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HEADS' LETTER: Oct. 19, 2017

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FRIDAY is our ANNUAL KAGAN COOPERATIVE LEARNING USA 2017 OPEN HOUSE and WORKSHOPS

OCTOBER 20-21

Friday and Saturday, we will be hosting teachers from all over Florida and beyond who will come to learn from and with our teachers!!!

FRIDAY is a day for community service to schools across the state and nation, as all of our teachers demonstrate for other educators how to highly engage students in their own learning as a Kagan Cooperative Learning Model School. This is our 20th year hosting an open house with the Kagan Cooperative Learning national training team, where visiting educators start with an orientation workshop, followed by classroom observations.

Our goal is to always positively influence education for hundreds of other students, as well as our own, by modeling best practices and research based learning structures and strategies. Everyone will work together to contribute to creating excellence in our own classrooms while showing others how to raise the level of learning in all grades. It's a day for our students to experience the opportunity to GIVE to others as well as engage in their own classroom learning.

FRIDAY is a day when our students can share how learning to work solo, in pairs, in teams and as a respectful listener-audience style teaches our Corbett Prep students how to be successful with others, as students and when they enter the workforce someday. Every day is preparation for the real world, even beyond school.

On Wednesday and Thursday, all of our teachers were observed and coached by Jackie Minor, the lead trainer and organizer in the Kagan organization. Like all great professionals in sports or the arts, only the best get coached by the best! We are proud to once again give our teachers this opportunity.

KEY REMINDERS!

  • FRIDAY DRESS CODE: Friday is CORBETT PREP SPIRIT DAY. All students are EXPECTED to wear a favorite Corbett Prep shirt or T-shirt or follow the Monday through Thursday dress code.
  • FRIDAY is an ACADEMIC DAY and all students are asked to be prompt as usual. Parents, we will have a lot of educators visiting on Friday (tomorrow). We appreciate your assistance so that all of us at Corbett Prep can both teach our students and make a difference for others...helping to improve education everywhere...
  • ARRIVAL: Traffic will be busier than normal in the morning. Please welcome our visitors with a Corbett Prep warm greeting! Any parking spaces that you can use to support the arrival of many guests would be appreciated by all. Thank you!
  • DISMISSAL: Our visiting educators will leave after 3:15 p.m. to keep dismissal as usual.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS INSPIRE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING!

This past Monday and Tuesday, Mrs. Maria Cardona, Mrs. Telma Largent, and Ms. Jennifer Jagdmann, along with their math, science, and language and literature classes, took advantage of an exciting opportunity to be recognized as leaders in international education!

Rachel French and Carla Marschall, co-founders of Connect the Dots Education chose Corbett Prep to showcase the work of teachers and students as exemplary models of Concept-Based Inquiry.

Concept-based learning refers to a curriculum organized around big ideas that support transferable understanding. Concept-based inquiry not only develops creative and critical thinking in students, it also increases engagement and motivation. This makes it an extremely valuable pedagogy to develop in schools.

In order to guide educators in understanding what concept-based learning looks like in the classroom, Rachel French and Carla Marschall are writing a book with supporting photographs and video content to be published by Corwin Press (SAGE Publications) outlining instructional strategies that can support students in forming transferable understanding. Our teachers and students were videotaped on Monday and Tuesday modeling these concept-based inquiry strategies to positively influence educators worldwide.

MIDDLE SCHOOL HOSTS OUR WORLD DAY

by Mrs. Jagdmann, Co-Division Leader Middle School

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, Middle School students will host their Annual Our World Day Celebration! East Side students are invited to the West Side to celebrate the diversity of our Corbett Prep community by learning about cultural traditions within our own community and throughout the world.

The "Our World Cafe" will be located in the Middle School Gym. Personal artifacts will be presented by the 6th grade students, 8th graders will share cultural family recipe food samples, and 7th graders have designed interactive place mats for the students to enjoy. A cultural fashion show and a variety of artistic performances will be shown on stage during each session of Our World Day!

To add excitement and festivity to our celebration, the Middle School division is inviting all East Side students and teachers to wear shirts that celebrate their own personal heritages or cultures! Pull out the international soccer jerseys and vacation T-shirts! This is a wonderful opportunity for the entire school to celebrate our diverse cultures and experiences!

FALL SPORTS UPDATE

by Coach Heller, Athletic Director

CROSS COUNTRY - The Florida West Coast League season finished on Tuesday, Oct. 10 with Corbett Prep finishing first overall for Junior Varsity Boys, first overall for Junior Varsity Girls and second overall for Varsity Boys. The Varsity Boys team qualified for the State Tournament, which will be run Saturday, Oct. 28 in Lakeland, Florida. The season was a great success with every runner achieving his/her personal best time at some point in the season.

SOCCER - The regular season finishes up this week for all three soccer teams with our Purple Team looking to finish the season as the overall regular season champion. The Green team finished their season this past Monday with a 3-1 victory and the Silver Team hopes to finish their season this Thursday afternoon with a win. All three teams had a successful season, which included many outstanding victories. Good luck to our Purple Varsity Team, which looks to win another Florida West Coast League tournament next week.

VOLLEYBALL - The regular season finishes up this Thursday for all three volleyball teams. This season has been filled with learning and growing. New coach Jorge Garbey, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist from Cuba, along with former U.S. Olympian Keba Phipps have laid a foundation for years to come for Corbett Prep Volleyball. The Purple Volleyball team looks to put everything together next week for the Florida West Coast League tournament which begins on Monday, Oct. 23. Good luck to our lady Warriors and thanks for a great season!

PFA NEWS

BY PFA PRESIDENT, Tammie McFarland

NOVEMBER 13! 23rd ANNUAL CORBETT PREP KIDS CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT!!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!

Register online to play and become a sponsor!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: CORBETT PREP GASPARILLA CHILDREN'S PARADE FLOAT, SATURDAY, JAN. 20, 2018

  • Here is your chance at the "buy-it-now" early bird option for the coveted spots riding on the float and walking in the parade!
  • This year will feature the early sign-up for the premier and highly coveted 8 seats available for purchase to ride on the float (seats are sold as pairs - 4 pairs available)
  • This year will also feature the early sign-up of the 44 walking spots! These spots go quickly!
  • Remember: Children 6 and under are only eligible to be float riders. Children 7 and older are eligible to be parade walkers or float riders!
  • There must be one adult for every two children participating.

16TH ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL

A FAMILY DAY OF FUN and FRIENDSHIP! FOR EVERYONE OF ALL AGES!

Tomorrow, Friday, OCT. 20, 5:30-8 p.m.

JOIN US for this family-friendly FRIEND-raiser that will create many lasting memories for our school community. Volunteers are the key to creating a fun and successful event for everyone! To learn how you can help, please visit the Fall Festival Volunteer Spot link.

Questions, please contact Committee Chair Margaret Pressner or Tejal Patel.

ADMISSION IS FREE! There are a limited number of walk-up meal tickets. Get there early and enjoy the fun!

SCHOOL PICTURES

OCTOBER 26 AND 27

These pictures are such special memories year after year, and the photo goes directly into our yearbook!

Please remember the school dress code will be adhered to for all pictures. These pictures will be in the 2017-18 Yearbook.

Picture dates are:

  • THURSDAY, OCT. 26: EAST SIDE (PreK3-5th GRADES)
  • FRIDAY, OCT. 27: MIDDLE SCHOOL (6th-8th GRADES)

THINKING AHEAD...TUESDAY, OCT. 31

HALLOWEEN COSTUME DAY GUIDELINES TO MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!

There will be academics as usual on Oct. 31...except for a part of the day that will be devoted to Halloween fun!

Each division celebrates differently according to their ages and teachers' plans. Other information will follow from your teachers and/or RPCs. Many thanks to one and all for caring to make this day a lot of fun while still following our basic common-sense guidelines:

When choosing Halloween costumes for school, parents, please be mindful that there are children who react differently to scary costumes and that costumes should always be school appropriate and respectful.

  1. All weapons, scary masks, etc. are left for your own personal use outside of school.
  2. Please be prepared for teachers to follow these guidelines and intercede where necessary.
  3. The Annual Middle School costume extravaganza is also expected to respect Friday dress code guidelines.

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