There has been a lot of conversation that has turned into a reality! When you visit Coleman from today until September 26, you will notice a bunch of yellow flags on the campus. Each one of those flags represents a free tree being donated to Coleman by a group called ICTrees! 100 of them!!
Now we need your help. We need volunteers to help bury them on Saturday, September 26. Coleman will have support from our local Wichita branch of the U.S. Green Building Council and the national initiative called "Green Apple Day of Service".
We will gather at 8:00 in the morning on September 26th, there will be a demonstration on how to plant the tree, backfill, and then laying the mulch. Our plan is to have the holes augured and ready to be widened with a shovel (we will only be going 13 inches down).
Help us reach our goal of securing 100 volunteers.
We would be in teams of two, each team would only have to plant 2 trees. Please let Mr. Filippi know if you as an individual, a family, or a group would like to participate..
What a great legacy to leave for future students of CMS and the community!!!
Coleman Middle School received honors from the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators this week. Coleman Middle School was named an Exemplary Middle School by KAMSA, one of ten middle schools in Kansas to earn the distinction and will be honored at the KAMSA Spring Conference Luncheon on May 1
Our own math teacher, and AVID co-coordinator, Michael Sessions is a guest blogger on the AVID national website. You can click HERE to read it. Darral Sessions teaches Math at Coleman Middle School in Wichita, KS. A Wichita native, Darral attended Wichita State University, where he received his degree in Math and History Education. During his educational career at Coleman, Darral has been a tutor and taught Math, Social Studies, and the AVID Elective. As a Co-Coordinator, Darral works with the AVID site team to spread AVID strategies schoolwide. When he’s not teaching sixth graders, Darral enjoys coaching track, spending time with his wife and two sons, and golfing.
Sixth-grade students at Coleman Middle School wrapped up Black History Month by learning that one of the major events of the civil rights movement happened in Wichita. Former WPS principal Karen Ware shared her experience during the 1958 Dockum Drugstore Sit-In. The sit-in was a studentled effort to end segregation. Ware shared how they sat at the counter and waited to be served and how they continued to do it for weeks until they were finally served. She shared how that was the first civil rights protest at the time. "I was just a skinny 17 year old North High graduate. I didn't know what we were doing was going to have such a huge effect," she said.
Our Coleman AVID program had the opportunity to represent the district and the national AVID program in Sunday's (3/1/15) newspaper. If you missed the print article, you can click HERE to read all about it.
Congratulations to our Boys and Gilrs Basketball teams on their successful seasons. Coach Rhodes and Coach Arellano guided our Coleman Cougars to DUAL DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Our kids are well coached, well disciplined, hard working student athletes and our coaches' high academic and behavior expectations equaled a championship season for each team.
Special congratulations to Coach Rhodes and the boys, who just completed their THIRD STRAIGHT UNDEFEATED SEASON and Divisional Championship.
Congratulations go out to our Coleman staff who were recognized as the recent BOE meeting for their hardwork and continued success here at Coleman.
- Assistant Principal, Angie Brown, was recognized for her KAMSA Exemplary Asst. Principal of the Year Award
- The AVID Site Team accepted the BOE's recognition of Coleman as an AVID National Demonstration School on behalf of the entire staff.
- Katie Richardson was recognized for her recent Ks. Horizon Award as one of the top new teachers in the state of Kansas.
Coleman Middle School is proud to announce that our own 6th grade Language Arts teacher, Katie Richardson, was just announced as a 2015 Kansas Horizon Award winner.
The Asst. Superintendents of Elementary and Secondary schools, along with the Executive Director of Elementary Schools and Katie's own mother and grandmother were on hand to surprise her this afternoon. The award was announced via a conference call from the interim Commissioner of Education in the main office for all those who had gathered to hear.
The Kansas Horizon Award program identifies and recognizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. The mission of the program is to recognize exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.
Only 32 teachers are selected across the state for this recognition and it's an exciting recognition for all our staff when one of us receives such an award.
Congratulations Ms. Richardson.
Our newest assistant principal, Angie Brown, was named Exemplary Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year from the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators for 2014-15.
“This is a great honor,” said Brown. “I didn’t expect to be nominated. I’m fortunate to work with a great staff and amazing students.”
She will be recognized in May at KAMSA’s state conference in Topeka.
Coleman has again been named an AVID National Demonstration School. By earning the National Demonstration School recognition, schools from across the country who are interested in an AVID program can visit Coleman to learn how to successfully implement the program.
AVID recognized Coleman as one of the top programs in the country and said the school is a great example to the adherence to the AVID philosophy. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college prep program designed for students who have the potential, but who traditionally may not see college as a possibility. Each student involved in AVID takes an AVID elective in addition to Advanced Placement and Honors-level courses. The students also receive support from college tutors and are encouraged to become leaders in the school and community.
To learn more about our Coleman AVID program, click here.
On Friday, September 26th, our Coleman Cougars learned about the importance of staying in school and getting a good education from a popular messenger. Wichita State University Men’s Basketball Player Fred VanVleet met with students to share how it’s never too early to think about college. He first met with AVID students to talk about the importance of getting a college education and the importance of doing well in school. After speaking with AVID students, he addressed the entire school.He shared that it’s okay to do well in school and said he was a “nerd.” He encouraged them to never give up and that the teachers and staff at school want them to succeed.“It really does matter that you have people in your corner who care about you and want you to do well,” he said. VanVleet also shared with students that what they do now can have an impact on them in the future. He encouraged them to make good choices now. VanVleet says he likes to talk with students and be a role model for them.“I say a lot of the same things that their teachers are saying, but sometimes when they hear it from someone else they soak it up. I know that was the case when I was growing up,” he said.
Some students at Coleman Middle School get a different school lunch once a week. Members of the school’s Garden Club are able to eat what they grow. The group has set up a small garden near the school’s entrance where they are growing vegetables and herbs. During their lunch period, the
students tend to the garden, pull weeds, trim plants and harvest what they grow. After time in the garden, they cook what they picked and eat it for lunch.“The students learn about healthy eating choices and how delicious fresh food can be,” said Judith Wencil, volunteer site contact at Coleman who supervises Garden Club. “They learn that cooking a healthy meal at home doesn’t have to be difficult and they want to try it themselves.”“It’s fun and the food tastes better because you can be creative and you have ownership of it,” said Scottee Schmeidler, eighth-grade student at Coleman. “I can make food the way I want.”
She was nominated for the Golden Apple by a parent, who said she "sees the potential in her students, which makes them strive to do better. She sparks her students’ imagination and encourages them to be successful."
Golden Apple recipients are nominated by school staff, parents and community members to showcase their contribution to the classroom. The teacher receives $250, a pizza party for his/her classroom, a Golden Apple trophy and is featured on KAKE-TV during their 6 p.m. Saturday newscast.
To nominate a teacher for the Golden Apple, click HERE.
Coleman will be honored at the KAMSA Spring Conference Luncheon on May 9, 2014.
Katie Richardson, 6th grade language arts teacher at Coleman Middle School – New Teacher, Secondary category
Kathleen C. Bastin, science teacher at Coleman Middle School – Middle School Teacher category
Click here to watch videos of the recipients in their classrooms.
During the meeting, it was announced that Bethany Lewallen and Katie Richardson will represent the district for the Kansas Horizon Award competition, which recognizes outstanding first-year teachers.
The recipients were surprised with the award at their schools on February 27 by BOE members, district leadership and members of the selection committee.
The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Awards program honors outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education in the Wichita Public Schools. Peers, building administrators or parents have nominated each of the recipients. A committee consisting of principals, assistant principals, teachers, support staff, the assistant superintendents of elementary and secondary schools and a member of United Teachers of Wichita selects the final recipients.
To view past winners, including Coleman teachers Marie Hampton, 2012, and Frances Oare, 2013, click here.
Each were asked questions about mentors, life lessons and hobbies.
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