School News and Notes
Welcome Class of 2021! 8th Grade Student/Parent Meeting
The annual 8th Grade Student/Parent Meeting was Thursday, February 23. That's right, it's already time to start thinking about the next class of Panthers. Thank you all those who were able to attend. All of the information shared is linked below. Please don't hesitate to contact the high school office if you have any questions as you make the transition to high school.
CPHS Graduation Requirements
CPHS Four Year Educational Plan
SAT Study Groups Starting at CPHS
Juniors at CPHS will begin preparing for the upcoming SAT Test through small "study groups" during Academic Advisory each Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the SAT. Click the link below for more detailed information. The SAT is scheduled for April 11. Check this site for more information as we approach the test date.
SAT STUDY GROUP PLAN 2017
Upcoming ZAPS SAT-Prep Seminar
Comstock Park High School is partnering with Doorway to College once again to offer a reduced cost ZAPS SAT-Prep Seminar for our juniors scheduled to take the SAT in April. The ZAPS SAT-Prep Seminar is scheduled for March 6. It will take place during the school day and will cost juniors only $44. Juniors MUST pre-register on-line directly with Doorway to College. Information was mailed home and is linked below. Contact the CPHS Guidance Office if you have questions about this opportunity.
ZAPS SAT-Prep Information/Flyer
Senior Graduation Meeting Information
As of Thursday, January 26, our seniors have 126 calendar days and 75 instructional days remaining in their K-12 school career! I am very proud of this group and especially their leadership and growth. It is hard to believe that they are in their final semester!
On Thursday, January 26 we had our first graduation planning meeting with all seniors to ensure that all members of the class are on track and have all of the information necessary to finish strong and participate in the Commencement Ceremony on June 1 at Cornerstone University. It is critically important for these young adults to take responsibility for their future and that begins with ensuring that they are accessing all of the available information, that they are aware of their deadline obligations, and that they complete all requirements for graduation. The information distributed at this meeting is linked below and was emailed to all Senior Parents through our School Messenger email system. It will also be posted on the Senior Information page of this website until the Commencement Ceremony is completed. Please contact the high school main office if you have questions related to the Commencement Ceremony and the Guidance Office if you have questions related to graduation status.
JANUARY GRADUATION PLANNING MEETING NOTES
GRADUATION IMPORTANT DATES
CLASS OF 2017 MEMORABILIA
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
" . . . the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."