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Superintendent's Message

Cornell School District Families

 

Welcome to the new Cornell School District website! We will be working on updating content of our new site over the first few months of the school year and if there are any content items that need clarified please don’t hesitate to contact the school offices. We are looking forward to the 2016-2017 school year because of a number of initiatives we have planned. The Cornell teaching staff will be working throughout the year updating and mapping our curriculum, which hasn’t been mapped in a long time. We will be using the Understanding by Design framework when planning our instructional units and we believe the curriculum tool we purchased through a grant, Atlas, will be a great resource for all teachers allowing them to view the curriculum across the all grade levels in the district. I am also happy to report that we will be working with a nationally renowned educational expert, Dr. John Collins through the 2016-2017 school year. Dr. Collins is founder and managing director of Collins Education Associates and has developed the nationally recognized Collings Writing Program. This is a tremendous writing program that gives teachers time saving teaching techniques that engage students in meaningful writing and thinking activities. Our first session with Dr. Collins was extremely successful and well received from the faculty and staff.

 

This year is shaping up to be another successful year for Cornell. Over the past 10 years we have worked very hard and diligently to ensure that our students are experiencing meaningful and relevant learning opportunities. We have updated our courses, created new ones and expanded on our currently practices. Thanks in large part to a number of grants we have upgraded our technology, nearing one-to-one ratio of devices to students, and have transformed spaces that allow for creativity, innovation, collaboration, and lasting learning experiences for our students. Our teachers have also worked hard to expand on their instructional practices and continually seek new learning opportunities out for themselves. Our teachers really do model life-long learning for our students and I am very proud of the hard working, and dedicated faculty and staff we have at Cornell. Your child is in good hands and I hope you share in the same pride that I do for Cornell. Let’s make this year a memorable one!

 

Aaron Thomas

Superintendent