Longhorn News

Week of 11/3/19

#NoExcusesNoAlibi

Miller's Message

Greetings Longhorn Nation!

  • We are entering the 3rd marking period for the 2019-2020 school year. Please make sure to reach out to the teacher early if you have any questions or concerns.

  • We need 100% of our scholars to have a lunch application on file. Please complete the application today! Click the link to get started: https://childnutrition.chisd.net/


Why complete the application? Those who qualify are eligible for SAT/ACT fee waivers and potential college application fee waivers


  • It is imperative that scholars arrive at school on time each day. Doors to the building open at 7:45 AM. The tardy bell rings at 8:15 AM. Scholars who are persistently late will receive consequences. Scholars arriving late need to eat or discard of food before they will be allowed to report to class.


  • Help us help your scholar in the standard of dress. Slides/Hats/ DuRags are not allowed to be worn at school. If your scholar is caught wearing them during the day. They will be confiscated and can only be picked up by a parent. Identification badges must be worn and visible each day. Tights are never appropriate to wear to school. Dresses and skirts must be the appropriate length from the knee ( Top of a Horizontal ID from the Knee). Students that are not compliant will be placed in ISS each day.

  • Emergency Operation Drills
    We will be completing 2 major drills the week of November 11: Lock Down and Fire Drill


  • Random Tardy Sweeps

    This means our staff will walk the halls after passing periods to make sure students are in class and not in the hallways. Students who are found in the hallway without a pass will receive consequences. Five minutes is a sufficient amount of time to get anywhere on our campus

BLACK OUT!

The official BLACK OUT shirts for The Battle of Beltline will be on sale on Wednesday at the main entrance of Cedar Hill HS! We will have a limited supply of 300 shirts for $10 each.

Attendance Matters

Our Goal for the year is to have 96% attendance rate. Cedar Hill HS has an average of 95.32% attendance for the week of 10/25. Attendance for the year is at 94.89% Please encourage your students to be in attendance daily!

A Parent Must Have!!!

Family Access is a web-based service that allows parents/guardians to view school-related information on their students. Information available includes:

  • General student demographic information
  • Grades
  • Attendance
  • Schedules
  • Discipline records
  • Health records

The information in Family Access is 'real time' based on data in the District's Skyward Student Information Management System. However, remember that grades are 'fluid' and change daily/weekly as the teachers add assignments and grades to the system.

Family Access is secured by a unique username and password for each user to assure security and privacy.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE TO FAMILY ACCESS LOGIN PAGE


Forgot Your Login or Password:

If you have forgotten your username or password you can click the Forgot Password Link on the Family Access homepage, contact your student’s home campus office, or send an email to familyaccess@chisd.net.

Parent Classroom Visitation Request

  • Requests shall be submitted to the campus principal a minimum of 48 hours in advance to properly have administrative supervision.
  • All visitors to the school must conduct themselves so as not to interfere with the daily operation of the school program.
  • Visitors should not interact with the staff during instruction,
  • Visitors should not attempt to interact with students during the observation
  • Visitors should not cause a distraction or disruption to the educational process.
  • If the visit is deemed a distraction by either the teacher or principal, the visitor will be asked to end the observation.
  • No children or additional gues will be allowed to attend
  • Observations will be limited to 30 minutes

Have a Concern at CHHS?

We are often in classes offering support to teachers. We ask that you avoid showing up to the campus unannounced requesting meetings. We will often be unavailable. Please take the time to schedule a meeting with the appropriate individual, following the step below, and we will be happy to address any concerns you may have.


Step One: Contact the teacher/coach/or director and have a meeting/phone conference

Step Two: Contact the Grade Level Assistant Principal/Dean (all issues or grades) or Counselor (schedules/ mental health/academic advisement)

Step Three: Contact the Principal (if a school-wide concern, this becomes step one)

Disruptions on Campus

Campus disruptions of any nature will not be tolerated by scholars or adults. We expect our scholars to come to school and learn. Incidents of physical or verbal aggression will not be tolerated and will be immediately addressed according to the Cedar Hill ISD Student Code of Conduct and the Employee Handbook. This includes any student instigating, attempting to film, attempting to view, or posting disruptions on social media. We want to utilize the standard of " If you know something, say something!" We have school resources officers, campus security, and administrators that your scholar can report information to at any time.

Selling of Snacks and/or Food by Students

Although it is a great entrepreneur skill, students are not allowed to sell any items in school such as the following:


Pasta Plates

Snacks, Drinks

Breakfast Burritos


If a scholar is caught selling items, everything will be confiscated and discarded at their expense.

Counterfeit Money

The money is fake but the consequences are real. Many students feel that passing counterfeit money is a cool thing to do to make a quick buck. If students are caught attempting to pass counterfeit money in CHHS they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Talk to your scholar about the consequences of this behavior. We have purchased counterfeit detection pens in every area that accepts cash.


If it is found that a person intentionally created or used counterfeit money to purchase goods in the United States, the crime can be punishable by up to $15,000 (or in very significant cases, more) or 15 years in prison.

Free Breakfast for ALL

Cedar Hill High School is proud to provide FREE breakfast to all scholars regardless of family income levels. The goal of the program is to increase access to school meals with the hope of reducing student hunger and some of the issues that go along with it!

Social Media Safety

Parents!


Social media can be a phenomenal source of communication, however, it also has the potential to be detrimental. Please speak with your scholar about the dangers of social media. Incidents from social media spill over to the school or home without the parent or administrators knowing about anything until it happens.


Know what your kids are doing and help us be able stop to issues that start via social media!

Early Out

We are extremely excited that your scholar may have late early out! Please keep in mind, that if your student has early out they are to be off-campus. We want to ensure the safety of every student, and when students are on campus with no teacher of record to supervise them, then it becomes tough! If students are unable to get off-campus in the appropriate time, their early out privilege will be revoked and we will assign them a class to attend.

Identification Badges

All students have received a 2019-2020 school ID

The ID is expected to be worn around the neck daily

  • In the event that they forget the ID, a temporary can be purchased for $1.00

  • If the scholar does not have a dollar, they can leave their phone as collateral and pay the dollar at the end of the day.

  • If they need to replace their ID the cost is $5.00

Parking Passes

All students who drive to school must have a Parking Decal to avoid receiving a fine.
  • The form can be picked up in the SRO office at CHHS
  • The student must have a valid Drivers License and proof of insurance.
  • The parking decal cost $25
  • Consequences for not having a parking pass will be tickets and potentially receiving a boot on the vehicle.

Bow Tie Tuesday

We are starting BOW TIE TUESDAY at Cedar Hill HS. The concept of Bow Tie Tuesday was originally created in an effort to inspire school spirit, increase morale and build team spirit among staff and students. Wear your bow tie every Tuesday! Encourage your scholar to wear them…. Let's build the Cedar Hill community together.

CHHS PTA News

Greetings Longhorn Family,


We hope everyone is doing well and staying dry and warm in this unpredictable Texas weather. As the 2nd marking period comes to a close, PTSA would like to encourage our scholars to be consistent and finish strong. It's not about how you start but how you finish! Wishing each scholar much success in their studies.


**OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT YOUR LONGHORN PTSA**



We have wrapped up one of our very important service projects and moving full speed ahead with our Shoe Drive.




Your CHHS/NGC PTSA is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from October 15 to December 19 to raise funds for educators and scholars. CHHS/NGC PTSA will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit our scholars and educators by providing much needed materials for the classroom, fund scholarships, and educational programs for our scholars. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes.


All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.


By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the CHHS/NGC PTSA, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.



Primary Drop off locations:

Cedar Hill High School - 1 Longhorn Blvd, front lobby from 7:45PM - 3:45PM

Cedar Hill Ninth Grade Center - 1515 W. Beltline Rd, front office from 7:45PM - 3:45PM


Other Locations:

Cedar Hill Admin Building - 285 Uptown Blvd, front lobby from 8AM - 5PM

Frost Bank - 150 E Highway 67, Duncanville, TX, front lobby from 9AM - 5PM

Z Barber Shop - 325 W. Beltline, from 10A to 5PM Tuesday through Friday

Cedar Hill Public Library - 225 Cedar St, entrance lobby from 10AM to 6PM (closed on Sunday)

Cedar Hill Recreation Center - 310 E Parkerville Rd, front lobby from 5:30AM to 9:30PM



Best personal regards,


CHHS/NGC PTSA Executive Board

Tiffany Ingram, President

Teresa Clark-Muhammad, Vice President

Savanah Henley, Treasurer

Saundra Jones, Secretary

Melody Bradley, Parliamentarian


CHHS/NGC PTSA Committee Chairs

Adrian Jenkins, Membership

Bershatta Major, Fundraising

Ida Gent, Hospitality

Veronica Hutchings, Social Media

Tauncia Franklin, Parent Volunteer Committee (PVC) 2021

Michelle Brightmon, Parent Volunteer Committee (PVC) 2022


"We are Longhorn Proud! Thank you for your continued support."

Principal Advisory Council

We are reviewing applications and students will here more information by Friday.

All Pro Dads of CHHS


Please take note of the All-Pro Dads Breakfast for the 19-20 School Year!


January 31- 9th and 10th Grade

March 5 -11th Grade

April 24- 12th Grade



Ronnie Jessie, CHHS Chapter Leader 214-356-6953
Larry Jones, CHHS Co-Chapter Leader 214-475-1422

Site Based Decision Making Committee

November 2019

Time : 4:00 PM

Location: Library

Senior Corner

All senior information can be found at the following link:


https://www.chisd.net/domain/718


Class of 2020,

We are proud to hear that many of you are working on college applications. Here are some things to think about as you complete the process.


ACT/SAT TEST FEE WAIVERS

If you plan to take or retake the ACT and /or SAT scholars with free or reduced lunch can receive test fee waivers. If you participated in an SAT School Day (at Cedar Hill High

School or another high school) and had free or reduced lunch at that time, you will have two test fee waivers in your College Board Account. When you log in to your College Board Account, look for ‘Accept you SAT waiver benefits’. If you do not see this, continue to register for the test. At the payment portion it will ask if you have a waiver. If you cannot select that option, that means your waivers are there. If it tries to charge you, save, log out and request an SAT waiver from your counselor (see directions below). ACT test fee waivers are requested from your counselor. Complete a waiver request form, at the receptionist’s desk, and leave the form with the receptionist. Your counselor will send a pass for you once the waiver has been processed.


COLLEGE APPLICATION WAIVERS

Once you take the ACT or SAT with a test fee waiver, you qualify for college application waivers. SAT will load four college application waivers in your College Board account. Log in to your College Board account. Select mySAT. Scroll toward the bottom of the page to ‘print view you college application waivers’. Open the waivers and type in your email and phone number on the first waiver. You DO NOT need to put your social security number. Click on the next waiver and your email and phone number will populate on the additional three waivers. These waivers have a unique code. Print two sets.One set you will sign and mail to the college(s). On the other set, write the name of the college you sent the waiver to, to keep track of which waiver went to which college If a college says they did not receive the waiver, you will know the correct waiver to resend. If you took the ACT, request an ACT college application waiver from your counselor. Use your SAT waivers first. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch but paid to take the ACT and SAT you can still request college application waivers from your counselor. The National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) offered fee waivers for students in this situation. If you are applying to an HBCU, check to see if the school is a member of Common Black College Application before using an ACT, SAT or NACAC fee waiver or paying the fee. For ACT or NACAC college application waivers, complete a waiver request form, at the receptionist’s desk, and leave the form with the receptionist. Your counselor will send a pass for you once the waiver has been processed.

COLLEGE APPLICATION FEES AND APPLY TEXAS

If you are completing applications on Apply Texas, at the end when it requests payment, select waiver. If you do not qualify for a waiver select pay the institution. Do not make payment to Apply Texas. You may change your mind about an application you submit. You want to have control over whether or not the college gets the application fee.

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY AT COLLEGE STATION/UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN AND COLLEGE APPLICATION FEES

Cedar Hill High School is a member of Texas Advance Program with the University of Texas at Austin and we are a Century Scholar School with Texas A&M University at College Station. These memberships wave the application fee for these two universities for all Cedar Hill High School seniors. If you apply to the University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University, request their waiver during the payment portion of the application.

COMMON BLACK COLLEGE APPLICATION

Cedar Hill ISD has paid the fee for all of our seniors to join Common Black College Application. This membership will waiver the college application fee to 56 HBCUs. Select APPLY NOW, set up your account then enter chhs2019 in PROMO CODE.


DALLAS COUNTY PROMISE

Be sure to complete the Dallas County Promise steps. Dallas County Promise should be an option that all of our seniors have on the table in May.

Remember to check out the Resources Page on the high school’s website for all things college!

Your Cedar Hill High School Counseling Department.

FAFSA Information

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the class of 2020 opened October 1st. If you want any financial assistance with paying for college you will need to complete your FAFSA. FAFSA is a free application for college-bound (trade school, technical school, two-year college or four-year college) scholars to see if they qualify for federal grants, loans and/or work study.

  • Grants-money that does not need to be paid back
  • Loans-money that is borrowed and will need to be paid back
  • Work Study-students are given a part-time job,with pay, on campus

Completing the application does not obligate you to take what is offered, it just lets you know what you qualify for. If you do not think you will qualify for grants, it is still important to complete the FAFSA. Colleges have several grants and scholarships and not all are need based. There can be merit based grants and/or scholarships you may qualify for but you will not be considered unless you submit a completed FAFSA. Many private scholarships require a completed FAFSA as well.

The first step in completing the FAFSA is for you and at least one parent to obtain a FSA ID. A FSA ID allows you (if you filed taxes) and your parent to electronic link your FAFSA to the IRS to download a previous year's tax information. Current seniors starting college in the fall of 2019 will need to submit 2018 tax information. Your FSA ID also allows you and your parent to electronically sign your FAFSA. If your FAFSA is not signed electronically, it has to be printed, signed and mailed to the Federal Student Aid Office and to each college. This could delay the process. The grant and scholarship money could be gone by the time the paperwork is received and processed.

Be sure to save the username, password and email address used to create the FSA ID. I suggest to make FAFSA a contact on your phone. Most phones have a note section under each contact where this information can be saved..

2020 graduates should be completing the 2020-21 FAFSA. If you plan to take college classes in the summer of 2020, after graduation, you need to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA as well.

Here is the link to FSA ID website. FSA ID.gov

Here is the link to the FAFSA website. FAFSA.gov

Food Deliveries to Campus

Cedar Hill High School is a closed campus and will not allow food deliveries via UberEats, DoorDash,GrubHub, etc. Students who violate this policy, will be subject to consequences and their food WILL NOT be delivered. Food Deliveries are only allowed by parents, guardians, or someone listed on the emergency contact list for the student and must be received in the main office before the assigned lunch period. Lunch will not be extended because a students was waiting on food.


We welcome parents to come and eat with their scholar. Please email the appropriate grade level administrator 24 hours prior to wanting to visit.

Longhorn Stadium Policy

The district's guidelines for Longhorn Stadium are as follows:

  • All middle school-aged children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • All visiting teams and fans should enter on Somerset Road to access visitors parking lot.
  • Ticket sales will end at 9:25 p.m. and the stadium gates close at 9:30 p.m.
  • To ensure your safety at Longhorn Stadium, bags or purses are not allowed inside the stadium.
  • Clear totes, plastic storage bags and small clutches are allowed inside the stadium.
  • All Students must have their school-issued ID. Showing your Skyward account will not work!

Yearbook Sales, Senior Ads, Picture Retakes, Senior Picture Retakes, and more

Lunch Application 2019-2020

All CHISD students need to complete the Lunch Application! The district has a goal of 100% of our parents complete the application. If you have not completed the application, please do so.

Dangers of Vaping

E-Cigarettes, Vapes, and Juul's are a nationwide problem. Cedar Hill HS , would like to provide you some informational resources so that you are in the know of the dangers that E-Cigarettes pose.

2019-2020 Dress Code

Scholars are expected to be in compliance each day. Please review the dress code with your child.

Bus Transportation Information for 2019-2020

arrive 5-7 minutes early to his or her route If you have questions or concerns email Letiticia Brown at letitia.brown@firstgroup.com or Evonne Stewart at evonne.stewart@firstgroup.com. You can also call 972-293-8531.

New Counseling Assignments for 2019-2020

Camille Vaughn

Lead Academic Counselor

Last Name A-Ed

Email: camille.vaughn@chisd.net

(469) 272-2000 Ext. 7023


Kimberly Burns

Counselor

Last Name Eg-Ka

Email: kimberly.burns@chisd.net

(469) 272-2000 Ext. 702


Bonnie Baker

Counselor

Last Name Ke-Rod

Email: bonita.baker@chisd.net

(469) 272-2000 Extension 7170


Patrice Gray

Counselor

Last Name Rog-Z

Email: patrice.gray@chisd.net

(469) 272-2000 Extension 724

CHHS Administrative Staff

Jason Miller

Campus Principal

jason.miller@chisd.net


William Petty

Associate Principal

12th Grade Students

william.petty@chisd.net


Traci Bragg

Assistant Principal

traci.bragg@chisd.net

11th grade Students


Keric McGowan

Assistant Principal

keric.mcgowan@chisd.net

10th Grade Students and General HS 9th Grade Students


Nicki Edwards

ECA Principal

nikisha.edwards@chisd.net

ECA Students

Contact for Dual Credit and Advanced Placement


Shanta Mackey

Dean of Instruction

shanta.mackey@chisd.net

Fall Academic Night ( Doors open at 5:00 PM)

Monday, Nov. 4th, 5:30pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

I am excited about all of the great things that scholars are experiencing every day in their classrooms. Here is your opportunity to participate in the Fall Academic Night to gain insight of all course offerings such as Advanced Academics, Dual Credit, College Prep Courses, CTE, Fine Arts, Extra-curricular Activities, and so much more.


This is your chance to enter the World of Cedar Hill High School and discover courses prior to upcoming course selections. You will be blown away with this preeminent experience. This event will allow you to visit departments and gain an in-depth understanding of courses offered at CHHS. There will also be an End-of-Course session to better equip you with STAAR state exam requirements.

CHHS invites you to come out and get all your questions answered; and travel the road of College Ready, Career Ready, Military Ready, & most importantly, Life Ready!


We are ready to take CHHS to the next level academically. Partner with us!


Fall Academic Night includes:

Core Content Courses (Math, Science, English, Social Studies)

Fine Arts

Electives

CTE (Career and Technology Education)

AP Courses

Dual Credit

All Testing Information

Student/Parent Expectations

ASVAB Information

STAAR/EOC Information

LOTE

PTA

Athletics

Twilight School

Counseling Services

Clinic Services

Special Education Services

Attendance

ECA (Early College Academy)

Gear Up

Varsity Football vs That Other School

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7pm

3700 East Broad Street

Mansfield, TX

Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Longhorn Stadium. Tickets are limited, and passes will not be accepted.

Fans can purchase tickets at the Cedar Hill ISD Athletic Office (1 Longhorn Blvd.) Monday - Wednesday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the CHHS gymnasium; and Thursday 8 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.


Longhorn and Eagles fans attending the game should also remember:

  • All students must present their ID to enter the game.

  • All middle school-aged children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • All CHISD Red Card holders must stop by the athletic office to pick up their ticket to the game. Passes will not be accepted at the gate, and tickets must be picked up prior to the game.

  • All visiting teams and fans should enter on Somerset Rd. to access visitors' parking lot.

  • Overflow parking will be available at Virginia Weaver Park.

  • To ensure your safety at Longhorn Stadium, bags or purses are not allowed inside the stadium.

  • Clear totes, plastic storage bags, and small clutches are allowed inside the stadium.

Cedar Hill ISD asks fans and the community to show their support for the Longhorns by wearing black on Thursday, Nov. 7, during the day and at the game.

For more information on all CHISD athletic programs, visit chisd.net/athletics.

Texas A&M Engineering Dept Bridge Program Interest Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 10am

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

The Texas A&M University at College Station Engineering Department has partnered with El Centro College for a bridge program called the Chevron Academy. This a great opportunity for scholars to take advantage of Dallas County Promise and get their foot in the door at A&M’s Engineering Department. The presentation will be held in Hawkins Hall.


Parents are welcome to attend the presentation. If you would like to join us, please allow yourself enough time to check in with the receptionist.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Baker at Bonita.Baker@chisd.net

University of Houston Campus Visit for the Class of 2020

Friday, Nov. 8th, 10am

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

Class of 2020,

A representative from the University of Houston will be here Friday, November 8th, during 3rd period (10:00 AM to 10:45 AM) in Hawkins Hall, to talk with current seniors who are interested in attending the University of Houston.


Parents are welcome to join us as well. Please allow yourself enough time to check in with the receptionist.

CBS 11 Community Pep Rally

Friday, Nov. 15th, 4:30-7am

301 J Elmer Weaver Freeway

Cedar Hill, TX

Come out and join in the fun as we showcase our programs, scholars, and the great things that are happening in Cedar Hill and CHISD! #ControlTheNarrative

Philander Smith College Campus Visit for the class of 2020

Friday, Nov. 15th, 1:15pm

This is an online event.

Class of 2020,

A representative from Philander Smith College will be here Friday, November 15th during the 6th period. Not only will Mr. Paul Pierson give you information about Philander Smith College, but he will also do ‘on the spot’ admissions and scholarships. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please respond to this email with your name and ID number by Friday, November 8th.


Parents are welcome to join us. Please allow yourself enough time to check in with the receptionist.

9th and 10th Grade Comprehensive HS -All Pro Dad Breakfasts

Friday, Jan. 31st 2020 at 7:30-9:30am

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

RSVP by 1/28/20 so we can prepare the correct amount of food.


This breakfast will be for all 9th and 10th-grade dads, mentors, and father-like individuals.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.