April 2013 Announcement: Attention Parents!
Informational meeting to take place on May 14th and May 16th at 5:30pm
- Outline the academics of our program
- Explain how to meet the unique needs of middle grades age students
- Demonstrate the technology that students will be using in our program
- Describe how this small school will provide all the benefits of a larger program with none of the drawback of a large school
- Show you why Cinnabar Middle Grades College Preparatory Program is the right choice for your child
Welcome to the 2012 – 2013 school year!
This year is set to be an exciting year here at Cinnabar. We have started construction to remodel the student bathrooms, and although it is a little messy, when we are finished, the new student bathrooms will make it all worthwhile. Over the summer we also remodeled our Computer Lab, adding 15 new computers, and we now have a total of 30 stations and a much more teacher and student friendly set up. Your children deserve a modern, technologically appropriate, learning environment and we are committed to providing it.
Another exciting change is that the Board approved a change to the instructional day that adds 25 minutes to the school day for many students. The Kindergarten day has been lengthened, giving our Kindergartners an additional hour each day to grow and learn. 1st Grade will be a little longer as well. They will stay for a full day and leave with the other students. While a primary purpose of this change in our instructional day is to ensure the highest academic achievement for every child, it also gives us the time to add back many of the enrichment activities that make Cinnabar special. Yes, students need high levels of academic instruction, but they also need the opportunity to have real world experiences and the chance to apply those skills. We know that it is more important than ever that students be able to be Creative, Communicate effectively, Collaborate with others, and Think Critically. These real life skills don’t come from a textbook. They are developed when students have real life opportunities to solve problems, express themselves, and work together. The extra time each day will provide us the opportunity to make sure that the academic rigor is high, but also to ensure that all that knowledge is meaningful and relevant in the 21st Century.
Finally, I want to welcome you all to Cinnabar Elementary School. We are available anytime to answer questions or help you in any way we can. You are invited and welcome to stop by anytime to visit classrooms, volunteer, or just get your questions answered. If you are not able to visit the school, feel free to call or drop us an email. We will get back to you as quickly as we can. We hope to see you soon.