CAHS Staff Connection

March 9, 2015

It was a GREAT C-A Weekend!

  • Congratulations to Coach Belill and Assistant Coach Klein on Girls Varsity Basketball - District Champions!
  • 5 C-A Wrestlers went to the State Tournament! Milik Dawkins took 2nd and Demetric Hall took 4th.
  • Boys Varsity won first game in districts against Lapeer on Monday night 65-53. Next game is TONIGHT at Davison HS against Kearsley at 5:30.
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Big Mo!

Robotics - Big Mo - 2015 Kettering University FIRST® Robotics District Competition Winners.

  • Won the Motorola Quality Award. This award celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. The winning team has demonstrated these characteristics in many ways from planning through execution. Building the robot is only part of their success and the judges recognize them as a quality example to others. The following is how the judges worded it for our team " This team showed forceful robustness in design, build and control with control over the stacks of totes, recycle cans and litter.

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Upcoming PLC Meetings for March and April

Wednesday, March 11th

  • Topic: Teachscape: Domain 3D - Using Assessment to Guide Instruction - flipped

Wednesday, March 18th

  • AAYMPI Information (tentative) or PLC Work
Wednesday, March 25th
  • PLC Work

Wednesday, April 1st

  • Topic: Teachscape: Domain 3A - Communicating with Students
Wednesday, April 15th
  • PLC Reviews (tentative)

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • PLC Reviews (tentative)

School Improvement Survey

The School Improvement Survey needs to be completed, although the deadline is a bit later (end of March). The link for the Staff Survey is:

Mark your Calendars - Dr. Tunnicliff on Teaching and Learning March 16

Dr. Tunnicliff will be visiting the high school on Monday, March 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to hear your thoughts on Teaching and Learning. Please stop by the English Lounge to visit him and share your ideas or to just say hi!

Testing Never Ends....

Thank you to Karri F. , Kim M., Jennifer T., and Barry H. for all of the help with the coordination of testing! Thanks to everyone else who served as a test supervisor, proctor, sorted documents, ran errands, picked up test booklets, typed up attendance lists, etc.

Thanks to John F. and Nancy G. for providing proctoring for WIDA testing!

Thanks also to those of you who provided Professional Development sessions to your colleagues.

Coming Up:

Tuesday, March 17 - NO P.A. on this day

  • ACT Plus Writing Makeups (only 7 students)
  • ACT Plan (about 37 makeups)
  • ACT Released (about 31 makeups + extended time testers)

Wednesday, March 18- NO P.A. in the a.m.

  • ACT WorkKeys (only 12 students)

Weeks of March 23-27 and March 30 - April 2

  • STAR Testing - Science Department and English 12

11th Grade M-Step Testing

Wednesday, April 15 - M-Step Science (Block A)

Thursday, April 16 - M-Step Social Studies (Block B)

Tuesday, April 21 - M-Step English (Block A)

Thursday, April 23 - M-Step Math (Block B)

Makeup days will also be scheduled.

We will block classes during this time. Block A will have 1st/3rd/5th hours and Block B will have 2nd/4th/6th hours. We may need to use some of the time for presentations for students, but will give you more detail once it is finalized.

Genesee Valley Rotary Student of the Month Nominations

Upcoming Nominations:

—Math – March - luncheon is on March 17

—Social Studies– April - luncheon is on April 21

May - End of Year Luncheon

Nominations are DUE by 15th of each month and the Rotary Student of the Month application is available on Blackboard.

Parent Conferences March 19th

Reminder that required Parent Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 19th from 4:30-7:30 p.m.


Professional Obligation Reminder
  • Expectation is that students complete the work
  • Expectation is that content department collect and assign points for work


March 2-6 Social Studies - 2 day packet

March 9-13 - English 9 and 10

March 16-20 - Math

March 23-27 - Social Studies

March 30- April 2 - Science - 3 day packet

MERT Drill on March 17th and Other Spring Drills

MERT = Medical Emergency Response Team

We will go into secure mode and will simulate a medical emergency with AED's and CPR to practice. This is a required drill.

We have a few fire and tornado drills to complete as required by state law this spring.

March 14 - pi day 3.14

2015 - Year of Light

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Science Student Teacher

We have a new student teacher, Jasmine Willis, working with Frank Burger and Nathan Elder. Please welcome her to CAHS!

Pi Day

Happy Pi Day - celebrate on 3/14

See for pi day activities!

STEM, Dual Enrollment and Other Opportunities for Students

Dual enrollment allows students to earn high school and college credits at little to no cost. We are fortunate to have several new partnerships for our students:

1. UM-Flint - DEEP (13-14 college credits) (Western Genesee Consortium - C-A/Flushing/SC

  • Pre-Engineering, Medical Sciences, Fine Arts

2. UM-Flint - DEEP (8-12 college credits) (C-A/Davison partnership)

  • Environmental Sciences

3. Mott Community College (14 college credits)

  • ASL 1/African American History/College Survival Skills
  • ASL 2/Forensic Anthropology

4. Baker College - Photonics/Laser Technology - Meeting last week of April

  • FREE 4 credit class in Intro to Photonics for Fall - Extracurricular
  • Partnerships to provide materials/lessons to science teachers

5. Project Lead the Way - District Initiative

  • PLTW - Engineering Programs
  • PLTW - Biomedical Sciences

Grades and TeacherVUE

Please make sure that grades are updated as soon as possible but at least on a bi-weekly basis. Parents are very concerned when there are very few grades throughout the marking period and it makes it very difficult to monitor their child's grades.

Evaluations and Student Growth

Evaluation deadlines are early May, so expect administrators over the next 4-5 weeks to finalize unannounced observations. Remember that lesson plans must be submitted withing 24 hours after an observation.

Student growth information (common assessments or other teacher provided data) will be due no later than April 22 to allow us to finalize evaluations.