October 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

September has been an outstanding month for student learning. This year, one way of tracking of student data has changed from using Galileo to NWEA MAP’s (Measures of Academic Progress) program. This is a nationally based company that allows for an even more in depth look at student learning to help support our teachers. Another, change this year is the usage across all grade levels of Classroom Dojo. If you have not accessed this yet and would like support, please contact your child’s teacher.

A huge thank you to the Student Council for teaching the theme of “Embracing Excellence through Critical Thinking” to the student body. Students received a spirit shirt after a mini lesson was presented by our new Student Council Officers. The whole school picture was another success this year.

Extracurricular activities are in “full swing” right now. The Cougars Volleyball Team is growing strong in their volleyball skills. Come and watch a game. We love seeing families! Thank you to Mr. Della-Ratta for hosting a Chess Club this year and to Ms. Pickrell for facilitating the new Sign Language Club. CIMI (Catalina Island Marine Institute) was full of learning and fun. Thank you to our middle school students for their outstanding conduct.

Fantastic Friday was a big success; however, we will be changing to an invited weekly Study Hall. The Study Hall will start the first week in October, Tuesday through Thursday, and will be from 4 pm to 5 pm for selected students. Teachers will be contacting parents as need is identified.

***Parenting Classes will be offered once a month throughout the school year starting October 3rd. Childcare will be provided with the times of the class being 4:15 pm-5:15 pm. The class will cover parenting techniques for early childhood through early adolescent children. It is an interactive class. Please call the school to register. (Classes held on: 10/3; 11/8; 12/18; 1/23; 2/13; 3/6; and 4/17).***

Upcoming Events

10/3 Parenting Classes (4:15 pm to 5:15 pm)
Spirit Shirt Day: Home Volleyball Game
10/15-10/18 Fall Break: No School
10/11 Spirit Shirt Day: Home Volleyball Game and Title One Parent Meeting (10:00 to 11:00 am)
10/24 End of First Trimester
10/25 Spirit Shirt Day: Home Volleyball Game
10/29 Picture Retake Day
10/29-11/1 Scholastic Book Fair  
10/31-11/1 Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/31 Spirit Day: Favorite Character Day

11/2 Volleyball Tournament (Friday) at Round Gym in Wickenburg
11/6 First Trimester Honors Assembly at 2:30 pm with a Safety Forum at 4:00 pm

Again, thank you for all your support,

Dr. Stephanie Miller (Administrator)