CTHS Stakeholder Mtg. Date Change

December 7, 2020

Dear CTHS Families,

The application process for CTHS has undergone a stakeholder review with a goal of increasing diversity and access to the highly in demand career pathway programs. MSBSD is offering an opportunity for the community to learn more about the upcoming application process changes. Interested parents, future students, and members of industry are encouraged to attend so that they can learn about the new process and the available pathway programs at CTHS. The meeting will be held by Zoom at 6:00PM on Tuesday, December 15. The link for joining the Zoom meeting is listed below.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID:

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Mr. Ross

Semester 1 Finals Schedule

A Week:

December 9th 2nd period final

December 10th 1st period and 3rd period final

B Week:

December 16th 5th period final

December 17th 4th period and 6th period final

Nurse Updates


Please continue to screen your child every morning before school for signs of illness and keep them home if they are experiencing any signs of COVID-19. Public Health recommends if you have new symptoms, even mild ones, that could be COVID-19, contact your health care provider or seek COVID testing. It is imperative to stay vigilant with this monitoring due to the prevalence of COVID in our community.

· Fever/Chills

· Cough

· Shortness of breath/Difficulty breathing

· Runny nose/Congestion

· Sore throat

· Fatigue

· Headache

· Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea

· Muscle/Joint/Body Aches

· New loss of taste of sense of smell

If your child has any of the above symptoms, they will need to follow the return to school guidelines to safely return to school. Please contact us if your child is ill or tests positive for COVID-19.

Close Contact/Quarantine Updated Guidance:

This week, the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) issued new guidance that allows for shortened COVID-19 quarantine timelines based on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) most recent recommendations. The Mat-Su Borough School District will also be adopting the revised timelines.

Individuals who are expected to quarantine due to an exposure to COVID-19 may shorten their quarantine. To be able to return to school/work earlier than 14 days, individuals must comply with one of the following:

1. Ten (10) days have passed without testing and the individuals have not experienced any symptoms during the entire 10-day period. In this instance individuals may return on day 11 after exposure.

2. Seven (7) days have passed and the individual has taken a COVID-19 test and received a negative result. The test must be taken within 48 hours of the end of the quarantine (meaning no earlier than 6 days after exposure) and verification of the negative test results must be provided to the school nurse or building/department supervisor. In this instance individuals may return on day 8 after exposure.

Individuals will be required to monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date of last exposure, and if symptoms develop, self-isolate and get tested promptly. Masks will also be required for any individual returning to school sooner than 14 days, regardless of grade level. The District’s existing mask guidelines will be followed after 14 days have passed.

Notifying Close Contacts:

Public Health contact tracers may not be able to notify close contacts at this time due to rise in cases. Because of this, contact tracers are asking people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to begin informing their close contacts of their potential exposure to the virus as soon as possible. The faster individuals begin to quarantine, the faster we can stop the spread of COVID-19.

Keeping your student at home on quarantine, if they have been exposed to COVID-19 is imperative in helping lessen the spread of COVID-19 in schools and the community. If you have any questions regarding being a close contact or need to report absences due to quarantining, please reach out to Nurse Sonja at 907-352-0417 or by email at sonja.mack@matsuk12.us.

Travel Mandate Updates:

See the updated MSBSD Student Return from Travel Guidelines or DHSS Website for updated guidance on travel mandates as it applies to students in school. High school aged students who travel out of state for more than 72 hours are not permitted to return to school until they can comply with one of the following:

1. At least 14 calendar days have passed since their return to Alaska. Health Mandate 10.1 requires residents of Alaska to quarantine for 14 days if they elect not to test for COVID-19: or

2. They receive a negative COVID-19 test, from a test taken within 72 hours of return and/or at the airport and at least five days have passed since their return to Alaska.

If you choose not to test 72 hours prior to returning to Alaska or at the airport upon arrival, students are required to complete a 14-day quarantine before returning to school.

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Building Resiliency to Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Our Community:

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Seniors: Please vote on your final Class motto through the link in your school email by Thursday, December 10th.

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2021 Graduation Update

Cap & Gown Ordering The deadline has been extended to December 20th

Link to order cap & Gown: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productDetail/1722752/Mat-Su-Career-and-Technical-High-School/-/1347199366/CATALOG_REPOSITORY/Cap-and-Gown-Unit/1426756116/

UAA Virtual Application Day: Monday, December 7th 11 am – 1 pm

A representative from UAA will be available via zoom to help walk you through applying to UAA – There is no application fee – it is FREE to apply to UAA. To qualify for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, you must apply to one of the schools in the University of Alaska System.

Plan to come into the counseling department to use a laptop or connect to the zoom meeting from another device using this link https://alaska.zoom.us/j/82251481337

Link to Class of 2021 page on CTHS Website: https://www.matsuk12.us/domain/7567

Upcoming deadlines:
January 8th, 2021 YEARBOOK Senior portrait, ad and quote are due. Link to submission instructions: https://www.matsuk12.us/domain/4697pm
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Girls Who Code

Are you interested in joining Girls Who Code?

Email Ms. Whitehurst at tw019234@apps.matsuk12.us or theresa.whitehurst@matsuk12.us

No experience in computer science or coding is necessary. Some of us are learning coding as we go. Come check it out.

Picture retakes have arrived. Pick yours up in the front office.

Testing Update



  • The PSAT test will be administered January 26th.

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CTHS Mat-Su Special Santa Christmas Tree

The holiday season is upon us and this year we will be participating in the Santa Tree Program benefiting Mat-Su Special Santa. Mat-Su Special Santa partners with the Toys for Tots program to help give Christmas gifts to children in need from all over the Mat-Su Valley. CTHS is hosting a Santa Tree in our school in the front entry by the library from Nov. 30th thru Dec. 18th. Gift tags decorate the Santa Tree that specify a wish list item for a Mat-Su child. Please join us in bringing holiday cheer to those that need it most this year.

To Participate:

1) Go to the Santa Tree and take a Santa Tag. It will list the age, gender, and gift ideas for a child.

2) Return unwrapped presents with the Santa Tag attached to the school Santa Tree or to Nurse Sonja’s office by no later than Friday, Dec. 18th. All gift will be delivered to the Special Santa workshop.

This is a completely volunteer activity, and you can participate to whatever extent your family would like. To know more about the wonderful Special Santa Program in the Mat-Su Valley (est. 1997), please visit their website or visit them on Facebook.

If you have any questions regarding the Career Tech Santa Tree, please contact Nurse Sonja by phone (352-0417) or email sonja.mack@matsuk12.us. You can also talk to members of CTHS Student Government, Business Professionals of America (BPA), Skills USA, Future Health Professionals (HOSA), and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) as they are all teaming together to make our Santa Tree Program meaningful and successful this holiday season of giving.

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Mat-Su Special Santa Program Application Information

If you are a family that could benefit from the Mat-Su Special Santa this holiday season please visit their webpage for details on applications, child wish lists, and parent instructions. This holiday season the Special Santa Program is helping any family financially affected by the pandemic. Below are links for their sign-up form, parent instructions, and child wish lists.

ü Special Santa 2020 Parent/Guardian Sign-Up Form

ü Special Santa 2020 Parent Instruction Form

ü Special Santa 2020 Child Wishlist

Special Santa accepts forms until December 19. All forms after December 19 are considered drop ins. Please get your forms in as early as possible to receive the full benefit of the program. They have a new location this year: 2399 E. Old Matanuska Rd in Wasilla-previously the Arctic Cat Building.

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