CIS Summer Update

July 2016


By now I have had the opportunity to meet many of you but there are many others that I have not yet had the privilege of meeting. I am very excited to get started with the challenging work of moving CIS forward.

My wife and I have had a busy summer. This week marks our second week in our new house on the NW side of Goshen just outside of town. We have two wonderful children, Ada (8) and Ryne (4). Ryne just celebrated his birthday about a week ago. Ada is going to be a third grader this coming school year at Orchard View Elementary in Middlebury. My wife, Erin, is an eighth grade science teacher at Northridge Middle School.

Professionally I have spent the last two years as principal of North Side Elementary in Kendallville, IN. North Side is a K-6 building of about 375 students. Prior to that I was assistant principal at Goshen Middle School, TAP master teacher at Chandler Elementary, and fourth and fifth grade teacher at Woodland Elementary in Elkhart.

Personally I love sports (Cubs, Irish, Hoosiers), history, science, psychology, reading, Excel (yes, the computer software), and office supplies (that's right - I'm a nerd). There's nothing better than a nice pen.

What the Future Holds

I know you probably have many questions about what may possibly change, what will stay the same, what plans do I have, etc. I can't answer all of those yet because there aren't answers yet.

It is natural for things to change year to year, and this is exaggerated with a change in leadership so I cannot say, "Nothing will change." However, my plan for the future is to spend the first several months learning about our strengths, challenges, needs and NOT making major changes. That's not to say change won't occur. I am sure you will notice little changes in how things are done but this is only natural.

My focus will be this:

Ensuring all students reach mastery by focusing like a laser on WHAT WE TEACH, HOW WE TEACH, and consistently CHECKING FOR UNDERSTANDING.

I know, what does that mean, right? I will dig more into this at our retreat but know that I want to dig deeper not wider, teach smarter not harder, and hold ourselves accountable for student learning.

New Staff

Mickey Wagner - Principal

Kristy Lichtenbarger - 5th grade

Miranda Rozhon - 6th grade math/ science

Staci Short - 5th grade

Kati Vedder - 5th grade

Jennifer Outlaw - 6th grade ELA/SS

Linda Eby - filling in for Anna Miller

Dates to Know

August 8 - Certified Staff Retreat (8:00 - 3:00)

August 9 - 1/2 day work day in AM (afternoon optional)

August 9 - Back 2 School Night


September 5 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

October 25 - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 27 - Fall Break Begins

Staff Retreat

Will be Das Essenhaus starting at 8:00 am on Monday, August 8th. You will have an hour for open lunch on this day. Feel free to bring your own, eat at Das Essenhaus, or anywhere else you choose.

Bring an internet enabled device (if you have one). Smartphones will suffice - if you have a laptop that will work too.

Attire will be business casual (jeans or shorts are totally fine).

Back 2 School Open House

Tuesday, August 9th

5th grade: 5:30 - 6:45

6th grade: 7:00 - 8:15

Camp Eberhart Dates

5th grade S Team (Chapman, Rach, Cassady, Ulick) – Tuesday, September 13

5th grade I Team (Short, Herkenroder, S. Miller, Shears, Doty, Aukerman, Briganti) – Monday, September 19

5th grade C Team (Burkett, Vedder, Weldy, Yoder, Cox, Wise) – Tuesday, September 20

6th grade S Team (Slovinski, Burkley, Rach, Cassady) – Monday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 11

6th grade I Team (Meranda, New teacher, A. Miller, Helvey, Franks, Reed) – Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18

6th grade C Team (Sands, Lechlitner, Outlaw, Freeze, Teall, Summers) – Monday, May 8 and Tuesday, May 9

Schedule for Next Year

Scott has put together a tentative schedule for next year. He shared it via Google Drive but you can also access it with this link:

Take a look and give him your feedback.

1 on 1s

If you have not yet had an opportunity to sign up for a 1 on 1 meeting with me please follow this link and sign yourself up. At this meeting I will want to get to know you and hear your thoughts on how we can make CIS stronger for the future.

This is completely optional.