The Eagle Explorer Parent Newsletter Thanksgiving Edition November 23, 2009 Principal’s Corner Parent Participation is welcome at Cold Springs High School. Research proves that parental involvement is a major factor in a child’s success in school. The administration and faculty of CSHS strives to include parents and guardians in the educational process. Communication between the school and parents is a must, if students are going to achieve at high levels. Below are methods used by CSHS to communicate with parents and/or guardians. Parent-Teacher Conferences by phone, by email, or in person.- Parents may set up appointments with teachers during their planning period or after school by calling the school office. Parents may acquire email addresses for all staff members from our school website ( www.ccboe.org/csh/ ) STI HOME- STI Home allows parents to view grades, class schedules, attendance records and assignments for their child from a home or work computer. Put the power of the internet to work for you and your students by obtaining your PIN from the school office. There is a $10.00 per year charge for the PIN. ConnectED - ConnectEd is our automated telephone calling system. It is used to dissimulate urgent information on school closings, event cancellations/postponement, as well as community wide announcements. It is also used to notify parents of student absences. Parent Advisory Meetings – Parent Advisory meetings are held two times each semester at 7:30 in the morning. Pertinent information about the instructional program at CSHS is shared by the principal, counselor and faculty members. Refreshments are served. Next Parent Advisory will be December 9th. Contact Mrs. Bailey or Mr. Calvert if you would like to attend. 9th grade Orientation - 8th graders and their parents are required to attend these informative meetings held in the spring of each year. Counselors and teachers provide necessary information so students and parents can make decisions concerning the academic plan and career path for the upcoming high school years. Awards Day – Parents are encouraged to attend our annual awards day that is held in mid May each year. Website – Check out our award winning website www.ccboe.org/csh/ for valuable information concerning all aspects of life at CSHS. Thanks for your support of Cold Springs High School. William Calvert, Principal CSH Students Go To Washington D.C. FCCLA Officers had an exciting trip to Washington, D.C. After driving for three hours our charter bus broke down for three hours. We did not get to DC until 2:00am. The next day we were able to tour the White House (very disappointing, we only got to see 7 rooms) and the Pentagon. We were the only group from Alabama that got to tour. It was really interesting. The next day we were able to tour the Capitol. Congressman Aderholt took our group and other FCCLA groups through the capital. We were able to sit in the House of Representatives seats where they vote. Our group also got to see the underground tunnels from the capital to the Longworth Building (House of Representatives offices). We also got to tour the Smithsonian’s, monuments, memorials, and other museums. The FCCLA Cluster meeting was very informative and the main goal was, “That every one of us has the opportunity to be a leader at some time and place and leadership qualities are a necessity for success”. We had three main sessions with concurrent sessions during Friday and Saturday. The Leadership meeting allows students to interact with peers from other states to create memories, connections, and opportunities to maximize their potential. Thank you for helping make this trip possible. Pictured above at the Pentagon: Michelle Gann, Taylor Hall, Will Busby, Ashley Lewis, Mrs. Blair, Heaven Watson, and Trevor Deason. National Honor Society and Royal Blue Band News The NHS would like to thank Mrs. Shirley Wise, Mrs. Stephanie Blair and members of the FCCLA for helping with NHS dessert fundraiser to raise money for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. All desserts ordered should th be picked up Tuesday, November 24 starting at 8:30 a.m. The Cold Springs Band Boosters will be sponsoring Turkey Shoots at the open lot adjacent to the Texaco station in Dodge City on Thanksgiving morning - November 26th. The shoot will start at 7:30 a.m. and run to 11 a.m. Prizes will include turkeys, hams, and bacons. The Cold Springs Band Boosters will be sponsoring an All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, December 5th in the CSHS lunchroom. The breakfast will start at 7:00 a.m. to run to 11 a.m. Carry out's will be available. The cost of each plate will be $5. There will be a Soup Sale sponsored by the NHS on Wednesday, December 9th at break in the Jesse George Gym. Cornbread will be provided with the soups. The Cold Springs Royal Blue Band (and sixth grade band) will be holding their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 13th at 3 p.m. in the Jesse George Gym. The concert is open to the public. Come out and hear the Christmas classics played Royal Blue style!!! Band Parents who would like to be added to the CSHS Royal Blue Band Parent Email Newsletter List need to contact Mr. Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Willette Harbison (email@example.com) to be added to the list. This will keep you updated of all practices and events happening with the band. Also, please check for updates to the school band website. Mr. Johnson would like to thank Mrs. Jeanna Turner and Will Busby for helping with this project. Mr. Johnson would like to congratulate all the new members of the Cold Springs High School National Honor Society: Brady Bonds, Sarah Cates, Kayla Stone, Cory Tuggle, Sydney Garmon, Hannah Maxfield, Breanna Barnes, Casey Capps, Kyle Haynes, Peyton Parker, Chelsea Rollo, Crystal Rollo, Kelsey Swann, Alaina Thomas, Grace Willoughby, Jessica Wood. News from Ms. Thompson’s Spanish Classes What’s with all the skulls in Miss Thompson’s room? No, they are not the remains of students who didn’t make it out of Spanish or ninth grade English. On November 1 and 2, many families in Mexico (and some other Spanish-speaking countries) celebrate El Día de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead. This is a special time for families to gather together to remember their loved ones who have passed on. They build altars in their homes to honor their loved ones, and later they gather in cemeteries to clean the graves and wait for the spirits of their loved ones to return to earth for a few hours. In the weeks leading up to this celebration, Miss Thompson’s Spanish I and II classes learned more about the holiday and made crafts that are commonly seen on altars and in the cemeteries during this time. They learned that death is not a taboo subject in Mexico and certain other countries. Instead, death is viewed as a natural part of life rather than an event to be feared or a topic to be avoided. Children are brought up playing with toys and puppets that look like skeletons so that they become accustomed to this part of life. The skeletons are not scary, however. They usually wear brightly colored clothing and happy expressions. Because most people believe that departed souls go to Heaven after death, the happy expressions on skeletons signify that the dead are laughing at those who are still living because the living do not realize that it is they who suffer, not the dead. The Spanish I classes made flores de papel (tissue paper flowers) and decorated calaveras (sugar skulls). In Mexico, flowers are used to decorate the graves, and the skulls are purchased in memory of departed loved ones. The Spanish II classes made papel picado (cut paper) and máscaras (masks). The papel picado is strung together to make brightly colored banners which are used to decorate homes and streets during festivals, and the masks are worn in traditional dances or used to decorate altars. CSHS Library News and Activities The library sponsored Teen Read Week in October and recently kicked off a reading competition between the Alabama Team Read and the Auburn Team Read. Currently the Auburn Team is beating the Alabama Team. The competition will end on Friday, November 20th. Team members who meet the team requirements will receive shirts. There will also be an award for the MVP of the competition. Students will be rewarded for their reading efforts with a luncheon where the losing team will serve the winners. The losers will also sing the fight song of the winning team. Fund raising efforts in the library continue. Please save your printer cartridges whether they are the large or small. There are several parents who are collecting these from area businesses and their workplaces. Since there are no funds for the library this year, this is a great way to help the library and the environment. Another recycling project that is a race between the grades is the collection of drink and canned good tabs. This competition is going on between the grades with the winning grade getting a popcorn and movie reward. SAVE THOSE CARTRIDGES AND TABS! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Another project that the library had undertaken is a cookbook, Recipes from the Heart. This book will be on sale the first week of December. The library staff has worked very hard collecting recipes and comments to make this book a great addition to your collection or a fantastic gift for those who love recipe books. Contact the library if you are interested in purchasing a book while also helping our library. Helping the library helps all of our students. The library still welcomes books donations. Those who have books suitable for students in grades 6 -12, please donate them to the library. You will be given a tax deductible receipt for the donation. For most people this will be much more beneficial than selling them at a yard sale and will also help build the library collection! SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS It's that time of year again. Science Fair Projects! Yea!! Parents please work with your child in determining a topic. The topic needs to be something that your child is interested in. The four categories for science projects are: Biological, Physical, Earth and Space, and Math and Technology. The following dates are when science fair items are due: Science Fair Topic - Friday, November 13 Start working on Project - NOW Science Fair Check-up - Friday, December 4 Abstract - Friday, January 8 Research Paper - Friday, January 15 Journal - Friday, January 22 Science Fair set-up - Thursday, January 28 Science Fair walk-thru -Friday, January 29 Thank you, Melanie Haynes 7th and 8th grade Science Teacher For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org National Junior Honor Society News The National Junior Honor Society is founded on five principles: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. To become a member of the NJHS, a student must first have an overall 90 average in the four core curriculum subjects (Scholarship): mathematics, science, social studies, and English. The student must then complete an essay and acquire 1 letter of recommendation. The next step is a rigorous evaluation process by the teachers based on the following four points: leadership, service, character, and citizenship. The final step is that the new members must maintain an overall 90 average in all core subjects to remain a member of the NJHS. The National Junior Honor Society induction was held on October 30, 2009 at 10:00am in the Jesse George Gym. Seven new members from the seventh and eighth grades were inducted. The new members include: from 7th grade Keegan Johnson; from 8th grade - Logan Campbell, Lexie Duncan, Riley Garmon, Casey Isbell, Hannah Shelton, and Tristan Williams. Congratulations to the new members!!! The members have just recently filled and wrapped 6 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Shoeboxes under Samaritan's Purse. The members will be going to the Hanceville nursing home at the end of the month to decorate doors for the Christmas season. The members will also be visiting the Cullman nursing home in December to sing Christmas songs. The NJHS will also adopt a family for Christmas. If you would like more information about the Cold Springs NJHS please contact Melanie Haynes at email@example.com or speak to Karlee Perdue or Chloe Harbison, 8th grade students and second year members. Cold Springs School Of Agriculture AGR Christmas Classic Livestock th th Show: December 4 and 5 Montgomery, AL Livestock Judging Tryouts --Now through Christmas break. Archery Team tryouts and Skeet and Trap Shooting Team tryouts coming soon. Thanks So Much Seventh Graders Mrs. Campbell would like to personally thank all the seventh graders that worked so hard to sell candy bars to raise money. All of the proceeds from her sales went toward the purchase of a class set of 30 Twilight books for students to read.
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