Cottonwood Creek Cougar Chronicle

October 18, 2020

A Message from your Principal, Katie Johnson

I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful fall break. As we return to school tomorrow, I remind you to be thoughtful and help keep our staff, students and community safe. If you think you or someone in your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you have not been able to practice appropriate physical distancing during your travels, do not send your student to school and consider getting a COVID-19 test after you return. Also, if anyone in your household is awaiting test results for a COVID-19 test, or scheduling a COVID-19 test due to current symptoms or exposure, please keep any school-aged siblings home, and if parents are staff members, please remain home until the individual's test result is received. Thank you for your continued support in helping keep our staff, students and community safe and healthy.


Katie Johnson


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Cottonwood Creek Spirit Week

October 26-30 marks the start of the 2nd trimester! Let's celebrate the success from trimester one and have some fun!

Monday, October 26: Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday, October 27: Hat Day

Wednesday, October 28: Crazy Hair Day

Thursday, October 29: Jersey Day

Friday, October 30: Pajama Day

Character Dress Up Day

Our school leadership committee agreed it is more appropriate to do Character Dress Up Day when it is aligned to curriculum; it is not our intent to remove the tradition. Our school wants to align it more to our curriculum than to a holiday that not all celebrate, and we plan to consider it for Read Across America in March.

Fall Conferences

Conference week is November 1st-5th. This fall, all conferences will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams. On Friday, October 23rd, you will have access to sign up genius links for each classroom in the CCCC. Please watch for that communication to come Friday.

4A and 4B

I encourage you to take a moment to educate yourself on 4A and 4B by visiting prior to voting this fall.

4A at a Glance

Operational Expenses – $35 million

Due to continued drastic underfunding by the state of Colorado, CCSD is facing a shortfall of more than $60 million over the next two years. To ensure that every student succeeds, we must provide safe and supportive classrooms with excellent teachers, nurses on hand every day, mental health supports, and the technology tools necessary to learn. Revenue would be collected at a rate of $1.65 per $100,000 of home value, a small price for a huge investment.

4B at a Glance

Without imposing any new taxes, 4B allows for Cherry Creek School District No 5 debt to be increased by $150 million. This would allow for:

  • $7 million to build a mental health/day treatment center to support students.
  • $26 million for new and improved safety and security measures to include a new intercom system, push-button deadbolt locks for all classroom doors, secure double vestibules at elementary and middle schools, camera upgrades, and a new fire alarm system throughout the district.
  • $12 million to ensure all students have access to technology during periods of remote learning at a one device per student ratio and update core facilities such as Data Center, wireless network, web filtering, and firewall.
  • $9 million to provide funding for every high school to renovate space to create innovative environments that transform learning.
  • $5 million for Cherry Creek Innovation Campus Expansion, including expanding programming options and creating new pathways for in-demand careers and expanding nursing and mental health certification programs.
  • $88 million for major maintenance and a possible new elementary school in southeast Aurora. Repairs include asphalt/concrete, doors/hardware/keys, glazing, carpet/floors, mechanical/electrical/plumbing, fire protection, roofing, and utility/special infrastructure.
  • $3 million for a renovation of the cafeteria space at Village East Elementary School.

COVID-19 Symptom Checker

All students and staff members are expected to do their part to protect the health and well-being of our school communities by using the COVID Symptom Checker before they come to school each day. We are in this together, and I believe this is one expectation that we need to adhere to to help keep our staff, students and community safe.

To access the COVID Symptom Checker Tile:

  1. Log in to mycherrycreek and click on the COVID Symptom Checker tile
  2. Use the QR code to the right
  3. Or click on this link -

Upcoming Community Meeting

All are invited to join me on October 22nd at 8:30am via Microsoft Teams (link is below). During this meeting, I will provide an overview of our return to school and our school goals for the 2020-21 School Year. In addition, Karen Fisher, our CCSD School Board President, will be joining us. She will provide information related to 4A and 4B and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. We hope to "see" you there!

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 720-443-6769 United States, Denver (Toll)

Conference ID: 119 120 775#

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CCSD has updated our COVID Tracker Metrics for Safely Opening Schools!

The Cherry Creek School District will use six metrics (with data specific to Arapahoe County) to determine if it is safe to open schools and under what conditions we must shift from In-Person learning to Remote learning.

These metrics are based on science, facts and the best interests of our students and staff. They are NOT based on politics, perception, popularity or what other school districts are doing.

These metrics are:

  1. Arapahoe County COVID-19 Positivity Rate
  2. Arapahoe County 14-Day COVID-19 Incidence Rates per 100,000
  3. Araphoe County Daily COVID-19 case count
  4. Arapahoe County Daily COVID-19 Hospitalizations
  5. CCSD Staff Incident Rate
  6. CCSD Student Incident Rate

Please visit to see our current COVID tracker metrics.

District P.A.S.S Meeting

District P.A.S.S Meeting – Wednesday, October 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Twice yearly meeting combining District Accountability Committee and District PASS for an informative and enlightening discussion regarding district goals and student achievement data.

Please register in advance for this meeting:

Learn More about CCSD Parent Technology Resources

To log into Schoology as a CCSD parent, you must log in through using the same email address you used for Parent Forms. Then visit the CCSD Parent Technology Resources tile to learn more about Schoology, SeeSaw, Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom and so much more!
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Support in your Native Language

English:Please contact (name of liaison) at (email) for support with this resource in your language.

Amharic: እነዝህን መረጃዎችን በተመለከተ በቋንቋዎ ዕገዛን ለማግኘት ከፈለጉ እባክዎን ተሊሌን በዝህ እሜይል ያግኙዋት

Arabic:يرجى الاتصال بـ (جميعة صباحي أو جاودة العلمي) على ( أو للحصول على الدعم مع هذا المورد باللغة العربية.

Chinese: 如有需要,请经由,与韩馥联系,以您的语言获得此资源的支持。

Korean: 귀하의 언어로 이 자원에 대한 지원을 원하시면 (리아 리) 에게 ( 로 문의하십시오.

Russian: Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к Ларисе Бака по адресу: для получения поддержки с помощью этого ресурса на своём языке.

Somali: Fadlan la xiriir Omar Nur cinwaanka si aad u hesho macluumaad ku qoran luqadaada.

Spanish: Si necesita ayuda con este recurso en su idioma, póngase en contacto con Ilse Chavez Maldonado en, Rosa Han en, Helena Gognat en o Milagro Nuanes en

Vietnamese: Vui lòng liên hệ với Thuý Ngọc tại để được hỗ trợ về tài nguyên này bằng tiếng Việt.

Please note the changes in the 2020-21 school year calendar.

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