The Dragon Newsletter

June 2016

Message from Mr. Adams

Dear Parent(s),

Summer vacation is just around the corner, and while we want your child to experience the fun that comes with sunny days and warm weather, we also want your child to maintain all the wonderful learning that s/he has gained this year.

Your child’s continued development as a successful reader will only occur if s/he reads throughout the summer. The best predictor of summer reading loss or summer reading gain is whether or not students read during the summer!

Due to the fact early literacy is so important, we are offering the Super Summer Success Reading Program to students in Kindergarten - 2nd Grade. As part of this program, we will be sending your child home for the summer with a bag of books that match his/her reading level and interests. If your child reads these books over and over again, for 15 minutes each day, your son or daughter will be able to maintain the reading growth that s/he made this year. Setting up a daily routine for reading will ensure that your child will avoid “summer reading setback” or falling behind in reading during the summer months.

We are also pleased to announce the opportunity for your child to visit school on the following dates and times to exchange his/her Super Summer Success books for new ones. Our reading aides will be at school between 4-5 p.m. on these dates to help your child select new SSS books:

July 12th

August 3rd

August 24th

Books will be sent home the last week of school. All Super Summer Success books and the take-home bag, should be returned to school in the fall.

Questions about the Super Summer Success Reading Program can be directed to your child’s classroom teacher or a member of our school’s Reading Team.

Thank you for supporting your child’s reading this summer. When you do, you are giving your child a gift that will last his or her lifetime!

Yours truly,

Brian Adams, Principal


Don't forget that our students have access to RAZ KIDS over summer.

Our customer representative has also arranged for CE students to access two additional resources. Starting in June, our students will be able to experience a trial period for Reading A-Z and Science A-Z.

Reading A-Z

Ranked the #1 reading instruction resource in an independent survey of more than 18,000 K-5 teachers, Reading A-Z is famous with educators for its extensive collection of leveled reading resources. With more than 1,500 books at 29 levels of reading difficulty to choose from, you can easily put developmentally appropriate content into each student's hands. The product also includes thousands of corresponding resources to enhance instruction and strengthen students' reading skills, such as guided lesson plans, worksheets, assessments, and much more.

  • Differentiate student reading with more than 1,500 books at 29 levels of reading difficulty.
  • Hone reading skills with lesson plans, worksheets, discussion cards, and comprehension quizzes that accompany every leveled book.
  • Teach important 21st century skills and address critical ELA curriculum standards with thousands of downloadable, projectable, and printable teaching materials.
  • Utilize hundreds of world language / translated books ideal for bilingual, ELL, and dual-language programs.

Science A-Z

Science A-Z is an award-winning curriculum resource that blends science and literacy into one captivating K-6 curriculum. The product delivers thousands of resources in Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Engineering, and Process Science. In addition to a robust library of multilevel informational texts, Science A-Z also delivers engaging science experiments, hands-on activities, and other collaborative learning opportunities that allow students to think and act like scientists.

  • Customize and differentiate instruction with multilevel materials in English and Spanish that help satisfy both science and ELA curriculum standards
  • Put broad science concepts and core ideas into context with high-interest reading materials and hands-on science experiments
  • Easily access background information, answer keys, and cross-curricular extension ideas to continue learning
  • Expand students’ understanding of science content, current events, and STEM fields with interactive eResources and additional learning opportunities

If you need help finding a username or password, please contact the office.

Come Join the Fun at CE Field Day!

This is a super fun day where all the students get to rotate around fun games and events. Lower elementary students will participate during the morning session and upper elementary students will take part during the afternoon. We are in need of volunteers to help run stations. If you have any available time on that day please come out and help. For any additional information please contact Corrina Brigham at or use the link below to sign up to volunteer.

5th Grade Happenings

The 5th grade class has a few big events happening in June! They start off with a field trip to Greenfield Village on Thursday the 9th for a full day. They get to celebrate their successful end of 5th grade with a picnic at Clintonwood Park. This is a day with fun activities and a picnic lunch. This is on Monday the 13th and they will be gone most of the day. The send-off is on Wednesday the 15th, last day of school. This will take place in the cafe at 9:00 am.

Schools Out!

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 15 at 11:31 am.

Super Summer Success

It's us again... your reading friends! We love this time of year because we get to help your students book shop for Super Summer Success books!

Super Summer Success parent letters, explaining the program, will be coming home the end of this week. (Reminder that again this year it is not an opt-in program - all K-2 students will take home book bags.)

After your students shop, book bags will be delivered to the classrooms closer to the end of the year.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thanks once again for your help!

Gail and Kim

Culvers Fundraiser

A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped with the Culver's fundraiser! The kids were able to run food out to dining customers, wash tables down and clean/get more food trays ready! All of them used great leadership skills and were very respectful of the business and its customers! Our Dragons Rock!!!!

Medication Pick-Up

If your student received medication during the school year, you can pick it up in the office when school gets out. We can not send medication home with your student. All medication must be picked up by Friday, June 17. Any medication left will be discarded. New forms will need to be filled out for the start of the next school year.

Fabulous Reasons To Read Over Summer Break

  • Gain new understandings of others

  • Meet new friends

  • Improve yourself and gain new skills

  • Travel to another place

  • Have a good laugh

  • Solve a mystery

  • Learn new information and knowledge

  • Appreciate works of art

  • Meet a narrative master

  • Read a good story

Copy the link below for more fun ideas!


Calendar of Events

9 PTO Little Caesars Fundraiser Night

10 Field Day

13 5th Grade Picnic

14 Half Day (dismissal 11:31 am)

15 5th Grade Send-Off

15 Last Half Day (dismissal 11:31 am)

Looking Ahead

School will resume on Tuesday, September 6. This will be a half day of school for students with a start time of 8:15 am and a release time of 11:31 am.

Summer Coding Camp 2016

Scratch (Coding) Camp for Beginners

Cost - $175.00

Date - July 25-29, 2016

Time - 8:30 - 11:30 am

Max. Participants - 20

Location: Administration Building

Instructors - Lori Banaszak , CCS Technology Integration Specialist and Sharon Crain, CCS Media Specialist


Coding Camp for Beginners - A camp for kids ages 9 - 11 years old to learn about coding (computer science) using Scratch. This camp will introduce and help kids build a basic understanding of coding. This will include the terminology and processes to start thinking like a computer programmer. Students will complete group activities as well as individual projects to produce a final game or animation. There will be a student showcase the last day of camp to highlight student projects. Come code with us!

Scratchers (Coding) Camp for Intermediate/Advanced

Cost - $175.00

Date - July 25 - 29, 2016

Time - 12:30 - 3:30 pm

Max. Participants - 20

Location: Administration Building

Prerequisite - Coding Camp for Beginners or member of one of the CCS elementary coding clubs.

Instructors - Lori Banaszak , CCS Technology Integration Specialist and Sharon Crain, CCS Media Specialist


Scratchers Coding Camp - This camp is designed for kids ages 9 - 12 years old to take their Scratch skills to the next level. This camp will build upon the concepts of Coding Camp for Beginners and develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of coding (computer science) using Scratch. Participants will work in collaborative groups as well as independently to create interactive games or animations. There will be a student showcase the last day of camp to highlight student projects. Come code with us!

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.