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Career Pathways Charter School Monthly News November 2020

Looking Forward

It is never too soon to be thinking about high school graduation.

Seniors are finishing up credits and making college and career plans for next year.  Advisors are working  closely with students and families to make sure students stay on track. Some students already have plans for fall 2021. This is an exciting time of the year for seniors and we are here to support them.

Our College in the Schools (CIS) partnership with Lake Superior College allows eligible Career Pathways 9th through 12th grade students the opportunity to take a college class with Ms. Liz Lonetti and earn both high school and college credit at no cost. This is called Dual Credit.  If you would like to know more about Career Pathways options for Dual Credit, PSEO and CIS, please contact Ms. Lonetti llonetti@cpathmn.org or your advisor.  If you are interested in learning more about PSEO in general, please visit https://cpathmn.org/high-school/ and https://peopleforpseo.org/faqs  

Juniors and Seniors -  ACT tests have been postponed by the Minnesota Department of Education because of Covid 19.  More information will be shared about future test dates when it is available.  Look for updates from Ms. Liz llonetti@cpathmn.org 

MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATE from Ms. Glow

Career Pathways middle schoolers have been showing huge growth over the first quarter. Faced with these difficult times and doing distance learning has not stopped these students from still making their learning fun and meeting their goals. Everyday the middle school students meet virtually as an advisory where they answer questions, check in with one another, journal, have time to socialize and play games! 

Students focused their first quarter in English language arts working on writing skills and finished by writing their own stories. In math, students work on both a personalized self-paced learning path through the Aleks program and on teacher led assignments. First quarter students in social studies learned about Minnesota and US history. Then, they made postcards detailing the events or people they learned about and had fun addressing them to real or fiction people! In science, students studied cells, how plants and animals function and the human body. We are looking forward to the rest of the school year!

Ms. Hannah Glowczewski (Ms. Glow), Mathematics Teacher, Middle School Advisor, School Board Member, hannah@cpathmn.org

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND SUPPORT - Ms. Alex

As a pandemic is sweeping the world and uncertainty is all around us, it is sometimes hard to understand why everything is happening.  As we begin to grasp that our new “normal” life is a little different from a year ago, we often have many questions that go through our minds such as why is this happening, how is this happening, and when will it end?  

At Career Pathways, we understand that our students are navigating through a challenging time and we have made it our priority to meet our students’ social and emotional needs.  Our students attend daily advisories where they have a community of peers whom they can talk to, play games, and understand how important it is to be self aware of your emotions, thoughts, and ideas.  We will continue to keep open lines of communication with families. We understand times are not easy and distance learning is not easy but we are here to support you.  Most importantly, take care of yourselves first and find something that makes you happy for at least 10 minutes a day.  
 

Ms. Alex Holzschuh, MSW, LGSW, School Social Worker, alex@cpathmn.org 
(Photo above: Ms. Alex making crepes last March with a student.)

SURVEY RESULTS

Students and teachers co-created our Quarter 1 Feedback Survey.  They wanted to know if we needed to make changes for Quarter 2 and how things were going for everyone.

Here is the data and response highlights:

  • 234 people were asked to respond.  The survey was open for 3 weeks and was sent 4 times, twice via email and twice via text.  Advisors asked students to respond.
  • 34 people or 15% responded. This included 17 students, 7 parents, and 10 staff. The survey was anonymous. 

How are you enjoying school so far? 

  • 88% reported “good to love it!”
  • 12% reported “less than good”
  • No one reported “not good”

Students: Are the teachers communicating with you when you need support (if the work is hard)? Or - Parents/guardians & staff: Are you able to connect with each other when you need?  (See pie graph)

These questions asked for a little more information.  Some of the responses are included below.

If you could change one thing what would it be?

  • “Nothing, I really like the way things are going for my kids and how supportive the staff is with my kids.” - parent response
  • “In school instead of online school” - student response
  • “More time to work one on one with students” - staff response

What do you need for self care at this time?

  • “Mindfulness and making sure to get up and move more... and maybe chocolate.” - staff response
  • “Helping my mental stage and like a group section about talking about how things are going.” - student response
  • “Nothing really, I do like checking in on my kids daily and maybe take time to watch a movie with them here and there at home.” - parent response

Do you have suggestions for our Student Council?

  • “Have virtual social gatherings monitored by the school. More team projects.” - parent response
  • “Try to plan a fun virtual event for students. A virtual talent show could be cool” - staff response

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

  • “Thank you for your support; We can make a difference in the lives of these students working together !!!” - parent response
  • “Wish we were at school” - student response

If you would like to receive a copy of the full results (they are anonymous), please email the office. Quarter 2 began on Monday, Nov. 23.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • 12 / 21 to 1 / 1 NO SCHOOL WINTER BREAK 
  • 1 / 8 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
  • 1 / 14 FAMILY CONFERENCES
  • 1 / 18 MLK DAY HOLIDAY
  • 1 / 28 LAST DAY OF Q2
  • 1 / 29 NO SCHOOL - TEACHER WORK DAY

Do you have a friend that needs a new school?

We are raising money for outside furniture to expand our learning areas.

We hope to purchase three playground quality picnic tables so that students have a place to sit and work on our playground.

We have raised 50% of our goal already. 
Thank you for your gifts.

DONATE HERE

STUDENT COUNCIL VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

On Wednesday, Nov 11,  Three Career Pathways student council members attended the Central High School Student Council to learn more about what other student councils are doing during Distance Learning.  This is what was reported back:

“I thought that it was very cool how they started their meeting and how they allowed us Career Pathway students to give our opinion about some of the stuff. I think that we definitely should try to visit another school because I think it would help us improve our student council in a way that we could be more organized. I am not saying we aren’t but I think it would be kind of useful to learn about other schools too.”

The Student Council is open to all Career Pathways students.  We meet every Wednesday at 1:15 and talk about school spirit, community service, and social justice.  Upcoming school spirit activities include, all school social zooms, plans for a Middle School Social and a Spring Prom. 

If you would like to know more about the CPATH Student Council, let us know.

We prepare students for future success with three kinds of learning:
PERSONALIZED + EXPERIENTIAL + BLENDED
Important Information
 
Enrollment and Transportation questions to Dr. Joan - joan@cpathmn.org
Blended / Online Learning questions to Mr. Abshir - abshir@cpathmn.org
Work Credit and Internship information to Ms. Liz - llonetti@cpathmn.org
 
Other questions? email office@cpathmn.org or call 651-400-1781

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