2017 Welcome

Back to School
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Dear Students, Parents, Guardians, and Friends-

As superintendent, please allow me to welcome you all back to school for the 2017-2018 school year!  Over the course of the summer, we have been busy getting ready for the opening day.   Summer is a time to reflect on our academic program and progress over the past year, engage in professional and personal development, and work to clean, repair, and upgrade our facilities.

 I want to send a Cougar thank you to the Bowen Committee, Mrs. Burleson and the Crafton parents and friends who came out to paint the playground. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and help to make the playground a little brighter and more fun for the students at play.   The façade of Crafton has also had work done, which helps to make the school a more welcoming place for students and families.   When in Crafton, please take a glance at a new reading nook for students by the stairwell off the main lobby. This space includes some outstanding “Where the Wild Things Are” artwork.

At Carnegie, work continued to replace floor tiles, stair treads, and paint rooms. We are excited to welcome Mrs. Baughman as principal and Mrs. Garrison as a kindergarten teacher.

At the high school, work has begun to convert the library to a creative learning space, which will feature several unique creative stations for students where they can come to design, think and make some innovative projects.

From a curricular standpoint, at the elementary schools we are rolling out the staggered start for kindergarten. This will help these young students transition from home to school while allowing teachers to help assess their needs in more depth to get materials and resources in place for them as we ramp up the year.

At the high school, we will be launching a new semester course on the Holocaust this Spring, which will also address the topics of genocide and human rights. This class is being taught by Mr. Patsko, who spent a year in preparation and training for this course- training that included an educator trip to Poland with the group Classrooms Without Borders.   The high school also was one in fifty schools in the nation to receive a Dynamic Learning Project grant from Digital Promise.  This grant will focus on working with teachers to integrate technology into their lessons and courses, thereby enhancing instruction to increase student engagement and critical thinking skills. As part of this project, Principal Loughren and Mr. Gevaudan travelled to the Google Headquarters in California for training in July to learn with other teachers

Carlynton also continues its partnership with CMU in two areas: The Digital Fluency Project at the high school and the Learning Lab across the buildings.  The Digital Fluency Project helps students to immerse themselves in data and technology to address issues and come up with innovative solutions using technology in a way that not only allows them to research, design, innovate, and collaborate with each other but which also allows them to develop their voice as individuals.

The CMU Learning Lab brings research into the classroom by looking at ways instruction is delivered, examining data on the effectiveness of that delivery, and providing research on how a lesson might be more effectively implemented.  Working with CMU researchers, teachers get to try innovative research based techniques designed to increase student engagement and enhance their thinking skills.

We are excited to welcome the following new people to our Carlynton faculty and administrative teams:

Mrs. Lauren Baughman, Principal at Carnegie Elementary School

Mrs. Trina Howells, School Nurse at Carnegie

Mrs. Alexis Garrison, Kindergarten teacher at Carnegie

Ms. Brittney Nocera, Business teacher at the High School

Mrs. Alicia Booz, Autistic Support, at Carnegie

Mrs. Billie Vaslavsky, French teacher at the high school

Ms. Kim Sumpter, Title 1 Reading teacher

Lastly, I hope that you come out this fall to view our students in the many extracurricular events taking place this fall, including the upcoming band festival in September and the Fall play later in the semester.

Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to seeing you this fall!

Dr. Peiffer



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