Welcome to the 2017 – 2018 school year! I am very proud to be the principal at Cottonwood School and to support your students with their educational success! Cottonwood School is committed to making this school year another exciting and successful experience for each of our students. We are very fortunate to have an experienced and highly trained staff that is passionate about making a difference for our students. Cottonwood is proud to utilize AVID strategies for our 4th through 8th grade students. AVID stands for Achieving Via Individual Determination. The strategies that students learn help to make them better readers and writers as well as more organized learners. The goal is to help prepare our students with the study and academic skills they will need to be successful in high school and college. At Cottonwood, we utilize Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports. Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. The focus is less on punishment and more on teaching of and rewarding the desired, appropriate behavior. All students are taught the three core expectations for our school; “Be Respectful! Be Responsible! Be Safe!” Cottonwood will continue to offer supplemental intervention programs including before and after school tutoring and homework clubs. These programs provide support to students who are achieving below grade level and students in need of improving organization skills. Additionally, students of all abilities are challenged daily through our rigorous instructional program and high academic expectations our teachers set. On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to thank you for being a part of Cottonwood School. We are proud to work in your community school and look forward to working together to achieve a year full of success and growth. Have a great 2017 – 2018 school year!