We have a lot of good news to share this month! First, CCR received Additional Title I Funds so that we can offer more reading and math intervention for students that need academic support or tutoring. This funding will provide the following additional support from now through the beginning of May. Please note that these supports are free to students.
· After school tutoring for 4th-8th grade students in A.I.M. – “Achievement is Mandatory” Monday-Thursday afterschool. Any students with a failing grade may attend AIM for extra support.
· Reading and Math Intervention Classes for 6th-8th Grade Students – We have extra classes added to our master schedule to assist junior high students that need reading and math support to reach the goal of MEETS or EXCEEDS on their 3rd benchmark exam and state tests.
· Saturday School Club- Mr. Camarote will begin a Saturday School this month to work with students who want extra help to improve their grades and academic standing. There will be more information to come on this new program. This club is not credit recovery – it is an additional academic time for students to come and prep for benchmark and state testing
· More para support for our K-3 Title I Reading Specialist. Mrs. Hofman now has extra hands to help our K-3 students with reading support.
Next, it’s that time of year for the annual PARENT SURVEYS! We have a new Parent Survey this year that was developed by the Arizona Department of Education and takes about 5 minutes to complete. The survey has a total of 13 questions and will be an ON-LINE SURVEY ONLY. Your opinion about the overall performance of our school is very important to us! We are asking that you complete our parent survey by February 20th so that we can gain valuable information on how our parent body feels about our school and the progress that we are making. Your identity will remain completely anonymous. Your responses to the survey questions will be combined with responses from other parents to give us overall feedback for CCR. We will have computers set up at Parent Teacher Conferences for you to use in order to complete the survey.
The survey is located on Circle Cross Ranch’s homepage http://cc.fusdaz.org/.
If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Dr. Kelly Smith, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to give us feedback and help us continue on the path of excellence at Circle Cross Ranch K-8!
We hope that you will mark your calendars for the Annual Father Daughter Dance on Thursday, Feb. 19th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the CCR Cafeteria. The cost is $10 per daddy/daughter couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Younger sisters that are not school age are able to attend for $5. We hope that all of our CCR dad’s, grandpa’s or other male family members are able to come! This is a favorite annual event hosted by P.T.O. at CCR! Tickets go on sale Feb. 11th in the CCR Front Office – Cash Only.
Circle Cross Ranch K-8 is one of the 25 schools in Arizona awarded with a grant to participate in the STEAM Machines TM Clubs Pilot Program for middle-school-aged children in the phoenix metro area for school year 2014-2015 . As part of the pilot program, CCR STEAM club was provided with: a STEAM Machines KitTM (approx. $3000 worth of materials). This program intend to teach students to
• Brainstorm ideas, design, and build creative chain-reaction inventions.
• Learn and integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) concepts together in their machines (Example topics: engineering design process, solar energy, robotics, electronics, testing and reliability)It’s tjhat
• Have fun working in teams
This month our STEAM club sponsored a school wide Rube Goldberg Machine Competition from K-8 with different challenges to build. K-2 students built a” machine that could drop a marble in a cup” in not less than 3 steps, 3rd-5th grade levels built a “machine that could pop a balloon”; and 6-8 will built a “machine that could erase a whiteboard”. This event was hosted by the STEAM club on January 30, 2015. The students in the STEAM class elective have already built their projects and are now on the refining stage for the Rube Goldberg competition on April 2015. The challenge is to build a” machine that will erase a chalkboard. CCR STEAM club will be participating in the 2015 Virtual Middle School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest which will be held in April 2015 with free registration from the STEAM machines club sponsors.
Other exciting news, CCR was the lucky recipient of an ASU Grant called Keepin' it REAL and Families Preparing a New Generation + Brighter Futures for Florence Families. This grant will provide training for three of our 6th grade teachers to present content to students on how to say no to drugs and alcohol, deal with peer pressure and keep your friends. The grant also provides 15 CCR families with an opportunity for a 10 week evening class which will cover the same content. The 15 parents that are selected to participate will receive a $150 gift card at the end of the 10 weeks. The grant also provides dinner for the parents to attend and child care.
· If you are interested in signing up for the Parent Classes starting on February 18th at 6pm in the CCR Library, please contact Michelle Green at 480-987-7611 or sign up at Parent Teacher Conferences on Feb. 4th-5th. There will be a sign up table in the main hallway. There are 15 open slots – first come, first serve.
Thank you for your continued support of the CHEETAHS!