Believe and Achieve Times

Student and Parent Edition: April 4, 2022

2022 IB Art Exhibition

The IB Art exhibition's opening night will be on the evening of Wednesday, April 6th (5:30-8pm).

It will also be open the evening of Thursday, April 7th (5:30-8pm).

Where: Upper gymnasium


The exhibit will be open for classes to attend on both Thursday, April 7th, and Friday, April 8th (8:15am - 2:45pm).


Please come one, come all! Show our always hard-working IB Artists some [well-deserved] love by attending this event!

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National Library Week!

National Library Week (April 3- 9, 2022) is a time to celebrate our nation's libraries, library workers' contributions and promote library use and support.

The theme for National Library Week 2022 is "Connect With Your Library."

During the pandemic, library workers continue to exceed their communities' demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users' needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

A huge thank you to Emily Wilt, Melissa Henrichs, and Laura Kerr for making the CHS Library the best in Indiana! These professionals work very hard to create a space for students where they feel welcomed and cared for each and every day!


We are encouraging our entire community to send a note, email, or call to these outstanding leaders!


Emily Wilt: ewilt@duneland.k12.in.us

Melissa Henrichs: mhenrichs@duneland.k12.in.us

Laura Kerr: lkerr@duneland.k12.in.us

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Carmen Thomas

One of my freshmen, Carmen Thomas, entered a contest sponsored by Chapman University and ended up a finalist. She entered a fantastic video for the 23rd Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest. Though she didn't win, she was chosen as a finalist (there were 6 finalists) out of 258 schools across the globe and 200 contestants.
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National Assistant Principals Week is April 4–8, 2022!

We are joining the NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators in honoring the enormous contributions of assistant principals to student success.

This year, our celebration takes on even greater significance as we recognize all that assistant principals have conquered amid the pandemic and consider what their ever-expanding and evolving role might look like moving forward. Through it all, America’s assistant principals have demonstrated unwavering leadership—becoming a source of strength and inspiration for us all.

A huge thank you to CHS Assistant Principals Kristen Peterson, Rob Blumenthal, Heidi Hennigar, and Allen Cochran for putting students and staff first each and every day! Your dedication and servant leadership to the community is appreciated and does not go unnoticed!

We are encouraging our entire community to send a note, email, or call to these outstanding leaders!


Kristen Peterson: kpeterson@duneland.k12.in.us

Rob Blumenthal: rblumenthal@duneland.k12.in.us

Heidi Hennigar: hhennigar@duneland.k12.in.us

Allen Cochran: acochran@duneland.k12.in.us

CHS Announcements

4-4-22 Student Announcements

Porter County Career Center Students of the Month

I wanted to take a moment to share some awesome news! Sam Jewett, Evelyn Perez, and Joel Raines were chosen by his or her teacher as the Outstanding Student for the third grading period in the Porter County Career Center. Students were recognized with a certificate. Great job Sam, Evelyn, and Joel!!!!

2022 Prom Information!

The Chesterton High School junior/senior prom, “Enchanted Garden,” will be hosted at Duneland Falls Banquet Hall, 1100 IN-149 in Burns Harbor on Saturday, April 30. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with check-in from 6-7 p.m. Doors close promptly at 7 p.m. with dinner from 7-8 p.m. Dancing is from 8-11 p.m.

Prom tickets will be sold after school in Room A122 from 2:45-3:15 p.m. from April 4-20 (except April 15 & 19). Prom ticket sales will end on April 20 at 3:00 p.m. Students must present their ID and sign a ticket agreement to purchase one ticket. Students will be allowed to invite an outside guest this year. CHS students must get an approval form signed by their assistant principal PRIOR to purchasing an outside guest ticket. These forms are available in the AP Office.

Tickets are $45 per person. Only cash or check will be accepted (no credit card sales). The ticket price includes: hall, dinner & dessert, dancing, photo booth, security, decorations, prom essentials (crowns, wristbands, mints in the bathroom, etc.)

The Grand March will take place at Chesterton High School, 2125 S. 11th Street, on Saturday, April 30 promptly at 5 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Admission is free for all students and spectators.

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Six CHS Students Selected for Japanese Speech Contest

Above, front row, left to right, Ben Sabourin and Tristan Reed. Back row, Eric Sparks, Aiden Corral, Dylan Leavitt and Jason Denny.


Six Chesterton High School seniors were selected as the final contestants to make a speech at the 36th Annual Japanese Speech Contest in Chicago sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan. This speech contest is for Japanese learners from elementary school to college levels in all the 10 states in MidWest. The contest was hosted this past Saturday, March 26 via Zoom this year.


Four of the CHS Japanese 5 students competed on Saturday. Tristan Reed placed third and Dylan Leavitt placed fourth. Ben Sabourin received the Japan America Society Award and Aiden Corral won the Chicago Shimpo Award.

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Travis Grayson named a Finalist for Indiana Mr. Basketball and named an Indiana All-Star!

Travis Grayson was named a finalist for the 2022 Indiana Mr. Basketball and has been named a 2022 Indiana All-Star!

The 5-10 Grayson led Chesterton to a 29-1 record and a state finals appearance for first time in school history in Class 4A. Grayson averaged 19.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds for Chesterton, which was ranked No. 1 in the state for more than two months at the end of the season.

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Marc Urban named 2022 Coach of the Year!

Chesterton coach Marc Urban was voted 2022 Bob King Coach of the Year for Indiana Basketball Coaches Association District I. Urban guided the Trojans to a 29-1 campaign with the program's first regional and semistate championships, finishing runner-up to Cathedral in the Class 4A state championship.
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8th grade parent night is set for April 21!

On Thursday, April 21 at 6pm all 8th grade students and parents are invited to the CHS Auditorium for 8th grade parent night. This is an opportunity for all incoming freshmen learn about CHS and meet staff. We look forward to seeing you on April 21st!

Attendance Procedures

Attendance Protocol:


Regular attendance and punctuality are essential to good performance in school! Our students are expected to attend all of their classes on a daily basis. Students that participate in afternoon extracurriculars will not be able to participate if they miss school without medical documentation.


  • Students that accumulate 8 blocks of unexcused absences receive a one hour detention.

  • Students who skip a block of school, which is defined as truancy, will receive a 2 hour detention.


If your student must miss school, you have 48 hours to excuse their absence. We send out daily emails & calls for unexcused absences. If you feel that an absence is in error, please contact the attendance office at the number below.


We have numerous ways to contact the school to excuse their absence:




Please support and encourage your students to attend school on a regular basis!