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November 11, 2019

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

When Tragedy Strikes


Tragedy by its nature is something that survivors are unprepared for, and you may not know why you are feeling the way you are. The world has decided to throw you a curve ball, and it hits you hard and fast on the side of the head - knocking you flat on the ground. You might be thinking that things weren't supposed to be this way. That this wasn't meant to happen - that it couldn't happen to someone like you. It all just seems so unfair. But whether you like it or not, tragedy has paid you a visit. On the surface, it seems as though there's very little you can do. During this difficult period, the one thing that might give you a little solace and comfort is the fact that many other people are also dealing with a personal tragedy. Some are even facing similar struggles, while others face even grater tragedy than we could ever imagine.


2 steps for Making the Most of Tragic Circumstances


  • Step 1: Face the Brutal Truth. Okay, something tragic has unexpectedly happened. Make a conscious effort to face the brutal truth of your reality. What has happened, has happened. Spend a little time asking yourself the following questions: What just happened? What does this mean?
  • Step 2: Take a Moment to Settle Yourself. Asking the previous set of questions probably wasn't easy. It's tough to come to terms with a tragic event that has just rocked the foundations of your life. But, it's moments like these that shape and builds our character. Take a moment to separate yourself from the circumstances. Take a moment to be alone with your thoughts to settle your emotions, your anger, disappointment and frustrations.


We all know that life is unpredictable and uncertain. What we have today, can be taken away the very next day. How we expect things to be today, may not be how they are tomorrow. Life served us well yesterday, but may not favor us in the future.


We are very sorry for the suffering that many of you are experiencing and are here to help in any way possible.



Have a great week and as always... It's a Great Day to be a Chieftain!

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Semester Exam Exemptions

Students may be exempted from semester exams each semester under the conditions outlined below


  1. The student maintains a 96% attendance rate through December 13.
  2. The student must be passing all courses for the semester.
  3. The student has no major discipline defined as no more than four detentions, So Saturday School, no ISS or OSS moving forward.
  4. The student must be free of fees and fines from the Library.
  5. Students who are exempt but choose to take a semester exam can only improve their grades. In this case, the semester exam cannot negatively impact the semester average.


It is the student's responsibility to maintain all qualifying criteria moving forward. Failure to do so will disqualify the student's eligibility for any exemption.

Calendar of Events

Monday, 11/11
  • Beginning of the 3rd Six Weeks
  • 10:00 am Veterans Day Celebration in HS Auditorium


Tuesday, 11/12

  • MS UIL
  • Early Release for MS students only
  • 5:00 pm CHS Basketball vs Motley County


Wednesday, 11/13

  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Sellers


Saturday, 11/16

  • MS @ Jayton Basketball Tournament


Sunday, 11/17

  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Palacios

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