Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. Garcia!

September 28, 2019

September is coming to a close, and we are looking ahead to a busy October. We have a late start on Wednesday, October 2nd. Procedures for the late start can be found later in the Courier. Please mark your calendars for Teacher Record Day and Fall Break. The school offices will be closed October 16th-18th and will reopen on October 21st.

Our library is officially open and many of our scholars have visited the library and checked out books. It has been wonderful to see so many scholars walking around with books, participating in our Battle of the Books Club, and carving out time in their day to read. Fall break is a great opportunity for scholars to unplug from their devices and spend time reading a great book.

School Community News

  • Our FLTA's from the University of Notre Dame began this week and our 6th grade students had a blast!

  • Spirit Wear was shipped on Friday and should arrive this week!

  • We are celebrating Spirit Week September 30th-October 4th to raise money for the volleyball team's Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser. Cost is $3 for the week or a $1 per day. Monday is Pink Out, Tuesday is Neon, Wednesday is Jersey day, Thursday is tie-dye, and Friday is CIA spirit! Student must pay to participate in the dress down days. Students who do not pay will be asked to change into their uniform.

  • Over 60 scholars attended a field trip at Saint Mary's College on Friday, September 27th. They had the opportunity to hear and learn from award winning YA author, Kwame Alexander. Each student received a signed copy of his new graphic novel, The Crossover. We are thankful for our school librarian, Dee Simpson, The Brain Lair Bookstore, and Nate Boyd, Chief Equity and Multicultural Officer, who made this opportunity possible.

  • Ms. Simpson is looking for volunteers to help run and supervise the book fair. Follett Book Fairs offers a discount to volunteers, so in addition to helping your school have a successful fair, you will be able to get some books for your own scholar at a lower price! To qualify for the discount, you need to put in at least 4 hours (about 1/2 a school day). Contact Ms. Simpson at or 574-393-4312 to schedule your hours.

  • Book Fair Schedule: Monday, Oct. 21 to Friday, Oct. 25 we will be open during school hours. In addition, we will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5:00 to 7:30.

  • The Cougar Cast will return next week. Stay tuned!


Dr. Garcia

A Week in Review

Dates to Know

September 30th-October 4th- Breast Cancer Awareness Spirit Week

September 30th- Girls volleyball vs Edison at CIA. 5:30 pm

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

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

October 2nd- Cross country @ CIA

October 3rd- CIA at LaSalle for girl's soccer. LaSalle @CIA for boy's soccer. 5:30 pm

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

October 16th- Teacher Record Day-no school for students

October 17th & 18th- Fall break. No school for students.

October 23rd- Parent Teacher Conferences from 5:00-7:30

October 29th- Showcase of schools at the Century Center. 6:00-7:30 pm

November 8th- CIA Trivia Night at 6:00 pm. Link to flyer:

One-Hour Delayed Start Information

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Teacher Newsletters/Information

Link to Mrs. Wagoner's Newsletter:

Update from 7th/8th Grade Math with Mr. Dennig: A letter will be going home this week about study tables starting on October 9th.

7th Grade -

- Continued work with combining like terms and factoring simple equations.

- With review of Decimals involving multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.

8th Grade 0

- Reviewing fractions that deal with multiplication, addition, and subtraction.

- Continue to build with the inverse operation and add new steps to work with problems that have No Solution and Infinite Solutions.

Spirit Week Information

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