Thursday, September 18, 2014

Principal Update

We have had a great start to the school year!
I couldn’t be more proud of the great things I see going on here each and every day.  This was confirmed yesterday when we had a visitor on our campus.  Our visitor popped into each classroom for a quick visit.  She shared her observations with our staff.  Here are a few of the things she had to say about her visit:
  • I have never, ever, seen so many amazing instructional practices packed into a short amount of time!
  • Students were actively engaged in every classroom.
  • Instructional time was utilized.  The routines and expectations were both understood and followed by students.
  • Laughter--kids were having fun while they were learning!
  • Objectives were clear.  Students knew what they were learning and why it was important.
Our teachers and students are working hard and it is showing.  Thank you for sharing your students with us.
What has been going on these past 4 week?
We have had Open House for all grade levels, we have held our first PTA meeting, students have reviewed safety drills, cafeteria expectations, classroom routines, and students have learned about each other and learned to problem solve during classroom meetings.  Lunch Recess for grades 3-5 is in full swing and Spanish Enrichment began on Tuesday, thanks to our great PTA! CCE has been a busy place. 
Other News
Parent Conferences
Parent conferences begin next week.  Our teachers have spent these past four weeks learning about your child and are excited to work with you to set goals and discuss strategies to ensure a successful year of learning. 

Early Release
We will have our first Early Release day next Wednesday, September 24th.  Students will be dismissed at 12:45p.m.  Please make arrangements to pick your child up early this day. 
Capturing Kids’ Hearts
Capturing Kids’ Hearts is here!  One of our campus initiatives is to train all of our teachers and implement this program for the 2014-2015 school year.  The mission is simple: To win our students’ hearts and to lead them to their personal best.  Beginning this year, all classroom teachers will greet their students at the door with a handshake (or hug or high five) to let them know they are a valued member of their classroom community.  In addition, classrooms are creating social contracts which outline how students want to be treated by one another at school.  Weekly class meetings are a great opportunity to problem solve as needed AND to celebrate successes as a classroom community.  We currently have 17 teachers trained! 
Education, Go Get It Week
One of our Superintendent’s goals is to promote college readiness and planning from an early age.  Each year, our district celebrates “Education, Go Get It” week to promote higher education.  Instilling the belief that all students can be college bound begins in elementary school.  We will celebrate “Education, Go Get It” week, next week (Sept. 22nd – 26th).  We begin each day by learning about some of the colleges or universities our CCE teachers attended, on the morning broadcast.  Students participate in a different activity each day of the week.  Our 5th grade students will receive a visit from Academy Ambassadors from Westwood High School.  On Friday, we invite all students and staff to wear a t-shirt from a college or university of their choice.  This is a great way to conclude the week. 
Watch D.O.G.S. Kick off Night

Tonight is our Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Kick off Night, here in the CCE cafeteria, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  This is a great night for our dads to learn about the Watch D.O.G.S. program and sign up to volunteer.  Children are welcome to attend with their dad and pizza will be served!  The link will go “live” tonight after the meeting, so those who are not able to attend will be able to sign up to volunteer.  Watch D.O.G.S. is one of our favorite PTA programs.  We enjoy having our dads here on campus with us.