Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Planning for Next Year

Students, Parents and Faculty,

The end of the school year is quickly approaching! As this occurs we need to look back at our successes and shortcomings, and look forward to how we can continue to strive to make May Community Academy the best on the west side!

Tell me 1 thing we did well this year that you would like to see stay in place next year.
Tell me 1 thing we can improve upon for next year.

Eighth graders, your opinion matters! We know you'll come back and visit, so be sure to share your insights as well!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Faculty to Crush 8th Graders in Basketball...

Today after school the faculty will take on the 8th grade students in a basketball game at Michele Clark (and will surely put the 8th graders in their place).

Do you like activities like this? Do you think it helps create a positive school atmosphere and helps build relationships between students and teachers?

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Goes Track E!

As you have heard by now, May will be a Track E year round school beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. Technically, students will be in school the same number of school days as every other CPS school. However, on the Track E schedule students will have breaks throughout the school year. School begins August 10, 2009 for students. Students and faculty will have 2 weeks off in October, 3 weeks off at Christmas, and 2 weeks off for Spring Break.

I am excited for this new opportunity and want to share the reasons I think this will work for May.

1. Summer break will be shorter, so there will be less time for students to "lose" knowledge gained throughout the school year.

2. With a shorter summer break teachers will not need to spend as much time "catching up" in September and will have more time to cover new content.

3. There will opportunities to have enrichment programs during the breaks in October, December, and April.

4. Because there are scheduled breaks after 45 days of instruction, teachers and students have a chance to rest and rejuvenate which decreases "burn out".

What are your thoughts about Track E? Do you have concerns? Are you excited?

Let me know!

Mr. Lewis

Welcome to Blogging, May!

Welcome to May Community Academy's blog!

As we begin to integrate more technology into our school I'd like to take the opportunity to get more feedback from you. As I post questions, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts. If you are a student please remember: first names/last initials and room #s only. No last names.
I look forward to hearing from you all!

Mr. Lewis