School News and Notes
Half Way Already!
It is impossible to believe, but we've reached the half way mark! Exams are Thursday and Friday, January 19 and 20 and the new semester will begin on Monday, January 23. Our students have done an excellent job this semester, but it is important for them to stay focused and finish strong! Please encourage your students to use their time wisely this week and do their best on the final exams.
Please remember that students who have outside programs like KCTC, KIH or dual enrollment are expected to be at CPHS as scheduled on Thursday and Friday to take all required exams.
Winter Spirit Week
Winter Spirit Week at CPHS begins on Friday, January 27 with a Kickoff Assembly during Academic Advising. Student Leadership will sponsor activities throughout the week of January 30 to promote school spirit. Events include the annual Powder Puff Volleyball game on Monday, January 30, the Cancer Classic Basketball Game on Friday, February 3 and the annual Winter Swirl Dance on Saturday, February 4.
We are in the process of planning for the upcoming MME and schedules will be available soon. It is important to note that the MME takes place the week we return from Spring Break beginning with the SAT for all juniors on Tuesday, April 11. Grades 9 and 10 will also test this year taking the PSAT on Wednesday, April 12. Again, schedule and more information will be available soon.
SAT Preparation Materials
Juniors will once again be taking the SAT in April of this year. Our staff is already working hard to prepare these students to ensure that each student has an opportunity to do his or her best!.
At CPHS, we do not view the SAT as a "high stakes" test and I want to emphasize that students should not be nervous or feel pressured in any way. Neither the SAT nor any other standardized test can define a student. Our focus on the SAT (and previously on the ACT) is motivated by a very simple factor - students can benefit from doing well on the College Entrance Exam, and we want to do all we can to help our students do well. Strong performance on the SAT can lead to additional scholarship and college opportunities.
We want our students to know their goals and prepare to meet them. If a student doesn't do well on the initial administration of the SAT, they can retake the SAT and we will assist them in improving their score. My point is, students should not feel pressured to perform on this or any other test. They should know their college, career and life goals and they should prepare for the college entrance exam in an effort to achieve a score that improves their ability to pursue their particular set of goals. To that end, we will be providing significant supports and resources for those students scheduled to take the test this spring. Please see the resources below and know that we will also be working to support these students through our core curriculum and Advisory programs.
SAT Prep Resources:
CPHS Khan Academy Prep Plan/Information
College Board SAT General Information
Official SAT Prep Guide (FREE!)
Khan Academy Prep Course
PICK-UP/DROP OFF AND STUDENT PARKING PROCEDURES
Student parking and parent pick-up/drop-off will be in the back lot between the building and stadium again this year. Bus pick-up and drop-off will be in the front of the building. Parents and student drivers should use the Division Street entrance to avoid interfering with bus traffic at pick-up and drop-off times. You may exit using either Division Street or 6 Mile. We also ask all visitors to drive carefully and sensibly while on campus watching for students and other pedestrians. Please help us keep our campus safe! Click HERE for a diagram of the campus with parking and pick-up/drop-off directions.
Don't forget to check the athletic website for all athletic information: comstockparkathletics.com.
CPHS GUIDING PRINCIPLES
DO WHAT'S RIGHT
OWN YOUR MISTAKES
TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER
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