School News and Notes
WEEK ONE - WHAT A GREAT START!
We truly had a wonderful start to the 16-17 school year in spite of the first day cancellation. Students and staff did an excellent job getting right to work and establishing an appropriate learning environment. I especially want to thank all of the groups that did something extra to make to first week so welcoming: Senior Parents decorated each senior locker with a very creative welcome poster and set up the senior display case for the first day, NHS ended the week with a welcome back gift for each teacher, Student Leadership welcomed students with positive messages in sidewalk chalk at each entrance to the building, Mentors assisted with the freshman and new student orientation program to ensure a good start for the new members of our community, and Student Volunteers welcomed each freshman to the building with an opening day gift bag taped to their lockers. These are just some examples of the efforts made last week to ensure a warm and welcoming environment at CPHS. We have just one week in the books, but I am already extremely proud of our students and staff and hopeful that the good start is an indicator that we are about to have an outstanding year at CPHS. I want to give special recognition to our senior class who have done an excellent leading by example during the first days of school - if they continued as they have started, I know we will have a very successful year!
SMART START ORIENTATION PROGRAM
The summer is almost over and the new school year is upon us! I am very excited to welcome all of our incoming freshman and new students to CPHS and I am looking forward to an outstanding year with all of our new and returning students! We are, once again, offering our Smart Start Orientation Program for all incoming freshman and new students on Thursday, August 25 beginning at 5:30pm. The formal program should run until about 7:30 and includes a building tour, locker assignments, school pictures, and much more. We will offer an Ice Cream Social/Activities Fair after the formal program so all students and parents can see the variety of extra and co-curricular programs offered at CPHS in addition to the academic program. Students can even sign up to become involved in any of the various clubs/activities represented. This is a great opportunity for incoming students and parents to learn about our school and ask any questions that you may have. Also, our Athletic Boosters will be present to sell Spirit Apparel and other CP items. Please click the link below for additional information.
Smart Start Orientation 2016-17
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.
Sep 12 CPHS Open House, 5-7pm
Sep 19 7th Hour Support Begins
Sep 26 Picture Retakes/New Student Pictures
Sep 27 PAC Meeting, 7pm
Oct 3-8 Homecoming Week
Oct 13 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30-7pm
Oct 24-28 Red Ribbon Week
A full schedule for the year can be found here: CPHS 16/17 Event Calendar
Check out comstockparkathletics.com for athletic schedules.
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