Congratulations to the 2013 CHHS Teacher of the Year: Mr. Bill Ryan
SOL After School PREP classes will begin Thursday, May 16.
AP Meeting for Rising AP Students & Parents - May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the CHHS Auditorium with individual break-out sessions with AP teachers.
Interested in new volunteer opportunities? Check out the new "Volunteer Opportunities" button under Quick Links on the right side of this page, or access it by going to the Parents & Students tab and clicking on "Volunteer Opportunities."
As we enter into the month of May, the high school is in full-motion preparing for the closing of one school year and the start of another. Award ceremonies and scholarship dinners will shortly begin. Please check the scrolling calendar to the right that details specific dates for each.
The Spring Musical, "Into the Woods" will be taking place on Saturday, May 4th. A lot of time and effort has gone into the production by both our drama and choir teachers. If you have the time, I would encourage you to attend.
There also is a talent show to raise money for the high school's fine arts program. Friday, May 10th, is the date of the show. Again, all money raised will go directly back to the fine arts department.
Speaking of departments, the School Counseling Office has been meeting with current students to ensure accurate course selections for next school year. Verification of course selections will go out in August, so please make sure you select wisely with your future schedules in mind.
Graduation requirements have become more rigorous in the State of Virginia. Even though it is a strain to run four different diploma requirements next year, the School Counseling Office continues to do an excellent job keeping all of the legislative changes straight. Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, all rising ninth graders will need to take a virtual class. This class will also see the end of the modified standard diploma for individuals with disabilities.
With all the new mandates, it is a challenging time in the world of education. The new teacher evaluation model is a work in progress. There is a question of pay increases and rising health care costs. You sometimes get frustrated, but then you remember why you became an educator to begin with.
It could be that you played school ever since you were two years old or it could be that working with young people is an area that you grew to love. Teaching is such a special craft and every teacher I know has a very special story. The first full week of May marks the start of Teacher Appreciation Week.
Please join me in thanking our staff for a job well done.
With Colonial Pride,
Kristin Janssen CHHS Principal