Principal's Pen

Principal's Pen March

Spring is coming to CTHS! It is March and we have three months remaining in the 2022-23 school year. Many exciting things are happening at CTHS and I’d like to share a few of those with you.

On Wednesday, March 1, all of our junior students will have an opportunity to take the SAT examination. Students will take the exam on campus at no cost and experience the challenges of this national aptitude test. In addition, our juniors will be completing their state graduation requirement video course on proper interaction with law enforcement. The “Flashing Lights” video course and associated online assessment is a state mandated graduation requirement and our juniors will be completing that during the final period of the day.

We continue our Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment (TELPAS) for our emergent bilingual students during the first week of March. Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their level of English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our students and teachers have been preparing all year for the students to demonstrate their skills on this important state-required examination.

On Friday, March 3, we will be hosting career and technical administrators from across the Gulf coast region for a luncheon. It will require us to reserve a section of our student parking lot for our visitors and may create some additional traffic issues in the morning. We are encouraging students to arrive early and we will have staff in the parking lots to direct students to appropriate parking spaces.

On Tuesday, March 7, students in Grade 9 will be taking their mock STAAR examination in Biology and students in Grade 11 will be taking their mock STAAR examination in U.S. History. On Wednesday, March 8, our ninth grade students will take their mock Algebra I exam. These are important diagnostic examinations for the students and staff so that we can determine where and how to best focus our instruction for this semester as students prepare for the state assessments in April.

On Friday, March 10, we will have presenters from Baker Ripley at CTHS to share information with our senior students in their U.S. Government or Economics classes about how to register to vote. Eligible students may complete their voter registration and submit to the deputy voter registrars that will be on campus that day.

Our students and staff will enjoy Spring Break holidays from Monday March 13 through Friday, March 17. Students and staff will return to classes on Monday, March 20.

After Spring Break, students will have opportunities to complete mock Advanced Placement examinations in the courses in which they are enrolled. These practice examinations will again provide both students and staff with valuable data on student progress and guide our preparation for the AP exams coming in May.

On Monday, March 27, we will host a Meningitis Vaccination Clinic from 12:15-1:00 pm for seniors who may need that vaccine prior to college entrance next fall. Contact our nurse, Mrs. Woods, for more information, cost and registration.

Our senior class of 2023 will be taking their senior panoramic picture on Tuesday, March 28 at 12:15 pm. Seniors will need to bring their graduation robe to school for the picture. Ordering information will be shared with students and parents.

Over 60 of our students have qualified for the SkillsUSA state competition in their CTE program of study and will be traveling with teachers to Corpus Christi on March 30-April 1. We look forward to state winners who will bring the gold home to CTHS! Thank you for your continued support of our students and staff. Have a great month!