Cabell Chargers

Week of December 6- December 11 Vol.1 Edition 17

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Principal's Note

Hello Staff,

Two more weeks before winter break! And yes, we have some important dates and events in these two last weeks.

Remember to compete the District wide climate survey. We are all expected to do this. The deadline for the survey is Friday, December 11.

ACP
begins this week and continues the following week.

Dec. 17th, the PTA will hold its general assembly and stage our winter carnival from 5:00-7:00 PM. We are asking all staff to plan to attend and volunteer to help at one of the stalls/stations. It will be a fun evening for students, parents and staff.

PBIS class parties are on Thursday, December 17th. Please follow the steps that was sent out to teachers for successful end of semester party to celebrate with students who demonstrate consistently positive behavior.

We look forward to celebrating our successes of the first semester with staff. On Wednesday, December 16th, the administrative team will host a holiday lunch for staff.

Take full advantage of the 10 DAYS OF HOLIDAY FUN. Again, please complete the Climate Survey. Have a great week of teaching and learning
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Action Required

  • District-wide Fall Climate Survey, Due by Friday 12/11
  • PTA General meeting, December 17th, 5-7pm

Upcoming Events

Staff Meeting , Monday 12/7, 3:15 pm
Job A-like, Monday 12/7, 4-6pm
ACP Testing, December 8-17

Design Studio

This week our campus was visited by the 2Revolutions team who began working with the Personalized Learning campuses last year to help guide PL teams through the planning and designing process. Now that we are in our first year of implementation, the 2Revolutions team came to observe how we are implementing Personalized Learning at Cabell and they provided the leadership team with suggestions and feedback. The leadership team also had the opportunity to revisit the Design Thinking Process.


What is Design Thinking? Design thinking is dependent on the idea of trying new things, reflecting on their success and making the adjustments necessary for the next attempt. Embracing this mindset encourages a dramatic shift in practice while allowing a safe place to try new things without a fear of failing.


How does Design Thinking apply to teachers and school leaders at Cabell? We are able to generate new ideas to solve a problem, prototype, test, and iterate for maximum student benefit. With Design Thinking, we can make sure that next gen learning is truly student-centered.

Thinking back to Cabell’s original application to become a Personalized Learning campus, our problem was that the majority of staff taught traditionally in a one-size-fits-all framework and struggled to meet the range of student’s needs. Consequently, students didn’t have a voice in their learning, were unengaged, unmotivated, and were not learning at their full potential. The Cabell team focused on numbers 1 through 4 during the planning stage last year (see the diagram below).
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Now that we are in Year 1, we are in the most difficult stage of the Design Thinking process since we are continuously building, testing, and learning about the different components that we are implementing. In addition, we are continually faced with decisions involving scaling back, shifting, or scrapping our ideas (see the diagram below). We are so fortunate to have the best staff at Cabell! Remember to breathe, don’t be afraid to fail, and share your successes!

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Habits of Mind: Do your best work

As we spend these two weeks focusing on ACP's and our student academic performance, let's encourage students every day to do their best work.
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Mission Statement

our mission is to promote student success through a high quality education. For every child to succeed, we must hold students and ourselves to high expectations. Only the courageous pursuit of excellence will lead to success.