CHS Weekly Announcements

For the Week of May 17, 2021

Interested in Attending CAS?

CHS Students -- My name is Mr. Woolf and I am the Principal at Center Alternative School. If you are interested in finding out more about CAS, we have three upcoming informational sessions available for you to attend:

  1. Tuesday, May 18, 10:00-11:00am in the CHS Principal's Conference Room
  2. Wednesday, May 19, 10:00-11:00am in the CHS Principal's Conference Room
  3. Thursday, May 20, 6:00-7:00pm on Teams (link to join)

If you would like to attend one of the sessions, please complete this RSVP Form.

Looking forward to meeting some of you!


Matt Woolf

Principal -- Center Alternative School

8434 Paseo KCMO 64131


Laptop Return Information

Dear Center Families,

It is time to start planning to return your District issued laptops and hotspots. Everyone is expected to return their laptop, bag, charger and a CSD hotspot, if one was issued them.

Seniors will be turning in their devices this Friday, May 14th, at CHS.

For all other students, we will be collecting all devices at Center Middle School the following dates and times:

  1. Friday, May 28th from noon to 5:00 pm
  2. Tuesday, June 1st from noon to 7:00 pm
  3. Wednesday, June 2nd from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  4. Thursday, June 3rd from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
  5. Friday, June 4th from 7:00 am to noon

As a reminder, if students are attending summer school, they do not need to return their device at the beginning of June. We will have a collection at the end of June and end of July for summer school students.

As a reminder, we will fine for any missing devices that were issues students:

  • Laptop not returned or missing = $540
  • Broken laptop screen that needs replaced = $100
  • Missing laptop charger = $25
  • Missing laptop bag = $20
  • Missing hotspot = $40 (only if one was issued to them)

if you have questions, please call 816-349-3304

Last minute scholarship

The 2021 Call & Gentry Texting/Distracted Driving Scholarship. This scholarship is now available to any high school senior in the United States that desires to apply. More information can be found on our scholarship application below:

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2021

Award Amount: $500


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Seniors who plan to attend college next fall

You will need proof of your Meningitis MCV4 vaccination, especially if you plan to stay in the dorms. Please see the Nurse at the high school, before May 28th; or at the middle school 6/7/21-6/29/21; (the Nurse is not available during July) Or you can email or call Nurse Glover at 816-349-3350 or and she will send you the information.

Senior Consideration: Should I Defer Admission to College or Take a Leave of Absence?

Have your circumstances changed over the past year due to the pandemic? Do you need to take a temporary pause on your college journey to focus on your family, finances, or yourself? Don’t worry! You’ve got options. Deferring your admission to college or taking a leave of absence can grant you the flexibility to take needed time for yourself without giving up your place at your college. Here’s the difference between deferring admission and taking a leave of absence, why you might consider them, and how to keep the momentum going to return to school and finish your degree!

Deferring Admission

Deferring your admission to college means accepting your offer letter to attend school, and then requesting an extended period of time off (usually to take a gap year) before starting. During gap years, students do not attend school, and often travel or work. Gap years are a great way to prioritize your goals, try something new, or, during Covid-19, save money.

If you were going to start college this year but need some time off before starting, you’ll want to consider deferring your admission. You must accept your offer of admission first before you request to defer it! This way, they’ll hold your spot for you, and in most cases you will not have to re-apply when you’re ready to start college.

Here are some important things to ask your university admissions office before you defer your acceptance:

  1. When is the deadline to defer?
  2. Will deferring affect my financial aid package?
  3. Will I need to document my time spent away from school?
  4. What will I need to start school next year?

Leave of Absence

Students who are already attending college and need to to take some time off can take a voluntary leave of absence. During a leave of absence, students are not enrolled in any classes, but are still considered students of their school. Much like deferring admission to take a gap year, a leave of absence is also a good time to learn more about yourself, save some money, and plan your future.

If you are considering taking a leave of absence, here are some important things to ask your university admissions office:

  1. How often do I need to update you about when I plan to return?
  2. Will I need to re-apply for admission when I’m ready to return?
  3. Will I have to pay back the financial aid I’ve already received for the quarter/semester?
  4. What will show up on my transcripts while I’m not in school (an “incomplete” or “withdrawal from classes”)?

It’s important to keep busy and continue making progress toward your goals during your time away from school. We know it can be easy to lose momentum, which is why we’ve made a list of 5 effective things you can do during a gap year or leave of absence to stay on track!

You can also check out our list of free mental health resources for college students, as well as a list of general resources in your area in response to Covid-19.

Finishing college is tough, but it’s also an incredible journey to see all the way through. We’re here for you!

(from the Get Schooled website:

Deferring Admissions and Leave of Absences Guide

Players 58 Podcasts

Players 58 is finishing our unusual season off with i am not your/you are my. This podcast is a series of monologues, poems, and stories written and performed by Center High School's thespians!

i am not your/you are my started as a project where students wrote two distinct creative writing pieces. One piece would end with "I am not your ___" while the other "you are my ___." It because obvious that students had a lot to say. There are performances here that are raw and vulnerable, some uplifting and sentimental, devastatingly sad, and others and proudly defiant.

Players 58 hopes that listening to their stories will help you develop a deeper appreciation and understanding at how complex and sometimes sad and messy and wonderful and confusing it is to be a young person.

You don't know them, but you can.

i am not your/you are my will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and YouTube on April 23, 2021.

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NWMSU Open Enrollment for the 21-22 school year

Northwest Missouri State University still has open enrollment and their application is free and easy to apply, there is no essay needed nor an ACT score.

They do offer Scholarships that are Admission-Based with their ACT/GPA if they had the chance to take it 😊

If students do have questions about Northwest Missouri State University, please contact Madalyn Mosbauer, Admissions Representative. Office number: 660.562.1820 |
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Great job opportunity for Center High School kids

There is a new business opening in the Red Bridge Shopping Center - Cookies & Creamery. They are very enthusiastic entrepreneurs who live in the neighborhood and they are committed to building a fun and profitable business that is a positive force in our community.

They are starting to hire their team and really want it to reflect the diversity of our community and would love to have Center kids be a part of it.

This is a great opportunity for kids to have a fun part time job that will also give them a unique chance to learn about building a business from the ground up.

Application link below:

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The Ups and Downs of 'Raise' and 'Raze'

What to Know

The verbs raise and raze sound the same, but are often opposite in meaning. As a verb, raise refers to bringing something to a higher position or building or moving something upright. To raze something is to tear it down or destroy it to the ground.

The verbs raise and raze are not only homophones, they are also antonyms in some senses. That means that not only can they be easily confused, it can drastically change the meaning of a sentence when they are.

The Meaning of 'Raise'

The common verb raise means to bring something to a higher position (raise your hand) or to build or move something so that it stands erect (raise a monument). Raising something can also involve making something higher in other ways: when you raise your voice you make it louder; when you raise the price of something, it becomes more expensive.

There are plans, still in the early stages, to possibly turn [Aretha Franklin's] house into a museum or perhaps raise a statue to her. The Wright Museum will stage an exhibition honoring her next month.
— Steve Friess, The New York Times, 28 Aug. 2018

On Monday a crowd of 15 or so friends and family members watched as the Amish crew expertly raised the barn’s skeleton. By lunchtime, substantial work had been completed on the frame and sills.
— Noah Asimow and Will Sennott, _The Vineyard Gazette _, 14 Oct. 2019

Other senses of raise suggest the elevation of something. To raise a child means to take care of them as they grow up; similarly, one raises crops that are then harvested. You might raise an issue at a meeting, raise a commotion when you are upset, raise someone's spirits with a kind gesture, or raise money for charity.

The Meaning of 'Raze'

Contrast this with raze, which means "to tear down" or "to destroy to the ground":

But supported by some influential scholars and Amazon dwellers, Mr. Bolsonaro argues that the only way to save the jungle is through carbon credits and by financing sustainable economic activities so people can make a living from fish farming, cacao production and other activities that don’t require the razing of trees.
— Paulo Trevisani and Timothy Puko, The Wall Street Journal, 21 Apr. 2021

The square block site historically was at the heart of the city’s downtown shopping district. Frear’s Troy Cash Bazaar was the department store that evolved to anchor the city’s shopping. The building survives as retail and office space. The buildings south of the Frear site were razed in 1969 to make way or what became known first at the Uncle Sam Atrium before evolving into the Troy Atrium.
— Kenneth C. Crowe III, The Times Union (Albany, N.Y.), 19 Apr. 2021

The fact that raze is opposite in meaning to the sense of raise meaning "to build or erect" can lead to serious confusion, since you can both raise a wall and raze a wall, for example. For that reason, it might be important to provide adequate context to indicate which sense you intend—or even, if you are using spoken rather than written English, to spell out the word to make it clear.

From the Merriam-Webster website

LifeTouch Picture Orders have been delivered

If you ordered a picture package from LifeTouch, it has been delivered to the school. Please stop by and pick it up from the front office.


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