CCR K-8 S.T.E.M. ACADEMY PROPOSAL – APPROVED!
Dear CCR Parents,
As you know, we presented the CCR K-8 STEM ACADEMY Proposal to the FUSD District Administration and Board of Education last week. The plan included CCR K-8 becoming a “Signature School” in FUSD with a focus on S.T.E.M. Education. I am happy to announce to our students and parents that our proposal was unanimously approved by the Superintendent and Board Members on May 13th.
In review, STEM is the integration of core content areas with SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, and MATH. Our vision for the CCR STEM ACADEMY will be an integration of STEM throughout our school where all students will participate in applying science, technology, engineering, and math principles to create connections between school, community, work and the global economy. On July 9th and 10th, the CCR Staff will begin STEM training through STEMFINITY and receive STEM Certification and STEM Building Accreditation.
As we begin this exciting transition, we know that you are going to have lots of questions. It is important for you to know that we want to have open communication with you every step of the way. Through our STEM ACADEMY PROPOSAL, we were able to hire a new Master Teacher/STEM Instructional Leader who will aide us in helping parents understand what STEM Integration is. Our new master teacher will also organize parent/community events that will showcase what students are learning and incorporate activities that parents can do with their children so that you may experience STEM Education.
Becoming an F.U.S.D. Signature School will take lots of preparation, dedication, hard work and partnerships. The complete transition for CCR K-8 School to become an effective, high achieving STEM ACADEMY will be a 3-Year Implementation Plan, each year building more parent, community and local business support to enhance our STEM curriculum. Please know that we will continue to ask for your input on school wide decisions regarding growth and change. Furthermore, we have every intention of continuing to grow student leaders at CCR and get students involved with the decision making regarding the components of our 3-Year Implementation Plan. Students and parents are encouraged to get involved and become an active part of STEM implementation.
We know that some of you may be concerned about major changes that will take place involving student uniforms and extra-curricular activities for students. Please let me put your mind at ease and explain:
- All current extra-curricular student programs at CCR will continue such as Athletics, Student council, NJHS, Safety Patrols, Yearbook Club, Out of State Field Trips, FUSD Community Ed Before and After School Programs.
- Student Uniforms – CCR K-8 Stem Academy will become a Student Uniform School during Year II of the Implementation Phase which is 2016-2017. Based on the parent survey results and our research, we know that 2 months is not enough time for our school to have uniforms designed and available for parents. We also understand that families with multiple children need more time as well. In line with our vision, CCR student leaders will have input and be able assist with the design of our uniforms next year. We will also be working to find community sponsors and grants to assist parents that have financial hardships. Our goal is have student uniforms available for parents to begin purchasing by April 2016. As the implementation phase begins, we will keep you informed along the way on any updates regarding student uniforms.
Thank you for your continued support of our school and district. We are working hard to provide children in the San Tan Valley area with a high-achieving, A-Rated, STEM ACADEMY SCHOOL. We look forward to you being a part of this exciting venture! CCR STEM ACADEMY 3-YEAR IMPLEMENTATAION PLAN.pdf