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August 21 st , 2018
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Dear CCA Community, 

We are so thrilled to be given the opportunity to teach your children. It has been a wonderful start and we have an amazing year ahead of us!

We have both greatly enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm from parents and students alike and are so proud to serve as CCA’s interim leaders. It has been a blast having so much time with students, staff and parents.

As a quick reminder, classes officially begin at 8:03 every morning. It is important that students are in their classrooms and ready to learn when the bell rings. Please note that every 4 tardies accumulated by a student shall be treated as equal to 1 unexcused absence.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation with drop-off and pick-up. Please remember to show up at your designated time (not early) and no cell phones during this time. Please be mindful of our neighbors and always be safe .

Thank you for all you do to make our school such an awesome place!

Annemarie Mahan & Travis Hargreaves
Cherry Creek Academy has been ranked the
#1 Best Charter Elementary & Middle School
in the Denver Metro Area by Niche !

It is with great pride that we celebrate this amazing achievement with all of you. Thank you for making CCA so great! We are looking forward to another wonderful year.

Niche also awarded CCA #2 for both best elementary & middle school
in all of Colorado!
(Behind a magnet school with strict & exclusive admission requirements.)

Other AWESOME Rankings from Niche for Cherry Creek Academy:
  • Best Public Middle School Teachers in Denver: #1 of 204
  • Best Public Middle School Teachers in Colorado: #2 of 447
  • Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Denver: #2 of 515
  • Best Public Elementary School Teachers in Colorado: #3 of 1,000 , Inc., formerly known as College Prowler, is an American company headquartered in  Pittsburgh Pennsylvania , that runs a college and school  ranking  and  review site . The company was founded in 2002 as a  publisher  of print guidebooks on  US colleges . For the past several years,  Niche has also run a website with ranking information on  K-12 schools colleges cities , and  neighborhoods .
In this Edition
  • Upcoming Events
  • CCA Carnival
  • An Important Announcement from Wholesome Food Services
  • Helpful Links for the Beginning of the School Year
  • A Message from the CCA Board: Board Vacancy
  • Gifted & Talented Program Information
  • P.E. Uniforms Required (Grades 5 - 8)
  • CCA's Digital Bulletin Board
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Staff/Teacher Feature
  • PIN Presentation Schedule
  • Chess Club Information
  • CCA Choir Information
  • Computer Club
  • Crossword Club Information
  • Girl Scout Troop 3404: Looking for girls in 4th & 5th grade
  • Golf Club Information
  • Mathlete Information
  • Music & Tech Club Information
  • Peer Helper Information
  • Current Job Openings at CCA
  • Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
  • August 24:
CCA Carnival
  • August 28:
Hearing & Vision Screening
  • August 29:
School Year Photo
  • August 30 - September 13:
CCA Gift Wrap Fundraiser
  • September 3:
Labor Day: NO SCHOOL
  • September 5:
Schoolhouse Talk
  • September 6:
Finance Committee Meeting
  • September 11:
Board Meeting
  • September 13:
Governance Meeting
  • September 14:
Constitution Day Assembly
  • September 19:
CCA Tour
  • September 21:
Pastries with Parents
PTO Meeting
CCA Carnival: Friday, August 24 th
Come celebrate a great start of a school year!

Friday, August 24th: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed!
We need your help to make this a fun event four our kids. This event requires about 80 volunteers in order to pull it off. Click here to sign up!
An Important Announcement from
Wholesome Food Services
  • Lunch: 15 minutes in the cafeteria eating their lunches
  • Flex: 10 minutes where students can choose to remain in the cafeteria and finish their lunches or go out to recess
  • Recess: 15 minutes on the playground for recess
If you wish to require your student(s) to dedicate the 10 minute flex time to continuing to eat their lunches, please click here  to print the necessary form. Please return the completed form to the front desk or click here   to email it. Printed copies of this form are also available at the front desk.
Please take a few moments and make sure all of your student's information is correct, including updated grades. Grades are not updated automatically! Providing these important updates will ensure that your student receives their lunch on time.

Students  DO NOT  have access to a microwave;
however, we do have hot water for the students who bring their own “Cup Noodles.”

Login   to see the complete line up of menu items available each day.

Order lunch at   .

You can order up to 60 days in advance and right up until 1:00 p.m. the day before delivery. Late cancellations can be made until 8:oo a.m. the day of delivery.

Please contact us with any questions or for ordering help at
1-800- 872-0226
Helpful Links for the Beginning of the Year
Board Vacancy: We Need You!
The CCA Board had a member leave over the summer and WE NEED YOU! Vacancies happen from time-to-time on the board and this summer we had a member leave. A vacancy is different than an open election. Since our board members serve three-year terms, a vacancy is tied to a specific board member’s position and therefore the vacancy would be for the remainder of that term. An open election, that we just did in May 2018, happens at the end of the three-year term. The current vacancy the board has is the last year of a term. As stated by our school by-laws, a Vacancy Committee was appointed at the August 14, 2018 meeting to govern the process to fill this vacancy.

The Vacancy Committee is soliciting nominations for the vacancy. If you are interested, please click here to download the Nomination Form

Click here to submit your completed Nomination Form.

You are also welcome to click here to submit questions to the Vacancy Committee, as well as reach out to any existing board member to ask more about the role of a board member. There is also a Board Frequency Asked Questions document for your reference.

The overall Vacancy process will be conducted as follows:
  • Call for nominations start August 21, 2018
  • Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Vacancy Committee Review Process (after September 4th deadline)
  • Committee will review all nominations
  • Committee, if needed, will interview qualified nominees
  • Committee will decide on top candidate to put forth to the CCA Board
  • CCA Board will vote on top candidate at soonest possible board meeting (targeting September 11th but process could take until October)
Note: this timeline can be extended or the steps altered by the Vacancy Committee, if needed, but changes will be communicated via the Eagle if they are needed.

Click here to review the CCA Board pages on the CCA website for more information about the Board. To determine qualified nominees, the Vacancy Committee will consider the following:
  • Nominee meets most or all of the candidate eligibility requirements used in an open election.
  • Nominee can serve the remainder of the open term (1 year in this case)
  • Nominee fills any specified professional skills gaps the Board may currently have
  • Nominee is capable and willing to uphold the mission of CCA and abide by the laws, policies, and guidelines required of a board member.

Thank you in advance for considering serving CCA in this way,
Vacancy Committee:
Vaidee Mahadevan – Board Representative
Andrea Evashevski – Board Representative
Olga Voytashevskaya – School Accountability Committee (SAC) Representative
Natallia Prokin – PTO Representative
Annemarie Mahan – CCA Administrative Team Representative
Fly Like an Eagle Committee: Seeking Students
Would you like to contribute a ‘Word of Wisdom’ to our Morning Announcements?  Do you have something positive to share? Do you have a favorite quote yourself?  Is there a Coach, Mentor, Tutor, who always says something that inspires you? Then, Mr. Loomis would love to hear from you!!!

This year’s Fly Like an Eagle Committee, under the direction of Mr. Loomis, would like to invite our students to contribute to our Morning Announcements.  As you already know Mr. Loomis shares a quote each morning focusing on one of our Eagle Traits. This year, Mr. Loomis would love to hear what our students who like to share to their CCA community during Morning Announcements.  Fill out this form and submit it to your teacher by Friday, September 7 th . Then listen each morning as Mr. Loomis reads from our submissions. It could be YOU who will inspire CCA for the day.

~The Fly Like an Eagle Committee
Information about CCA's
Gifted & Talented Program
CCA Protocol: P.E. Uniforms
Students in grades 5 - 8 are required to wear uniforms purchased from Dennis Uniforms during p.e. classes. For more information or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Rutz.
CCA's Digital Bulletin Board:
2018-2019 Carpool Information & More
CCA's digital bulletin board offers another communication platform for our wonderful community. There you will find carpool requests, exciting local events (outside of CCA or CCSD) and more. If you would like an item to appear on CCA’s digital bulletin board , please click HERE to send an email. 
  • The Yearbook Committee is looking for volunteers to take pictures for the yearbook, if you are interested, please sign up here.
Teacher Feature
Hannah Polston
Hello Cherry Creek Academy! My name is Hannah Polston. This is my first year at CCA and I am so excited to join this amazing community. I recently completed my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Education at the University of Denver and am looking forward to implementing all that I have learned in my classroom!

I am originally from San Diego, California, though I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 8 years when I was a kid. I moved to Denver to attend DU for my undergraduate degrees.

I love exploring Colorado and spending time outside. I also enjoy traveling, reading, crafting, and learning new languages. I am so excited to get to know this community better and am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead!
Hillary Shepperd
My name is Hillary Shepperd (Harding). I will be getting married on September 8 th  of this year! 

I went through a 2-year teaching program with Douglas County School District and now that I have my teaching license I am here at CCA to be a technology teacher! . 

I worked at CCA for about 2 years in the past as the technology specialist. I also was a substitute and girls basketball coach.  Before I was working at CCA I lived and taught English in South Korea. It was an amazing experience.

I am so happy to be back at CCA as a full-time technology teacher! I will be teaching K-4th graders and 7th/8th technology elective. Ready for an amazing year.  
Choir will be starting up soon.
Do you like to sing?

  • The Eagle Singers (grades 2-4)
rehearses every Wednesday after school until 4:15.

  • The Eagle Choir (grades 5-8)
rehearses every Monday until 4:30.

We perform at school assemblies and the
Winter and Spring music festivals.

Arrangements will be made so students can do volleyball or soccer AND choir.

If you are interested see Mrs. Fitt in the gym in the morning to receive a packet with all the information you will need.
Girl Scout Troop 3404

Looking for girls in 4th and 5th grades to join our troop.

Troop 3404 will have its first meeting at CCA on Monday Sept 10th after school in Mrs. Labozan's room.

If your 4th or 5th grade daughter is interested, please join us to check ot out.

Please contact Rebecca Rook at 303.596.6244 for more details.
Employment Opportunities at CCA
CCA is looking for a lunchroom aide. If interested, please contact  Nicole Nistal at

CCA is looking to bolster our list of elementary and middle school substitutes. If you are interested in being added to this list, please contact  Dave Loomis at