CL Hawk Update
January 4, 2019
Challenge Day & 19-20 Calendar
Central Lee Parents & Community,
I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. We were very happy to welcome students back to school this week. I’m sure many parents, like myself, were also very excited to send their students back to school. This edition of the CL Hawk Update will cover an exciting opportunity for our HS & MS students later this month.
I often get phone calls from parents of students in other districts wishing to attend Central Lee due to bullying/harassment issues at their current school. While we welcome new students, I always remind these prospective families that Central Lee, like all schools, has its own share of bullying/harassment issues. This past year we have implemented a few different strategies to promote a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment. While we have not been perfect, we continue to make positive strides. We are excited today to share some information with you about an opportunity that will be available for 8th, 9th, and 11th-grade students this month.
At the end of January (29th-31st), we will be welcoming the Challenge Day organization to the Central Lee Community. The Challenge Day organization will be spending a full day with 8th, 9th, and 11th grade to create an experience to improve student relationships, peer to peer connections, and empathy skills as part of their signature Challenge Day program. Challenge Day is designed to decrease bullying/harassment in schools and organizations and improve the overall culture.
At the bottom of this communication is more detailed information directly from the Challenge Day website including an informational video for parents to learn more about this experience.
Why is this important to know? First, as a parent myself, it is important for you to know and understand the various activities we have planned for students especially our programming focused on social/emotional health. Secondly, if you want to be involved in the Challenge Day, we are looking for volunteers! If you are interested, please contact Kim Ensminger (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nicole Herdrich (email@example.com). We are also encouraging local businesses to send an employee as a volunteer. Ultimately, we want our entire community to benefit from this experience. We will need approximately 20 volunteers per day. We do ask that you commit to a full day of participation with our students if you choose to volunteer.
Challenge Day is only offered for grades 7-12 and has a maximum capacity of 100 students per day. Due to budget constraints, we had to select certain grades to participate this year. We hope, with success, to continue to offer this programming in the future for additional grade levels.
Our vision is to make Central Lee a safe and welcoming school for all students. We believe bringing the Challenge Day organization to our community will help us in our journey to achieve this vision. Should you have any questions about the event, please contact me or either principal.
We are in the process of creating our 2019-2020 district calendar. We would like your opinion!! Please take 60 seconds and provide us your input. Thank you!
Lastly, I want to wish our entire community a Happy New Year! Together, we can continue to make Central Lee a great school district for our students in 2019!
Dr. Andy Crozier