The Falcon's Nest

Clinton-Massie Elementary

Principals' Corner by Jennifer Updike

Dear CMES Families,

I am a firm believer in the power of the growth mindset, and approach each year with the belief that all our students are capable of learning and growth. What is growth mindset? Simply put, it is the belief that intelligence and ability are not fixed traits or that we are born with only so much of them. Rather; with effort and perseverance all students are capable of academic achievement.

Every day, your child will be immersed in the growth mindset in our school. Our students will be asked to take educational risks. They will be praised not for their mental quickness or natural intelligence, but for approaching the process of learning with grit and determination. And they will grow in ways they never thought possible.

But, here’s the thing, these messages cannot only come from us, and so I am writing this letter to ask for your help. How can you help? You can value growth and improvement in your home. I am not an educator who puts a high premium on scores and a number or letter at the top of a paper. Yes, grading is valuable as a data tool for tracking progress and helping us devise appropriate instruction, but the important thing is that we see students grow. For example, if a student goes from scoring a 55 percent on an assessment to scoring a 68 percent, we have two choices. We can either look at the 68 percent as an unimpressive D+, or we can celebrate it as a big increase in comprehension of a skill or concept. I choose the latter. I’m not asking you to throw a party over a D+, but I am asking you to be mindful of where your students start and how they progress over time. In my estimation, continual progress, however incremental, is to be valued.

Here are some things you can do to extend and promote growth mindset in your home:

  • Encourage your child to take risks and tackle new challenges at school.
  • Praise your child not for the ease with which he or she learns a concept, but for the amount of effort put into learning it.
  • Communicate with your child’s teacher if the material is too easy for your child, so we can offer him or her sufficiently difficult learning challenges.
  • Emphasize perseverance and effort in extracurricular activities. For example, “I’m proud of how much effort you put into that basketball game” instead of “I’m proud of how many points you scored in that basketball game.”

We hope you’ll commit to joining me on this growth-mindset journey. We cannot do it without your help. Please contact me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Updike

CMES Principal

*Letter resource from the Growth Mindset Coach

Author by Annie Brock and Heather Hundley

Counselor's Corner by Jennifer Horner

Christmas is right around the corner and DELIGHTS of DECEMBER is a great way to lessen the burden and stress of purchasing gifts. This program is designed to help the less fortunate provide gifts for ALL children in their household. If you qualify for this program or would like to help in any way please contact Jennifer Horner, Elementary School Counselor, at 937-289-2515 ext.4405.

Buy your 2017-2018 Yearbook now!

Yearbook info will be coming home in January! Beat the rush and order online! You can order now at Yearbook ID Code: 2346918

All orders due by January 26th!

Magazine Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who sold, bought and volunteered during our Annual Magazine fundraiser! We raised over $5,000 for field trips, Ticket Town, COSI, student enrichment and more. Our top sellers will be taking a Limo ride to Dairy Queen for a creamy treat in the next few weeks. Also, The Fidget Spin Off will take place next Tuesday. This is only for those students who sold 6 or more magazines. The PTO could not continue supporting our elementary staff and students without your help. We will have one more fundraiser in the Spring.

2017 Annual CMES Book Fair

Thank you to all the Clinton-Massie Families for your help. The Book Fair is an exciting and wonderful event for the students! As you know, it’s like Christmas.

The details from the fair are:

Sales: $14115.02

Scholastic Dollar Profit: $7057.51

Scholastic Dollars Spent: $2366.81

(Books for Students In Need, Discounts Given & Books Distributed to Classrooms)

2018 Invention Convention Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 7pm

Elementary Cafeteria

Clinton-Massie Elementary will be participating in the 2018 Invention Convention! The Invention Convention is an academic endeavor in which students use their imaginations and problem solving ability to research, plan, and create an invention. I’ll be hosting an informational night for parents and students on November 14th @ 7pm in the elementary cafeteria. You’ll get to find out how your child can participate in this wonderful opportunity and hear from some of the State Finalists.

School Fees

Just a reminder that all school fees are due by December 20th. Progress reports will be held next grading period for any fees owed. Questions or concerns, please call the elementary office at 937-289-2515. Thank you!

Kindergarten - $35.00

Transitional 1st Grade - $29.00

1st Grade - $47.00

2nd Grade - $70.00

3rd Grade - $55.00

4th Grade - $62.00

5th Grade - $63.00