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Kelley Coffman-Lee bides the time at home last week with kids Chloe, Ethan and Gabe during the TCAP tests. The three Coffman-Lee children have never taken the standardized test for Colorado’s public-school students. The Centennial mother and her husband say the tests are unfair and a poor gauge of student achievement.Photo by Peter Jones
Some parents keep kids home, but school officials defend the standardized test
By Peter Jones
The Coffman-Lees are spending quality family time – together, but alone – at home on a recent Wednesday morning.
Kelley, the mom, keeps an eye on the hordes while teenage Gabe reels through a paperback, 8-year-old Ethan surfs his tablet and 11-year-old Chloe plays on the floor with Jack White, her new guinea pig.
“I kind of like it because I don’t have to go to school and I get to sleep in and stuff,” Chloe says of this day off from Cherry Creek Schools.
The fifth-grader’s smile fades as she remembers her classmates taking state-mandated standardized tests back at Canyon Creek Elementary School.
“I still feel bad for the kids that have to do the test all day and miss all the writing and reading that’s good for their brains,” she says.
This is a TCAP testing day, which means a day off for the TCAP-boycotting Coffman-Lees, who give the controversial standardized test a resounding F.
“I don’t think it’s a good way to assess what a child is learning,” Kelley says emphatically. “Year after year, the minority kids are the ones scoring the lowest. All children should be treated equally, but not all children are equal in terms of how they learn. The TCAP doesn’t take into consideration the kid’s background.”
None of the Coffman-Lees have ever taken the TCAP or its predecessor the CSAP – and they never will, as far as Kelley is concerned.
“You need to rewrite the test or you need to get rid of it,” she says.
Gabe, a freshman who takes advanced classes at Cherokee Trail High School, cannot say that he minds missing his classes for a few days every year.
“I think its dull just sitting there filling out bubbles for four hours,” he says.
He will be back at school at 2 p.m. for track practice anyway.
The pointed reasons for this day off are not lost on third-grader Ethan, who recalls explaining to classmates why he does not take the TCAP test.
“I just say it’s an unfair test to black kids, poor kids and girls,” the child says matter-of-factly. “When I say that, the other kids just stare at me.”
TCAP or Transitional Colorado Assessment Program is the successor to the CSAP, the Colorado Student Assessment Program. By law, the standardized test covering mathematics, reading, writing and science is given annually during a period of three weeks to all public-school students in grades third through 10th.
“It’s a well designed test with a number of validity checks,” said Elliott Asp, the Cherry Creek district’s assistant superintendent for performance improvement. “It gives information about both performance and growth on the part of the students. It’s also helpful information for the teachers.”
Asp concedes the TCAP is not a true diagnostic test, but says the results are nonetheless a valuable tool to help improve education and troubleshoot problems.
“Teachers use them to design their instruction. They look for trends and patterns where they were successful in some areas and could improve in others,” he said.
Schools are rated by the averaged scores of their students. Low-scoring schools receive required assistance from the Colorado Department of Education. Schools with consistently unsatisfactory ratings can be converted into charter schools. School districts with regularly low-scoring schools can lose their accreditation.
TCAP is also connected to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which ties standardized test scores to qualifications for Title 1 and other federal education funding. The act signed by President George W. Bush required states to develop student-assessment tests in basic skills and set their own academic standards.
TCAP was instituted last year as a transitional test in response to new content standards approved by the Colorado Board of Education. A finalized version of the state’s standardized test is expected next year.
Small statewide jumps marked TCAP’s rollout in 2012. Although the results were largely flat overall, some districts, including Denver Public Schools, saw significant improvements. There were also slight statewide gains in reading and math, while other areas, such as writing, saw dips at some grade levels.
As for Cherry Creek, the district rose above the benchmark in the median-growth percentile, which charts student growth. Even so, fourth- and sixth-grade writing scores fell nearly seven points district-wide.
Although Cherry Creek has done some reevaluation as a result, Asp says the district finished remarkably well overall.
“We don’t have any low-performing schools,” he said.
An opt-out movement
In 2011, more than 1,420 students opted out of Colorado’s standardized tests, according to the Coalition for Better Education, an organization opposed to TCAP. A large group of TCAP-boycotting parents and students organized a school-walkout and demonstration last week at the state Capitol.
The Coffman-Lees are among the less than 2 percent of Cherry Creek students that regularly skip the tests each year, according to Asp.
For Kelley Coffman-Lee, the primary issue is fairness to minorities and students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
“I just don’t think a [fair] test should continuously show better results for white males than minorities,” the Centennial mother said. “They have these unreachable standards and then say, ‘OK inner-city Denver, let’s see what you can do.’”
Despite last year’s statewide gains among black and Hispanic students and improvements in some of Colorado’s turnaround districts, there was still a double-digit performance gap overall in comparison to the state’s white students.
For example, Cherry Creek saw “inadequate” growth among students with disabilities and those qualifying for free or reduced lunch in some categories at all grade levels. The district received the same designation for minority students at the middle and high school levels. At the same time, “adequate” growth was measured in other learning categories for those same “disadvantaged” students.
According to Asp, the varying results have nothing to do with bias.
“The test is reviewed for bias in a variety of ways,” he said. “Every item that goes on the test is reviewed by several different groups. Every item is looked at, discussed and argued about. The test is also subject to peer review.”
What’s more, Asp says accommodations are often made for Spanish-speaking students and those with special needs.
Still, the will to succeed among some schools – especially those on the bottom rungs of the economic and educational ladders – can be fierce.
Last year, a cheating scandal at Beach Court Elementary School was a focal point for TCAP critics. Two years of standardized tests at the struggling west Denver school of underprivileged students were invalidated and the principal was fired after the district discovered widespread test-falsification by school administrators. Test scores plummeted at the school last year in the wake of the scandal.
Coffman-Lee thinks TCAP has created an unhealthy competition among schools that seek state funding from out-of-district open enrollment.
“It’s pitting schools against each other to see who can get the highest score,” she said. “The more students you get to each school, the more you’re going to get for each student.”
Asp stresses that Cherry Creek does not encourage “teaching to the test,” nor does the district tie test results to teacher bonuses.
No test result left behind
Many education experts think officials have placed too much emphasis on testing in the wake of No Child Left Behind. Still, Kevin Welner, an education professor and director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, says there is nothing wrong with standardized tests per se.
“If we took the high-stakes consequences away and simply administered the tests to measure student learning, they would do a pretty good job of measuring student learning within the domains they’re focused on,” he said. “Before No Child Left Behind, a lot of schools were writing off a lot of students. You ended up with students whose schools were warehousing, instead of teaching.”
According to Welner, the problem is when school districts and governments put too much stock in the test results and use them to drive policy.
“We’re transforming the nature of what we expect schools to do,” he said. “Instead of setting up a mechanism with experienced skilled professional teachers, we’ve set up a mechanism that de-professionalizes the teacher and puts a lot of emphasis on an accountability system.”
While Welner is unsure of long-term alternatives, he says tests such as the TCAP should be one of a number variables considered when comprehensively evaluating a school’s or a teacher’s performance.
“We shouldn’t be looking for magic bullets,” he said. “We could reduce the amount of testing hugely, but testing, itself, I don’t see as problematic. We need to understand the limitations of an accountability system. We’ve taken assessments as a form of information and turned them into a battering ram.”
Coffman-Lee, for one, is unafraid of battling back – even when it means controversy in the classroom or elsewhere.
The vegan tofu lover made international headlines four years ago when the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles rejected her request for a personalized license plate reading “ILOVTOFU” because of perceived sexual connotations.
“I’ve been pushed to the fringe,” Coffman-Lee said of her more recent controversies with the school district. “I’m the parent who questions things. That’s what parents should be doing. In the end, parental rights trump school rights and state rights. I had to hang up on the school principal once.”
Asp encourages concerned parents like Coffman-Lee to call their elected officials, instead of school administrators.
“We’re going to abide by the law because we’re a public entity,” he said. “If you want to make a change in this, you’ll need to go to the legislature or the state education board and register your protests there.”
Eaglecrest High School teachers and students attending the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation luncheon left to right: Director of STEM Education Richard Charles, senior Ethan Pike, senior Emma Gardner, Principal Gwen Hansen, Asst. Principal Jim Roome, Athletic Director Shane Snyder and Sci-Tech Coordinator Steve Smith.
By Jan Wondra
Outstanding educators, parent volunteers and retiring Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools Mary Chelsey were honored at the March 15 Cherry Creek Schools Foundation luncheon, held at the DTC Hyatt Regency. A crowd of hundreds of business leaders, city government officials, educators and foundation volunteers came together for the 19th time to honor outstanding educators and volunteers. The day’s theme, “A Formula for the Future,” reiterates the foundation’s mission to fund programs that strengthen literacy and learning, while supporting teachers through professional development and classroom grants.
The day’s dynamic keynote speaker, Steve Spangler, is a former Cherry Creek School District science teacher who is known across the country as “The Science Guy.”
“Building a strong partnership with the business community has been critical to public education,” said Chelsey, acknowledging the luncheon’s key sponsors [1st Bank and EKS& H], Arrow Electronics and Great West Life. “Technology and professional equipping of our teachers are keys to the future. I believe that with the right resources and opportunities our kids do remarkable things.”
The foundation has raised and given more than $7 million to the students and staff of the Cherry Creek School District. It invests in the future of the teaching profession through the Monte C. Moses Future Educator Scholarship, a $5,000 award to a student pursuing a degree in education. The 2013 recipient, Christopher Madsen, will graduate from Cherokee Trail High School this May. He is already pursuing his passion for teaching in the Teacher Cadet program and plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado next fall.
Parent volunteers Bill and Karen Fisher received the 2013 Champions of Education award for their enormous contribution of time, energy and resources to the district since 1995. The parents of six children, their youngest now at Campus Middle School, the Fishers believe that parent involvement is key to school success. Karen currently serves on the Executive Board of the Community Asset Project and Parents’ Council.
Karen and Bill Fisher, who were honored as 2013 Champions of Education by the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, with son Michael, a junior at Cherry Creek High School, and daughter Abby, a seventh grader attending Campus Middle School. Photos by Jan Wondra
Eric Flor, honored as the 2013 Catherin Canny Educator of the Year, knows something about passion for teaching. He has served CCSD for the past 26 years as a teacher at Meadow Point Elementary, Summit and Peakview, before becoming assistant principal at Mission Viejo Elementary, then principal at Walnut Hills Elementary, before becoming executive director of Elementary Education. He retires as assistant superintendent of Educational Operations.
“What a lucky man I have been,” he said. “To have worked for CCSD has been the best decision of my life.”
Students Yoon Ji and Ka Man Ling Chen, both of Eaglecrest High School, received the 2013 AVID Giving Generation Scholarship. Chen is Chinese but was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She plans to attend the University of Colorado Denver to pursue nursing. Ji, who is originally from Korea, moved to the United States in 2003 when he first began to learn English. He’s passionate about mathematics and plans to be a doctor.
“It’s not enough just to be just enough,” Chesley said. “We want more for our students. With support such as the foundation provides, we can change the world one student at a time.”
Chesley laid out the basis for preparing students for the future, comparing the mix to the “peanut-butter-cup-ice cream” of public education.
“There has to be an effective teacher in every classroom. We have to teach teachers; this must be a value. It’s been said that we’re the only profession that has all its clients at the same time. Then someone reminded me that so do airline pilots,” she chucked. “So I’ve amended that to ‘teaching is the only profession that has all its clients at the same time without a steel door separating them from the clients.’”
The District has developed a great partnership with Great West that has funded the Great West Great Teachers program, which provides ongoing professional development. CCSD also has a unique corporate partnership with Arrow Electronics that supports technology initiatives for the district, retooling computers, data storage and software to assure that the district students have access to the latest technology.
Retiring Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Mary Chesley with daughter Kathryn Wells and grandson Austin Wells, who attends Coyote Hills Elementary.Photos by Jan Wondra
Steve Spangler, nationally-known keynote speaker (and former Cherry Creek Schools teacher) with incoming Cherry Creek School Superintendent Harry Bull.Photo courtesy of Meaghan Ross, senior at Cherry Creek High School
The Warriors Maria Haas (No. 30) rebounds the ball after a missed free throw by Fruita’s Michelle Starr-Hunter (No. 44)
Team plays Highlands Ranch March 14
By Tom Barry
On March 7, things were rocking at the Denver Coliseum as the Arapahoe High School girls took the court to play ThunderRidge in the Elite Eight.
“We played great defense and ThunderRidge only scored two points at the end of the first quarter,” said Jerry Knafelc, Arapahoe’s head coach.
ThunderRidge made a strong effort in the third period and the momentum carried into the start of the fourth period when Arapahoe turned up their defensive game.
“Kera Riley flipped a switch in the fourth period and hit two, three point shots and went six for six in free throws,” Knafelc said.
Arapahoe won the contest 54 to 45 and will now advance to the Final Four.
Arapahoe’s Maria Haas (No. 30) goes up between two Fruita players in the fourth period to score two.Photos by Tom Barry
Arapahoe annihilates Fruita
There were around 200 fans that watched the game with over half of them coming to see the Fruita team from the metro area, in a quasi-reunion of friends and family.
Fruita was strongly outpaced by the shooting of Arapahoe in the first period 22 to 2. The Warriors kept up the pace and the shot selection in the second period. In the third period, the Wildcats gave the contenders a run for their money, which was short lived as they only scored four points in the last period.
In the closing few minutes, the lady Warriors passed around the ball declining to take a shot, as they had already handily won the game. The final score was 78 to 32.
“I thought our kids rose to the occasion in the sweet 16 and played with great focus and tenacity, said Knafelc in an upbeat manner. “I just think that Fruita was not ready for the pace that we played. We played great team offense and defense that that is what we do to be successful.”
Arapahoe girls will play Highlands Ranch at the CU Events Center in Boulder on Thursday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m.
Creek’s head coach Chris Curneen called a timeout to help the Bruins readjust defending Horizon’s top scorer during the first period, as the starters are seated. Creek lost the playoff game and finished the season with 18 wins and 7 losses.
On March 5, the Cherry Creek High School girls were looking forward to hosting their Sweet 16 playoff game against Horizon High School from Thornton.
There was a lot of energy from both teams in the pregame warm-ups. The hometown Bruins loudly welcomed their girls during the introductions as the girls bumped one other after going through the throng of cheerleaders and poms.
In the first quarter, the Bruins could not buy a basket or any luck, as the Hawks dominated the boards and led by 12.
“Horizon came out and took it to us in the first period and once we got our forbearing, we out played them in the next three periods and could never get out of the hole,” said Creek’s head coach Chris Curneen. “If a team scores 40 points on us, that’s not good, it was definitely not in our game plan.”
Kaylie Rader, Horizon’s center, scored 15 points in the first period. After Creek made adjustments, the Wyoming-bound player scored only four additional points during the game – all from free throws.
Creek lost this playoff game after a comeback effort 59 to 51. The Bruins had a season record of 18 wins and 7 losses.
“This year’s team set the tone hopefully for the next few years,” said Curneen. “Unfortunately all but one team ends with a loss.”
Creek’s efforts will begin anew this spring with preparing for next year. The Bruins’ center Megan Rohrer will play hoops for South Dakota School of Mines next year.
Cherry Creek High School’s Megan Rohrer (No. 42) battles for a loose ball with Horizon’s Kaylie Rader (No. 33) in the first period of a Sweet 16 playoff game, March 5. After a rough start, the Bruins kept pace but lost the bout 59 to 51. Photos by Tom Barry
in other play …
Cherry Creek High School’s boys basketball team lost a nail biter in a playoff game to Cherokee Trail 61 to 59, March 6. The Bruins kept pace throughout the game garnering the highest point totals in three of the four quarters. In the second quarter they were outscored by 10 points and quickly bounced back. Cherry Creek, coached by Mike Brookhart, finished the season with a 14 and 12 record.
Heritage High School boys played the state’s top rated Denver East High School losing 87 to 60. East took off in the first period leading by 14 points. In the next two periods, Heritage kept the points relatively even until the fourth when they had a deficit of 12 points. The Eagles, coached by Jentry Byleveld, completed the season with a 12 and 13 record.
The Arapahoe High School boys’ hoopsters were once again on their way to the Big Dance last week.
On March 6, the Warriors embarked on a trip to Fort Collins to play Fossil Ridge. Arapahoe had just come of a major win the previous weekend against a higher seed Columbine team and felt good about their abilities and capabilities.
In a game that went back and forth like a pingpong match, both teams put on quite the show for the fans that had come together at the near new facility in Northern Colorado.
Fossil Ridge a great close game
Arapahoe led by four points at the end of the first period. Fossil Ridge bested their competitor by three points in the second. Throughout the second half the score was neck and neck.
“It was a great game and close throughout,” said Arapahoe’s head coach Dan Snyder. “We had a nine point lead with two minutes remaining and allowed Fossil Ridge to tie up.”
With moments to go in the game and the score tied, the Warriors Mitch Albyn was fouled. With the weight of the world on his shoulder for that brief moment in time, he sunk both shots from the free-throw line.
Arapahoe beat Fossil Ridge 53 to 51 in what ended up as one of the best games of the season.
“We upset another higher seeded team,” said Snyder.
Arapahoe meets Denver East
That victory propelled the Warriors to the Great Eight, also called the Elite Eight.
The Warriors’ players, always a contender with Snyder, and his assistants were slotted to play Denver East, the state’s top-ranked team that only lost two games all season, each to out-of-state teams.
Throughout the season, Rudy Carey’s Denver East team had never met a serious contender from Colorado. Most basketball aficionados familiar with the state tourney did not give Arapahoe a prayer to succeed against the proverbial powerhouse. East had won 15 straight games leading up to the game with Arapahoe.
“We were a huge underdog,” Snyder said.
Before the game the head coach reminded his team, “They are No. 1 for a reason – the pressure is on East and this is why they play the game. Anything can happen.”
The nearly packed Denver Coliseum was wild. The Warriors and the Angels were playing the second of four games, March 8.
“We played so well at halftime we were ahead by eight points,” said Snyder. “Our kids did great.”
East had never been in this type of a predicament since the season started playing Colorado teams.
In the second half, the Angel’s outscored the Warriors by seven and six points in the respective final periods.
“Arapahoe did not execute well and that was the difference in the game,” said Snyder. “We turned the ball over 14 times during the game, 10 of those times in the second half.”
The Warriors shot 9 of 19 free throws in the effort.
In a hard fought game, the Angels beat the Warriors by five points – 60 to 55. Carey, a longtime highly recognized Denver Public Schools coach, attained his 700th basketball victory.
“Our kids gave a great effort representing our team and our school well,” said. “The game came down to the last 10 seconds. We had way to many turnovers and East was the best talent in the state by a long shot.”
In the last five years, Arapahoe has been to the Elite Eight playoff games each year. They have been in the Final Four games twice in that period and once to the championship game.
Arapahoe’s Matt Glasscock will play basketball next season at Ft. Lewis in Durango. Thomas Trotman is narrowing his choices of where to play. Traven Sparks will play quarterback at Pomona next fall, an elite academic school.
Congratulations to the Cherry Creek School District’s super spellers! They will represent Cherry Creek Schools in the Colorado State Spelling Bee on March 16. Left to right in row one: Allison Xu, Tanzilla Purnota, Isalina Colsman, Ana Gijon Van Linden, Kendra Neumann, Andrew Ying, Grant Miller, Andrew Ker, and Shray Chauman. Left to right in row two: Riley Somo, Anna Ying, Ramshankar Balasubramaniyan, Megan Swierenga, Evan Damato, Daniel Schlatter, Valliappan Chidambaram and Superintendent Mary Chesley. Courtesy photo
Slantindicular, an adjective that means somewhat oblique, was just the word Shray Chauhan needed to win the 2013 Cherry Creek School District Spelling Bee, held Feb. 8 at the Student Achievement Resource Center. Chauhan is an eighth grader at Campus Middle School. Andrew Ker, a seventh grader from Laredo Middle School, took second place, while Grant Miller, a seventh grader from Falcon Creek Middle School, took third place.
Nearly 1,000 students took part in the spelling bee process, which began with school bees held at 47 elementary and middle schools earlier this year. The 203 top spellers then competed in the district bee, which began with a written spelling test, consisting of 50 words. For the third year in a row, the winner of the written test was Andrew Ying, who is now an eighth grader at Campus Middle School. The top 28 spellers then competed in an oral spelling bee.
The top 16 students will represent Cherry Creek Schools in the Colorado State Spelling Bee on March 16.
They are …
• Shray Chauhan –
Campus Middle School
• Andrew Ker –
Laredo Middle School
• Grant Miller –
Falcon Creek Middle School
• Andrew Ying –
Campus Middle School
• Kendra Neumann –
Campus Middle School
• Ana Gijon Van Linden –
Walnut Hills Elementary
• Isalina Colsman –
Cottonwood Creek Elementary
• Tanzilla Purnota –
• Allison Xu –
Cottonwood Creek Elementary
• Valliappan Chidambaram –
Sky Vista Middle School
• Daniel Schlatter –
West Middle School
• Evan Damato –
Cherry Creek Academy
• Megan Swierenga –
• Ramshankar Balasubramaniyan –
Falcon Creek Middle School
• Anna Ying –
• Riley Somo –
Laredo Middle School
The CCSD Spelling Bee is sponsored by the district’s Gifted and Talented Education department.
Superintendent Mary Chesley
“The Science Guy”Steve Spangler
‘The Science Guy’ and retiring Superintendent Chesley to speak
Submitted by CCSD
Steve Spangler will take a break from doing science experiments on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and appearing on 9News as “The Science Guy” to entertain guests at the 19th Annual Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon, March 15, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave. The theme of this year’s luncheon is “A Formula for the Future.” Individual tickets are $100 and may be purchased online at www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp. Enter event code CCSF31513.
In his roles as author, professional speaker, toy designer and Emmy-winning television personality, Spangler has perfected the art of making learning fun. Luncheon guests will learn The Art of Flying Potatoes: Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Learning Experiences. Spangler was a science teacher in the Cherry Creek School District from 1991-2003. In 2001, he joined Denver NBC affiliate, KUSA-TV 9News as their Science Education Contributor. Spangler was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest physics lesson in 2009 and was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame in 2010.
“We are honored to have Steve Spangler share his innovative learning techniques and interactive experiments with the Cherry Creek Schools community,” said Foundation Board Chairman Greg Berger.
Retiring Superintendent Mary Chesley will also be honored for her 24 years of service to the Cherry Creek School District.
Students from Greenwood Elementary will perform at the luncheon, which is presented by the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation and sponsored by FirstBank and EKS&H. The luncheon benefits the Cherry Creek School District and its 51,000 students.
Three of those students will receive special scholarships during the luncheon:
• Two students will receive the AVID Giving Generation Scholarship, which recognizes exceptional AVID students. AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program that prepares students, especially those in the academic middle, for college eligibility and success.
• One student will receive the Monte C. Moses Future Educator Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student who plans to study education in college and pursue a career in teaching. The scholarship is presented in honor of former Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Monte Moses, who was the 2005 National Superintendent of the Year.
During the luncheon, the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation will also honor district and community members for their support of excellence in education:
• Karen and Bill Fisher will be recognized as the Foundation’s 2013 Champions of Education Honorees for their long-time service and dedication to Cherry Creek Schools and public education. The Fishers have served in leadership roles at the school and district level. They have also been active committee members of the First American State Bank Fitness Festival and Karen currently serves on the Executive Board of the Community Asset Project and Parents’ Council.
• Eric Flor will be recognized as the 2013 Catherine Canny Award Honoree. Flor, currently Assistant Superintendent of Educational Operations, is a U.S. Navy veteran who has served the Cherry Creek School District in many capacities during the past 26 years. He joined the district in 1987 as a teacher at Meadow Point Elementary, then taught at Summit and Peakview elementary schools, before becoming the assistant principal at Mission Viejo Elementary, and principal at Walnut Hills Elementary. In 2000, Flor became executive director of Elementary Education, before taking his current position in 2008.
In the past 18 years, the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation has raised and distributed more than $7 million dollars to support programs that impact student achievement and benefit students and teachers throughout the Cherry Creek School District. For more information about the Foundation or the Foundation Luncheon, call 720-554-4409 or visit www.ccsd
Now through March 2 Cherry Creek High School and the Student Senate will be putting on its 4th annual Wish Week. Every year Creek raises money to be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Wish of a Lifetime foundations.
Half of the money that is raised is used to grant the wish of a suffering child. This year Creek will help grant the wish of 3-year-old Thalia. Thalia suffers from Optic Nerve Glioma. Thalia’s wish is to go to Disney World, and Creek is determined to make that dream come true. Thalia enjoys the color pink, eating lollipops and listening to the music of Justin Bieber. She also loves popcorn, swimming, eating Italian food and playing with her younger sister.
The other half of the money will be donated to the Wish of A Lifetime Foundation, an organization whose goal is to honor those of the older generation by granting their wish. This year, Creek will be raising money to grant LeAnn’s wish. Her wish is to fly in a hot air balloon. Creek’s goal is to make LeAnn’s dream a reality.
The events for the week included Putt-Putt throughout the school on Monday night; a Choir Concert on Tuesday night; a Playoff Basketball game with special guests on Wednesday night; and a Talent Show, on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. There will be an assembly, Friday, March 1, at 2 p.m. in the CCHS South Gym..
If you are interested in making a monetary donation or finding more about the week, please log-on to the Cherry Creek High School website at www.cchs.ccsd.k12.co.us or download the Cherry Creek High School cell phone application from the Apple or Android stores. For further questions, please contact the CCHS Activities Office at 720-554-2393. Thank you for helping the Cherry Creek family in granting life-changing wishes.
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