Principal's Pen

Principal's Pen February

The second semester is moving along rapidly as we enter the month of February. We have many exciting things happening at CTHS and I would like to share a few of the highlights with you.

February is CTE Month and we are celebrating all of our programs of study. Students in many of our programs are participating in skill and academic competitions to demonstrate the academic, technical, and skill training they are learning each day. We wish each of our students the very best and look forward to many students advancing to state competitions later this spring and national competitions this summer.

February 5-9 is National Counselors Week and we are celebrating the outstanding counseling staff at CTHS. Our counseling team and supporting paraprofessionals do incredible work to support students, staff and parents each day. We are proud of our counseling team and blessed by their efforts.

On Monday, February 5, our College Now and counseling team will host a student and parent meeting for students interested in enrolling in Dual Credit courses at San Jacinto College next year. This meeting will be held in our Conference Center at 6 pm in the evening. Tenth and eleventh grade students and parents are encouraged to attend if Dual Credit courses are part of their academic future at CTHS.

Our ninth and tenth grade students will be taking their Mock STAAR English exams on Wednesday, February 7. These exams are modeled after the graduation-required STAAR exams coming later this spring and provide valuable data for us to make instructional decisions as we continue preparing students for the STAAR test.

We will offer Credit by Examination for World Language on Friday, February 9. Students who have not had prior instruction in a world language may register to demonstrate their expertise in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Qualifying scores on the CBE can earn a student credit for the demonstrated language without having to enroll and complete the classroom course. Students may register through their World Language teacher on in the CTHS counseling office.

The 2024 Senior Class will host a food day on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14. Proceeds from the sales of pizza, cinnamon rolls, and soft drinks will benefit the senior class prom account. To help us, please do not send large flower or balloon arrangements to the school on Valentine’s Day. We do not have staff available to deliver these items to students. We will hold delivered items in the office and send notice to students to come and pick those up on their way home that afternoon.

Students will have holidays on Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19. Our staff will be in district-wide staff development training on Friday and in campus staff development sessions on Monday.

During the week of February 20-23, CTHS will be holding our annual spring Safety Week. During this week students and staff will receive refresher training and complete safety drills for situations such as fire, lockdown, shelter-in-place, and tornado emergencies. Students will also be participating in Digital Citizenship Week and receive training on internet safety.

During the last week of February, the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment (TELPAS) examinations will be given to students who have been working to develop and demonstrate fluency in their reading, writing, speaking and listen of the English language. These are important examinations for our students as they continue their academic progress. As always, we appreciate your continued support for CTHS!