Thursday, January 12, 2017

Week of January 9, 2017

Thursday Folder Fliers:

Welcome Back~
I hope you had a wonderful two weeks with your family and friends! Last week was a bit interesting with our snow day, but this week we are moving forward. We are so excited to start the second semester with your children. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Writing Curriculum Update:
As you may know, Iron Horse teachers have researched multiple writing resources to support our students' learning. Of particular importance to our staff was a resource that provided differentiated learning opportunities, sound assessment practices, development of the 4Cs and 21st Century skills, transference to other content areas, alignment within our feeder area, and the ability to internalize the skills and strategies used by effective writers. We truly believe that we have found that resource in Thinking Maps and Write from the Beginning. We are excited to begin training this spring and summer. Please be on the lookout for more information about Thinking Maps after our training in February.

5th Grade Parents:
On Wednesday, January 11th at 9am, Cimarron Middle School is hosting the next Parent Orientation/Coffee Talk opportunity for future 6th grade parents to gain more information about the exceptional student learning experiences at Cimarron Middle School for the 2017-18 school year. This informal event will allow you to learn about Cimarron's middle school academics, transitions, athletics, and activities. Please click on the link to sign up for this opportunity.
Additional Dates:
February 1 - 6pm
May 3 - 9am

Apple Awards:
The deadline for nominations for the Apple Awards is this Friday, January 13th. This is an amazing opportunity to honor the hard work that our DCSD staff does on a daily basis. Please go to to nominate your favorite employee! 

Upcoming Events:
January 11: SAC Meeting - 4-5pm in the Learning Commons
January 13: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Learning Day
January 16: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 18: PTO Meeting - 3:45-4:45pm in the Learning Commons
February 8: SAC Meeting - 4-5pm in the Learning Commons