It’s hard to believe that we are one quarter through the 2018-19 school year. Because school moves so fast it is important that we stay on top of school work and grades. If you have not signed up for Parent Vue please stop by the office and get your activation code, you will need a photo ID when you get the activation code. The reason we verify identification is because your child’s grades are confidential and only those who are designated with educational rights will be able to view your child’s grades. Parent Vue allows parents to see what assignments are missing and what areas you can help your child be successful in school. Parent Vue also helps you to have productive conversations with your child’s teacher. When monitoring your child’s grades please remember that each grade level is required to have a certain number of aligned checks and a certain number of major assessments or projects. Each of these are weighted different in the application, weights are set by the departments at the district level. The reason I tell you this is because if your child does not turn in or complete a major assessment or project it can affect their grade dramatically. Another grade consideration is for students to turn in their work by the due date even if not completed. Usually teachers will extend a due date if the student brings what they have accomplished, showing good faith. If the teacher will not extend the due-date then partial credit is better than a zero. A zero can place a student in a position where it is very difficult to recover. Grades serve to prepare our students for the real world.
It continues to be an honor to serve as your Principal. I am most impressed with the dedication and commitment of the teachers and staff who instruct and care for your child on a daily basis. In the first quarter all students were assessed in iReady and teachers continually pull data and collaborate together to analyze your child’s progress in ELA an Math. The teachers adjust their instruction and seek ways to make learning more engaging at a higher level. I am also impressed with the commitment of the Parent Teacher Student Organization who work tirelessly to provide encouragement to teachers, fundraise for student resources and plan activities for the campus. Please plan to attend the Family Fun Night on Friday November 9th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
I am very excited to be named your principal and look forward to many years of a vibrant and productive relationship. There is a lot of apprehension with a new principal, especially when the previous one was loved and appreciated as Dave Snyder. I have had the opportunity to meet with the staff on two occasions and now officially took the reigns on July 2nd. I have been working with and getting to know Mike Miranda, Kris Lapinski and Shannon Griffus and can’t wait for other staff to begin returning from vacation and trickling in to set up rooms. Speaking of setting up rooms, the painting is finishing up the week of July 16th, allowing teachers to come in on the 23rd and 24th to begin basic room setup. Then we will ask teachers to again vacate as ABM will be on campus the 25th – 31st to detail and deep clean.
Cotton Boll Staff
August 1st is an optional day with compensation IF you report to work, please report to Carmen or myself that day to verify your attendance, I am not sure what process the DAC has in place at this time. If it is more than a check in with Carmen and me then I will let you know. Kris and I both will be sending a more detailed welcome letter through email.
The beginning of school is always an exciting time for a community and this year is no different. Please seek me out to shake my hand and have patience as I work hard to remember everyone’s names and relationship to the Cotton Boll campus. I have four main goals as your principal. The first is and always will be Instructional Leadership, after all, that is why we send our children to school to learn Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Performance Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Personal leadership and Community. My second goal is the safety of all students, staff and visiting community to the Cotton Boll campus. You will notice the beautiful fence erected around the grounds as a controlled access and exit from the campus. This will bring new paths of movement and access to classrooms and students. We ask for patience and input as the Leadership Team develops safe and efficient plans for entry and exit from the campus. My third goal is keeping our campus beautiful. Mike Miranda does a tremendous job managing the facilities, we appreciate your eyes on the campus to monitor activities on the weekends and report anything that looks suspicious. And my fourth goal is to serve you and your children, our students. Please consider joining our Site Council and our PTSO to add your voice and hands to insure the continuance of the great things here at Cotton Boll.