CHS Parent Update

Welcome Back to School 2017-2018 Pre-Season Issue #1

Welcome Back

Welcome to Churchill High School. I am excited to welcome you and your student to one of the best high schools in the state or Oregon. Churchill has a unique and proud history of going out of its way to help students. Our number one goal is to make sure your student not only graduates, but also graduates with a skill set that repairs them for success beyond high school. Our work is driven by an unconditional positive regard for each and every student. Our school staff have embraced a mantra which reflects that sentiment, "These are our kids". We make our decisions and base our efforts on the overarching sentiment that whatever we do, we do as if each and every one of our Churchill High School students was one of our very own. We are looking forward to getting the school year started and re-engaging with you and your family on this learning journey.

Parent Communication

One of our endless goals is to ensure that we provide accurate and relevant information to parents. One of the best ways to understand what is happening at Churchill High School is to be familiar with the student handbook. Please read the handbook over closely and for best results read it over and discuss it with your student. This is a great opportunity to engage in family conversation about practices and policies of Churchill High School. A link to the student handbook is provided below.

http://www.chs.lane.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016-17-Student-Handbook.pdf

Additionally, we will provide a weekly parent bulletin (you are reading the first issue) which will help keep you apprised of important information you should be aware of (In the Know), and events that are coming up (Looking Forward), and special call outs (Kudos) as appropriate. We will also send a copy of the G'Lancer 5 times during the school year. One issue comes out before school starts (already sent), then the next three come out at the beginning of each trimester, and finally the last issue is sent

Just a side note - We pride our selves on providing a quick turn around on phone calls and offering excellent customer service. If you call and leave a message with us please leave a phone number. Our phone systems does not have caller ID and it is surprising the number of phone messages we receive with no return phone number. Please make sure you add this if you are hoping to get a return call.

Attendance Focus

This school year we will be creating greater focus around our systems of attendance. We have made some impressive strides with helping students achieve their graduation requirements earlier than ever before. To continue that effort in getting students to graduation and beyond we recognize that we need to have a greater focus on getting students to class. To that end we will be sending surveys which will help us in our efforts to bridge this gap. Your feedback coupled with your students and staffs feedback will inform these efforts.

While we are focusing on improving our attendance rates. Parents and guardians of our students are essential partners in this goal. Please have your student(s) complete this survey. The survey will be available through August 24th.

https://goo.gl/forms/QiKruvLAU71WnOJw2

Enrollment

New students should try to complete enrollment before registration day. Our registrar is available during our summer office hours, Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., closed on Fridays. Enrollments will be accepted on registration days, but we encourage you to enroll ahead of time to help your registration day run smoothly.

You may pick up enrollment paperwork at the office or print it HERE (scroll to the bottom of the page) and bring it to the office. You will also need your state-issued photo ID, two proofs of address, immunization record, and previous high school transcript (if you have one). Refer to the enrollment forms for a list of acceptable ID and proof of address.

Registration

All students are expected to attend registration. Students will receive class schedules, pay fees, take school photos and get student ID cards, buy parking passes, turn in free/reduced meal forms, sign up for lockers, and more. (Note: all students receive a student ID card free of charge. Students who choose to purchase an ASB card will receive an ID card with an ASB seal.)

  • New Student, 9th and 12th Grade Registration is Thursday, August 24, 9:00am–12:00 p.m.
  • 10th and 11th Grade Registration is Friday, August 25, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

If you or your student are unable to attend their assigned registration day, you may attend on the alternate day. If no family member can attend, please contact the main office at 541-790-5100 or come in during office hours to make other arrangements.

Documents Needed for Registration:

2017-18 Fee Sheet

Please complete the sheet and send it with your student, along with the appropriate amount of cash or check to match the sum of required fees and optional charges.

Athletics Fees will not be accepted at Registration. Athletic fees must be paid prior to participation in athletic practices on August 14.

We encourage all families to pay fees at the office PRIOR to Registration. Bring your pink fee receipt with you to Registration to skip the finance station and proceed much more quickly. Finance Office hours are Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., closed on Fridays.

Lancer Parent Association

We held several Lancer Parent meetings last year. We started with a bang and had over 12 parents show up at our first meeting. We then quickly dwindled to less than four parents per meeting. While we offered informational meetings on drugs and alcohol, cyber safety, and sex trafficking, we still only were able to draw a minimal amount of parents to the meeting. While meeting on a Monday night at 7pm may be difficult to attend, the impetus for having a Lancer Parent Association is for parents to have their organization which supports the work of the school. This organization is parallel to what a PTA would do at the elementary level. In order to run the Lancer Parent Association we need parents who are willing and interested in coordinating, leading and organizing meetings events, and communicating these opportunities to the public. I am happy to help support this type of group and will happily host meetings and provide resources, however I am not able to run that endeavor on my own. I need a group of parents who are willing to take the reins. If you are interested in leading the Lancer Parent Association, please reach out to me and let me know so that we can begin planning for the 2017-2018 school year.

Collective Commitments - Equity Statement

Last year the staff at CHS worked on identifying their core values and drafting those values into a series of statements that clarify what we collectively commit to as professionals. Below is an example of one of our collective commitments which regards our stance on equity and our holistic approach and perspective with respect to students.You see, at the core of what we do is care for kids. All kids. With unconditional positive regard.
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Drama Advisor Named - Alex Patton

I wanted to let you know where we stand with our drama/theater program at Churchill High School. We are excited to share with you that our very own CHS Math Teacher Alex Patton is going to lead the theater and musical productions and the after school Thespian Club for the 2017-2018 school year. Alex has a wealth of experiences in the theater realm and has had extensive background in acting and leading students in theatrical productions. You may have seen Alex perform in the recent production of "Sweeney Todd". Alex will be reaching out to interested families and students about upcoming meetings, productions and other events as we get the school year started. As we look at our forecasting and staffing for the 2018-2019 school year we will be working FTE back into the staffing plan which focuses on hiring a new and permanent Drama teacher. Thank you for your patience with us as we navigate this transition.

Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, the sun will begin to drop behind the Moon’s shadow beginning around 8:45 am and will be at maximum totality around 10:15 am for 2 min. and 30 sec. and take another hour and half for the full sun to be visible again. Eugene is just slightly off the path of totality, but this will be still in the 95th percentile of totality. This is an amazing life opportunity to experience this natural spectacle, but to do so safely, the public is advised to wear proper solar eclipse glasses that they can picked up at our Eugene Library beginning Monday, Aug. 14 until before the day of the eclipse, but on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Eugene Library is holding several upcoming events about the Solar Eclipse and you can learn more here: https://www.eugene-or.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=3040

For those unable to secure their own solar eclipse glasses, they should still follow safe viewing techniques by using pin hole projectors and referring to these safety guidelines: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Everyone is welcome to use this simulator to put in their location to see a simulation of what it will look like where they are located: https://eclipsemega.movie/simulator?lat=44.0520691&lng=-123.08675360000001

The City of Eugene Recreation is having a viewing party at Skinner’s Butte with shuttles from Campbell Community Center the day of: https://www.eugene-or.gov/calendar.aspx?eid=13010

There are tons of resources, activities, events, and video simulations to explain what they are seeing on the official NASA Eclipse 2017 website: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
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Churchill High School

The Mission of Churchill High School is to develop the academic, physical and social potential of each student. Through our powerful learning communities, we create life-long learners and responsible decision makers in the local, national, and global communities. We also strive to value and empower each student in a personalized school environment. We achieve this mission by incorporating the principles of Lancer PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, Excellence) into every one of our programs.