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Reload. It is a term often used to describe the process for getting ready to replace a used cartridge in a gun, the paper in a copier or the individual canister in my Keurig coffee maker, among other things. In schools across the country, the term reload can be used to describe what happens during the summer months once the students and large percentage of the staff leave.
“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road …” So begins the song “Time of Your Life” by the band Green Day. The song was performed for some of our students not long ago by some of their classmates who will be leaving our school at the end of the year to continue the next leg of their education journey. Similar “moving on” events will be played out in elementary, middle, high schools and post-secondary institutions across our country in the coming weeks as students graduate and move on to their next adventure, whatever it may be.
How often do we hear a statement like this coming from our children, spouse, employees or the person who was just pulled over for speeding? If you are like me, these words may have crossed your lips at some point in your life! Often, a parent response to such an exclamation by a child might go something like: “Deal with it. Life isn’t always fair.” While this might be how we typically respond, it falls short of helping our students deal with the bumps in the road that can surface during the course of a normal school day.
It is March, and even though we are now into what is called “meteorological” spring, it does not feel or look like it. Seems as though the weather refuses to cooperate with me and my need to get on the golf course any time soon! Speaking of cooperation, this is our character focus for the month. One of the most important attributes we can pass along to our students in a school setting is not only their ability to “get along with” or “tolerate” others, but also the skill set of “working together with” or “along side of” others.
February is “I Love to Read Month” and our students are actively involved in seeing how many books they can read during the month. As is the case in all of our schools, reading and the comprehension of what we are reading is critical not only to school success but success in life. One of the most important skills we can teach our young people is the ability to read and this month is a great time not only to encourage reading among our youth, but also as adults to model the behavior by picking up a book as well!
In this installment of my notes I would like to give folks some background on our character development program here at Crosslake Community School. Our website, which is www.crosslakekids.org , offers a tiny insight into some of our beliefs about character development.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, our school will be participating in the annual Give to the Max day, an event dedicated to donating to charitable organizations and schools across Minnesota. This is an important event for our school and one that I hope many will choose to participate in with us. Funding in education involves many complex formulas and calculations as many of you know. Public charter schools like Crosslake however operate in a slightly different manner, as we do not see the same levels of funding that other public schools in the state receive.
I would like to share information with you regarding a recent recognition we received from the Minnesota Department of Education. This past week, our school was honored to learn that our MCA scores from last spring’s assessment earned us “Reward” status with the Minnesota Department of Education. What this means is that Crosslake Community School students ranked in the top 15 percent of schools delivering Title I services throughout the state of Minnesota.