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Capital High School March Newsletter



Principal: Clinton H. Giles Our job is to improve, not just maintain.” Vice Principals: R Tommy Canterbury Wendy D Bailey Susan M Young Angela S Cruikshank

Dropout Prevention Signing of the Community Pledge
This past Tuesday morning March 1, 2011, an impressive list of luminaries were present in an assembly hosted by Capital High School for the signing of a proclamation constituting a community pledge to decrease the number of students who drop out of West Virginia Schools. Assembly participants included: The Honorable Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of the Great State of West Virginia; Dr. Jorea Marple, West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Dave Hendrickson, Chairman, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; Mr. Shelly Stewart, Founder and President of the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation; and Ms. Ashley Stende, Education Account Executive for Verizon Wireless. Governor Tomblin wants our youth to graduate high school ready to either enter college or to enter the work force prepared to work. To do this, the governor is focused on making sure our schools and communities come together and give our youth, who are showing signs of disinterest in their studies, direction. The governor's proposed legislation puts the power back into the hands of the teachers, administrators, parents, and community and business leaders. This legislation aims to bring these groups together to develop tailor-made action plans to keep their local students on the path toward high school graduation. Recent research shows that students begin showing signs of becoming dropouts as early as the sixth grade. We need to do all we can, working collaboratively, to ensure that the rising tide of dropouts in West Virginia and our entire country is stemmed.

The second semester has begun in earnest. Progress reports have been issued for the 4th week period ending on Wednesday February 23, 2011. Many students and parents are pleased with the grades they have received; conversely, many other students and parents are quite displeased with the grades they have received. Almost invariably, a student‘s success and/or failure depend upon one frequently overlooked variable. That variable of which we speak is effort!

Encouraging Effort!

Studies have shown that when asked to list or cite reasons for success or failure, students seldom list effort as a major determining factor for their academic success or failure. They do list: The task itself, task difficulty, skill levels, other people, natural causes and the like. Seldom is effort – and/or the lack thereof - listed as a major factor contributing to the success or failure that the student experiences. Bearing this in mind, we encourage all students to engage in a bit of serious introspection, looking inside themselves, asking whether or not they put forth their best effort in classes during the first semester. If your honest answer is yes, then by all means continue what you have been doing. Likewise, if your honest answer is no, then you need to realign your priorities so that it will be possible for you to put forth your maximum effort in each of your classes! Do not dupe yourselves into believing that the same effort you put forth in classes in which you performed poorly the first semester will produce a different, more acceptable result when the second semester ends! We urge you all to put forth your very best effort in all of your classes each and every day of the school year! By doing this, you enhance your chance of achieving, academically, at the highest possible level and coming closest to realizing your fullest potential as a student.

22.01Graduation Requirements.
Students are required to earn twenty five (25) credits in order to graduate. Specific graduation requirements for students in Kanawha County Schools are outlined in the Senior Course Description Handbook that is published annually for students and parents. All graduation requirements will be in accordance with West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2510. In the past it has been Kanawha County Schools‘ policy to permit students who were within one credit or less of meeting graduation requirements to participate in the annual graduation/commencement activities hosted by the school. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, participation in the annual graduation/commencement activities included only those students who have accumulated the 25 credits in the requisite areas specified by the Kanawha County Board of Education. All students are encouraged to ensure that they meet graduation requirements as soon as possible through meeting with their respective counselors. We do not wish to find ourselves in the unenviable position of having to tell a student and their parent or guardian that they will not be permitted to participate in the annual graduation/commencement activities of Capital High School, after all appropriate preparations and arrangements had been made by the student.

Prevention Resource Officer to Issue Citations for Tobacco Possession and Usage on School Property
The administration of Capital High School has decided that beginning this month, March 2011, the school Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) will be utilized to issue citations to students who are caught smoking on school property. Since it is illegal in the state of West Virginia for juveniles to possess tobacco products, we will have citations issued to those students who are found to be in violation of the law, State Board of Education, Kanawha County Schools, and Capital High School Policy regarding the prohibition of the possession and use of tobacco products on school property. The issuance of a citation will be consistent with the outlined duties and responsibilities of the PRO as a uniformed police officer who is duly obligated to investigate and report to their superiors any violation of law and/or any criminal act(s) committed on school property while they are on duty. Presently, the total cost of processing the citations, according to the latest estimates-including fines and fees-is approximately $185.00 in the Charleston Municipal Court. We find that several of our students caught possessing or using tobacco products on our campus tend not to understand or appreciate the seriousness of their actions with respect to the consequences outlined in the Student Code of Conduct (which seem to no longer serve as a sufficient deterrent to this illegal and unhealthy activity). Although they should be aware of the many health hazards associated with tobacco usage, these violators have little or no regard for their own health, safety and well-being; neither do they have any more regard for the health, safety, and well-being of those they expose to their toxic smoke, nor the unsanitary by-products that result from the use of the various tobacco products

o The price of admission to a paid school time activity is $3.00 o Students will be given the opportunity to purchase a ticket the day prior to the event. o Tickets will be sold in homeroom ONLY and ONLY on the day prior to the event. o If students anticipate an absence the day tickets sales are held, the student should make arrangements with their homeroom teacher to purchase in advance. o Students who are absent and have made no prior arrangements with their homeroom teacher will not be permitted to purchase a ticket. o School-wide announcement reminders are made several days prior to ticket sales to give students ample opportunity to purchase a ticket. o Students should keep their ticket stub and/or wrist band to present to teachers the following day as an admit to class and as proof of attendance to the event. o NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THESE PROCEDURES!!!

Capital Success University (CSU) March News
Ninth Grade Transition Academy The first mid-term grade reports of the second semester were distributed to students on Friday, February 25, 2011. The purpose of the mid-term grade report is to provide you, the parent or guardian, and your student with a ―snapshot‖ of how the student is doing academically in school. It is important to review your student‘s grades with them in detail. Please encourage your student to get any missing assignments submitted and devise a plan to help them stay on top of assignments in the future. The number one thing that stands in the way of student achievement is attendance. Regular attendance not only makes a difference in passing or failing a class, but often makes a difference in a student making the honor roll. A more detailed account of your child‘s progress can be obtained by accessing your Edline account at Edline is a web-based internet site to which teachers upload your child‘s grades and lesson agendas for each course. These reports will tell you exactly what your child has or has not been doing in class academically. If you do not have access to the internet at home, we would advise you to require your student to bring home printed reports weekly. All students may go to the media center before and after school, and during their respective lunch period to print off a copy of their Edline grades. Furthermore, if you do not have your username and password for Edline, please contact your child‘s counselor at 304-348-6500. March Students of the Month Mrs. Miller Eng 9 Period 4 - Whitley Smith Eng 9 Period 5 - Khalil Bush Eng 9 Period 8 -Kaylara Lein Mrs. Roach Kandice Phifer Joshua Stapler Kelly Lightner Cody Jumper Morgan Barnes Aaron Simms Mrs. Swayne John Riggs-1st period Honors Eng. 9 Catlyn Wilson-3rd period Honors Eng. 9 Troy Schmidt-4th period Eng. 9 Delfasia Woods-5th period Eng. 9 Justin Palmer-7th period Honors Eng. 9

Tahje Houston-8th period Forensics Mrs. Garrison
1 period English: Andy Pence rd 3 period English: Jasmine Jones th 4 period Honors English: Tahje Houston th 5 period Writing for Publication: Mykha Anderson th 7 period English: Tanner Bailey th 8 period Honors English: Savanna Thomas

Shakespeare Comes Alive!
Theater students at Capital High School, under the direction of our theater instructor Ms. Hannah Toney, conducted a drama workshop this past Monday, Feb 28, for the ninth grade English classes that have been studying William Shakespeare‘s ROMEO AND JULIET. The hostess for the workshop was Aishina Shaffer. She explained the rules of etiquette for theater goers and introduced the scenes being performed. Rachel Spainhour as Juliet and Taylor Blaney as Romeo performed the famous balcony scene from Act 2 of the play. In full costume and makeup, the two actors portrayed the young lovers as they first declare their true feelings for each other. These two actors told the crowd during a follow-up discussion period that they both actually prefer the beauty and challenge of the Elizabethan language. Dayja Legg took the same scene and rewrote it to a modern style of language. She discussed the importance of finding that one motivation that could prompt you to get into the character while performing on stage. The second scene from Act 3 placed the characters in the streets of Verona where Mercutio, played by Tyler Johnson, and Tybalt, played by Brendan Fazio, battle it out. We find Romeo, again played by Taylor Blaney, newly married and refusing to fight Tybalt who is now his cousin by marriage. The ultimate peacemaker Benvolio, played by Emily Jessee, attempts to stop the fight to no avail. The two boys actually fight a duel using rapiers as weapons. The scene is full of jumps, stabs, and hits only to end with Tybalt mortally wounding Mercutio. The workshop continued with a question and answer period. During this time the audience learned, in more detail, how a fight scene is actually choreographed. The young thespians addressed the issues of analyzing the script, choosing suitable costumes and makeup, and acquiring a focal point that directs the character‘s motivation. Several drama students expressed their personal goals for the future and how drama and acting would play a significant role in their career and college choices. A good deal of practice and rehearsal were obviously part of preparing this workshop. Many students in the audience left ready to try out their newly acquired knowledge as the ninth graders prepare their own scenes to perform in the classroom setting. Mrs. Ann Miller, Mrs. Jaclyn Swayne, and Mrs. Susie Garrison, the ninth grade English teachers, would like to thank Ms. Toney and her students for all their work in preparing this wonderful workshop and helping to bring Shakespeare alive for our students.

As we have entered the month of March, we are happily counting down the days until spring! Remember to change your clocks and ‗Spring Forward‘ on March 13th 2011. Yeah! More hours of sunshine are coming! As spring arrives, sometimes our elder students tend to catch a bad case of Senioritis. For seniors in particular, we challenge them to think about being intentional with their final three months. This is a time for celebration and also a time to challenge ourselves with healthy goals. March continues to be a busy time for the VIPs as we are involved in Kanawha County’s All County Chorus, March 3rd and 4th with the concert March 4th @ 8:00 pm at the Municipal Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased from Mrs. Corbett prior to the event at $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students; they will be $1.00 more respectively at the door. The following students have been selected to attend this year‘s event: Jordan Acree, Katy Bell, Tyshawn Berkley, Taylor Blaney, Megan Bsharah, Mallory Burka, Natalie Byrne, Ashley Carroll, Madison Chase, Hayven Crockett, Samantha DenboMiller, Ethan Godby, McKenzie Greer, Logan Greenlee, Stormie Haddox, Michaela Hairston, Caleb Hardy, Trey Harris, Brandon Hawkins, Cedric Haynes, Theresa Horton, Tyler Johnson, Isaac Jones, Alexis Legg, Dayja Legg, Brian Morris, Jodi Morris, Olivia Myers, Nicholas Naylor, Kandice Phifer, Morgan Prunty, Jessica Scohy, Dominique Sears, Anthony Thomas, Savanna Thomas, Morgan Thompson, Allison Whitener and Jonathan Young. Natalie Byrne, Morgan Prunty, AllisonWhitener, Jodi Morris, Caleb Hardy, Brian Morris, Nick Naylor and Brandon Hawkins will represent Capital High School in the West Virginia All State Chorus in Huntington, March 24-26. In addition to learning seven new songs for All County Chorus and seven new songs for All State Chorus, the VIPs prepared ―Lift Every Voice and Sing‖ for Capital High School‘s Multicultural-Black History Month’s-Assembly on February 28th and the Governor’s Proclamation for Drop Out Prevention on March 1st . Additionally, they will sing March 20th for the Eagle Scout Ceremony of one of their members, Brian Morris and March 28th for JE Robins Elementary School’s PTO. Squeezed into the middle of the above mentioned events are the musical auditions for Camp Rock, the musical. They will be held on March 7th for dance and March 8th for singing from 3:30-5:00 PM in the theatre. For any additional information please feel free to contact Mrs. Corbett at [email protected]

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s): We are writing to inform you of an online mentoring program which is now available in your child‘s school. WV eMentoring is designed to provide students ages in grades 9-11 the opportunity to communicate in a structured format with a professional in their field of interest. The program is designed to run for approximately 10 weeks. Our Mentees: After indicating his/her career interests in a profile, your child will choose an online mentor based on professions of interest available in our mentor database. Mentees agree to complete the Career Curriculum Activities and email their mentor throughout the program. All communications are regarding the online career exploration activities and questions that the mentee will have about careers, school, or a particular project that he/she is working on. Our Mentors: All of our mentors have received training from WV eMentoring. The training includes methods for initiating and focusing conversation through e-mail, where to refer personal issues, and how to utilize the web based e-mail system. All mentors are required to obtain a background check. Mentors agree to respond promptly and professionally to their mentee emails. Email Security: To ensure privacy both the mentees and the mentors email through our web based software. No personal contact information is exchanged including phone numbers, personal email addresses, or addresses. The software provides a secure online environment for mentor and mentee emails and archives all email exchanges. E-mails are monitored by both WV eMentoring staff and the teacher who enrolls the students. For more information, please visit If you have any questions concerning this program, please contact your child‘s instructor.

From the Studio
Our Spring Dance Concert is March 11th at 7PM in the Performing Arts Centre. This year‘s performance, “Unbreakable”, features student and professional work, along with soloists who have auditioned for various programs and scholarships. February 25th we will be at the WV Division of Culture and History for WV Dance Festival adjudications. We have five dancers auditioning for the Friends of WV Dance Scholarship. Capital had 10 students audition for the Governor‘s School for the Arts and the results are IN! The Capital High Dance Company will be represented by three very talented young ladies in three different performance areas. Olivia Myers will be attending for dance, Colleen Isaiah for Theater and Dayja Legg in Vocal Music. We also have three Capital High School students who will be attending for Instrumental Music: Tanner Davis, Kelton George and Philip Nichols. We are so proud of all the students who auditioned, they are all very talented. Congratulations to those who were chosen for the three week summer intensive at Davis and Elkins College. The Dance Company will be heading to Florida in April to perform at Disney! If you would like to help support the dancers in making this trip, we have Papa John‘s coupons and Kroger cards available. These will be available at our concert or you may contact Ms. Legg (contact information below). 25 students and 7 chaperones will be making this trip and all are very excited for the opportunity. Finally, the Capital High Dance Company has been selected to represent dance education across the state of WV by performing in the Annual Arts Alive: the Best of WV Showcase on April 29th at the Clay Center. This is our second time performing at this prestigious event which is hosted by the WV Department of Education. The Showcase starts at 6:30 with an art exhibit in the lobby and the main stage production begins at 7PM. We are pleased and proud to be able to represent Capital High School in such a positive way. As you can see we have a busy time ahead of us and we haven‘t mentioned our Spring Musical, Camp Rock. This will be a highly entertaining show based on the Disney Movies. You definitely don‘t want to miss out on bringing your youngsters, they will love it and so will you! Below you will find some bullets regarding things we have upcoming. Please feel free to email or call Ms. Legg for more information on ANY of these events or to book us for a performance.

Email: [email protected] Phone: 304-348-6500 ext. 159       Feb. 25th: WV Dance Festival Adjudication March 11th: Dance Concert 7PM Capital High Performing Arts Centre April 8-10th: WV Dance Festival April 14-21: Company Trip and Performance at Disney!! April 29th: Arts Alive May 4-7th: Musical Performances

Foreign Language News
On Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the French classes at Capital High School will be celebrating Mardi Gras. The students will be researching and cooking a French recipe and bringing it to share with their classmates on that day. Students will also enjoy the traditional Mardi Gras dessert, King Cake. A plastic baby is baked inside the King Cake, and tradition says that whoever finds the baby is responsible for bringing the King Cake to next year's Mardi Gras celebration. Also, the students will be wearing masks and beads at their celebration. Everyone is looking forward to the celebration. As they say in New Orleans, "Laissez les bons temps roulez!" - "Let the good times roll!"

Student Council News
Beginning the week of February21, Capital High School once again began the campaign to support Olive Garden’s 17th-annual Pasta for Pennies program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Pasta for Pennies is a program that takes place over a three week period during the school year and encourages students to collect spare change to support the Society‘s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin‘s disease and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. We see this as a tremendous opportunity for students to demonstrate their passion for supporting classmates and families in their local community. They are learning at a young age how important and fulfilling community service can be. During our program, we will be asking you and your student to please donate pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, or more, to assist your student‘s homeroom in their fundraising efforts. At the end of the weeks, the top fundraising homeroom will receive an Olive Garden Hospitaliano! Lunch (pasta party) in their classroom. Through Pasta for Pennies, the schools in your community last year raised over $148,000 for the Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. That total was part of the national total raised for blood cancer research, education and patient services. Our total from Capital High School alone was approximately $1,800! Our goal this year is to raise at least $2,000. We look forward to

another year of extraordinary results for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society thanks to the efforts of sponsors like you, your students, faculty, families and friends. Olive Garden, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and your student‘s school thank you in advance for your support. If you would like more information on the Society, please call 800-726-2873 ext 2869. Sincerely, Susie Garrison, Jaclyn Swayne, Bradford Clark Capital High School Student Council Advisors Megan Nemecek Campaign Coordinator The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society The Freshman Shadowing Program is designed to allow upcoming 9th grade students the opportunity to experience what it is really like to attend Capital High School. Students will be matched with a mentor, then will follow the mentor‘s schedule, learn their way around the halls, see what classes are like, meet new people and have fun. Capital is a big place and there is always something going on! Tentative dates are April 5-7. Anyone interested in the Shadowing Program may download an application from our school website, and email it to Mrs. Garrison at [email protected] or turn it in to the main office. Answering a challenge from the Charleston Police Department, Capital High School is once again participating in the ―Battle of the Belts‖ Seat Belt Challenge for the month of March-and hopefully into perpetuity! From March 1-31, students are encouraged more than ever to buckle up. The school with the most improved seat belt usage can earn cash prizes! This cash will be used toward this year‘s Project Graduation efforts. Student Council surprised dozens of drivers and passengers as they left campus on Tuesday, March 8 by handing out ―Tuesday Treats‖ to those who they caught buckled up for safety. Be smart! Buckle up!

Project Graduation News
Project Graduation is committed to keeping Capital High School‘s seniors safe and substance-free on graduation night. By offering a chaperoned event that appeals to young adults, we attempt to prevent the possibility of reckless choices at a time when excitement can cloud judgment. The goal is to offer a safe environment to have a great time with friends who will likely be going separate ways in the not-too-distant future. By providing this event, we hope to protect our kids and allow them to move forward to the next step in their young lives. The kids eat, listen to music, play video games, play sports, eat, laugh, swim, eat, win prizes, have their caricatures drawn, eat…you get the idea!

This year‘s event will take place immediately after the graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 28, and will last from 10 pm-4 am Sunday, May 29. In order to make this a successful event, we need your help! Project Graduation is ALWAYS in need of volunteers in order to make this evening continue to happen. If you can spare at least 2 hours of time, we'd love to have you! There is always a spot for YOU! Whether you have a graduating senior or not, you are welcome to help! Don't wait until your child is a senior to start volunteering to help with Project Graduation. The few hours of time working with the youth of Capital High School in keeping them safe on Graduation night is an extremely rewarding feeling.

Ways you can volunteer: Time –chaperones and or workers. Money –for prizes and to pay for the event. Products- for donation drawings, supplying the food, etc. Services –transporting things, helping set up or clean up, talents you may have, etc. We would love to have your help! Our next meeting will take place Monday, March 14, at 6:00 in the Cougar Cage. We will be organizing committees and discussing funding. If you can come help for an hour, please join us! Interested people can contact Susie Garrison in room 400C or at [email protected] or LuAnn Adams at [email protected] . Thanks in advance for your help!

Inclement Weather Procedures
At this time of year when the weather is most unpredictable we recommend that before rising in the morning and getting out of bed you should tune the radio to AM 580 also referred to as 58CHS and/or WCHS-TV Channel 8 to obtain the latest information regarding the weather forecast, or delays, school closings, and school bus schedule changes. We feel this wise suggestion will enable you to be at school on time each day regardless of what the conditions outside may be. By having reliable information about delays, school closings, bus schedule changes and the like, parents and students may better plan for the student‘s safe arrival at school during these harsh winter months. The following link will take you to the State Department of Education website location for the Kanawha County School notification of schools closings. Please note below the Kanawha County Schools Weather Codes CODE A All employees are to report to work at their regularly scheduled time when possible. If they run into a problem (i.e., hazardous roads, etc.) they should call their Immediate Supervisor/Principal and advise them of their particular situation. Administrators should use good judgment in considering conditions that may cause employees to be late for their assignments.

CODE A will be used on days when schools are closed but roads are otherwise passable for vehicular traffic. This will provide additional opportunities for in-school staff development activities, planning, etc.



All custodians/maintenance employees are to report to work at their regularly scheduled time if at all possible in order to prepare buildings, etc. Cooks report if a food delivery is scheduled for their building. All 261 day employees are to report to work on time. All other staff ARE NOT REQUIRED TO WORK.

November 15, 2010 WHEN SCHOOLS ARE OPEN FOR STUDENTS ON A DELAY OR EARLY DISMISSAL: CODE C WHEN SCHOOLS ARE OPENING TWO HOURS LATE: All employees are to report to work at their regularly scheduled time when possible. If they run into a problem (i.e., hazardous roads,etc.) they should call their Immediate Supervisor/Principal and advise them of their particular situation. Administrators should use good judgment in considering conditions that may cause employees to be late for their assignments. THERE WILL BE NO PRESCHOOL, WHICH INCLUDES HEAD START AND WV Pre-K WHEN A TWO (2) HOUR DELAY IS ANNOUNCED. Days Scheduled for home visitations may be scheduled for Pre-School instructional days allowing home visitations on 2 hour delay days! All morning vocational classes and work programs will be canceled. Announcements regarding changes in bus schedules and routes will be made by 8:00 a.m. CODE D WHEN SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED EARLY: All vocational, WV Pre-K, Head Start, Evening Alternative, ExtraCurricular activities, and Community Education classes scheduled for that afternoon or evening will be canceled. News media will be notified of early dismissal as soon as decisions are made in order that announcements can be made by noon. PLEASE NOTE: When a decision is made to close schools for the day, the news media will be notified by 6:00 a.m. When schools are open for students on a delay and conditions still do not look

favorable, a decision to close will be made by 8:00 a.m.

Beginning in August 2006, a student with life- threatening peanut and tree nut allergies enrolled in our school. Because of these medically documented conditions, items that trigger the allergic reactions cannot be tolerated within the environment here in the school. By working proactively, we hope to minimize the risk of accidental peanut and tree nut allergen exposure to the student. We are requesting that you do not bring any item or product that contains peanuts or tree nuts (i.e. almond, walnut, Brazil nut, filbert or hazelnut, hickory nut, pecan, pine nut, pistachio, and macadamia nut) onto the campus. Obviously, food products made of or containing peanuts and tree nuts appear to pose the greatest risk of introducing these allergens into the school environment. Products that are processed with peanut and tree nut oils should be avoided, also. Some apparently acceptable foods pose a potential risk for introducing these allergens because of cross contamination/contact due to their having been exposed to the oil allergens during their processing. These typically include ―chips,‖ sunflower seeds, granola bars, and nut butters. Items that are typically sold as ―fund raisers‖ need to be carefully screened to ensure that they comply with the guidelines set forth in this letter. In advance, we want to extend to all of you our appreciation for your willingness to help us reduce the exposure of students to these products. Just as we have in the past with students whose health profiles required that we work together to ensure that our school environment posed no threat to them, I am confident that Capital High School will rise to the occasion in this instance, also. Please feel free to contact the administration, the school nurse, or one of the counselors if you have questions or would like more information regarding this issue. Respectfully, Clinton H. Giles, Principal

Student Class Schedule Change Rationale
The administration of Capital High School believes that no student class schedule changes should be granted after student schedules have been finalized at the end of the spring scheduling period. The above philosophy statement provides for the following policy principles regarding the changing of student class schedules here at our school now being established in writing. The purpose of this documentation is at least two-fold: 1. Needed clarification will be provided for all. 2. Past inconsistencies and irregularities with respect to policy implementation will be eliminated and or discontinued. Please know that it is understood that exceptions to established policy may be warranted in specific, novel and unique circumstances. Accepting this caveat, please know also that exceptions to this policy will be considered only within the confines of the most strict and narrow, administratively predetermined, parameters. 1. – Schedule change requests will only be entertained during the first two ( 2 ) weeks of the school year. 2. – Schedule changes completed during this two week period will include but not be limited to those changes necessitated due to ―technical difficulties‖ such as having fewer than seven ( 7 ) classes scheduled, having duplications of classes, having no lunch period scheduled, being scheduled into a class that is not compatible/consistent with the student grade level, etc. 3. – No schedule changes will be entertained after the official Mid-term Progress Report Date has passed. 4. – After the official Mid-Term Progress Report Date has passed, schedule change requests will be tabled or held in abeyance until the approach of the end of the first semester. At that juncture, consultation between the counselor(s), teacher(s), and administrative representation from the school will occur to review each request to determine whether or not the request has merit. Please know that each of these requests will be subjected to the utmost scrutiny and held to the highest academic/administrative standards. 5. – Schedule changes that are determined to be warranted after the Official Mid-Term Progress Report Date has passed will only be granted with administrative approval. Re: Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Students who schedule for AP courses will not be permitted to obtain schedule changes during the summer prior to the beginning of the school year. Because of School Master Schedule accommodations, personnel and staffing commitments, the establishment of curricular priorities, and the signing of student contracts, a student must remain enrolled in the AP class that they (he/she) requested until the end of the first semester. Principle 4 above is applicable in this area. West Virginia Contract of Rights and Responsibilities in Learning for Students Preamble: Education is the key to individual success and regional economic health. Educators, students, and parents/guardians/mentors are equally responsible for facilitating success in education; without one party’s active participation the remaining two will not achieve maximum results. Students, parents/guardians/mentors, and educators can affirm the expectations of West Virginia public schools by signing a pledge to support the various rights and responsibilities in the education environment. PARTNERS Pledge Pledge to Achieve Real, Transforming, Necessary, and Expected, Respect in Schools We have asked that everyone at Capital High School -all administrators; teachers; parents; and students - sign this contract (pledge) to assure that all our collective efforts (a partnership) will ensure that every Capital High School student receives a World Class, 21st Century Education. Administrators signed the pledge along with the faculty and staff members upon returning to school on Friday, August 20, 2009 All students were asked to sign the PARTNERS pledge on September 9, 2009 during homeroom. Each student was given a copy of the partners pledge to take home to their parents and guardians for them to sign and to be returned to the school to the homeroom teachers. On September 10, 2009 at 7 PM in our Performing Arts Center I shared the basic aspects of the partners pledge with approximately 500 parents who had come to our annual open house. During that brief introductory session I shared with the audience the basic components of the pledge and its purpose. Parents were provided their own individual copies of the pledge to be signed that evening. We also positioned large blowups of each of the individual pledges - for administrators; teachers; parents and guardians; and students - in the Commons for all to see as they passed through the building. The pledge is whole-heartedly supported by First Lady Gail Manchin – who is a member of the State Board of Education –is consistent with and thoroughly embraces the five key points of the America‘s Promise Alliance which was started by General Colin Powell, who, through his tenure of working through the previous presidential administration, noted that many children in America fail to reach their fullest potential because there are five things that are lacking in their lives. Under the leadership of Founding Chairman General Colin Powell and current Chair Alma Powell, the America‘s Promise Alliance has become the nation‘s largest partnership providing supports to young people.

The Five Promises
The Five Promises are those developmental resources — wrap-around supports— that young people need for success in life:
their communities. These include ongoing, secure relationships with parents as well as formal and informal relationships with teachers, mentors, coaches, youth volunteers and neighbors. Caring adults are the cornerstone of a child’s development!

Caring Adults - All children need support and guidance from caring adults in their families, at schools and in

Safe Places - All children need to be physically and emotionally safe wherever they are — from the actual places
of families, schools, neighborhoods and communities to the virtual places of media. They also need a healthy balance between structured, supervised activities and unstructured time.

A Healthy Start - All children need and deserve healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthful habits. These
result from regular health check-ups and needed treatment, good nutrition and exercise, healthy skills and knowledge, and good role models of physical and psychological health.

Effective Education - All children need the intellectual development, motivation and skills that equip them
for successful work and lifelong learning. These result from having quality learning environments, challenging expectations and consistent guidance and mentoring.

Opportunities to Help Others - All children need the chance to make a difference in their families, at
schools and in their communities. Knowing how to make a difference comes from having models of caring behavior, awareness of the needs of others, a sense of personal responsibility to contribute to the larger society, and opportunities for volunteering, leadership and service.

Everything the America’s Promise Alliance does is built around the framework of ensuring that more young people experience more of the Promises.

The Five Promises Change Lives
Children who receive at least four of the Five Promises are much more likely than those who experience only one or zero Promises to succeed academically, socially and civically. They are more likely to avoid violence, contribute to their communities and achieve high grades in school. Receiving at least four of the Five Promises also appears to mitigate gaps across racial and economic boundaries. To experience the full power of the Promises, young people must experience these critical supports throughout their lives — in their families, at schools and out in their communities. Improving the lives of 15 million disadvantaged youth over the next five years is the goal of the America‘s Promise Alliance.

Through instituting the PARTNERS Pledge here, we at Capital High School are committed to doing our part to ensure that all our students receive the Five Promises. Again, we are asking that everyone at Capital High School - all administrators; teachers; parents; and students - sign this contract (pledge) to assure that our collective efforts (establishing a partnership) will ensure that every Capital High School student receives a World Class, 21st Century Education.

How to Avoid Tardiness to Class (Locker Routine & Time Management Suggestions ) (When to Go to Your Locker) 7:15 To Locker – Obtain all books and materials for 1st and 2nd period classes. Take all of these books and materials to Home Room with you. After Home Room during Extended Walk Time – Deposit books and materials from previous periods. Obtain all books and materials needed for all classes prior to your respective lunch period. When going to your respective lunch – Deposit books and materials from previous periods. Obtain all books and materials needed for classes before 6th period - Take these books and materials to lunch with you! (Students who have 6th period lunch may need to carry materials for 3 class periods prior to then.) After 6th period during Extended Walk Time – Deposit books and materials from previous periods. Obtain all books for 7th and 8th period classes.

If you determine your child is having problems in a specific curriculum area, after school tutoring is available from 3:15- 4:15. Please check the Capital High School Website and the next newsletter for the beginning date and room numbers. The schedule is as follows:

Mon. Math Mrs. Price Tue. Science Mr. Coleman Wed. English Ms. Blaul Thurs. Soc. Stud. Mrs. Kerner Grade Reports 1st 9 weeks 2nd 9 week 3rd 9 weeks 4th 9 weeks Midterm 9/22 Midterm 12/3 Midterm 2/18 Midterm 4/29 Report Card 11/1 Report Card 1/21 Report Card 3/29 Report Card 6/1

Capital High School Attendance Area Local School Improvement Council Meeting The Capital High School Attendance Area Local School Improvement Council Meeting was held on Monday evening, October 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in their beautifully remodeled auditorium. Each of the elementary schools, middle schools and Capital High School representatives were given the opportunity to make brief, five minute presentations to the Board of Education members and the Superintendent. As principal of Capital High School I determined that the presentation I would make would focus upon the plan we have assembled to increase our graduation rate and reduce our dropout rate. Several components come together to comprise the plan we have put into place that we were charged with the responsibility to develop just this past August 6th following a meeting with central office administrators. During that meeting data was shared with us as well as the belief that the large number of out-of-school suspensions and the total number of days that students were suspended from our school contributes to our lowerthan-acceptable graduation rate and our unacceptably-high dropout rate. The elements of the plan include but are not limited to: In School Suspension (ISS) – This is the second year for the funding of this position. We strive to utilize ISS rather than suspend a student out of school. Partners Pledge - Pledge to Achieve Real, Transforming, Necessary, and Expected, Respect in Schools Education is the key to individual success and regional economic health. Educators, students, and parents/guardians/mentors are equally responsible for facilitating success in education; without one party‘s active participation the remaining two will not achieve maximum results. Students, parents/guardians/mentors, and educators can affirm the expectations of West Virginia public schools by signing a pledge to support the various rights and responsibilities in the education environment.

America’s Promise Alliance – Founded by General Colin Powell and Chaired by his wife, Alma Powell, America‘s Promise Alliance strives to ensure that the highest percentage of students graduates from high school with a diploma. America‘s Promise posits that there are five wrap-around developmental resources that must be present in the lives of children as they grow up that ensure their chances for success in life. The Five Promises are: Caring Adults, Safe Places, A Healthy Start Effective Education, and Opportunities to Help Others. C.H.S. Assurance Agreement – The Assurance Agreement is a document that we have developed that ensures that students participating in co-curricular activities are held to the same standards as students that participate in extra-curricular activities by communicating the same expectations and standards to students in both groups. Revamped Discipline Referral Process – We have increased the involvement of our counselors in the discipline referral process. Also, we have increased, markedly, the number of contacts made with parents by teachers over the phone and in conferences. Adoption of Proposed K.C.S. Suspension Guidelines - For level I & II disciplinary infractions the suspension guidelines proposed by the administration earlier this year have been adopted. By doing so we have cut in half the number of days that students are suspended out of school as a result of having committed Level I and Level II offenses Commitment to Graduate - ―Commitment to Graduate®‖ (C2G®), is an initiative which integrates numerous strategies in schools to help students, faculty, parents and communities increase focus on improving the success rate for students during their transition from 8th grade to 9th grade, as well as completing high school in four years. We believe that at the end of the school year the data will reveal that what we are doing will manifest itself in an increased graduation rate and a reduced dropout rate.

Dress Code Changes
The Guidelines for Appropriate Dress at Capital High School are hereby amended to reflect the following which will go into effect commensurate with the beginning of the 2nd nine weeks and/or November 1, 2010: ―Jeggings‖ (the name is a cross between jeans and leggings) are neither suitable nor appropriate dress for the school environment of Capital High School. Jeggings are those garments that have the appearance of or are manufactured on the style of blue jeans. However, Jeggings are made of fabrics akin to spandex and other synthetic fabrics that are quite elastic by nature and are intended to be form-fitting. As such and by design, Jeggings are intended to conform, completely, to the contours of the body of the person wearing them. By establishing that Jeggings are not suitable and are inappropriate for the school environment of Capital High School it is not the intent of this amendment to the Guidelines for Appropriate Dress at Capital High School to dictate style or fashion. Further, commensurate with the beginning of the 2nd nine weeks and/or November 1, 2010 students wearing ‗tights‘ must wear another garment over the tights that fall at

least to the mid-thigh length. It is recommended that students wear either shorts or a skirt/dress to cover the tights. Tights, alone, are neither suitable nor appropriate for the school setting of Capital High School. Again, the intent of this amendment to the Guidelines for Appropriate Dress at Capital High School is to address a situation involving student dress that is neither suitable nor appropriate for the school environment of Capital High School. We encourage parents to monitor more closely their student‘s attire before they depart for school. We also want to point out that even though parents may see a student leave home dressed appropriately for school, once the student arrives at school they often change into less suitable garments. Local School Improvement Council Meeting Thursday, October 07, 2010 The Capital High School Local School Improvement Council (L.S.I.C.) met on the evening of October 7, 2010 in the L.G.I. Officers for the year were elected and are as follows: Rochelle Coleman – President Susie Azevedo – Vice President Johanna Ellis – Secretary/Treasurer During the meeting a considerable amount of time was spent discussing how the L.S.I.C. could become a more viable organization at Capital High School and how to increase attendance and participation at the regularly-scheduled meetings. We look forward to working with the officers to achieve these goals and to help make the L.S.I.C. the kind of organization that we all can be proud of. The L.S.I.C. will meet the Thursday before the Instructional Support days. Below is the schedule for the I.S. days and for the L.S.I.C. meetings. All L.S.I.C. Meetings will be held in the L.G.I. (rm. #118) and will begin at 6:00PM promptly. Instructional Support Days L. S. I. C. Meeting dates I. S. Day - October 12, 2010 L.S. I. C. - October 7, 2010* Officers elected) I. S. Day - December 22, 2010 L. S. I. C. - December 16, 2010 I. S. Day - February 21, 2011 L. S. I. C. - February 17, 2011 I. S. Day - April 13, 2011 L. S. I. C. - April 7, 2011 I.S. Day June 3, 20 L.S.I.C. – June 2, 2011 Officers elected

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