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Monday, August 17, 2009

New Playground at Cook

Check out the article about the new playground at Cook. It is really cool. If you haven't seen it, ride by sometime.

A new approach to play time - The Dispatch - Columbus, Starkville & The Golden Triangle

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Enrollment is Up

It takes a couple of weeks for everyone to get back in school, but as of the 4th day of school, we have a total enrollment of 4392 compared to the 4th day last year of 4272. This is a really great trend. CHS, Lee, and Hunt are all showing good solid growth in numbers. The number enrolled should keep growing for another week or so as everyone returns from where-ever to get started back in school.

And -- our Falcons play a jamboree this Friday in Philadephia. GO FALCONS !!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Meet the Falcons

There was a great crowd last night for "Meet the Falcons" at CHS. The team scrimmaged and looked pretty good at times, but they are young and need experience. I have to admit that number 53 is my son and since he plays center, I tend to watch the line block more than the rest of the game. Next week, on the 14th, the team travels to Philadelphia for a scrimmage in a jamboree. The band played last night and sounded great. There was lots of Falcon spirit and anticipation for a great football season. And .. it was HOT !!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Lee Middle

Lee Middle School has gotten off to a great start! Our 8th grade students will be the last 8th grade to ever graduate from LMS and our 7th graders will be the first 8th grade to graduate from the new middle school-Columbus Middle School! Although we are very excited about moving to the new middle school, we are also looking forward to a great year here at LMS.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

First Day of School

Well, how was the first day for everyone? My son began the IB program today and came home pretty excited about the day. The IB program is just great for the kids who have opted to give it a shot. Seems the first day at CHS was very uneventful and a really good start. Everyone remember about Meet The Falcons on Friday, August 7.

STAR New Teacher Induction

I am excited to announce that we have 34 new teachers joining the Columbus School District this year! Last week's two day induction program called STAR (Strategic Training for Academic Results) was one of the best we have ever had. The teachers were actively engaged with team building activities, informative sessions with various district personnel, presentations on how to have a productive first day of school, and training on effective classroom management techniques. The highlight of the induction was when we boarded the Falcon Pride bus and toured this beautiful city! The teachers were able to see where our schools are located, as well as a several points of interest along the way. During the bus tour, the teachers participated in a trivia contest which allowed them to learn many interesting facts about our district and Columbus. I look forward to working with and supporting these new teachers as they work towards having a very successful first year as a part of the Falcon team.

I was thankful for all the wonderful press our new teacher induction received last week. Here are the links if you happened to miss them!

Program Brings District's New Teachers Up To Speed

Teacher Induction Process

Sunday, August 2, 2009

School Starts Soon

It it time for school to begin. The second year of our magnet themes should bring even more great opportunities for our kids. The IB program starts this year at the high school. We have really cool new playground equipment at Cook. Construction is underway at Cook, Sale, and Stoke-Beard. Of course, the new middle school is going up fast.

I think the expectations are high everywhere. Let me say THANK YOU to all our teachers, administrators, and staff who have worked over the summer to get ready for the 2009-2010 school year.