• TW@CHS 7/31/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 7/31/2020

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year, CHS Students and Families,

    This is the first of a regular Friday email sent out to all parents and students

     

    For us here at CHS, the summer was a blur of preparation and planning for a year that will challenge the school staff our students and parents at home. You can find a full accounting of the weeks ahead below. If you will indulge me, though, I want to share some thoughts in advance of our opening sessions next week.

     

    I am one of those people who finds comfort in the familiar and the routine. My family often makes fun of me as I tend to wear out my favorite shirts rather than hunt down new ones. When I do have to replace something, it is usually with the same version. I have been wearing the same style of shoes for about a decade. I know I am not alone in these tendencies, as many enjoy that sense of comfort knowing that shirt fits or those shoes don’t make your feet hurt. We call the old standards just that because we know they work and can be trusted. 

     

    Over the summer, when not banging away on my keyboard, I retreated to things that are in that comfort zone.

     

    When I moved last year, one of the things that did not survive was my record player. For those who are not well versed in all things Mr. Lyons, music collecting is a large part of my downtime from work. My garage is littered with CD cases of obscure artists from my college radio days. And yet, my record collection sat dormant for nearly a year. Then, the pandemic hit, giving me a path back toward a familiar comfort.  I bought a new record player. I dove headlong into scouring the internet for albums. When it became possible, I ventured out to used record stores, delighting in the simple action of thumbing through stacks of albums to discover hidden gems. Not only was record shopping itself a comfort, but I also found solace in the mere act of playing a record. I am something of a music snob, and the well-worn edges of that copy of “Layla” or the scratches on the vinyl of the used Pearl Jam record made everything feel a little safer. A little more familiar.

     

    And yet, there is a problem with this sort of thinking. It is fine to travel in the areas we find comfort. After all, “Layla” is a great song. But this sort of nostalgia robs us of what we might be missing out on. Why am I not buying records of new artists? Why do I only buy old records of songs I already know? Where is the sense of adventure? What am I afraid of?

     

    These are the kinds of questions, sans the records, we as a school now face with the coming year. I know as students, you all have become experts at managing all the demands of high school. You are adept at juggling chemistry class, basketball practice, and all the trappings of a vibrant social life. You have been exemplary in your ability to navigate all the pitfalls of teenage life while keeping up a robust Instagram feed. I know many parents are life scheduling acrobats when it comes to coordinating one child who needs to be at soccer practice while another has to be at dance rehearsal. We are culinary masterminds at feeding our families in shifts and on the run. What happens when the familiar is turned upside down? This is the challenge ahead of us. To step outside of the comfort of the known and embrace the possibility of this new normal we find ourselves in. While we have certainly lost a sense of usual routine, what has been unearthed, at least in my house, is a reconnection with our family. There are more inside jokes than before. There are more shared moments of silliness and deeper conversations since, at the end of the day, all we have is each other. Undoubtedly, we all would love to be preparing for a traditional, familiar high school year but, just like I need to seek out new music to balance my love of the classics, we must seek out new models to engage and inspire our students. This will be hard, but I am confident all of us are up to the challenge. As a CHS family, we will have successes and failures, and that is okay. I hope you will join me in looking forward to what might turn out to be one of the best years of our students’ lives. When it is all said and done, 2020-2021 may just be our classic album.

     

    The Business of School

    For those that missed out, here is the CHS GUIDE TO REMOTE SCHOOLING 2020. The weekly schedule as well as many of the protocols for schooling are enclosed here. You can also view the Q and A session held last week here. Finally, a copy of the presentation is available for review here.

    The Parent Data Confirmation window is now open. Data Confirmation is required of all new and returning families to ensure we have up-to-date information. Please set aside 10 or 20 minutes to complete the process by end of day Wednesday. We have set it up so one parent/guardian per family can update the student's information. Most often, it should be the person who initially registered your child for school.

    • If you don't have an Aeries Portal account, your account is being auto-created. You should have received an email invitation today from aeriesservices@carmelunifed.org. Please use the username, password, and link provided in that message. (Do not use the "Create Account" link on the Aeries portal.)
    • If you already have an Aeries Portal account, please login to https://aeries.carmelunified.org/parent/ and you should automatically be taken to the Data Confirmation screen. If not, look for it under the Student Info menu. (If you don't remember your password, use the "Forgot Password?" link on the Aeries Portal login screen.)

    If you have multiple students in CUSD schools: Each of your children's data will be accessible under your portal account. Once you have logged in, look for the pull-down menu near the top corner of the screen that says "Change Student" Under this menu, you will see your children listed. This video may be helpful If you need additional help, school staff will be available on Monday to help with your questions.

    For textbook/material pick-up, we will be having families and students drive through the ring road, starting above the theatre.  Students will receive their student schedule and will be used to check out materials/textbooks at each stop around the ring road.  The only time a student will get out of their car is when the students take their picture.  Please remember to wear a mask.  The photographer will ask the student to take off their mask only during the photo.  The photographer will be wearing a mask and gloves, behind a shield more than 6 feet away.  We will be using the following schedule:

    Pick Up Times

         8am-9am A through Ch

         9am-10am Co through Fo

         10am-11am Fr through H

         11am-12pm I through Ma

         12:00-12:30 Break

         12:30-1:30 Mc through Q

         1:30-2:30 R through S

         2:30-3:30 T through Z

     

    Pick Up Days

         August 7th 9th Grade

         August 10th 10th Grade

         August 11th 11th Grade

         August 12th 12 Grade

     

    We ask that students and family adhere to the schedule as we need to maintain a maximum number of students during each hour.  If a family cannot make this time allotted due to work or a prior commitment that can't be changed, please fill out the following form. We have an alternate pick-up time from 5-6 on Wednesday, August 12th.  If you have any questions, please email assistant principal Craig Tuana at ctuana@carmelunified.org.

    Our first day of class meet and greets will be August 13th. Students will receive emails from their teachers with a link to the first Zoom meeting for each class. It is good practice to have students check their school email accounts regularly to ensure they are getting all necessary communications. Students who cannot find a Zoom link for a class need to email their teacher immediately so they are not marked absent. Students can also call the attendance office for assistance at 831-624-1821. The schedule for the 13th is as follows:

    Period 1 8:30-9:00

    Period 2 9:10-9:40

    Period 3 9:50-10:20

    Period 4 10:30-11:00

    Period 5 11:10-11:40

    ## ADVOCACY 11:50-12:20 ##

    Period 6 12:20-12:50

    Period 7 1:30-2:00

    ##students should review the Opening School Guide to understand the role Advocacy will play this year. We are very excited about this addition to our school culture and look forward to seeing you all in your Advocacy meeting. Advocacy will be listed as a period 8 class on your schedule and meets every Friday during a preset time. 

    Counseling Needs

    The Counseling team is hard at work balancing classes and fine tuning the master schedule. Students will be able to view their schedules in Aeries on August 6th at which point you can begin requesting changes to fill any holes that may have occurred. Student's who are in need of a schedule change can do so by filling out this form. Be advised, not all schedule changes can be honored due to the need to ensure that the class sizes do not exceed our health guidelines for when we move to a hybrid instructional model. Students must use their CUSD email to sign in to use this form.

    This year we will not be offering TA or office aid classes. If you signed up for one of these in the spring and need the credits you will need to speak with a counselor Additionally since there is a delay in sports until winter, Study Hall is not currently being offered. All freshman will be enrolled in PE for the Fall semester. 10-12th grade students who were signed up for study hall will now have a free period in their schedule. 

     

    Spirit Gear

    Just because we are all safe at home does not mean we cannot look stylish. Below are our new spirit offerings for the new school year. For more information email Diana Vita. 

     

    9th Grade Family Spirit Letter

    Class of 2024 Spirit Pack

    10-12th grade start of school purchase letter

    Carmel High Limited Time Offer Order Form

     

    A Message from Link Crew

    Welcome to Carmel High School! To help with the transition into high school we have a program called Link Crew. Every freshman will be placed into a Link Crew with no more than 10 freshmen and 2 Link Leaders. The Link Leaders are juniors and seniors who were hand picked to be freshmen guides into high school. 

     

    Since we don’t know what the future holds we have created a few sites to get you connecting with Link Crew virtually. First, we invite you to follow Link Crew on Instagram @LinkCrewCarmel. We have also created a google site with videos and important info about Link Crew. Go there now to meet some of the Link Leaders and staff at Carmel High School. The Link Crew coordinators will also be out at the freshmen materials pick up on August 7 with a bag and snacks for every freshmen. We will be in our Link Crew shirts so please wave and say hi! 

     

    Virtual Freshmen Orientation is on Wednesday, August 12 at 2pm. In the morning there will be a welcome video on the Link Crew google site  All freshmen will receive a phone call and email from their Link Leader sometime around August 10-12 inviting them to join a virtual link crew and a Zoom code for their small group freshmen orientation. 

     

    We will also have a link on the google site to a Zoom meeting for anyone not receiving a call or email from a Link Leader so that we can get everyone in a crew. If you have any specific questions about Link Crew, please contact Leigh Cambra at LCambra@carmelunified.org 

     

    We look forward to meeting the freshmen soon! 

     

    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 WEBSITE

    www.carmelhigh.org

    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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  • Opening of School Guide and Q and A Session

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 7/27/2020

    Good afternoon Padre Parents,

    It’s hard to believe but the 2020-2021 school year is fast approaching. I would like to welcome our new Padre parents as part of the Class of 2024. The next four years will be an amazing journey for you and your student and I am excited to meet all of you soon. To those parents who are veteran Padres, I hope you maintain your excitement for our school and continue to support your students as they move closer to their post-secondary goals. It promises to be a school year unlike any of us have experienced and I am sure you are full of questions about our year and how we plan to tackle the challenges that await. 

     

    If you have not been following the news this summer, CUSD will be opening the school year in a remote schooling environment. While we all wish students would be returning to campus in the fall, we also want everyone to be safe and healthy. We have placed a premium on student and staff wellness in our planning to ensure all in our Padre Family do not get sick and have lasting medical issues. To address questions and concerns about our remote schooling program we have developed a guide that seeks to provide detailed information on both the remote option we are starting with and the hybrid model we may use at some point if students are allowed back on campus. Please take some time to review this guide with your family so all are aware of the student expectations. This fall will look and feel very different than our spring experience. Teachers have been working all summer to prepare a rewarding and rigorous program of study so that all students learn and stay on the path to college. 

     

    CHS GUIDE TO REMOTE SCHOOLING 2020

     

    As a follow up to this guide, CHS will be hosting a parent Q and A session on Tuesday, July 28th at 6pm via zoom. Please fill out the attached form here to participate. Once you sign up you will receive an invite link on Tuesday morning. I encourage you to post questions on the form so we can come ready with answers. 

     

    I look forward to seeing all of you and starting our year off together on the right foot. While the year will be different, I know we as a school will rise to the challenge.

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

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  • TW@CHS 6/5/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 6/5/2020

    Good evening Padres,

    As we wrap up the school year I wanted to take some time to thank each parent for the dedication and care you have put into this past few months. I have heard from so many of you on things we have done well and ways that we can improve our educational experience, however that may look in the fall. Certainly our summer work here at CHS will be spent preparing for the uncertainty of an August return to our “new normal.” This past month teachers and other school stakeholders have been meeting to review our current practice and outline scenarios for return based on the set of conditions that present themself in the Fall. As it stands right now, CHS will align itself with the other CUSD schools in developing three sets of protocols. 

    The first is a system if students and staff are allowed to return with new safety measures in place. The second is a hybrid school system where students will be on site some days and working from home on others. This will be used if we are given some relaxed guidelines but not the ability to have the whole student body on site at the same time. The final option is to continue with a revamped distance learning system that has greater accountability and a centralized system of communication with an increased emphasis on live instruction. All of these proposals will be fleshed out in the coming month with opportunities for parents to weigh in. Please keep an eye out for open forums and Q and A sessions over the summer months. There is a lot we still don’t know but we will need to be in a place to act with each new set of guidelines. 

    I also wanted to take a moment to address the current state of affairs in our larger community. From time to time school leaders are faced with the realities of the world we are sending our students out into. Over the past week we have seen large scale protests addressing the systemic racism that many of our citizens may experience. This has led me to think about the role school plays in addressing these issues. No doubt, it is a difficult thing to address, let alone via a virtual world. 

    I believe that injustices are best addressed when we all listen to those directly affected. I believe that now is the time to stand with black students and families, listen to them and learn from their experiences. That can be hard in the conditions we find ourselves in. As Principal, one of my main roles is to set the vision for our school and help nurture values we believe to be essential in preparing students for life in the real world. One of Carmel High's core values is the development of connected citizens. We believe in preparing students through discourse and academic analysis in order to have tough conversations in an informed manner. We teach these ideals in our classes so that one day these men and women will be ready to affect real change. CHS has always prided itself on being a place of tolerance and acceptance, of caring and compassion. Are there times when we have not always addressed issues of racism head on? Certainly. Can we as a school do better to address how students talk to each other? Yes. I am committed to engaging in tough conversations in the classroom and beyond. I am committed to creating an environment free from the systemic racism we find in so many public institutions. We will support those who need us and stand with them. Together, we will develop your students into connected and thoughtful citizens. I look forward to the challenges ahead and the exciting possibility that we are creating a more thoughtful, engaged and compassionate generation. 

    For parents looking for some resources to talk about these issues let me recommend the Teaching Tolerance website. They have a lot of great articles that can be helpful in having conversations. Also the Child Development Institute has put out a lot of free resources here

    While my communication over the next few months will reduce a bit, please keep an eye out for periodic email updates and feel free to email me if you have questions about anything CHS related.

    GRADUATION AND SENIOR NOTES

    Thank you all for the amazing graduation ceremony on Wednesday. I hope you found it as rewarding an experience as I did. You can relive the ceremony, along with all of our awards presentations from this past week at the links below. Also, Seniors feel free to stop by the school and take your yard signs. Unclaimed signs will be taken down on June 8th.

     

    Graduation Live Stream

    Year in Sports

    VAPA Showcase

    Recognition Assembly and Senior Awards

     

    OTHER BUSINESS OF SCHOOL ITEMS

    With the summer approaching, CHS counselors will not be as readily available. To assist families we have compiled a list of resources and support that can be of assistance for everything from mental heath to family services. We have also created a list of mental health Apps that can aid students who are experiencing ongoing stress or anxiety. 

    Free school breakfasts and lunches are available to all children (under 18) until the end of June. MEAL DELIVERIES WILL BE MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS STARTING JUNE 8TH.

    Times and locations will stay the same except for the Cachagua location which will be once a week on Thursdays.

    • Big Sur:
      • 11:30 a.m. at the CMS student pick-up/drop-off curb
      • 11:35 a.m. at the Highway 1 pulloff area 400 yards south of Palo Colorado Road
      • 12:20 p.m. in Big Sur near Ventana entrance at the pull off area on Highway 1
      • 12:50 p.m. in Big Sur at the Post Ranch Pond (Turnout on the left side of pond)
    • Carmel Valley:
    • 11:45 a.m. at the Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone
    • 1:00 p.m at the Cachagua Community Center Parking Lot (Thursdsays only)

    PLEASE CHECK THE DISTRICT FOOD SERVICE WEBSITE FOR THE COMPLETE SCHEDULE, LOCATIONS AND ANY UPDATES  https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/20

    GET HELP BUYING FOOD WHILE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED: This program, called P-EBT, is a one- time payment for qualifying families. Apply and get up to $365 per child to spend on groceries. The deadline to apply is June 30th.  This link to apply is posted on the food service webpage.

    https://ca.p-ebt.org/en/

     

    Yearbook and Literary Anthology distribution is being delayed until later in the summer as there is a holdup at the manufacturing plant. As we get more information we will share it out. Yearbooks are still on sale via the webstore on the school website. 

    CHS will be having summer school for remediation only (to make up credits to meet a graduation requirement or grade improvement for college eligibility).  Students will be expected to work independently via our online platform of Edmentum. If your student is interested in enrolling in summer school, please fill out the summer school registration form. Summer school dates are June 15 - July 31. Students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 2 core classes.  Summer school registration will remain open for students who may potentially need credit recovery for this last semester. If you have any questions contact Lisa Jones at ljones@carmelunified.org 

    Many students were unable to complete the physical fitness test back in March that is used as the waiver for PE. We are planning right now to address this over the summer so the school will be in contact with those students with a way to complete the test and honor the waiver. This may come in the form of either a virtual meeting to conduct the assessment or, if the shelter in place guidelines are relaxed, an appointment on the school site. Students, please keep an eye on your email for more information.   

    PARENT COMMUNICATION/INPUT OPPORTUNITIES

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

    Jonathan Lyons

    Principal

    Carmel High School

    Twitter: @jlyonsCHS

    Instagram: @padreprincipal



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  • TW@CHS 5/29/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 5/29/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Good evening Padres,

    We have made it to the end of the year. Next week is our finals week for our 9th-11th grade students and graduation for our seniors. We have made several virtual celebration videos to showcase the work students did in academics, clubs, performing arts and athletics which I hope you will take some time to view. We will be premiering these virtual celebrations all next week. Our Year in Sports will debut on 5/31, followed on 6/1 with a VAPA showcase and the Awards Assembly available for view on 6/2. All showtimes are at 7pm on our padretv youtube channel. Please take a moment to check these out. 

    If you missed it here is the copy of our FINALS schedule for all grades. Teachers are posting their due dates and end of the year requirements for their classes so please keep up to date. 

    GRADUATION AND SENIOR NOTES

    Due to weather and lighting conditions at the raceway we are moving our ceremony up to 6pm on June 3rd.  Students and parents should arrive at the track at 5:30pm

    Yesterday I sent out another update to our graduation plan for next week. The text of the email can be viewed here. Obviously, this will be a unique experience and we are not entirely sure what to expect so we ask that graduates and families be flexible and follow all the stated guidelines. 

    The link to view the live stream of the ceremony is here. It can also be accessed via the Carmel High School website front page. This is key for those attending the ceremony to be able to follow along so please bookmark this on your phone, tablet or device. 

    This past weekend a group of outstanding parents set up over 200 signs along Highway 1 showcasing each graduate. These can be claimed by the students beginning on June 4th, so please come by and get your sign if you would like. Unclaimed signs must come down on June 8th. Also, if you are out and about in the evening you will see a wonderful light show on the front of the theatre to recognize our Class of 2020 care of Jeff McGrath, our theatre manager. 

    KRML 94.7 is opening up the airwaves to recognize the class of 2020! Those who wish to give a personal shoutout can record their :10-:15 second message on their smart phone and send it to jeff@krml.com. It will play on 94.7 FM throughout the months of May and June. Venmo at KRML-Radio.

    One piece of curriculum related material. Those seniors who had not completed their Community Service, Tech or Swim Test requirements at the time we shut down school (March 13th) are having those waived for the purposes of graduation. 

    All Seniors - be sure to complete the senior exit survey on Naviance. The deadline to complete this is next Monday, June 1st.  Not sure how to login to Naviance? Email Mrs. Hunt and she will be happy to help. Also, if you need a final transcript sent to a college please email Mrs. Galuppo with the name and address of the college. Please be specific in your college.

     

    OTHER BUSINESS OF SCHOOL ITEMS

    Yearbook and Literary Anthology distribution is being delayed until later in the summer as there is a holdup at the manufacturing plant. As we get more information we will share it out. Yearbooks are still on sale via the webstore on the school website. 

    CHS will be having summer school for remediation only (to make up credits to meet a graduation requirement or grade improvement for college eligibility).  Students will be expected to work independently via our online platform of Edmentum. If your student is interested in enrolling in summer school, please fill out the summer school registration form. Summer school dates are June 15 - July 31. Students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 2 core classes.  Summer school registration will remain open for students who may potentially need credit recovery for this last semester. If you have any questions contact Lisa Jones at ljones@carmelunified.org 

    Many students were unable to complete the physical fitness test back in March that is used as the waiver for PE. We are planning right now to address this over the summer so the school will be in contact with those students with a way to complete the test and honor the waiver. This may come in the form of either a virtual meeting to conduct the assessment or, if the shelter in place guidelines are relaxed, an appointment on the school site. Students, please keep an eye on your email for more information.  

      

    END OF THE YEAR CHECK OUT PROCEDURES (REPOSTED FROM LAST WEEK)
    Here are the guidelines for returning and receiving items from school to end our year. These guidelines are designed to keep everyone safe so please be aware of them before you come to school

    • Staff will be present to guide you.  Parents or students can drop off items.  You must wear a mask/face covering.  You must stay in your car.  You must come at your appointed date and time.  To minimize interaction, if possible, please place all items in the trunk of the car, and a staff remember will retrieve items.  Otherwise, items will be handed through the car window.  
    • Please return all items on at your designated time below.  Please adhere to the following times as we need to minimize the number of cars/people in an area at one time.

     

    June 4 - Sophomore and Juniors

    Class

    Time 

    Last Name

    Sophomores

    8 - 9:20

    A - G

    Sophomores

    9:20- 10:40

    H - N

    Sophomores

    10:40 - 12:00

    O - Z

    Juniors

    1:00 - 2:20

    A - G

    Juniors

    2:20- 3:40

    H - N

    Juniors

    3:40 - 5:00

    O - Z

     

    June 5 - Freshmen

    Time

    Last Name

    8: 00 - 9:00

    A through B

    9:00-10:00

    C through D

    10:00-11:00

    E through Ha

    11:00 -12:00

    He through La

    12:30-1:30

    Le through M

    1:30-2:30

    N through Ra

    3:30-4:30

    Re through S

    4:30-5:30

    T through Z

     

      • What to Return:  Textbooks, novels, sports/other equipment, cameras, instruments, costumes, and other materials that belong to CHS.  Items that need to be turned in will be sent to your CUSD email early next week.   This list may include textbooks, novels, calculators, chromebooks that have been checked out through the library.   This list will not include items that also need to be turned in that may include: novels, instruments, sports gear, cameras, etc.  Important:  We are allowing 9-11 graders to keep your Chromebook.  If you are not returning to CHS next year, please turn in your Chromebook and charger.

     

    • Place all items in a bag (preferably paper bag), with a clear label attached with your name and items in it.  Please use this label

     

    • For any VAPA (visual and performing arts) items:  cameras, costumes, video cameras, instruments, please place them in separate bag with a separate label.
    • You will come through the top of the ring road.  Please drive up to the left of the theatre, where staff will be waiting for you to collect items.
    • Continue to drive around the ring road slowly.  And if you have any items left in the boys or girls locker room, it will be distributed to you at the football field.  Then please exit safely.
    • Makeup time by Special Request for working families*: If you are a working parent OR working student and your work schedule makes you unable to come during your scheduled time slot, you may come Friday, June 5th between 5-6 pm. These students MUST request to come during the 5-6pm hour and BE APPROVED to come at that time. If you need to make this request please fill out this form to request a time slot change. YOUR DROP OFF TIME REMAINS THE SAME AS YOUR DESIGNATED LAST NAME DROP OFF TIME UNTIL SPECIAL REQUESTS ARE APPROVED. An administrator will notify you as soon as your request has been approved.  
    • *Remember, we are under strict guidelines re: number of people invited on to campus during each hour. These are Health Department rules and we must follow them. Please do not request a time slot change based on preference. 

     

    PARENT COMMUNICATION/INPUT OPPORTUNITIES

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

     

    A WORD ABOUT THE FALL

    I have begun getting inquiries about what the school year will look like in the fall. Obviously there is still a lot of discussion and as plans become solid we will be sharing that out and seeking parent input. Our goal is to get it right by balancing student well being with academic achievement. We have begun many of these conversations and as we wrap up this year we will turn our full attention to this next challenge. 

    Have you submitted your CUSD Distance Learning survey? So far, 289 families have responded, and we want to hear from you. Use this link.

     

    Proud to be a Padre,



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  • TW@CHS 5/22/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 5/22/2020

    Good evening Padres,

    With only a couple of weeks left, I am increasingly worried about our students who will face a long summer in some sort of socially distant environment. As much as I would love to say we will be back to the normal state of things soon, I am not optimistic that a major change is on the immediate horizon. This means our students will start having even more downtime once the requirements of school dissipate. It is my recommendation that you have regular check-ins with your kids (as I have heard many parents are already doing) to give them ways to talk about their frustrations about what is going on. I wish I had the magic formula to make this easy for our students but I am confident that we all as parents can continue to care for our kids and get them through this. As I get resources and support systems shared with me I will continue to push those out over the summer. 

    If you missed it here is the copy of our FINALS schedule for all grades. Teachers are posting their due dates and end of the year requirements for their classes so please keep up to date. 

    GRADUATION AND SENIOR NOTES

    This morning I shared out the guidelines for our Graduation Grand Prix on June 3rd with our Senior students and parents. For our other grades if you are interested in learning more you can read the breakdown here. 

    We are also setting up personalized graduate signs in front of the school over the weekend so if you happen to be out and about, drive by the campus and see the kids pictures along Highway 1. Also, if you happen to be out at dusk and early evening, cruise by and see the special light display in the theatre celebrating the class of 2020. Whatever you do though please refrain from coming onto campus and staying safely in your cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    KRML 94.7 is opening up the airwaves to recognize the class of 2020! Those who wish to give a personal shoutout can record their :10-:15 second message on their smart phone and send it to jeff@krml.com. It will play on 94.7 FM throughout the months of May and June. Venmo at KRML-Radio.

    One piece of curriculum related material. Those seniors who had not completed their Community Service, Tech or Swim Test requirements at the time we shut down school (March 13th) are having those waived for the purposes of graduation. 

    Yearbook and Literary Anthology distribution is being delayed until later in the summer as there is a holdup at the manufacturing plant. As we get more information we will share it out.

     

    END OF THE YEAR CHECK OUT PROCEDURES
    Here are the guidelines for returning and receiving items from school to end our year. These guidelines are designed to keep everyone safe so please be aware of them before you come to school

    • Staff will be present to guide you.  Parents or students can drop off items.  You must wear a mask/face covering.  You must stay in your car.  You must come at your appointed date and time.  To minimize interaction, if possible, please place all items in the trunk of the car, and a staff remember will retrieve items.  Otherwise, items will be handed through the car window.  
    • Please return all items on at your designated time below.  Please adhere to the following times as we need to minimize the number of cars/people in an area at one time.

     

    June 4 - Sophomore and Juniors

    Class

    Time 

    Last Name

    Sophomores

    8 - 9:20

    A - G

    Sophomores

    9:20- 10:40

    H - N

    Sophomores

    10:40 - 12:00

    O - Z

    Juniors

    1:00 - 2:20

    A - G

    Juniors

    2:20- 3:40

    H - N

    Juniors

    3:40 - 5:00

    O - Z

     

    June 5 - Freshmen

    Time

    Last Name

    8: 00 - 9:00

    A through B

    9:00-10:00

    C through D

    10:00-11:00

    E through Ha

    11:00 -12:00

    He through La

    12:30-1:30

    Le through M

    1:30-2:30

    N through Ra

    3:30-4:30

    Re through S

    4:30-5:30

    T through Z

     

      • What to Return:  Textbooks, novels, sports/other equipment, cameras, instruments, costumes, and other materials that belong to CHS.  Items that need to be turned in will be sent to your CUSD email early next week.   This list may include textbooks, novels, calculators, chromebooks that have been checked out through the library.   This list will not include items that also need to be turned in that may include: novels, instruments, sports gear, cameras, etc.  Important:  We are allowing 9-11 graders to keep your Chromebook.  If you are not returning to CHS next year, please turn in your Chromebook and charger.

     

    • Place all items in a bag (preferably paper bag), with a clear label attached with your name and items in it.  Please use this label

     

    • For any VAPA (visual and performing arts) items:  cameras, costumes, video cameras, instruments, please place them in separate bag with a separate label.
    • You will come through the top of the ring road.  Please drive up to the left of the theatre, where staff will be waiting for you to collect items.
    • Continue to drive around the ring road slowly.  And if you have any items left in the boys or girls locker room, it will be distributed to you at the football field.  Then please exit safely.
    • Makeup time by Special Request for working families*: If you are a working parent OR working student and your work schedule makes you unable to come during your scheduled time slot, you may come Friday, June 5th between 5-6 pm. These students MUST request to come during the 5-6pm hour and BE APPROVED to come at that time. If you need to make this request please fill out this form to request a time slot change. YOUR DROP OFF TIME REMAINS THE SAME AS YOUR DESIGNATED LAST NAME DROP OFF TIME UNTIL SPECIAL REQUESTS ARE APPROVED. An administrator will notify you as soon as your request has been approved.  
    • *Remember, we are under strict guidelines re: number of people invited on to campus during each hour. These are Health Department rules and we must follow them. Please do not request a time slot change based on preference. 

     

    OTHER BUSINESS OF SCHOOL ITEMS

    Parents who would like to make a change to their student grade choice may do so via email to jlyons@carmelunified.org. Please place GRADE OPTION CHANGE in the subject line. There have been a few adjustments to our policy. First, the asterisk for letter grades will no longer appear on the student’s transcripts. The school is seeking a way to recalculate GPA without impacting the marking on the document. Also, parents who did not choose an option will have their student’s grades reported credit/no credit.

    CHS will be having summer school for remediation only (to make up credits to meet a graduation requirement or grade improvement for college eligibility).  Students will be expected to work independently via our online platform of Edmentum. If your student is interested in enrolling in summer school, please fill out the summer school registration form. Summer school dates are June 15 - July 31. Students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 2 core classes.  Summer school registration will remain open for students who may potentially need credit recovery for this last semester. If you have any questions contact Lisa Jones at ljones@carmelunified.org 

    Yearbook and Literary Anthology distribution is being delayed until later in the summer as there is a holdup at the manufacturing plant. As we get more information we will share it out. 

      

    PARENT COMMUNICATION/INPUT OPPORTUNITIES

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

     

    A WORD ABOUT THE FALL

    I have begun getting inquiries about what the school year will look like in the fall. Obviously there is still a lot of discussion and as plans become solid we will be sharing that out and seeking parent input. Our goal is to get it right by balancing student well being with academic achievement. We have begun many of these conversations and as we wrap up this year we will turn our full attention to this next challenge. 

    Have you submitted your CUSD Distance Learning survey? So far, 289 families have responded, and we want to hear from you. Use this link.

      

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

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  • CHS Guide to Final Grades

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 5/6/2020

    Good Evening Padres,

    One of the questions I have been getting a lot is how will CHS be handling final grades for students in our Distance Learning environment. Last week, we were given approval to share out the results of the committee work done by the District and the Association of Carmel Teachers, who have developed this set of guidelines to give high school parents a choice on how they wish to have their student's grades recorded.  Earlier this evening the Superintendent shared the full document for all schools in a separate email. Attached is a guide to the High School policy along with the protocols for parents to record their choices for student grades. 

    CHS GUIDE TO FINAL GRADES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f0Ji-dTgmxMxYw2u2IeMO_ulnpElmlWwi9Ly-T77Pf8/edit?usp=sharing

    The key aspect of this policy is that parents will be able to select either a letter grade option or a Credit/No Credit option for each of your child's classes. On Monday, May 11th I will send out a link to a selection tool that a parent or guardian must fill out. Teachers will share with you what the expectations are to validate their classes and receive credit and/or a letter grade. This will either be posted on their webpage or sent to your via email. Please take some time to review the policy and the filing procedures along with deadlines. I will be hosting an open forum on Wednesday May 13th if you have any general questions. Specific course questions should be directed to the teacher  as they are the ones who assign the grades. 

    Open Forum Signup

    https://forms.gle/ZPjEpHNzejUfLcef6

    I want to thank everyone for your patience as we work through these various decisions. As always I welcome any questions or feedback to help guide our school to success. 

    As always Proud to be a Padre,

     

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  • TW@CHS 5/1/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 5/1/2020

    Good evening Padres,

    We are about one month away from the end of the school year. There are a lot of things to do and decisions to be made so please stay with us as we continue to work through the various needs to end the school year strong. Our teachers continue to be available to support your student's needs and we have our support staff ready and willing to connect your family with resources if you need help and support both academically and emotionally. I hope you continue to be safe and follow all the safety guidelines so we can all slow the spread and get back to some semblance of normal as soon as we can. 

    THE BUSINESS OF SCHOOL

    The window is now open if you need to request a course change for next year. You can still view what you signed up for in Aeries but if you need to request a change you can fill out the form here. The deadline to request a change in 5/22 by 3pm. 9th Grade schedules will be made available in the fall. 

    AP Testing will begin on Monday May 11th. This has its own schedule so teachers are aware that this may require even more flexibility than we already are being asked. The AP testing schedule can be found here. Each teacher of an AP class should be covering the specific needs to take the exam, but the general instructions and video guidance can be found here

     

    PARENT COMMUNICATION/INPUT OPPORTUNITIES

    As we head into the final few weeks of school I want to make sure we provide opportunities for parents and students to ask questions and get insight into two major topics; graduation and grading for the end of the year. As such, we will be holding two open forums to address these areas:

    5/6 Graduation Open Forum

    5/13 Grading Open Forum

    If you are interested in attending one or both of these please sign up using this form. A separate email will be sent to those who sign up prior to the meetings. 

     

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

     

    Stay Safe,

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  • TW@CHS 4/24/20

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 4/24/2020

    Good Morning Padres,

    One of the great things I am still learning about this area is the joy one has when the sun peeks its head out and the whole area seems to brighten a bit. Even under the cloud of a global pandemic, it’s nice to see some light and have a brief moment to share in it’s warmth. I hope your family gets a chance to spend a little time in the sun (safely of course).    

    AWARDS FOR CARMEL HIGH

    I was very excited this week to receive word on two awards for Carmel High School. Once again, CHS has been named one of the top schools by US News and World Report. This year CHS was ranked #44 out of over 2,600 high schools in California and #378 in the nation. We were also listed as the top school in the Salinas Metro area. A great achievement that was awarded based on our College readiness, curriculum breadth, math and reading performance and the achievements of our underserved students. 

    Also, Carmel Unified School District just learned that we will receive a national award from the US Department of Education. We were nominated by the California Department of Education for consideration and have been announced as a 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardee.  We are one of only 11 districts across the nation to be so honored. This is due in part to the work of our Environmental Club as well as the amazing Science department curriculum that incorporates Green Education into their program.  

     

    NEXT STEPS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

    As we have now settled in, we have turned our attention to the end of the school year and all the challenges we will face with trying to close up shop. As I mentioned at the beginning of the week, CUSD is finalizing our grading policy for second semester grades and will be sharing that once it is approved. We are also planning on a way to send out hard copies of the report cards from 3rd Quarter if you do not have access to your student’s grades through Aeries. I am encouraged to see so many students remain actively engaged in their learning and seeing so many high academic marks in classes. 

    The other key aspect of closing up school will be the collection of materials that were taken home as well as picking up items left on campus when we closed. We will be sending out our pick-up/drop off procedures in the coming weeks. Our goal is to make the process easy and within the physical distancing guidelines set out by the State and County health offices. It is my intention to have those procedures finalized in time for everyone to raid their student’s rooms and find the books and materials needed. We are also planning on donning our hazmat suits to clean out lockers in the gym so we can return PE items to students who wish to keep them. Stay tuned for more information on this! 

     

    PARENT COMMUNICATION/INPUT OPPORTUNITIES

    I want to thank those parents that shared virtual coffee with the Superintendent and me earlier this week. While email feedback on how the school is doing is great, nothing replaces the opportunity to hear first hand from parents about our successes and our challenges. I hope to have a couple more parent coffee meetings or even later in the evening (where do I have to go?) to hear from you about what we can do to support your student and your family at this time. We will also have a specific Senior event/Graduation meeting in the near future to lay out our plans and get input. I will send out a seperate invite to Senior families when this is finalized.  



    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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  • Return From Spring Break Communication

    Posted by Jon Lyons on 4/20/2020

    Good Morning Padres,

    Many of you are probably feeling a lot like me this week. I have spent the last few days battling a severe lack of motivation to get things done. This is something to be aware of as we return to our distance learning. For students, now is not the time to fall off on your studies and get caught with make up work to do. Even in the best of circumstances this can be a tough time of year to stay focused as we are only seven weeks away from the end of the year. Parents, please work with your students to ensure they are staying active, keeping to a regular schedule and maintaining social relationships with their friends. Students, if you find yourself struggling to keep motivated, reach out to your teachers, counselors or an administrator to help you with planning and management of your workload. We are here to help!  

     

    DISTANCE LEARNING UPDATE

    Just a reminder that we are following our distance learning schedule for the week. The full schedule and when teachers are posting their work can be found at the CHS Online Hub. You can also review student, teacher and parent expectations through our CHS Distance Learning Guide which includes the schedule as well as helpful hints for students to set up their learning environment for success. 

    As I mentioned prior, The CollegeBoard has been planning to administer augmented AP exams this year. We are just a couple weeks away from AP tests so this is a great time to check in with teachers during our Wednesday office hours for additional help and support in preparing for these modified exams. Exams will be taken by students between May 11th and May 22nd. You can visit their latest bulletin with exam times, course specific guidelines and exam protocols. AP teachers will be sending out their course needs in the coming week. Students taking the exam will be awarded a full score that is comparable to prior years. College and Universities will take a passing score in the same fashion as they have in years past so we are encouraging all eligible students to sit for the exams. 

     

    THE BUSINESS OF SCHOOL

    I have been getting a lot of questions about grades. Currently, teachers are inputting letter grades for the 3rd Quarter. Teachers are taking into account that part of the quarter was in the traditional model and part was in the Distance Learning model. These grades will serve as a base to see how students are doing so far and what additional supports we need to offer. For those following the news closely, the State of California has issued some guidelines for districts to take into account when it comes to grades. CUSD will be publishing its own grading policy for 2nd Semester grades in the coming days. 

    There have also been questions about scheduling for next year. On May 1st, Counselors will begin taking any schedule changes that students need. A protocol for that process will be shared out on Friday as part of my usual weekly email. Please refrain from emailing counselors about scheduling changes right now, they are focusing on supporting students who are still struggling with the transition to online learning and will re-engage with scheduling starting May 1st.

    Lastly, we are continuing our efforts to address the upcoming Senior events. Many students and parents have sent us great suggestions and we are actively working on a plan for a delayed, in-person graduation ceremony. Later this week, I will be sending a Senior Event Survey out to students to get their opinions on some of these ideas. Seniors, please keep an eye out so your voice can be heard. 

     

    TECHNOLOGY NEEDS

    From the CUSD IT Department: 

    Need support? 

    For specific technical support with your child’s Chromebook, you can now enter a help ticket to request assistance from one of our technicians. Use this link to see the instructions and the trouble ticket web address. We are providing Chromebooks to students who need them, and we are looking for solutions for families who have no or poor internet access. Please let us know if you have these types of needs by using this form.

    Zoom safety

    Parents have brought up questions about the safety of Zoom meetings. Naturally, this is of utmost importance to the district as well. This week, we have set up all staff accounts with tight security settings to block “Zoombombing,” prevent outsiders from entering a meeting, and provide stricter controls. As we navigate this new learning environment, we are continually making adjustments and learning new methods of delivering effective instruction. We appreciate the feedback we've been receiving from students, parents, and staff.

     

    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.

     

     

    Proud to be a Padre,

     

    Jonathan Lyons

    Principal

    Carmel High School

    Twitter: @jlyonsCHS

    Instagram: @padreprincipal

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  • 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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