Principal's Pen

Principal's Pen -  May 2024

It is hard to believe we are in the final month of the 2023-24 school year. The school year has gone by so quickly and so many wonderful things have happened this year. May is a very busy month and here are just a few of the great things happening this month.

On Thursday evening May 2, we will join with the other PISD high schools at the annual Shining Stars Gala. This is such a wonderful evening to recognize the top ten students and their families from each high school along with the teacher they have selected as a Shining Star teacher. On Friday, May 3, we will have our annual Senior Celebration to recognize all of the seniors in the class who have been accepted to a college, university or made a commitment to serve in one of the military service branches. It is always a fun afternoon of food, games, and prizes for our senior class.

Beginning on Monday, May 6 and continuing through Friday, May 17, Advanced Placement testing begins. Students and teachers have worked diligently all year to prepare for these very challenging specific course examinations. We look forward to many of our students earning qualifying scores and cash bonuses for their hard work. Many of our clubs and organizations have scheduled end-of-the-year banquets and celebrations in the month of May and we look forward to celebrating with these students and teachers. For specific banquet dates and times, please contact the teachers and sponsors of specific clubs and organizations.

On Wednesday, May 15, we will honor two of our outstanding teachers from CTHS. English teacher Mrs. Patricia Bujnoch is our campus Teacher of the Year and Automotive Collision Repair teacher Mr. Kevin McIlveen is our campus New Teacher of the Year. We will honor them along with teachers from all other PISD campuses at a special luncheon hosted by the district. Congratulations to both Mrs. Bujnoch and Mr. McIlveen on their hard work and this very special recognition.

Seniors will take final examinations in their classes on Tuesday, May 14 through Friday, May 17. Seniors must be clear of all fees and fines and turn in their tablets no later than Monday, May 20. Seniors who have earned an industry-based certification will receive their graduation stole on Monday, May 20. We will have one graduation practice with all seniors on Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30 am in our lobby. On Wednesday, May 22, we will honor our seniors with breakfast at 8:30 am and their senior walk of honor following. We will load the buses and leave for graduation at Noon. The Class of 2024 graduation ceremony is at 2:00 pm at NRG Stadium. All seniors must ride the bus to graduation but may choose to ride home with friends or family. We will also have buses back to CTHS for students who need transportation. We also have a bus for parents or families who need transportation. Please contact our assistant principals’ office to reserve seats on that bus.

Seniors will return to CTHS at 8:30 am on Thursday, May 23 to pick up their diploma.

Our ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students will take final exams Tuesday through Thursday of the final week of school. Both Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 are early dismissal days with students being released at 11:35 a.m. Buses will run regular routes to and from school on all days through May 23. Breakfast will be served on both Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 but lunch will not be served on either of those days. The last day for all students in Thursday, May 23.

This will be my last edition of the Principal’s Pen. I will be retiring as of July 31, 2024 after 34 years of service in Pasadena ISD. It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my career to serve as the principal at CTHS for the past eleven years. Thank you for all your support and encouragement for our campus. I hope you and your families have a wonderful, safe, and restful summer. I will always cherish my years at CTHS!