CHS Viking News

February 25, 2019

Viking Family,

February has been a great month at CHS! Our Sources of Strength team of students and adults have really hit the ground running and are doing some wonderful campaigns to impact the culture at CHS in a positive way. The Sources team and Student Council worked together to make our 1st ever Wish Week a success. Our “Wish Kid” Jackson and his family will be going to Hawaii through the Make A Wish Foundation, and our school raised over $1500 to support that wish. Our winter sports seasons have finished up and our Cheer Team is heading to the State Cheer Competition in March! Spring Sports are upon us even though the weather is presenting some difficulties.

Our counseling staff is hard at work meeting with every student in our school and working through the 4 year planning process and identifying student course requests for next year. These course requests are a critical piece of our master scheduling process, please encourage your students to truly think about which courses they want to take next year. We are excited to be adding the Family & Consumer Science (FCS) courses back at CHS. These courses are in high demand by students, and teach valuable skills that prepare students for life beyond high school. As we move closer to Spring, we are now in the planning stage for ISAT and SAT testing. More information will be released as we get closer to the start of testing.

Once a Viking, Always a Viking!

Bret Heller - Principal

Upcoming Events


Choir Concert




Class of 2019 Parent Meeting - CHS Library

3/22 & 3/25 - 3/29

No School, Spring Break

4/2 - 4/5

ISAT and Science EOC testing for 10th grade


Viking Booster Club Auction


SAT for 11th Grade (no school for 9th, 10th and 12th grades)


Sunrise/Sunset Dinner (for senior class)

4/18 - 4/20 & 4/24 - 4/27

Beauty and the Beast performance



5/6 - 5/10 & 5/13 - 5/17

AP Testing


Senior Ball


Mother/Daughter Tea (Senior Class)


Senior Project Presentations

5/24 & 5/27

No School - Memorial Day

You can also view our CHS Calendar at

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Honor Roll, First Semester 2018-2019 School Year

Congratulations to our CHS students who made the honor roll! See the complete list here:

Honor Roll, First Semester, 2018-2019 School Year

Community Conversations: Highlighting Teen Dating Abuse and Social Media

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness/Action Month. Almost 1 in 10 teens report being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Safe Passage wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do as an adult in a teen’s life to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. One of the most important things you can do is communicate with your teens about healthy relationships. Want to know more?

Join Safe Passage, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the Coeur d’Alene School District for a parent and community informational night on February 27th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Lake City High School Auditorium!

If you have questions, contact Olivia at

Have questions about your child’s relationship and want to talk to an advocate directly? Our hotline is available 24/7 at (208) 664-9303 or visit our website at or our office at 850 N 4th Street.

Can’t make the info night? Here are some tips for talking with your teens about healthy relationships:

CHS Viking Wrestling Team Places Second at State, Payton Keough and Gunner Giulio State Champions

Congratulations to our wrestling team for their second place finish at the state tournament.

Congratulations to our two State Champions

Payton Keough and Gunner Giulio!

Dom Jessos and Nolan Randles placed second, Nick Dohm and Tanner Peterson placed fourth, and Mitchell Moffat and Dylan Moffat placed fifth in their weight classes.

Great job Vikings!

Cheerleaders Qualify for State

On Saturday, February 23rd, the CHS cheerleaders qualified two routines for the state cheer tournament. Seniors Lindsay Nunemacher, Hailey Ocapan and Tylie Chase along with freshman Charlie Call placed 1st in the stunt group category.

The state tournament is held in the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday, March 16th.

Congratulations, and good luck at State!!!

District Winter Attendance Challenge Winners Announced!

Congratulation to the following students who received awards from the district (their names were drawn from all of our CHS students who had perfect attendance during the Winter Attendance Challenge):

Gunner Guilio - Perfect Attendance

Rayla Atwood - Most Inspirational Effort

We are proud of these students, as well as our other students who had perfect attendance!

SAT Math Prep for Juniors

The SAT is coming up on April 9th! Want help getting ready for it or figuring out the problems you missed on the PSAT? Small group, 50 minute study sessions will be offered starting the week of March 19th. See Mr. Edwards in room D1 for details or email:



The front office has been getting A LOT of last minute calls to get your student out of class, which means A LOT of interruptions as we deliver notes to classrooms.

It is our preferred method, for you the parent, to send a note to school with your student for prearranged appointments. Your student can bring it to the attendance office when they arrive to school to get a campus pass for the time stated on the note. Students are free to leave at that time.

Another way to limit interruptions to the class room is to have your student meet you in the office during the passing period closest to your appointment and you can sign them out at that time.

PLEASE NOTE: USING SKYWARD TO GET STUDENTS OUT OF CLASS, AT A MOMENTS NOTICE, DOES NOT INSURE THEY ARE EXCUSED. ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE A CAMPUS PASS FROM THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE. Skyward notifications come in a form of an e-mail. Campus passes are sent to the student once they are received and read.

Please look over our policy on unexcused absences to avoid an unexcused absence.

Unexcused Absences Defined:

1. Absent without the knowledge and consent of parent/legal guardian,

2. Absent from school after once arriving on the campus, and without knowledge and consent of the school. Repeated unexcused absences may be cause for disciplinary action, suspension, expulsion or referral to the Board of Trustees for determination as a habitual truant. An unexcused absence results if the following occur, but is not limited to any one listed below;

3. Leaves school without signing out in the office;

4. Is absent from class without permission;

5. Obtains a pass to go to certain place and does not report there;

6. Becomes ill and goes home or stays in the restroom instead of reporting to the office;

7. Has permission to walk home for lunch, becomes ill and remains there without having a parent/legal guardian call;

8. Comes to school but does not attend class;

9. Fails to excuse all absences within two (2) school days of returning to school.

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Withdrawing Your Student

Withdrawing your student

If your child will be withdrawing from Coeur d‘Alene High School, at any time during the school year, the following procedure must be followed:

  • A parent or LEGAL guardian must come to the school and formally withdraw the student with the registrar. (Even if your child is 18)

  • A parent or LEGAL guardian must sign the withdrawal form.

  • The student ID card must be returned to the registrar

  • The student is responsible for cleaning out his/her locker and making sure all school books/property are returned

  • An outstanding fine will prevent your Official Transcript from being forwarded to your next school

Your Student IS withdrawn if:

  • You follow the withdrawal procedure listed above.

Your Child is NOT withdrawn if:

  • You tell any other school employee that is not the registrar that your child is leaving.

  • If we do not have a withdrawal form with the parent/legal guardian signature in the registrar’s office.

  • If we receive a request from another school for your child’s records (NO other school can withdraw your child)

  • If your student tells the registrar that he/she is leaving, and, you do not come to the registrar’s office and sign the form.


Our DECA students have been busy, and have had some great successes!

At the first annual North Idaho Youth Venture Challenge, which is was a competition designed for dual-credit high school students to take an idea, develop it, and pitch it to a panel of local business professionals. Jacey Brockhoff, Tyler Baldridge, and Adelyn Smart took second place with their heated driveway idea and won $750.

Coeur d'Alene High School DECA School Based Enterprise earned gold certifications in both Food and Retail business. The store managers completed a manual covering standards listed by DECA national office. DECA food managers are: Sarah Smith, Kara Troyer, Aidan Jones, and Blaike Nelson. DECA retail managers are: Hailey Ocapan, Rheana Pollos, Mitchell Moffat, Allen Chatfield, and Ben Meade.

Great job!!

Board Game Club in the Library on Tuesdays After School

We're starting a board game club at CHS! We'll play classic games like Chess and Go, and new games as well. Anyone who wants to have fun and learn strategy can join us on Tuesdays in the library at 2:30, beginning March 5th. See Mr. Mobarry for more information.

Spring Sports Begin on Friday, February 22nd

Spring sports begin on Friday, February 22nd. Athletes wanting to participate in a spring activity must complete the on-line registration for that sport as well as having a current physical on file in the Activities Office. Please contact the Activities Office with any questions. 208-667-4500

SENIORS!!! Class of 2019 Information

Next Senior Parent Meeting - Monday, March 11th, 5:30 pm in the CHS Library

Senior Party Tickets on Sale Now!!!

Have you purchased your GRADUATION PARTY ticket yet?

Current price is only $65.00

See Kelly in Attendance

Class of 2019 Calendar

To see a list of upcoming events for our seniors, go here:

Please note that all dates are subject to change, but it should give you an idea of what is coming up.

Graduation Ticket FAQ

For more information on Graduation Tickets, go here:

Graduation Ticket FAQ

Letters of Recommendation

Students can now create and save their Personal College Profile or “Brag Sheet” for letters of recommendation electronically through their Career Cruising Account. The electronic version of a student’s brag sheet is saved automatically and can be printed or emailed to recommenders. This form will help your teacher, coach or community member write a letter that best reflects you.

To access the Personal College Profile (Brag Sheet):

  1. Log into Career Cruising
  2. Click on menu arrow – located to the right of the student name
  3. Select “My Education”
  4. Click “Update Profile” in the “Personal College Profile” Box.

Direct Admissions Letters and Apply Now Idaho

High school seniors will receive a letter from the Idaho State Board of Education this fall. This letter notifies students of which Idaho colleges and universities they meet admissions requirements for based on their GPA and test scores.

This letter is the first step towards acceptance. While the letter ensures a spot will be held for students for the Fall 2019 semester, students must complete the appropriate school application by February 15th. This process has been made easier with the roll-out of the Apply Now – Idaho website!

Idaho students can apply to 10 Idaho colleges and universities on one application. There are no applications fees when using Apply Idaho Now. The site opened October 1st.

College Representative Visits

Our college admission representatives have begun visiting Coeur d’Alene High School. You can see an updated calendar on the College and Career Website. (Go to the Coeur d’Alene High School homepage – select “Departments” – “College and Career Center” – College and Career Center Calendar”)

This list will be updated regularly, check in often to see new schools as they are added. Students may sign up online or stop by the College and Career Center to sign up.

Mid-Year Residency Verification


In order to make certain all our students receive appropriate educational supports, Coeur d’Alene School District 271 conducts a mid-year residency verification. Residency is defined as where your family sleeps at night. Has your residency changed since September 4, 2018? If yes AND if any of the following statements are true for your family, please contact your school counselor or the Coeur d’Alene School District McKinney-Vento Liaison, James Curb at 208-664-8241 ext. 10061 or for more information about educational services that may be available to your student(s) and family.

  • We are doubled up with friends, grandparents, or other family due to economic condition.

  • We are living in a motel/hotel because other housing is unattainable.

  • We are living in a domestic violence shelter.

  • We are living in transitional housing.

  • We are sleeping in public places or abandoned buildings.

  • We are living in a car, trailer or campground.

  • We are living in a home for pregnant or unwed mothers without another place in which to live.

  • I am a student not in the physical custody of my parents or guardian.