Isn’t it wonderful to have the nice cool mornings and warm afternoons? I just love Autumn! We now have completed our Parent/Teacher Conferences, we are prepping for our first CES Mini-College “Compass Courses for Success”, and we are getting closer to the end of the quarter–just 3 weeks left! This week we not only have the Mini-College on Thursday but we also have pictures on the 2nd, and the 3rd is October Count Day. Additionally this week we have Peer Mediator Training on Monday, Tuesday the Adventurers go to the museum, Wednesday Mr. Dieckman’s and Mrs. Burrell’s classes go to the Cripple Creek Mine, Thursday is Fire Prevention Day, and then that night we have our NJHS Movie Night that coincides with Mini-College. Whew! A busy week ahead!
Creating Creative Schools
Our teachers recently completed a book study of Ken Robinson’s book Creative Schools. With our focus this year at CES on Creativity and Innovation, we spent part of our summer and beginning of the school year reading and learning about the real nature and purpose of education. Ken Robinson argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws upon today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources ton engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the 21st century. Sounds right up our alley, huh? We at CES have been a follower of Dr. Robinson’s work for a while. A few years back, Beth Gaffney (former CES principal) introduced us to him through his quite well known 2006 TED talk. If you’re interested (and you should be :-)), you can watch it here: Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED talk
SMARTS=Sensational Music, Art, Recreation, Technology, and Seekers (library)
Did you know that that’s what the acronym SMARTS stood for? We do have SENSATIONAL SMARTS teachers and they provide high quality, engaging, relevant, and meaningful learning experiences every single day. These are places our students can truly work in their Multiple Intelligence (smarts) area but where they also challenge their “smarts” as they may be working outside of the comfort zone.
Standards Based Grading
As we are moving into using our newly created CES Standards-Based Report Card and as our philosophy on grading is changing across our nation, I thought you might find the article and video her interesting.
Wonderful and Creative Miss Shirlee!
Our amazing school secretary, who we all know is much more than a secretary for our school family, does so much to create a space that feels homey and comfortable as you walk into the front of our building. Her latest project was just installed last week and you will find it as you go up the ramp to the community room. Featuring the names of each of our communities, Miss Shirlee and her husband, Bob, created Scrabble tiles, with the Scrabble font and points and mounted them to the wall. Isn’t it cool?!