• Alert: In response to extended forecasts of unhealthy air quality, into next week, CMP is announcing that Club M Services will not be offered on Monday and Tuesday during the Thanksgiving break for the following campuses: CMP - American River, CMP - Capitol, CMP - Carmichael, CMP - Elk Grove (both sites) & CMP - Orangevale. Payments that have already been received can be applied as a credit to your Club M account. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. Please have a safe, restful, and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Break. We will see you back to school on Monday, November 26th.
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Holiday Club M Closure

In response to extended forecasts of unhealthy air quality, into next week, CMP is announcing that Club M Services will not be offered on Monday and Tuesday during the Thanksgiving break for the following campuses:

CMP - American River
CMP - Capitol
CMP - Carmichael
CMP - Elk Grove (both sites)
CMP - Orangevale 

Payments that have already been received can be applied as a credit to your Club M account.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family. Please have a safe, restful, and rejuvenating Thanksgiving Break. We will see you back to school on Monday, November 26th.

California Montessori Project School Closure Update

Dear CMP Community, 

 

Due to the forecasted air quality index for tomorrow, the following CMP campuses will be closed on Friday, November 16th.

 

CMP-American River

CMP-Capitol 

CMP-Carmichael 

CMP-Elk Grove

CMP-Orangevale 

 

Please look for updates as we continue to monitor the air quality.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break.

California Montessori Project School Closure Update

Dear CMP Community, 

Due to the forecasted air quality index for tomorrow, the following CMP campuses will be closed on Thursday, November 15.

CMP-American River
CMP-Capitol 
CMP-Carmichael 
CMP-Elk Grove
CMP-Orangevale 

Please look for updates as we continue to monitor the air quality.

CMP Air Quality Update

CMP Community,

 

Due to the tragic fires in the surrounding areas,  California Montessori Project has been monitoring the air quality and has modified all outside activities, including P.E. and recess.  Scheduled outdoor field trips are also being postponed until further notice. 

 

At this point California Montessori Project is planning on remaining open. We will notify our community if circumstances change.  We understand families may choose to keep their children home due to health conditions related to the air quality.  

 

If your child is a member of a sensitive health group, please make sure your campus has been notified.

 

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

Dear CMP Learning Community,

CMP’s monthly Board Meeting was hosted at our CMP-Shingle Springs campus on Monday, October 8th.  The Board approved Melissa (Herman) Goude, as the new Teacher Representative, replacing Sara Meece, who has accepted a .5 position as Dean of Students at the American River campus.  Ms. Goude, who has taught lower elementary students at both the Elk Grove and American River campuses, is a graduate of the initial cohort of the American Montessori Society’s ‘Emerging Leaders Fellowship.’

I am very excited to announce that the Board approved a revised compensatory schedule for CMP’s certificated teachers.  This action authorizes CMP to continue honoring our teachers with annual pay increases through June, 2022.  Our teachers are ‘the best’ - it is a privilege to serve them, as they serve our students and families! 

CMP-Holiday Card Art Contest world peace image

Once again we find ourselves at the time of year for creating artwork for the CMP Annual Holiday Card. 

A Message from the Executive Director Gary Bowman - Executive Director

Dear CMP Learning Community,

DID YOU KNOW?:  The State Legislature passed the Charter Schools Act of 1992, which authorized the creation of charter schools in California.  In 2000, Wheatland Elementary School District approved a single petition from California Montessori Project, allowing CMP to operate its 4 campuses in the greater Sacramento area, through 2006.  In 2001, AB1994 was passed, requiring charter schools to be granted authorization from their ‘districts of residence.’  In 2006, CMP received separate authorizations from Buckeye Union School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, and San Juan Unified School District, allowing CMP to operate our schools within those district boundaries.  

CMP-Shingle Springs received an initial 3-year authorization from Buckeye USD, while the remaining CMP schools received 5-year authorizations.  All CMP schools are now on a 5-year cycle, and, accordingly, work closely with the authorizing districts to meet the requirements for renewal, as established in California Education Code.  While there are many elements included in the charter renewal petition, school districts, historically, are largely focused on student achievement and fiscal solvency.  

New 2019-2020 School Calendar Survey

Dear Members of our CMP Learning Community,

Thank you for participating in the recent Stakeholder Survey of the 2019-2020 School Calendar.  This survey was designed to gather input regarding the intersession schedule.

Of the 1400 respondents, there was great support for dividing the four weeks of intersession equally, with two weeks at Winter Break and two weeks during Spring Break.  Notably, there were also comments from the community with some common threads, as follows:

  • A preference for a later August start date (August 14, 2019 vs. August 7, 2019)
  • A preference for a longer Summer Break
  • A preference for a shorter Spring Break

 

A Message from the Executive Director

13 September 2018

 

Dear CMP Community,

As always, it is an honor to serve you as we celebrate the social, emotional and academic development of our children.  They seem to grow up all too fast!  I appreciate your support as we seek ways to enrich each of their learning experiences throughout these vital childhood years.

Did you know?  CMP conducts regular Board meetings throughout the calendar year.  One of the important functions of CMP’s amazing all-volunteer Board is to oversee the fiscal health of CMP.  At the September 10th Board meeting, Karl Yoder (Delta Managed Solutions) and I presented the network’s Unaudited Actuals.  The Board unanimously approved the Unaudited Actuals for each of our schools (CMP-CAP, CMP-EG, CMP-SJ and CMP-SS). 

The Board also approved an increase in the Personnel Pay Scale for CMP’s Maintenance/Security staff.  This decision impacts those personnel who serve CMP campuses that are not otherwise served by ‘District’ personnel.

The next CMP Governing Board Meeting will be held at the Shingle Springs Campus on Monday, October 8th.  The Board packet will be posted on our website in advance to the meeting.

Hope to see you there!

Gary S. Bowman

Superintendent/Executive Director, California Montessori Project

A Message from the Executive Director

7 September 2018

 

Dear CMP Learning Community,

As I enter my 15th year of service with California Montessori Project, I am filled with appreciation for the opportunity that I have been afforded.

Together, we have moved mountains!  Today, CMP is widely acknowledged, and respected, for its integrity, as demonstrated through its personnel, school program and operations.

After thoughtful consideration, my family and I have reached a decision that the 2018-19 school year will be my final year as CMP’s Executive Director/Superintendent.

I have the highest regard for CMP’s Mission and Values, and am deeply grateful for the exceptional staff and community I have served. 

My term of service with California Montessori Project has been an extraordinary journey for me --- and, hopefully, for you and your children, as well. 

I look forward to our continued partnership in the coming year, as we serve the incredible children and families within our CMP Learning Community.

Thank you for choosing CMP, and thank you, as always, for your generous support.

Warmly,

Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.

Executive Director/Superintendent. California Montessori Project

A Message from the Executive Director

31st August 2018

 

Dear Friends,

What an incredible start to the school year!  I am filled with joy to see the excitement on the faces of students, parents and staff! 

In this week’s message, I will share a few thoughts about CMP’s ongoing commitment to provide relevant Professional Growth opportunities for staff.

This summer, Teaching Assistants were given the opportunity to attend the Montessori Training Center’s week-long Montessori Overview.  CMP will continue to offer monthly ‘Super Duper Saturdays’ for our T.A.s, as well.

At CMP’s annual network in-service on August 9th, over 400 staffpersons attended a variety of workshop sessions, in addition to presentations by renown speaker and therapist, Dr. Jane Nelsen (“Positive Discipline in the Classroom”).

A Message from the Executive Director

Wow!  What a fantastic first day of school this has been!  I had the pleasure of greeting CMP students, staff and families this morning, and was thrilled to see the many smiling faces and to experience the excitement of  First Day ...a day filled with hope, opportunity and optimism. 

Thank you for choosing CMP, and thank you for your support as we serve together, exemplifying and modeling respect, kindness and civility in all things.

In the coming weeks, I will be sharing information about many of our noteworthy endeavors and projects. 

I am humbled by (and appreciative of) the efforts of our incredible staff who are committed to the highest level of service to our students and families.

In closing, I share the words of President John F. Kennedy:  "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." 

Warmly, Gary

Board Meeting Time Change

The time for tonight's Governing Board Meeting at the California Montessori Project - Shingle Springs Campus has been changed from 6:30pm to 5:30pm. 

Renaissance Place Summer Reading Program ReadQuest Logo

Accelerated Reader has a new reading incentive program called ReadQuest! This would be a great option to encourage Summer reading. In addition to summer reading suggestions, this program also provides more information on Renn Place and Accelerated Reader. The attached document is the toolkit to get you started: AR ReadQuest Toolkit. 

CMP-Board Election Results

Please join me in welcoming Maggie Carmona, from CMP-Carmichael, as the new San Juan-Parent Representative for a 3-year term beginning July 1, 2018.  Many thanks to Andrea Ridge, from CMP-Orangevale, for all her years of service. 

Sara Meece, CMP-American River, was re-elected for a second term as our Teacher Representative. 

Congratulations to both of you. 

 

2019-20 School Calendar Survey your opinion matters

<p >Dear CMP Students, Parents, and Staff,</p > <p >As the new school year is just beginning, &nbsp;I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of our Montessori philosophy and program.&nbsp;&nbsp; Your input is valued and makes us stronger each year so that we can provide the best for our students.</p > <p >During the 2019-2020 school year, CMP will be making a change that will impact that school year calendar. Beginning in 2019-2020, CMP will offer five (5) weeks of intersession: one (1) week at Thanksgiving and the remaining four (4) weeks divided between the winter and spring breaks.&nbsp; &nbsp;We believe this change will promote optimal learning for our students, as well as, programmatic, operational, and fiscal efficiency.</p > <p >Please take a moment to complete this short survey by clicking this link:&nbsp;<a href="https://survs.com/survey/6c1ly95qsf" >https://survs.com/survey/6c1ly95qsf</a >. After we collect the survey results, we will be sharing this information with our stakeholders.</p > <p >Please note that the survey will be available until Friday, September 7, 2018, as we want to capture information from our new families, staff and students that have joined our CMP family this school year.</p >

The California Healthy Youth Act California State Seal

The California Healthy Youth Act, which took effect in January 2016, requires school districts to provide students with integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education at least once in middle school and once in high school. In accordance with the California Healthy Youth Act, CMP offers a course of study on Sexual Health education for middle school students using Positive Prevention PLUS materials.

For more information on this act, check out the CDE webpage

Message from the Executive Director

April 12, 2018

 

Spring Update/Appreciation

 

In the coming weeks, you will be hearing about many great things happening at CMP.  Your Principals will also be inviting you to attend site-based LCAP presentations.

As we catch our collective breath heading into the final two months of the school year, I would like to acknowledge a few ‘unsung heroes,’ as follows:

I have the privilege, and honor, of working with an exceptional group of dedicated professionals in the CMP office.  This group, known as the Central Administration Team (CAT), provides critical support

National Walkout Day

Dear CMP Community,
As a follow-up to my previous communication, I wish to commend all CMP students for their peaceful response to today’s National Walkout Day. This includes students who worked in their classrooms, as well as those who chose to participate in the Walkout.

The peaceful manner in which students conducted themselves today is consistent with the Montessori education they have received, as students at CMP.

As always, thank you for your continued support.
Sincerely,
Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.
Executive Director/Superintendent

CMP Response to High School Shooting

Dear CMP Families,

I wanted to take a quick moment to follow up on the CMP Network Response to the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  This incident has ‘touched a nerve’ for many of us.  We are saddened at this senseless loss of life, and frustrated that, as a nation, we are unable to provide the highest level of assurance that our schools are safe harbors for our children, and for those who faithfully serve with unparalleled dedication.

2018 All Grades Lottery

CMP will be holding our next lottery on Monday, April 23,  located at our Central Administration Office at 5330 Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. Due to space, this lottery draw is for adults only. Please note the times and grades that our campuses will be pulling and/or wait-listing.

CMP Network Response to High School Shooting

Dear CMP Families,

Our entire community is deeply saddened about the terrible event that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.  We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families, the Parkland community, and to an entire nation that has been devastated by this inconceivable loss. 

New Students Accepted at California Montessori Project- Carmichael Campus

In response to the unexpected closure of Paramount Collegiate Academy, California Montessori Project-San Juan has opened its doors to 3 sixth grade and 2 seventh grade students, utilizing the wait-list procedures as presented in CMP’s Admission Policy.

We welcome these new students and families to our CMP community!

Gary Bowman

Executive Director