Dear Families,

On behalf of our dedicated and passionate middle school staff, welcome! We are so excited to start the 2020-21 school year, the first year in CIS’ history with a distinct middle school division. Being our own division means being able to provide even more attention to the truly unique strengths and needs of middle-school aged children.

On a day to day basis, no matter the class or co-curricular activity, our goal remains the same: to positively impact each and every child in our care through deep, meaningful learning. This means developing our students into experts in understanding big, important ideas, experts able to perform important, useful skills, and experts in becoming quality human beings, driven by personal values. 

This impact is made visible through children collaborating with classmates on solving complex, real world issues; teammates on the soccer pitch working together; individual passions being explored in a technology lab; expressing creativity and passion on the stage; and by our everyday interactions that emphasize basic kindness.

While these years are full of change and challenge, they are also full of joy and discovery. Through it all, be secure in the knowledge that we are your partners and that we always work to help your child discover and become their best self. 

If you ever have any questions, concerns, or ideas, never hesitate to contact our teachers or myself.

In partnership,

Ben Calsbeek, Middle School Principal