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    Purpose, mission and scope of Cypress Bay's Easing-in Plan:

    • Cypress Bay High School teachers, staff, and administrators are committed to our student's academic and social-emotional needs. As part of that commitment to student excellence and emotional health, we have committed ourselves to implement a school-wide initiative to "Ease" our students into the 2021/22 school year by developing what we have coined "Easing-in @ the Bay!" This commitment continues the enduring legacy of academic excellence with a deliberate focus on every student's Social and Emotional needs here at Cypress Bay High School. What this means for students and parents is a commitment to being proactive with the educational needs of our students—beginning with ensuring that all students are appropriately placed in their courses where they have the best potential to thrive. Additional supports include providing exceptional academic guidance by our school counselors and our College and Career Advisor.  

    • Cypress Bay High School is reimagining the structure of how students utilize their Study Hall time by emphasizing a commitment to 45 minutes of academic focus. Those 45 minutes will enable students to study for assessments, begin or complete homework or receive tutoring. The remaining 45 minutes can be dedicated to mental rejuvenation and unwinding for the remainder of the Study Hall period. This year, our teachers, staff, and administrators are committed to emphasizing time-management skills, including teachers emphasizing the importance of using the 45/45 Study Hall rule to complete homework and study for assessments. 
       
    • Now that Cypress Bay High has implemented a dedicated Homeroom, students will now have time built into their second and sixth periods to participate in Social Emotional Learning activities. These periods will enable students to receive pertinent information in one place, broadcasted simultaneously across campus to ensure all teachers, students, and staff have the most up-to-date information on school activities, events, and other critical information without interrupting instructional time.  
       
    • Students will be provided with the opportunity to learn resiliency through a by-weekly initiative called "Whytry" https://whytry.org/curricula/. WhyTry is an evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) program based on sound therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavior therapy, Reality Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. WhyTry has proven to be a successful intervention tool in various settings, populations, and age groups. Across multiple third-party studies, researchers have seen significant positive changes using WhyTry (see the Reality Ride graphic below).

    The Reality Ride

    • Research indicates that schools in which homework is routinely assigned and assessed tend to have higher achieving students. Homework fosters student achievement, independence, and responsibility and serves as a vital link between school and home. Therefore, per Broward County Schools' policy, meaningful and quality homework is required at all grade levels in all schools, including Cypress Bay High.  

    • Homework is defined as meaningful and quality work assigned to students that are intended to be completed during non-instructional hours. Although our teachers are mindful of the amount of homework given, it is essential to understand that the amount of homework assigned by teachers will vary based on the course level (non-honors, Honors, AP, or AICE). Therefore, it is critically important that students are appropriately placed, use their time wisely, and take advantage of the proactive resources that Cypress Bay High School will provide to all students.  

       
    • Cypress Bay High School is committed to a proactive approach to student academic success and providing appropriate social and emotional supports to the mental wellbeing of each student. As a part of that commitment, Cypress Bay High will provide multiple workshops and trainings for students and parents alike. Below are the trainings that will be provided this year. These trainings will be available through the school day, specifically through Study Halls, to ensure students are not missing class time to attend these trainings. These trainings will be voluntary on a first-come-first-serve basis, with limited opportunities after school. These trainings will be advertised via social media, parent Link, and our school website.

    • Trainings for students & parents include:  
      • Using a Planner & Staying Organized  
      • Study Skills Seminar  
      • Note Taking Strategies and Seminars  
      • Time Management  
      • Stress Management  
      • Self-advocacy  
      • Canvas
      • Pinnacle & Canvas for Parents

    •  If you have any questions or concerns about Cypress Bay High School's Easing-in @ the Bay initiative, don't hesitate to contact Mr. Dixon.  You are a part of the Cypress Bay family, and we are here for you. For general questions or concerns, contact the main office at 754-323-0350.

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    • Follow Mr. Dixon, Assistant Principal, on Twitter @APDDixon or Instagram @APDixon_CBHS.