So goes the mission statement of the Crosslake Community School. But what does it actually mean to be environmentally aware and community conscious? These are topics that we will be tackling during the 2015-16 school year. In order to better explain, I need to back up and give some information as to how we arrived at this mission statement. Charter Public Schools share many characteristics of all other public school systems in the state of Minnesota.
"... No more pencils no more books ..." So go the lyrics to a popular children's song or Alice Cooper if you are a fan. So, what does it really mean that school is "out"? One thing it doesn't have to mean is that learning stops when the school bell rings for the last time at the end of the year. There are many opportunities to continue to enrich our children's learning when school is not in session. Consider some of the following for our students this summer: • Library. Whether it is a rainy day or not, spending time with a good book is a great way to keep our brains engaged.
Spring is here and with it comes the promise of warmer weather. For the first time in a long time, our students are able to get out and engage in some outdoor learning opportunities after having been stuck indoors for what seems like an eternity for some, I am sure. In addition to warmer weather, April brings with it a flurry of activity from standardized testing, to field trips, to concerts and other special events. On April 17, we were fortunate to have Sen. Carrie Ruud pay us a visit. Sen.
Patience. We expect it from others, yet can find it difficult to demonstrate it ourselves at times. We wait. To open our Christmas presents, until we are old enough to drive a car or sit at the "big kid" table at Thanksgiving. We have to stand in line, the person in front of us is taking too long at the ATM, the website is not loading fast enough and the list goes on. In all cases, it takes patience. We expect people to have it or to "be" it as in: "Be patient, the food will be ready when it is ready." "Be patient.
Welcome to 2015 with all of its hopes, challenges, victories and, unfortunately, defeats that may come our way. One of the fun things about working in public education is that we have the opportunity to get "fresh starts" at different times of the year. The start of school in the fall brings a great deal of excitement and promise and it always brings with it a great deal of energy. Right around mid-year, we experience what in many ways amounts to a "halftime" with our holiday break.
As I write this article I have the Radiothon to End Child Abuse on the radio and I am reminded that the holiday season may not mean the same thing to everyone I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis. I know there are families who struggle financially, those who are dealing with crises, addictions, abuse, neglect, and the list goes on. For whatever reason, the frustrations and challenges many of us face become magnified during the holidays, and at times we see the results in negative student behavior and acting out at school that we may not see at other times during the year. I
On a fairly regular basis, I provide information to our public on events and happenings at the Crosslake Community School, hoping to keep the area we serve informed of our student activities and the learning experiences here at Crosslake. It has occurred to me of late, however, that many of you who read these articles may not fully understand what a charter school really is or how we relate to the other public schools in the state and in our area. By Minnesota statute, the purpose of charter schools is to "improve pupil learning and student achievement." At Crosslake Community School, we end
Recently, our school received notification from the Minnesota Department of Education that for the second year in a row, we have achieved "Reward" status for our efforts to reduce achievement gaps in our school and for continued growth in academics as measured by the MCA testing done each spring. Reward status is assigned to the schools who rank in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state of Minnesota who deliver Title I services to their students. To receive this recognition for the second year in a row is evidence of the dedication of our classroom teachers, our Title I support and c
One of my favorite quotes comes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is credited with the statement: "Life's most urgent and compelling question is: What are you doing for others?" The month of October has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month.
As we have started another busy school year, it is important for me to take a moment and send a public message of thanks to the Crosslake community, family and friends of the Crosslake Community School. This past June, the folks at Moonlite Bay and a host of others helped our school conduct a major fundraiser, "An Evening for Education." This fundraiser has allowed us to purchase new curriculum and equipment for our music, physical education and Title I programs, as well as new technology in the form of Chrome books for our seventh- and eighth-grade classroom, as well as other support materia