Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. G!

August 10, 2019

It has been a busy week at CIA! Many of our fall sports kicked off this week, but there is still time to register your scholar. Remember, all registrations must be completed online at There is also a $20 required fee for insurance. All scholars must have the insurance fee paid for them to participate in sports.

Our spirit wear store is now open. Students can wear any CIA shirt in place of a uniform shirt. Make sure you check out our flyer in this week's Courier.

On Wednesday, August 14, the school's office will be closed from 8:00-11:00. Everyone will be attending the kickoff celebration at Four Winds Field.

Our maintenance staff has been working diligently to make sure the school building is ready for the first day of school, and we want to thank them for all they do. Be sure to check out the spotlight on our maintenance staff later in the Cougar Courier.

The construction crew is still working on Phase II of the renovations, and we are excited for you to see the changes. Thank you for everyone's patience during the construction; we know it has been challenging!

As we prepare to begin the school year, I want to encourage everyone to think about ways we can build a love for reading. We want every child to be a super reader, and we know that 20 minutes of reading at home is key! CIA will be celebrating reading everyday, and we hope you can join us in making sure every child is a super reader.

Have a safe weekend, and we will see you on Thursday, August 15!


Dr. Garcia

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Staff Spotlight

Next week, we will feature Larry Shirley and Ed Dodson from our maintenance staff along with some of our new teachers and staff members.

District Information

Talks with Todd

  • In an ongoing effort to foster open communication with parents, students and other community members, Superintendent Dr. C. Todd Cummings will hold monthly talks throughout the city on the first Wednesday of each month. The “Talks with Todd” meetings will alternate morning and evening time slots in order to accommodate the most number of people. Dates, times and locations for “Talks with Todd” are:

  • Wednesday, September 4, 8:30 a.m., Sunrise Cafe, 1805 Lincolnway West, South Bend, 46628;

  • Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m., at the General Deli, 609 E. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, 46617;

  • Wednesday, November 6, 8:30 a.m. at southside Martin’s Supermarket, 926 Erskine Plaza, South Bend, 46614;

  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. at Martin’s Supermarket, 2081 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, 46637.

Late Start Information

This year, the district will have late starts once a month to provide professional development opportunities for our teachers. Buses will pick up scholars one hour later than their normal time. For example, if scholars are normally picked up at 6:45, they will be picked up at 7:45. Breakfast will still be provided on the mornings of the late starts.


Wednesday, September 4

Wednesday, October 2

Wednesday, November 6

Wednesday, December 4

Wednesday, January 8

Wednesday, February 5

Wednesday, March 4

Wednesday, April 1

Wednesday, May 6

Start times:

High schools will begin at 10:00 am

Middle schools will begin at 10:00 am

CIA will begin at 10:00 am

Elementary schools will begin at 9:00 am

Parent Q&A

Tuesday, Aug. 13th, 6pm

52900 Lily Road

South Bend, IN

Please join the administrative team on August 13, 2019. We will offer a tour of the school, share information about the IB candidacy, our instructional focus for the year, and provide parents with the opportunity to learn about why it's a great day to be a Cougar!

Spirit Wear is Now Available!

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About Clay International Academy

We are a K-8 public magnet school located in the South Bend Community School Corporation.