Cactus Trails Tribune

Every scholar, every day! July 2022

A Message from Leslie Thomas, Principal

Greetings Diamondback parents!

Welcome to all our new and returning families to CTE! My name is, Leslie Thomas, proud principal of Cactus Trails Elementary! We are happy to have all our little diamondbacks back on campus this year and can't wait to see everyone again. We had a very successful 2021-2022 school year and look forward to even better 2022-2023 year!

A little CTE history:

In 2019 we opened with the belief system that as educators we will build the collaborative culture of a Professional Learning Community. Through these learning communities, we will give our students the opportunity to master the necessary knowledge and skills, build positive character and scholarly habits, and encourage critical thinking and collaboration. We utilize the following in our daily practice:

· Balanced Literacy

· Guided Math

· Writer’s Workshop

· AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

· Differentiated Instruction

· Gifted and Talented

· Transitional Early Exit Bilingual

· Fundamental Five

· Rise and Shine

· Integrated Technology

· Response to Intervention

Extracurricular Activities offered:

· Volunteer Sports Program

· SWAT team (Broadcast / media)

· Cheerleading

· Breakfast Club

· Robotics


· Bluebonnet Reading Program

· Safety Patrols

· Destination Imagination

· Latino Family Literacy

· National Elementary Honor Society

Safe and Supportive Learning Environment:

· PBIS Framework (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)

· CHAMPS Mentoring Program

· Campus Security

· Security Cameras

· Hall Pass Security Check-In System

· WHO Program

· Communities In Schools

· School -Wide Guidance and Counseling Program

· Campus cross guards and monitors

· Emergency Operation Plan


· SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

We are excited to be opening our 4th year at CTE. We have a beautiful school with excellent scholars, staff and community. We look forward to bringing back many of our family nights and community partnerships this year. Should you have any questions please call the campus and we will do our best to assist you. Please make sure to check our campus web page frequently at as important information is posted there. All supply lists are currently posted. You can also follow me on Twitter to keep updated and informed. Let's have a CACTASTIC year! We will see everyone back on August 1st.

Cactus Hugs & Hisses,

Leslie Thomas

Proud D-Back Principal

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2022-2023 School Bell and Lunch Schedule

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CTE uniform policy

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First Day attendance Procedures

It is very important that your child attends school on the first day back, August 1st. If your child is not in attendance, they will be dropped from our enrollment. You will then need to reregister your child and will be placed dependent on space availability.

Drop off-pick up Parking Lot Map

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2022-2023 Theme: "Cactus Trails Always on Point"

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Cactus Trails Mission: Every Scholar, Every Day!

Cactus Trails Vision: As a professional learning community, we envision a school in which staff provides a positive learning environment by embracing CACTUS values:

· Collaboration

· Acknowledging

· Communicating

· Trusting

· Uplifting

· Supporting