Dear Nimitz Families,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! It has been a busy summer of modernization at Nimitz. The modernization team worked on three buildings, new water lines, new entrances to each room, and much more. We are hoping to have new projection devices in every classroom by the end of this school year! Our District has been working on a new Strategic Plan to help guide our work for the next five years. Please consider donating online at CUSD25.org to support this campaign…”We’re in it Together!”
As you step inside our classrooms, you will hear languages from all around the world. We have over 30 primary languages at Nimitz. We take much pride in our school’s diversity. We value students helping one another and using their primary language to help each other learn and grow.
Our teachers have been participating in a variety of Common Core-aligned professional development strands that continue to impact what our students do in our classrooms. Having Learner Focused classrooms where students experience authentic tasks that provide opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and self-assessment is at the heart of all that we do here at Nimitz. We are excited to announce that we will be a Teacher’s College lab site this school year to continue our work with Units of Study in Writing and Reading. Units of Study in Phonics will be a new addition to our curriculum in grades K-2. We will continue using Go Math and other supplemental materials to support a more workshop style math program. We strive to find opportunities for hands-on problem solving through collaboration.
Student social and emotional learning have become essential parts of our everyday practices. Recess 101 and Soul Shoppe have become valued parts of the Nimitz culture. We are pleased that these programs will be returning this year with the support of CUSD. Our Recess 101 coach provides education and support of our primary classes during weekly sessions and our entire school during recess. Soul Shoppe adds to this safe environment by teaching our students how to show respect and compassion through their character education and conflict resolution program. Both programs provide all our students with consistent, safe, fun, and healthy recess activities and have had a significant impact on creating a caring, kind, and safe environment at Nimitz.
We challenge each of you to volunteer at least 5 hours to support our PTA and their endeavors that help make Nimitz a special place to learn. Together we can achieve more! You can find more information at the end of our handbook on what you need to do to become a volunteer.
We look forward to working with each family as we…”Explore, Dream, Create!”
Kari K. Ito, Principal