I would like to welcome you all back to Collierville High School for the 2022-2023 school year. The 2021-2022 school year marked a semi return to traditional schooling since 2019. I am confident this school year will be even better for our Dragon Family. This school year will bring about a major change in the way our school day is structured. We have transitioned from an eight class period day to a 4x4 block schedule. In a 4x4 block schedule, students will take four 85 minute classes and a 30 minute seminar every day and finish a course in one semester rather a full school year. This means students will have the opportunity to earn four credits each semester with a total of eight each year. Our rationale for going with a block schedule is that it supports deeper learning by allowing a variety of activities to occur during a single class period (i.e., direct instruction, student projects, collaborative work, discussion, assessments, tutoring, etc.). This schedule also provides flexibility for students to take more classes (especially electives), receive additional support, and have off-campus options for internships with respect to our Career and Technical (CTE) courses.
In addition to the change in our school schedule, I would like to stress some daily procedures and expectations for our students. Please see below:
· If a student decides to park on campus, he/she must purchase a parking pass which correlates with the numbered parking spot. Parking hangtags must be visible from the front windshield at all times.
· We are focusing on five specific things from the district’s dress code policy this school year. (1) Students will not be permitted to wear skirts, dresses, or shorts that are more than four inches above the knee. (2) Hats and hoodies must not be worn in the school building except for religious or medical reasons. (3) Shirts and tops must cover the midriff. (4) Under garments must be covered at all times. (5) Blankets and/or pillows are not permitted under any circumstances.
· Cell phones and earbuds are not to be used in the classroom setting unless granted permission by the classroom teacher for educational purposes.
· Students are expected to wear their ID badges at all times. They must be visible and not in book bags, pockets, or under clothing. Student ID badges must be replaced immediately when lost, damaged beyond recognition, or unavailable during the school day. If a student loses, forgets, and/or breaks his/her ID badge, he/she must purchase a replacement badge. Replacement badges are $5.00 per replacement. When a replacement badge is required, students must report to the administrative office in the morning before going to first period. In interest of getting students back to class as soon as possible, students may be given a temporary ID badge and receive their printed badge later in the day.
Teachers will be updating Schoology at least once a week to ensure students and parents know the agenda. Teachers will offer students additional instructions specific to each course throughout the first week as to how they intend to use Schoology. In addition, teachers are required to update grades at least once a week. CHS administration has decided that Mondays will be our day for updating grades. Students will receive instructions addressing what they should do in the event they are absent from class in the interest of not getting behind. Please feel free to email your child’s teacher should you have any questions. In the event a student is absent from school, he/she must return to school with a note, or parents may email [email protected] with the student’s name, reason for the absence, and the date(s) the student was absent.
In closing, it is my hope that every student will find a sense of connection, belonging, and fulfillment this school year. We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such impressionable young minds, and we are determined to have a successful school year filled with many milestones, achievements, and memories. GO DRAGONS!!!