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Principal's Message

Mr. Eric Paugh

CME Families,


This year March has surprised us by coming in more like a lamb than a lion. These warm days are giving all of us a little taste of spring fever. It is a good thing that Spring Break is coming soon, but before break we have many things to celebrate and a few tasks to complete.


Denim and Diamonds

Be sure to mark you calendars for District 12’s Tradition of Excellence Auction on April the 13th at the Broadmoor. This fun filled event supports all the schools in our district. For more details on this exciting evening please see page 8 of this newsletter. Hope to see many of you on the 13th!


CMAS Assessments

Starting the week of March the 19th, we begin our state assessments (CMAS).  For complete scheduling details and test taking strategies, please see Ms. Cipiti’s article on page 6. We greatly appreciate your assistance in ensuring that your child is at school on time and that they are not picked up early on testing days.  We also ask that you try not to schedule appointments and vacations during the testing sessions.  We have no doubt that our Eagles will truly “soar” to new heights of achievement, thanks to your endless encouragement and support and the unwavering dedication of our outstanding teachers


DAAC Survey

Parents, just a reminder that you still have time to complete our annual DAAC survey (Open till March 24th). We greatly appreciate and value your feedback, insights and suggestions. If you have not received an email with the survey link, please contact the front office and we will be happy to assist you.


Reunification Drill

Next Friday, March the 9th, we will be practicing a Reunification Drill from 2:00-2:50pm.  Reunification refers to the process we will use to effectively reunite students with their parents, in the event we would have to evacuate our school due to a gas leak, fire, etc. A much more detailed explanation of this process can be found on page 5. Please take a few moments to review this document as it explains what to expect should we ever have to utilize our reunification process. You can also view a video that shows an example of a reunification plan in action, helps you understand your role in the process and so much more by clicking on this link

As with all our safety drills, we know we are best prepared when we practice. Our students have all been informed about this drill by our counselor Ms. Scott and their classroom teacher. They know what to expect and some are actually excited to hang out in the gym and be entertained while we practice. While we want them to take the drill seriously, we also want to alleviate any anxiety by adding a little fun to the process.  In order to make the drill more authentic, we have solicited parent volunteers to help us practice this drill for next Friday the 9th. These parent volunteers will come to CME between 2:00-2:50 pm to be “reunified” with their child(ren).  If you would also like to assist us with this drill, please bring a valid ID and a little patience and we will be happy to include you in the process. Also, keep in mind if you want to pick up your child quickly on Friday for an appointment, we suggest coming before 2:00 pm or waiting until after 2:50 pm.  If you have any questions about this drill, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you in advance for assisting us in practicing our Reunification Process.


Parking Lot Reminders

From time to time throughout the school year it is important to take time to review a few of our parking lot procedures in order to ensure a successful and safe arrival and dismissal for all our students and parents.


  • A car’s speed in the parking lot is not to exceed 5mph. We constantly have students and parents entering and exiting cars throughout the parking lot and we want to ensure that everyone reaches their desired location safely.


  • Also please remember to wait in your A-L or M-Z lane for traffic to move forward and do not pull ahead and “cut off” traffic to enhance your place in line. This is an unsafe practice and puts our students, parents and staff at undue risk.


  • Parents, it is important that we set the example for our children by using the crosswalks at all times during arrival and dismissal times. Drivers are in the habit of stopping at our crosswalks and will not be watching for pedestrians crossing in other areas of our parking lot. So, please, for the safety of all our students and parents, remember to use the crosswalk at all times. Also, please remind your child to use the crosswalks on Farthing. We have had many reports of students crossing Farthing in various dangerous locations with limited visibility. Thanks for your assistance in making sure all our Eagles arrive to and from school safely.  


  • Also, very few conversations or texts could not be put on hold for 5-10 minutes in order for you to be fully focused while in our school parking lot. Please, for the safety of all our students, staff and parents, do not talk or text on your cell phone while dropping off or picking up your child.  Remember our children are always much more valuable than a phone call!

I realize hearing these rules again and again year after year can become mundane and leave you asking, “ Is it necessary to review these procedures time and time again?”  Yet with the influx of new families to CME every year and with the busyness of all our schedules, we never want to take the safety of our students for granted during critical times of our school day.  We also want to say, “Thank you!” to the majority of our parents who daily follow these procedures and assist us to ensure that student drop off and dismissal runs effectively and safely for all our students.


Wishing Nothing but the Very Best:

After 12 outstanding years of service to the CME family our big-hearted, kid-centered, Broncos’ #1 fan, Mr. Joe Gallegos is starting a new life chapter as he says “Goodbye” to CME and “Hello” to the golden years of retirement. Even though it is hard to imagine CME without Mr. Joe, his warm smiles, great high fives and words of humor and kindness will live on in our hearts and hallways for many, many years to come. Mr. Joe, we wish you nothing but the very best! Please promise to come back and visit, especially during football season, and never forgot how much your CME family cares for you and will always welcome you home. We will be having a reception to honor Mr. Joe on March the 16th from 3:15-4:15 pm in the cafeteria. If you have time, please come a wish him a fond farewell.


On behalf of the entire CME staff, we wish you a very relaxing and rejuvenating Spring Break with family and friends.


Have a Magnificent March!

Mr. Paugh