The Weekly Update #24
PROTECT THE DEN!!
Message From the Principal
Greetings Cougar Nation,
I hope that your team came out victorious in the big game tonight. Both teams put forth an impressive and valiant effort. I really enjoyed the game. Girls soccer had an amazing season this year, the first time in over 20 years that they have made the playoffs. Although we did not win on Thursday night, the girls and coaches have truly done a phenomenol job this year!
Communication about the NC designation will be coming out from our Superintendent tomorrow and I believe that the manner in which this has been designed will be in the best interest of all students. Thank you to Superintendent Lavender for his work to create clarity around this process.
I would like to thank Mrs. Clement and our counseling department for doing such a fantastic job this week with the Senior Parent night and the Senior Student Assmebly. Seniors and parents of Seniors, please look for an email from Dr. Flemister this week regarding FAFSA and the importance of the FAFSA process. A number of our Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors did not complete the course preference forms for next school year. You may still complete the form to get your input into what courses you will take, but after tomorrow the Master Schedule is being created and the counselors will be working to get all students the courses that they need.
There is a lot going on in the coming weeks, seniors, it will not be long before we are out on the field practicing for graduation. Let's start in the manner in which we intend to finish: STRONG!
All Casa Grande Union students who drive to school must have their parking permit displayed .
Parking violations will be cited, and fines will be assessed at the rate of $5.00/day and per violation.
Please be responsible and get your $25.00 parking permit. YOU MUST PARK IN ASSIGNED SPACES.
If someone is parked in your spot, please let the office know and we will address it.
Our administrative team met with all students to review our behavioral expectations at the beginning of the year, please click here to see the topics we reviewed. Students, your teachers went over this last week in Cougar Hour. It is your responsibility to be familiar with our expectations.
As this semester continues to move forward, there are a number of important items that I want to share. Please remember that Mrs. Clement, Mr. Raymond, Mrs. Telles, Mr. Robbins, and Dr. Gardner and I remain available to assist you in any way that we can.
Protect the Den!
Dr. Chris Lineberry
Casa Grande Union High School
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE - From A Few WEEKS ago, but still powerful!
Rapper-turned-country singer Jelly Roll spoke about the importance of prioritizing the fentanyl crisis at a Senate hearing on Thursday.
The musician, whose real name is Jason DeFord, testified before the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, chaired by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
Jelly Roll urged Congress to pass Brown's Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act, which would wield financial sanctions against drug traffickers to disrupt the flow of opioids coming in from China and Mexico.
Below is video of his testimony. 190 people die of fentanyl everyday in the United States, that is a 747 airliner filled to capacity. Every. Single. Day. Here is what he had to say (VERY POWERFUL):
Nationally, there has been a significant spike in cyberbullying and classroom disruptions from cell phones in the classroom. We know that teen mental health continues to decline across the country from excessive screen time and social media. You can read some of the latest research on this important topic here. Our policy is OFF AND AWAY (Cell phones and Earbuds) during classtime.If there are extenuating circumstances, ex. diabetes and need to monitor, a caregiver with severe illness, etc please send Mr. Raymond an email and he and our staff will work with you to come to a solution.
Between classes and at lunch, there is no problem with students having their phones out or listening to music with their earpods, etc.
Student behavior, especially in regard to aggression and fighting has escalated significantly in the last few weeks prior to break. Since Sept 11 we have had 16 students suspended for fighting. We have to be better than this. Parents, students, families.....I am asking for your help in eliminating this behavior from our campus. We have to be better than this, and as a school we are going to focus on empowering our students to make decisions and have options in order to resolve conflict peacefully. We are all Casa Grande Cougars, we all bleed the same. We hurt the same, we care the same, and we all to a certain degree want the same. There is no room on our campus for discrimination. Period. There is no room for violence. Period. We will always take the proper steps to ensure that our students, teachers, and staff are fully supported. If you would like, you can take a listen to my latest podcast (all students will be doing so this week in Cougar Hour) to learn about The Code of the West and how we as a school are going to embrace the Code, not only in our words, but in our actions as well. I will be asking our students to take a pledge against engaging in fighting and ask for all of your support in this endeavor.
Credit Recovery is progressing beautifully! Students are working extremely hard and staff is doing a phenomenal job of guiding and assisting!
Please click here to read more about our Credit Recovery Challenge and how we intend to overcome it.
Vaping - Repeat from Last Week, However, VERY IMPORTANT
I would like to remind students that when you are attending any school sponsored event, whether you are participating or watching, you are responsible for following our behavior guidelines and code of conduct. I would also like to remind our athletes, coaches, advisors, club members, parents, etc that when we attend an event, we are representing the community of Casa Grande, our families, and our school. School rules still apply and conducting ourselves with respect, kindness, honesty, and integrity (whether competing or just attending) are all integral components of our expectations for our campus.
Student Fines / Fees
Students must pay any and all fines / fees in order to participate in the graduation ceremony. Any student fines or fees can be paid online. Students can purchase parking passes, pay class fees, technology fines, etc. All of this should be done online. You can access the payment center by doing the following:
You will need a PowerSchool Parent Portal account to access TouchBase.
If you don’t have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account, please call your
student's school office to get an account set up.
Please sign into to PowerSchool to access TouchBase. The steps below
can only be done using an internet browser such as Google Chrome, Internet
Explorer, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Android browser, etc. (computer, tablet, smartphone) and CANNOT be done using the Powerschool Mobile App.
- Sign in to PowerSchool.
- Once signed in, click the icon in the left panel labeled Purchases and Payments (see image on left).
You will immediately be taken to TouchBase without having to sign in.
Student Academic Responsibilities
CGUHS Student Responsibilities 2023 - 24
This school year we will be discussing academic responsibilities at length with all of our students. It is important that students not only familiarize themselves with these responsibilities, but that they practice these responsibilities on a daily basis. We reviewed these expectations with students this week. If students follow the guidelines below, they will experience tremendous success at Casa Grande Union High School.
- Acquire Knowledge of Content - Students understand the content they are learning in class.
- Come Prepared for Class - Students bring the needed materials for class.
- Take Notes - Students accurately and completely take notes.
- Ask Questions - Students ask questions when a lack of understanding occurs.
- Complete Homework - Students complete assignments on time.
- Attend Tutoring/Seek Help - Students attend tutoring or seek help when they need it.
- Attend Regularly - Students attend class regularly and arrive on time.
- Take Assessment Seriously – Students bring their best effort possible on assessments.
- Appropriate Work Ethic/Attitude/Behavior - Students display appropriate work ethic, attitude, and behavior.
- Put cell phones and ear buds off and away while in the classroom
- Be Kind
TRACKING SENIORS TO GRADUATION
Our counselors will be working closely with Mrs. Clement and our students / families to ensure that students are on track to graduate. Seniors must complete 22 credits in order to graduate. Additionally, every senior must take and pass the AZ Civics test, and must complete ECAP (Education and Career Action Plan). This year we will be using the AZ Pipeline program to guide our students through this process. Additional information can be found here. We will be rolling out our ECAP program as well as ensuring that students have opportunities to take and pass the Civics test in the coming weeks.
The Pinal Promise is a fantastic opportunity for our students to attain scholarship money and attend CAC. This scholarship is exclusively for students who live in Pinal County. For more information, click here. Additionally, Dr. Flemister and Mrs. DeCarlo will be sharing information with all seniors and senior parents throughout the year regarding scholarship opportunities.
Upcoming Activities this Week
Week of February 12
Band World’s Finest Chocolate Sales
Band Butter Bread Sales
DECA Chocolate Sale
ELL Spring Testing throughout February @ D204
Baseball Discount Cards Sale
11:45 – 1:20 - Fashion Club Crush (soda) Valentine's Sale - (pre-sale) - In front of the cafeteria
11:45- 1:20 - Fashion Club Valentine's Telegram Pre-Sale - in front of the cafeteria
11:45 – 1:20 – FASFA Monday @ Library
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – ESS Pre-ETS
3:30 – 5:00 – DECA Banquet Committee Meeting @K102
8:10 – 12:00 – ASVAB TESTING for ALL JUNIORS with last names A – MAD @ Gym (doors will close at 8:20!)
11:45 – 1:20 - Fashion Club Crush (soda) Valentine's Sale - (pre-sale) - In front of the cafeteria
11:45 – 1:20 - Fashion Club Valentine's Telegram Pre-Sale - in front of the cafeteria
3:30 - 4:30 - Faculty Meeting in the Olas Ki
5:00 – DECA New York Experience Parent Meeting @ K102
5:00 - 9:00 PM - Band Color Guard @ Tennis Courts
6:00 - 9:00 - Percussion Rehearsals @ Gym
February 14 – Early Release Schedule
8:10 – 12:00 – ASVAB TESTING for ALL JUNIORS with last names Mak – Z @ Gym (doors will close at 8:20)!
10:20 - 11:40 - Fashion Club Crush (soda) Valentine's Sale - (pre-sale) - In front of the cafeteria
10:20 - 11:40 - Fashion Club Valentine's Telegram Pre-Sale - in front of the cafeteria
1:10- 3:30 – Professional Development in Library
February 15 – Early Release Schedule
11:05 - 11:45 – Key Club Meeting Cancelled due to Early Release Schedule
2:30 – 7:00 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ Cafeteria and Gymnasium
5:00 – 9:00 – Color guard Practice @ Tennis Courts
6:00 – 9:00 – Percussion Rehearsal @ Tennis Courts
February 16 – Early Release Schedule
6:00 AM – 12:00 P.M. – Skills USA Yard Sale @ Construction Patio on campus
6:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Regional Honor Band and Choir @ Tucson High School
8:00 AM -10:00 PM – HOSA Regional Conference @ Pima Medical Institute
5:00 AM – 11:00 PM – Auto Class Region 3 State Qualifier @ Mesa, Az
6:00 AM – Band Percussion Ironwood Ridge Competition@ Ironwood Ridge
6:00 AM – 6:00 PM – SkillsUSA Region 3 Leadership and Skills Conference @ EVIT
6:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Regional Honor Band and Choir@ Tucson High School
3:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Football Banquet @ Cafeteria
Feb 19 – NO SCHOOL – Presidents’ Day
Week of February 19 – FCCLA Food Drive for Families in Need
Feb 19 – Panda Express Fundraiser to benefit Student Council
Feb 19 – Student Senate Meeting
Feb 19 – 21 – Culver’s Fundraiser to benefit Student Council
Feb 22 – Girls’ State Interviews @ Principal’s Conference Room
Feb 23 – Campus Clean-up After School – School Service Project
Feb 23-24 – WGAZ Band Winter Invitational @ CGUHS
Feb 29 – Josten’s Renaissance @ Auditorium
Feb 29 – Casa Grande City School Bands Gala Event @ Football Stadium
March 1 – Gabriel Ayala and “Chi’Chino Spirit” O’Odham Dance Group Assembly
March 7 – Community Interviews for ALL Juniors and selected Seniors
March 11 – 22 – Spring Break (No School)
April 19 - Senior Sunset Dinner
April 23 - Underclass Academic Awards
April 23 - Senior Scholarship/Academic Awards Evening
May 13 and 14 - Senior Finals
May 14 - Disneyland Senior Trip
May 20 & 21 - MANDATORY GRADUATION PRACTICE
May 21 - Senior Breakfast
May 21 - Graduation
Athletics This Week
Playoff Games Will Be Announced on Monday 2/12/24