Community High School The Catalyst November 2013 Dr. Robert D. Livernois—Superintendent Mr. Brian Walmsley—Chief Academic Officer Mr. Paul M. Yestrepsky—Director of Alternative Education Alternative Education Department 586-698-4424 Community High School 27500 Cosgrove Warren, MI 48092 586-574-3171 www.wcskids.net/chs/ PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES We encourage you to make every effort to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences which will be held on the following dates and times: Monday, November 25, 2013 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We ask that you limit your conferences to 5 minutes. Should you find you need more time, please schedule an appointment with the teacher to continue the conference at a later time. ATTENDANCE POLICY Students who are absent or tardy to school must have their parents call by 9:30 a.m. Students absent without parental contact are UNEXCUSED. Doctor notes verifying any visits to the doctor’s office are ALWAYS recommended when a student misses any class because of the visit. ABSENCE REPORT LINE: 698-4395 ***Tardy students report to the security desk upon arrival to school for a pass to class. Students Leaving During the School Day: All students finding it necessary to leave before the end of their program will sign out at the office. Please inform the office by written note or phone call, before 1st hour, when necessary for your student to leave early. Have your student report to the office to sign out and receive their pass. Upon return, students will sign back in at the security desk. A student that leaves campus during the day without proper checkout may be suspended. HOMEWORK REQUESTS All homework requests for student absences are to be made to the attendance office at 586-698-4423. Please allow 24 hours for your request to be processed. PARKING LOT SAFETY Wreckless driving, including speeding, will not be tolerated on school property. Vehicles without valid parking permits, and those parked illegally or in staff parking WILL BE TOWED AT the OWNER’S EXPENSE. SMOKING POLICY NO SMOKING is permitted in or around Community High School, including the park next to the school. Smoking just off school grounds, but in sight of the school, is NOT permitted. Penalty is suspension from school. Warren has an ordinance that includes possession of and/or use of tobacco as an offense of $125.00 and a court appearance. COUNSELOR Our school counselor is Mrs. Sarah Azar. Below is a brief biography: I am a certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I am licensed to work in both the school setting and community/agency setting. I have had the following careers: bank manager, manager of a small business, social studies teacher, special programs coordinator in the school setting, and school counselor. I have had the pleasure of working in a school setting for a total of 13 years. This is my 9th year in Warren Consolidated Schools and my 8th year at Community High School. My undergraduate studies were at Michigan State University and my graduate studies were at Oakland University. Both MSU (Education--BA) and OU (Counseling –MA) have rigorous programs. Combining both degree program requirements, I was a full-time student for a total of 7.5 years (year round) and accumulated 72 master’s level credits. When I first began my graduate program, I knew that I specifically wanted to work in an alternative high school setting. After doing some research, I decided that my first step in achieving this goal would be to become a Winning Futures mentor. Serving as a mentor allowed me the opportunity to get to know the Community High School students and staff while working towards my master’s degree in counseling. I enjoy working with students in an alternative high school setting immensely and I am looking forward to another wonderful school year. My contact information is as follows: phone (586) 698-4398 and email@example.com ACT & SAT TESTING DATES ACT testing will take place March 4, 5 & 6. More information will be forthcoming. SAT testing information is available in the counseling center. WINNING FUTURES The 2013-2014 school year kicks off the 20 Anniversary of Winning Futures. Winning Futures is an awardwinning non-profit organization that empowers youth to succeed through mentoring and strategic planning. Students in the program are teamed with an adult mentor from the community. This weekly program is unique in that it has a fun, structured curriculum where mentors teach students though hands-on activities, written exercises, and group discussions that focus on character value development, self-exploration, goal setting, job readiness skills, overcoming obstacles, and strategic planning. th . In this high energy speed meeting session, mentors introduce themselves to each team through a oneminute pitch that provides students with a glimpse into the “world of work” by sharing information about themselves, their career path and current job responsibilities. During this session, students and mentors evaluated the effects a person’s attitude can have on academic achievement and in the workplace. We discovered, as a group, that your attitude is the foundation to success! 2013 ALNET BASKETBALL PLAYERS The ''A" team consiting of Hamza Shahid, Demontrel Wilson, Chris Rushing-Mckinney, Kelvin Wilson, Darrin Gildon went 8-0 to win the tournament with a undefeated record...This was Hamza's and Demontrel's third tournament, they have collectd a 4th, 2nd and now a 1st place medal/trophy. The other 2 squads played hard all day with the B squad having a 4-1 record in the round robin and the C team ending up with a 2-3 record. They ultimately were seeded to play against each other in the 1st round of the tournament. The C team was victorious with their extra hustle...The C team then lost in the next round. Welcome Class of 2027! On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Warren Consolidated Schools will host an informational parent meeting for all families with children entering Kindergarten in September 2014. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center located at 12901 Fifteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights, attached to Sterling Heights High School. Parents attending will be provided with information about: All Day and Half-Day Kindergarten options; Year-Round and Traditional School Calendar; Kindergarten curriculum; Health requirements to attend Kindergarten; Breakfast and lunch options; Transportation; and Before-or after-school Latchkey services In addition, student registration packets will be available as well as information on registration dates and times. For more information, please visit the WCS webpage, www.wcskids.net. PLC Mondays (dismissal at 1:31 p.m.) November 18, 2013 December 2, 2013 December 16, 2013 January 13, 2014 January 27, 2014 February 10, 2014 March 10, 2014 March 24, 2014 Please Save!!! Check out the Community High School Website for updates April 21, 2014 May 5, 2014 May 19, 2014 Notes from Nursing I got mine, did you get yours?? The Flu season has begun early this year but it’s not too late to get immunized against the seasonal flu. Who should get vaccinated this season? Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It is especially important for some people to get vaccinated. Those include: People who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu: o People with asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease o Pregnant women o People 65 years and older People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications. o This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions as listed above. When should you get vaccinated? The CDC recommends you get vaccinated as soon as the 2013– 2014 flu season has begun. Several cases have already been reported in the metropolitan area, so NOW is the time! It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It is not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change. What are the symptoms of the flu? Symptoms of seasonal flu include fever plus one or more of the following: cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, or vomiting. The virus can also cause pneumonia, which can make it hard to breathe. Is there a treatment if I get sick with the flu? Antiviral medications used to treat common seasonal flu can ease symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness. They are usually given to those people that are at greater risk for more serious disease and have chronic health problems. When to keep kids home… Keep children home at the first sign of illness and call your doctor to see if an office visit is necessary. Children with a fever of 100* or above must stay home until fever free for 24 hours without medication. Some kids may need to stay home longer, depending on how they feel. Prevention: Teach and practice healthy habits. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, because the virus can spread when you touch surfaces that are infested with germs. Marjorie Racine BSN RN CSN Warren Consolidated School Nurse November, 2013 Used with Permission: CDC COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR ITEMS - 2013-2014 Early Release Mondays – school dismissal 1:31 pm “Professional Learning “ Parent-Teacher Conferences – Evening Report cards distributed at conferences ½ Day - NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am Parent/Teacher Conferences – Afternoon NO SCHOOL&-Evening THANKSGIVING RECESS Classes resume ½ Day – NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am Winter Recess Classes resume First semester FINAL EXAMS ½ Day - NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am First semester FINAL EXAMS ½ Day – NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am First semester FINAL EXAMS ½ Day – NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am NO SCHOOL - MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY Supplemental Count Day NO SCHOOL - WINTER BREAK Classes resume ACT/MME Testing (11TH grade) info to follow ½ Day - NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am Parent-Teacher Conferences – Afternoon End of third&quarter – Records day ½ Day - NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am NO SCHOOL – SPRING RECESS Week of Sept 9 - May 19 November 25 November 26 November 27, 28,29 December 2 December 20 Dec 23 – Jan 5 January 6 January 15 January 16 January 17 January 20 February 12 February 17- 21 February 24 March 4, 5, 6 March 13 Evening28 March April 7-11 WARREN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS 31300 Anita | Warren, Michigan 48093 | 888-4WCS-KIDS | www.wcskids.net Student Achievement A focus on measurable student achievement in our Professional Learning Communities. 2013-2014 Board of Education Brian White, President Elaine G. Martin, Vice President Susan Jozwik, Secretary Megan E. Papasian-Broadwell, Treasurer, I. Susan Kattula, Trustee Benjamin I. Lazarus, Trustee Susan G. Trombley, Trustee Dr. Robert D. Livernois, Superintendent Clear Expectations Clear expectations for every stakeholder, including students, staff and parents. Strong Relationships Strong relationships among all stakeholders, including: teacher-student, parent-teacher, principal-teacher, and superintendent-board member. In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1977, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, it is the policy of the Warren Consolidated Schools that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, (collectively, “Protected Classes”) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to, discrimination during any program, activity, service or in employment. Inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Human Resources Officer, 31300 Anita, Warren, Michigan 48093, (586) 825-2400, ext 63110.