Good morning and happy Monday everyone! I am back with
announcements after quite a break! I know you all missed my voice....or
at least missed the Dad jokes!
Its Monday...a big day...a big step as I climb these stairs...we welcome a
large portion of our middle school back to school after 360 days. That's
right, 5 days short of a full year since many of you were on campus. The
halls and most classrooms have been empty. We have small groups of
hard working students on campus... but they will tell you too...it isn't the
same. This all seems surreal...every employee of this district entered our
careers because we love the school environment...and suddenly that was
all stripped away. We all can’t wait to see more students in classrooms
today. Not just because it will be a relief, but because it's another step
towards normal. We are getting closer to normal school! That's right
everyone! Alarm clocks, early days and tardies are getting closer
As we climb this mountain, I want to be sure to thank 4 groups who are
all taking this step with us. First, obviously, I want to take a moment and
thank the students who have chosen to come back to school in our
hybrid. Whether you start today, Wednesday, or next week, we are
beyond ourselves to see and support you. Secondly, thank you to the
group of students who are staying remote. I want to thank you for your
diligence and your recognition that your current circumstances means
learning from home is better for you and your family right now.
Continue working hard, I promise we will not to let you down. Third, a
huge thank you to that group of students who have been coming in to
school in very small groups since October. You have had to endure
changes to our health procedures over and over, and had to revert back
and forth from full remote learning...but you persevered. Your diligence
is noted and appreciated. And fourth thank you to ALL the parents of all
CMHS students. Thank you whether your child will be attending or not.
Whether they enjoy online learning or not. Whether they look forward to
classes or not. You support them, and we thank you. As a vital part of
the CMHS family...you deserve to be recognized.
Today, we shoot not just to the moon, but to Mars with the goal of
normal school. We start the process of watching our systems and
protocols to keep children safe, and we continue to hone our model of
instruction to keep students moving forward. We are getting there...
But the biggest thing about all of this? We get to have a mostly full
school again. No more dark hallways or silent classrooms. It's what we’ve
And today...marks the beginning. A beginning of school. A beginning of a
return to normal...a long process but an important step. Today is the first
day for half of our middle school students...but it represents so much
more. So I say..welcome back Wolves.
With the start of the hybrid there is another great new option starting
CMHS is excited to launch our new optional enrichment program to
support students who are seeking social community, academic
challenges, and activities that stretch their thinking. A schedule of
various programs will recur every week, and students can join via a
Google Meet classroom code. There is no need to sign up in advance to
attend any of these programs, and students are encouraged to drop in
at any point. Please refer to the CHS & CMS Enrichment Schedules
included with this email to learn more about how to join these virtual
programs starting today!
CMHS Dad Joke of the Day:
Why are DJs so bad at fishing? (They always drop the bass)
Words of Wisdom...
This is Mr. Kappes with a few words of wisdom.
Have you ever heard this old expression?
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink.
Getting an education is a little like that. Teachers can lead you to the Fountain of Knowledge, but you have to choose to drink. You have to choose to take in the information and make good use of it!
The Chinese say the same thing another way:
Teachers open the door, but you must enter yourself.
Today, be aware of the choices you make every day in regard to your education. And remember, your teachers are holding the door open to a more successful future. Are you going to step through?
With something to think about, this is Mr. Kappes. Make it a great day . . . or not. The choice is yours.