The Eagle Newsletter

July 5, 2021

Cherry Creek Academy

Vision: Building Our Future of Academic Excellence in a Value Rich Community


Cherry Creek Academy is a Core Knowledge charter school with motivated students and responsible parents working together with exemplary teachers to provide excellent education in an environment that upholds the high expectations and values of leadership, responsibility, respect, loyalty, integrity, humility, diligence and compassion.

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Announcing Our New Assistant Principal: Dakota Mahan

We are very excited to announce that after a thorough and robust search process for our next Assistant Principal, our hiring committee has extended an offer to our internal candidate, Dakota Mahan. Mr. Mahan has a Colorado principal’s certification and has been a CCA teacher for the last nine years in 4th, 5th and 6th grade. For the last four years, he has served in a leadership role as our Athletic Director. Prior to joining the CCA community Mr. Mahan was a science teacher in Santa Barbara, California and served as an Environmental and Outdoor Education Coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club in California. Dakota Mahan exemplifies our Eagle characteristics and knows our CCA community well. We anticipate that Mr. Mahan will step into the role Mr. Hargreaves previously held and will do so with familiarity and ease. We are very excited that Dakota is ready to hit the ground running in this leadership role. Attached please find Dakota Mahan's Resume. We will welcome Dakota to this new role during the Leadership Report at our July 6, 2021 Board meeting at 6:00 pm.

Welcome Kyra Tench to the 5/6 Team!

Kyra has been a part of our CCA community since 2015, and has served as our 4th grade teacher for the last 6 years. She will be moving to our 5th and 6th grade history position this school year. Her excellent skills in understanding our Core Knowledge curriculum while blending and aligning that to Colorado state standards gives our students a well balanced learning experience. Kyra knows the needs of children well. She is skilled at creating baseline assessments so that she knows what her students need. Kyra has a demonstrated ability to design instruction that will help children learn and grow in their individual skills. We are excited to have Kyra transition from the 4th grade classroom to our 5th / 6th grade team.

Welcome Jena Stucky to the 4th Grade Team!

Jena is an experienced classroom teacher. For the last six years she has been working in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade classrooms at Larkspur Elementary School. Prior to working at Larkspur Jena taught at the Denver Center for International Studies and in the Gunnison Watershed School District. Jena spent ten years in the Escambia School District prior to moving to Colorado. As a neighbor to CCA Jena is very familiar with our school community. Her breadth of knowledge and expertise will be a valuable addition to our team. Jena will be our 4th grade teacher replacing Kyra Tench who moved to 5th and 6th grade Social Studies.

Welcome Abby Crowley as the CCSD Special Education Teacher assigned to CCA!

Abby Crowley is a Cherry Creek School District employee who has been assigned to serve our CCA Special Education students. Abby will work full time at CCA supporting our students. Abby graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. Abby has spent her summers working at a children’s camp in her home town of New Canaan, Connecticut. Abby believes that all learning should be student centered and that all students should be celebrated for their individuality and uniqueness. Abby is skilled at creating a learning environment that is supportive of the needs that each child has. We are excited to welcome Abby to Colorado and to our CCA community.

Welcome Leia Paul as the New Lunchroom Supervisor

Leia was our kitchen manager last year and has worked for the CCSD Food and Nutrition team the last several years. Leia has four children spanning in age from a third grader to a freshman in highschool. Leia’s familiarity with our lunchroom program and our lunchroom process will be super helpful as she transitions to become a CCA lunchroom supervisor.

CCA Open Library Summer Hours

There will be no open Library this Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Open Library will resume on Thursday, July 15, 2021,

from 10 am-12 pm.

New Cherry Creek Academy Website

Be sure to check out the new Cherry Creek Academy Website at A new app will be released in August of 2021, more information to come!

Prepare for Next Year!

Here is the summer recommended and required reading list,

readiness packets, the school supplies list by grade,

and the calendar for the 2021-2022 school year:

Summer Reading List 2021-2022

Readiness Packets 2021-2022

School Supplies 2021-2022

Calendar School Year 2021-2022.

Summer Math Tutoring For Incoming 2021-2022 Students Grades 3-8

We are excited to offer summer math tutoring for incoming 2021-2022 students in grades 3-8, again this year. The tutoring sessions will be geared towards preparing students for the next academic year. These sessions will be coached by Mr. Andrew Loomis, Mrs. Priya Nair and/or Mr. Leins. Each session will take place over 3 days for 1 hour each day. You will only need to sign up for the first day. The fee for one session is $150 per student.

You can make checks payable to Mr. Loomis (if your student is working with Mr. Loomis or Mrs. Priya) or Mr. Leins (if he will be teaching your student) and drop them off at the Front Desk. Please mention the session number in the memo line.

Once we have confirmed your payment and registration you will receive a communication regarding meeting links and additional resources provided as part of your session!

For details about the Summer Math Tutoring at CCA and to Sign Up Please Click Here

Now Hiring

We are hiring for the following positions - if you are interested in applying please send your cover letter and resume to

Reading Aide/ Supervision

Recess/Lunchroom Supervisor

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CCSD Summer Learning - ECS Camps

CCSD offers Extended Services Summer camps that are high quality and full of fun! Keep your kids learning and growing this summer! There is still space available in some of CCSD's educational summer camps and classes for students of all ages.

Get more info and register here!

CCSD Summer Reading Resources

Looking for book recommendations? How about an audio book or ebook for that long road trip? Look no further! CCSD has done the work for you and has all your summer reading resources all together in one website.

Explore summer reading with CCSD here!

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Upcoming Events

For the latest schedule of events, please click here. More information on events is offered in the description section of each event on CCA's Master Google Calendar.

Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 6th, 6pm

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

New Family Meetings

Thursday, July 15th, 8am

This is an online event.

New Family Playdate

Wednesday, July 21st, 6pm

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

Kindergarten Assessments

Wednesday, July 28th, 8:15am

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

Kindergarten Assessments

Thursday, July 29th, 8:15am

6260 South Dayton Street

Englewood, CO

To Join a Meeting

  1. Please visit CCA's Master Calendar.
  2. Click on the meeting that you would like to attend.
  3. Click "More Details."
  4. Click "Join Hangouts Meet."
  5. Alternatively, you can join by phone by dialing the meeting number and entering the meeting pin.
  6. Please remember to use mute when you are not speaking. This is important and will reduce background noise and other complications.
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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Advancing Colorado’s health and protecting the places we live, learn, work and play

Dear parents/guardians of students in Colorado kindergarten – 12th grade schools for the 2021-22 school year:

We know you’re thinking of all the things you need to do to make sure your student is ready for school. Getting vaccinated is an important part of their school readiness and keeps children from catching and spreading diseases that can make them sick. We wish you and your student a healthy school year!

Required and recommended vaccines

  • Colorado law requires students who attend a public, private, or parochial kindergarten - 12th grade school to be vaccinated against many of the diseases vaccines can prevent, unless a certificate of exemption is filed. For more information, visit Your student must be vaccinated against:

o Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap)

o Hepatitis B (HepB)

o Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

o Polio (IPV)

o Varicella (chickenpox)

  • Colorado follows recommendations set by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Students entering kindergarten must receive their final doses of DTaP, IPV, MMR and varicella. Students entering 6th grade must receive one dose of Tdap vaccine, even if they are under 11 years of age. You can view recommended vaccine schedules at

  • Vaccines are recommended for hepatitis A, influenza, meningococcal disease and human papillomavirus, but are not required.

Exclusion from school

  • Your student may be excluded from school if your school does not have an up-to-date vaccine record, certificate of exemption, or in-process plan for your student on file.
  • If someone gets sick with a vaccine-preventable disease or there is an outbreak at your student’s school and your student has not received the vaccine for that disease, they may be excluded from school activities. That could mean lost learning time for them and lost work and wages for you. For example, if your student has not received a MMR vaccine, they may be excluded from school for 21 days after someone gets sick with measles.

Have questions?

  • You may want to talk to a healthcare provider licensed to give vaccines or your local public health agency about which vaccines your student needs or if you have questions. You can read about the safety and importance of vaccines at,, and

Paying for vaccinations

  • If you need help finding free or low-cost vaccines and providers who give them, go to, contact your local public health agency, or call the state health department’s Family Health Line at 1-303-692-2229 or 1-800-688-7777. You can find your local public health agency at

Vaccination records

  • Please take your student’s updated vaccine record to school every time they receive a vaccine.
  • Need to find your student’s vaccine record? It may be available from the Colorado Immunization Information System. Visit for more information.


  • If your student cannot get vaccines because of medical reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Medical Exemption to your school, signed by a health care provider licensed to give vaccines. You only need to submit this certificate once, unless your student’s information or school changes. You can get the form at
  • If you choose not to have your student vaccinated according to the current recommended schedule because of personal belief or religious reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to your school.

Nonmedical exemptions must be submitted annually at every new school year (July 1 through June 30th of the following year). There are two ways to file a nonmedical exemption.

○ File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR

○ File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.

Downloadable certificates and our online education module are available at

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Community Events and News

During the 2020-2021 school year PIN hosted all of its presentations virtually.

We hope to host in person presentations during the 2021-2022 school year if health guidelines permit. We will update our website with our 2021-2022 lineup by August 1.

Visit the Parent Information Network Website Here.

The Parent Connection: CCSD's Newsletter

The Parent Connection is sent to parents and community subscribers twice a month with information about student, school and district achievements, financial information, staff, events, board policy and more.

Subscribe to The Parent Connection here.

Please click here to read the latest Parent Connection newsletter from CCSD.

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Cherry Creek Academy

6260 South Dayton Street,

Englewood, CO 80111