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What an exciting time of year as we welcome over 530 learners and their families to Cottonwood Creek! We are beginning our nineteenth year as a CISD campus and are proud to be the home of the CCE Colts!
Many new faces will be seen around our school this year! In addition to our new families, we have nine new staff members. Two additions to our administrative team include Kirstin Girard as our new assistant principal and Kim Fleischer as our new counselor. You will see these ladies all around the campus as they serve our entire school. In addition, Hollie Gray (Kdg), Michelle Stutes (2nd), Suzanne Saxon (2nd), Melynda Torrens (3rd), Delaney Allison (3rd), Mindy Mauler (4th), and Tom Kilgore (4th) are joining the amazing teaching staff of CCE! These new educators are the best of the best, and we are thrilled to have them as part of the Cottonwood family.
In early June, after a series of interviews and a site visit, Cottonwood Creek was named an Ashoka Changemaker School. Changemaker schools are recognized for their innovative teaching, creative ideas, high standards for character, leadership initiatives, and desire to educate children as changemakers. By becoming a part of the Changemaker network, CCE will have many opportunities to learn from other schools around the world that are recognized for their innovative ideas and their desire to foster empathy in their learners. This is a huge honor for our school, and you will be hearing more about it as the year progresses.
For the second year in a row, Cottonwood Creek has been recognized as a Healthy Zone School in training by the Cooper Institute and YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas! This honor recognizes schools that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness through a variety of creative and innovative activities. We are excited to continue as a member of this prestigious group of schools.
Last year, Cottonwood Creek received a CISD Club 21 grant. The grant provides an iPad to each fourth and fifth grade learner for use during the instructional day. The implementation of this grant has transformed teaching and learning at CCE, and is helping us better prepare our learners for living and working in the 21st century. As part of CISD’s transformation, the district has created a video which tells more about our district initiative. Please take a few minutes to watch the CISD Learning Portrait at this link http://youtu.be/YgpJHkuRrOU. You may recognize several of our educators and learners…we are proud that our school was chosen to be a part of the transformation story.
Make sure you are “in the know” by subscribing to our PTO/CCE weekly electronic newsletter, The Weekly Watch, which is sent to your email account. Cottonwood Creek continues to set the bar for constructivist teaching and learning! We invite you to share in our learning experiences by following us via Twitter @CCEColts and on our Facebook page. These are great tools for keeping parents informed and connected with school-wide and district events.
During the summer, our staff read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. In his book, Burgess uses the acronym PIRATE to share ideas on how educators can become innovative designers of learning experiences. PIRATE …… P (Passion), I (Immersion), R (Relationships), A (Ask and Analyze), T (Transform), E (Enthusiasm) is not anything new at CCE…but we are excited to use his book as both an affirmation and challenge for our staff and our learners this year.
As a school of Leadership, Cottonwood Creek used his book as a springboard for our 2014-15 school theme…Lead Like a Pirate! I am thrilled to be leading this amazing school for the nineteenth year! It is going to be a year to Teach, Lead, and Learn like Pirates…with Passion, Immersion, Relationships, Asking, Transformation, and Enthusiasm!
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Friday mornings at Cottonwood Creek Elementary (CCE) are anything but what you might think a typical morning of school would look like. However, the learners at Cottonwood Creek Elementary are anything but typical. The learners at CCE are leaders and on Friday mornings, these leaders are given one hour to explore their passions – free from the constraints of only working with their grade level, working within a core subject, or completing work their educator has given them. These learners are busy exploring topics like computer coding, recycling, gardening, sports, music, and advocating for a cause such as animal adoption or cancer research all while deciding how their passion will benefit others. We call this time on Fridays, Genius Hour.
Genius Hour is a relatively new concept in the classroom, but has been around in the business world for quite a long time. You may have heard the term 20% Time, coined by Google, a company that offers their employees 20% of their working hours devoted to a project of their choice – their passion – anything that may ultimately help the company. What makes this concept so unique at Cottonwood Creek is that our entire campus engages in Genius Hour on a weekly basis. We break down all the typical structures of school for this hour and learners spread throughout the campus to collaborate and work on their passion.
At Cottonwood Creek Elementary, we believe that simply learning content is not enough for our kids. What sets our learners apart is their ability to lead. Our learners are not afraid to take a risk and try something new – knowing that failure is inevitable some of the time and that it is through those failures that we learn, grow, and build character.
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