On April 6-13, 2013, Mr. Christensen traveled to China, along with Jay Adams (Principal - Tamura), Dr. Marc Ecker (Superintendent), Anne Silavs (Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum/Instruction), and Ian Collins (School Board Member). They visited high performing schools in Beijing, Chongqing, and Xi'an during their week-long adventure. Tsinghua University Primary School, Beijing, China now has an official "sister" school partnership with Courreges. Tsinghua University is considered to be the "Harvard" of China and the primary school (located on the same campus) educates most of the children of the professors from the University. Several Tsinghua students visited Courreges last year and both Courreges and Tsinghua look forward to fostering a lasting friendship and partnership for years to come.
Thanks to the generous offer and dedication from a future Eagle Scout, Courreges now has a life-sized chess board on campus. Adam Jones, current FVHS student and future Eagle Scout, donated his time and resources to paint our new chess board that will be enjoyed by all of our students. Several years ago at Moiola K-8, Kathleen Naughton (current 5th grade teacher), helped purchase life-sized chess pieces for Moiola's chess club. The pieces followed us to Courreges, which inspired us to add a chess board on our campus.
Thank you Adam Jones for your hard work and dedication. We wish you the best of luck, as you soon reach your goal as a rare and inspiring Eagle Scout.
Mr. Christensen, Principal
Several students were given the opportunity to participate in Game Truck and Silly String the Principal Day as a reward for being the top fund "raisers" during our latest fundraising effort. Thank you students and parents for supporting our school! Click here to see a live video of Mr. C getting silly stringed.
Mr. Ron Courreges, great grandson of Roch Courreges, visited our school on September 24, 2012 to tell our 3rd graders about his family's history, as well as give each 3rd grader a special dictionary. Thank you Ron Courreges and HB Elk's Lodge for your presentation, kindness, and generosity.
Many Courreges students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor fly over school on top of a 747 jet. Unfortunately, after waiting for up to a half hour, many students returned to the lunch line to get lunch, right at the exact time the shuttle made its 1 minute pass over Courreges. If your child missed the fly-over, please click below to see the video footage from the Courreges field.
Thanks to the generous support of our PTA and the genius creators at Apple Inc., Courreges is already seeing the wonderful educational benefits of using the iPad and AppleTV in the classroom. Mrs. Johnson's 5th grade classroom has already created several animated short films using Toontastic, while Mrs. Epling's students carve out newly learned words directly on the iPad, using a student-friendly whiteboard app. Additionally, most of the Courreges teachers showed off their new tech skills by creating captivating Keynote presentations during Back to School Night on September 13, 2012.
The increased educational enhancement, classroom organization, and overall engagement of the iPad will undoubtedly produce endless possibilities for both teachers and students. These are exciting times, as we spring into 21st century learning and look forward to what the future holds, as we continue to bring more educational technology into our classrooms...
Mr. Christensen, Principal