As educators, academic achievement tops our list of priorities. CJUSD teachers strive everyday to meet the individual needs of their students by modeling a love of learning and encouraging the growth and development of each child. Experiences outside of the classroom also play a significant role in the educational, social and emotional growth of a child. Throughout the school year every school in our district offers varied opportunities for students and families to get involved.
Clubs, athletics, activities, assemblies, rallies promote a sense of belonging which leads to increased academic success. Varied activities filled fall calendars at all of our sites including Curriculum Family Nights at Dudley, Seven Habits Family Nights at North Country, Parent Nights at Oak Hill and celebrations of student achievement at monthly Tiger Days, Otter Days, Timberwolf Days and Dragon Days. Secondary sites hosted Club Days to encourage students to get involved with others who share similar interests. Student athletes at Riles just completed fall sports seasons, wrapping up flag football, cross country and volleyball. Riles athletes are moving into the basketball season which will carry them through the new year. Student athletes at Center High are in league play for football, volleyball and cross country with the winter sports of basketball and wrestling right around the corner. Center High School's November drama production is underway with multiple showings for Antelope families to enjoy.
During the week of October 13-17, I was invited to experience the timeless high school Homecoming festivities. Center HS is rich with homecoming traditions. One of the most unique is the area decoration competition where each class takes a section of the school and decorates according to the theme. This year's theme was PIXAR. Center High was miraculously transformed into what felt like the movie sets for Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Up and Monsters Inc., complete with Pixar characters roaming the campus. The excitement surrounding the area decorations spilled over into the nighttime activities. The Homecoming game was an electric evening of football, royalty, floats, and performances by the band and cheer teams. My wife Jenny and I, along with other district administrators and board members volunteered our time in the CHS snackbar where we could feel the excitement and experience all of the Homecoming festivities. I enjoyed working alongside members of the Antelope community, meeting CHS families, cheering on the football team and experiencing Homecoming traditions unique to Center High.
There are numerous upcoming opportunities throughout our district for your student and your family to get involved. I encourage you to contact the PTA or Booster Club for a calendar of events and jump on in for a worthwhile and rewarding experience for you and your family.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, please make note of the following dates. Schools will be closed November 24th through November 28th for Thanksgiving break and December 22nd through January 2nd for winter break.
Enjoy the fall season and the opportunities available to make memories with your family.
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Horse rides at Center Preschool
Children in our preschool program were treated to horse rides, courtesy TLC Stables located off PFE Road. All children had a chance to ride, while grooms from TLC and preschool staff helped make sure they were safe. One student said it best: "I rode a horse!"
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Horse rides at Center Preschool
CHS Makes Homecoming Memorable with a Little Movie Magic ...
Homecoming Week is a bustling five days of events that include vibrant costumes, a royal court, fierce competition and Cougar Football. This year, student leadership called for some movie magic. Pixar was the theme with the campus transformed into scenes from Up, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and Toy Story.
Students and staff showed their spirit dressing in costume; Beach Bum Monday, Toddler Tuesday, UP Over the Rainbow Wednesday, College Day Thursday and Cougar Friday. The rally was buzzing with the presentation of the 22 member Royal Court, performances by the cheerleaders, class competitions and the introduction of the Cougar Football players.
The most unique CHS homecoming tradition is the area decoration competition. Each class is assigned a section of the school that they magically transform. This year the Seniors converted the two-story Humanities Building into scenes from the Toy Story saga complete with Buzz, Woody and the cast of toy characters that come alive . The Juniors transformed their section into Finding Nemo, incorporating the dental office where it all started, dancing jellyfish and all of the undersea characters. Dory swam through the sea of campus visitors asking all who would listen, "Have you seen Nemo?" Sophomores enlisted the help of Sully and Mike Wazowski to transform their section of CHS into Monster's Inc. complete with a scare simulator. The Freshmen embraced the touching storyline of Up complete with characters Carl and Russell and a plethora of balloons designed to carry Carl on an amazing adventure through South America.
Jennifer Winborne, Activities Director, states “Friday of Homecoming Week is my favorite day of the year. Students, parents, alumni and community members work together to transform the entire school. On Thursday students walked off the Center HS campus and by Friday morning they arrived on the scene of all their favorite Pixar movies. It’s truly an amazing effort that brings everyone together.”
Friday night is Football night! The Cougars battled the Lincoln Fighting Zebras, with the Cougars winning 25-0 and securing their first league win of the 2014 season. At halftime, Nick Nelson-Bell and Kaycee Valtman were crowned Homecoming King and Queen. On Saturday night, over 450 students attended the semi-formal Homecoming Dance. CHS Homecoming 2014, made memorable with the heart of Center High School and some movie magic.
CHS wishes to extend a sincere THANK YOU to OSH for donating supplies through the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program.
SPINELLI STUDENTS & RONALD McDONALD Team Up
For two weeks in September, Spinelli Elementary (through the Ladies Auxilliary of the VFW) participated in a charity drive to collect donations for the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House, located downtown on Stockton Blvd., is an organization that helps families of very sick children. When an ill or injured child needs specialized treatment at a hospital far from home, the Ronald McDonald House offers the families a place to stay nearby at little or no cost. That frees up parents to concentrate solely on the health and welfare of their child. This is all made possible with donations. The Fourth Grade students hosted the drive, making posters and collection boxes, giving speeches to other classes asking them to donate, and even coming up with the idea of making it a “friendly competition” to see which class could collect the most items. Hundreds of items came pouring in, such as toothpaste, canned goods, Kleenex, and coloring books. All together, 847 items were collected and delivered locally. Spinelli students and staff really stepped up to the plate…even Ronald McDonald himself would be proud!