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October 7, 2013

Dear Manierre/Ferguson Family,

I am pleased to make the announcement that George Manierre/Ferguson CPC will be joining a new network (OS4) effective October 7, 2013. This is a huge step in the right direction for the Manierre/Ferguson community. OS4 will provide both the Administration and teachers with high quality, comprehensive, and intensive professional development that will be tailored to the specific needs of our school. To make sure the students of Manierre are receiving the best supports possible, OS4 is making sure every teacher undertakes a minimum of 50 hours of professional development as it relates to Common Core Standards. Teachers will also receive 50 hours of classroom observation and feedback from school administration, this will make sure that teachers are not only receiving quality professional development but are implementing what they have learned at a high quality rate.

OS4 is also helping our school improve in the area of technology. Recently, students from 3rd thru 5th grade received brand new IPADS while students 6th thru 8th received new Laptops. All of the classes of Manierre have also been recently equipped with new air conditioning which has been a huge need for many years; we all know that students perform better when working in a comfortable setting. Improved technology is a key to continued academic growth for Manierre students. Computers are the gateway to the future and with every single child receiving individual technology devices; students can now increase their computer and academic skills. OS4 will also offer classes for parents to increase community engagement as it relates to helping teach best practices which will lead to increased student achievement.

On Saturday October 5, 2013 from 9am until noon, we had our annual Curriculum Day Program. The event was a huge success as parents who attended had a chance to have a short meeting with the school Administration, staff, and Chairs for both the Local School Council and ParentAdvisory Committee (PAC). Then parents rotated to their child’s teacher. Afterwards, there were many stations inside and outside of the building that students could visit and participate in activities; students enjoyed a fun filled morning. The activities consisted of Movies and Popcorn, Face Painting, Basketball skills and drills, outdoor food and fun funded by one of Manierre school partners Moody Church.

Sincerely,

Derrick Orr, Principal