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The 5Cs of a CIS Student

Last Updated: 9/12/2022 2:12 PM

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