Director’s Report Crestone Charter School
January 2008Kathryn Brady1.0 Enrollment§3 students (siblings) disenrolled from Primary, Intermediate and MS classes to transfer temporarily out-of-district. Their parent that lives in Crestone is traveling for two months abroad and the children will live with their other parent in the Boulder area during this time and expect to return to CCS and Crestone community in late Spring.§1 new Primary student (8 year old female) enrolled 1/14/08 from Alamosa schools.2.0 Finance§We will “pay back” the District the overage we have collected for PPOR from August-December this month. We do not have the official total at the time of this report, but we have been anticipating this expense since October 1st in our budgeting and spending and have prepared for an approximate $31,000 deduction from our revenues.3.0 Education and Curriculum Development3.1 Staff·Staff will complete 6 hours this month towards Spiral Curriculum planning in Language Arts.·Staff will participate in a workshop training with Alice Price from the Center for Restorative Programs (formerly VORP). The training is based on the Olweus Bullying Prevention model and will likely be modified to best serve CCS student needs.·Winter Show and Tell is canceled. We will have approximately 1/3 of our students and families absent during the scheduled time for performance. Teachers are planning now for Spring Show and Tell and will focus energy and enthusiasm towards an excellent showing later in the Spring. There are still several opportunities for community performance and sharing this winter. See LINK’s winter fundraiser.·Parent-Teacher conferences were conducted January 8th and 9th. Participation is as follows:·Early Elementary 100% parent participation·Primary 100% parent participation·Intermediate 100% parent participation·Middle School 100% parent participation·LINK 75% parent participation3.2 Students§Emily Booth was the CCS student who won the essay and poster contest sponsored by the Center Water Conservation District this year. Emily will be recognized later in the spring for her fine performance with certificates, checks and a dinner.§Three Middle School students attended the County Master Planning Process with their teacher, Charlie Warren. Emily Booth, Alex Caffrey and Althea Beasley attended the public meeting on January 10th with 60 community’s members from all over the county. The students were the sole representatives of school-aged children and brought awareness to the issues affecting school planning in our county.§Middle School is in planning stages for their trip to San Diego Zoo and Los Angeles area April 6-12.4.0 Facility and Transportation·We had tremendously high propane costs during December as well as continued plumbing issues at LINK. Repairs to the slow-leak in the heating unit at LINK should help with some of the freezing drain issues. Sealing off the William Scotsman trailer’s skirting and adjusting the draw on the heating unit will also reduce expenses.5.0Fundraising·LINK Fundraiser community dinner night will be held February 2nd. Mexican fare will be served, Palmas (Latino, Cuban, Flamenco band) will perform, and possibly EE students will join to perform a short bi-lingual play they have prepared.6.0 Parents and Stakeholders§Parents of LINK students will meet on January 16 for an informational session regarding the upcoming Costa Rica trip. Dates for the trip are April 7-19.§Families attended a piano recital for the students of Galina Warren last month at LINK. (See attached program)7.0 Land Search and New Facility·Charlie and I met with Bob Hite, general manager of the POA, on January 11. During this informal session we discussed the Greenbelt A spaces in the Baca that are possible building sights for our school. Bob gave us information about the process of making a proposal. We will have the land surveyed and develop a proposal to present the POA Board for their March meeting.8.0 District§Will Miles and I attended a screening of applicants for the Superintendent search on December 16. Among applicants were CCS Middle School teacher, Charlie Warren. The Board offered Charlie an interview in the process. Interviews will take place February 23. CCS community members participating in one of two public interview committees include Kathryn Brady (CCS Director), Karen Acker (CCS Teacher), Deb Morley (CCS Support Staff), Will Miles (CCS Governing Council), Karen Potter (CCS Parent Community). All interview committee members from CCS and Moffat School communities will meet February 6, 4pm at Moffat for an orientation with Bob Cita of CDE.10.0 Community Acknowledgements§Thanks to our BOCES school psychologist, Carla Stockley, not only for her excellent support of CCS students, teachers and programming, but also for performing with her musical group, Palmas, at the upcoming LINK fundraiser.