Chromebooks and Culture~August 30, 2019
This has been a great couple of weeks and we all feel like we’ve gotten off the new school year to a wonderful start. Now that we have two full 5 day weeks under our belts, don’t forget that beginning next week we embark on our new hybrid schedule. Of course, we have Monday off due to Labor Day but then Friday is our first Early Release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:15 after lunch is served. The following Friday, the 13th, there will be no school and that rotation continues until the end of the year.
Chromebooks are here!
On Monday of this week, we had our first roll out of Chromebooks to CES. This year our middle school students and our 5th/6th grade classes all receive them. This is a district wide initiative so this year all of the students at CCHS and all of the middle schools now have Chromebooks in their hands. Next year our elementary students will receive them as well. We have, as you probably know, been “1:1” at CES since we opened in 2012 but our students have been working on netbooks and HP Streams. Chromebooks are more durable and easier for students to care for and access. Additionally, much of our curriculum resources will now only be available via their device. All of this provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to hone their Personal Responsibility as they care for and use their Chromebooks and online resources. We know this will also lead to more development of their 21st Century learning skills and assist them as they work on their projects.
Developing our Culture
We spend a lot of time focusing on our culture here at CES especially at the beginning of the school year. All classrooms spend some time helping students to identify their quality world so they and their teachers know what motivates their choices and their learning. Above, you can see some pictures of the visual representations that we see around our building and that coordinate with their conceptual units. Also this week we had our Culture Night for new and newer families to CES. Staff members led sessions teaching parents about our school culture, Explorations, Multiple Intelligences, and the Overindulged Child. We had a great turn out and, I think, all of the parents left with their brains very full of useful information to help them and their children succeed in their school careers.
Developing our MI
Each of our communities develop an MI Mash focus for the quarter or the semester and students participate in a variety of learning opportunities during their weekly MI Mash time. This week our Adventurers kicked off MI Mash with a surprise donut party. Students rotated through donut themed centers each with a different MI focus: Bodily/Kinesthetic, Inter/Intrapersonal, Logical/Mathematical, and Music/Art. While all that donut fun was going on, the Voyagers were painting a few more benches in the back of the building and showing off their Art Smarts while beautifying our school.