🍏 September 12-16, 2022 🍏
Last week was a great start to the school year and we are thrilled to have your child in our building.
On Thursday, your child attended an assembly hosted by Mrs. Johnson and Dr. Lee. In the assembly we discussed how the last two and a half years have negatively impacted student learning, behavior, and social emotional well being. We highlighted the steps being taken this year to help all students be successful while creating a safe and conducive environment for learning. Here are the key pieces of information that were discussed:
- More students were suspended last year than any year in the past decade.
- Our Regents and AP results were the lowest they have been in the past decade.
We will be returning to a number of measures that were used before schools closed in March 2020, while implementing new items to help all students feel safe, comfortable, and supported in the building. These include:
- New this year: All three restrooms in the cafeteria hallway are All Gender restrooms. Students requested this to provide a great degree of privacy.
- As in past years, students will be randomly screened for alcohol at dances. For example, every 15th student would be asked to take an alcohol sensor test when they attend a dance. At the assembly your child attended, Officer Kriz had a student demonstrate this test.
- As in past years, drug sniffing dogs will be asked to pass by lockers and backpacks at least twice this year in an effort to curb students from possessing or bringing banned substances on campus.
- New this year and due to an increase in vaping infractions: To make searches less intrusive when a white cloud emerges from a group of students, metal detecting wands will be used to identify if an individual possesses an electronic vaping device.
- New this year: All parking spaces in the Elm Street lot have been numbered to ensure we do not have more vehicles in our lot than it can hold. This was a student suggested change as well.
Members of the cross-country team at the VVS Invitational.
Photo courtesy of @clintonxctf (Instagram)
PSAT Registration Info
ATTN: Sophomores and Juniors:
In preparation for college and career readiness, we are offering college bound Juniors and interested Sophomores the opportunity to take the PSAT exam. The Preliminary SAT (PSAT) is a standardized college readiness exam that assesses evidence based reading, writing, and math skills. Early administration of the PSAT will enable students to practice taking a formalized college entrance exam and an opportunity to receive a customized score report to help them further develop their skills. Additionally, the PSAT will provide students an opportunity to meet the requirements to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT will be held during school hours on Wednesday, October 12. To cover the cost of the exam and the customized score report, students must pay $18.00 to the Counseling Office by Friday, September 30, 2022 (check made payable to CCS District Treasurer). Cash, in the exact amount, will also be accepted. If this fee is a financial burden, please contact the Counseling Office.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Jackie Snizek, School Counselor, Last Names A-K
Kelly Zegarelli, School Counselor, Last Names L-Z
Who should register? Juniors and interested sophomores planning to apply to 4 year colleges.
Practice in a formal setting for the SAT
Customized online score report with projected SAT score ranges, state percentiles, and categorized skill report.
Interactive study plan that links PSAT score information with Khan Academy.
Opportunity to meet requirements to compete in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Cost: $18 cash (exact amount) or check made payable to CCS District Treasurer
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022 in the Counseling Office
Testing Accommodations Students with an IEP or 504 can submit a request to College Board for testing accommodations. Please see your counselor to see if you have been approved for testing accommodations.
Wed, Oct 12, 2022, 07:45 AM
Coming Soon: The Kindness Closet
A huge thanks to Mr. Pavone (Don Miguel) for all he is doing to launch the CCS Kindness Closet. Once open, the Kindness Closet will be available to all students and will feature free clothing, hygiene items, classroom materials, food, and other items for anyone who needs them.
Last Friday, students were treated to a preview through a school supply giveaway. Stay tuned for more information about the Kindness Closet: hours, inventory, and how to donate gently used items for teens. Don Miguel, thanks for spreading kindness at CCS!
Mental Health Matters Social Media & Youth Mental Health
Upcoming Webinar: Follow Me and Like My Beautiful Selfies: Social Media Use and Adolescent Mental Health
9/13 2 P.M. ET; provided by Mental Health America
More teenagers are using social media, and more adolescents are suffering from poor mental health. Universally, social media use became more common during the pandemic because of social distancing and COVID-caused isolation. Social media can provide platforms for bullying and exclusion, unrealistic expectations about body image and sources of popularity, and normalizing risk-taking behaviors, and can be harmful to mental health. However, if adolescents use social media in a purposeful and positive way, it can enhance their self-esteem and help create meaningful social connections. This webinar will focus on helping school and community leaders understand the association between social media use and adolescents’ mental health and explore what actionable steps are being taken across the country to help address these challenges.
Speakers: Adam Lustig, Dr.Jinghong Cai, and Sheronda Helton
- Teen Line
- This nonprofit national teen hotline is staffed by trained teen volunteers and offers help via call, email, or text.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 988 or 1-800-273-8255
- Offers help via call, text, or chat.
Disaster Distress Helpline
- Disaster Distress Helpline
- 1-800-985-5990 for phone support or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- A national hotline for crisis counseling sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Events this Week:
- 5:00 BOE Policy Committee Meeting
- 6:30 CCSD Foundation Meeting
- 6:00 Financial Aid Information Session
- 7:00 High School Open House
For the full calendar of athletic events, please click here.