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SOARING EAGLE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
January. 2010 VOLUME V, ISSUE 7 CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL HOME OF THE EAGLES_______
PRINCIPAL’S MESSA GE
“The CCHS Family is a part of the One Body of Christ”
Happy New Year It is difficult for me to realize half the 20092010 school term is completed. It has been very good and I pray for the New Year to be as good or better. Your children have been cooperative at Central Catholic High School. It has been amazing to watch them grow, mature, become more responsible and to understand Central Catholic High School’s Mission, Routines, Schedules and Responsibilities. I pray every one of you and your family have a Happy and Blessed New Year and that everyone grows in their FAITH. Classes Resume Classes resume for students on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 with a White Day. Faculty returns Monday, January 4, 2010 for a day of inservice. Sexting As a Central Catholic High School family we addressed Face Book issues. Enclosed please find details on a new issue. Make yourself aware of SEXTING. Read the enclosed information. Important! Attendance and Grades There is a direct consolation between absentees, tardiness, early dismissals and grades. The more a student has of one, the lower they have of the other. Grades do not measure only student knowledge. I believe at Central Catholic High School grades more measure students’ effort. The more students turn in homework, do home
Page 2 of 17 study, are attentive in attendance, go to teachers for tutoring or assistance, ask questions, I believe the higher the grade will be in each academic area. High School Fall Sports Awards The 2009 High School Fall Sports Awards will be held on January 20th at 6:30 in the mall. It will include all athletes that participated in High School Football, Volleyball, Swimming and Cross Country. Recruitment Be proud of Central Catholic High School. Central Catholic High School follows its mission, is attempting to educate the whole child, fulfills curriculum sequencing, and offers many academic, athletics, cocurricular and social activities. Each of us needs to tell the community about Central Catholic High School. Don’t hide Central Catholic High School. It has been my experience that a disappointed, unsatisfied customer tells 25 people about their problem. A satisfied, happy customer tells few or is silent. I believe each of us needs to reverse this and all the Central Catholic High School Family needs to shout from the roof tops. Registration for 20102011 The Central Catholic High School Advisory Council, Advancement Office and Administration are preparing for 2010 – 2011. Information will be forthcoming during January for students to bring home information regarding registration. There will be student meetings, parent meetings and plenty of communications being forwarded to all concerning registration for 2010 – 2011. It is crucial to follow the time lines so hiring of personnel and scheduling of students can take place orderly. Mrs. Karen Tycer will begin calling students and parents for appointments to review testing information and curriculum planning from January to April. Please follow her directions to make the process successful. Parent Meetings Please be alert for reminders to announce the different parent meetings for 2010 – 2011. I understand the questions we all have about the national and local economy but I hope we can all accept the challenges and develop solutions to keep all of our students at Central Catholic High School.
Page 3 of 17 Apologetics Good luck to our seniors as they begin their Apologetic Course in the third quarter during their religion class. National Catholic School Week Central Catholic High School celebrates National Catholic School Week the week of February 1, 2010 to February 5, 2010. Friday, February 5, 2010 is the annual Alumni Association Career Day for students with an early dismissal. As I approach National Catholic Schools Week at Central Catholic High School, I remind myself about the “Why of a Small Catholic School.” 1. Student involvement and activities enhance selfesteem, selfdiscipline and leadership. 2. Discipline is less of a problem 3. Cooperative learning, peerteaching and tutoring, and decisions in a decentralized small school can be made more efficiently. 4. Students who need individual attention can get this more readily because of the low studentteacher ratio. 5. Because of low teacherstudent ratio, higher order learning can be addressed more readily. 6. More student involvement in activities. 7. Teacher communication to integrate crosscurriculum activities exist. 8. The school becomes a family and can strive to be a faith community. 9. By involvement and ownership, a unique pride can be fostered and developed. Vocations Fr. Mark Toups will be at Central Catholic High School on January 15, 2010 to pilot some unique and encouraging Vocation Ideas. Central Catholic High School will celebrate Vocation Week from January 11, 2010 to January 15, 2010. Central Catholic High School is blessed to have the presence and involvement of our local clergy especially Fr. Danny Poche’. No other high school in all the United States has Fr. Danny. We are blessed. Parking Permits
th As students approach their 16 birthday and many receive their license for a Christmas present, remember to purchase a parking permit for when a student brings a car to school.
Page 4 of 17 Central Catholic High School Auction Mark your calendar. The Central Catholic High School Auction is being prepared and it is th th March 12 and 13 , 2010. Confirmation Policy It is the policy of all dioceses that Sacrament Programs are the responsibility of each church parish. A student is to prepare for sacraments in their own parish. One of the reasons for the policy for each church parish is to build a faith community for all parishioners and not separate participants.
th Also, each of us should support our 11 grade students as they prepare for the Confirmation during the second semester.
· April 13, 2010 – Holy Cross Confirmation · April 21, 2010 – Sacred Heart Confirmation Open House – February 4, 2010 The Central Catholic High School Open House for interested new students for the 2010 2011 School Term and for future enrollment is February 4, 2010. More details forthcoming. Enrichment Program The Central Catholic High School Academic Committee is studying the possibility of offering enrichment activities during the summer of 2010. It could include activities like pottery, art, reading, music, camping, fishing or other topics. I believe this will further enhance and broaden our curriculum offerings. These would be noncredit courses for student’s leisure learning and interest. Central Catholic High School already has camps, clinics and weight lifting in the summer. Now, more could be offered. More details forthcoming.
“The Eagle” staff wishes to announce that we are currently accepting ad spaces in the 20092010 yearbook. This is a great opportunity to recognize your child by placing a special ad acknowledging their school year. For more information or to reserve a spot, email Mrs. Aimee Arcemont at firstname.lastname@example.org. or fill out the attached form
Parents, now you can upload photos from school events directly to the yearbook
Page 5 of 17 staff. No more hassle of sending disks, jump drives or emailing attachments, simply go to www.hjeshare.com and enter the school code 2010545. You can submit as many photos as you wish and even suggest captions! Thanks. Happy Birthday for January Students: Cody Rodrigue, Ross lLandry, Eriq Blanchard, Carolyn Sanford, Grayce Haines, Paige Johnson, Rogshay Elliott, Antoine Pennison, Deryan Mason Faculty: William Parkerson
WEBSITE Please check the Central Catholic High School Website, www.cchseagles.com for school activities and programs.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS or EMAIL ADDRESS
Please notify the Central Catholic High School Office of any change of address, phone number or email address as soon as this occurs so we may update our database. SAVE THE DATE · · · · ·
th th Central Catholic High School Auction – March 12 and 13 , 2010. nd 2 Semester begins for Students – January 5, 2010 Semester Report Cards emailed – January 6, 2010 Fifth Block begins – January 11, 2010 National Catholic School Week – February 15, 2010
No Parent Left Behind #3 No Parent Left Behind will meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the Computer Lab. Topic: “Picture It: Doing More with Digital Photos!” Date was changed to better accommodate the presenters. Congratulations To · · Students who helped with the Holy Cross Children’s Christmas Party Sixteen students who decorated the Patterson Health Care Center – Beth Gauthier, Amie Landry, Alison Bergeron, Carlie Dupre, Jami Brown, Sarah Watson, Chloe Felterman, Kourtney Blanchard, Ariel Pravata, John Carmody, McKenzie Anslum, Taylor Darby, Alexandria Medine, Kristian Bartholomew, Emily Businelle, Elizabeth Businelle – they decorated 12 doors to bring joy to 24 residents
Page 6 of 17 · All of the students, families and faculty who supported ToysforTots, adopted a family, adopted a grandparent, gave teddy bears and helped those less fortunate at Christmas CCHS Quiz Bowl Team – Alison Bergeron, Dylan Blanchard, Chloe Felterman, Anthony Hunter, Amie Landry, Alexandria Medine Dontrell Brown being named First Team all State in Football and Andrew Templet receiving Honorable Mention.
Fifth Block In previous newsletters I’ve explained the sequencing of the curriculum. Central Catholic High School has a curriculum based on College Readiness Standards. Each student is assessed on a regular base with numerous forms of assessment to evaluate mastery. The level of mastering is called the grading scale which for Central Catholic High School is A to F. If a student fails a required course, the student must make up the course in order to graduate. In previous years the technique of make up was called summer school. The new term for make up is CREDIT RECOVERY. There are different techniques for CREDIT RECOVERY. In the area, the technique used is called the FIFTH BLOCK. Each student takes four blocks a day at school. If a student fails a required course in a semester, the student will make up that required course at the end of the fourth block with a fifth block. It will be from 2:45 P.M. to 3:45 P.M. Each student is diagnosed and given a prescription for preparing for a course final exam. Once a student completes the prescription and passes the final exam, a student achieves CREDIT RECOVERY in the FIFTH BLOCK. The program will begin at Central Catholic High School on January 11, 2010. More details to be published. Words cannot express my enthusiasm for this new program. Students will not have to travel in the summer to SUMMER SCHOOL SITES at a cost of hundreds of dollars. The program can be designed to fulfill a students needs with a sense of urgency. I congratulate the State Board of Education and the NonPublic School Commission for the new CREDIT RECOVERY POLICY. In Closing I’ve spent quiet a bit of time lately watching and studying our students as they are faced with disappointment and setbacks. I noticed some “learned behavior for students to get “their way” or to get someone (a parent, friend, teacher, anyone) to fight their battles for them or to try to reverse the
Page 7 of 17 disappointment. The most common words I hear are “its okay” or “I’ll handle this for you.” Many of these learned behaviors were “learned” at an early age when a student might have needed assistance from an adult to learn a process to accept challenges or overcome set backs. The problem is the student is now 16, 17 or 18 and facing the real world and a protective adult may not be around to correct the problem for the child/student. The student needs to learn to handle some issues themselves. Take time to really look objectively at your child’s behavior and study if it is the same behavior now as it was when they were 10 or 11 and their not maturing. This topic is very complicated and each child is an individual. What works for your neighbor may not be what your child needs. I pray each of us continue to love our children, separate the action from the intent, and address our children correctly as they prepare for accepting disappointments and setbacks in their competitive world. Peace and blessings
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Congratulations, Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff, on a wonderful Advent and Christmas Season!
The 2009 Christmas programs and drives were VERY successful thanks to the generosity and service of our students and parents during the time preparing for Christ to enter our hearts. An Advent first for Central CatholicAdopt a Grandparent through Patterson Health Care Center was fantastic! Thank you, to the forty students and faculty members who participated: McKensie Anslum Jada Pennison Mrs. Allison Longman Ariel Pravata Grant Perry Coach David Fuhrer Kourtney Blanchard Marceya Jones Coach Kindra Halverson John Carmody Jeffrey Huddleston Mrs. Jodie Mettlen Tyler Hoffpauir Jami Brown Kristian Bartholomew Kori Clark Adam Courtney Emily Businelle Kennedi Breaux Mrs. Gerrie Byrne Destiny Bishop Collin Conner Mrs. Margot Montet Lee Chloe Felterman Kody Vinning Mrs. Sherie Michel Paige Johnson Jessica Landry Mrs. Missy Burton Alexandria Medine Mrs. Kathy Sanders Mrs. Karen Tycer Mrs. Denia Huddleston Mrs. Sandy Daigle Mrs. Debbie Stanley Amie Landry Elizabeth Gauthier Alison Bergeron Sarah Watson Caitlin Morgan Also with Patterson Health Care Center was the first time our school participated in the Decorate a Door Program. Sixteen students went to the nursing home on Monday, November 30, to decorate residents’ doors for Christmas. Central Catholic completed twelve room doors bringing the spirit of Christmas to twentyfour residents. Our students outdid every other school, business, and organization in the community in the number of doors decorated! Thank you to the following students for their service to the elderly in the community: Elizabeth Gauthier Amie Landry Alison Bergeron Carlie Dupie Alexandria Medine Sarah Watson Chloe Felterman Ariel Pravata Kristian Bartholomew Talor Darby McKensie Anslum John Carmody Kourtney Blanchard Emily Businelle Elizabeth Businelle Jami Brown Thank you to all who brought gifts for the Toys for Tots Drive! It too was a success. Thank you, Key Club, for facilitating this program.
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January Campus Ministry Assembly featuring Chad Judice
Monday, January 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM in the Siracusa Gym All parents, grandparents, and friends of Central Catholic are invited! Mr. Justice is a teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette. He is the author of the newly published book Waiting for Eli. Mr. Justice serves as a guest speaker in our area for free, and will be at Central Catholic to share his experiences with our school community. His message illustrates the power of prayer. Mr. Justice is a strong witness of our Catholic faith as he tells his story, which unfolds the remarkable events accompanying the praying and waiting for the birth of his son Elijah. Mr. Justice is a powerful speaker, who brings us back to a child‐like faith after being exposed to the miraculous experiences of the Justice Family. This presentation is appropriate for all Catholics: parents, grandparents, teachers, and students seventh through twelfth grades. The combination of prayer, faith in God, and pro‐life theme will create a wonderful Campus Ministry Monday assembly. His presentation lasts forty‐five minutes and is filled with many miracles in our area that most of our community is not aware of. If you are able to attend, please join your children and grandchildren at school for the assembly.
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January Red/White Schedule
DATE January 4 January 5 January 6 January 7 January 8 January 11
RED/WHITE Inservice Day WHITE RED WHITE RED WHITE
Faculty Meeting Report Card emailed Mass
Campus Ministry Assembly
th 5 Block begins
January 12 January 13 January 14 January 15 January 19 January 20 January 21 January 22 January 25 January 26 January 27 January 28 January 29
RED WHITE RED WHITE RED WHITE RED WHITE RED WHITE RED WHITE RED
Breakfast of Champions “A” Team Meeting
Mass (Bishop Jacobs)
High School Sports Awards Mass Late Start Birthday Monday
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Safe Homes – Safe from Drugs – Safe from Alcohol – Safe for Children to Grow
Pledge to Provide a Safe Home I will not allow parties or gatherings in my home when I am not there. I will not serve minors, nor will I allow youths under the legal drinking age (21) to consume alcohol or to use other drugs in my home or on my property. I wish for communication with any parents who PERSONALLY OBSERVE my child using alcohol or other drugs. I will communicate with any Safe Homes parent of a child I PERSONALLY OBSERVE using alcohol or other drugs. Name (please print)_________________________________________________
Signature_________________________________________________________ Address________________________________Town/Zip__________________ Name & Grade of Children_________________________________________ _____I give permission to have my name, address, phone and name of children listed above included in the Safe Homes Directory. (Please initial) This is a one year commitment and must be renewed annually. Please return this to: Central Catholic High School
Central Catholic High School
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2100 Cedar Street Morgan City, Louisiana 70380 Parental Participation Program 20092010
Intent of the program: To have broad participation and involvement by all parents in all facets of the CCHS school life by providing for needs and services which help the school in its mission. This program represents an absolute minimum and we encourage those who fully support the school with an abundance of participation to continue that tradition of service. For those who can provide parental participation, a minimum of 40 hours per family per year is required. For those who are unable to actively participate in providing these needs, a fee of $400 per family is required. If you cannot provide parental participation in any of the areas listed, you must contact the office to see if there is some special talent or ability that can be mutually agreed upon to meet the st pledge obligation. Participation hours must be earned by March 31 of the current school year. st Hours earned after March 31 will apply to the following school year. You will be assessed for th any unearned hours with payment due by April 15 . Outstanding accounts will be treated in the same manner as any unpaid financial obligation to the school, up to and including withholding of any further testing and/or graduation until the entire outstanding balance is paid. Anyone who will serve in an activity of a “regular” nature with direct service to or supervision of students is mandated to attend and receive a Diocesan approved Safe Environment Training certification. The Parental Participation Pledge is to be signed and returned to the school by September st 1 . Your Service Log is to be turned into the office as work is performed, but in any case, no later than one week before the end of each quarter. For large activities, the coordinator will turn a Service Log into the office for all activities being performed. It is the individual’s responsibility to accurately record your participation by signing in for each activity. Immediate family members (including grandparents) are also eligible to contribute towards a family’s participation commitment. A quarterly statement detailing hours earned to date will be provided to each family. After your minimum of 40 hours of participation is achieved, continue to report any additional hours to provide accurate participation requirements when next year’s activities are planned. We thank you in advance for your continued commitment to CCHS. This program has far reaching benefits that will make the future of CCHS the brightest it can be. __________________ Deacon Vic Bonnaffee Principal
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Central Catholic High School 2100 Cedar Street Morgan City, Louisiana 70380
Parental Participation Service Log 20092010
Activity Date Participant Name Credit Grade Participation Student Area Time Time Hours IN OUT Served
Parent, Guardian, or Activity Coordinator
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DATE January 1 January 4 January 5 January 6 January 11 January 12 January 1617 January 20 January 22
EVENT Happy New Year Teacher Inservice Classes Resume – White Day Report Cards emailed
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Breakfast of Champions Drama Production High School Sports Awards Late Start
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