Friday marked the official last day of school for the boys. Kindergarten Graduation was Tuesday, last day of instruction on Thursday and Water Fun day on site Friday. What a great end to a wonderful year.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeated. We have been so blessed by this school. Brendon has really been a trooper, three schools in three years. I guess for that matter this is also John’s third year in a different school too; It just seems more about Brendon since his two previous years have not been stellar. I understand it’s hard to teach a class of students with varying skill sets, but if you are not up to the task, it is time to find a new career. I could NOT do what they do. No way.
This year was such a breath of fresh air for all of us. Cottonwood Creek Charter is like the Evergreen of my youth. The teachers really want to be there, they love what they do and are invested in trying to reach each student where they are. At least from my outside perspective. I only helped in Brendon’s class once this year. Up until that point, I had assumed the school was 99% full of high academic achievers, given the stellar online ratings. I was really surprised to find that was not the case. The difference is the involvement of the families. You have to truly want your kids at CCC to keep them there.
There are no busses. No school lunches. No afterschool care and most shockingly, No site classes on Fridays. This school demonstrates the success parent involvement combined with teacher enthusiasm brings. It is a gem.
Brendon was most shocked to have a teacher that doesn’t “yell” to get her point across. He even stated he missed her over the Christmas Break. I remember that feeling about my grade school teachers and to this day, cherish those early school memories.
John has found two great buddies, who he may be besties with through 8th grade; maybe even beyond. His teacher was fantastic at making him feel loved, even in those early weeks when escaping was his key focus. The last day of school, John sprinted to get to class to see if his teacher was back from being sick. A complete 180.
Now what will next school year bring? I’d like to think more of the same! But you know, we still have not found a house to rent or even a decent purchase in Cottonwood, in our 8 months of diligent searching. At least it’s Summer now and there are camps close to our current rental. The search continues…