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HEADS' LETTER: Oct. 12, 2017

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CORBETT PREP WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS and STUDENTS

We are delighted to welcome a team of student teachers and coaches from Colombia, South America from the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia. The 11 University students and their professor, Nancy Suarez, are learning the M.O.R.E Model for instruction from our Physical Education Master Teachers. This was organized by our very own highly respected Coach Ivan Romero. Each afternoon they also experience training by Dr. Swarzman regarding the power of a positive psychology mindset as well as the curriculum for appreciating and understanding the uniqueness of all learners and players!

Director of the CSS (Community School for Sports) Carmyn Samuel gave a presentation this week on the philosophy of sports instruction used at Corbett Prep, the Ultimate Warriors, while learning and studying at Corbett Prep. They will take this information back and share with students and colleagues from their communities in Bucaramanga and beyond.

On Sunday, October 8, our Spanish team and host families welcomed 12 students from Spain and their teachers from Ramón y Cajal in Madrid for the 12th year of this study program. The students are in fourth through eighth grade. All students will have an opportunity to help them with their English and practice their Spanish in each of the classes. Every year this is a highlight for our community and our international visitors. These students will be with us through Oct. 27!

AUGMENTED REALITY AT CORBETT PREP INSPIRES STUDENTS and TEACHERS

The use of augmented reality technology inspires and excites students at Corbett Prep. TOTALLY BEYOND AMAZING! Augmented reality computer systems from zSpace recently arrived at Corbett Prep, and many students and teachers are eager to start exploring zSpace in order to combine elements of virtual and augmented reality. How does it work?

Students wear special lightweight glasses and use a stylus in front of a monitor to navigate through interactive, educational experiences. Some examples are:

  • First and second grade students were able to examine a beating 3D human heart in their Health and Well-being unit. The image was so realistic that some students tried to touch the image hanging in space in front of them.
  • Fourth grade students, guided by Mr. Johnson and Ms. Freda, were able to examine the inner workings of our planet, examine the tectonic plates, and work with the surface plates as a 3D jigsaw puzzle in Earth Science.
  • Seventh grade students will be able to examine the minute organelles of the cell, both in isolation and together as a part of the whole cell in Life Science.
  • The after-school Splat club can do ultra realistic dissections of virtual organisms.

zSpace software spans multiple subject areas, including science, geography, language arts, design, 3D modeling, measurements and data and is for all ages.

The new zSpace augmented reality computer systems allow students to see familiar things in amazing new ways. The M.O.R.E. model stresses using every tool available for success, and the zSpace augmented reality allows students to exercise their visual-spatial learning skills in completely new ways. It's also fun, and fun increases engagement. Thank you to parent Victor Adams for leading us to this extraordinary and innovative technology for our students! PFA dollars made this investment possible. We need to keep supporting Golf and Big Event. PFA volunteers and parents, who support their efforts, keep our technology ahead of the curve!

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL 2017-2018

Eight Corbett Prep Middle School students embraced leadership opportunities for the 2017-18 school year. The students created campaign materials and gave speeches to the Middle School to tell their classmates their qualifications and desires for serving on Student Council. The Student Council will be planning a Middle School Halloween Celebration, a schoolwide food drive in November, Middle School dances, and additional ideas to continue the tradition of making the Middle School a place where students actively work to create a dynamic community!

Homeroom Representatives: Eighth grader Macy Selewach and sixth grader Alex Lloyd

Student Council Members/Advisors to the Executive Council: Sixth graders Julia Cox and Jordan Solito

Executive Officers: Student Council President: Jake Vildostegui; Vice President for Community Outreach: Madison LeVine; Vice President for School Activities: Dina Fakhar; Treasurer: Ayedean Sharabyani

Congratulations to all!

MIDDLE SCHOOL Highlights

STEAM UPDATE from Maria Cardona: Physical science students are working on a lab to measure the volume of sand grains with and without air spaces. Mr. Powers and Mrs. Morey are also practicing the Kagan structures to prepare for our open house next week, with teachers visiting our classrooms as we demonstrate mastery in actively engaging learners.

Seventh grade students just completed the microscope unit, where they had an opportunity to observe living cells. Students observed plant cells, and different types of protists such as amoebas, paramecia and euglena. Using evidence from both textbooks and other online resources, students were able to provide scientific explanations of eukaryotic versus prokaryotic cells.

Mr. Chorvat's students have been traveling to Lake Lipsey to collect dissolved oxygen data. Students are assessing how to keep Lake Lipsey healthy by collecting different type of data such as water temperature and dissolved oxygen. This week the testing will involve assessing nitrates and other nutrients, and the impact these nutrients have on their environment.

FALL FESTIVAL

KUDOS TO OUR PFA LEADERSHIP! WOW! See PFA NEWS for more information!

It's a family night where everyone will enjoy friendship and fun! Do you see this campus? The PFA Fall Festival team is getting us in the fall spirit with creative and seasonal decorations on both the east and west sides of our campus! It's fun, exciting, and the first time ever holding this at night to add to the excitement of this annual special event. Thank you to Margaret Pressner Attias, Tejal Patel, and their committee for leading this event.

ENCLOSURES IN THURSDAY FOLDER

  1. Paid Ad: Milestones Children's Dentistry Brochure
  2. CSS Street Hockey Information Form
  3. CSS Mini-Basketball League Information Form
  4. Kagan 2017 USA Tour: Corbett Prep hosts teachers as a Cooperative Learning Model School

PFA NEWS

BY PFA PRESIDENT Tammie McFarland

NEW DATE, SAME PLACE, SAME TIME! NOVEMBER 13!

23rd ANNUAL CORBETT PREP KIDS CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT!!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Register to play and become a Sponsor online: Corbettprep.ejoinme.org/golf

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.

Corbett Prep! The online auction for purchasing your spot to either walk or ride on the Corbett Prep Gasparilla Float will open bright and early starting 8 a.m. Monday, October 16. Spots go quickly, so set your clocks! The link to purchase: https://corbettprep.ejoinme.org/golf

Are you ready, mateys? ARRGGHHHH!!!

What a start to a phenomenal year. Thank you for the extreme amount of support already this year. Our Art to Remember fundraiser was highly successful, and we thank you for submitting your beautiful illustrations on time. Our October PFA meeting was again another lovely turnout. We are looking forward to another fantastic event next Friday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Fall Festival.

FALL FESTIVAL REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Purchase your meal tickets online today by going to https://corbettprep.ejoinme.org/fallfestival

Mark your Calendars:

FUTURE PFA MEETING DATES:

  • November 1 @ 8:05 a.m. - PFA/Meet the Board of Trustee Day
  • December 6 @ 8:05 a.m.
  • January 10 @ 8:05 a.m.

ALL PARENTS, ALWAYS WELCOME!!!

REMINDER: SCHOOL-WIDE PARENT MATH NIGHT

TONIGHT, OCT. 12, 2017 - 7-8:30 p.m. in the GRAND ROOM

From Linda Wenzel, Director of Studies East Side and Telma Largent, Director of Mathematics

We are pleased to offer a Math Night Overview for our PARENTS to share our processes and curriculum for engaging your children in mathematical concepts that balance conceptual understanding, procedural processes, and expanded knowledge base. The goal is to achieve mastery, by implementing national standards to drive our curriculum choices and results while challenging and stretching our students!

We are hoping for a great turnout so that all of our PARENTS have a good understanding about mathematics that our children are learning, the methods being used to develop mastery, and the multitude of resources that are used to support student learning.

We will share current research and provide time for adult learning and understanding as well. We strongly believe that mathematical literacy is as important as reading literacy.

We look forward to sharing our love of math with you, along with our commitment to create a culture that values mathematical understanding for all our students.

Please join us and our teachers tonight, Oct. 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. on the second floor Grand Room on the East Side.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR FAMILIES FOR HONORING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE DAYS!

Our teachers were so very grateful for the opportunity to meet with so many parents during the marathon days of conferences last week. Connecting with our parents creates the team that focuses solely on the success of our Corbett Prep students. Some teachers were even able to brag about meeting with 100 percent of the families in their grades or class. Congratulations to the Middle School for creating an amazing system to move parents from one subject and teacher to another. The energy and high-level connections made were truly admirable and created pride on all sides!

KAGAN MODEL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

FRIDAY OCTOBER 20: We will have many visiting educators from all over Florida arriving for an opening and closing workshop combined with classroom visits where our very own master teachers will be modeling how to engage students in active learning. As a private school with a public purpose, we are proud to positively influence other educators to make a difference in their classrooms using Kagan cooperative learning structures to prepare students with a lifetime of people and academic skills.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, our teachers will join one of two Kagan workshops with our visiting educators to continue to hone their skills in the Olympic Tradition where the best are always getting better!

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