A message from our principaL

Greetings Country Place Leadership Academy Students, Families and Community Members,

The Country Place staff is excited to welcome you to the 2022–2023 school year! We look forward to partnering with you to create an inspiring learning experience for every student. 

Our mission is iLead. iLead stands for, “Inspiring Leaders to Exceed, Achieve and Dream.” This year we will continue our leadership journey with the Leader in Me Process. We will continue to deepen our understanding of leadership principles and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Students will take on leadership roles and teach leadership to others in our school and community. We will continue our goal setting process to support student growth. Our focus this year will be on empowering instruction. Empowering instruction consists of creating trusting relationships, student-led learning opportunities, and collaborative planning and reflection for students and staff. Our goal will be to ignite curiosity, create opportunities for students to investigate, and then invite connections. We will empower our students to be leaders in their classrooms, on the playground, in the community, and beyond!

Student safety continues to be our first priority. We continue to work on making student drop-off and pickup as safe and efficient as possible. As many of you know, our location in the neighborhood, size of our driveway, and number of cars at drop off and pickup make student drop off a challenge. To ensure student safety and create an efficient process, we ask for your support of our drop-off and pickup procedures. Our gates will remain closed until 7:05 a.m. Please make a line along Country Place Blvd from the right. At 7:05 a.m. we will open the gates, cars can enter the lot, and students enter the gates. We only allow students and staff to enter the campus during drop-off and pickup. We are asking that only kindergarten parents and those parents needing to access the office use the parking lot, all other cars please use the drop-off lane. Kindergarten parents can park in the parking lot and escort their students to the kinder gate or drop them off in the drop-off line. When using the drop-off line, please move all the way forward and then “Drop Where You Stop". We are also asking that all cars enter and exit the parking lot from and to the right, which creates a steady flow for traffic.

School begins daily at 7:20 a.m. with breakfast in the classroom. Students may arrive on campus at 7:05 a.m. School release time is noon on Wednesdays, and 2:20 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Our school office hours are from 6:50 a.m. until 2:50 p.m. (12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays). As the new school year approaches, we would like to share that the safety and well-being of our staff and students is our greatest priority. We will continue to use our COVID-19 mitigation plan. Information is also shared through our social media platforms, email, and Remind. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (623) 478-6100.


      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