The Hornet Buzz 2023

C.A. Johnson High School Biweekly Newsletter 01-22 to 02-03

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We Are Ready!

Hello Hornet Families,

Let this be a time to refocus on why we do what we do. I encourage everyone---teachers, students, and parents--- to develop smart goals. It is urgent that we develop goals and strategies to address the needs of our students. We are all accountable for the educational outcomes of C.A. Johnson High School students.

Remember...Together WE CAN DO THIS!

With Hornet Pride,

Mr. Isaac McClinton, Principal

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Hornets Exceeding and Excelling

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C.A. Johnson held its first Club Day (bka C-Day) on Friday, January 20, 2023. Each teacher at C.A. Johnson is sponsoring a club. The clubs are:
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Q2 Honor Roll

Celebrating Our Scholars---We Can Do It!
Q2 Honor Roll Assembly
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2023-2024 Calendar Survey ~ Cast Your Vote

The R1 Calendar Committee has developed two draft calendars for the 2023-2024 school year. The Committee is seeking feedback from students, parents, employees, and other stakeholders. Click on the link below to review the draft calendars and take the survey by 5 p.m. January 27:

Thank you.

PTO Meeting Dates

PTO Meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month unless canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. To view PTO Meeting dates and locations, please click here.

Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program Recruiting Students; Information Session to be Held February 1.

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Upcoming Athletic Events are:


  • January 24: Hornets @ Great Falls
  • January 27: Hornets @ Lewisville
  • January 30: Hornets vs. Riverwalk @ CAJ
  • Feb 3: Hornets vs. Governor's School @ CAJ


  • January 23: Hornets @ Westwood
  • January 25: Hornets @ Edisto
  • January 31: Hornets vs. Eau Claire @ CAJ

To view the entire Winter Sports Schedule please visit this link: Winter Sports Schedule

Game Day Expectations

Students and visitors are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and behavior that positively reflect on our school and community. Failure to comply will result in removal from the game. Please remove all hats, hoods, headbands, and bonnets while inside of the building. Proper shoes must be worn. IDs must be worn to enter any C.A. Johnson athletic events.

Please be aware of the Richland One Clear Bag Policy. The policy will be enforced at all games, all sports. Thanks for helping us keep everyone safe!

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Hello Hornet Families

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News from Nurse Scipio

COVID-19 vs. the flu: similarities and differences. There are similarities and differences between COVID-19 and the flu. To find information on what to know and how to protect yourself, please click on the link from the Mayo Clinic. COVID-19 vs. the flu: similarities and differences

Parent and Family Engagement News

  • Social Media can be one of those things that make raising a teenager such an adventure! Parents of high school students need to stay on top of it. Because while social media has great benefits, it can also cause some not –so significant side effects for your student. Students should use social media responsibly, and with guidance from adults, social media can open up the world for a high school student. For example, from the safety of their home, they can hop on Snapchat or Instagram and chat with friends worldwide. The bad news is that social media can give access to people and things that aren’t safe or that teens do not need and are not ready for yet. The risks are real, so parents need to stay involved in their teens’ online lives as in their real lives. There is much to help your teen make the most of social media. It can be challenging at first, but it can be done.

Attendance News: Stay the Course---Support Attendance

Bad weather in the winter times can cause challenges to getting children to school. Please view this handout, Promoting Good Attendance, All Winter Long from Attendance Works to help parents to develop strategies and plans to overcome weather-related challenges of getting children to school.

College News

Seniors, check your email for scholarships information and college acceptance letters. If you would like to discuss scholarship information, please visit Dr. Connie Mitchell, Guidance Director.

Please sign up to take either the SAT or ACT. March 1 is SAT Day and March 7 is ACT Day. The cost? It's FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!

What is AVID? Advancement Via Individual Determination --AVID’s mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.

To support student on this path towards college and career readiness, each student will receive an AVID Binder. What is an AVID Binder? The AVID Binder is a system for keeping essential school materials and class assignments organized into one binder. A proper AVID Binder contains all the materials in the “Required Items” section of the AVID Binder Checklist.

The AVID Binders will be distributed next week. Information on how to organize your AVID binder will be discussed in homeroom and also on the video below:

AVID Binder Use
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Our Community Partners - Thank you!

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Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program Recruiting Students; Information Session to be Held February 1

In partnership with Midlands Technical College (MTC) and Apprenticeship Carolina, the Columbia Chamber is recruiting new participants in the Midlands Youth Apprenticeship Program (MYA) in 2023. To learn more, please visit this link: Midlands Technical College and Apprenticeship Carolina.

ConnectED Library Card Project

  • Please remind students that they can go to any Richland County Public Library to get a free card or apply online ( They are already set for a county Public Library Card. Student ID number is their library card number, and their four-digit PIN is based on their birthdate (MMDD).
  • Free Education cards are available for K-12 teachers, daycare employees, and college students who are currently teaching or enrolled in college in Richland County educational institutions.
  • The ConnectED Library Card Project is part of the nationwide Leaders Library Card Challenge, a federal program supported by IMLS and ULC and developed in 2015 by President Obama's administration.
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C.A. Johnson High School


We are Richland One, a leader in transforming lives through education, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams.


Richland School District One, in collaboration with an engaged community, is committed to ensuring that each learner achieves his/her potential in a safe, caring, academically challenging and diverse learning environment that will develop productive citizens for a changing world.


C.A. Johnson High School is committed to ensuring a culture of excellence through expanded opportunities for every learner through innovation, collaboration, compassion, and equitable learning.


C.A. Johnson High School will create an environment of high academic and social expectations through the development and implementation of cultural and climate improvement measures.

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Mr. Isaac McClinton, Principal

Mrs. Nicole Irby, Assistant Principal

Mr. Martin K. Hodge, Assistant Principal

Dr. Connie Mitchell, Guidance Director

Mrs. Margie Lee, SCDE Transformation Coach

Mr. Damon Franklin, Athletic Director