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, …

Soccer is More Than Just a Game!

As a small charter school, we like to offer sports when we can, and for quite awhile now, we’ve been able to steadily offer soccer to grade 7-12, for a coed team. In the time we’ve had this program, which is due to amazing volunteers and overwhelming student interest, we’ve had all kinds of seasons. In our current season, with …

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For a Charter School, Parent Involvement is Key

At any school, the power of parent involvement is crucial, but at a charter school, like CAB, is it key! Anyone who visits our school will see parents regularly, from being involved in classrooms, to helping teachers, or volunteering to help with big events. Since we have a smaller staff than many schools, we rely on parents to help with …

What Can a Small Charter School Offer my Child?

When considering a small charter school, many parents wonder how their child will fare, in comparison to other traditional public districts. Well, let’s look at our senior class as an example! The Concord Class of 2016 had 16 students, including 2 exchange students, for a total of 18.   In high school, our students are required to take a minimum …