The Cardinal Letter
Spring Edition 2018/2019
Dear Parents and Students...
I hope this third quarter newsletter finds you well. The snow is finally melting, and spring has arrived! This winter sure has altered our school year calendar. I want to thank you for the support and flexibility everyone has shown with the additional minutes added to the bell schedule and the extension of the school year.
Since the last day of school is after graduation on Sunday, June 9, seniors will take their finals on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6, (no modified schedule - the tests will be administered during their regular block schedule classes). There will be a mandatory graduation rehearsal on Friday, June 7 at 8:15am in the front gym. All other grade levels will have finals on Monday, June 10, Tuesday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 12, which is a half day.
During the spring season, we are deep into state assessments. We have completed the ACT, the WorkKeys, the Forward exam, and the Dynamic Learning Maps exam. The Aspire test for ninth and tenth graders is coming up in April. Most of the testing will be done during the regular block classes on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16. On the morning of April 17, all ninth and tenth graders will take the science exam with their homeroom teachers. All students will attend school on April 17 and we will run this modified schedule.
Our spring athletic programs have started practice, but anxiously await getting out on dry baseball, softball and soccer fields, tracks, courts and golf greens. Be prepared for some rescheduling of games. You can follow our activity newsletter and twitter feeds for updates.
I invite all parents to attend Progress Conferences this Thursday, March 28 or Tuesday, April 2. Both nights, teachers will be available from 5-8 PM to discuss your student’s academic growth. School counselors will be offering sophomore conferences on these evenings as well for your convenience. In addition, any parents who have not had the opportunity to complete the District Parent Survey, we encourage you to stop into our school library during conferences to do so! I look forward to seeing you at conferences!
Chippewa Falls Senior High School Principal
Click here to view the high school clock schedules, which have been updated due to the earlier start time.
This calendar will be updated as needed and what you see will be the most current version when you click on this link!
A Message from the Activities Department
We are in the home stretch of the school year and spring is around the corner. Please finish the school year strong academically and get the support you need as soon as you can. Your 4th quarter and 2nd semester grades can impact your fall season for activities and athletics.
Any questions, please contact Mike Thompson in the Activities Department.
Be a Mentor!
The Chippewa Area Mentor Program is looking for Mentors!
-Being matched with a student, grade K-12
-Meeting with him/her one day each week at school
-Spend 30-minutes talking, play games, read a book, toss a ball, take a walk, you name it!
*The greatest need right now for mentors is at the Middle and High School levels
Interested? Visit our Website for more information: www.chipfalls.org/camp
Important Dates/Deadlines to Remember!
- Progress Conferences - Thursday, March 28 (5-8pm) AND Tuesday, April 2 (5-8pm)
- Run for Hope - Saturday, March 30 (10:30am)
- Spring Craft Show - Saturday, March 30 (9am-3pm HS Gymnasiums)
- End 3rd Quarter - Monday, April 8
- Start 4th Quarter - Tuesday, April 9
- Spring Play - Friday-Sunday, April 12-14
- ACT Test - Saturday, April 13 (Contact Student Services for information)
- Booster Club Extravaganza - Saturday, April 13
- FFA Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, April 14 (9am-1:30pm CF Moose Lodge)
- Aspire Testing - April 15-17
- School Board Meeting - Monday, April 22 (7pm District Office 1130 Miles Street)
- Prom - Saturday, April 27 (7pm HS Gym)
- Cap/Gown/Tassel/Grad Announcement Pick-up - Wednesday, May 1 (8am-1pm Cray Commons) This is a confirmed date!
- Excellence in Education Banquet - Wednesday, May 1 (6pm Lake Wissota Golf & Events)
- AP Testing Window - Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 17
- Mid-4th Quarter - Wednesday, May 8
- Orchestra Concert - Wednesday, May 8 (7pm HS Auditorium)
- Jazz Bands Concert - Friday, May 10 (7pm HS Auditorium)
- Band Concert - Monday, May 13 (7pm HS Auditorium)
- Show Choir Showcase - Friday, May 17
- Senior Awards Program - Wednesday, May 22 (7pm HS Auditorium-for scholarship recipients)
- Memorial Day/NO SCHOOL - Monday, May 27
- Choral Concert - Wednesday, March 29 (7pm HS Auditorium)
- Car Show - Saturday, June 1 (back student parking lot)
- Finals (Grade 12) - Wednesday, June 5, Thursday, June 6 (during regular block class)
- Finals (Grades 9-11) - Monday, June 10, Tuesday, June 11, Wednesday, June 12
- Last Day for Seniors - Thursday, June 6
- Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal for ALL Seniors - Friday, June 7 (8:15am/Front Gym)
- Senior Recognition Assembly - Friday, June 7 (8:30am-Front Gym)
- Graduation - Sunday, June 9 (2pm HS Gym)
- All Night Grad Party - Sunday, June 9 (6:30pm-1:00am)
- Last Day for Students Grades 9-11 - Wednesday, June 12 (half day)
Graduation Information for Class of 2019
Commencement Ceremony Tickets:
- How many tickets does each student get? What if you need more?
- When and where do you sign-up for additional tickets?
- When do you get the tickets?
- When and where do you buy tickets for the All-Night Party?
- How much does a ticket cost?
- When is Senior Awards Night?
- Who attends the Senior Awards Night Program?
Senior Recognition Assembly:
- When is Senior Recognition Assembly?
- Where and what time is it held and who attends the assembly?
- When, where and what time is rehearsal?
- Is rehearsal mandatory?
- What time do you need to arrive for the ceremony?
- Where do you need to line-up?
- What time does the ceremony start?
- How do you reserve handicap seating?
- Will the high school still have a photographer taking photos of students when they receive their diploma, which can be purchased?
ALL NIGHT GRADUATION PARTY - CLASS OF 2019
Attention ALL High School Parents! We need you! Plans for the 2019 All Night Grad Party are well underway! The party is on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 6:30pm to 1:00am here at Chi-Hi. Parents of all high school grades are needed in order to keep this wonderful party going for this year’s graduates and the next ones to come! Chair-people are already in place for this year, but MANY volunteers are needed for a variety of committees: Security, Games & Activities, Basket Room, Prizes, and Food. Please watch for messages on Infinite Campus for ways you can help. Right now, we still need people to help gather donations from local businesses. Click the following link to sign up.
The majority of our help is needed the night of the party. Parents only have to commit to the ONE evening (the party itself), and those who have helped in the past have found it to be a very fun and rewarding experience. Sign-ups to help at the party will be coming out in April. If you have any questions, contact Erica Lyberg. Please consider contributing your time to this 30+ year tradition! Thank you!
715-456-8112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cap, Gown and Tassel / Graduation Announcement Distribution Date
If you did NOT order a cap/gown and tassel for graduation, you MUST call Jostens ASAP at 715-832-0762 to get that order placed.
Senior Awards Night / Senior Awards School Assembly
Senior Awards Night will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00pm in the high school auditorium. This program is specific to seniors receiving scholarship awards. Invitations will be mailed to students/parents who will be receiving awards at the Senior Awards Night Program. Please be sure to notify Mrs. Michaud in Student Services by May 14 if you have been informed about receiving a scholarship. If possible, please provide a copy of the actual scholarship award letter to ensure your student is recognized at the program and in the local newspaper.
The Senior Awards Assembly will be held during the school day (updated 5/24/19: NEW DATE AND TIME) on Friday, June 7 at 8:30am. The following students will be recognized during this schoolwide assembly.
- Honor Cord Recipients
- Departmental, Athletic and Military Award Recipients
- PBIS Award Recipients
Grades 9,10,11: Plan for Finals June 10-12
- No passes are issued during finals. This INCLUDES, "Tardy Passes" and "Passes to Leave the Building" for appointments.
- The "Review in Classrooms" block from 8:20-9:10 is optional. Students must, however, be in a classroom, the library or cafeteria. Students cannot be roaming the halls.
- Students with flex periods are NOT required to be here during that testing block, however, if they remain in the building, they must be in the library or cafeteria.
- The Test Makeups block (2:25-3:45) is NOT an optional testing period for students. Students who choose to skip a scheduled final during a designated block earlier in the day and want to make it up at the end of the day will not be permitted to utilize this block to do so. (Students with excused absences will be allowed to make up tests during that time).
- School lunch will be served during all three days of finals. Wednesday, June 12 is a half-day of school, with the last final getting done at noon. Thus, a light lunch will be served prior to the buses arriving at 1:00 to pick the students up.
- Students who leave for lunch or who were not in school for a morning final need to plan accordingly to get back here in time as students will need to show their school ID to get back into the building to take their afternoon final.
- Students are NOT required to report to specific classrooms from 2:25-3:45 (Test Makeups block). However, they must be in the library or cafeteria during that time...they cannot be roaming the building. This is a designated make-up test time.
- Buses will run their NORMAL schedule. Students must wait in a classroom or a designated area of the school from 2:25-3:45 if they are not making up a final.
- Students must stay in their testing classrooms for the entire duration of the test block. No passes are issued for early dismissal.
- Students should not be visiting grade schools or the middle school during finals.
Yearbook Order/Distribution Information
How to Order a Yearbook...
Please be sure to get a yearbook for your son or daughter so that their high school memories can be with them as they move into the future. Yearbooks are available for $75 now through April 30, 2019. This is your last chance to reserve a copy for your student. Yearbook distribution will be the only other time a yearbook may be purchased on a first-come, first serve basis after 4/30/19. How do you order? There are two ways!
1. Go on to the internet to the following link:
2. Pick up an order form from the main office.
Yearbook distribution will take place May 30 and May 31 in Gym C (wrestling room) during Homeroom. Students must bring their student ID or another form of identification when picking up the yearbook. Yearbooks will also be sold during this time at a price of $75 on a first-come, first-serve basis. If there are any questions please contact:
715-726-2406 ext. 1327
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Throughout the school year, we hear about various internet hoaxes, challenges and internet activity that raise concern. The School District has multiple layers of filtering in place to protect student internet use while at school. We also filter district-issued Chromebooks at home for high school students.
While internet filters are not failsafe, they do provide a layer of protection between our students and harmful content. The School District does not allow students to connect their personal devices to our network during the school day, however, we cannot control access to harmful content on their cell phone network or personal devices connected to wifi at home.
It is always best to monitor how your children are using the internet and discuss with them tips for safely browsing the web. Below we have listed a number of resources for parents to help with monitoring internet use and safely navigating the internet at home.
If you have questions or concerns about the School District’s internet access or additional resources for families to use at home, please contact Sarah Radcliffe our Director of Educational Technology at 715.720.3751 or email@example.com.
Sarah Radcliffe, M.S.
Director of Educational Technology