Chandler High Wolf Bytes
School of Champions
Mr. Rother's Message
3 FORMER WOLVES RECEIVE NFL INVITATIONS
Last week three Chandler alumni received invitations to play in the National Football League. All three players were part of CHS’s 2014 State Championship team. Congratulations to Bryce Perkins (Los Angeles Rams), Isiah Swann (Cincinnati Bengals), and Dustin Woodard (taken by the New England Patriots in the 7th round of the NFL draft). We look forward to watching you compete with the best football players in the world!
BARRETT SUMMER SCHOLARS
Congratulations to Ryan Fornaro and Rosa Estela Pulido, CHS freshmen, for being selected to attend the Barrett Summer Scholars program at ASU. Students’ grades, teacher recommendations, and a personal essay are used to identify scholars for participation in the highly competitive program each year. This is the third year Ryan has been selected. Through BSS, Ryan has studied neuroscience and Lego engineering. The 10th grade program is two weeks in length and is the last year of the program.
IB VIRTUAL BANQUET
On April 20th, IB Seniors picked up their certificates, senior signs, and food at Floridino's. Then they went home to watch the virtual IB Senior Recognition Banquet. The current principal, Larry Rother, the incoming principal, Michael Franklin, and Melanie Mello, the IB Coordinator, were in attendance. Congratulations, IB Seniors!
IB ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
CUSD ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING END-OF-YEAR ACTIVITIES
CUSD recognizes the significance of the end-of-year activities with the culminating experience of high school graduation for our students and families. With the continued state and federal social distancing guidelines, we are canceling all school related events such as prom, honors night and yearbook signing through the end of the school year with the exception of graduation. Discussion related to graduation are in process and we will have details in the next couple of weeks.
CHANDLER ON-LINE ACADEMY (COA) SUMMER SCHOOL
Contact your counselor by email to sign-up for an online summer school class before May 29, 2020.
Summer Session 1: June 1 - June 19 June 18 & 19: Students must take final exams at the designated testing center at the scheduled time.
Summer Session 2: June 22 - July 10 July 9 & 10: Students must take final exams at the designated testing center at the scheduled time.
Interested in giving your soon-to-be graduate a unique gift next month? The father of senior Gabe Hawthorne has drawn this pen & ink image of Old Main and produced a limited number of signed prints, which are for sale through this link (www.hawthorneartwork.com). There are a number of options available with prices ranging between $10 and $65. Mr. Hawthorne is donating a portion of the proceeds back to CHS, so your gift also benefits future students and alumni. It's a win-win!
CUSD MESSAGE REGARDING REFUNDS
We understand your concerns regarding refunds and are working diligently to request a solution from the Arizona Department of Revenue. Since all field trip and AP exam fees are tax credit eligible and may have already been claimed on taxes, we are waiting on guidance from the Arizona Department of Revenue before proceeding. This is a complicated issue with many different factors to take into consideration. CUSD wants to ensure that we are in compliance State and Federal tax agencies and do not want to take any actions that may cause issues if a tax credit donation is refunded in the same taxable year as it is claimed as a credit. Once a decision has been reached, we will communicate with everyone impacted by cancelled field trips or AP exams due to the COVID-19 school closure. Thank you for your continued patience.
IMPORTANT END-OF-YEAR INFO
Although some dates are pending, CHS wants you to be aware of the following:
Mr. Culver, CHS Athletic Director, and coaches are communicating with student-athletes regarding and of the year equipment and uniform returns. Those will actually start today, Monday, April 20th.
For seniors with outstanding fees and textbooks, a letter is being mailed in late April that will indicate any fees that need to be paid and textbooks that need to be returned.
Fees can be paid online through the parent portal at any time.
A date during the week of May 11th is being solidified for when seniors will be able to come back to campus to drop off textbooks and pay fees.
Underclassmen will be able to return textbooks at the beginning of next year during Wolf Days. They will also be able to pay any outstanding fees at that time. Additional information about those procedures and dates will be mailed home over the summer.
Yearbooks will be distributed this year to all students who purchased them. We are looking at either the week of May 11th or May 18th to distribute yearbooks.
As we get closer to these dates, additional information will be shared regarding the specific process for each activity.
Student Spirit Video Fan Voting
Tomorrow, on the AIA mobile app, fans will have the chance to make their choice for the Arizona school spirit video of the year. The three finalists are Chandler, Verrado, and Catalina Foothills. Please make sure to vote by downloading the AZ Preps 365 app.
Voting will be available starting at 10 AM on April 21st.
SENIOR VIDEO/TWITTER SUBMISSIONS
Seniors, CHS is working on special projects to celebrate you! Check your Infinite Campus inbox for a message from Ms. Skalitzky of the Multi-media and Film program. StuCo also has a project in the works. Watch your inbox for that info, too!
STUCO RECOGNIZING THE CLASS OF 2020
Student Council is honoring the Class of 2020 by posting seniors spotlights. Join the CHS Class of 2020 page with this code [negzekt]. Look for the Twitter assignment and upload a senior photo. Photos should be formal but can show personality and extracurricular participation.
CAP AND GOWN PICK-UP
ATTN: Parents and CHS Seniors: If you were unable to pick up your cap and gown last week, please contact the front office at (480)812-7700 to schedule a pick up time between 8am-3pm.
If you have a balance due, you will need to contact Jostens directly at 1-800-Jostens. In addition, your cap and gown will need to be picked up at the Jostens office.
If you have paid in full, your cap and gown is at school and we look forward to seeing you. If you are unsure of your balance, please feel free to call the front office.
CLASS OF 2020 YARD SIGNS
We are providing free “Congratulations, CHS Class of 2020!” yard signs to CHS seniors. Watch for pick-up information coming soon.
Like any technology, social media has both positive and negative features.
We all have values, it’s up to us to determine what’s really important and meaningful to us.
Values are who you are in your own environment, not who you think you should be in order to fit in. Values come from listening to your heart and tuning in to what matters the most to YOU. Live your daily life being mindful.
Credit: Psychological Today and Mindful.org
CHS SECOND SEMESTER GRADING
Students will earn a letter grade for the second semester, which will be a combination of their 3rd quarter grades and work completed during 4th quarter. The instructional focus of the assignments is to provide preparation for the next grade level, and will be delivered virtually or through hard copy resources. The following guidelines will be utilized for high school grading:
Work completed during the 4th quarter can only improve 3rd quarter grades.
Grades in infinite Campus will not accurately reflect the final semester grade.
A max of 2 assignments per week will be input into a teacher’s gradebook per the due dates assigned by the teacher.
A student’s grade can only improve by one letter grade.
Students who do not engage in online learning opportunities, or who cease to actively complete 4th quarter instructional activities, will receive their grades as they were posted at the end of 3rd quarter.
No finals will be included in the semester grade.
Any student failing can be given work to bring the grade up to passing.
All assignments will be graded for "Satisfactory Completion" and will not receive a letter grade or percentage grade per assignment. The teacher will indicate if the assignment was "satisfactorily completed" and provide feedback to the student.
To achieve the letter grade increase for the course, a student must complete 75% of the 4th quarter assignments.
Students completing text-based packets will have their work assessed later in the semester and be awarded the grade increase if the assignments from both April and May meet the 75% satisfactory completion standard.
For students in elective classes without internet access, please contact your elective teacher to receive alternate assignments.