Longhorn News

Week of 1/6/20

#NoExcusesNoAlibi

Miller's Message

As we begin a new semester, I would like to wish a very Happy New Year to our Longhorn Family! I trust you had a wonderful winter break with family and friends. As we celebrate this new year, 2020, it is always a great time to reflect on the past year, but more importantly, to look forward to the coming year. It is a time to reflect on the changes we want, or need, to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. So as we begin 2020, I want to assure everyone that the high expectations in academics set at the beginning of the year will continue as we begin the second semester.


As you may know, Ms. Zandra Webb has resigned from her position at the Ninth Grade Center. We wish her well in her future endeavors. Effective immediately, Dr. Henson and I will be spending time on both campuses to provide an administrative presence and more continuity between CHHS and NGC. I am looking forward to working with the current staff and administration at NGC. I can be reached at Jason.Miller@chisd.net and Dr. Henson can be reached at Darryl.Henson@chisd.net


-Beginning January 7th all scholars must wear their ID's to enter the building, class, and bus... NO EXCEPTIONS. This is for the safety of our campus. If they need to replace their ID it will cost $5 dollars. If they need a temporary ID, it cost $1.00 daily. Students may turn their phone in as collateral to receive a temporary ID but, must pay the $1.00 to get it back. A table will be set up at all points of entry for scholars to purchase a temporary ID or replacement ID prior to entering the building


Not Acceptable at School:
-Slides/House Shoes, Hats, Du Rags ( Leave them at home!)
-Scholars are not allowed to wear tights, spandex and/or Form Fitting clothing of any kind

-Dresses and skirts must be the appropriate length from the knee ( Top of a Horizontal ID from the Knee).

- A link to the standard of dress is attached to this newsletter.


10 and 10

- Scholars are not allowed to leave a classroom during the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes for anything less than an emergency.


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. Students who are habitually late without a pass from a teacher will be assigned In School Suspension ( ISS).

Schedules for Spring 2020

Spring 2020 schedules can be located via Skyward.


Schedule changes will be made for the following reasons:

1. Academic misplacement – The student is placed in the wrong level of class (Honors/Dual Credit/AP), or is placed in a class without meeting the pre-requisite.

2. Program change- Student has been accepted into an academic program or the student is no longer enrolled in a specific program of study (choir, band, athletics AP, etc.).

3. Missing an academic class- Student is missing a core class such as English, history, math, or science.

4. Missing a graduation requirement- Student is missing a course necessary to graduate in the upcoming school year.

5. To balance classes so that overcrowding does not occur.


Schedules will not be changed for the following reasons:

1. The student does not like the teacher.

2. Parent does not like the teacher.

3. The teacher does not like the student.

4. The teacher is “too hard.”

5. The teacher is “not hard enough”.

6. The teacher gives too much work.

7. The student is failing the class.

8. The class is perceived by the student to be too difficult.

9. To change the student’s lunch.

10.To have classes with friends.


Personality conflicts will not be justification for changing a class. All conflicts need to be resolved in a mature, professional manner. We ask that the student and parent first take the responsibility to meet with the teacher and work through the problem. If a resolution cannot be reached, then the parent or teacher should contact an administrator to meet about the issue. If a class change is granted by the administration, it will be based on space availability and with the least impact to the student’s schedule. Course changes must be completed within the first 10 days of each semester. If a student adds a course after 10 days, he or she possibly would not receive full semester credit for the course.

BrightBytes Parent Survey ( 1/6/20 -1/17/20) for CHHS

Cedar Hill ISD is partnering with BrightBytes, an educational data analytics company, in order to help us understand your child’s access and use of technology both at school and at home.


We are reaching out to ask you to take part in our parent survey. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in our students’ lives.


Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy and they will help guide our school district in making future technology decisions. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.


You may begin accessing the questionnaire on Monday, January 6, 2020. The last day to complete the questionnaire will be Friday, January 17, 2020.


You may access the survey here - www.BByt.es/FA4UP. This URL is unique and intended only for parents and guardians of Cedar Hill High School.


If you have any questions regarding the BrightBytes survey, please contact our district Instructional Technology Coordinator, Tracey Willyard at tracey.willyard@chisd.net .


Thank you for taking part in this important questionnaire about technology!

Important Information


  • 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.


  • Emergency Operation Drills
    TBA

  • Employment Opportunity

We are currently interviewing for the following:


CHHS

Math Teacher


NGC

ELAR, Math, Science, and Special Education


If you know of a great candidate, please direct them our way!

Make-Up Final Exams

Any student who missed a final exam will receive a grade of “Incomplete” for their semester grade.They will have the opportunity to contact the teacher during the first two weeks of the spring semester to take the final exam and receive the appropriate letter grade for the class.

Wall Of Honor

WALL OF HONOR


We are creating a CHHS Graduate Wall of Honor to recognize Veterans and alumni currently serving in the armed forces.


Submit information and a picture to Shanta Mackey at shanta.mackey@chisd.net . Be sure to include the following information:


  • Name of Soldier
  • Branch of Service
  • Graduation Year
  • Accomplishment/Rewards

Attendance Matters

Our Goal for the year is to have 96% attendance rate. Please encourage your students to be in attendance daily. Administrators will be completing home visits for scholars that need extra attention.

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 guest will be allowed to attend
  • Observations will be limited to 30 minutes

Have a Concern at CHHS/NGC?

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.

Free Breakfast for ALL

Cedar Hill High School and Cedar Hill Ninth Grade Center 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:


You have an obligation to monitor your child's social media account. 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!

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 to receive a temporary ID and pay the dollar at the end of the day.

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

Parking Passes for Cedar Hill High School Students

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 and Ninth Grade Center . 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



Your CHHS/NCG PTSA wants and needs you!!! Our goal is to have 100% school and community participation.



***Current/Upcoming Event Dates***

January 24 – In and Out Burger Food Truck

February 29 – Talent Show

April 11 – 2nd Annual Spring Fling Dance (9th-12th grade invited)

May 8 – Teacher Appreciation Social


Remember to follow us on Twitter (@CHLonghornsPTSA) and Like Us on Facebook (@CedarHillHSPTSA). You may direct all questions to longhornptsa@gmail.com.


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

Antwanette Lynn, Parent Volunteer Committee (PVC) 2022


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

All Pro Dads of Cedar Hill HS


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

January 15, 2020

Time : 4:00 PM

Location: Library

Senior Corner

We are excited to see so many of our scholars start to receive college acceptance letters. Please send us a copy of the letter so we can recognize them too! All letters should be emailed to shanta.mackey@chisd.net


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!


If you are interested in being a veterinarian see the link below for a summer camp at Texas A&M University at College Station. The application opens December 1st and closes January 17th.

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1


Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members $2000 scholarship opportunity! https://tcbsbm.net/resources/forms

Primary Election- Student Clerk Workers Wanted!!!

It’s that time again when we start looking for Student Clerk Workers for the upcoming Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Primary Election. With each election a new application must be filled out and submitted. It is very important that each student is aware of the steps and criteria you must meet in order to work on Election Day.


PLEASE NOTE THAT AN APPLICATION SUBMISSION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A PLACEMENT. Applications must be legible, timely, and students must communicate with the Elections Department, their parents, and the Election Judge. DEADLINE for application submission is Friday, January 31, 2020 for the Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Primary Election. Students will be sent an email on this date and will be prioritized for placement by the date and time of their response back. You can EMAIL your application to: (studentelectionworker@dallascounty.org) or FAX (214-819-6301).


Pay Rate: $12/hour, maximum of 14 hours. Also, 17 service hours can be acquired by participating.


Applications: Since this election will be conducted on a Tuesday. The principal’s signature will be required. A parent’s signature is not required when the student is 18 years of age. Age is not the determining factor for the program, so any student still in school that is 16 years or older (including those over 18) are eligible until they graduate. **Please, write legibly!** The APPLICATION IS ATTACHED TO THE NEWSLETTER.


Questionnaire: After an application has been submitted, students will receive an email from our department with a link to our questionnaire. Students will need to complete and submit their questionnaires.


TRAINING: Students are required to attend training. The training schedule has not been finalized at the moment. Once the training days have been established, you will receive an email with the following signup dates.

*Subject to change tentative dates and times.*

New Graduation Venue and Time


The fall semester of your senior year is now behind you and the spring semester will be an exciting time for Cedar Hill High School seniors. The approaching graduation signifies the end of a high school career and recognizes the hard work and commitment from both the scholar and their families.


The district wants to inform you that we are making changes this year to the commencement ceremonies for Cedar Hill High School. Please note,


Cedar Hill High School Graduation Ceremony will take place:


Thursday May 21, 2020 @ 7:30pm

Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts

1110 W. Debbie Lane

Mansfield, TX 76063


We are aware that this is a change from previous years, and felt it important to notify you as soon as possible.


We believe the venue allows for a better experience for your scholar; the Mansfield lSD Center for the Performing Arts is closer, parking will be much simpler and the venue is state of the art.

Additional information regarding the commencement ceremony will be shared in the coming weeks. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in making this a memorable experience. It has been an honor working with your scholar at Cedar Hill HS.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at darryl.henson@chisd.net.

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 and Cedar Hill Ninth Grade Center 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.

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.

CHHS Counseling Assignments

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. 7027


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 7246

NGC Counseling Assignment

LaMonica Brewington

Counselor

LaMonica.Brewington@chisd.net

(469) 272-2050 Extension 7675

CHHS Administrative Staff

Jason Miller

Campus Principal

jason.miller@chisd.net


William Petty

Associate Principal

12th Grade Scholars

william.petty@chisd.net


Traci Bragg

Assistant Principal

traci.bragg@chisd.net

11th grade Scholars


Keric McGowan

Assistant Principal

keric.mcgowan@chisd.net

10th Grade Scholars and General HS 9th Grade Scholars


Nicki Edwards

ECA Principal

nikisha.edwards@chisd.net

ECA Scholars

Contact for Dual Credit and Advanced Placement


Shanta Mackey

Dean of Instruction at CHHS

shanta.mackey@chisd.net

NGC Administrative Staff

Cassundra Gipson

Assistant Principal

Campus Discipline Coordinator

Scholars letters A-J

Cassundra.Ross-Gipson@chisd.net



Tammie Wilson

Dean of Instruction

Scholars letters K-Z

Tammie.Wilson@chisd.net

Girls and Boys Basketball vs Waxahachie

Tuesday, Jan. 7th, 4:30pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

4:30/6:00/7:30

Girls and Boys Basketball vs Mansfield Summitt

Friday, Jan. 10th, 4:30pm

1 Longhorn Boulevard

Cedar Hill, TX

4:30/6:00/7:30

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

Friday, Jan. 31st, 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday ( No School)

Monday, Jan. 20th, 8:15am-3:45pm

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