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The 5Cs of a CIS Student

By graduation, students should have fully mastered the below skills (with description) which help them make a successful transition into the next phase of their lives. At CIS we will be focused on helping the students better those skills throughout the school day



Be Safe: Aware how actions and words, their surroundings and personal space impact others and self.

Be Responsible: Understand and take ownership of rules and expectations. Serve the community to make a positive contribution

Be Respectful: Show respect for self and others through verbal and nonverbal interactions.

Be Kind: Care for and have empathy toward others.

Awareness: Trust abilities, qualities and judgement and act upon them accordingly.

Persistence: Demonstrate resilience and grit in all areas to accomplish tasks and overcome adversity.

Reliance: Develop skills that lead to independence.

Action: Take calculated risks.

Reasoning: Articulate thoughts by making inferences and drawing conclusions.

Independent: Define, monitor, and complete tasks without direct oversight.



Purposeful: Use communication both formally and informally for a range of purposes and understand other points of view.

Listening: Listen to learn and respect the values, attitudes, and intentions of the speaker.

Articulation: Be effective using oral, written, and nonverbal communication.

Context: Select the appropriate strategy from a variety of contexts (classroom presenta ons, videos, podcasts, interviews, etc.) to make the most effective impact.



Team Focus: Understand that more ideas and thoughts are generated by the group than by an individual, and value the benefits of a team working towards accomplishing a goal.

Equity of Voice: Respect all perspectives, willing to compromise if necessary and create an open environment without adverse consequences.

Adaptability: Assume different roles, respond to feedback and constructive criticism, and value each individual.

Mastery: Embrace the shared responsibility through perseverance while making decisions to meet the requirements.

Self‐assessment: Evaluate the process in order to make any necessary changes to be successful 



Idea Generation: Use unique and imaginative approaches to create clear ideas to meet a challenge.

Idea Design then Refinement: Show originality in their work. Be able to explain decisions, review feedback, and determine next steps.

Be Challenged: Consistently persevere, view failures as opportunities to learn, and take risks. Develop curiosity and flexibility.

Curiosity: Demonstrate a commitment to learning as a lifelong process and embrace the joy of learning.


Critical Thinker/Critical Thinking

Discovery: Understand the problem, investigation, or challenge.

Reasoning: Be able to make inferences and draw conclusions.

Interpretation & Analysis: Collect and describe sources, analyze points of view, and use evidence to support thinking.

Problem‐Solving: Identify, define and solve problems and questions.

Constructing & Articulation: Explain conclusions based on evidence in logical order.

Reflection: Reflect on learning experiences and process.

Goal Setting: Be able to set personal goals with intended outcomes.

Time Management: Utilize time, prioritize, and manage task demands