A message from our principal

Happy May!

What an incredible year we have had!

    We have some great celebrations as we near the end of our school year. Congratulations to Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Budzban! Mrs. Budzban is one of our sixth grade math and science teachers. She was nominated for her incredible work with our students, staff, and the community. She earned a National Teacher of the Year Award this year for her work with gravity cruisers!

    We also want to congratulate our Support Staff Person of the Year, Ruby Espana. Mrs. Espana is our office support senior. She was nominated for the amazing support that she provides to our students, staff, and community. She is our rock in the front office! We are very proud of Mrs. Budzban and Mrs. Espana.

    Virtual Leadership Day is here, May 7. Leadership Day is a celebration of our students leadership and accomplishments this year! Students will be giving speeches, performances, and tours to community leaders from around the valley and beyond.

    We have a unique opportunity coming this summer for our students! We will be hosting our second Summer Math Mania Camp for students that are currently in K–5th grade. We are going to ignite their math potential by exploring unsolved math problems, math puzzles, math games, and challenging tasks! We will be sending more information out soon!

    Our Habit of the Month is Habit 1, Be Proactive! We can all practice using our pause buttons as the year winds down and the temps heat up!


      Dr. Cagle

      Dr. Michael Cagle
      Country Place Elementary School Principal

      Weekly Leadership Message

      This final week brings us to Habit 8—yes, I said Habit 8. While we are familiar with the 7 Habits, there is actually an eighth habit, as well: Find Your Voice and Help Others Find Their Voice. This is all about finding that sweet spot between your talents, your passions, your conscience, and needs of those around us. 

      When you find that spot, you start sharing it with the world and making a difference, a difference that is contagious. Others want what you have, and then you help others find their voice. Hopefully during this pandemic, you have realized some of your talents and passions. We’ve also become aware of the needs of those around us. Use this time in the summer to sharpen those talents and passions. 

      The Leader in Me link includes two videos and a Venn diagram to help you find your voice. Imagine when our children know these four areas so well that they seek out opportunities and careers where they can live out their purpose.

      We also encourage you to check out the bingo card for your family to use over the summer. Can you get a bingo? What about a blackout? Have fun and have a wonderful summer!

      Math game of the week

      1-2 NIM

      Hello all and welcome to our first installment of the math game of the week. This week, we are going to introduce (or reintroduce, if you know this one) your family to 1-2 NIM. Sophia from Mrs. Ruiz’s class selected this game. We have played NIM with students as young as our kindergarteners!

      NIM is a 2-player game. Start with a pile of 10 objects. (They can be anything! Pens or pencils are great, but we play with rocks on the playground!) On your turn, remove one or two counters from the pile. You must take at least one counter on your turn, but you may not take more than two. Whoever takes the last counter wins. 

      Thoughts to ponder and investigate:
      Can you figure out a strategy that allows you to win every time?
      Does it matter who goes first? How does it affect your strategy?
      Can you make a different version of NIM? One of our fourth graders created 3-5 NIM. Does this change your winning strategy? Why or why not?

      Please share your strategies, pictures, and videos of you playing with your homeroom teachers! We will see if anyone can beat the NIM Master, Dr. Cagle, when you return! 

      Check out more fun games from Math for Love