Principal's Pen - March 2019

Principal's Pen - March 2019
Posted on 03/05/2019
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‚ÄčMarch 2019

It is hard to believe, but we are almost to Spring Break! The 2018-19 school year is rapidly moving forward and many great things are happening at CTHS.

On Monday and Tuesday, March 4 & 5, students in Grades 9 will be taking their Mock STAAR examinations in Algebra and Biology, while our juniors will be taking their Mock STAAR U.S. History exam. These practice examinations will provide valuable data for our students and staff as we continue teaching and providing tutorials and interventions in preparation for those exams in May. Our English department continues to prepare students for their upcoming STAAR English I and English II examinations in April. Students have the opportunity to attend tutorials every day during our Reboot time and every Wednesday afternoon during extended day sessions.

On Wednesday, March 6, our junior students will have an opportunity to take their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) during the school day. This examination is offered at no cost to the students in order to give them an opportunity to experience the SAT during their junior year and establish a baseline score upon which to build future success before taking this exam as seniors.

Our students continue to compete and excel in their pathways. Students have advanced to state competitions in the Business Professionals’ of America (BPA), the culinary Pro Start and H.E.A.T. Competitions, and the Texas Association of Future Educators competitions this month. More students will be participating in state level competitions next month in the Skills USA competitions, the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and the Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitions. Robotics is in full swing and will be competing in several competitions this month. We are proud of all of our students and staff and their desire, passion, and skill to represent themselves, our campus and our district in these competitions.

Our newest competitive group is the CTHS Archery team. Twenty students, under the coaching of CTHS Wildlife Instructor Kelly Kraus, have qualified for the state archery tournament in Belton and will be competing on March 29 to represent themselves and CTHS. We are very proud of them and Mrs. Kraus!

Students and staff will enjoy the Spring Break holidays from March 11-15 and return on March 18. The safety of all students and staff continues to be a priority at CTHS. We will conduct a tornado safety drill the week we return from Spring Break and will be sharing the ALICE safety protocol information with students later in March. We continue to use the “See Something, Say Something” campaign to receive anonymous information related to student and staff safety.

Our staff continues to provide unique field experiences for students and our business partners are sending expert staff to our campus to provide current training and skill development for our students. It is a busy month at CTHS and we appreciate your continued support!

Steven Fleming