will provide you with a gift letter for tax purposes. Contact Paul Cribari, CCSD Instructional Coordinator of Performing Arts, pcribari@cherrycreekschools.org, if you have an instrument to donate.

Get Discounted Colorado Mammoth Tickets

Cheer on the Colorado Mammoth vs. the Buffalo Bandits at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 25th. Purchase tickets through the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation and a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the school of your choice. To purchase, visit https://mammoth.teamkse.com/ccsd1920/ and use code MAMCCSD.

             
   

December 2019 

Get Discounted Denver Nuggets Tickets

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 It's time for some holiday hoops! The Cherry Creek Schools Foundation has partnered with the Denver Nuggets who will provide discounted tickets to their game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, Dec. 18th! For every ticket purchased $5 will return to CCSD classrooms. Purchase your tickets at http://unbouncepages.com/creek1920/ using promo code NUGCHERRYCREEK. 

CCSD Choirs and Bands Share the Spirit of the Season

The Campus Select Choir and the Overland Trebelaires will be featured on Channel 7’s Harmony for the Holidays next month, while the Thunder Ridge Middle School Amabilia Choir and Sky Vista Middle School 8th Grade Band will be featured on Fox31’s holiday special! Air dates and times haven’t been announced yet but as soon as they are, the information will be shared on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page. Happy Holidays!

             
   

November 2019 

5th Annual STEAM-A-Palooza is Nov. 9

STEAM-A-Palooza provides hands-on learning experiences to students and their families. Join us at Grandview High School as we celebrate the 5th annual STEAM-A-Palooza on Sat., Nov. 9. Come see how Cherry Creek students have been empowered by innovation and learning. Visit the showcase of student projects, participate in interactive activities, explore career fields with our community sponsors, and enter free giveaways. Visit http://www.steamapaloozaccsd.com/ for more information.

 

Call for Nominations for Legacy Wall of Fame

The Cherry Creek School District is seeking nominations of exemplary individuals and groups who have left a lasting legacy in their dedication and commitment to excellence in the district for induction into the Legacy Stadium Educational Leadership Wall of Fame. Nomination deadline is Nov. 15. More information can be found on the CCSD website.

             
   

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.

             
   

 

             
   

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.