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July 7, 2023

Welcome Mackenzie Eikenberry, New Principal of CATA!

Mrs. Eikenberry comes to us as a prior Regional Director of Academics for ACCEL Schools and is thrilled to be joining the Trailblazer family as your Principal. She has a passion for teaching and learning while overseeing systems and operations that support the safety and security of all students and staff. The ’23-‘24 school year will mark her 12th year in education. Mrs. Eikenberry attended The Ohio State University where she received a master’s degree in early childhood education and Florida Atlantic University where she received her second masters degree in Educational Leadership K-12. Since graduating, Mrs. Eikenberry has served several communities in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Cleveland, OH and Columbus, OH. Throughout her career she has worked in public education as a teacher, leader, and director. Mrs. Eikenberry is excited to reignite excellence at CATA and looks forward to benefiting the CATA community with your support and partnership towards student achievement.

June 5, 2023

Congratulations CATA Class of 2023!

On May 21, Columbus Arts & Tech Academy celebrated its Class of 2023 at a 9am graduation ceremony held at the High Life Studio in Columbus. All 10 seniors received their high school diplomas. Karen Marie Hewitt and Sirvell Allen spoke during the ceremony and Jairo Medina, the Class valedictorian, was honored for his accomplishments. 

The future looks bright for Columbus Arts & Tech seniors who will be continuing on to two and four-year colleges, technical training programs, and the military following graduation. Principal Brewer offered his congratulations saying, “We’re very proud of our seniors for their hard work and dedication these past four years. We are confident that they have the academic ability, character, and life skills to be successful as they go on to college and career pursuits.” 

November 18, 2022

Join the Wellness Committee!

The Local Wellness Policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The Wellness Policy Committee has been created as an effort to manage and develop our school’s healthy habits.

» A Wellness Committee will be appointed to each school

» The committee may include parents and guardians, students, representatives of the school nutrition program, physical education teachers, or any other interested stakeholder that is aligned with the goals of the policy

» The committee shall meet a minimum of four times per year

This is a great opportunity to help promote and support student health and wellness, and create a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment. Please contact mealcounts@accelschools.com for more information.

We want to hear from you. Please contact us at: mealcounts@accelschools.com


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August 24, 2022

Arrival and Dismissal Updates

*AM drop off for Breakfast: 7:40am. Breakfast begins at 7:45am & ends at 8:00am. Students arriving after 8:00 will not receive breakfast.

*Students are tardy as of 8:10am and parents must come inside to sign them in. This is a change from the original welcome letter sent out in June.

*Dismissal begins at 3:35pm. On nice days, students will be dismissed from playground via PikMyKid app, which is now up and running. ALL PARENTS MUST USE PIKMYKID to announce that they are here to pick up their children. Please encourage your child(ren) to walk quickly and quietly to the playground to cut down on parents’ wait time. Unfortunately, the longer it takes for students to get orderly (for safety reasons), the longer it takes for us to dismiss.

*On bad weather days, students will be dismissed from homerooms after they are announced via PikMyKid app. Again, for the safety of our students, we will only dismiss via PikMyKid.

*If parents do not have the app, CATA staff will be outside the playground with QR codes, available for parents to register and set up an account. CATA can then announce for that parent, allowing the teacher to dismiss from the line. The next day, the parent should be all set to announce their arrival to use the app themselves.

Please be patient as new procedures take time to become routine. We are doing all we can to create a safe and orderly dismissal.

We are also working on internal communication to make sure our little ones do not get lost moving from the classroom, to OASIS, to bus door, or to the playground. There are a lot of moving parts for 571 students and 40+ staff. We take the safety of our students seriously and that may mean a longer wait time to ensure they are all where they need to be safely. So again, asking for your grace and thank you in advance for your patience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 614-577-0900.

Thank you and as always, have a blessed CATA day!
Principal Bates

August 15, 2022

Columbus Arts & Technology Academy Not Affected by Teacher Strike

Over the past week, we’ve been fielding questions from our community about the potential teacher strike at Columbus City Schools. 

We want to confirm to our families that our school will not be affected by the strike. As a public charter school, we operate independently from public school districts.

We will begin the school year in-person as planned on Wednesday 8/17. For information about the new school year (calendar, supply lists, dress code, etc), visit our Parent Resources page.

August 7, 2022

Why We Teach the Arts

French artist Henri Matisse said, “Creativity takes courage,” and we wholeheartedly agree! Whether painting or sculpting, dancing or acting, singing or playing an instrument, artistic expression requires skill and bravery. And the rewards for cultivating creativity are limitless! That’s why arts education is an important part of our educational offerings. 

Did you know that students who study music perform better in math and science? Performers hone public speaking and problem-solving skills. And visual artists develop their imaginations and learn to think outside the box. The academic, character traits, and life skills that students develop while participating in the arts helps them succeed in school and prepares them to excel in college and careers.  

Learn more about the importance of art education by watching this video from Americans for the Arts.  

Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts (facts, figures, action) 

June 30, 2022

Passport to CATA Enrollment Fair

New and prospective families can explore the exciting and engaging world of CATA at our Passport to CATA Enrollment Fair on Thursday July 21st from 5p-7p! Watch our video to get a peek at the world of CATA.
Come out to explore what CATA has to offer EK-12th grade adventurers! Educational Activities – Enjoy activities where students have the opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time! Friendly Competition – Engage in competitive activities to see who is the best! Food and Games – Indulge in frozen custard and icees for those who visit all of our passport destinations. Yes, we have a game truck, too! We also have a special treat for CATA kids.
We’ll have:
  • Game Truck-Icee/Frozen Custard Trolley
  • Educational Activities & Demonstrations and
  • Friendly competition, making learning fun and memorable
We can’t wait to travel with you!!
June 13, 2022

Welcome to the 22-23 School Year

Greetings & Well Wishes Families,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 Academic School Year at CATA!!!

As always there is so much to tell you …

Our school start and end time has changed!!! Our day begins at 8:00am. Doors open at 7:50. Our day ends at 3:30pm. Dismissal begins after 3:30pm announcements. If your family needs before or after care, please contact Mr. Mason or Ms. Debbie to enroll your child(ren) in OASIS. OASIS opens at 6am for before care and begins at 3:30 pm for after care.

We will be using PikMyKid as the app to release students for dismissal. Please make certain you have the app on your devices and the devices of those you may designate to pick up your child(ren). Students will only be dismissed via the PikMyKid app. Please do not call them on their phones or ask the staff to release them outside of the app. Our students’ safety is a top priority and with all the craziness going on in our society today, we are asking for both your support and cooperation in the dismissal process.

We are looking forward to your smiling faces on August 17, 2022 at 7:50am. Please be mindful that our school day has changed this year. Homeroom is 8:00-8:10am and students are tardy after 8:15am. We will provide breakfast from 8:00-8:10am. Students arriving after 8:10am may not receive breakfast so please, please, please, be on time. We want everyone to get the day started off right with a good breakfast.

We are still working to close the learning gap caused by COVID-19. We need your help!!! Please check with your children daily to ask about homework and what they’re learning. Please follow up with teachers to ask about homework and class assignments. Yes, students will have homework. Yes, students will need to read daily (at all grade levels). Of course, mom, dad, and caring adult we need you to be an active participant each and every day. We cannot do this well, without you. If you haven’t heard from their teacher, email/Dojo/Remind/text them. Don’t wait on an interim report or report card for your child’s status in school. Teachers are going to be super busy planning and developing lessons to teach every student at grade level. As a member of your child’s educational team, your support is critical to that teacher’s success with your learner. If you don’t know or understand something… ASK.

We are encouraging increased parent engagement in our students’ academic growth and development. To help us, we are bringing back CATA PTO. Ms. Bonner, Ms. Hoyte, Ms. Hurst, & Ms. S. Williams will be leading our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) this school year. More information and our PTO application will be available at Back to School Night, August 11 at 5pm.

CATA’s Back to School event is on August 11th from 5pm-7:30pm. Please plan to attend so you can meet your child’s teachers and get important information and any updates about the start of school on August 17th at 7:50am.

Again, it is critically important that our students get here on time, each and every day. They have a lot to cover to get ready for Ohio State Tests (OSTs) and we cannot afford to lose one minute of valuable instructional time. Even arriving 5-10 minutes late has an impact. Many tardy students come in feeling rushed or anxious and that impedes focus. To be completely transparent, our staff won’t have a lot of time to manage those chronically tardy students’ learning gaps. Please, help your learner avoid the added stress of additional late nights and weekends making up missed assignment. So, I am humbly asking you to make certain your learner arrives BEFORE 8:00am every day. Breakfast will begin at approximately 8:00am, giving them plenty of time to eat and get right to the business of learning. Homeroom ends at 8:10am. First period starts at 8:15am. Our academic day ends this year at 3:30pm. Picking up students late has a negative impact on teachers’ ability to spend time collaborating, planning, adapting, and preparing to best meet the needs of your learner. We need to keep that time as free of disruption as possible. So, I am asking that you please be onsite before 3:20pm so we can dismiss your student right to you as soon as possible (unless your child rides a bus).

Please remember we are a uniform school. All students must be in grade level colors unless they wear CATA gear. Hoodies, cardigans, button downs and sweaters are allowed, however they must be solid colors that match the grade level dress code polo shirt underneath. Elementary learners (EK/TK-5) wear solid navy blue polo shirts; middle school learners (6-8) wear solid maroon polo shirts; high school learners (9-12) wear solid black polo shirts. All students are to wear solid khaki bottoms (pants, skirts, skorts, shorts-no holes and past fingertip length). The emphasis on dress code in this welcome letter is to help us all be on the same page so we don’t have to call you to bring a shirt, change of pants, or take your student home. We are planning for a distraction-free school year. Again, we’ve got a lot to do to support our students and dress code cannot be a distraction from those efforts. So, I ask that you support CATA’s long established dress code policy by making sure before they leave your sight every morning, your child is properly dressed for school at CATA. In addition, we have tried to allow students to keep cell phones. Unfortunately, they have been a tremendous distraction to the flow of the school day. Therefore, CELL PHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT CATA. Each homeroom teacher has a lockbox to secure them, if your child needs to have their phone to connect with you after school. Thank you in advance for your assistance and support as we seek to focus on school from 8-3:30 M-F.

There will be several documents coming home for you to sign and/or complete online (from your phone). Please make certain the office has the most current telephone number and address for you. To ensure it’s updated, make it a habit to tell your child’s homeroom teacher of changes as well. You are our single most important ally in the success of CATA kids. We cannot do this work to the best of our abilities without you. Please continue to remain active and engaged in all aspects of your son/daughter’s educational career.

Behavior Intervention looks different at CATA. CATA still has our 3 Before Me intervention system in place. This is where your child’s teacher engages in three positive corrective action interventions before they send the student to the office with a discipline referral. At least two of those interventions involve reaching out to you for support. The goal is to build a strong relationship and healthy communication between the student, teacher, and parent. (The exception to 3 Before Me is if the student is engaged in an act of physical violence or aggression. Those incidents may require immediate office intervention and support). Please be aware that our staff intends to rely on your input and guidance on how best to manage challenging behaviors.

Teachers and students are also engaging in Restorative Practices aligned with our Social Emotional Learning goals to maintain a positive and supportive school culture. In addition, we have built a tiered behavior management system that incorporates more alternatives to suspension. CATA will be offering lunch recess, after-school and Saturday School behavior intervention sessions to support students in learning and navigating the expectations of our CATA Culture. In an effort to reduce suspension rates, we are also incorporating CATA Community Service as well. More detailed information is provided in the student handbook available at Back to School Night.

Finally, and most importantly, thank you for entrusting us with the care and support of your baby. We know you absolutely want the very best for them and we will do all within our power and resources to provide just that.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you often. And as always…

Have a Blessed CATA Day!!!

Principal Bates

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July 6, 2021

The ACCEL Schools Difference

We are a proud member of ACCEL Schools—a public charter school network serving thousands of PK-12 students throughout the United States. ACCEL was founded in 2012 by the early pioneers of online learning. Our leadership believes that all children, regardless of location or socio-economic background, deserve a quality education that prepares them to succeed in school and become productive global citizens.  

ACCEL Schools Instructional Model provides: 

  • Aligned Academics meet or exceed state standards ensuring your child is on track for rigorous college and career opportunities.    
  • Certified, Licensed Teachers and a student-centered staff are united in executing our mission to make a difference in the life trajectory of each student.    
  • More Time on Task and double the instructional minutes for ELA and Math maximizes learning in your child’s school day.   
  • Short Cycle Assessments keep track of how students are progressing in the program, giving teachers ongoing feedback so they can tailor instruction to your student’s needs.    
  • Individualized Instruction driven by assessment data means we are familiar with the needs of each child and set students up for success in each course of study.    
  • State Testing Preparation reduces the anxiety often associated with high stakes tests, helping our teachers and students feel confident with the structure and methodology of state exams.    
  • Academic Support including education technology, interventional specialists, and instructional aides assist students during the school day. After school tutoring, summer school, and Saturday school programs extend support services beyond the traditional school day and year.   
  • Extracurricular Courses & Activities round out our educational offerings providing students social-emotional learning, athletics, arts, service learning & more.   
February 26, 2021