The Catalyst - Warren Consolidated Schools

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
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.
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
***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.
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.
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
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.
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
ACT testing will take place March 4, 5 & 6. More information will be forthcoming.
SAT testing information is available in the counseling center.
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.
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!
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,
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
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
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
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 –
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
Supplemental Count Day
Classes resume
ACT/MME Testing (11TH grade) info to follow
½ Day - NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am Parent-Teacher Conferences –
of third&quarter – Records day ½ Day - NO PM CLASSES – dismissal 11:21 am
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
April 7-11
31300 Anita | Warren, Michigan 48093 | 888-4WCS-KIDS |
Student Achievement
A focus on measurable student
achievement in our Professional Learning
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
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.