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Having a Growth Mindset

May 16, 2022

Over the past several weeks our students have been learning about embracing the moment, getting in the zone, being vulnerable, taking action toward goals and staying motivated. Having a growth mindset can help students be successful in all of these areas. This week our students will learn about neuroplasticity and what it means to have […]

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Curriculum Showcase – This Friday!

May 11, 2022

We are so excited to see you on Friday at The Cottonwood School Curriculum Showcase. This event has been held in the past and is coming back, in person, at our very own building. Thoughtful preparation has been underway to create an event that offers you the opportunity to plan for next school year, meet […]


Get Motivated!

May 9, 2022

Last week our students learned about the importance of acting with purpose by taking steps and actions towards their dreams and goals. Motivation is essential to taking action and achieving goals, but it is not always easy to discover or maintain. We can help our children find or recall motivation by encouraging them to discover […]

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4, 2022

Did you know May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week? It often passes us by without notice because we aren’t in a traditional school setting, but it is worth our attention. Our kids are so fortunate to have the best of two worlds. Their primary teachers are you, the homeschool parent. They are also supported by […]

Act with Purpose

May 2, 2022

This week our students will be learning about how they can Act with Purpose. While all action is significant, the actions we take that align with our dreams are the most powerful. First, they’re part of who we are and matter to us more, so we try harder and work to overcome more when taking […]

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Focus on R.I.S.E.

April 28, 2022

We’re Lizette Sweiven & Kara Tupy, and we run the RISE program at The Cottonwood School. As past and present homeschooling moms, we wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts on homeschooling in community through the teen years. Below we share some reflections on the junior high and high school years specifically born […]

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April/May Mindset: The Time is Now!

April 25, 2022

This week our students will be learning about the benefits of letting themselves be vulnerable when faced with new experiences and challenges. Fear is a common response in these situations. Children may feel uncertain, vulnerable, and anxious. When they allow themselves to be vulnerable and step out of their comfort zones, they may experience some […]

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Focus on Community Connection

April 20, 2022

Welcome back, friends. We hope you enjoyed a fantastic Spring Break. We are in the home stretch of the 2021-2022 school year, and we are finishing stronger than ever with some exciting community events and celebrations. From now through next week, we have upwards of 12 events, trips, and activities to look forward to and […]

April & May Mindset: The Time is Now!

April 19, 2022

This week our students will be learning about how important it is to Get in the Zone! With life’s challenges, we can all experience a variety of feelings and emotions. These feelings and emotions may even include anger, jealously, or resentment. The key is to recognize when we are out of sorts, pause, and figure out a way to […]

Cottonwood Star of the Week – Erikka

April 7, 2022

Our Cottonwood Star of the Week is Erikka!   Her mom says: Erikka is a sophomore at Cottonwood and has been working hard on checking off high school standards. She has been maintaining her coursework and grades. She is helpful and thoughtful. Erikka has dedicated some of her time helping to coach tee ball in […]

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