• TW@CHS 4/3/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 4/3/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

    I find myself practicing a lot of deep breathing these days. Most of my non-work day is made up of alternating between watching the news and Food Network cooking competitions (seriously, Chopped is the greatest show ever!). However, when I can, I try to take a moment and just do a little breathing. It helps me focus and provides a little calm. The next time things start to get a bit overwhelming, just take a little time to breathe. Trust me, it helps.

    I also had some time to pen a letter to the students that was graciously posted on the Carmel High Sandpiper website. If you want to see truly remarkable writing (not mine) take a spin through their website to see how kids are both coping with and poking fun at the coronavirus lockdown.  

    DISTANCE LEARNING UPDATE

    Hopefully you have had a chance to review the CHS Guide to Distance Learning that will help guide the school’s work in the coming weeks. While this is still a work in progress we hope it will help manage the task of organizing your student’s learning. Please also take some time to get familiar with our CHS Online Learning HUB that provides a lot of resources for students and parents to help navigate distance learning. I appreciate those of you who have reached out and shared your experiences, both positively and negatively, helping to craft a better experience.  A reminder that the school will be on “Spring Break” from April 13-17 with no instruction taking place at that time.

     

    REQUEST FOR REFUNDS ON EVENTS

    While we are still working hard on ways to preserve some of the end of the year traditions for students (Prom and Graduation being the two most significant), other events that were scheduled have already passed or will not take place this year. While this is disheartening, it has become a need to process refunds to families in need due to the changing economic landscape. We are in the process of getting refund checks out for the Heritage Festival and The Desert Trip. We are also looking at other activities that would require refunds including for Spring Sports and other activities on campus. 

    We are moving forward with the production of the yearbook and the literary anthology so if you purchased either one of these items they will be produced and delivered via mail. More details will be out regarding those in the coming weeks. 

    Parents have also asked about outstanding balances in student’s SchoolBucks accounts for meals. Parents wishing to request a refund can contact our cafeteria manager, Mary Jennings, at mjennings@carmelunified.org

      

     

    COUNSELING NEWS AND NOTES

    The College board has been developing an alternative testing platform to allow students to take the AP exams remotely. This is still being worked on but students will still have the opportunity to take their tests and get their scores. 

    There are also new guidelines for UC/CSU acceptance based on the fact that a lot of colleges are also on hiatus. The CHS Counseling staff and I are working on an easy to understand communication regarding these changes and what it will mean for our current and future grads applying for college. Counselors will be scheduling Junior conferences via Video Chat over the next two weeks to help those students with the initial college application process. Students should check their email for their appointment time and date.

    Lastely, AIM Youth Mental health has put out a great resource guide for students and parents in need of social/emotional support. You can view the list of resources here

     

    TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

    From the CUSD IT Department: We want to know if your child cannot access their schoolwork because of internet issues or lack of a computer or device. Please help us assess the needs so we can make plans to better serve you.

    https://forms.gle/6PdFDmyQ9Mo6KFZe7

     

    MEAL SERVICE

    The Carmel Unified School District will continue to serve nutritious GRAB 'N' GO meals to students during school closure. Meals are free for all children age 18 and under regardless of what school they attend during this emergency crisis.  No paperwork is required. There is no requirement that children be present at time of meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    Meals will be available to all children at these locations and times: (Children do not need to be present):

    • Carmel Middle School student pick-up/drop-off curb:  11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
    • Big Sur near Ventana Entrance.  Look for the district van parked at the pull off area on Highway 1:  12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
    • Post Ranch Pond (Turn Out on the Left side of Pond):  12:50 - 1:15
    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone:  11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center Parking Lot:  1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

     

    Please help us by following this distribution protocol for your health and our employees' health:

    1. Family drives up to the curb and stays behind the cone.
    2. One car at a time proceeds to the serving area and parks in front of the pickup table.
    3. Parent or child gets out of the car and picks up a meal package at the table. One meal package is available for each child in the family.
    4. Parent drives away and the next car can proceed to the serving area.

     

    Need Something? Here’s a Link:

    Here are some links that can be helpful in finding out more information about what is  going on at school:

    CHS GUIDE TO DISTANCE LEARNING

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FVsqw1xvSF5SEjDBcDXQBmJzThIGpdY6kJsTzD5hpnw

    CHS ONLINE LEARNING HUB

    https://sites.google.com/view/chshub

    THE FRIDAY SHOW

    http://www.padretv.org/

    THE DAILY BULLETIN: 

     https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/4566

    THE SANDPIPER:

    www.thesandpiper.org

     

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

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  • CHS Guide to Distance Learning

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 4/1/2020

    Good Afternoon Padres and Padre Parents,

     

    Over the past few weeks as CHS has been getting it’s collective feet under itself for this new world of instruction I have heard a slowly building chorus around one request. The need for more structure to our learning experience. I have seen student posts of working at odd hours and having trouble accessing material in a timely fashion. I have heard from parents asking for a daily schedule to enforce so their students can get the instruction they need. I have heard from teachers who wish to have time dedicated to their classes so as to avoid overlap and increase student focus. I also have spent a fair amount of time researching what other schools around the country are doing and how that could be adapted to our situation. 

     

    Out of all that comes the CHS GUIDE TO DISTANCE LEARNING. 

     

    What is important to note here is a couple of things. First this is a shift to a more structured approach to learning with class times allocated daily. Students should print out the page with the schedule so they can begin to organize their days more efficiently. Second is the expectation that teachers will be available during specific times to offer assistance and support with the work.



     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    9:00-10:20

    PE/Electives

    Math

    Science/History Office Hours

    English

    World Language

    10:30-11:50

    History

    Science

    VAPA/World Language Office Hours

    VAPA

    Science

    11:50-12:30

    LUNCH

    LUNCH

    LUNCH

    LUNCH

    LUNCH

    12:30-1:50

    VAPA

    World Language

    ELA/ Electives Office Hours

    History

    Math

    2:00-3:20

    English

     

    PE/Math Office Hours

    PE/Electives

     



    Each teacher will be responsible for two “class” periods a week of 80 minutes each. This can be done in a couple of ways. Either through real time (synchronous) instruction (like Zoom or Google Meet) or through predetermined work (asynchronous) posted on a regular basis (such as reading from a novel or essays that are due at a specific time). The best advice is to build your day as if these were classes you attend and, if the teacher is not conducting a synchronous class, then work on the material they have assigned.  

     

    Teachers will also have “office hours” on Wednesday. This is another time for you to work on what they have assigned but with the added bonus of preset times teachers will be online (via Zoom, Google Meet, email, etc) to help students in need of support. The key is to use this time as a way to keep up with your studies. School is still in session and you need to be continuing to work on what the teachers are giving you. 

     

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to find the best way to bring the highest possible instruction to our students. 

     

    Always Proud to be a Padre,

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  • TW@CHS 3/27/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 3/27/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

     

    It’s hard to believe another week has passed in this new normal. I hope your families are safe and are surviving both the physical and emotional toll I know this is having on all of us, especially our students. 

     

    Continuing On-line/Distance Learning

    In case you missed it MCOE announced yesterday that all Monterey County Schools will be closed until May 4th. As we will now be out of school for a longer period, teachers will be refining their classes to meet the needs for new instruction rather than just review or independant work. This comes with a host of challenges we are examining, most notably how to help students organize their day. I will be sending out a special Student/Parent Guide to Distance Learning early next week with a more structured approach to our schooling. I appreciate all the parents and students that have shared questions and thoughts about our current state and what both groups need to be successful at home. 

     

    A Note about Events

    Obviously with the change in dates from MCOE we are now reasessing what to do about Prom. We have been in contact with our vendor about an alternate date as well as looking at other options depending on when we get the word we can go back to some semblance of normal. I know many students are very nervous about Prom and I want to reaffirm my commitment that we will do everything in our power to make this event happen. I appreciate those parents and students that have reached out with ideas and ways to help. I welcome any idea no matter how crazy it may seem!

    Also, we are closely monitoring how this experience may impact Graduation. We are exploring several options depending on what happens with our return to school. For me, the graduation ceremony is a sacred event in the life of a student (not to mention my personal favorite to be a part of) and again I want to affirm to you all I will work every angle I can think of to ensure students get to be a part of this tradition. 

     

    Trouble with Technology

    There have been several critical Chromebook security vulnerabilities reported recently. The district has been testing the new version, and have begun releasing it for install to all student and staff Chromebooks. The release is staged over about three days, but does not always apply automatically. Please follow the steps below to ensure this critical update is applied to your Chromebook.

    Two Ways to Update your Chromebook's Operating System

    OPTION 1: To finish an update

    1. When your Chromebook downloads a software update, at the bottom right, look for the "Update available" notification.
    2. Select Restart to Update.
    3. Your Chromebook will restart and update.

     OPTION 2: To check for updates yourself

    1. Turn on your Chromebook.
    2. Connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi.
    3. At the bottom right corner, select the time.
    4. Select Settings (it looks like a gear icon).
    5. At the bottom of the left panel, select About Chrome OS.
    6. Under "Google Chrome OS," you'll find which version of the Chrome operating system your Chromebook uses.
    7. Select Check for updates.
    8. If your Chromebook finds a software update, it will start to download automatically.

     

     

    Course Requests for Next Year

    There are still a few students who have not yet submitted course requests for next year. Even in our current state we are rapidly putting things in motion for next school year so it is essential that you submit what courses you would like to take next year. Contact your counselor to see if you still need to submit courses.

     

    Students sharing their experiences

    Since the beginning of the school shut down THE SANDPIPER, under the guidance of Mr. Palshaw and his team of outstanding student journalists, has been posting student stories daily that are worth reading. You can see for yourself at http://thesandpiper.org/.

    Also Mr. Granberry has continued the tradition of THE FRIDAY SHOW which can be viewed weekly at www.padretv.org. Anyone can submit a video so please take a moment to show off how your family is spending their time together. 

     

    Food Delivery for Students

    The School Lunch Program will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger during school closure.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, CUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals to individuals under the age of 18 twice a week.  Meals will be delivered on Mondays with meals for two days, and again on Wednesday with meals for 3 days.  

     

    Meals will be distributed from a district van, and may be picked up by families at these locations:  

    • Carmel Middle School Cafeteria parking lot: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    • Big Sur River Inn parking lot: 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
    • Big Sur near Ventana entrance.  Look for the district van parked at the pull out area off Highway 1: 1:15  - 1:45 p.m.
    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center parking Lot: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.  

     

    Changes to locations or delivery times will be posted on the CUSD web site.  Please check the website for the most current information.

     

    Need Something? Here’s a Link:

    Here are some links that can be helpful in finding out more information about what is going on at school:

    CHS ON-LINE HUB

    www.sites.google.com/view/chshub

    MONTAGE TIPS FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH

    https://www.montagehealth.org/montage-health/swick-tips/#.XnUyItNKii4

    THE SANDPIPER:

    www.thesandpiper.org

    THE VIDEO BULLETIN: 

    http://www.padretv.org/bulletins-and-shows.html

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

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  • TW@CHS 3/20/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 3/20/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

     

    We are rapidly ending our first week of on-line instruction for most classes. What I have seen so far has been exactly what I would have expected from our staff; innovation in education combined with a healthy dose of care for our students. As I have said before, there will be bumps and bruises along the way. Teachers will try things that will be successes and things that are galactic failures. I want to preach patience. A routine will get established and, knowing our students, education will continue with great success.

     

    I also want to make sure our students continue to share their joy with us. Students, if you see something cool or fun on-line, like pictures of sloths or otters, share them out with your friends (and those of us in the adult world as well). We all need a little joy in our lives. Keep your sense of humor alive and keep practicing self care. Parents, take time, if you are able, to connect with your students about their fears and hopes. But also take a moment to laugh or be silly. Our students depend on us not just for setting the routine but for being a distraction from time to time as well. 

     

    Students should continue to check in with teachers, keep track of when things are due, and don’t overwhelm yourselves trying to work harder than you are capable.  

     

    Postponing Not Cancelling

    I have been getting a lot of questions about cancellations of events, most notably Prom and Graduation. As of now, I am going to take the advice of one parent I spoke with and say that we are postponing not cancelling events. Cancelling implies finality. We are going to do everything in our power to find a way to hold as many events as we can, even if we have to move some of them into the months of June, July or August (situation permitting). In a meeting yesterday with our PCAL partner schools we decided to postpone athletics rather than outright cancel in the hopes we can try to get a truncated season in. A lot will change in the next few months but we want to do our level best to give students those experiences they have worked so hard for. 

    Having said that some events will not be taking place due to time constraints. We are going to try to get refunds to parents on events we know will not take place and I will send out notifications to those parents who can expect refunds. 

     

    Trouble with Technology

    Now that we are at the end of the first week of school closure, we want to check in to see how the technology is working for staff, students and your families. Please take a few minutes this weekend to provide your feedback so we can better serve your needs.

    We are particularly interested in any problems you are experiencing. (If you are not having any problems, this survey is optional.)

    Please use this link: https://forms.gle/TEPHhhkKEavhbx8XA

     

    College and Career Center

    Seniors: The MPC application workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 23rd at 12:45 (6th period). Any senior who may possibly attend MPC in the fall is highly encouraged to attend, and you do not need to sign up prior to the workshop. Please email Mrs. Hunt at phunt@carmelunifieed.org if you have any questions about the workshop.

     

    A Little Normalcy

    In an effort to bring some semblance of normalcy we are still going to produce a daily bulletin that can be viewed below and Mr. Granberry is producing a special video “Friday Show” that can be accessed at https://youtu.be/s9jJm34Cu6w. Students, submit your videos to Mr. Granberry so we can see what you are all up to. Just a few little fun things for students to feel connected to each other. 

     

    Food Delivery for Students

    The School Lunch Program will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger during school closure.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, CUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals to individuals under the age of 18 twice a week.  Meals will be delivered on Mondays with meals for two days, and again on Wednesday with meals for 3 days.  

     

    Meals will be distributed from a district van, and may be picked up by families at these locations:  

    • Carmel Middle School Cafeteria parking lot: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    • Big Sur River Inn parking lot: 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
    • Big Sur near Ventana entrance.  Look for the district van parked at the pull out area off Highway 1: 1:15  - 1:45 p.m.
    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center parking Lot: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.  

     

    Changes to locations or delivery times will be posted on the CUSD web site.  Please check the website for the most current information.

     

    Need Something? Here’s a Link:

    Here are some links that can be helpful in finding out more information about what is going on at school:

    CHS ON-LINE HUB

    www.sites.google.com/view/chshub

    MONTAGE TIPS FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH

    https://www.montagehealth.org/montage-health/swick-tips/#.XnUyItNKii4

    THE SANDPIPER:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/567

    THE VIDEO BULLETIN: 

    http://www.padretv.org/bulletins-and-shows.html

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

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  • Carmel High Closure Update #2

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 3/19/2020

    Good Afternoon Padres,

     

    This message is for CHS students, but I also thought parents would benefit from the information. 

     

    I hope all of you are well and taking all the necessary precautions as we all try to do our part to reduce the spread of this virus. Your health and wellbeing are the most important thing so please do not take risks by gathering in large crowds or not practicing proper hygiene. During the time school is closed, we want to ensure that your studies move forward and you continue to receive an education. It is important to not treat this as a vacation. You are expected to put in work on your classes each day. Develop a consistent routine so that you maintain your coursework and allow for some time to take care of your mind, body and spirit. It is important to practice social distancing but not to disengage with your friends. Make sure you call or text your friends to check on them and see that they are doing okay. 

    Today teachers wrapped up the preparations to move toward on-line instruction. By the end of the day on Wednesday all your teachers will have posted their initial coursework on-line, mostly through their individual teacher Moodle pages, along with deadlines for submission of work and times they will be available if students have questions or need additional support. For a master list of teacher information click on the link below:

     

     

    Teachers will be updating course work based on their own calendars so it is advised that students check in to each of their classes every day. Most teachers are also available via email so do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Counselors will begin scheduling one on one teleconferences with Juniors over the next few weeks. 11th grade students should be on the lookout in their email for instructions on how to log in for their conference. If students are in need of emotional support during this time they can reach out to Lauren Capano or their regular counselor via email for a phone appointment. 

     

    Please know I want all of you to be safe as we battle this virus. If you have any needs or concerns I am only an email away.



    Take care,

    Mr. Lyons

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  • Carmel High Closure Update #1

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 3/13/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

    Today our teaching staff began the complicated task of transitioning our class instruction to an on-line model. This will come with many challenges for both our teachers and students and we are asking for patience and cooperation. We will be sending out more communications over the next few days outlining how students can access their classwork and what students without reliable internet can do to get the needed materials. With that in mind here are few key items:

    • School Offices will be open on Monday and Tuesday. Students who need to come to school to pick up materials or personal items can do so on Monday from 8am to 3pm.
      • Students in the following teachers’ classes need to come by school on Monday or Tuesday to pick up class materials or books
        • DePalatis, Ward, Handley, Grahl, S and Barnett. 
    • Individual teachers will begin communicating with students in their classes about how to access curriculum. Students are encouraged to check their email and their MySchool Homepages for course specific guidelines. 
    • If you are currently using a loaner chromebook for any reason, you may continue to use the loaner as long as you have the appropriate charger. 
    • If you are currently using a loaner chromebook but do not have an appropriate charger, please email Ms. Fausti ASAP.
    • If your chromebook or charger stops working while we are still solely using online classwork, please email Ms. Fausti ASAP.
    • If your internet access is interrupted while we are solely online, please call the CHS Office at 831-624-1821
    • School site administration will be available via email for student needs while we are out. We are also working on establishing communication systems for those families without internet access.
    • The rummage sale was scheduled for March 28 but, due to the school closure, we are looking to reschedule. Stay tuned for a new date.

     

    We hope everyone is continuing to exercise caution, practice social distancing, and washing your hands. There will be challenging days ahead and as I have said a number of times this year...We Got This!

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

    Jonathan Lyons

    Principal

    Carmel High School

    Twitter: @jlyonsCHS

    Instagram: @padreprincipal

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  • TW@CHS 3/6/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 3/6/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

     

    At the most recent Padre Parent Meeting there were several questions about how the school is addressing the concerns about Coronavirus. The Superintendent sent out some information earlier this week that speaks to our efforts to increase our cleaning in classrooms, disinfecting buses and other areas students gather, and making sure that students and staff are washing their hands consistently. I have also received communication from CIF that as of now no events are to be cancelled but that as things change under the guidance of CDC and the Department of Health it may require us to reschedule contests. We are monitoring situations closely with regards to upcoming school trips and if areas are deemed a quarantine zone we will adjust accordingly. We are committed to the health of our students and will update you on this ever changing situation. 

     

    The Week Behind

    The CHS Boys Basketball team has advanced to the Northern California Regional Semifinals to be played Saturday night at Home at 6pm. This is also the evening we are hosting the Jewish Film Festival. As such, parking may be an issue. If you are planning on attending the game we ask that you park at Carmel Middle School and take our shuttle bus to the school. Buses will be leaving every 15 minutes starting at 4:45pm. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation. 

     

    This past week CHS hosted WE Day X with students from other schools to discuss important issues and work on a wide range of communication skills. Students held special groups on Athletic Leadership, Writing, Maintaining Positive Relationships with Technology, and other key student activities. The event left all those who participated energized and ready to give back to the school community. A huge thank you to our staff for organizing such as an outstanding event. 

     

    The Week(s) Ahead

    The Carmel Public Library Speaker series will once again be here at CHS on 3/16 at 6:30pm. The next presentation is from Stanford Challenge Success Initiative discussing the college admissions process.This research-based workshop addresses many of the important questions we hear from families. What do college rankings really measure? Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What is “fit” and why does it matter? Participants will learn practical strategies to help reduce unnecessary pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support their student’s overall well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond. Seating is first-come, first-served!

     

    History Social Science Instructional Materials Adoption –In order to select new instructional materials for Social Studies at the highschool level, the HSS Adoption Committee engaged in a review process to determine the best materials for their programs. The Committee completed their review of materials and is excited to recommend the following publishers and titles for adoption: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for US History - American History - Reconstruction to the Present, World History - Modern World, and World Geography - Global Geography; and  McGraw Hill  for US Government - Principles of American Democracy and Economics - Economics: Principles in Action. Copies of student materials will be available for review at the District Curriculum & Instruction Office for one month until the end of March. The Board will consider the adoption of the new materials at the April 8, 2020 Board meeting. The newly adopted materials will then be implemented districtwide in the 2020-2021 school year.  

     

    The month of March is the time the AFS International student exchange program selects an international student to spend the school year 2020-21 at Carmel High School.  A Carmel host family is selected and helps pick out the student that best fits their family dynamics and interests. If you would like information about hosting an international student, contact Marian Clemens at marianclemens@aol.com or phone 831-624-4922 for information or questions.  

    Each year AFS welcomes more than 2000 international students to the U.S. from more than 50 countries. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in U.S. high schools and are eager to experience what it is like to  live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to bring more understanding into the world. Carmel High School has hosted AFS students for over 60 years, providing incredible international and intercultural experiences to individuals, families, schools, and the community. Please respond if you would consider being that host family.

     

    Padre Parent Corner

    The rummage sale, benefitting Sober Grad, is Saturday, March 28, 8 am - 4pm, in the Performing Arts Center lobby at CHS. Drop off of usable items will be Thursday and Friday, March 26 & 27, 9-6 in the same location. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we could really use your sellable donations as well as for you and your friends to shop. We have a bake sale on site that day, and we also need volunteers to help us set up and to sell on the day of. Please contact Jill Movahedi (jillmovahedi@gmail.com, 831-277-5800) for more info. Thank you!

     

    Thank you to those parents who attended last week’s Padre Parent Meeting. Next month we will be discussing the proposed Facility Master Plan and any changes upcoming to the school site with Yvonne Perez, Chief Business Officer. It should be a great conversation not to be missed.

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

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  • TW@CHS 2/28/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 2/28/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

    This past week I had the privilege to honor several of our teachers who received grants from our supporters at FOCUS. These grants were in the areas of Graphic Design, Video Production, Science and Student Wellness. It was great to see how innovative our teachers are and what they will be able to do with the new resources provided by the generous support of FOCUS. Thank you to those that donated and to the committee for agreeing to fund these amazing educator visions.

     

    The Week Behind

    Congratulations to Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer and Wrestling on advancing into CIF Playoffs. I will post a full report of our performance for all Winter Sports in the coming weeks but I hope you can join Padre Nation on Saturday at 7pm at MPC where our Boys Basketball team will be trying to defend its CIF title. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at cifccs.org. 

     

    This past week our Counselors began their scheduling visits with the current Junior classes. Students in the 11th grade can now enter their course requests into Aeries. We will be moving forward with our next grade levels in the coming weeks. Counselors will also be conducting follow up individual meetings with students throughout the month. Students who have questions about the selections for next year can also email counselors for answers. Please also take some time to review the course catalog to ensure your students are aware of the classes they are able to take. 

     

    The Week(s) Ahead

    History Social Science Instructional Materials Adoption –In order to select new instructional materials for Social Studies at the highschool level, the HSS Adoption Committee engaged in a review process to determine the best materials for their programs. The Committee completed their review of materials and is excited to recommend the following publishers and titles for adoption: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for US History - American History - Reconstruction to the Present, World History - Modern World, and World Geography - Global Geography; and  McGraw Hill  for US Government - Principles of American Democracy and Economics - Economics: Principles in Action. Copies of student materials will be available for review at the District Curriculum & Instruction Office for one month until the end of March. The Board will consider the adoption of the new materials at the April 8, 2020 Board meeting. The newly adopted materials will then be implemented districtwide in the 2020-2021 school year.  

     

    The month of March is the time the AFS International student exchange program selects an international student to spend the school year 2020-21 at Carmel High School.  A Carmel host family is selected and helps pick out the student that best fits their family dynamics and interests. If you would like information about hosting an international student, contact Marian Clemens at marianclemens@aol.com or phone 831-624-4922 for information or questions.  

    Each year AFS welcomes more than 2000 international students to the U.S. from more than 50 countries. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in U.S. high schools and are eager to experience what it is like to  live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to bring more understanding into the world. Carmel High School has hosted AFS students for over 60 years, providing incredible international and intercultural experiences to individuals, families, schools, and the community. Please respond if you would consider being that host family.

     

    Padre Parent Corner

    We need parents to shadow in the 2020/2021 school year to prepare to fill the positions for the following school year for these positions; Treasurer, and Webmaster. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Morgan at lisamorgan1965@icloud.com

     

    The Sober grad committee is still collecting items for the annual rummage sale. Contact Jill Movahedi at Contact jillmovahedi@gmail.com for more information or to donate.

     

    Need Something? Here’s a Link:

    Here are some links that can be helpful in finding out more information about what is going on at school:

    THE DAILY BULLETIN: https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/4566

    THE SANDPIPER:https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/567

    THE VIDEO BULLETIN: http://www.padretv.org/bulletins-and-shows.html

    COMMUNITY SERVICE GUIDELINES: https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2153

    COUNSELING NEWSLETTER: (NEW)https://www.carmelunified.org/cms/lib/CA01000917/Centricity/Domain/266/December%20Counselor%20Newsletter.pdf

    PADRE PARENT MEETING MINUTES/PRESENTATIONS: (NEW)https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/4046

     

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

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  • TW@CHS 2/14/2020

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 2/14/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

    A shorter than normal email this week as we won’t have much going on with the break. The past week has been Kindness Week and students have been showing off their care for one another. Thank you to ASB for the event and for creating a sense of community on campus. 

     

    The Week Behind

    This week we honored our January Students of the Month. The theme this past month was MOST RESPONSIBLE. To see the winners visit the school website. 

     

    Thank you to all the parents who came out to hear our guest speaker panel, “Wired for Reward.” We hope those of you that attended found it to be valuable. Thank you also to the Carmel Public Library Foundation for organizing the event. 

     

    CHS also recently shared out the results of this year’s California Dashboard. The dashboard is the system by which the school is compared to other California schools on a wide range of metrics including ELA and Math scores, college and career preparation, and student engagement. The dashboard is a color coded set of graphs to measure our success. I am proud to share that this past year we saw continued excellence amongst our students as all Dashboard markers for CHS were in the highest level, blue. This once again shows that CHS is delivering the highest quality program and that students are demonstrating their continued success in the classroom. To find out more information regarding the CA Dashboard & access the presentation please click the following link: CUSD CA Dashboard Website.

     

    The Week(s) Ahead

    CHS offices will be closed next week due to the February break. We will reopen at 7:30am on Monday February 23rd. 

     

    When we return students who are playing a Spring sport and wish to take advantage of our study hall option must pick up their waiver and transfer forms from the Registrar's office. The deadline for the submission of these forms is 2/27. Students who do not submit the form will remain in PE for the season. For more information speak with a counselor. 



    Padre Parent Corner

    We need parents to shadow in the 2020/2021 school year to prepare to fill the positions for the following school year for these positions; Treasurer, and Webmaster. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Morgan at lisamorgan1965@icloud.com. 

     

    The Sober grad committee is still collecting items for the annual rummage sale. Contact Jill Movahedi at Contact jillmovahedi@gmail.com for more information or to donate.

     

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

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  • TW@CHS 2/7/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 2/7/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

    This is our last week prior to the February break. As always, I hope students get a little downtime in their break and spend some time with their families. Hopefully, the weather cooperates and we all get an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surrounding area we call home.

     

    The Week Behind

    This past week saw our Mock Trial team swing into action for the Monterey County Competition. This hotly contested series of trials, in front of actual judges, showcased the tremendous work these students have put in. As of this email, the team has won their first two trials and will be competing this weekend for the County Title. CHS is so proud of these future barristers and witness experts as they represent us. 

    I also had the privilege of celebrating another student's success as Madison Vernon received a scholarship from the 3M corporation for her essay. Madison was one of two recipients in the area and was treated to a day on the golf course at the AT&T ProAm. Not a bad way to spend and day and we are proud of Madison and her great writing!

    The Week(s) Ahead

    Next week is Kindness Week. ASB is hosting dress up days and activities all week to share some kindness. We have dress up days & handouts every day next week. Valentine's Day grams are for sale $1/rose & $1 for 2 gum grams. 

    Monday: PJ Day

    Tuesday: Favorite Tee

    Wednesday: Twin Day

    Thursday: Superfan

    Friday: Padre Gear

    Monday evening CHS will be hosting a special panel presentation in conjunction with the Carmel Public Library Foundation (CPLF) entitled “Wired for Reward”. This event will explore how teenage brains can be susceptible to addiction and how to combat it. The panel presentation will be at 6:30pm in the theater. Selected student classes will also take part in an assembly during the morning that is similar to evening event.

     

    Each year, CUSD's Curriculum + Instruction Department solicits input for additional updates to the District's Goals & Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Your feedback is very important and valuable to our goal setting process. The LCAP survey is brief and will only take a few minutes to fill out. We welcome your input. To find out more information regarding the CA Dashboard & access the presentation please click the following link: CUSD CA Dashboard Website. The LCAP goals, actions, services, and outcomes are all closely aligned with our District Goals. The LCAP Stakeholder Input Survey can be found at this link. We welcome all who wish to attend. 

     

    A reminder that the Counseling team is beginning to meet with students to select courses for next year. Here are more of the specifics. 

    • Our CHS 2020-2021 Course Catalog can be viewed here
    • For Incoming 9th Grade Parents: If you missed our Parent Information Night you can view the handout here. 
    • January 21 – February 25: CHS teachers will have conversations with students regarding their course recommendations for the following school year in their classes 
    • February 3: Course registration forms will be distributed to students by their English teachers. Students are required to take their form around and have teachers sign off on their recommendations for placement.
    • February 25 – March 9: Students will be selecting next year’s courses in AERIES in their English classes after a presentation from the Counseling Department. Course Registration forms with parent/guardian signature are due to counselors the day of their presentation in their English classes.
    • March 31: AERIES scheduling portal closes. 



    Padre Parent Corner

    We need parents to shadow in the 2020/2021 school year to prepare to fill the positions for the following school year for these positions; Treasurer, and Webmaster. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Morgan at lisamorgan1965@icloud.com. 

     

    The Sober grad committee is still collecting items for the annual rummage sale. Contact Jill Movahedi at Contact jillmovahedi@gmail.com for more information or to donate.

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

     

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