SEPTEMBER 2019 Blog

We look forward to welcoming all students to kick-off another school year!  We had a great turnout for new student orientation last Tuesday night and enjoyed meeting with our new, incoming students.  A special thank you to our upperclassmen who helped support orientation by guiding tours and hosting our extracurricular fair.  









We will be convening grade-level meetings next week where we will meet with the full student body to discuss our expectations for the year ahead.   

We are entering our second year of Learner Quality implementation.  Students will be rated on five learner qualities in each class at the close of each semester, with a summary rating reported on student report cards. The following learner qualities will be rated as “meets" or "does not meet":

Self-Directed Learner:  Learners take initiative and are active participants in the learning process. Learners make meaning by linking their story, their new learning and their purpose. Learners carefully plan their learning journey.

Quality Producer:  Learners create organized and professional products. Learns always wonder about why and how. Learners take risks and explore in order to arrive at new solutions.

Collaborative Worker:  Learners work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort. Learners fight for inclusion and work to ensure all voices are represented and heard.

Respectful Citizen:  Learners are positive participants who engage others in the academic and social aspects of work. Learners have a sense of belonging, of being part of a learning community at school, at work, at home, and in social networks.

Growth Mindset:  Learners recognize that effort creates ability. Learners know that those who work, learn. Learners demonstrate an openness and readiness to learn and understand that they are in control of their own destiny.

A rubric will be used to assess learning qualities.  Please click here for the rubric.  Students will be expected to rate their performance in these areas and teachers will individually conference with each student to discuss the student's self-ratings as well as the teacher's ratings.  As always, we appreciate the support of our parents and community in reinforcing these essential skills for our students and in continuing our practice of holding our Chariho High School students to the highest of expectations.

We look forward to the year ahead!


Craig MacKenzie, Principal Twitter: @dflamturnover
Andrea Spas, Assistant Principal Twitter: @Andrea_Spas
Gerry Auth, Director of CHARIHOtech Twitter: @CHARIHOtech


XQ GRANT OPPORTUNITY

CHS is a finalist for a $500,000 XQ RI Grant to re-imagine high school.  Our Vision statement reads "CHS is building a Ladder to Learner Autonomy that empowers students to: Access, Imagine, and Achieve". We understand that incoming 9th graders need support, training, and practice to develop essential skills that allow them to be increasingly independent as learners. Through mentoring, systems of support for 9th grade transition and applied learning experiences with community businesses and organizations, we propose to help students access, imagine and achieve social, academic and professional learning experiences. Our goal is to promote responsible, self-directed community members. We will support all our students in this progression towards independence, and provide incentives to students who demonstrate learner autonomy. We need parent and community support in realizing our goals for our students through this grant!



IMPORTANT POLICY CHANGES

As outlined in Mr. Ricci's September e-newsletter, there are two significant policy changes that will take place this upcoming year.  First, cell phones will only be allowed in instructional spaces with teacher permission.  Second, a social suspension (which is exclusion for 30 days from participation in or attendance at all extracurricular events and athletics) and mandatory attendance at a Prevention Retreat will be required when there is a substance abuse violation.  The policy can be found here.

AP PERFORMANCE

We are very pleased with this year's Advanced Placement performance results.  Our exam pass-rates continue to rise.  Seventy-eight percent of students scored a 3 or better!  Click here for an article from the Westerly Sun outlining our AP performance. 




FINANCIAL AID DATE

Dear Senior and Junior Parents:

Chariho High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Night for students and parents on Monday, September 30th at 6:30pm in the library.  A representative from the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) will be presenting an overview of the financial aid process including information on the FAFSA/Federal Aid, loan options, grants and scholarships. This is a great opportunity  to ask questions and learn more about the financial aid process for college or technical schools!  

FROM THE CHARIHO THEATRE CO.

Calling all students to audition for A Christmas Carol, coming this December...


FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT


The entire CHS campus was sprayed for mosquitoes on Friday August 30th, we do this every year.
Smart scheduling is in place throughout the week in regards to all practices, teams are off the field an hour before sunset, 630 pm is the time we are using.  All teams have been supplied mosquito repellant which is  used at every practice/game by players and coaches.  Coaches have spoken to athletes about wearing long sleeves and sweatpants when appropriate for competition and also when not participating, such as sitting on the bench during a soccer game, etc. The sports boosters will have repellent available for all patrons when entering the stadium.

JUNE 2019 Blog

Summer Study Expectations

Each summer, all 9th grade CHS students complete a summer study project that connects their summer experiences to the Chariho 10--the ten expectations that define our graduation portfolio. Returning CHS students will complete a grade-specific assignment to help them define, refine, and target their post-high school goals. Students present their Summer Study in advisories during the month of September.  

We understand that summer is a busy time, and we are conscious of the many demands on students’ and parents’ time.  However, we also believe that in an increasingly competitive world it is our responsibility to provide students with opportunities to enhance and advance their college and career readiness.  With that in mind, we will provide students with the same opportunity that was afforded during this school year to complete and deliver their presentation in advisory by the end of September.  We also have designed alternative approaches to the grade-level projects that consider the varying resources and flexibility of some of our students.

On the reverse side of this letter there is an overview of the summer study assignments and a link to the Summer Study website.  You can also find a link on the CHS webpage. Please click here to view Summer Study Expectations for each grade level.  The site is rich in resources that support each grade-level summer study assignment.  


Thanks in advance for your support of this initiative.  

US News & World Report High School Ranking

We are excited to share that Chariho Regional High School has been ranked #6 in the state of Rhode Island and in the top 10% of high schools in the USA by the US News & World Report.  




Important Info About 1:1 Initiative

1:1 Sign off (needs to be returned annually)


FAQs


Expectations for AP Students

Please click here to read about summer deadlines for Advanced Placement Exam payment as well as summer coursework expectations.  Chariho reimburses exam payment to students scoring 3, 4 or 5 on their AP Exam.

Night School: Summer Session

Night School for the Extended School Year (Summer School) is now available on the Night School calendar.  
  • This Summer Session will start on Monday, June 17th and end on Friday, June 21st, 2019. 
  • There will be two time slots for each day and it is encouraged that the students attend both time slots in their entirety to get the most out of this session of Night School. 
  • The times slots are  9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm 
  • The session will be located in the High School Library. 
To register a student go to the Chariho High School web page, click on the Student Resources tab and click on the Night School link.  You can also contact your child's School Counselor to find out more. 

Reflections from the Quebec Trip!

Twenty-six CHS students from grades 10-12 participated in the highly successful 2019 Québec Trip this year. Students and chaperones spent April 10-13 in the wonderful, historic Quebec City.  Each day of the trip included the challenge of using the French language in context as well as numerous fun, cultural discoveries. In the first photo, taken at a crêpe restaurant called “Au Petit Coin Breton”, students are speaking French on the daily prompts about weather, tour visits and meal experiences of that day. The second photo shows students doing Québécois folk dancing at the maple sugar shack “L’Entailleur”. In the third photo, also, at the sugar shack, students are enjoying the maple treat “Tire sur la neige”. The fourth photo was taken at the dinner dance held at the famous water falls outside Québec City called les Chutes de Montmorency. Mrs. Leatham would like to thank all the parents for helping their sons and daughters take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and to congratulate the student travelers on their enthusiastic engagement in all the trip activities and challenges. “ Vive le Québec”----“Je me souviens”




From the Athletic Department

The Fall sports meeting will be Monday, July 29th at 7 pm in the Chariho Auditorium.

A year in review via Twitter...












































We wish all Students, Staff & Chariho Families a safe, productive and fun summer!

~Craig, Andrea & Gerry