Family Bulletin, September 8, 2023
The first few days of school have come and gone, and all I can say is that I am excited for this year! The energy around campus, in halls, and in the classrooms is so much fun. Students are reconnecting with peers, teachers, and getting settled into their classes. Schedule changes are starting to settle down, and by next week all students should be have the classes they need and be ready to settle into a semester of great learning ahead.
Next week will be our first full week of classes, which means: Monday and Thursday will be A Days (class periods 1 – 4), Tuesday and Friday will be B Days (class periods 5 – 8), and Wednesday will be our Early Release C Day (all class periods, plus an Advisory period). Staff are around to remind students, and themselves, what day it is, what classes they should be attending and where to find them. The rotating A/B/C schedule will take some time to get use to, but I say in about a week and a half, we will all have it down!
Enjoy your weekend, and welcome back to school!
Principal, Churchill High School
Few reminders for the month of September:
|Tuesday, September 12
|Auditions for “The Tempest”
|Tuesday, September 19
|School Picture Makeup Day
|Friday, September 22
|LSU Movie Night
|September 25 – 29
|Latin-American Heritage Spirit Week
|Thursday, September 28
|Latin-American Heritage Assembly
Churchill Student News
Complete your online Back-to-School tasks.
All students have tasks to complete before school starts. For detailed instructions, visit the Back-to-School 2023 post on our website.
By now, all families should have completed these tasks either online or in person:
- Review your student profile and make corrections (in person only)
- Pay school fees online at SchoolPay.com.
- Annual Permissions English / Español
- Annual Notice of Legal Rights and Opt-Out Forms (optional) English / Español
If you missed any of these tasks, please complete them online or come to the office for assistance.
Students, please complete these tasks before the first day of school:
- Charge your student computer and power it on. Follow the Student Computer Startup Instructions.
- If you see an error message saying that the clock needs to be set, or asking for an administrator password, restart the computer. You may need to restart several times.
- Upgrade your student computer (returning students only): Follow these instructions carefully: Quicksheet – Upgrade macOS 2023
- Note: We’ve had lots of questions from families about this upgrade that are a result of not following the directions. Please follow the instructions from beginning to end.
- Check your student email and make sure your 4J accounts are working. If you don’t know or don’t remember your username and password, please wait until school starts and ask any of your classroom teachers for help.
It’s never too late to get an LTD bus pass or renew your pass from last year. Passes from last school year are valid through the end of September. Please come to the office to renew your bus pass or request a new one.
Student ID is required:
Every student is required to have a student ID on their person while they are on campus. If you missed Back-to-School Days, you must attend picture makeup day on September 19 to get your ID card.
Counselors are still working on updating and adjusting classes this week. For the most part, classes have been set. Students can now see their schedules on StudentVue. If you have questions or need to make an adjustment — for example, you’re missing a class, you have an empty period that needs filling, or you don’t have both A and B sections to your yearlong classes — please fill out the Schedule Correction Request on our school website. Counselors will be processing these corrections as soon as possible so everything is ready for the first day of school on September 6 (9th graders) and September 7 (10th – 12th grade). For additional questions, please email your counselor.
Student schedules may continue to change as counselors balance class sizes and make other corrections. Check your class schedule the night before school starts and continue to check it through the first full week of school.
- 9th graders, check your class schedule on Tuesday evening.
- 10th – 12th graders, check your class schedule on Wednesday evening.
Need help with school supplies? “Mike’s Closet”, in the CHS Cafeteria, has backpacks, notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, glue sticks… and we have school clothes, shoes, and groceries. Check with any staff member, or just visit Mike’s closet in the cafeteria at lunch or between classes.
Student Computer Upgrades
This upgrade is not optional.Please take some time this week to upgrade your student computer.
Students who checked out computers at Back-to-School Days do not need to perform this upgrade task. The computer you received has already been upgraded.
Before you start: If you haven’t been using your student computer over the summer, the computer battery may have drained, and you will need to charge it and turn it on to allow the clock to update before the operating system upgrade will work. You may need to restart the computer a few times.
Follow these instructions carefully: Quicksheet – Upgrade macOS 2023
This big upgrade may take several hours to complete. Do not attempt to complete this update using a cellular signal or hotspot. Make sure your computer is in a safe place where it can remain plugged in and will not be disturbed during the upgrade.
If you are unable to complete the upgrade at home, please exchange your student computer at Back-to-School Days.
From the College & Career Center
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIOR FAMILIES: THE APPLICATIONS TO APPLY FOR FEDERAL AND STATE FINANCIAL AID ARE CHANGING
You can still create your FSA ID (username and password) now so you are prepared once the FAFSA opens in December. It’s very important to create an FSA ID for each FAFSA contributor PRIOR TO completing the FAFSA. Families who attempt to create FSA IDs at the time of FAFSA completion will not experience the benefits of the simplified FAFSA.It takes three days to verify the identity of FSA ID applicants, which means that individuals who have yet to be verified will have to complete additional questions by hand.
CREATE AN FSA ID HERE
Student Attendance: Reporting an Absence
Is your student missing school today? Make sure to contact us to let us know. If your student is coming to school late or needs to be pulled from class early, call the front office at 541-790-5100. If your student is going to be out for the whole day, make sure to call our attendance line at 541-790-5102.
Call anytime day or night: 541-790-5102
To excuse by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please inform the attendance office each day that your student is absent.
- Absences need to be excused within 2 school days.
- Pre-planned absences of 3 or more days may be excused if arranged in advance by filling out the pre-arranged absence form available in our front office or on our website at chs.4j.lane.edu/forms.
When a student needs to leave school during the day for an appointment or other reason: Parents should send a note with the student on the morning of the absence. The student should turn in the note at the front office. Office staff will send a note to the classroom teacher to excuse the student from class at the appropriate time.
We know that appointments and illness can come up unexpectedly. For these unexpected events, please call the front office before coming to the school to pick up your student. This gives us time to send a note to the classroom so that the student is ready to leave when you arrive. Please understand that there may be a delay if you do not notify us in advance.
ParentVUE and CANVAS
These two accounts collectively give you access to your student’s attendance, grades, class schedule, homework assignments, and more! If you need help with setting up these parent accounts, please reach out to our registrar, Dorothy Catanese, and she can send you your own unique codes along with easy-to-follow steps to activate each account. The best way for her to share this information is via email so please send requests to email@example.com. If you need assistance in person, please call her at 541-790-5108 to make an appointment before coming to the school.
Canvas for Parents
Visit https://www.4j.lane.edu/canvas/ for links and tutorials to help you create your Canvas account and connect to your student’s classes.
Canvas is an online classroom platform where teachers share lessons, materials, and assignments for their students. Parents can see student grades and progress on class assignments.
Login at https://pv.4j.lane.edu/. Parents receive an activation key from the school registrar to set up this account. If you are having trouble signing in to ParentVUE, please email Dorothy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In ParentVUE, parents can see student schedules, attendance history, and grades.
Grading Policy Change: No ‘Pass/No Pass’ Option for Core Classes
Starting this school year, all core-credit classes will not be eligible for a Pass/No Pass grade. Teachers will only give out the following letter grades: A, B, C, D, and F. The only exceptions are the following classes: Advisory, Aides, Access Center, Academics Unlimited, Work Experience, Life Skills, and Algebra Success. These classes are only eligible for a Pass/No Pass grade. If this changes, we will share this information with families as soon as possible.
Fall Play Auditions
Auditions for CHS Thespians’ fall play, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00 PM in the CHS Auditorium. Students need to prepare a 30 to 60-second memorized monologue. Something from Shakespeare is preferred but not required. If you have any questions, please email the director, Mr. Patton at: email@example.com or, if you are a student, come see him in Room H8. Any and all current CHS students are encouraged and welcome to audition. Break a leg!
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