Here’s an excerpt from a media release that we sent last week:
Michelle Alexander, Cannon’s Head of Lower School, announced last week
that parents will be offered a full-day kindergarten option beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
Staff arrived at the decision in response to the fact that approximately 65% of current junior-kindergarten students take part in Cannon’s Extended Day program. About the same percentage of kindergarten students also participate in Extended Day on a daily basis.
While both the half-day and the full-day options provide purposeful involvement, full-day kindergarten presents an opportunity for students to incorporate elements not found in the half-day program.
Cannon’s full-day kindergarten option will include the current academics, co-curricular classes, lunch and rest time, as well as a new element called Purposeful Inquiry and Exploration (PIE). PIE is composed of three components—inquiry, play-based learning and purposeful movement.
“I am so excited about the full day Kindergarten program,” said Alexander. “As a Lower School, we strive to create learning opportunities where children are at the center of each experience. I firmly believe that this is a hallmark of our new program and that it will not only celebrate the student voice, but also allow for a true deep, meaningful and enriching Kindergarten experience like no other.”
Established in 1969, Cannon School is a private independent junior kindergarten through 12th grade college-preparatory institution. It attracts more than 950 students from Concord, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Mooresville, Charlotte, the University City area, Kannapolis and Salisbury. Cannon School seeks to prepare students for a world that promises to be unpredictable. In classroom learning, character building activities and extra-curricular involvement, teachers, advisors and coaches work to instill in students Habits of Mind that are reflective, meta-cognitive, self-governing and strategic along with Habits of Spirit that encourage flexibility, curiosity, creativity and risk-taking.