The Cougar Connection

A Corporation Wide Newsletter

*From Mr. Gaff's Desk*

Have you ever stopped and thought about what the daily lives of your students look like after they leave the school building? Are their physical and psychological needs being met when they are no longer inside the walls of the school? Do they have positive interactions with adults outside of the school building? Do they look forward to going home at night?

Unfortunately, for many of our students, the school is the only structure and support that they may have in their daily lives. As the summer approaches, some of our students are forced to fend for themselves. The uncertainty of what their future holds may lead students to end the year with stress and anxiety. Please be cognizant of this as we come to the close of another year. End the year on a positive note. Your interactions over the next week may be the last positive adult influence that some of these students have until they return to us in August.

Thanks for all you do. Please continue to keep students first.


*Chain O' Lakes Festival*

You all received an email earlier this week to sign-up for the Chain O' Lakes Festival! The Marketing Committee will be hosting a Gaga Pit this year for the duration of the festival, June 7-10. We can use the help and CN presence, so be sure to sign up on 1 or more time slots to help out! We can also use walkers in the parade so sign up for that as well!!

Working the booth will consist of collecting admission, overseeing the game/being an "official", passing out CN information and selling CN Swag.

If you choose to walk the parade, we'll just need you to toss candy, pass out drawstring backpacks and have fun interacting with the community!

Our only requirement? Wear your CN Spirit Wear to represent us well!

(psst...if you sign-up to walk the parade, you get an awesome new t-shirt for FREE to wear in it!!)

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*Special Recognition*

A special shout out goes to:

**Cathy Shaw & Amy Ummel. Cathy and Amy have done a fantastic job with our very large group of Kindergarten students this year. These teachers took the challenge of having less than ideal class sizes and advanced their students in many ways. The difference with social and academic progress has been tremendous. Thank you to our Albion Elementary Kindergarten Teachers!

**Brad Parker & the Varsity Tennis team. Brad is leading an awesome team this year, with a record of 11-1. The girls are playing great and compete Saturday for the Conference Championship. Be sure to wish the team members and Mr. Parker good luck.

**Abbey Mault. Abbey is working hard showcasing the talents of the school. The Senior High Art Show is currently on display in the Auditorium, be sure to check it out. She also held her annual "throw" day. In addition, CANstruction came away with multiple awards:

~Juror's Choice

~Most Cans Collected (14,906)

~Best Original Design

~Best Use of Labels

~Structural Ingenuity

**Officer Worman. David, the man of many hats, took time out of busy schedule to deliver the 8th Grade Celebration Commencement Speech. Thanks for taking this on!

*Upcoming Events*

*Tuesday, May 16th: Board Meeting (Central Office, 7pm)

*Wednesday, May 17th: Elementary Field Day, Grades 3-5

*Monday, May 22nd: Last Student Day!!

*Tuesday, May 23rd: End of Year Gathering (Breakfast at 8am)