CHS Weekly Announcements

For the Week of April 19, 2021


Congratulations to the following students for being designated as Students of the Year in their program at Herndon Career Center.

Rogers Emma EMT

Cunningham Maddison LAW

Players 58 Podcasts

Players 58 is finishing our unusual season off with i am not your/you are my. This podcast is a series of monologues, poems, and stories written and performed by Center High School's thespians!

i am not your/you are my started as a project where students wrote two distinct creative writing pieces. One piece would end with "I am not your ___" while the other "you are my ___." It because obvious that students had a lot to say. There are performances here that are raw and vulnerable, some uplifting and sentimental, devastatingly sad, and others and proudly defiant.

Players 58 hopes that listening to their stories will help you develop a deeper appreciation and understanding at how complex and sometimes sad and messy and wonderful and confusing it is to be a young person.

You don't know them, but you can.

i am not your/you are my will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube on April 23, 2021.

Important Senior Information

Josten's Orders

If you missed picking up your Graduation Announcements orders, you will need to go to the Josten's office. Their number is 816-523-4900. Please contact them for details.

You will pick up your cap & gown on May 14th in conjunction with the Project Grad celebration.

Yard Signs

Seniors can come up to the office and pick up their Senior yard sign Monday through Thursday from 8am to 2:30 pm.

Senior fees

Seniors need to log into the ICampus Portal and look at what fees are on their account. If you have questions or concerns about a fee, please contact Ms. Walker at 816-349-3423.

Fees can be paid online through the portal, or in the office to Ms. Walker Monday - Thursday, 7:45am - 3:30 pm. Please remember, we only accept, cash, money order, or credit card payments, no checks.

Don't delay, get your fees paid today!

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Enrollment Guide

Students: Don't forget, this Friday is the deadline to select your classes for next year. Here is an enrollment guide to help you through the process:

If you don't choose the classes you want by Friday, they will be chosen for you.

8 AP Study Tips to Get Through AP Exams - or any exams really (from Get Schooled)

Rank your AP exams by difficulty.

This will help you prioritize your study-time. Spend less time on the AP subjects you feel confident about, and more time on subjects you find more difficult.

Get your notes out. All of them!

You’ve been taking notes on each lecture, right? AP classes are taught around the structure of each AP exam, so everything your teacher talked about in class, and all assigned readings are fair game. If you want to be sure about the final exam topics, clarify them with your teacher and make frequent reference to AP Free Response Questions.

Take practice exams.

If you’re taking exams online, you can access the AP Exam’s digital testing application beginning April 8. Use it to answer practice questions similar to the ones you’ll see on your actual exam, and to get familiar with how the site works. You can also check out AP Classroom for practice questions and progress exams to make sure you’re on the right track.

Make sure your technology is ready to go.

If you’re taking exams online, you’ll need to make sure you’ve installed the digital testing application on your computer before the day of your exam. If you’re taking more than one, you’ll have to set up each individual subject on the application. This is also a great time to test out your internet connection!

Pull out your old quizzes/tests.

Review them to see how much you've learned, refresh your knowledge of material from earlier in the course, and make sure you’re clear on any test or quiz questions you made mistakes on.

The night before the test, sleep!

Your brain will thank you. While you sleep, your brain will sort what you've studied to help you recall the information you need during the test.

The day of the test, hydrate and eat a good breakfast/lunch.

Get that mind body connection working for you during your test by ensuring you're hydrated and have had a nice, healthy meal before your exams!

BONUS tip: Take advantage of Free Response Questions (FRQs) available for every AP exam

The best way to get ready for any AP exam is by practicing with actual questions from the test. You can do exactly that with AP Free-Response Questions (FRQs). You can find FRQ’s for every AP subject here.

For more information about your standardized exams and how they have been affected this year by COVID-19, be sure to read through our SAT, ACT, and AP Exam Updates page or log into your AP College Board portal.


5 AP Study Tips to Pass the AP Exams

Yellowjackets of the Week

Here are your Yellowjackets of the Week brought to you by your SGA: Ms. Lauren Criss and Sean Stricklin!

Ms. Criss is our junior and senior counsel this year at CHS. She always steps up to lead everywhere she is needed by being very supportive, helpful and resourceful. Ms. Criss will go out of her busy schedule to make sure the needs of our students and staff are met.

Sean Stricklin is a senior this year at CHS. He is a member of Yearbook, the video production team and one of the drum majors in the marching band. Sean, along with many other seniors, help organize and make the senior hangout a success.

Congratulations to Ms. Lauren Criss and Sean Stricklin, your Yellowjackets of the Week!

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LifeTouch Picture Orders have been delivered

If you ordered a picture package from LifeTouch, it has been delivered to the school. Please stop by and pick it up from the front office.


Know Your Baseball Idioms


A southpaw is any left-handed person, but in particular a left-handed pitcher in baseball.

Niese, a southpaw who has allowed just five homers in 124 1/3 innings at Double A Binghamton, has a deceptive delivery and gets very good movement on his average fastball.
— Joe Sheehan, Sports Illustrated, 4 Aug. 2008

A specious theory regarding southpaw ties its origin to the layout of baseball parks. To keep the afternoon sun out of batters’ eyes, diamonds were supposedly built so that the pitcher faced west—and his arm, therefore, would be pointed south.

But early use of the compound word south paw—referring to the left hand—doesn’t refer at all to baseball. In fact, the earliest citation from the Oxford English Dictionary comes from The Tickler, a short-lived humor magazine based out of London, where the sport did not have much of a following in the early 19th century.

Can of corn

A can of corn is a lazy fly ball that is easy to catch.

But this time it worked out, as Remlinger struck out Ken Caminiti on a 3-2 changeup (Caminiti--he is strong--responded by snapping his bat across his knee), and then got Matt Mieske on a can of corn to center.
— Rob Neyer,, 12 Oct. 1999

Can of corn is one of the more mysterious baseball phrases, with numerous theories behind its origin. One is that it comes from the action of grocery clerks using a stick to tip a can off a high shelf and then catch it (as to hand to a customer). In extended use, the phrase can refer to something easily accomplished.


A journeyman refers to an experienced and reliable player, as distinguished from a star player. Typically you need to sustain a long career in the pros to fall into this category.

On a sectional sofa, as the Indians ate McDonald's…, it was mentioned that Aviles, the journeyman infielder, had last October been traded from the Red Sox to the Blue Jays not for a player but for that evening's opposing manager, John Farrell.
— Ben Reiter, Sports Illustrated, 3 June 2013

The journeyman had a lengthy and respectable career long before entering the game of baseball, as the word referred to a tradesman who worked for another. While we might think of journey in terms of a long trip, the journey in journeyman refers to the day’s work (journey from the Anglo-French jur, meaning "day"), that was put in.

Bush league

A bush league is any minor baseball league. The term, which might allude to the overgrown or unkempt nature of amateur-level fields, dates to the turn of the twentieth century. A minor-league player, or one just called up from the minors, would be a busher or bushie or bush-leaguer.

Although modern baseball has minor-league teams affiliate with the majors to develop players, the ragtag nature of minor-league baseball came with a tinge of unprofessionalism, leading to the use of the adjective bush-league to suggest a production of inferior quality.

In 1941 the Academy went to the sealed envelopes to keep the awards a secret, and in 1953 it brought in the TV cameras. Even until 10 years ago, however, the production was pretty much a bush-league operation.
— Lynde McCormick, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Mar. 1981

Tools of ignorance

The tools of ignorance refers to the gear—including helmet, face mask, and shin guards—worn by the catcher.

Little Tommy McMillan, a local who toiled for the Brooklyns, came back to town for the games. Andy Roth, who would manage the Jacksonville Sally League team, donned the tools of ignorance behind the plate.
— Bill Foley, The Florida Times-Union, 26 Oct. 1999

Catchers get a bad rap. As the pitcher’s battery partner and confidant, and the only player positioned to see the entire rest of the field, the catcher's job comes with a lot of responsibility. But the position is thankless, too: a lot of squatting and getting dinged by foul tips. The notion behind the facetious phrase tools of ignorance is that only an unintelligent player would be subjected to such a grueling position, though in truth they are often the smartest players on the field.

Mendoza line

The Mendoza line is generally considered to be the threshold of a .200 batting average (or one hit for every five times at bat), which is not a great percentage.

Engel, 26, batted .166, a number so far below the Mendoza line it stretches your grandfather’s old-school comparison to Ken Berry, the Sox center fielder who caught everything at Comiskey Park from 1965-70 and made the All-Star team in 1967 despite hitting .241.
— Daryl Van Schouwen, The Chicago Sun-Times, 13 Mar. 2018

Its name is a notorious eponym of Mario Mendoza, a shortstop who played for nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. Mendoza’s career average of .215 was unexceptional, but it was a target of jest from Mendoza’s teammates and other players in the league, and Mendoza line garnered public prominence when George Brett, who hit .390 in the 1980 season, said, “The first thing I look for in the Sunday papers is who is below the Mendoza line."

Texas leaguer

A Texas leaguer is a short fly ball that falls too far out to be caught by an infielder and too close in to be caught by an outfielder.

That held until the fourth, when the Red Devils' Carson Dollarhide dropped a Texas leaguer into shallow right to plate Allen Wilfong and Ethan Hollar.
— Aaron Schnautz, The Hickory Record (North Carolina), 13 Mar. 2018

The Texas League is a minor league that has existed in some form in the southern United States since 1888. It is still in operation today as a Double-A level league consisting of eight teams (four from Texas as well as one each from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas).

It’s not exactly clear how the Texas League came to be associated with shallow pop flies dropping in for hits. Among several theories, one suggests that such hits were once common in the league due to swirling winds off the Gulf Coast.

Cup of coffee

The figurative cup of coffee describes a very brief career in the major leagues, or a short time that a player spends in the majors before being sent back down. It comes from the beverage that one might consume during a short visit.

Although he led the Triple A American Association with 33 home runs in 1970 and the next season hit 37 dingers while batting .290 in the Triple A Pacific Coast League, he never had more than a cup of coffee with the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins.
— Connie Aitchenson, Sports Illustrated, 21 Feb. 2000

Some players with notably short careers went on to have those careers made famous in posterity. An example is Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, who played two innings in the outfield for the New York Giants in 1905, but never got a turn at bat. Graham’s story was later immortalized in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella.

From the Merriam-Webster website