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 Concerns from the Students Questionnaire

Sydney Maziarz, Hailey Winters, and Jenny Stinfil

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We had a group of high schoolers come together to answer some of your concerns from the questionnaires you guys filled out when the admin team came to your schools. The students were excited to be able to answer these questions and wanted to let you know they had the same concerns when they were going into middle school and high school. Once they got there, they realized it was nothing like the fears they had built it up to be.

The biggest things they wanted the new coyotes to know are to: not fall behind on homework- do it, it is important, the teachers are there to work with you and help you- treat them as such, be nice- it’s easy to make friends, and finally, get involved- it makes all the difference.

 

Advanced Classes: If you are worried about managing the workload, our student team suggested doing what they do:

-Prioritize

– Use sticky notes to list what you need to do

– Use the Buddy System to help each other keep track of work and deadlines

– Take pictures on your phone or use apps on your phone to organize (Evernote)

– Have a planner and use different colored highlighters to keep track of homework, deadlines, etc.

– Check out the CCMHS policy on summer reading assignments here

– DE Info here

Will there be a bell to change classes/ Finding classes and being late to classes: Yes, there will be a bell and passing period will be 4 minutes. There will be plenty of time for you to get from class to class. There will be tours given during Howlapalooza and teachers will be outside of their classes in the halls to help direct you. Another great way to learn where you are going is on Registration Day to get your schedule and walk your classes to learn where you are going.

Homework Concerns: Yes, there will be homework. Don’t procrastinate, it really is to help you master the course work and standards. The homework assigned is typically in accordance with the level of the course you take. For instance, honors level courses may require additional homework.

Dress Code: Here is the link for our dress code policy. We will also have handouts in the classrooms for the teacher’s classrooms and make the information available at the beginning of the school year.

 High schoolers will be on the same busses as the middle schoolers: High schoolers are a rare breed who are not awake or seen without ear buds playing music until 7:30 am and that is because they are made to be without music and forced to be awake. In all seriousness, the high schoolers are quiet and listen to music and keep to themselves. They will be in the back of the bus and the middle schoolers will be in the front of the bus, there will be no issues. Not because of the separation, but because the high schoolers just won’t bother you J

Where do I get on the bus at the school? We will publish a map with the buildings labeled, you will have a tour during Howlapalooza, and we will tell you where to go.

What can I take instead of TV Production and Creative Writing? Take Journalism. Journalism isn’t just about reporting news. It is meant to be a creative outlet to take pictures and write and produce art in word and visual format. I would love to get kids that have TV Production backgrounds to be in the program and produce, make, and edit videos!

Grading standards: Teachers give out syllabi with the grading standards that are aligned with the district. As a result, you will learn about the weights and what is expected. Do all of your work to the best of your ability. Ask for help if you aren’t sure, don’t wait until the end of the quarter for help or to try to turn in missing work, stay on top of it. You are responsible for your grades, no one else. There will be Academic Lunches, content area study halls, study hall after school for athletes, and tutoring during lunches to name just a few of the ways to get extra help and ways to stay on top of your work.

Concerns about high school and middle school being together: You are, but you’re not. You will have separate lunches, separate locker rooms, separate classroom buildings, and you will be separated in the gym.

 

If you have other concerns or questions comment below and we will get them answered for you!

 

 

 

 

 

9 Comments

9 Responses to “ Concerns from the Students Questionnaire”

  1. Linda Walker on June 21st, 2017 8:49 pm

    when will open house be? and will there be a tour before school starts?

  2. epassardi on June 21st, 2017 11:09 pm

    There will be tours given during Howlapalooza. Another great way to learn where you are going is on Registration Day to get your schedule and walk your classes to learn where you are going. Open house will be in August, it will be on our social media and a connect call once we have the date.

  3. epassardi on July 3rd, 2017 2:28 pm

    Open House: Monday, Aug. 28th, 6:30-8pm

  4. Cameron on June 24th, 2017 10:49 am

    Hello! This may seem like a silly question hat I’m not sure was answered before. I know there are locker rooms for the gym kids, but what about for everyday use? Like, to put your backpack in and textbooks. Do those exist here?

    Thanks!

  5. epassardi on June 28th, 2017 10:23 am

    Not a silly question! There are lockers on both floors in both buildings for every day use, you will be able to purchase one during registration.

  6. Aryahna Kidder on June 26th, 2017 2:02 am

    Is there going to be a high school cheer team!?!
    Also is there a theatre program?

  7. epassardi on June 28th, 2017 10:24 am

    Hi!
    Yes, there will be a cheer team, keep checking the school’s website under the athletics tab for them to list a coach and watch the school’s Twitter account for info to be posted. There is a drama program also 🙂

  8. Jack Carbone on August 22nd, 2017 10:51 am

    What about student gov?

  9. epassardi on August 24th, 2017 6:17 pm

    Applications were due a week ago.

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