News from the Creek

Hippo Nation...Better Together! March 2020

A Note from your CCE Principal

Dear CCES Families--

Time is flying by this school year! As we begin the month of March, there are lots of things happening at the Creek! This month, our English Language Learners in grades K-1st will be taking the TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) test which measures students attainment of English in the areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Our Dual Language campus continues to grow and next year we are excited about adding 2nd Grade Dual Language to our campus! We are proud of all of our students in our Dual Language Classrooms for working to enrich their love and learning of language in English and Spanish!

The Dual Language Enrichment model was implemented in Hutto ISD as the Bilingual program. The goal of bilingual education under this model is designed to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and grade-level academic success. Students maintain their language and have the opportunity to learn another language while developing pride in their own culture and appreciation and understanding for other cultures. The model places great emphasis on setting high expectations for all students regardless of language background. Want to know more about DALE (Dual, Accelerated Language Enrichment Program)? Check out the district website linked here and follow the HISD Dual Language Facebook Page.

This first week of March, we also kick off Dr. Seuss Week. Please see the link below for the information that was shared in February with all parents by our librarians. We begin Dr. Seuss Week on March 2nd and are excited to see how much we can learn with Dr. Seuss stories and activities this week!

Students will be taking a progress measure in Reading and Math this month using a program called RenSTAR. The screener allows teachers to plan with current student data needs in mind and allows for progress monitoring to track student growth compared to the beginning of the school year and middle of the school year. Our students in grades 3-5 will also take interim assessments as an additional measure of student learning. Teachers are skilled in using these types of student data to drive their instruction and provide just in time support and intervention for students. Parents are welcomed to ask questions about the screeners and the progress their child is making any time. Reach out to your child's teacher at any time, we are here to support you and answer your questions.

As you plan for family time during Spring Break, we here at The Creek want to wish you and your family a safe and healthy time together!

Cottonwood Creek Elementary has the BEST Staff, Students, and Families! We truly are "Better Together"! Our students are "Legendary" at Cottonwood Creek Elementary!

With Hippo Nation in Mind,

Linda Pachicano

Principal, Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Notes and Reminders from....

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What's Happening at the Creek...

March: TELPAS Testing Begins

March: RenSTAR Screeners K-5th (Reading & Math)

March: Interim Assessments 3rd-5th (Reading, Math, Science, Writing)

3/5- DALE Application Opens Online March 5th-May 3rd

3/7- Vex Robotics State Tournament (2 Teams from CCE Attending, see Robotics Coaches for details)

Explore UT Day (Free to all to visit)

3/12- Texas Heritage Day at the Creek (Be on the lookout for more Info this week)

PTA Bush's Chicken Spirit Night, Thank you for supporting and mentioning CCE when you order!

Attendance 101 Truancy Meeting @ 5:00 PM/CCE Front Office

Open Gym Night at the Creek @ 6:30 PM, Come on out and Join Us!

3/16 - 3/20 SPRING BREAK (Student & Staff Holiday/No School)

3/25- DL Author Visit Date for Library: Joe Hayes visits CCE

3/26- Hutto ISD School Board Meeting 6 PM- 10 PM

3/30- Day of Awesomeness, Celebrating our Fundraising Efforts! Begins at 12 PM - 3 PM.

4/1- HippoWay Awards Assembly 3rd 9 Weeks

PK- 2nd Grades 8:00 AM- 9:30 AM; 3rd- 5th Grades 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Every Friday students are encouraged to show their Campus Spirit along with Staff! Wear your favorite Hutto or Cottonwood Creek T-Shirt! If you are interested in purchasing a campus shirt, please check out the PTA Store Here. Thanks!

Linda Pachicano, Principal

If you are looking for an opportunity to visit local universities to begin (or continue) discussions with your child about post-secondary education, check out this opportunity to visit my alma mater, UT Austin. This happens the first week of March each year! If you visit, take a selfie and tag our campus at @CottonwoodCreekElementary on Facebook. Hook 'em!


Mark your calendar for Explore UT 2020!

Saturday, March 7, 2020
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
FREE. No registration required (except buses).
Everyone is welcome.

We look forward to hosting all students for a day of academic adventure!

For questions, contact

Gregory Althoff, Assistant Principal

We now have speed bumps and a crossing walk rail to promote further safety in our front parking lot. Some things to note:

1. Remember that all vehicles must be displaying car tags in order to pick up a student.

2. Safety is our priority, please DO NOT get our of your vehicle if you are in the car line. Let's keep the traffic flowing.

3. Cell Phones are a distraction when driving~ We have had 2 minor accidents due to parents being on the phone while dropping off or picking up their children. Help us stay safe & focus on the drive instead.

4. Daycare vans arrive late sometimes, please share with your daycare vans/services that dismissal time is 3:00 PM. Dismissal time for vans is before 3:15 PM, this allows staff to continue with their after-school duties/responsibilities/meetings.

5. Drive Safe - Please drive slowly when leaving the school pick up lane. Let's not race, let's be safe.

6. Please use our crosswalk, it ensures safety for all.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. I am here to support our processes at the campus! Thank you!

Valerie Kozak, Counselor

Mentor Program-

Would your child benefit from having an adult mentor or are you interested in becoming a mentor to one of our students? Please email me for additional information at

Recently Divorced? Separated? Moved to a New Home/State?

Sometimes changes like these can cause a bit of uncertainty, mixed emotions, and/or insecurity in a child. If you have recently gone through something like this and you feel that it may have had a difficult impact on your student and would like to see what supports you can tap into for yourself, family, or student, please reach out and ask me. I am here to support you!

Lost an Item? Come to our "Lost at the Creek" area located in the cafeteria. Our amazing PTA has organized all student items in a friendly way to help families locate their missing things. Thank you!

Campus Mission, Vision, and Staff Belief Statements

CCE Mission:

Fostering Growth, Strengthening Relationships, Inspiring Excellence

CCE Vision:

Cottonwood Creek aspires to be a safe, positive, and innovative learning environment in which each unique individual is accepted, respected, encouraged, challenged and supported.

Cottonwood Creek Elementary Staff Core Belief Statements

  • We believe in creating a diverse school and classroom environment where emotional and physical safety and security is a top priority for all students and staff.

  • We believe that taking into consideration that every students’ educational needs are important, every decision should be made in the best interest of all students and their individual success.

  • We believe parents/guardians and community involvement are vital to the success of our students.

  • We believe character and social/emotional well-being is as important as academic achievement.

  • We believe communication is a two-way process for the school-home learning connection as well as for delivery of information.

  • We believe in enriching academics and the social-emotional environment by providing various innovative learning opportunities to prepare students for their individual pathways towards success.

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