Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. G!

September 7, 2019

“Always hear others out and remain open-minded; the day you think you know everything is the day you have the most yet to learn.”

A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

Being open minded is one of the IB principles and is being highlighted this month. Being open minded is a trait that can benefit us at every stage in our life, and we want our scholars to understand that the IB principles apply not only at school but in the real world! Every day is an opportunity to discuss the IB principles, and we hope you have opportunities to explore them with your scholars.

Community News

Community partnerships are critical to the success of any school, and we are pleased to announce partnerships with three institutions of higher education this year. We are partnering with the University of Notre Dame, Bethel University, and Saint Mary's College this year.

We will be continuing our partnership with the University of Notre dame for both the Latin program and the The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. Both programs provide the opportunity to bring foreign language instruction into our building. It is a wonderful partnership between the two communities and we are eager to see it develop this year.

Bethel University will be partnering with our 5th and 6th grade teachers to provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to develop their instructional practices.

Saint Mary's College education students will be working with teachers throughout the building for their introduction to education placements.

State Assessment Data Released

ILEARN results were released this week. The ILEARN is a new assessment that was rolled out by the IDOE this year. Scores are down statewide and you can find out more information about the test in this article from Chalkbeat:

Clay International is engaging in data analysis to identify areas of growth for our students and will work relentlessly to provide rigorous educational experiences for students this year. One of our key goals this year is literacy. Remember that you play a critical piece in literacy growth! Please encourage your scholar to read for at least 20 minutes at home, to discuss what they read with someone, and to read aloud for 10 minutes. These three strategies are research-based and proven to grow students' reading levels.

Dress Code Reminders

Dress code: Please remember that while we are allowing tops with hoods, the tops must still be the correct uniform color.

Spirit wear Extension: We have extended the spirit wear shop until Sunday, September 8th! Here is the link:

Have a restful weekend, and we will see you on Monday!


Dr. Garcia

A Week in Images

Dates to Know

September 27th- Award winning YA author, Kwame Alexander will be in appearance at the St. Joseph County Public Library at 6:00 pm. The SJCPL and The Brain Lair are proud to sponsor this event. Tickets are required.

September 28- CIA Volleyball Tournament 8:00-4:00 (at home)

October 2- Late start for professional development. School begins an hour later.

October 2- Talks with Todd (Dr. Cummings) at The General Deli from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm.

October 12- CIA Volleyball Tournament 8:00-4:00 (at home)

Teacher Updates