The Weekly Update #15
November 5, 2023
PROTECT THE DEN!!
Message From the Principal
Greetings Cougar Nation,
What a week to be a Cougar! Band continues to live up to the name, The Pride of Casa Grande as the prepare for the State Championships this coming week. Varsity Football has made the playoffs! We play Apollo High School on Thursday, November 9 @7pm. We will be doing a Pep Rally and potentially a spirit bus. Stay tuned for details! Don't forget, the FFA Steak Fry is coming up November the 17 from 4pm - 6:30pm. No School this Friday in honor of Veteran's Day. Veterans, thank you for your service!
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
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.
This Weeks Challenges
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.
This week Student Council attended the Spirit Conference at Perry High School. We won an award for largest contingent of students! Photos below
Upcoming Activities this Week
Ongoing Activities for this week include:
NHS Toys for Tots Drive
HOSA – World’s Finest Chocolate Sale
Spiritline Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser
Band – Online Fundraising with Victory Fundraising
Beginning 11/9 – FCCLA Early Childhood Christmas Wrapping Paper Sale
11/6 – 3:30 -4:00 – Thespian Meeting @ Black Box
11/7 – HOSA to Fall Leadership Conference @ Phoenix
7:30 AM – Sr. Class Meeting @ Library
8:30 – 1:00 – CAC College Fair for Juniors @ CAC
5:45 – 9:00 – Band Practice
11/8 – Student Council to AASC Presidents/Advisors Luncheon @ Mesa
9:30 – 11:30 AM - Band to City of Casa Grande Annual Children’s Flower Garden Event
1/9 – 9:00 A.M.- FCCLA to Fall Leadership Conference @ Phoenix
12:00 – JROTC Color Guard to Lucid Motors
3:15 – 4:15 – Guitar Practice
3:30 – 4:30 – E-Sports in Library Reference Room
3:30 – 4:40 – DECA Competition Study Meeting in K102
5:00 – 10:00 - JROTC Marine Corps Ball @ Cafeteria
5:45 – 9:00 – Band Practice
11/10 - No School - Veterans' Day
8:00 – 1:00 – JROTC Color Guard to State Capital
2:00 – 2:30 – JROTC Color Guard to American Legion Aux. Marine Corps Birthday Celebration – Casa Grande
11/11 – Band to AzMBA Competition @ Campo Verde High School
- 5:30 -11:00 PM – JROTC to Marine Corps League Birthday Celebration @ Chandler Lakes
11/13 - Student Council Veterans' Banquet
U of A Next Steps in the Library
11:16 – Dorrance Scholarship Presentation
11/17 – CRIC Scholarship Program Presentation
- FFA Steak Fry
11/27 – 12/1 – 8th Grade Visitation Week
12/5 and 12/6 – ASVAB Testing for Seniors
Athletics This Week
November 6, 2023 - Monday
NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
November 7, 2023 - Tuesday
NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
November 8, 2023 – Wednesday
NO EVENTS SCHEDULED
November 9, 2023 – Thursday
Varsity Football (A) vs Apollo
Apollo High School - 7:00 pm
AIA 5A State Tournament Game – Round 1
November 10, 2023 – Friday
NO EVENTS SCHEDULED / NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day Observed