News From Nine

Weekly Updates From CHS9 - 5/8/22

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Welcome to the weekly CHS9 Parent Newsletter

Each week during the school year, we will send a weekly newsletter to parents with important information on upcoming events, any student/parent requirements, and a general overview of the amazing things happening at CHS9!

Week in Review/Look Ahead

CHS9 Family,

We have completed the bulk of our testing at CHS9 as of last week, and we are down to a small number of students who will take the AP Spanish IV exam on Wednesday of this coming week. Our bell schedule for the rest of the students will remain normal and shuttles will run as normally scheduled.

The biggest thing for students to focus on from here on is to finish strong academically and behaviorally. At this time of year, we expect our students to begin to behave like sophomore students. We should not be seeing immature and unacceptable behavior by this time of the school year. Please help us by reminding your child to maintain focus and meet behavioral expectations for the final three weeks of the school year. We know they can do it!

Please see the updates below and let's have a great week at CHS9!

Dr. Koontz

Cowboy Fest!

As a reminder, on May 13th, we will be holding our 2nd ever, but intended to be annual, Cowboy Fest sponsored by our amazing PTSO! It's going to be a day of fun to celebrate all the hard work our 9th graders have put in this year.

Please remember that any student that has been assigned ISS or worse as a consequence between April 10th and Cowboy Fest will not be allowed to participate in the activities for the day.

The schedule for the entire day is below:

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One of the exciting opportunities students have for lunch during Cowboy Fest is to purchase food from a few different outside vendors if they choose. The last chance to buy these lunches will be Monday and Tuesday, May 9th and 10th. If your student wishes to purchase a special lunch, they need to bring $5 per lunch ordered. Students will need to show their student ID to order a meal and will be required to show their student ID when picking up their food during Cowboy Fest.

Our cafeteria will still offer lunch on May 13th for students who choose not to order food from one of the options above.

The outside vendor options are below:

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State VASE Results

This past weekend, state qualifiers from CHS9 and CHS participated in the State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event). These students had the opportunity to participate in workshops and their art was displayed and went through the state level round of judging. We are excited to announce that our students did fantastic at the state level and earned a collective of 11 State Medals and one Gold Seal!

CHS9 State Medalists (corresponding pieces pictured below):

  1. Richard Chen
  2. Melora Dominic
  3. Harshini Godavathi
  4. Claire Liu
  5. Nrithya Mahesh
  6. Sahiti Peechara
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Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month, a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have made to American history, society, and culture. In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/ Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress passed legislation which permanently designated May of each year as “Asian/ Pacific American Heritage Month.” Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have played a significant role in our city and state, leading our community in such industries as education, medicine, finance, government, and international trade.

Sack Summer Hunger

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Students Leaving Town Before the End of School

Parents, please be aware that we cannot "approve" of a student ending their school year early to leave town or leave the country. Students who leave before the end of the school year will still be counted absent. We do not do traditional semester exams, but we do have an end-of-year summative assessment in each course that students must complete. If you leave before this assessment has been administered/completed, the student will receive a zero for the assessment and will have to make it up in the summer. At that time the grade will be updated, but we do not allow for these assessments to be given any earlier than when they are regularly scheduled to be administered.

We strongly urge all students to stay in school until the end of the school year if at all possible.

Food Deliveries

As a reminder, CHS9 will not accept food deliveries from food delivery services (Door Dash, Grubhub, etc.). Please do not order food for your student or allow your student to order food from one of these services, as the delivery person will be turned away and informed that we cannot accept the delivery.

Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Forms

If you would like to request a VOE form for your student, please use the link below. Please pay particular attention to the information on the top of the form.

Verification of Enrollment (VOE) Form Request

Shutterfly Storefront

Separate from and in addition to ordering your student's photos, you can also help CHS9 by using our Shutterfly Storefront for any of your typical Shutterfly purchases. If you have any plans to order anything through Shutterfly, simply do so by using our storefront linked below and CHS9 will get a portion of the proceeds. As a reminder, any funds raised by our campus will be used to support our students and staff. Our Shutterfly storefront link is listed below!

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Make your student's birthday extra special with a Marquee Birthday Wish!

Parents / guardians can now purchase a birthday wish to be advertised on the CHS9 Marquee for only $25! Your student's birthday wish will be displayed on our marquee on your student's birthday. (Weekend birthdays can be scheduled on the Friday prior or the Monday following the birthday.) Purchase must be made one week prior to the date the message is to run on the marquee. Messages will be "Happy Birthday, (student's name)! Love, (____________)"

To purchase a Birthday Wish for your student, please fill out the form below. Payment can be made through SchoolPay using the link in the form.

CHS9 Birthday Wishes

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Counselor's Updates

Please see this year's FINAL addition of our CHS9 Counseling Newsletter: Friday Feels.

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Counselor Requests & Appointments

If you or your child would like to visit with a counselor for academic, college/career, or social/emotional needs during the year please visit the CHS9 Website to make an appointment. We look forward to working with our learners and parents this year.

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Notifying School of COVID-19 Positive Case

Please report all positive COVID-19 cases using the link below.

COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting Form

Optional Vaccine Records

If your child has received the COVID-19 vaccine and you wish to have it noted on his or her Immunization record, please email a copy of his or her vaccination card to

Daily Home Screening

If your child displays any of these symptoms, notify the nurse and do not come to campus:

-Sore throat

-Congestions or runny nose

-Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain

-Temperature 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or greater


-Muscle or body aches

-New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

-New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

-New loss of taste or smell

-Shortness of breath

COVID Protocols Link

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Student Clubs and Activities

Student Activities vs. Student Club

Attendance Information

Please see the important attendance reference below. Additionally, when providing a note for a student, please include the first and last name. If possible, including the student ID number is helpful as well.

Student ID Badges

As part of our CISD and CHS9 Campus Security Protocols, all students must always have their school ID on a lanyard and around their neck or clipped to their shirt while on campus. Any student that is found to be without their ID badge on campus will be immediately directed to the front office to obtain a temporary ID badge. The consequences for excessive ID badge violations are as follows:

· 4th violation – Hour Block Lunch Detention

· 5th violation – Hour Block Lunch Detention X 2

· 6th violation – Friday Night Live

· 7th and subsequent violations – Assistant Principal’s Discretion

Replacement badges are available for purchase in the front office for a fee of $5.00. Your student may also purchase a replacement lanyard for an additional $1.00. Payments must be made by cash, exact change only.

*Additionally, students who are not wearing their permanent ID badge will not be allowed to leave the cafeteria during HBL to go to areas of choice. Students without an ID badge or with a temporary ID badge will be allowed to go to tutoring only.

Hour Block Lunch

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