The Dragon Newsletter

December Issue 2015

Message From Mr. Adams

Dear Clarkston Elementary Families,

It is hard to believe that we are approaching winter vacation already. Our students and staff have been very busy which has made time go by very quickly. Throughout the year, we have continued to focus on creating a culture that values thinking. We have been fueled by participating in learning opportunities that cultivate understanding. We believe being part of this type of environment drives engagement. Students and staff get excited about showing what they know.

In addition to thinking deeply about learning, we have asked the students to think deeply about character development. In particular, our students have been asked to think about what it takes to be a leader. Through the Leader in Me Process, which is based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, we have already created common language and understanding. Now that our students have the ability to recognize the habits in other people, we hope to push their focus towards developing the habits within themselves.

One of our major objectives this year is to share our story of learning. We continue to develop our System of Assessment and Reporting (S.O.A.R.) to provide feedback about student growth. We hope this system will highlight our belief that each student is unique. We want our feedback system to be something that motivates students to think, learn and show what they know.


Brian Adams

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Veterans Day Assembly

We are so proud of our 4th and 5th grade Assembly crew. Their hard work and dedication was evident throughout the entire assembly. Thank you to Mrs. Brykailo for making this event happen, with the help of Ms. Gallivan and Mrs. Stewart. Veterans were asked to introduce themselves and give their rank, branch of military, and years of service. The students were able to thank all the veterans and shake their hands when leaving the assembly. Our veterans were invited to enjoy refreshments (thank you to our wonderful PTO) and get their pictures taken with their families. What a wonderful celebration!

Veterans Day Photos

Our wonderful Mike Daly, who graciously takes pictures at school events, has some great photos from the Veterans Day Assembly. If you would like to contact him about getting a photo that was taken, this is his email address.

Congratulations Mrs. Bacon!

Congratulations to Mrs. Bacon for winning WNIC's Teacher of the Week! A student from her class, Makenna Smith and her family, nominated her by sending a letter into the radio station. An award well deserved. Keep up the good work!

Donuts with Dad

Dad's, Grandpa's and Uncle's you are invited to join us for Donuts with Dad! This event will take place on Thursday, December 3 at 7:45 a.m.

Book Fair

CE's Book Fair is going on now thru December 4. Students will have an opportunity to shop with their class and bring home a wish list. Family shopping night is Wednesday from 4-6:30 p.m. The book fair will be open during Donuts with Dad at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday.

Holiday Parties and Winter Recess

Please join us for our annual holiday sing-a-long followed by classroom parties that will be held Thursday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. There will be No School December 21 - January 1 for holiday break. Students will return to school Monday, January 4.

Calendar of Events

1-4 Book Fair

2 Book Fair After School Shopping 4-6:30 p.m.

3 Donuts with Dad 7:45 a.m.

9 Late Start 9:05 a.m.

10 PTO Little Caesars Fundraiser Night

17 Classroom Parties & Sing-A-Long 2:00

21-1 Winter Recess - NO SCHOOL

Board of Education & Central Office Administration

Board of Education

Steve Hyer, President

Elizabeth Egan, Vice President

Kelli Horst, Treasurer

Susan Boatman, Secretary

Cheryl McGinnis, Trustee

Craig Hamilton, Trustee

Gregory Need, Trustee

Central Office Administration

Dr. Rod Rock, Superintendent

Shawn Ryan, Deputy Superintendent

Mary Beth Rogers, Executive Director of Business Services

John Lucido, Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Christopher, Executive Director of Student Support Services

Non Discrimination Clause

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, it is the policy of the Clarkston Community School District that the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. For more information contact the Executive Director of Human Resources, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400. For more information regarding ADA, contact the Deputy Superintendent, 6389 Clarkston Road, Clarkston MI, 48346, (248) 623-5400.