Happy Fall!  We are now in our 7th week of school and there is wonderful and exciting happenings all around our campus!  Here are some important dates to remember for October: Cougar Booster Kick-off- Oct. 2nd; Spirit Day-Oct. 2nd at 10:15; Coffee with the Principal-Oct. 2nd at 8:30 in MPR; Picture Day-Monday, Oct. 12; In & Out Day-Oct.13th; Community Club Meeting-Oct. 20th at 8:45; Halloween Parade-Oct. 2nd.

First Day of School
Date: 8/17/2015
Location: School begins at 8:30 a.m. Please make every effort to allow time for parking and follow all traffic rules.
Back to School Night
Date: 8/13/2015
Location: More information to come soon

Dear Cougar Families,

Welcome back to school! The 2015-16 school year promises to be a year of going “Above & Beyond” (see link below) to achieve our 21st Century teaching and learning goals for our students! As principal, I am so excited to continue on our journey to provide your child with a learning environment that meets the ever-changing world in which we live. This is going to be an exciting year as we reach our vision:
“Collegewood is a community of 21st Century Learners working collaboratively to empower student to develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.”

Our team is committed to enabling students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world and to empower our students to create, collaborate, communicate well, think critically and be global citizens prepared to take on the challenges of their future! The staff spends a great deal of time getting to know each child in order to better meet their specific learning needs. We believe, “Children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

This year we are proud to implement a technology rich environment and a new school recycling program. We have added an additional computer laptop cart, LCD projectors and additional iPads. We now have a mobile lab for every grade level and two stationary labs! In addition, we will continue our goal to develop as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) school. With the addition of our robotics lab and new Digital Media Center, students will be challenged to use their critical thinking skills to be problem-solvers of tomorrow. In our Digital-Media center, our students will have the opportunity to check our eBooks in addition to the hard-bound books they check out each week. This year students will engage in projects that have real world connections and provide an opportunity to learn how to authentically research solutions to problem-solve.  We will also begin our school "Genius Hour" in grades 3-5 to enhance the 21st Century Skills of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical-thinking and Citizenship.  Each week during Genius Hour students will have the opportunity to engage in specialized classes like robotics, culinary arts, art, technology, and creativity inspired activities!

To provide social emotional balance, we will continue our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) to create an atmosphere of caring and respect. We will be using positive behavior incentives to reward students who demonstrate our school-wide expectations of: Respect, Responsibility, Readiness, and Resourcefulness (The 4Rs). We will use a token system to provide students who demonstrate these behaviors an opportunity to earn a reward for the entire school! Students will engage in some service learning projects so that our students learn the importance of helping others in our school and local community.

We celebrate learning and make it fun! When you walk on campus of Collegewood Elementary, it is not unusual to see kids supporting one another, to hear children cheering because they met a learning goal, or to see students working collaboratively on a group project. At our school we partner with our parents and community. As principal, I am delighted to invite parents to join us in our journey to take teaching and learning “Above and Beyond” in an effort to meet the needs of the whole child!
To learn more about Collegewood feel free to visit our office. We are happy to assist!


For our kids,

Joan Perez




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Back-to-School Night

Attached is the Back-to-School Night schedule for Thursday, August 13th, 2015. Remember to create your parent portal account first so you are able to locate your child's teacher's name. Parent Portal is not accessible until August 11, 2015.

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