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Challenge to Excellence Principal’s Blog.

Great News!

I am proud to announce that Challenge to Excellence is a 2017 John Irwin Award Recipient.  The John Irwin Award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. On the three-year school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools “exceed” expectations on academic achievement.  This is our 2nd year in a row to receive this award.

Congratulations to our students who worked so hard to show all that they have learned, to our teachers for diligently ensuring that all of our students are learning, and to our parents for the daily commitment they make to help our students succeed in school!

We are one of only 11 Douglas County to receive this academic award.  Click here for more information on this award and/or to see the schools that received the 2017 John Irwin Award.

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Giving Tree

Our amazing families and staff at C2E have contributed to our Giving Tree and we are so excited to give these gifts away today to the following agencies: The Shilo House, Meghan’s Wish, Serenity Group Home, Guadalupe Project, and Urban Peaks.  The requests just kept coming for our tree, but everyone stepped up and we fulfilled a very long list of holiday wishes for over 60 area youth in need.

Thank you so much for continuing to support our students learning to take care of their community!  Thank you for your generosity.

We hope you all have a very relaxing, family filled winter break!

 

 

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Important Information regarding Dress Code

Parents,

We are having many issues with students not being in uniform.  Please take time to review the dress code and make sure that your student is coming to school each day in uniform.  Students will be calling home for uniform clothing if they arrive at school out of dress code.

A couple of dress code errors that we see regularly are students in shoes and leggings that do not comply with the dress code.

Per the handbook shoes must be free of designs/decorations (i.e. cartoon characters, glitter, stripes) and must be non ­neon in color. ANY NEON COLORED shoes are expressly forbidden.​

Leggings are not ​an appropriate substitute for tights unless ​the ankle is covered by socks and no skin is showing on the legs.  Leggings must be white, navy, opaque or skin color.

Additionally, girls only may wear one set of post earrings. Dangle earrings are not allowed.

Winter must come at some time so remember that snow boots, hiking boots and rain boots such as galoshes are permitted during extreme weather, but are not ​allowed in the classrooms. Each student must bring acceptable shoes to be worn in class and during school activities.  REMEMBER, students go outside each day if the temperature is above 20 degrees.  Please send your student with outerwear that will keep them warm when they are out in cold temperatures.

Click here to read the complete dress code.

 

 

 

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Veteran’s Day Assembly

Occasionally I have people ask me what is the best part of being a Principal.  Today I am reminded how often I get to go home at the end of the day so very proud of our students.  Today is no exception.  This morning, our middle school students hosted a breakfast feast for family members who have served or are currently serving in our military.  Following the breakfast the entire school participated in a Veteran’s Day Assembly.  I am so proud of our students serving and celebrating the people who have defended this great country we have the fortune to live in.

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.”  Charles B. Rangel

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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2018 Apple Award Nominations

The window to nominate our teachers and staff to receive an Apple Award this spring opened this morning and remains open through December 22, 2017.    If you have a teacher or C2E staff member you believe deserves to be recognized, please take a minutes to nominate them.   You can do so at foundationdcs.org .

The Apple Awards is the Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) premier awards ceremony, providing an opportunity to recognize and celebrate excellent teachers and the outstanding contribution of Douglas County School District (including Challenge to Excellence) staff.

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Middle School Visits with Jack Adler, Holocaust Survivor

This morning our middle school students had the privilege of hearing from Jack Adler, a holocaust survivor.  Mr. Adler shared his experiences and how he survived the ghetto and concentration camps during World War II.   We believe this was an unique opportunity that future generations will not have available to them.    Our students listened intently and asked lots of important questions.  If you are a parent of a middle school student, please talk to them about all that they learned today.

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