May 23, 2024

May 23. 2024
Posted on 05/28/2024
CME Blast

News from Steve

Dear Copper Mesa Community,

Well, this is it, my last Copper Mesa Blast! Many staff, friends, family, and parents have asked me how I feel about retiring. Honestly, I feel that this is just the end of the school year as we have all been counting down the last couple of weeks!! Principal colleagues of mine who have retired in the past say that August is when it hits you because everyone is back to school. It will be strange not being back to Copper Mesa in August but I know the school is in awesome hands with Ms. Laviaguerre and the entire CME staff!


When I was a principal at another school in Douglas County my director asked me what I wanted my legacy to be when I retired. At that time, retirement was the furthest thing from my mind. However, I thought of that question this morning and it is my sincere hope that I have made a positive impact on students. From saying good morning to them, giving them high fives or first bumps through the day, to recognizing their Cougar Pride Awards, to having them read a piece of their writing to me, to chatting with me in my office when they made a poor choice. I hope that I have modeled for them what kindness looks like, what it means to persevere, that we all make mistakes, but we can learn from them. I hope that when they leave Copper Mesa, they are ready not just for middle school, but they have learned some life skills and academic readiness that they can apply for the rest of their lives!


Thank you for the kindness you have shown me all of these years. For several of you, you have been at Copper Mesa since I arrived in February of 2016. You welcomed me with open arms and I have been so fortunate to walk alongside you and your kids as they have grown up. It was so cool to see the graduating seniors at the clap-out on Monday and then again at Red Rocks yesterday. Thank you to all of you who came to the community picnic on Sunday, and for all the kind cards and gifts. Our students have also written awesome cards that are displayed throughout the building and I have so loved looking at them!


Copper Mesa is a special place. A place that I will hold close to my heart forever. I will always remember the amazing things that have happened at our school. Our amazing CMEA group, our amazing fundraising efforts, our amazing job of earning the John Irwin Award for Academic Excellence these last two years, our amazing CME staff, our amazing parents, and our amazing students.


I will be saying goodbye to our sixth graders during our sixth-grade continuation today and to all the students during morning announcements and as I see them throughout the day. However, it is not goodbye forever, because I just may show up at our sixth-grade kickball game next year, or watch Ms. Laviauguerre and our new Assistant Principal do something crazy to reach our fundraising goal, or when we celebrate Copper Mesa’s 20th year of being a school. We are staying in Colorado, so who knows when we will run into each other again!


Well, not such a short last blast, but I am trying to put into words how much Copper Mesa has meant to me. Not doing a great job, but hopefully, my actions all these years have shown you how special Copper Mesa is to me and how proud I have been to serve as the Principal! I wish you all the most wonderful summer! As I often say, spend the extra time this summer loving on your children as they are all so very special!!


Thank you,



Weekly News!

Link to CME Website

Link to CME B.A.S.E. Website

Link to My School Bucks

Attendance Line - 303-387-7377 - please call the attendance line if your child will be out


Late July, we will be sending out an email to announce who your student’s teacher will be. In order to find out this information you will need to sign into your parent portal EngagED account. Please make sure you can sign into your parent portal account before the end of this school year. Make sure you write down your username and password. There will be no one in the office to help you over the summer! Please contact the office with any questions before the end of the year!


Reminder for DUO: the district's new implementation of DUO requires parents to use the following format: enter your username and in the field marked Email Address (e.g. [email protected]) and your district password in the field marked Password on the login screen. If your username and password do not work, please call the IT Support Center at 303-387-0001 for assistance.

Vista Nation's Summer Conditioning program for incoming 7th graders-

This program is a great opportunity to meet other middle schoolers, get to know the middle school coaches AND get in great shape before Cross Country season, which will start the first day of school. Come to as many or as few practices as you want. Summer vacations are the best part of summer!


Here are the highlights: Summer XC Conditioning: registration is here

Dates: Mondays-Fridays, 6/3-8/3

Time: 7-8:30 AM

Location: Various areas around Highlands Ranch (example locations: Mountain Vista track, Redstone Park, Griggs Road Trailhead)

Cost: $150


Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Our runners participated in summer conditioning before their 7th grade year. It was a wonderful experience and helped set them up for success both socially and athletically!


Sarah Bolthouse ([email protected]) and Caryn Diesinger ([email protected])

(Mountain Ridge & Mountain Vista Running Moms :-)



Camp - June 3rd - 6th 9am - 12pm

Performance - June 6th - 6pm - 7:30 pm

Register by May 20th - see flyer for more information


MRMS Volleyball Camp - 5th and 6th graders -

Please see the linked flyer regarding Volleyball camps this summer offered at MRMS!



Please see the linked flyer regarding Basketball camps this summer offered at MRMS!



Girls Basketball Camp - 3-8th grade



Middle School Pom Camp (for 6th-8th Grade)


Boys Basketball Camp (for 3rd-8th)


Cheer Camp (for K-8)


2024 Jr. Dance Poms Camp

here is the direct registration link.



Register your student for a summer to remember today! Energetic and attentive staff, a wide variety of activities, and the potential for lifelong friendships await you when you arrive at our beautiful 99-acre location in the Rampart Range.


We offer week-long Overnight Camps for 9-15-year-old campers and 3-day Day Camps for 6-9-year-old campers.


More information can be found at



Our Community Nights with the Rockies are:

Monday, May 27 at 2:10 pm vs. Guardians

Saturday, June 15 at 7:10 pm vs. Pirates

Tickets for these games start at just $15!

Direct ticket link:


Our Community Nights with the Rapids are:

Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 pm - includes Firework Show!

Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 pm - includes Drone Show!

Wednesday, Oct 2 at 7:30 pm

Tickets start at $19!

Direct ticket link:


ELITCH Gardens & Water Park

One Day Tickets $34.99

Season Pass $77.99

Discounted parking and meals are also available to DCSD community!

Direct ticket link:


Information and ticket links for ALL current Foundation Community Events is:

Upcoming Dates to Note!

23/24 - Important Dates

  • 5/23/24 - 6th Grade Clap out 8:45 (parents outside)
  • 5/23/24 - 6th Continuation 10am - 12pm
  • 5/23/24 - Last Day of School

Copper Mesa Elementary


We are a neighborhood school that:

Engages the whole child

Inspires and delivers excellence

Meets the needs of all learners

Commits to a safe and nurturing environment

(303) 387-7375