Dear CCS Families

     Fall is upon us and the colors are beautiful! I hope the start to the year has been a good one for your family. We are so delighted to have kids back in school. It didn’t take us long to embark on outdoor education trips and another year of meaningful learning and growth. 

This year…

  • 8th graders spent five days bonding, wilderness camping, and canoeing at Navajo Lake
  • 7th graders backpacked to Thomas Lakes and summited Mt. Sopris after waking up with a dusting of snow on their tents
  • 5th and 6th graders spent two nights in Moab camping, hiking, exploring, and reconnecting as a learning center 
  • 3rd and 4th graders explored caves, viewed waterfalls and eagles, visited a fish hatchery, and camped for two nights at Rifle Falls State Park
  • 1st and 2nd graders braved a beautiful night camping at Bogan Flats campground near Marble and had a picnic lunch and some playground time in Redstone before returning to school
  • Finally, our newest students will visit the Maroon Bells next week 

     As a staff, we met with Aspen Community School teachers last Friday to review our Compass-wide portfolio process. And, for the last few weeks, CCS teachers have spent time during our Monday staff meetings analyzing and discussing the results of the summer learning center survey, the spring Family survey, the end of year student survey, and our academic achievement and growth data to determine how to continuously improve. Our efforts will materialize into a strategic plan that will be shared at our first school accountability meeting next Tuesday, October 7th at 6:30pm. I’d like to form a committee, but this is open to anyone. Please RSVP.

     This week, I am sharing several ways you can engage with CCS families and staff to “live” what we value and to live up to our community school name. (See my 2nd post)

     I also want to remind all families that arriving to school on time is vital to the social-emotional wellbeing and academic success of each student. Please make sure your child arrives to school between 8:00 and 8:10 a.m. and remind them to be in their classrooms immediately after the bell rings for attendance. We will be reaching out to individual families if students have trouble arriving on time.

     Before signing off, I want to thank all of you who have volunteered or contributed to the CCS Annual Fund already this year. We are off to a great start!

Let’s have a fabulous fall! 

Best,

Sam