NEWSLETTER 9.5.16

9/5/2016
Dear Corrales International School Community,
I have been attempting to get a reasonable explanation as to why our school grade dropped so drastically.  Evidently the PED gave us no points in two sections of the report because, somehow, they determined that CIS did not have a graduation cohort in 2015-16.  We did.  These are two areas that the school had an “A” grade for last year.  We will be appealing the current grade.  Our test scores are above APS and State averages, but we can, and will, do better.  One other area that hurt the school grade was attendance.  A school must be above a 95% attendance rate.  Corrales International is about a 93% attendance rate.  Because of the size of the school, pulling a child out for anything other than illness drastically effects our overall attendance levels.
I don’t believe that the grade reflects what actually is happening at Corrales International School, however, there is room for improvement and we will be pushing hard to make this school and our students exemplary.

 Respectfully,

 Mark A. Tolley
 Head of School
 Corrales International School
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PARENTS, 
 
Please be cautious and respectful in our pickup/drop off lanes. Cars are not allowed to turn left into our lot during pick up and drop off.  If you have both PYP and MYP students to pick up, please wait until the latest release time to pick up your students. Waiting in the pickup lane only causes difficulties for others. We appreciate your thoughtfulness!
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 MYP PARENTS: Most MYP teachers have established a Google Classroom Site for their classes and their students and guardians have been invited to attend. This is where all classroom assignment information is disseminated. If you have not received invitations, please contact your child’s teacher directly.
Students brought home parent login information for the PowerSchool system that you can use to check your child’s grades in a class.
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ORDER SEPTEMBER HOT LUNCH HERE

 
ALL MEALS MUST BE ORDERED 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE.
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After School Enrichment Opportunities
Please visit http://corralesis.org/our-programs/after-school-enrichment/ for information about after school activities–start dates, fees, etc.
PYP Drama begins this Wednesday!
Stitch Club begins this Friday!
Cross Country–we still have middle school and high school spots open for X-Country.  Here is the information.  Ages: MS (6-8th) / HS (9-12th) This club meets:Saturday mornings (beginning September 10th). Jerseys will be provided by CIS, there is no cost to participate. For more information: Kim Romero at romerok@corralesis.org
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From the CIS Foundation
The CIS Foundation needs your Help!
Wondering how you can have an impact on your child’s school community this year?  Consider joining the CIS Foundation Board, we are in search of members at large and a new Co-Chair to help realize our goal of supporting CIS!
How can we all help to make this happen?
  • *   Come to a meeting! 3:30pm 9/8/16 at CIS
  • *   Buy a Brick for our mural in the front entrance
  • *   Contact your employer and select CIS Foundation as the recipient of your United Way Donation
  • *   Direct Donation
  • *   Meet your families’ raffle ticket sales goal (20 per student or 30 per family) and return monies and tickets asap to the Foundation box at CIS. All profits made go directly to the Building Fund
What is the Foundation?
We are a group of parents who have come together to support the cause of our children’s school. Our primary mission is to support the mission of CIS; at the moment all efforts are focused on raising money for our Building Fund. In order to achieve this goal our current board of 4 parents must grow in number and involvement. We invite parents, grandparents, and invested community members to become a part of the Foundation in either a leadership role, or as a member at large.
  • *    Please contact LaJean McCaig lajean73@gmail.com if you are interested in being a leader in our community as our new Co-Chair!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, September 7
 Picture Day K-10th Grades (free dress, dress nicely please)
12:30pm–PYP ALT Drama Club begins
5:00pm– SAC meeting
Thursday, September 8
7:30am Waffle Breakfast
 3:30pm CIS Foundation Meeting
 PICTURE DAY (11TH and 12TH GRADES & STAFF)
Friday, September 9
3:00pm– Stitch Club Begins
Saturday, September 10
 Cross Country begins!
Monday, September 12
 PYP Glee Club Begins (9 week session)
3:00pm– Chess Club First Meeting PYP, 3:30-4:30 MYP and A&B team members
3:30pm–Archery B Meets only Mondays) Begins!
Wednesday, September 14
 Math Club begins! (8 week session, $80)
12:30pm–Robotics Club begins
5:00pm– GC Meeting
Friday, September 16
3:30pm–PTA Meeting
Saturday, September 17
8:00am
 Clean Up Day!  SIGN UP TO HELP HERE: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050444aeaf23a57-lend
Monday, September 19
 PYP PROGRESS REPORT
 Q1 MYP Progress Report
Monday, September 26
 PYP Unit: How We Express Ourselves begins
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