Wildcat Wire

January 8 - January 14

Semester Grades & Finish the Semester STRONG!

January 9th-13th is the final week of the first semester. Final grades for this semester will go on students' transcripts and will be represented in their cumulative GPA. It is very important that students work hard to finish this semester strong.


Please Note- In classes that are mastery-based (Summit courses), students will be able to improve their semester grade in a course if they post a higher grade by the end of second semester. Their first semester grade would retroactively improve to the final grade in the course.

Second Semester Schedules

Semester 1 will end on January 13th. Students are encouraged to review their semester 2 schedules in PowerSchool. If there is a change that needs made based on one of the reasons below, please reach out to your counselor. Changes will ONLY be considered for these reasons:

  • Schedule change is needed to meet graduation requirements.
  • The schedule has an error (class period with no course, duplicate course listed, etc.).
  • Student does not meet the prerequisite for the course.
  • There is an Aide Request – No Teacher See Counselor on your schedule.

Counselors are assigned by last name. Reaching out to them via email is a good way to share your schedule issue and start the process of fixing it. They will email you back if it is an easy fix or pull you from class. You can also come to the Career Counseling Center in B104 during passing periods, before or after school and put in a request to see your counselor.

Here are the counselors and students whom they work with.


Last Name begins with A-D: Katie McKenzie - kmckenzie@nsd131.org

Last Name begins with E-L: Shana Pyzer - spyzer@nsd131.org

Last Name begins with M-P: Jason Hoyt - jhoyt@nsd131.org

Last Name begins with Q-Z: Mike Chavez - mkchavez@nsd131.org

Second Semester Schedule Access

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Senior Scoop

Cap & Gown UPDATE: Caps & Gowns can still be purchase from Herff Jones, however, there is a $10 surcharge. Please be sure you/your senior has their cap & gown ordered as soon as possible. Herff Jones


Communication: As we are 4 1/2 months until Graduation, there will be lots to communicate, please be sure your Parent-Square account is registered/activated. If you are only getting alerts, your account is not registered. Please share this information with friends and parents of CHS Seniors. If you have questions, please contact us at chssecretaries@nsd131.org


Graduation: 2023 Graduation is Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30pm at the Ford Idaho Center

Saturday School - January Schedule

Saturday School is for students with NCAs, missed Overtime or have had it assigned. Students should enter through the front doors by 9a.


  • January 7 (9a-11a)
  • January 14 (9a-11a)
  • January 21 (9a-11a)
  • January 28 (9a-11a)


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College & Career Corner

College and Military Recruiter Visits

  • Tuesday, January 10: Lewis Clark State College

    • Will be here in the Career Center @9am to meet with seniors who applied

  • Thursday, January 12: Idaho National Guard

    • Will be in the cafeteria foyer during lunch

  • College/Military Recruiter Calendar- click here

Scholarships

  • FastWeb scholarship search engine

  • To get newsletters on different scholarships opening every month click the link below:

  • McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship The McDonald's HACER National Scholarship Program will offer scholarships to up to 30 outstanding Hispanic students from all over the country. Funds are aimed to help recipients finance their college tuition, and there are three tiers. Tier 1 recipients will be awarded up to $100,000. Tier 2 recipients will receive $20,000 or $10,000 and Tier 3 recipients will receive $5,000. Recipients are selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, personal statement and financial need.

    • Eligibility Requirements-

  • High school senior

  • Legal U.S. resident or a DREAMer/DACA recipient

  • Younger than 21 years old

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA

  • Attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full-time course of study

      • You’ll disclose other scholarship programs that you’ve applied for

      • You’ll enroll and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after your selection (verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools)

      • At least one parent of Hispanic heritage

    • Deadline- February 6, 2023

  • Idaho Power Academic Excellence Scholarship The Idaho Power scholarship program provides fifteen (15) $2,000.00 scholarships for graduating high school seniors who live in Idaho Power’s service area. These scholarships are non-renewable grants.

  • Eligibility Requirements-

    • Must plan to enroll at an accredited Idaho or Oregon college, university or vocational-technical school.

    • The grant must be used during the school year directly following the awarding of the grant.

    • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.75 GPA, including one complete term (semester or trimester) of their senior year.

  • Deadline- March 1, 2023

  • Idaho Power’s Douglas E. Sprenger, Kevin M. Whittier and Larry R. Wimer Memorial Scholarship Fund Two $1,000 scholarships will be available to students planning to enroll in engineering or natural resources programs at an accredited college or university in Idaho. These awards are granted on a one-time basis and are not renewable.

    • Eligibility Requirements-

      • Must be a graduating high school seniors planning to enroll in an engineering program or natural resources program at an accredited Idaho college

      • Funds must be used during the school year directly following the scholarship award. Funds may not be deferred or held for later use.

    • Deadline- March 1, 2023

  • Auto Ranch Foundation Scholarship The Purpose of the Auto Ranch Foundation is to provide scholarships to deserving high school graduating seniors intending to pursue a course of study at either a two-year or four-year educational institution or trade program, to gain the skills and knowledge needed for a career in automotive, technical, agricultural, mechanical or related fields.

    • Eligibility Requirements-

      • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in the year of the award.

      • Applicant must have at least a 2.0 grade point average (or a "C" average).

      • Applicant must demonstrate community involvement, improvement in academics, and desire to further their education.

    • Applicant must have a desired major in automotive, agricultural, technical, mechanical or related field.

    • Applicant must demonstrate financial need.

    • Applicant must reside in a designated rural community in Southwest Idaho or Eastern Oregon.

  • Deadline- March 31, 2023

  • Printed applications are available in the bulletin board in front of career center

    • Deadline- March 15, 2023

  • **Foot Locker Scholar Athletes- $20,000 scholarship, open to any student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities

    • Deadline- January 30, 2023

  • ***Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) scholarship- JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $30,000 over four years to supplement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars receive extensive support services, including career guidance and internship placement, and attend JRF’s annual four-day "Mentoring and Leadership Conference" in New York City and other regional events throughout the year.

    • Deadline- at 5:00 p.m. ET (3:00 pm MT) on January 11, 2023

  • Skaug Law Nampa School District Scholarship -To support the youth of Nampa School District in their efforts to pursue post-secondary education, Skaug Law will be offering a $1000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior.

    • Deadline- April 15, 2023

  • **Live Más Scholarship! -The application is a simple, two-minute video where students explain a passion they have. No grades required!

  • Idaho Association of Counties Scholarship Fund, Inc

    • Seniors, please check email for application or grab one by bulletin board in front of career center

    • Deadline- February 28, 2023

**Deadline Coming Up

FAFSA

  • Thank you to all the seniors who have completed the FAFSA so far. We have 66 seniors who have completed it.

  • Please make sure to complete the FAFSA for financial aid if you haven’t done so yet.

We have 187 seniors so far who have applied to college/trade/military. Please continue working on those applications. If you need help, please see Ms. Baeza.

FAFSA Competition

  • We are having a healthy FAFSA Competition among our Skyview, Nampa, and Columbia. This is based on the percentage of FAFSA's completed by each senior class at each high school. Meaning the school with the highest completion rate will win. We have extended our deadline to January. The school with the highest FAFSA completion percentage that senior class will get a big prize! Our goal is at least 50%!!!

  • Skyview is still in the lead!

  • Besides the FAFSA competition among all three comprehensive high schools, Ms. Baeza also has a Class of 2023 FAFSA Finish Line for the seniors!

    • All seniors who complete the FAFSA will get a Columbia T-shirt and some other fun Columbia School spirit things. All those who complete the FAFSA will also get their name entered into a drawing for fun prizes.