News from the Creek

Hippo Nation...Better Together! Sept 2019

A Note from your CCE Principal

Dear CCES Families--

The first few weeks of school have been exciting here at The Creek! Our students have been learning about campus-wide expectations such as hallway expectations, cafeteria expectations, etc. We teach these expectations using "The Hippo Way". The Hippo Way asks everyone to remember to "Be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe!" We ask our staff and students to model those traits at all times with "Give it, Own it, and Live it". Partner with all of Hutto ISD and ask your students to do the same at home, community events, etc. The Hippo Way is an excellent way for everyone to remember and bring out the best in each of us!

Along those same lines, Safety is a Priority at Cottonwood Creek Elementary. We ask all parents and students to use our crosswalks located at the Front (North) of the building and the Side (West) towards our community subdivisions. Modeling safety by using our cross-walks will set a great example for all of our students and keep everyone safe.

Parents who pick students up via car, please remember to display your car tag on your windshield. Parents, if you need another car tag, please park and come into the school office where our office staff can issue another car tag with your ID. Remember that safety is a priority.

Thank you, CCE Families, for working with the transportation department to ensure that you have the correct busing information and bus stops. Please remember to call in any transportation changes to our front office before 2 PM. This allows our office staff and teachers to have timely information for our student's dismissal.

As we start the month of September, we are looking forward to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! We will share more information about other events at the campus in this newsletter. Keep reading :)

Cottonwood Creek Elementary has the BEST Staff, Students, and Families! We truly are "Better Together"! Our students will have a wonderful experience at Cottonwood Creek Elementary!

With Hippo Nation in Mind,

Linda Pachicano

Principal, Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Notes and Reminders from....

Linda Pachicano, Principal

Linda Pachicano, Principal

CCES Families,

We have appreciated meeting and seeing lots of returning and new faces to The Creek! I have already seen a big change in our students as they grow to understand our campus processes and systems! Students are getting to know their teachers and teachers are getting to know our students! I am slowly learning a few more names each day!

If you have not yet had time to join our PTA, please reach out to them at We welcome all parents and community members who would like to partner with our campus to support teachers and students!

Gregory Althoff, Assistant Principal

Gregory Althoff, Assistant Principal

CCES Families and Staff~ Thank you for your support with dismissal these last couple of weeks. I want you to know how much we appreciate your feedback! Our systems will only improve if we communicate and work together. Feedback is essential to improve the process. We welcome your communication!

Valerie Kozak, Counselor

Valerie Kozak, Counselor

September classroom guidance will focus on understanding the role of the school counselor, getting to know each other, and positive behavior and good choices at school.

We have a special month of school-wide activities supporting our vision where "...each unique individual is accepted, respected,encouraged, challenged, and supported.", and our campus theme "Around the World".

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What's Happening at the Creek...

September is Hispanic Heritage Month- This month our campus will highlight via video announcements to students, featured book authors, hallway displays, that celebrate this culture's influence in our world.

  • September 2nd- Labor Day Holiday (No School- Staff & Students)

  • September 3rd- Boy Scouts Meeting @ 7 PM

  • September 5th- Picture Day

  • September 9th-13th- Grandparent's Week Lunch/Welcome Grandparents! Grandparents are invited to join their CCES grandchildren any day this week. There will be additional seating on the stage and in the Science Lab. Grandparents may purchase a tray from the cafeteria or bring a lunch from an outside restaurant. An RSVP will be available soon!

  • September 12th- CCES Open Gym Night 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM

  • September 16th- CCES Dot Day (See counselor's section link for more Info)

  • September 19th- CCES Open House/Booth Fair/Title 1 Info (More PTA Information here)

  • September 20th- National Day of Peace (See counselor's section link for more info)

  • September 23rd- 27th: College Week at CCE (See counselor's section link for more info)

  • September 25th- School Board Meeting @ 6:00 PM/ District Board Room
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Cottonwood Creek Elementary has Spirit! Yes, we do!

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!

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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