Principal's Pen

Principal's Pen
January 2021

I hope all of you and your families had a wonderful, safe and healthy holiday season! We have started our spring semester at CTHS and are looking forward to an exciting second half of the school year. We are excited to welcome back students who had been learning virtually during the first semester and are now attending in person. There are some changes in attendance policies for both face-to-face and virtual learners that are very important.

Face-to-face students must be physically present on campus in order to be marked present for attendance. Face-to-face students may not choose to randomly remain at home and participate virtually. If a face-to-face student is not on campus for class, they will be marked absent even if they log in or submit assignments virtually. Virtual students must now log in and participate in their classes during the scheduled class time in order to be present for attendance. Virtual students who do not log in and participate during their scheduled class time will be marked absent even if they submit assignments at another time during the day. Please remember that both face-to-face and virtual students must be marked present for at least 90% of the class days in order to be eligible to earn credit for the course regardless of their grade average in the course.

In the fall, we received numerous suggestions, had both students and staff participate, serve on committees, provide feedback and vote on mascot options. We are proud to announce that the mascot selected for our campus is the Knights! CTHS is now the home of the Knights! We will continue to work on our branding materials and logos to represent our new mascot.

We have some important dates coming in January that you will want to mark on your calendar. On January 12, we will be administering the Mock English 1 STAAR exam and the 12th grade Mock AP English Literature exam. Our freshman and seniors in those classes will be testing on those days. Students in other grade levels or other classes can remain at home and work asynchronously. On January 14, we will be administering the Mock English 2 STAAR exam and the 11th grade Mock AP English Language exam. Our sophomores and juniors in those classes will be testing, while students in other grade levels or class can remain at home and work asynchronously. All students and staff will be off on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Day and students will be off on Tuesday, January 19 while our teachers participate in staff development. We will have extended day from 2:35 – 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27 for club meetings, tutorials, and make up time with buses available at 4:30 provide student transportation.

Our district is also receiving input on the 2021-22 district calendar and you may view the draft calendar and submit your input via the following link:

Steven Fleming

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