A new school year brings about excitement and change. Educators know that a key to a great school year is to spend time in the first few days focusing on routines, procedures, and protocols in order to set students up for the most successful year possible.
A few years ago, Crandall Middle School took this idea a step further and created “Community Day.” Now in its third iteration, CMS Community Day rotates the entire student body through six stations around the school. In each session, a trusted adult goes over vital information that the students will need to know throughout the school year.
“It’s really changed our culture,” said Natalie Davis, Administrative Assistant to Principal Amy McAfee, “it’s more fun for our students to hear from different speakers. They love hearing directly from the Superintendent. They get into the ideas more and understand it better.”
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Wendy Eldredge, spoke to her groups about what it means to be a Pirate. She touched on Pride, responsibility and wove in the importance of literacy as she spoke. For many middle school students, this was their first opportunity to meet Dr. Eldredge face to face, as she joined the district in July as Superintendent.
By covering items that are informational in nature, such as arrival procedures, Chromebook guidelines or dress code in a more relaxed and approachable way, CMS sets their students up for success.