Director’s Newsletter

Hello Arcadian Families and Friends!

I’ve been remiss with my Updates, and I apologize!!   I believe you’ve been kept abreast of the news via shorter emails, but I clearly need to adhere to a more regular timeline going forward.  In the meantime, here are some things you’ll want to know as we enter the summer.
Friday was a beautiful graduation at the Grand Theatre.  Pictures will be appearing on facebook and on the website; stay tuned . Tomorrow a group of nine high school students, myself, and teacher Matt Everhart embark on a European tour, traveling from London to Paris to Florence and Rome, and finally a stop at Pompeii.  Look for our updates!!
A couple of updates coming up in the Fall:  you will want to reserve Wednesday, August 29th for our annual all school picnic (and student art silent auction)!  You will be receiving more information about that and about goal setting conferences scheduled between August 28-30.  During that time you will have a chance to discuss our switch from a five day schedule to a six day schedule.  I’ve attached a working version to let you see how it plays out.  The advantage for us is that it evens out the classwork load (instead of one class meeting three days/week and another only two days a week, they can now each meet three days/6 day cycle) and gives teachers planning time.  The 6-day schedule also means more project work time for both staff and students.  You will notice that each quarter has one ‘innovation day’.  We have many ideas for how we’d like to spend these days, but they all revolve around experiential learning related to work being done in school.  Students may still take classes at the high school/middle school.  Stay tuned for more information about this innovation!  (I have attached next year’s calendar for your convenience).

Finally, the Arcadia Board of Directors has been working diligently on a strategic plan guiding our work through 2021.  The mission has been tweaked to reflect our priorities.  The new mission reads:
It is the mission of Arcadia Charter School to prepare our students to transition intellectually, emotionally, and ethically to higher education, future employment, and engaged citizenship.
There are four initiatives associated with this mission:
1. Iterate and innovate our educational approach
2. articulate and share our unique identity
3. Support engaged and fulfilled staff
4. Strengthen our financial sustainability.
This is a lot of information, and we will have many opportunities to discuss at length in the Fall.
The building will be open this summer, housing the Young People’s Theatre program and the Ensemble classes.  Feel free to stop in and say hello; I will be here on most days after our return on June 23rd.
It’s been an amazing year and we look forward to seeing everyone in the Fall!
Barb
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