Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014

Last Monday was a very special day on our campus. We have been working very hard to make the daily educational experience for each of our students exceptional. We had the opportunity last Monday to show our very own State Superintendent of Education the many great things happening on our campus. Even though he was only here for an hour, he was able to see first hand student collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, rigorous expectations, and technology integration. Below are a few snapshots of the visit.

Welcoming State Superintendent Torlakson to Crystal!!
State Superintendent Torlakson saw students using historical evidence to develop their arguments in Walpole's US History class. 

State Superintendent Torlakson witnessed a whole class "fishbowl" discussion in Shannon Balthazor's Pre Algebra class.

State Superintendent Torlakson, FSUSD Superintendent Corey, and Director of Technology Tim Goree 

State Superintendent Torlakson watching collaboration with math in Baptista's 6th grade math class.

State Superintendent Torlakson seeing Google doc collaboration in Merrick's Honors 8 English class. 

Leslie Marley, Kris Corey, Dave Gaut, Tom Torlakson, Kristen Witt, Judy Honeychurch

We submitted our application on Thursday, February 6th to become an official No Excuses University school. We should know the results in a month or so. Here is the video that we submitted as part of our application. It was created by our very own 8th grade student, Erina McSweeney.

Our Drumline and Guard competed this Saturday at the winter review at Rodriguez High School. Last year we competed in the Novice division, this year we competed in the Advanced division.

We brought home a First Place Trophy for Drumlime in the Advanced Division and brought home a Second Place Trophy for Guard in the Advanced Division. CONGRATS!

ILLUSTRATE: To make the meaning of something clearer by giving examples. 

Many more great things are in store for Crystal!

Continue to be innovative, creative, and a model of excellence! 


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