Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year Finley families,
It is with great excitement that I welcome all of you to Finley Computer Science Magnet School. We are overjoyed to see your children soon and cannot wait to impact their lives in a way that will make a positive difference academically and socially. As the principal, I realize the importance that these years play in a child’s life and we are honored to have the opportunity to assist them establish a solid foundation on a daily basis. This year, we continue to transform both the environment and the instruction that takes places within those walls. We are striving to keep true to our motto, “Empowered by Innovation”. To meet our goals, we will be integrating computer software programming starting in Kindergarten, use of Robotic equipment in both the primary and upper grades, logic games that incorporate drone technology along with hands-on activities, and text-based computer programming, ‘Where our students don’t play Minecraft, they’ll be making Minecraft’! The integration will take place in all core curriculum areas: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, which will enhance our students’ ability to think critically and logically in any subject area. We’re excited about all the amazing work your students will create throughout the year and we cannot wait to share it with you during our Epic Build Showcase later in the academic year.
Here at Finley Computer Science Magnet School, home of the 3A Eagle Way: “Act Respectfully, Act Responsibly, and Act Safely!” we realize that there is more to develop in a child than the academics alone. Through the implementation of our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS), we educate and assist students in developing skills to conduct themselves and handle situations in a way that would serve them well in any areas of their life.
We, at Finley Computer Science Magnet School, recognize that we cannot accomplish our goals alone. It is for that reason that we will continue to offer a variety of opportunities for parent involvement that include parent teacher conferences, parent education seminars, School Site Council, English Language Advisory Committee, PTA, and classroom volunteers. Be sure to let your teacher or the office know if you are interested in volunteering on campus.
Please note the following Back to School Night and parent/teacher conference dates:
Back to School Night- September 20, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Trimester #1- October 15-19, 2018
Trimester #2- March 18-22, 2019 for “At Risk Students”
Please continue to check our website or the district website for updates throughout the year.
We will also be having a Welcome Back to School Parent Meeting on the 1st day of school, August 30th at 8:15 AM in the MPR. Please stop by for some coffee and some pastries as I will be discussing a number of items for this upcoming school year. I am excited to work with all of you this school year to meet the needs of our children.
Raul D. Olivas