Freshman Newsletter

It's your time to shine, class of '19!

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Letter from Mrs. Rankin

What an outstanding start to the 2015-2016 school year we have had! The Class of 2018 is showing great school spirit, character, and dedication to doing well in all facets of life in high school! I know that there have been a few "glitches" with the changed schedule to the A/B days, but at this point, all of the conflicts and missing classes/lunches should have been resolved. Thank you so much for your patience as we all worked through that process!

One of my favorite "tasks" each six weeks is publishing the Freshman Honor Rolls! Those will be published on the CHS website the Friday following grade reporting, to allow for any grade changes that may be posted. Both an ‘A’ Honor Roll and an ‘A/B’ Honor Roll will be published. To be on the ‘A’ Honor Roll, students must have earned a grade of 90 or better in every class during that six weeks. The ‘A/B’ Honor Roll will include all students who made a grade of 80 or better in every class during that six weeks, excluding the students with all A’s. There also will be semester honor rolls at the end of each semester. This is just one of the ways we attempt to recognize the accomplishments of our freshmen, and encourage them to set high academic standards for themselves. The honor rolls are posted on the "We Are Central" bulletin board located on the 1st floor Central staircase and on the Freshman Focus link of the CHS website.

I would also like to take a moment to thank our Charger Champions, led by Mrs. Gantz, Mrs. Wang, and Mr. Powers, for all they have done for the Class of 2019! They planned and executed a fantastic "Fish Camp" and have been visible constant support for the freshman class as they adjust to CHS! Thank you, Champions!! A focus this year is for the Champions be in closer contact with their freshmen than in previous years your freshman’s Champion should be regularly communicating with them.

Finally, I would like to tell you about a program for freshmen not taking the PSAT that will be held on Wednesday, October 15. I will be showing the movie "We Are Marshall" to the students, following the viewing with a presentation on setting high personal standards and persevering through the obstacles that can sometimes get in the way of our goals! Because the movie is rated PG-13, you have the opportunity to "opt out" for your freshman by completing the attached form and returning it to the Administrative Office by Monday, October 13. I was a senior at Marshall University at the time of this tragic plane crash, and experienced first-hand the dedication, perseverance, and passion of many people in the Marshall community during the months that followed and it is my hope to convey to our freshmen the power of the expression "I Am One….WE Are Central" through this presentation.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact me as we experience your student’s freshman year at CHS!

Please fill out, detach, and return if appliciable:

I prefer that my freshman, ____________________________________ (Name and ID#) to not participate in the activity planned for

October 15 that includes showing the movie "We Are Marshall."

____________________________________________Parent/Guardian Signature

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Six Weeks At A Glance

Algebra I

Unit 1: Developing the Skill of Solving Linear Equations in one variable (2.5 weeks)

Unit 1: Test Sept 10-11

Unit 2: Relations and Functions (2 weeks)

Unit 2: Test Sept 24-25

Skill Quiz is every week: Student is assessed on various skills per six weeks. The first 6 Weeks skill is order of operations.

Geometry/Pre-AP Geometry

Chapter 1: Algebra Review and Intro to Geometry

Chapter 1 Test: End of 3rd week of school (September 10th/11th)

Chapter 2: Reasoning and Proof

Chapter 2 Test: End of 5th week of school (September 24th/25th)

*Students’ grades will come from weekly Quizzes and Unit Tests/Projects. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with homework, as it will not be collected for a grade. Note: A student is only eligible for a retest if they complete all homework assignments.


Unit 1 (14 days): Nature of Science- Interdependence

1. Scientific Investigation

a. Lab Saftey

b. Experimental Design

2. Levels of Organization

a. Levels of Organization

b. Body Systems

3. Characteristics of Life & Classification

a. Characteristics of Life- living vs. nonliving

b. Binomial Nomenclature- scientific naming

c. Dichotomous Keys

d. Taxonomy

e. Characteristics of Kingdoms

f. Bacteria

g. Viruses

h. Prokaryotic vs. Eukaryotic

English I

During the first six weeks, English I classes will discover, develop, and demonstrate how reading and writing workshops take place at the high school level. Besides reading several assigned short stories, students will have many opportunities to read books of their choice and to share some of their great writing. We can’t wait to hear their book talks where they get to “sell” their book! Should be fun!

World Geography

Unit IA- Chapters 1-3: Basics of geography, geographer’s tools, forces of the earth and physical geography

Unit IB- Chapter 4: Basics of human geography, economics, political systems, culture and demographics

Summative grades- World map, Chapters 1-3 Test


SWAAG/Agenda: With the A/B schedule we are encouraging all 9th graders to have agenda for writing down homework due and planning study time for quizzes and tests. Every teacher should have a SWAAG (School Week at a Glance) board in their room that is updated every Monday. Encourage your Freshman to use the agenda in every class, every day! If your student needs agenda help and skills, send them to C110/Mrs. Magryta before or after school and the AVID students will be glad to help.


PE-Shirts, locks and lockers will be given out for PE. Students need to get black athletic shorts or pants, tennis shoes and socks. Students must dress out every day.

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Pictures & Mini-School

School pictures will be taken during English classes on September 10th to 11th

We welcome all parents to Mini-School! For Mini-School you will walk through your student's schedule and sit in their classes while the teachers give you information on what your student will be learning this year.

P.S. If you are thinking about atteneding Mini-School, I suggest you wear some comforable shoes because these stairs will wear you out!