The October Parents' Council Meeting touched on the future direction of the district, even as it celebrated a recent milestone.
The agenda for the meeting held on Oct. 19 at the Student Achievement Resource Center in Centennial included an informal presentation from the current crop of candidates for the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education, as well as a wide-ranging discussion from the district's Performance Improvement Leadership Team regarding the state of assessments in Cherry Creek. What's more, the meeting included the formal presentation of $50,000 in proceeds from the 2015 Cherry Creek Fitness Festival to the CCSD Wellness Office from the members of the Community Asset Partners nonprofit.
The 15th Annual Cherry Creek Fitness Festival held on Sept. 12 on the Cherry Creek High School campus was an overwhelming success, with more than 3,500 attendees participating in a range of activities that included included a 5k run/walk, a 1k Family Fun Run and vendors from across the community. CCSD Wellness Coordinator Janise McNally was on hand to accept the check for $50,000 in proceeds, money that will go toward the CAP/CCSD Wellness Office Partnership. As in past years, the money will go directly back to schools in a variety of ways to support the vision of the CCSD Comprehensive Wellness Strategy.
Members of Parents' Council also had the opportunity to hear from candidates running in the upcoming election for the CCSD Board of Education. Three of the five District Director seats will appear on the ballot. Board President Jim O'Brien in Director District A is term limited as is Board Member Claudine McDonald in Director District B. They will step down from the board once the election results are certified by the state of Colorado. Incumbent Dave Willman in Director District C, is running for re-election unopposed; one candidate, Eric Parish, has filed to run in District A. Candidates in the race for District B spoke directly to Parents' Council members. David Aarestad and Janice McDonald spoke directly to the attendees, while former Board of Education President Jennifer Churchfield spoke on behalf of candidate Matt Batcho, who was absent. Candidate Vince Chowdhury did not appear. Learn more about each of them and their candidacies by visiting our candidate profiles page.
CCSD Wellness Coordinator Janise McNally was on hand to accept the check for $50,000 in proceeds, money that will go toward the CAP/CCSD Wellness Office Partnership. As in past years, the money will go directly back to schools in a variety of ways to support the vision of the CCSD Comprehensive Wellness Strategy.
Members of the CCSD Performance Improvement Leadership Team offered insights regarding the district's commitment to a comprehensive, balanced assessment system. Their presentation covered the underlying philosophy behind assessments in Cherry Creek, an approach that balances student-to-student, student-to-all-students and student-to-benchmark approaches. They also covered the differences between formative assessments, interim assessments and summative assessments, as well as qualitative data and quantitative data.
Members of the team also covered updates to state summative assessments, which are mandated by federal and state governments and includes the new Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Dr. Floyd Cobb, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, explained that new legislation has introduced changes to the dynamics of these tests, including limits on testing windows, reduced test times and the elimination of state assessments in 12th grade.