End of the Year Fun
As the end of the year is approaching, the students are taking part in several fun events. As a part of the "Making Good Choices" program, those students who have earned the privilege will take a trip to the Ten Pen Alley
in Madison for cosmic bowling. Good Choices is an incentive program that encourages making good choices in behavior. On May 23rd, the 4th graders will be attending the Heritage Days Program in Madison. And grades K-2 are headed to Clifty Falls State Park
for a picnic and educational activities.
Earlier in May, Mrs. Lundergan and her 3rd graders attended the "Lore of the Laughery" festival in Friendship, Indiana. As described on their website
, this festival is a "premier living history event, reflects and interprets the historical heritage of the area. Experience these colorful stories as they are told through the pageantry of recreated military units, working livestock, artisans and craftspeople, entertainers, Fife & Drum Corps, voyageurs, and encampments, all demonstrating the lifestyles of 1750-1812."
Each of these opportunities are made possible thanks to the hard work of those going "above and beyond" to bring great learning opportunities to local students. The CCA is grateful for the PTO, teachers, and event leaders for helping our students learn, have fun, and have a greater sense of place!
Teacher Appreciation Day
The Canaan PTO members recently showed the CCA teachers their appreciation through a catered lunch. Check out that spread!
The 4th grade class had an exciting week this week, with three new additions to their classroom. Ms. Noelle Duke, the 4th grade teacher, gave her students quite the science lesson through observing the hatching process right in the classroom!
Arts and Crafts Showcase of Talent
The CCA is celebrating arts week this week with the K-3 musical last Tuesday, and grades 4-6 will have their performance of "Indiana, that's where I belong" this Tuesday at 7 pm. In addition to the musicals, student art is displayed throughout the school. All are welcome to enjoy the enthusiasm of the students as they show off their creative works! Here are a few clips from the K-3 musical, "Recess, the Musical":
|5/9/2013 3:00:00 PM|
CCA presents show on Indiana's history
|Canaan Community Academy fourth through sixth graders, led by academy music teacher Charles Moman, rehearse songs from their upcoming performance of Moman’s “Indiana, That’s Where I Belong” on Wednesday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)|
Courier Staff Writer
Fourth- through sixth-grade students at the CanaanCommunity Academy will get a chance to learn about Indiana's history during a performance of "Indiana, That's Where I Belong."
The show serves as a nine-song guide through state history, and touches on topics including Native Americans, the Underground Railroad, Abraham Lincoln and - of course - basketball.
"It touches on major parts of Indiana's history," said Charles Moman, music teacher at the academy.
Moman wrote the show while he was a teacher at the Seymour schools. Former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman attended the first performance of the show in Seymour.
She enjoyed the show so much she brought Moman's students to perform the show before the state Senate.
The show has taken off from there. Moman guesses the show has been performed at more than 300 schools statewide by more than 50,000 students.
"It's been very, very popular," he said.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the CanaanCommunity Academy gym. The show is free and is expected to run about 45 minutes.
Our first year as the Canaan Community Academy is wrapping up, and what a year it has been! The fun, learning and growing is continuing right up until our last student day on May 31st.
Art Week - Spring Musicals
The spring musicals are quickly approaching. On May 7th, grades K-3 will perform the musical "Recess, the Musical" written by Mr. Moman. On May 14th, grades 4-6 will perform "Indiana, that's where I Belong". Both shows will start at 7 pm. The PTO will be holding a book fair as a fundraiser both nights as well. The musicals are part of the CCA "Art week" which will include a display of student artwork created in their weekly art class.
Families are invited to tour the school, learn about the CCA, and enroll their students each day until the end of school and by appointment over the summer. The lower grades are almost at capacity, so those with any interest should contact the school today! To encourage and educate parents, Mr. Moseng has been working hard to get the word out via bill boards such as the one below, newspaper, and radio ads. Current parents are also a great resource in learning more about the CCA.
Field trips and Special Events
Thanks to the fundraising of the PTO, parent volunteers, and teacher coordination, the CCA students continue to participate in field trips and special events. The primary grades recently traveled to the Cincinnati Zoo. The 3rd & 6th graders got the opportunity to learn about saving money thanks to a visit from River Valley Financial Bank. Andy Henry from Weather Pulse gave a presentation to the 5th & 6th graders about weather safety. Thanks to all who are going the extra mile to make school special for these children!
The school gardens have been planted by the students as a part of the Garden Club led by Vicki Lundergun and her parent volunteers. Volunteers will help maintain the gardens over the summer so that they will be ready for harvest and additional activities by students in the fall. All are invited to contact Norbert Schafer to volunteer or just show up at the school one day and pull some weeds. Get some exercise, help make the gardens better for students - it's a win-win!
The first annual CCA school fair was held in April. Karen and Cindi helped make an awesome meal in addition to serving breakfast and lunch for the students - a long day! The event was organized by the PTO and serves as one of its largest fundraisers of the year. Parents set up games that were played in exchange for tickets. The final event of the night was an auction that featured items donated by local businesses and baskets created by each classroom (thanks, teachers!). Thanks to the generosity of time and donations, fun memories were created as well as future learning opportunities for our kids.
Spring is here and the CCA is charging along! The school garden program has some great additions, the School Fair and Spring musicals are approaching, the first round of ISTEP is over, and the kids are happy to return outdoors for recess. Enrollment for 2013-2014 is also in full swing.
Open enrollment has begun, with the Kindergarten open house scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th from 1-5 pm. Families are invited to come see and learn about the school at any time during regular school day.
School Fair - April 19th
The first annual CCA School Fair will be held Friday, April 19th from 5 to 9 pm. The school fair will feature many of the familiar elements of a school fair including dinner, games and an auction. The auction will include gift baskets and donations from local businesses. It will also include tickets to local attractions like Connor Prairie, Cincinatti Zoo, Newport Aquarium, Indianapolis Children's zoo, Louisville Bats tickets, Reds tickets, and local restaurants! The PTO created a fishing supplies basket that will be auctioned as well. All are invited to come see their neighbors, have some fun, and support a great cause!
The Spring musicals are fast approaching. On May 7th, grades K-3 will perform the musical "Recess, the Musical" written by Mr. Moman. On May 14th, grades 4-6 will perform "Indiana, that's where I Belong". Both shows will start at 7 pm.
The school gardens are in full swing with several projects already completed and several more planned. Here are some pictures of what has been accomplished so far. Garden Club, the T.E.A.M. time activity under the direction of Vicki Lundergan, has started with students learning and working on garden projects. Vicki is aided by parent volunteers Julie Stockman and Angie Hall. Anyone who would like to complete a project or make a donation to the Garden Program, can simply drop that off at the school, contact the school, or speak to Norbert Schafer.
Gardens volunteer, Norbert Schafer, looking over the trays of plants that are growing in his greenhouse. Students planted seeds in these trays that will be used in the outdoor classroom boxes and sold as a fundraiser for the program.
The outdoor classroom built by local Boy Scout (and former Canaan student) Coltin Powers with fellow Boy Scouts as his Eagle Scout project.
The outdoor storage shed that was made possible thanks to a Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant and the long hours of some dedicated volunteers.
Michael Lundergan (left) who designed the shed, ordered the supplies, and led the build. John Hart (right) who worked with the school on the order, volunteered to help construct the shed, and brought along fellow Lowe's volunteers to help.
A "potato bed" built by Norbert Schafer. 5 different types of potatoes will be planted in this bed so that students can dig them up this fall.
Mrs. Fennig's 2nd grade class takes a tour of the gardens and work on observations.
|4/8/2013 3:00:00 PM|
Canaan takes classroom outside
|Ryan Schafer gets help measuring boards from his son Jackson Schafer, 5, and Dalton LaVeck, 13, during a volunteer work day at Canaan Community Academy on Saturday. Volunteers built a storage building to hold supplies and equipment for the school gardens. The building project was made possible by a $4,550 grant from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchieemail@example.com)|
|Scott Ruby helps build the frame of a storage building that will be used to hold supplies and equipment for the school gardens at Canaan Community Academy. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)|
Courier Staff Writer
Students at Canaan Community Academy will be getting their hands dirty next year. Last May, the charter school added an outdoor learning facility that will incorporate gardening into the school's curriculum.
Over the weekend, the school added a shed to go along with the new learning space.
The 12-by-20 foot outdoor storage shed will be used for gardening and landscaping supplies. Those supplies are needed because Coltin Powers - as part of his Eagle Scout project - built an outdoor learning lab for the school. The lab includes 12 small gardens.
Chief Academic Officer Deena Schafer said students will be able to use the gardens during a T.E.A.M time gardening club run by school teacher Vicki Lundergun, and in class as well.
"During team time (students have) been seeding trays to grow in the green house," Schafer said.
As of now, the plan is to grow corn, cherry tomatoes and basil to use in the school cafeteria. Any extra food would then be sold to help fund the outdoor lab.
"We're hoping it evolves into a self-supporting enterprise. We hope to make enough to pool back into tools and garden supplies," Schafer said.
Money for the new shed came from a Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant.
"Lowe's is not only supplying us with the money to purchase the lumber, but they're also sending at least eight volunteer employees with tools to help us build."
Schafer's daughter, Laura Schafer, applied for the grant in October. It was approved in January.
"The plan was to have gardens as part of the school at the beginning," Laura Schafer said. "We'll be able to use them in a variety of lessons."
So far, students have already seeded 25 trays that hold up to 125 seeds a piece. Those trays are currently residing in one of the school's green houses, and will be planted in the future.
To prepare for the gardens, Canaan Community Academy sent several school representatives, including Lundergun, to Granny's Garden School in Loveland, Ohio, to learn how to better use the land.
The non-profit educational organization collaborates with schools to offer hands-on learning in the gardens that fit with the school's curriculum.
Deena Schafer said the goal is to have cherry tomatoes ready to pick by next school year.
Tonight was another movie night at the CCA where all are invited to bring their lawnchairs or blankets and watch a movie projected on the gym wall. The PTO provides snacks and the CCA provides a great place for an easy family night out! The PTO is now planning the upcoming school carnival in April. More details to come!
The PTO also recently hosted a Valentine's dance for the kids. Events like movie nights and donations such as Box Tops for Education help the PTO provide fun opportunities for the kids at the CCA!
The PTO didn't stop there...they also help with field trips such as the recent 4th, 5th, and 6th grade trip to Louisville. The students watched the Jackie and Me, a play about a young boy who goes back in time to learn about Jackie Robinson and the struggles he faced as the first black man in professional baseball. This was followed by a nice meal at a restaurant overlooking Louisville!
The students recently put their Minds-In-Motion training and fundraising skills to good use with the Jump Rope for Heart event. As was noted in the Madison Courier, Jump Rope for Heart is a fundraising event that promotes physical activity, heart-healthy living and community service. More than $1,500 was raised by the school for the organization.
Teachers like to learn and grow as well! Ms. Duke, Mrs. Eder, and Mr. Morrison recently attended the HASTI Science Conference.
Speaking of learning, there's plenty of that happening at the CCA! Here are some more sights captured around the school...
Like any school, students are asked to enroll so that adminstrators can plan for the upcoming year. Because the CCA has an enrollment cap and specific enrollment guidelines in its Charter, enrollment takes place in two phases. Re-enrollment has begun for current CCA students and their siblings, and will continue through February 15. Applications are available at the school office for students entering grades K - 6 for the 2013-14 school year. Open enrollment begins March 1, 2013. While students are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible, it remains open throughout the year unless a class fills.
Two Spring music programs are in the works. On May 7th, grades K-3 will perform the musical "Recess, the Musical" written by Mr. Moman, our music teacher. On May 14th, grades 4-6 will perform "Indiana, that's where I Belong". Both programs will start at 7 pm. The students are working hard in their weekly music class with Mr. Moman to create a great show. All are invited!
While the school gardens are a year-round project, garden volunteers are gearing up for the 2013 planting season. As announced last month, the CCA is happy to have the help of Lowe's
. The school was awarded a $4550 grant through the Lowe's Toolbox for Education
program. This money will be spent on a building that is being designed by a volunteer and will be built by more volunteers! The tentative build date is April 6th.
Other plans for the spring include the construction of an outdoor classroom by local boyscout, Colton Powers. This classroom will include 12 boxes that will be used by Mrs. Lundergun in her T.E.A.M. time "Gardening Club" activity. She is currently researching lessons provided by Granny's Garden School
in Loveland, OH. Karen Rowlett, the CCA Food Services Director, is quite enthusiastic about incorporating food from the garden in the student lunches. For the first year, volunteers plan to raise enough corn to be frozen and served once a week for the entire school year. Cherry tomatoes will also be raised so students may pick and eat them fresh. Karen is experienced with the rules and regulations of serving and canning local food through her similar experience at Indian Trail's Restaurant. Laura Schafer is also working with the Health Department to ensure this food will safely make it to the students.
In addition to educating and feeding students, a final goal of the gardens is to create a self-sustaining program. Norbert Schafer is planning to grow a large number of flowers that will be used to landscape the school, be used in lessons of the Garden Club, and that will be sold as a fundraiser. It is hoped to raise enough money to hire a part-time Garden Coordinator that will teach during T.E.A.M. time and help grow the gardens for years to come!
Canaan Girls' Basketball Team Continues its Success
Coach's report about the February 6th game from Patric Morrison, who is also the 6th grade teacher: "The CCA Lady Cougars improved to 6-3 on the season tonight with a win over a very good team. The girls probably played one of their best games tonight as a team. Everyone was in on the action and did a GREAT JOB! Ms. Duke & I are very proud coaches! Once again thanks to all the fans who came out to support us! It was easy to tell which side of the stands was more packed and cheering the loudest. We will need this kind of support as it is almost tournament time."
And Coach's report from the February 13th game: "The CCA Lady's Basketball Team may have been asleep the first half, but they came roaring back in the second half to win 21 to 19 over a very well coached SW ball team. The girls improve their season record to 7-3! Way to go!! These girls definately have a lot of heart and it showed tonight! They could have just gave up, BUT THEY DIDN'T! They played a great second half of TEAM basketball. Great Job! Also, thank you to all the fans who were able to come out tonight!!"
Madison Courier Reports on Board Meeting
The Madison Courier recently reported on the latest CCA School Board meeting where several other exciting news items were discussed! See the article below or in the Madison Courier
|2/15/2013 3:00:00 PM|
Canaan Academy to begin marketing strategy
Courier Staff Writer
The Canaan Community Academy will unveil a marketing campaign before open enrollment begins for the next school year.
Mike Moseng, the Academy's chief operations officer, told the school board Thursday night that the campaign would include print, radio and television advertising, and would educate the community about what the school can offer.
The Academy had 94 students in September, and projected being able to handle about 120 students.
"We're working on educating parents about parent choice. Indiana now has parent choice ... and not all parents are aware of that," Moseng said.
"We want to make sure the community knows we have very happy parents and very happy students."
Also at the meeting, Christman Equipment Contracting was awarded a contract for replacement of an on-site wastewater treatment system.
Peter Ellis, the civil engineer that oversaw the bidding process recommended that the board accept the $47,817 bid.
A start date on the project had not been determined.
In other business:
• Movie night will be hosted Friday, Feb. 22.
• Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraising event that promotes physical activity, heart-healthy living and community service to children, was hosted at the school Tuesday. More than $1,500 was raised by the school.
• On May 7 at 7 p.m. the primary students will present a musical at the school, open to community members. Intermediate students will also have a musical on May 14 at 7 p.m.
• The school board added a new segment to the monthly agenda called "Teacher Presentations," where the board invites one teacher from the school to share information from the classroom. Lauren Davee was the inaugural presenter. Davee is a kindergarten teacher who showed some of the art her students made for Valentine's Day.
The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on March 14.
Hanover College, its campus about a half hour from Canaan, recently posted the following story about its alumni at the CCA. The CCA is proud of its Hanover alumni, and looks forward to working with the college in the future!
Hanoverians bring educational excellence back to small town
When it looked like Canaan Elementary School (Ind.) would close two years ago due to budget cuts, Deena Buchanan Schafer ’79 wouldn’t let the idea of a local school for the small rural town die. She had been a teacher there for more than 30 years as had many of her family members; the roots were just too deep.
Even before the last day, however, Schafer had the idea of starting a charter school. Garnering support from generous community members and a similar school in Sullivan, Ind., along with sponsorship from Ball State University, Canaan Community Academy (CCA) celebrated its first day of school Aug. 8, 2012.
“It (wasn’t) fancy stuff,” she said of the donated items at the beginning, “but we’ve been able to serve the needs of the kids and meet all the (necessary) regulations and requirements.”
The school, which doesn’t charge tuition nor receive any support from area property taxes, was able to secure a federal grant for $490,000 for textbooks, supplies and high-tech items like smart boards for the classrooms. CCA does receive state tuition support — about $5300 per student — which helps pay the teachers and support staff.
Left to right: Duke, Eder, Morrison
Joining Schafer at the new school are Melanie Perry Eder ’98, Patric Morrison ’10 and Noelle Duke ’12.
After spending a number of years in the business world, Eder decided to pursue teaching and spent two years as a substitute. She was ecstatic to get her own classroom in a place close to home.
“I like the small school atmosphere where you know everybody, and you know all the kids you could potentially have the next year” said Eder, who teaches 15 second-grade students. “I feel it’s more like a family when you work at a small school.”
Currently, there are 79 charter schools in Indiana. Where they differ most often from their traditional counterparts is in the type of instructional styles they use. Though their requirements are the same for both, institutions like CCA have more flexibility in exchange for more accountability to their sponsor, which can result in increased innovation.
CCA has adopted the C.L.A.S.S. method (Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students), which focuses its academic style on a theme. With “Learning and Growing,” the school emphasizes personal qualities such as caring and responsibility as much as academic skills.
“Basically, their feeling is these (characteristics) are the things you need to teach to help teach the academic areas,” said Eder. “Once (students) know how to behave in a classroom, then it will be easier to teach (the subject matter).”
“You’re making a difference in the student’s life,” added Duke, who teaches 13 fourth-grade students. “You’re not just giving them information or giving them a test and sending them on their way.”
At the end of the school day, students participate in T.E.A.M. (Teach, Enrich and Mentor) activities, such as gardening, homework help or service projects.
“When it’s nasty outside, some of the kids will help with cleaning up the school,” said Morrison. “You think, kids don’t like doing these things at home, but they absolutely love doing them at school.”
Morrison’s class has 10 sixth-grade students, but he also tag-team teaches math and science with students in the fifth-grade, whose teacher focuses on language arts and social studies. The two switch off subjects between morning and afternoon.
When not in the classroom, Morrison and Duke coach the Canaan Cougars girls basketball team, who were unbeaten until a recent loss.
“(It’s) is still pretty good considering we only have three girls out of nine who have ever played basketball before,” he said.
Duke is also in charge of Movement Club, where students can learn different sports or even a workout video.
“It’s just to introduce them to new sports they may never even have thought of or (ones) they want to play,” she said. “It also gets their energy out at the end of the day.”
Like Eder, Morrison and Duke also grew up in the area, but the connections don’t stop there. He played football for Eder’s father, long-time Hanover coach Wayne Perry and Duke’s father, Larry, has provided play-by-play for the Panthers for more than 30 years.
Though Schafer attended the College for only one year, it didn’t stop her from appreciating the benefits of a Hanover education.
“I just want to thank Hanover College for sending me three excellent teacher candidates.”
Movie Night @ the CCA
The PTO is hosting what is hoped to be the first of many movie nights at the CCA on Friday, January 18th at 7 pm. A family-friendly movie will be shown on the gym wall, and the PTO will be selling snacks such as popcorn and nachos. All are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy this winter version of a drive-in movie!
It may be the dead of winter, but work on the 2013 school gardens is in full steam. We are excited to announce the school was awarded a $4500 grant from Lowes Toolbox for Education
. This money will be used to install a storage building for the garden equipment and stock it with the initial tools needed to increase the size of our school gardens. The long-term goal of the school gardens is to create a self-sustaining program that feeds the students' bellies and minds!
Norbert Schafer started the gardens last year, and we are looking to make them bigger and better this year. While the next year's activities are still being planned, the installation of the storage building is first on the list. We then plan to plant up to 2 acres of corn and tomatoes. Laura Schafer has already started working with the Health Department to ensure our plans are feasible and safe. While some volunteers have started to express interest, any one interested in helping may contact Laura at lauraschafer "at" gmail. More news to come from the school gardens.
School Curricular Consultant
The intent of the Implementation Grant awarded to the school in December is to better establish the educational foundation needed for our new school. This is primarily accomplished through the purchase of equipment and curricular development. Karla Gauger has been hired as a curricular consultant and will be responsible for aligning the CCA vision with Indiana State Standards. Mrs. Gauger is an experienced and accomplished educational leader who recently retired from the Madison School System. She will help develop the thematic units that are central to the C.L.A.S.S. methodology both at the classroom and whole school level. These units will definitely include use of the school gardens and other fun ideas such as Dr. Suess. Karla is working with Deena Schafer, the Chief Academic Officer, and directly with the classroom teachers to create organized and purposeful programs that will be used at the CCA for years to come!
With the new year, the CCA has started receiving its per-student state allocation money. With this funding, the Implementation Grant, and being mid-point through the school year, the School Board decided to hold an all-day retreat on Saturday, January 12th to review the strategies and overall financial health of the school. Mike Moseng, the Chief Operations Officer, manages the finances on a day to day basis and works with the outside services and guidance of Bookkeeping Plus
. Mike then reports to the Board who provide the additional leadership and oversight to ensure a sound operation.
Speaking of the essentials of keeping our school going, Mr. Moseng has been working hard on the large task of replacing the school's septic system. Open bidding for this project has officially opened. Mike is working with the Jefferson County Health Department to ensure the new system will meet the needs of the school and state regulations. The plan is to have this new system in place in the next few months. It is a costly project that is also part of the financial and grant applications planning.
This important work is grueling, complicated, and essential to keep our school going. We are grateful for all of the hard work of our Board and school leaders!
The students under the direction of Mr. Moman delighted its audience with a spectacular Christmas Program in December. Mr. Moman and his wife captured the event on a DVD that was sold to families for a nominal fee. The gym was packed with ~300 parents, teachers, and friends who enjoyed a visit with Santa, the musical performance, and a cookie reception. All can't wait to see what the next CCA performance brings!
December is a short, but great month for the CCA. Teachers and students are eagerly awaiting a restful holiday break. In the mean time, the staff enjoyed a well-deserved party at Mrs. Schafer's house. Basketball season has started for the kids; students are preparing for the upcoming Christmas program; and the exciting news of receiving a $490,000 implementation grant was announced! Read below for more...
Girls basketball wins first game!
The Canaan Cougars won their first girl's basketball game 20-17 against the Southwestern Rebels. The girls are coached by CCA sixth grade teacher Patric Morrison and assistant coaches include fouth grade teacher Noelle Duke and parent, Stacie Conard. Congratulations on a great start to the season!
Pictured above, Jasmine Martinez puts on her game face for the upcoming game. And also pictured is that 20-17 scoreboard!
Christmas Program Approaching
Mr. Moman announced the Christmas program information: "The Christmas program is on December 18 at 7:00 PM. The K-2 kids will do 2 songs, then be joined by 3-6 for one song. Then the older kids will do the rest of the program, until the last song when the K-1 kids will come back and sing the final song. We have been working hard every Wednesday and I think you will like the program. My wife will be videotaping the show and I will do what I did at my Seymour schools - create a very nice DVD of the show - with some extras on it. It will be a high quality DVD, case with cover and a label on the DVD - just $2.00 to cover costs. We will make order forms for you soon."
In addition to the main event, the PTO is sponsoring a book fair and visits with Santa from 5:30-7. The Christmas program will then go from 7-8 and will be followed by a reception from 8-9 that will feature the first annual cooking baking contest. 10 families have volunteered to make cookies, and votes will be cast through money jars. All proceeds will benefit the PTO which sponsors field trips and other fun events for the children.
Donations from Henryville
Henryville Schools, seriously damaged in a March 2nd tornado, received numerous donations of school supplies. After restocking their schools, Henryville graciously reached out to other area schools. Volunteers drove a loaned box truck to Henryville (twice!) and brought back library books, pens, pencils, notebooks, and more. The donations were then sorted and put away at the school. The CCA is grateful Henryville reached out and ensured those extra donations were put to use! Also, again, grateful to those volunteers who made this happen.
Implementation Grant Announced
As announced the Madison Courier article below, the CCA was awarded a $490,000 "implementation" grant. This competitive grant is awarded to newly established charter schools so that they can stock the school with education materials and supplies. While the school was able to acquire books and equipment for the first year, this grant will provide reimbursement for many of those supplies and enable the purchase of additional textbooks, electronic white boards, PE equipment, art supplies, paper, and other teaching materials. This funding will allow the school to build a solid foundation in the tools needed to teach our children!
|12/14/2012 3:00:00 PM|
Canaan gets $500K grant for technology
Academy gets public charter school money
Courier Staff Writer
A two-year federal grant worth nearly $500,000 will allow Canaan Community Academy to pursue a new technology initiative.
Deena Schafer, the academy's chief academic officer, reported to the school board Thursday that the school recently was awarded a Public Charter School Program Implement Grant. The grant can only be used toward instructional programs, such as textbooks or technology.
The grant will be retroactive, which means the school can use the money for items purchased at the beginning of this school year. The school will receive $245,000 for the current school year and another $245,000 for the next, amounting to $490,000.
Schafer recommended that part of the grant be used to equip each teacher with an interactive board and possibly other technology tools. She said she will begin seeking competitive bids for the devices immediately.
Mike Moseng, chief operations officer, said a portion of the grant funds also can be used for advertising and public relations. He said the plan is to use newspaper ads and radio spots to enhance the school's exposure and better explain Indiana's school choice program.
"We're talking about billboards and other interesting ideas on how to get the message across to the people of Madison," he said.
Also at the meeting, Creative Image Technologies, based out of Shelbyville, Ky., gave the board a presentation on its interactive touch-screen products, which are from SMART Technologies. The company specializes in educational technology including interactive boards, audio systems and document cameras. The company also provides training.
The company's multimedia consultant, Gary Huff, said the devices are "very user-friendly" and work well with schools who use one-to-one training, or when students use tablets, laptops or iPads in the classroom.
In other business:
• Moseng reported that the school will receive $43,200 from full-day kindergarten Indiana Department of Education grants. Every public school in Indiana with a full-day kindergarten program also will receive a similar grant today.
• Starting next semester, parents will be able to access their child's grades and personal information through the school database.
• The school is seeking bids to build a new septic system after the state recently approved project plans. When Canaan Community Academy took over the former Canaan Elementary School building, Moseng said the septic system was not up to code. Since then, he said the school has worked with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to dispose of waste while they waited for a permanent fix. He said the school is eligible for a federal grant that could take care of a majority of the costs.
November turned out to be quite a special month at the CCA. Students, the staff, their families, and the community came together to celebrate Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and have a wax museum, among other fun activities.
The school once again served as a voting site for those in Shelby County. The students learned about voting and were happy to share their school in the voting process. State Representative, Randy Frye, stopped by to teach the 4th graders about how a bill becomes a law.
CCA cooks Karen Rowlett and Cindi Jones prepared a Thanksgiving dinner for the students, staff, and over 100 guests. All were delighted with the 6 turkeys, mashed potatoes, homemade noodles, and green beans. The students were having such a great time, they asked Mrs. Schafer if they could sing "Good Morning Canaan" to their guests. All in all it was a very successful event! Pictured below are some Tom Turkey pictures decorated by the Kindergarten class and their families.
Fifth and Sixth Grade Wax Museum
The fifth and sixth graders researched historic characters and presented their reports in the form of a wax museum. The wax museum started with a runway walk of each of the figures for the lower grades. The fifth and sixth graders then were dispersed throughout the gym and were frozen until a button on the floor in front of them was pressed. Mr. Momen video taped the event and posted it to You Tube:
And...coming in December...the school Christmas program! As Mr. Momen posted on Facebook:
The Christmas program is on December 18 at 7:00 PM. The K-2 kids will do 2 songs, then be joined by 3-6 for one song. Then the older kids will do the rest of the program, until the last song when the K-1 kids will come back and sing the final song. We have been working hard every Wednesday and I think you will like the program. My wife will be videotaping the show and I will do what I did at my Seymour schools - create a very nice DVD of the show - with some extras on it. It will be a high quality DVD, case with cover and a label on the DVD - just $2.00 to cover costs. We will make order forms for you soon.
October at the Canaan Community Academy brought back the annual "Spooktacular Soupfest", as well as a fifth and sixth grade field trip to Hanover College, and a door decorating contest!
The Soupfest included a hayride, Halloween games, soup and hotdogs, costume parade, and a costume contest. One of the most popular costumes was a goat herder and his live goat! Proceeds from the event went to the CCA PTO. Pictured below are the pumpkins painted by the kids, and a fun game of finding treasure buried in a tub of corn.
A neat addition to the CCA halls this October was a door decorating contest. Each class decorated a door, and the results were awesome! Pictured below is the winner which was determined by a "vote with money" contest during the Spooktacular Soupfest.
Fifth and Sixth Grade Field Trip
The fifth and sixth graders took a trip to Hanover College where they were led through several Science-based stations. Opportunities like this are made possible through the funds raised by the PTO. A big thanks goes out to the Hanover College students and staff for providing this awesome learning opportunity!