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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 .

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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Mammoth March Challenge

I bet the students that the couldn’t collect pledges for the Mammoth March from 50 states and countries.


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Recognition from Douglas County School District

Douglas County School District has invited Mrs. Whatley, myself, and C2E families to attend next Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.  At that time Challenge to Excellence will be recognized for the outstanding growth our Middle School students showed on last Spring’s Language Arts PARCC test.  All of our students did an excellent job, but 8th grade had one of the highest growths in the district!  We are honored to accept this recognition for our hard working students and teachers.

If you are interested in attending, please meet us at the Douglas County School District office at 620 Wilcox, Castle Rock.  The meeting is held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5th, in the Board room, located on the 3rd floor.

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Call to Action regarding the Hotel

Dear C2E families,

On June 5th, at 7 p.m., the Parker Town Council will be voting to approve the plans to build the hotel just north of the school.  I believe this will be our only opportunity to have our concerns heard regarding having a hotel built adjacent to the school.   We NEED as many families (including children) to be in attendance as possible.  If you have concerns you would like addressed you can sign up to speak.

If you are unable to attend, but want to have a say, please write a letter to the town council and send it to the address below, so that it arrives before June 5th.

The meeting will be held at Parker Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet, Parker, CO  80138.  I urge you to join us there.


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