February  2021


Two Special Events for Members on February 17

#1 Online Listening Forum - Hosted by School Board Representatives

February 17th, 9:00 - 9:30 am


If you are interested in participating at no charge, send your name and email address to Jim Brickey at  On February 16th you will receive a Zoom invitation by email.


Background: If you haven't already heard, Cherry Creek School district

Superintendent Scott Siegfried is retiring in June.  The search for the next superintendent is underway.  The Board of Education is looking

forward to hearing from the entire Cherry Creek community - including district retirees - about what characteristics they would like to see in the district’s next leader.


Bruce Caughey and Steve Herzog, both retired educators representing CCSD’s School Board, are facilitating surveys and listening forums. The Board will review and discuss the findings with integrity before posting the Superintendent job. Coincidentally, the RECCS U New Zealand class immediately follows.


#2 NEW ZEALAND: A Virtual Adventure  February 17, 9:30-11:30  -Bruce Caughey, noted travel author, speaker & retired educator

Even if you have no immediate plans to travel to New Zealand, this travelogue and slide show works from an “armchair travel” vantage. Join us and you will experience the wonders of New Zealand.


With local New Zealand contacts, Bruce and his wife Tanya recently embarked on a 7-week adventure of exploration on foot, by bike, plane, boat, horseback, kayak, and car. The trip involved driving 3100 miles on the left side of the road, hiking for 10 days, and

enjoying a wide range of accommodations and camping.


Bruce has traveled extensively, including long trips abroad and in his home state of Colorado. He co-authored The Colorado Guide, and Greece: Off the Beaten Path, as well as dozens of freelance projects in magazine and newspapers. He retired in 2016 after decades of

service in educational administration.


Another RECCS U opportunity:



How teachers keep their students focused on learning

 - Diane Smith, Director of eLearning, Douglas County Schools


How do you visit a virtual school? By registering for this class!

We will view and discuss a variety of video recordings of teachers — kindergarten to middle school. In virtual classrooms how do teachers at different grade levels keep students engaged online? You will have an opportunity to hear directly from teachers and see their students at work.  Then we will discuss how teaching online is similar and different from traditional classroom teaching.


Keep learning and stay connected with RECCS U

Register for classes at

All registrations support RECCS Scholarships



A Message from the Board


The RECCS Board continues to meet monthly by Zoom.  Our goal is to keep our members informed about the organization and celebrate successes.  We hope to plan future events when we can all gather again.  Until then, keep reading our monthly news, check out the happenings on the website, join an online activity, or challenge yourself to do one of our online Zoom classes or presentations coming up through RECCS U.


Scholarship Committee Update


The 2021 Scholarship committee led by co-chairs Kay Adams and Rodger Stewart are excited about the 2021 potential scholarship recipients.  The scholarship application is available online at and is due February 19, 2021.  Scholarships will be awarded in May.  We hope to have an in person reception for the scholars on June 2, 2021 at the Cherry Creek Innovation Center but will re-evaluate as the date approaches.  Stay tuned for exciting news. . . .



RECCS Activities


Author Author!! Continues. . .   Please share your stories!


Remember When??? RECCS book of memories needs your

recollection of events that happened during your tenure in Cherry Creek Schools.  Only you and perhaps a few co-conspirators know the story behind the scenes.  Feel free to protect the names of the

innocent, the famous, or the infamous.  This is a wonderful

opportunity to record our history and have some fun—a perfect stay at home activity during the pandemic. 


Please e-mail or snail mail your story or stories.   If you wish your story to be edited, please note this.  

Send stories to:  Carole Smith at or  Michelle Kleve at or mail to Carole Smith at

6191 E Eastman, Denver, CO 80222


Here are February stories for your reading enjoyment:


Story # 1


“And Then There was One.”


In the spring  of 1963, a particularly contentious meeting of the Board of Education occurred at Cunningham School with two groups of parents speaking about the principal of CCHS, Leonard Shillinglaw.  One was demanding his removal while the other was just as vigorously defending him.  This issue was perhaps the most heated of several  concerns the community had at that time about the growing encroachment of Denver annexations on the district and school.  At a particularly emotional point in the meeting, Dr. Shreve with his booming voice and confrontative manner suddenly announced that he would resign.  In the moments that followed, four of the Board members, James Blackington, George Brotzman, James Lewis, and Vincent Montforte announced that they, then would also resign.  That left only one Board member, Bob Wilson, who had been on the Board less than two years.  Bob, however did not choose to follow the action of the other members, and when asked by the

Denver Post why he, too, had not chosen to resign, he replied that he was quite new to the Board and was still trying to figure out what all the issues were. 


By the way, Bob served the Cherry Creek School Board during the next 27 years!


Until the next regularly scheduled School Board election, some two months later, Cherry Creek conducted business with Russ Polton

acting as Superintendent and only one Board member, Bob Wilson.   At that election Thad Smith, Dr. Jerome Krupp, Wayne Kuykendall, and Harold Haupt were elected.  This Board immediately began a superintendent search that culminated in the employment of Otis Dickey.


Submitted by Don Goe, Reprinted from RECCS Newsletter August 2009


Story #2


It was to be a long Back to School Night and the occupants of our

office were getting restless.  Finally, one member asked me if I would like a fresh cup of coffee.  “No,” I replied, “It’s too late for coffee now.” “ HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE,” I was ordered.  Shrugging my shoulders, I agreed to have that cup of java. And I must admit, coffee with Baileys is delicious no matter the time of night!


Submitted by Carole Smith


Thank you for these stories and we will look forward to reading next month’s submissions.  Submit your story today.  Long or short—we don’t mind.  Don’t be shy, join in the fun.



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