The Cardinal Letter
End-of-the-School-Year Edition 2018/2019
Dear Parents and Students...
As I reflect on my first year as the new Principal of Chi-Hi, I can honestly say that it has been quite an eventful year. But it has been a fulfilling year on so many levels. I want to say thank you to my administrative team, administrative assistants, teachers, and support staff for making this transition year a success. I would like to recognize and wish the very best to the staff retiring from Chi-Hi (Ruth Buchner, Brad Ewert, Dan Hietpas and Sally Holldorf) and to those staff members moving on to new journeys and adventures, good luck to them as well. These wonderful people have shaped the culture of our building and dedicated their time and talents to the students and molded them into outstanding young men and women. Thank you.
As our academic year draws to a close, we have much to celebrate! Our students have enjoyed another fabulous year. They have excelled on so many levels. I have attended music performances, sporting events, honor banquets, award ceremonies, scholarship recognition events and have listened in awe about student achievements. These achievements are just the beginning of what’s in store for their future, and we are proud of each and every one of them.
Over the summer vacation, I will be working with colleagues to put into place the goals for next year and to prepare for the opening to the new academic year. We should always seek to do better, to challenge ourselves and our students to set the highest standards for academics, athletics, music, and growth in employability skills to achieve our ambitious goals.
I would like to wish you all the very best for the summer vacation and look forward to welcoming you all back, refreshed, for what will be an exciting, new academic year.
Chippewa Falls Senior High School Principal
Summer Office Hours
The school district has implemented a compressed work-week schedule for summer staff, therefore, the high school office will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:00am-3:30pm through the end of July. All district offices and schools will be closed on Fridays during that time.
In August, the office will resume summer hours, 7am-2:30pm Monday through Friday. During the week of registration (August 19), hours will be extended.
Fall Activity Code Meeting
Wednesday, June 5 - Finals for B Day
Thursday, June 6 - Finals for A Day
Friday, June 7 - MANDATORY Rehearsal at 8:15am - graduation tickets will be given to students at rehearsal. Rehearsal will kick-off with a Senior Recognition Program and PBIS Awards at 8:30am.
Sunday, June 9
- Graduates gather at 12:30 in the cafeteria to get their flowers pinned on and to line-up when the start time draws near.
- Graduation Ceremony - 2:00pm start time
- All Night Grad Party Check-in - Starts at 6:30pm
- All Night Grad Party - 7:00pm to 1:00am
Click here for details regarding our End-of-the-School Year Chromebook Procedure!
Important Dates/Deadlines to Remember!
- Car Show - Saturday, June 1 (back student parking lot)
- Finals (Grade 12) - Wednesday, June 5, Thursday, June 6 (during regular block class)
- Finals (Grades 9-11) - Monday, June 10, Tuesday, June 11, Wednesday, June 12 (click here to view our clock schedules)
- Last Day for Seniors - Thursday, June 6
- MANDATORY Graduation Rehearsal for Seniors - Friday, June 7 at 8:15am in front gym
- Senior Recognition Assembly and PBIS Awards - Friday, June 7 at 8:30am
- Seniors Line-up for Graduation Ceremony - Sunday, June 9 at 12:30pm
- Graduation - Sunday, June 9 (2pm HS Gym)
- All Night Grad Party - Sunday, June 9 (6:30pm-1:00am)
- Last Day for Students Grades 9-11 - Wednesday, June 12 (half day) Lunch will be served to students prior to buses coming at 1:00.
Grades 9,10,11: Plan for Finals June 10-12
- No passes are issued during finals. This INCLUDES, "Tardy Passes" and "Passes to Leave the Building" for appointments.
- The "Review in Classrooms" block from 8:20-9:10 is optional. Students must, however, be in a classroom, the library or cafeteria. Students cannot be roaming the halls.
- Students with flex periods are NOT required to be here during that testing block, however, if they remain in the building, they must be in the library or cafeteria.
- The Test Makeups block (2:25-3:45) is NOT an optional testing period for students. Students who choose to skip a scheduled final during a designated block earlier in the day and want to make it up at the end of the day will not be permitted to utilize this block to do so. (Students with excused absences will be allowed to make up tests during that time).
- School lunch will be served during all three days of finals. Wednesday, June 12 is a half-day of school, with the last final getting done at noon. Thus, a light lunch will be served prior to the buses arriving at 1:00 to pick the students up.
- Students who leave for lunch or who were not in school for a morning final need to plan accordingly to get back here in time as students will need to show their school ID to get back into the building to take their afternoon final.
- Students are NOT required to report to specific classrooms from 2:25-3:45 (Test Makeups block). However, they must be in the library or cafeteria during that time...they cannot be roaming the building. This is a designated make-up test time.
- Buses will run their NORMAL schedule on Monday and Tuesday. Students must wait in a classroom or a designated area of the school from 2:25-3:45 if they are not making up a final.
- Students must stay in their testing classrooms for the entire duration of the test block. No passes are issued for early dismissal.
- Students should not be visiting grade schools or the middle school during finals.
The Chi-Hi’s Forensics Team ROCKED the 18-19 season! 22 forensics competitors qualified for state, and 21 members competed. 7 students received gold medals; 12 students receive silver medals; and 2 students received bronze medals. These individuals received the following placings in their categories at the state competition at UW-Madison.
Gold: Jonah Krueger (Impromptu Speaking), Lily Meier (Farrago), Izzy Polnaszek (Special Occasion Speaking), Jae Prock (Farrago), Katie Rushmann (Prose), Emily Schaefer (Moments in History), & Savannah Small (Poetry)
Silver: Morgan Chaffee (Prose), John Dienger (Radio Broadcast Speaking), Sophia Forster (Impromptu Speaking), Eleanor Kelly (Play Acting), Evelyn Kelly (Play Acting), Nevaeh Makishi (Play Acting), Emma Palmberg (Extemporaneous Speaking), Shelby Peloquin (Play Acting), Payton Solberg (Farrago), Adriana Stephenson (Prose), Gracie Wild (Play Acting), & Maddy Wild (Play Acting).
Bronze: Brylee Berg (Play Acting) & Alexis Prosecky (Play Acting)
L-R: John Dienger, Izzy Polnaszek, Emily Schaefer, Payton Solberg, Katie Rushmann & Emma Palmberg
Be sure to access the high school calendar for information about activities or events that are taking place over the summer here at the high school and throughout the school year as well!
Click here to view the high school clock schedules, which have been updated due to the earlier start time.
This calendar will be updated as needed and what you see will be the most current version when you click on this link!
Final Reminders from the School Nurse
If your child takes a daily medication, please send only enough pills to get your child through the half day on June 12, 2019. Any extra medication will need to be picked up on or before the last day of school by a parent or it will be disposed of.
If your child has an emergency medication at school, (ex. Epi Pen, Diastat) arrangements will need to be made to pick up. Reminders to get them will be sent home before the end of the year. Inhalers will be sent home in your child’s backpack
If your child has any medication at school that is not taken on a regular basis, (ex. Tylenol, Motrin, cough drops, cough syrup), please make arrangements to pick up this medication before the end of the school year. Any medication left in the health office at the end of the last day of school will be disposed of.
Throughout the school year, we hear about various internet hoaxes, challenges and internet activity that raise concern. The School District has multiple layers of filtering in place to protect student internet use while at school. We also filter district-issued Chromebooks at home for high school students.
While internet filters are not failsafe, they do provide a layer of protection between our students and harmful content. The School District does not allow students to connect their personal devices to our network during the school day, however, we cannot control access to harmful content on their cell phone network or personal devices connected to wifi at home.
It is always best to monitor how your children are using the internet and discuss with them tips for safely browsing the web. Below we have listed a number of resources for parents to help with monitoring internet use and safely navigating the internet at home.
If you have questions or concerns about the School District’s internet access or additional resources for families to use at home, please contact Sarah Radcliffe our Director of Educational Technology at 715.720.3751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Radcliffe, M.S.
Director of Educational Technology