A Topic for Discussion: New 3rd Grade Reading Expectations

The law states that each child should be reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. The law also requires that schools assess and monitor all K-3 students frequently and plan interventions if needed to ensure that this happens. If a student is not reading at grade level at that time, the law states that they may need …

Work as a Team!

The first piece of the Full Value Agreement is to “Work as a Team”. While we’ve always done this at the classroom level, we look forward to stretching this, to have students understand that it’s not just those in our classroom that we treat as team members, but everyone in our school–adults and children alike! As a school, our goal …

CAB Teams with Camp Daggett!

 Many of us feel our school culture and “family feel” area strength of our school, but there’s always room for improvement! Ultimately, we want every student to feel safe and welcome in our building, and to feel that when problems arise, they have tools to use to solve them. Learning to communicate effectively is a big goal of ours for …

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Is this year really over?

It’s hardly believable that this year is already finished, but it must be! The hallways are quiet, and there isn’t anyone for me to say “Good Morning!” to! I wanted to first, thank everyone for making this year a good one! Your dedication to our students, staff, and school is greatly appreciated. Parents and students make our dream possible! I’d …

The Reality of Hosting an Exchange Student

In the beginning of September, my family wasn’t just getting ready for a new school year, we were getting ready to welcome a new family member into our home. Clara from Denmark was on her way, and unlike our last exchange student, Clara would be staying all year, rather than for half the year. It was pure excitement when she …

How to Prepare for Upcoming Testing

While April means many things, for schools in Michigan, it also means the beginning of state testing. As a public charter school, we are required to participate in all of the regular assessments that other public schools are expected to take, and our scores, among other factors, are used to give our school a rating. For the last two years, …

A Break Before the Spring Rush!

No matter what your job is, everyone needs a break once in awhile; a chance to not be “on the go” all the time, and a chance for silence, time with family and friends, and recharging. Students and staff alike are ready, and the energy levels are extra high in the halls today, as kids are either talking about the …

Dare We Say Spring?

I’m not sure; most of the snow is gone, and we’re starting to see the sun more and more often, but this is still Northern Michigan, and we know the start of spring can be deceiving! However, once spring finally does arrive, we will have an exciting new project that we’ll need help with! Thanks to a grant from our …

CAB Makes the Grade!

There are so many things in education that happen behind the scenes, and as part of a small school, it means that we all pitch in and work together to get it done. Every year, schools set goals for themselves in a School Improvement Plan (SIP), and the state sets goals for all of us. The SIP is a plan …