Friday, September 25, 2020

Good Evening Tiger Community

I am happy to report we have made it through another terrific week of learning at CTHS. The students and staff seem to have settled into their routines with our new schedule and high quality instruction and learning are taking place. If your student is currently taking part in at-home learning please know that we will welcome back them back when your family is ready. Have a great weekend and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mr. Ross


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At-Home Learners

Initial reports indicate that many of our At-Home Learners are disengaged and not staying current with their assignments. Please remember that routines and consistency are critical for these students to be successful. Moreover, learning at home requires students to be disciplined and strong self-managers. Having a consistent schedule, an environment conducive for studying, and strong self-advocacy skills are critical for student success. If these requirements are a challenge, please reach out for support.

If the At-Home learning experience is proving to be too difficult, please know that we would love to have you back. If you are considering this transition back, it would be easiest with respect to instruction, grades, and student scheduling if this took place prior to October 14, the end of first quarter. If you decide to stay with At-Home Learning after the 1st quarter, we will be asking those students to remain in their Apex virtual courses until the end of the semester. However, please know that you can still return from At-School Learning after October 14th, but you will need to remain in your Apex virtual classes until the end of the 1st semester.

If returning to school is not feasible, we recommend that struggling At-Home Learners reduce their course load down to 2-3 Apex courses. Reducing and prioritizing classes might ease some of the cognitive load on students.

Lastly, please utilize the Mat-Su Virtual Learning tab on our website for additional resources.

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Testing Dates


- Please bring a copy of your receipt to the counseling office as soon as possible

- October 17th at 7:45 at CTHS


- This test is administered to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders

- November 2nd from 8:00-11:00 at CTHS

- Please contact Molly Dekruif for additional information (molly.dekruif@matsuk12.us)

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Business Professionals of America (BPA)

Chapter News

Our CTHS BPA Chapter will hold a meeting on Monday, September 28 from 2:00-3:30 pm in room 222. Any CTHS student is welcome to attend.

In addition, our chapter is providing free membership to the first 40 students to turn in completed membership applications. Students can stop by room 222 and get an application from Mrs. Riddle.

Websites with more information:

CTHS BPA Chapter: https://www.matsuk12.us/domain/2774

National BPA: https://bpa.org/

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Yearbook Update

2019-2020 Yearbooks

-Last years yearbooks have arrived. We are in the process of organizing them and will begin distributing them through the office next week.

2020-2021 Yearbooks

-Please see the attachment below for directions on how to order your yearbook for this year and how to submit pictures

Thanksgiving Week

The calendar for the week of Thanksgiving has been modified. Students will attend school in person November 23rd and 24th. Wednesday, November 25th, will now be a remote learning day for all secondary students.

MSBSD Activities Update

Moving forward, high school and middle school students choosing to participate in sports that begin on or after September 28, 2020 will be charged 50% of the fee, e.g. $100 vs. $200 for high school sports, $50 vs. $100 for middle school sports. Students qualifying for free and reduced lunch will pay 50% of the new rate, e.g. $50 for high school, $25 for middle school.

Class of 2021

Upcoming events for graduates:

  • Senior Photo, Monday, September 28th at 11 am
  • Jostens Rep – cap and gown order packets distribution during lunch, Monday, September 28th, an additional date is being added for those unable to attend this time
  • Senior Information Presentation via Zoom Tuesday, September 29th at 7pm

Link to join Zoom Meeting: https://matsuk12-us.zoom.us/j/94039960193?pwd=QjdsUW11bHVZMTUzU3hFVE94K2VYZz09

Visit the Class of 2021 tab on the CTHS Webpage for important dates, information and contacts

A copy of the senior presentation PowerPoint and zoom meeting will be available on the CTHS webpage after the 29th


We will be conducting our first semester ALICE drill on Tuesday, September 29, at 9:50am. This is a district required school safety drill. Please refer to the attached document for information regarding ALICE protocols or call/e-mail the school.

Nurse Update

CTHS families and students, thank you for helping us navigate our school year safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority is to ensure the safety of students, staff, and our community while keeping our doors open for in-person learning. Please continue to check your student(s) every morning prior to school for any COVID-19 symptoms and review the reminders below.

According to the Alaska Smart Start 2020 Guidelines followed by MSBSD, students who are ill must stay home from in-person school and must be sent home if they become ill at school, particularly if they have one or more COVID-19 symptoms:

· Fever or Chills

· Cough

· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

· Congestion or runny nose

· Sore throat

· New loss of taste or smell

· Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

· Headache

· Muscle, joint, or body aches

· Fatigue

If your student has an illness with any one of the above symptoms, it is an automatic 10 day exclusion from in-person schooling, unless they have a negative COVID-19 test or a note from their medical provider stating that the symptoms are not COVID-19 related. Additionally, their symptoms need to have improved and they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines before they can return to in-person schooling. For more on these guidelines see KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE AND SCHOOLS OPEN provided by MSBSD.

Please take some time to review the helpful information below to ensure safety for all this school year and for decision making during the pandemic. If your student is absent from school for any reason, ensure they are reaching out to their teachers to arrange for make-up work.

The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has a great new website, COVID-19: Guidance for the school year. Here you can find helpful information and resources to guide your family this school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in this site is information regarding reducing your child’s risk, resources, travel quarantine guidelines, Q&A for parents, and guidance on setting up a circle of support if a caregiver should become ill in your family. There is also a link for parents to register for upcoming Caregiver COVID Schooling ECHOs which are very informative, especially if you are choosing to do at home learning this school year.

If you should have any questions, need clarifications on guidelines, or need to discuss an illness or quarantine for your student reach out to Nurse Sonja @ 907-352-0417 or by email @ sonja.mack@matsuk12.us.

District News

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