Central Schools Parent Newsletter

THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

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SELF: Act in a safe and healthy manner

OTHERS: Respect the rights and needs of others
ACCOUNTABILITY: Take responsibility for learning & behavior
RESPECT: Treat all property with respect

THIS IS CENTRAL

  • Mankato Area Learning Center/Central High School has been a part of Mankato Area Public Schools for over 30 years. CHS serves students from Mankato and surrounding School Districts. CHS has many programs to assist students in the successful completion of earning a high school diploma. Programs that are available to students include:

    • Central Freedom School: Sober School program
    • Central College Connections (Early Middle College): partnership with SCC for students to work toward certification while still in: Nursing Assistant, Manufacturing Production Technology, Mechatronics, Computer Integrated Machining, Welding, Child Development, and Health Unit Coordinator
    • Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting: Free on-site daycare available
    • Central High School Night School and Summer School Programs
    • Advisory Program for each student
    • Small class sizes
    • Quarter credit system that allows students to earn back lost credit
    • Online Courses that allows students to get back on track for graduation
    • Support Services: chemical health counselor, school social worker, school psychologist, full time school counselor

    In the past four years we have concentrated on improving attendance and graduation rates. The initiatives that have been put into place have increased our attendance and doubled our graduation rates over the past four years. We will continue to improve attendance and graduation rates for all students. Additionally, we will continue this process with the support of the Minnesota Department of Education and the Regional Center for School Excellence. This partnership is a three year commitment that provides us with a framework to support our existing work and facilitate new learning as we assure learning excellence and readiness for all students.

    Strategies that have been implemented to improvement student four year graduation rates and overall student success includes:

    · Attendance initiatives

    · Positive behavior intervention and supports

    · Professional Learning Communities

    · Night/Summer school options

    · Online credit recovery courses

    · Response to intervention

    · Restorative practices

    · Highly qualified teachers

    · Personalized enrollment process

    · Weekly advisory program

    Connectedness activities to build relationships


Dates to Remember in October

OCTOBER


2: Fall Night School Begins

3: Accuplacer Assessment

3 & 4: Fall NWEA Assessment

9: Two hour late start: PLC

10: Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 6:00

18 & 19: No School: MEA

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1st Quarter Conferences

On Wednesday, October 10th, Central High School will host Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences. These conferences will be held from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Your student’s Advisor will be calling you to invite you to come for this event. During conferences we will be offering a light evening meal.


It is vital for all students to attend conferences with their parent/guardian on this evening. Research shows that when schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.

During this school year we will be holding conferences each quarter at mid-quarter time. Future conference dates are: December 19th, February 27th, and May 8th.


This is an excellent time to talk to teachers and find out how your child is doing. At mid-quarter there is time left to make improvements before the final quarter grade is assigned.

Daily Schedules

REGULAR SCHOOL DAY

Period 1: 8:10 - 9:00

Period 2: 9:05 - 9:55

Period 3: 10:00 - 11:35

LUNCH 11:35 - 12:10

Period 4: 12:15 - 1:05

Period 5: 1:10 - 2:45

ADVISORY/FRIDAY

Period 1: 8:10 - 8:50

Period 2: 8:55 - 9:35

ADVISORY: 9:40 - 10:20

Period 3: 10:25 - 11:45

LUNCH 11:50 - 12:35

Period 4: 12:40 - 1:20

Period 5: 1:25 - 2:45

LATE START SCHEDULE

Period 1: 10:10 - 10:40

Period 2: 10:45 - 11:15

Period 3: 11:20 - 12:20

LUNCH 12:25 - 1:05

Period 4: 1:10 - 1:40

Period 5: 1:45 - 2:45

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FALL NIGHT SCHOOL

Fall Night School begins on Tuesday, October 2nd!


Night school classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Classes meet at the Lincoln Community Center located at 110 Fulton Street unless otherwise noted.


Attendance is vital to your child’s success at Night School. Students must attend on the first day of class and attendance is required each day until they complete the course they are enrolled in. Please read the enclosed attendance policy.

Students attending night school will be able to advance at their own pace using a program known as FLVS. FLVS is a web-based learning program designed to enhance the curriculum. FLVS develops a personalized learning path for each student and supports teachers with vision and feedback for success. We have chosen to use the FLVS learning tool to successfully guide differentiated instruction, pinpoint student needs and to ensure student growth. Students begin each lesson by completing a pre-assessment. Once they complete the assessment, they are only assigned material that they have not mastered. When a student completes a course they will be allowed to either move to another course or finish the night school session early.


If you have any questions regarding why your son/daughter was referred to this program, please call your child’s school counselor at their home school. If you have any questions regarding Central High School or the night school program, please contact Central High School.

Staff Feature

My name is TerRon Lee and I am honored to say that this is my second year teaching English at Central High School. I grew up in Minneapolis Minnesota and received my B.S. in Communications Arts & Literature in 2014 at Minnesota State University Mankato. I returned in 2017 to pursue my Masters in Educational Leadership. In October, author Nick White will be visiting our building to to discuss his experiences as a writer and to engage our English Ten and Creative Writing students in unique writing activities.
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Central Volunteers!

Every Friday our students meet within an Advisory Group with two staff members and a small group of students. Students participate in many activities that develop relationships, builds on personal goals and gives back to the community. One of our volunteer activities is Neighborhood Cleanup. Students participate in this activity twice in the fall and twice in the spring. We care about our neighborhood!
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SCIENCE



Science students are investigating how to measure and describe electricity. The investigation has lead to student's increasing their understanding of electricity, has peeked their interests, and raised many student questions about the topic!

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