As Principal of Corbin Intermediate School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year, my 15th year with this learning community and my 35th overall in education. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms. It is our mission to help every student become the very best they can be, and we look forward to partnering with parents and the Corbin community to achieve it.
As we embark on the new year, I want to take a moment to reflect on all that we accomplished last year. We’ve made great progress in our quest to ensure students have the foundation they need for success throughout their educational careers. We continue to be recognized as one of the leading schools in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
However, our successes go beyond easy-to-measure indicators. As we continue to move forward under our state’s new, more challenging academic standards, we are seeing so many positive changes. Our students are thinking critically and finding solutions to complex problems. We see rich discussions in classrooms and deep thinking on the content students read and the concepts that they learn. They are making connections that we’ve never asked them to make before. These outcomes are going beyond the standardized test – we are truly preparing students for life after school.
We look forward to building on these successes and making even more progress this year. We have added Spanish, a Makers Lab and Gateway to Technology to our class offerings and will expand our Project Based Learning curriculum.
Our work is not easy. But Corbin Intermediate School is a community of professionals. We all – teachers, principals, school counselors, support staff and the many others working with us – are collaborating in pursuit of our shared mission. We all have important roles to play in helping children reach their full potential, and we are proud to join forces in support of our students.
Of course, families and other community members also play a critical role in this endeavor, as partners in supporting both your students at home and our work in the schools. We look forward to getting to know you and hope that you will feel free to visit our school and truly become a part of our school family.
Corbin Intermediate School is a wonderful learning community. I feel so privileged to be a part of it. This is a very special place, and my colleagues and I appreciate the trust that you’ve shown in us by sending your children here every day. We will do our best to ensure they have a fulfilling, happy and safe year.
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Please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to serve you and your children.
What an exciting time to be a part of Corbin Intermediate School (CIS)! We are still celebrating our achievement of being named a Kentucky “School of Distinction,” one of the highest honors the Kentucky Department of Education gives to a school. A school must score in the 95th percentile or higher to receive this commendation.
We are also excited about last year’s success with “Project Based Learning (PBL).” While PBL is not a new concept in education, it is currently sweeping the nation because of the way it engages students in the learning process. We have four “Museum Nights” scheduled this school year to showcase our students’ work.
The 2015-16 school year promises to be filled with excitement at CIS. Just a few of the new things to look forward to this year includes:
* A school counselor that serves Corbin Intermediate and Corbin Elementary (we will also continue to also have our counselor provided by Comp Care).
* In addition to our school nurse, we will have a Physician’s Assistant to serve our entire school district.
* An additional math teacher to increase our enrichment / intervention classes.
* We have hired a certified Drama teacher that will serve Corbin Intermediate and Corbin Middle (can’t wait to see the fantastic productions of our Junior Redhound Theatre).
* Our Artwork Café will feature student art work throughout the year.
There are many more reasons to get excited about this school year. The best way to keep up with what is happening at CIS is through our social media.
* Like us on Facebook – just search for Corbin Intermediate School
* Follow us on Twitter @cisredhounds
* Follow us on Instagram @cisredhounds
We look forward to meeting all of our new students and parents as well as renewing our relationship with our returning students and parents. Feel free to stop by and visit anytime. Welcome to the wonderful world of Corbin Intermediate School.
It has been several years since I have made the annual trek to the local department stores in search of school supplies for my own children. However, from about mid-July to early August, I find myself being drawn to the “Back-To-School” aisles whenever I go shopping. I love seeing all the latest school items that are available. But mostly I enjoy seeing and hearing the excitement of young children and their parents as they eagerly pick out their supplies for the upcoming school year.
The start of a new school year offers an opportunity for a new beginning. It is a fresh start that is full of hope and excitement. It is a chance for students and teachers alike to try new ideas. It offers schools the prospect of building on things that have previously worked and tweaking those that need improving.
Corbin Intermediate School has enjoyed much success over the years. However, we are not content to rest on our past accomplishments. We are more excited than ever as we look to the future. Our hope is to provide a world class education right here at home. How will we accomplish this? We will combine the rigors of world class standards with teaching that is relevant to our students’ lives here in Corbin and within the context of our region, state, nation and world. Our curriculum will be project based to make learning more meaningful. This approach will not only be challenging, but also fun and engaging. We are planning four “Exhibit Nights,” one each nine weeks for our school community to visit and see the exciting projects our students have produced.
Our faculty completed two days of professional development working with the staff of Normal Park Museum Magnet School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, developing the projects we will offer this year. In addition, we have had several work days at our school this summer where teachers from each grade level met to fine-tune the work we began in Chattanooga.
There is an excitement surrounding our school as we begin this new school year. I see it in the eyes of our teachers and hear it in their voices as they enthusiastically prepare their classrooms. It’s almost as exciting as shopping for new school supplies.
Bill Jones, Principal
Corbin Intermediate School
Corbin Intermediate School (CIS) is home to students in grades 5 and 6 within the Corbin Independent School District. Our vision of “Striving to be our Best” guides the decisions we make. CIS is committed to providing a quality education with high expectations that will enable all students to learn behavior and academic lessons that will guide them through life. We firmly believe that all children can learn and students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process in a caring and inviting environment. We constantly reinforce our Guidelines for Success:
• Patience and tolerance for others
• Always do your best
• Work responsibly with a positive attitude
• Show respect to everyone including yourself
Our approach to education is quite simple. We try to take students from where they are and move them up the ladder of growth. We believe if you are paying attention to growth and doing the things that are necessary for student growth; then you are ultimately doing what is best for children. Every decision we make at CIS is based on this premise.
We utilize Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing three times per year to give us detailed, accurate information about where each child is on his/her learning journey. This data guides our decision making at every level as we attempt to provide activities that are targeted to the learning level of each student.
In a world that has gone testing crazy we attempt to put testing in its rightful place. Our emphasis is to use this data to give us the detailed information we need to help every student grow and reach their full academic potential.
Another important aspect of CIS is the emphasis we place on the social, emotional and character development of our students. In addition to classroom activities, we begin each day with a Morning Meeting in our gym with our entire student body and staff. We recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Guidelines for Success, and have a morning message delivered by an administrator, staff member or invited guest. This is an important time during our school day when students and staff share announcements, accomplishments and focus on building a positive school culture by promoting positive character traits and the pursuit of excellence.
In closing, Corbin Intermediate School is a dynamic learning environment with a dedicated faculty striving to facilitate every child’s academic and personal excellence. We invite you to get involved in this pursuit of excellence by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our school website.
NO TIME FOR SMALL DREAMS
Now is the time to dream big! We are 13 years into the 21st Century and nationally we are sill talking about preparing students for the 21st Century. If education hasn’t made the transition by now, we have lost a whole generation and almost half of another. Corbin Intermediate School is no place for small dreams.
Technology is changing our world so quickly that those who are dreaming small are already left behind. We are bold and audacious in our goals at CIS. We are not looking back; we are casting our vision forward. With the help of technology, it is now possible to develop a personalized learning plan for every student. This is the most effective way to reach all students where they are. But it takes dedicated educators along with a commitment of resources to develop and implement the learning plans of every student.
These learning plans can be accomplished with cooperation. Students must be allowed to learn and grow in a community of their peers. Learning to interact with everyone regardless of academic, economic or other perceived status is a vital part of a student’s social education. The question is how do we provide all of this in our school? This requires big dreams!
Here is a list of my big dreams for our school:
1. Project Based Learning (PBL) – I want to see our students engaged in more projects where they have opportunities to create and become innovators. I dream of a PBL Showcase each 9 weeks (similar to our Chinese Showcase we had this year or our Mars Rover Project).
2.. Use of Student Interactive Notebooks - enable students to be creative, independent thinkers and writers. Interactive notebooks are used for class notes as well as for other activities where the student will be asked to express his/her own ideas and process the information presented in class.
3. Performing Arts – I want to see every student involved in either one or all of the arts: art, music, dance or drama.
a. I dream of a day when CIS students write and produce dramatic productions, perform musicals, showcase a variety of artwork, perform a ballet, etc.
b. I dream of a day when our school is turned into a museum of artwork
4. Laptops for every student – To truly personalize learning for every student, each student must have access to the quality online programs we have available 24/7.
5. Foreign Language – I dream of a day when every student and staff member at CIS is bilingual. I dream for our district that this could begin in primary school and progress from grade-to-grade.
6. Project Fit America – I dream of a day when all of our students can complete the Project Fit America Challenges and become Presidential Physical Fitness award winners.
7. Writing – I dream of a day when our students become proficient journalist, authors, bloggers, etc.
8. Full service schools – I dream of a day where our school is the hub of community support, i.e. mental health, physical health, social services, etc. all working together with the school to provide the resources needed to produce well-rounded citizens.
I invite you to dream big with me.