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Autumn Letter

December/ January Letter from Principal Meyer

Principal Corner, December/January

 

Hello Cougar Community,

 

I really can’t believe we are in the holiday season.  The school has been a whirr of activity, and time just flies for sure.  We have just kicked off our basketball, swimming and wrestling seasons too.  Come out and join the fun!  Looking back, we are so very proud of our Fall sports teams and coaches…. soccer, football, ROTC, cross-country and volleyball.  Way to go Cougars, and how about the girl’s soccer team who took state this year!  This is a distinct honor given that Cibola has never taken state in girl’s soccer.  Wow!

 

PARCC parent letters for students in tested last Spring are being distributed through English 10, 11 and 12th grade classes on Tuesday, December 1st.    Students who do not have an English class can pick their student score results up in the counseling office. Freshman, 8th Grade Testing Year results will be available at a later date.

 

The letters offer interpretive data that will help students and teachers to grow and to realize current strengths.  The data available will clearly reflect your son or daughter’s strengths and areas of growth.  Students receiving scores with designations of partially met, approached expectations, met expectations, or exceeded expectations have received a passing grade for PARCC.  Next year, it’s expected that a score with a designation of partially met expectations will not be considered as a pass on PARCC.

 

We will be rewarding strong academic achievement during our academic awards nights scheduled Monday, January 25th at 6:30 PM for 9th and 10th graders and Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 for 11th and 12th grade students.  We will celebrate the Top 10 students in grades 9-12 in the Spring, 2016.  Last year, we reviewed community survey feedback to help guide our approach to acknowledging academic achievement and we’ve incorporated those ideas. We would like to meet with teachers, students and parents in a small academic awards committee to finalize our planning in early January.  Please email me if you are interested to contributing to this discussion.

 

We are cracking down on tardies as they have become problematic especially for first period.  We are seeing parents dropping students off at school as late as 7:45.  Classes start at 7:25 each day.  When students receive 5 tardies in any class, they will earn a referral for lunch detention.  Please help us solve the problem since we all must acknowledge that timeliness in life is a norm that we uphold by social convention.

 

I wish each and every one of you a happy holiday, a time to just be with your loved ones and celebrate the most important aspect in life…the folks you love, your family, children, spouses, grandchildren….there is nothing else that trumps this priority.

 

Enjoy!

Sincerely, Pamela Meyer, Principal