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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 …

Parents Make a Difference!

I came across a quote this week that really stood out to me. Often times, teachers will have parents ask them, “What is the one thing I can do with my child that will make the biggest impact?” As a parent, I have asked this question myself, in order to help my children. Time is always a factor, and so …

Winter is Here!

This year is going by in a blur, and we’re already at Christmas Break! November and December always go by fast due to performances, celebrations, field trips, and breaks, and it has been so nice to see so many of you in the building to support our students in their learning and activities! A small charter school like ours needs …

Coaches Needed!

Because of student interest and grant availability, we have begun the process to begin a Robotics Team at CAB! To finish the process, we need coaches! We are currently looking for a coach for our HS Robotics Team, as well as our MS (6-8th grade) Tech Challenge Team. Each team can have up to 2 coaches, and coaches will need …

What are We Working on?

Each year, schools in Michigan are required to complete a School Improvement Plan (SIP). In it, we set goals for ourselves, and choose paths to get there, based on feedback from staff, parents, and students, and our data–what are assessments and observations telling us about what we’re doing? I continually tell students, no matter where you are in your learning, …