Superintendent 's Letter
Students, District show progress
Dear Capac Schools Residents:
The 2014-2015 school year is well under way; our students are working hard under the direction of a dedicated staff and with community support. The election for our board of education members will bring back an incumbent, former board members and a new member this January. You can see your bond dollars at work as the new construction of the Cafetorium/performing arts room starts to take shape between the elementary and high schools. A Technology Committee comprised of teachers, administration, and a board member are evaluating technology needs and the best use of the bond technology dollars on one-to-one devises for our students. We have taken delivery of a new school bus and wrapped up the summer building improvements---everyone is enjoying the many improvements of the buildings, such as the modified elementary entrance and the remodeled locker rooms at the high school.
Allow me to highlight a few of the happenings at the building levels:
Capac High School
• We held our first monthly Parent Partner Meeting on November 5th.
• We are utilizing Mailchimp to better service our parents and community by emailing the school newsletter to subscribers (contact us to sign -up).
• We offer an ACT/MME Strategies course to help students achieve higher benchmark scores.
• Our BPA (Business Professionals of America) officers attended leadership training in October.
• After school tutoring is offered through National Honor Society (NHS).
• Capac Alumni Darcy Flynn spoke to the freshman and sophomore English classes about bullying.
• We are implementing Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi) to support the on-going work at the middle and elementary schools.
• The Capac Marching Band participated in the BWAC Marching Extravaganza, highlighting their Trombone Combat.
• The Cross Country team had 7 girls and 3 boys qualify for States.
• Our FFA participated in Project Red at the County Fair Grounds.
• The NHS students visited the Senior Center to help create haunted gingerbread houses with residents.
Capac Middle School
• Algebra 1 is being offered to 8th grade students to earn high school credit.
• Spanish and French classes are being offered to 8th grade students to earn high school credit.
• Students participate in the Pride Day (PBIS event) event reinforcing students to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe.
• Students participate in NWEA testing to show student growth in the fall, winter, and spring.
• Every student is offered free breakfast.
• We have expanded elective offerings to include computer technology and art; we have added a STEM class for 6th grade students and offer an enrichment period to provide students with additional instruction and interventions.
• Students are able to stay after school four days a week for Homework Club and receive help from a certified teacher.
• Student Council election of officers took place on November 7.
• We offer Advanced Academic Achievement (A3), a STEM-based gifted and talented program.
• PEAK Parent Organization supports our building with great student, parent and family friendly engagement programming.
• Our Early Childhood Programming including ECSE, GSRP, Kids-N-Kare Preschool and Latchkey; we also house the Great Parents/Great Start program for the western part of St. Clair County.
• We participate in school wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and CES Chief Pride Points.
• We have Promethean boards in every classroom, revamped the computer lab, 64 iPads on two travelling lab carts, 32 Chromebooks on a travelling lab cart, laptops for student use in literacy, and a Technology enrichment class.
• We host great community events such as our Schoolapalooza, Trunk-Or-Treat, and Yuletide Jubilee.
• Our building is a leader in Michigan's Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi); it continues to build capacity for school wide supports in academics (reading) and behavior.
As you see from the highlights, our staff is dedicated to providing the best for our students and is working hard integrating the many improvements to our curriculum. The year is moving right along and it is good to note all the great things happening to help our students succeed.
Dr. Charles Smith
Dr. Charles C. Smith
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.
Phone: (810) 395-3700