- Carmel High School
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TW@CHS 8/23/19Posted by Jon Lyons on 8/23/2019
Good Evening Padres,
We just completed another amazing week here at Carmel High School. Students are settling in to their classes and the staff has done some astounding work at developing the expectations for class and taking the first steps along the road of learning.
The Week Behind
This past week we continue to balance classes in an effort to reduce class sizes and provide quality instruction across the board. An increase in enrollment has meant some larger sized classes but our Counseling Team continues to do great work at finding ways to support student needs.
We are also still working out our new drop off area for student lunches that arrive after school starts. We would greatly appreciate you make every effort to send your student to school with their packed lunch or money to purchase food in the cafeteria. Food left at the front table is done as a courtesy and is not monitored. Students can put their lunch in a locker if they do not want to carry it with them. We appreciate all your cooperation.
Additionally we want to ensure students who need to be called out of class for appointments are done so with minimal intrusion on their learning. We are asking parents to let us know the day before an appointment so we can alert the teacher and students are afforded the opportunity to get the work they miss in class.
The Week Ahead
It’s SHOE WEEK!!!! The ASB is preparing a week of dress up events as we prepare for the opening of the Fall Sports season. Most of our Fall sports will begin their season’s non-league games so make sure to check out the school website for dates and times of your favorite sport. The Shoe Game vs. Pacific Grove will be at 7pm at Pacific Grove High School. I hope you all will come out and support the Padres as we seek to keep the shoe here at home.
This Thursday is our Back to School Night. This is a great opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and gain an understanding of their expectations and ways they can support their learning. We will begin the evening with a general information session in the Theatre at 6pm with class visits beginning at 6:30pm. Members of our Padre Parents and FOCUS will also be out gathering support for their efforts and ASB will be selling Padre Gear in the Amphitheatre.
Our Assistant Principals, Mrs. Puente and Mr. Tuana, will begin visiting English classes this week to review school polices and talk about our school climate. They will be reviewing our student handbook with them, which you can view through your student’s Moodle Homepage.
We thank all of you for letting have the privilege of working with your children. I have been amazed at how courteous and engaging they have been over the past two weeks. So many students stop in the hallway to say hi and to share all the work they are doing in class. It is truly my honor to be able to get to know these extraordinary young men and women.
Enjoy the weekend and Go Padres!
TW@CHS 8/15/19Posted by Jon Lyons on 8/15/2019
Week one is in the books! Thank you to all our parents for delivering your students on time and ready to learn.
The Week Behind
What an amazing first week of school! On Tuesday we welcomed 868 new and returning Padres through our gates. I had the opportunity to visit many of the classes and saw outstanding instruction from our teachers from day one with classes engaged in problem solving, writing activities and analytical thought right out of the gate. I want to thank our teachers and support staff for a smooth opening of school that allowed this tremendous instruction to take place so early in the school year.
Our ASB also did a fabulous job of kicking off our school spirit for the year. We had a great Welcome Back Rally on Tuesday with a ton of games and excitement. Wednesday, we were fortunate to have Brian Bajari from the Spero Challenge come speak to students about his life experiences and how they have informed his mission of giving back to the community. Brian’s work is a model for how students can be innovative and passionate about a solving a problem and have a positive impact both locally and globally. For both events there was the theme of supporting each other when we are in need and the power a school community can have to bring us all together. Or, as I shared with the students on Tuesday, when you are in need just remember, We Got This!
The Week Ahead
Our first full week of school will see an increase in homework as classes get moving at full swing. This can be a time when the stress begins to rise so it’s good to review with your child what they are learning in their classes and how they can see the benefit of the classes they take. While the grades are important, it’s what they take away from the class that truly matters.
The counseling staff is in the midst of balancing our classes to make for a better overall educational experience. While some students may be concerned about these changes, they are necessary to reduce class sizes, which gives teachers more time for individual instruction and greater support directly. We are making every effort to exchange periods with the same teacher so as to not interrupt instruction.
A Note about Traffic
We have been contacted by CHP regarding the left turn from Hwy 1 to Flanders, just above the high school. Over 10 people received tickets on Tuesday for driving down the hill in the center turn lane in order to get around traffic in the morning. Please be aware that CHP has informed us that they will be on Hwy 1 both before and after school for the next several weeks.
Enjoy the three-day weekend and thank you for all your support.
Welcome to the New Year StudentsPosted by Jon Lyons on 8/12/2019
Good Evening Padres,
I wanted to send you a quick note welcoming you all to the 2019-20 school year. As the new Principal, I want to make sure you are all rested and ready to go as we tackle what promises to be a great year. I look forward to seeing you all with the kind of energy and spirit that makes CHS special. Whether you are a freshman starting out on your first day, a sophomore ready to conquer the world, a junior slightly overwhelmed but ready for the challenge or a senior preparing for the last run around campus, the new year can be a time of nervous energy. I want you to know that you have the support and care of your teachers, counselors and other staff behind you as we take on this new term together.
Please stop by and say hi, introduce yourself, and share your summer adventures with me so I can start to get to know each of you along the way. I'm always looking for new music recommendations, new TV shows to try and new places to eat so feel free to share what you are passionate about. It's the building on your strengths, talents and passions that will make this year memorable.
I hope you are as excited about tomorrow as I am. (and if you're not quite ready that's okay...we will see you tomorrow anyway.)
Here's to a great year. Go Padres!
TW@CHS 8/9/19Posted by Jon Lyons on 8/9/2019 4:00:00 PM
Good Evening Padre Parents,
The Week Behind
This week has been full of excitement and anticipation. Our teaching staff returned on Wednesday and has spent the past three days working on professional learning surrounding student wellness and new safety procedures for the campus. The teachers were given the opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversation about the need to balance social emotional wellness without sacrificing academic rigor so that all students succeed and find their path. We have also been actively involved in adjusting our classes to make sure students and teachers are working together in and developing effective and long lasting relationships.
The counseling department is still in the process of balancing classes and as such schedules will be considered active on Monday at 9am. Any schedule in Aeries posted prior that time is a provisional schedule and subject to change. The counselor will notify students if any adjustments are made after that. Students who wish to make changes to their schedule may do so starting on the fourth day of school.
The Week Ahead
Its time for BACK TO SCHOOL. The upcoming week will be full a lot of new experiences for students and opportunities for them to reconnect with others after a summer of fun. To that end here are a few things to expect.
Monday is our Arena Day. ALL students must bring a printed and signed copy of their Emergency Form and drop it off in the Attendance Office. Freshman Parents, we will have a place to drop them at the Parent Orientation.
Students interested in getting a parking permit must have a signed copy of this agreement along with your driver’s license, auto registration and insurance card. You can pick up an agreement when you get your Chrome book. Freshman and New Parent Orientation will begin at 11 am. Freshman students go to the gym and parents to the Amphitheater. New Student Orientation for 10th-12th grade will begin at noon in the breezeway near the administration building.
The Schedule for First Week of School is as follows for your pick-up convenience:
Tuesday, 7 periods with a Rally, release at 3 pm
Wednesday, 7 periods with an Assembly, release at 3:10 pm
Thursday, 7 periods, release at 2:15 pm
Friday, No School
CHS Student Store
We highly recommend all Carmel High families use the Carmel High web-store to pre-purchase items for the 2019-20 school year. Go to Carmelhigh.org and look for "Store" on the red navigation bar or follow this link: https://webstores.activenetwork.com/school-software/carmel_high_school_o/
Items to purchase on the web-store include (but are not limited to):
- 2019-20 ASB Stamp (Associated Student Body Activity Stamp)
Carmel High School encourages every student to purchase an ASB Activity Stamp. Activity stamp revenues provide funding for many campus events, including assembly speakers, lunchtime activities, class float building, Day on the Green, school dances, wellness activities, and spirit weeks. We especially ask that all athletes participating in high school sports purchase a stamp, as ASB stamp revenues are used to defray the cost of the athletic officials needed for our games. Students with an ASB stamp receive free admission to home athletic events as well as discounts to ASB sponsored dances.
- E. Clothes – shorts, shirts, sweatpants
- CHS Sweatshirts and Padre Wear
- Padre Gear Limited Time Offer items. Check out exciting new items to special order. Order by September 3rd. Delivery: End of September
- 2019-20 Yearbook
- Literary Magazine (supplement to the yearbook -essays, art and photography)
- Prom Tickets (juniors and seniors)
- Cap, Gown and Tassel (seniors)
- Senior Panoramic Photo (seniors)
- Senior Grad Night Trip to Universal Studios (seniors)
- Powder Puff Gear (juniors and seniors)
- Visit the web store for a full description of all items and to make purchases.
"The Padre Gear Limited Time Offer is now open. Check out the exciting new items to special order. Order online through the CHS web-store or use the attached form. Order by September 3rd, delivery will be at the end of September."
Please log in as your student:
Username: Your student's 4-digit Student Number (which can be found on aeries).
Password: Your student’s first initial and last name (i.e. jsmith for John Smith).
The web-store system works better if you do not try to set up a separate parent account. If you have more than one student at CHS please log in and make your purchases separately for each student.
We look forward to seeing all of you next week for what promises to be a great kickoff to the 2019-20 school year.
TW@CHS 8/2/19Posted by Jonathan Lyons on 8/2/2019
Good Afternoon Padre Families,
Welcome to the first of our This Week at CHS (TW@CHS for short) communications. We are busy putting the final touches on the campus in preparation for the upcoming school year. It is my hope you have had time to take that one last trip to the beach or one more family dinner before the schedule gets truly busy. I wanted to share some key points about events that are upcoming to ensure a smooth start of school for all our students.
Join Padre Parents
Our outstanding parent group, Padre Parents, is now beginning to organize for the 2019-20 school year. This group is a vital support to the school and their meetings can be a great way to keep up on the latest information. The first Padre Parent meeting will be held on 9/5 at 8am in the Theatre Lobby and will be my first opportunity to speak to parents. I encourage you to come and share a cup of coffee with us if you are able.
Student Data Confirmation
The District IT department is finalizing our new Aeries Dara Confirmation portal which will be made available in the near future. Please note that you or your student must bring a signed copy of the emergency form with you to our Arena Day/Link Crew Experience to finish your registration. All other information is submitted electronically through the portal. Keep an eye on the school website for updates.
Our counseling department will begin working on greeting our new students next week and enrolling them in classes. As such we are asking our returning students who already have a completed schedule to adhere to the following;
- There will be no schedule changes during the first 3 days of school unless there is a scheduling error. (example; too many classes, missing classes, double periods, etc.)
- During the spring semester 2019, students were informed and had ample time to request changes until June 7, the last day of school.
- Changes will only be made pending class availability.
- Changes will not be made to change a teacher.
- Counselors will not make schedule changes via email requests.
- If a schedule change is granted, it MAY change the entire schedule.
- Forms to request a change will become available on the first day of school in the counseling office.
- The process for initiating a request to change your schedule will be as follows;
- Fill out a Schedule Change Request Form completely and return to your Counselor.
- The forms will be due by August 27th (10th day of the semester) as per our Course Catalog.
- Once a student turns in the request to change their schedule, Counselors will work on it as quickly as possible. If the request is approved, a new schedule will be sent out to the student. If the request is not approved, the student will be notified.
Freshman Orientation Parent Meeting
We would like to invite all our new 9th grade parents to our Parent Orientation meeting on 8/12 at 11am in the Theatre. Freshman students will be engaged in our Link Crew Experience so this is a great opportunity to interact with our Administration and Counseling Departments to answer some of your questions. The meeting will last approximately one hour and include an overview of the first days of school for your new high school scholar.
I look forward to greeting many of you at Arena Day on 8/12 and seeing the students back in action on August 13th.
Welcome Letter to ParentsPosted by Jonathan Lyons on 7/24/2019 10:00:00 AM
Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome to Carmel High School! I am thrilled to be joining you as the new Principal at the home of the Padres. I hope to have many opportunities to share my story and how I can best support your students as they find their own roadmap to success. There have been a lot of questions about why I would pack up my family and bid farewell to Southern California, an area I called home my whole life. How could I not, with Carmel and its environs so beautiful? In all honesty, I chose to take this leap of faith for the chance to join an institution with a clear passion for kids and a positive school community.
As a veteran high school educator, I am keenly aware of the importance these years play in a young learner’s life. For some, this is the start of an exciting journey for your student as they embark upon four years of education, full of promise and opportunities. For others, this is the next step in a trip that brings with it new adventures and discoveries. For our seniors, their years of hard work is soon to pay off, yielding the next steps in the great adventure we call life. In all these cases, the CHS staff is ready to help our students grow and learn with the highest quality instruction, empowering students into becoming connected citizens, high level thinkers, and successful individuals.
Since my appointment to this position, I have been struck by the faculty and staff’s level of commitment. Whether it is in preparing students for the rigors of AP classes or through coaching and advising student clubs, the overall climate of care fostered is to be celebrated. I am excited to join the school’s efforts to ensure students have avenues of support while maintaining the high levels of academic achievement that have become synonymous with Carmel High School. As we rush toward the end of the summer break, the school staff is committed to the art of teaching, ready to embed creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication into the heart of their work.
Recently, you received an email from Lisa Brazil, the Principal’s Secretary, outlining the logistics of Arena Day and the back-to-school process. We wanted to ensure you had these dates as early as possible to help with your end of summer planning. Please take a few moments to review this with your student so they get all the necessary information for a strong start to the school year. I will be out and about that day to say hi, so please come and pepper me with questions if you see me!
CHS is a unique, exciting place to learn. I look forward to the opportunity to steward this school into another year, one that I am sure will be filled with great achievements. I encourage you to get involved in Padre Parents and Booster organizations as a way to support our students. Please feel free to stop in and introduce yourself (and maybe recommend a restaurant or two to eat at!). I am grateful for your commitment and dedication to the Carmel High community.
Best wishes for a successful school year and Go Padres!