CAHS Thespians were honored for their achievements at the January 19th Board Meeting while CAMS students were recognized for being model students.
The Dillon and Dye Elementary Title I Programs hosted families at our annual Cookies and Cocoa Night. This year’s theme, The Acoustic Rooster, is a book about a barnyard jazz band. Families watched a video of the author, Kwame Alexander, reading the story. Then they voted for their favorite characters, played the headband guessing game, wrote similes, and made guitars. The highlight of the night was enjoying delicious cookies and warm cocoa while listening to the C-A Jazz Band! Every student left with a copy of The Acoustic Rooster, another book of their choice, and the smooth sounds of jazz in their minds.
The Rankin, Dillon, Dye and Randels 9th Annual Daddy/Daugher and Mother/Son Dance is right around the corner! Each dance has its difference dates, times and locations, so please click the flyers below for the correct information.
Carman-Ainsworth is participating in the 2015-2016 ABC 12 Spirit Cup competition. Mark your calendar to join Marc Jacobson and the ABC 12 Spirit Cup on Friday, February 5th in the Cavalier gym! 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. – it is your time to shine Cavaliers!
To make food and non-perishable donations, drop them off at High School office. Monetary donations can also be dropped off there or mailed to Carman-Ainsworth High School, 1300 N. Linden Road, Flint MI 48532 ATTN: Spirit Cup. Checks should be made payable to: Food Bank of Eastern MI. We will be accepting donations through April.
Let’s Go Cavs!!!
Below are photos of the 6th grade Turkey Trot from November 24. North and West house students and Ms. Pats’ class donated 60 cans of food to the Eastern Food Bank of Michigan and ran around the middle school (about a 1/2 mile). The first three boys and girls to finish received medals. Good work to all!
Parents and Guardians,
We have much to be grateful for, and proud of, as a community again this year. Our students continue to impress me with their efforts in the classroom, through extra curricular accomplishments, and in giving back to the community. A profound example of such commitment to our community is the annual Winterfest program. Again this year, I was amazed by the level of support and community building that this special event invokes (see details below). In the flurry of activity and effort throughout our district, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that our students and staff are truly exceptional.
In our efforts to continuously improve, we have provided a laser-focus on reading instruction throughout our entire district. Just last year, we restructured how we taught reading to our 3rd graders. With the recent release of our M-STEP scores, it would appear that these efforts, along with our strong instruction and interventions in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, had a positive impact on student performance. Collectively across the entire district, Carman-Ainsworth 3rd graders kept pace with the State and surpassed Genesee County averages in reading! Although we have often had individual schools and many, many students exceed the State and County average, this is the first time in over five years that our district average has performed at these levels. Based on the feedback from our 3rd grade teachers and these results, we have implemented similar changes for reading instruction in 4th and 5th grade this year and look forward to the second year of M-STEP testing this spring.
In addition to our primary focus on reading, we are also in our first year of implementing the nationally recognized Project Lead The Way STEM curriculum for all elementary students (Kindergarten-5th Grade) and as elective offerings at our secondary buildings. The feedback has been very positive thus far, with students engaging in hands-on problem solving, teamwork and technology. We fully expect that this new way of engaging students at very early ages in science education, with a hands-on approach, will result in more interest and confidence in science and math, which in turn should help to improve student performance in these critical areas.
To be clear, the expectations for students and staff are higher than ever at Carman-Ainsworth and across our State. The new M-STEP assessment sets a higher level of rigor, along with a new manner of assessing students online. These challenges were new to all students across the State last year and the results indicate that we have work to do at all levels. However, I am encouraged by the commitment to higher expectations as well as the high performance of our youngest students…it is evidence that continued, focused efforts will make a positive difference for all of our children.
As we prepare for Winter Break, on behalf of the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education and our hundreds of employees who serve our community and students each day, I wish all of our families a safe and peaceful Holiday Season.
Student’s in Mr. Burger’s Biology class learning about the structure of DNA by making models of it.
Mrs. Holt’s business classes and Mr. Gate’s Accounting classes attended a field trip last week to the Quicken Loans JA Finance Park in Detroit. This is a Junior Achievement program that teaches financial literacy to the students, using real life scenarios. For more information about our business class or accounting class, please come and see us at CAHS, Room 206.
Quicken Loans JA Finance Park is a Junior Achievement program that teaches financial literacy concepts and career exploration opportunities. At the end of the program, students have a one-day budget simulation where they’ll put their knowledge into practice. The result? An understanding of the importance of developing a personal budget, maintaining good credit and recognizing the true cost of financing purchases.
Hope United Methodist Church in Flint Township gave all of our Dye Elementary students a gift. Each child received a scarf, mittens and hat just in time for the colder weather. Starting in April the congregation of Hope United began knitting, crocheting and collecting sets for all 650 students. We are truly grateful for the community outreach.