CCS Report

To: School Board Directors

 From: Tom Desjardins 

Date: September 25, 2018

 Re: Principal's Report 

Carrabec Community School 

The month of September was great welcoming back all of the students in my building. It is a joy for me to greet them as they unload the buses every morning, fresh and ready for another day at school.

 I would like to recognize and compliment our new staff members. Alicia Bedard, our school social worker jumped right out into the ring on day one introducing herself to our students and reaching out to our parents and community members. Heidi Day has our gymnasium jumping from the time she gets here until the end of the day. Students are not just engaging in the activities but are having fun doing them! Mike Golden has established a strong 5th grade class. His expectations are clear and concise and he maintains them on a daily basis. Stacey McCluskey has a well structured classroom and has settled back in nicely. Aaron Welch, Alicia Golden and Samuel Harper have all fallen nicely into their perspective positions. 

On August 31st we had our visit from Camp Kieve. This was a structured day of team building activities for our 7th grade students. A variety of games were organized for the students and all of them had the opportunity to experience rock climbing on a 15 foot rock wall. The activities help to create a positive interaction between students who many not normally spend time together.

 Our PBIS(Positive Behavior Intervention System) was introduced to our K – 5 students and we are seeing great gains in behavior with our students. The expectations are clear and concise and the students are responding well. We reward the good behavior with positive feed back from the teachers who give each student doing well a card that represent them being Respectful, Responsible and Safe. The students then bring the card to the office to get their hand stamped with a green cobra. They are always anxious to show off that stamp to myself and other students who in turn strive to get their own cobra stamp. .

We conducted our first fire drill at the start of the school year. Expectations were relayed and students and staff did an excellent job following through with them. We will continue throughout the year to have these drills to ensure that students are prepared in the event of a real occurrence. Safety is our main goal.

 Picture day was held on September 13th. Knowing the importance of school pictures for parents as well as the importance of instructional time for staff, a schedule was made and the day went by smoothly with minimal interruption to classroom time.

 The highlight of the month here at CCS was on September 15th . The PTO held a “Back to School Bash” right here in our parking lot. The event went from 10:00 – 2:00. We had a bounce house, a dunk tank, face painting, a tattoo station, various games and more for the students to enjoy. It was a great turn out that beautiful sunny day with a steady flow of students and community members stopping by for some good old fun. I want to thank all the staff that came to help out that day and a special thanks to Mr. Larry Dunphy who climbed up into the dunk tank himself and added to the fun and laughter of the day.

 Our Open House on September 19th had a fantastic turn out. We had a steady flow of students, parents and community members. It was great to see them roam through the building, getting the opportunity to meet the teachers and see their child's classroom. I would like to extend a special thanks to our PTO for joining us that evening housing a book fair for our students and the community members. We also had local Cub Scout leaders there that evening to recruit new scouts.

 Our PTO ran a book fair for our students during the week of September 17th – 21st. All students and staff had the opportunity to visit the book fair and purchase a book. 

First graders took a field trip to North Star Orchards on September 19th . All K – 5 students went to the Lakewood Theater to watch the performance of “Little Bo Peep” on September 21st. 

 A 6-8 Dance was held by Mr. Carey on September 21st to help to raise money for students who will be attending the Boston Trip in October.

 Our month ended with our 8th grade trip to Huts and Trails in Flagstaff on September 25th and 26th .