Graduation at a G’Lance, September 17, 2021
Order Your Cap and Gown by November 5!
CHS Class of 2022 and Families,
Your senior year is underway! Fall is the time for graduating students to put in the work that will free them up to enjoy the celebrations that come in the spring. Now is the time to explore career options, apply for colleges and scholarships, and focus on completing your graduation requirements.
It’s also time to order your graduation gown and senior gear. It’s important to get our order in soon so that the manufacturer can produce the gowns we need. Supply chains are still disrupted from the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s especially important this year to get our order in on time.
Senior portraits and quotes are typically due to the yearbook before Winter Break. We recommend scheduling your portrait session soon. Baby Pictures and dedications are typically due at the end of February. Read our yearbook guidelines here and contact Mr. Squires at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Graduation Orders (Miners Graduate Services)
It is now time to begin the ordering process for the Class of 2022 Graduation. Due to the pandemic, the process to order will be primarily done remotely. Orders need to be placed through Miners Graduate Services. Below are the instructions and information for placing your graduation order:
- Orders can be placed online at minersgrad.com or click on the flyer below to be redirected to this website.
- Order packets are available at the school office if you prefer to order by mail or order at the Miners Office.
Order online by Friday, October 22nd and pick up your Class of 2022 Gear (sweatshirts, bling tassels) at CHS during Lunch on Monday, October 25th.
- Graduation orders should be placed on the website or by mail no later than Friday, November 5th.
- Graduation announcements and other printed materials will be distributed in late March or early April.
- Cap and gown units will be distributed in May.
- Class Rings and Letterman Jackets may be ordered online throughout the school year.
- If you have any questions, please contact Miners Graduate Services by email or phone. The contact information is below:
LEAP (Lancer Extended Application Project)
Seniors, the Extended Application is an Oregon Department of Education graduation requirement for the class of 2022 and beyond. What is the LEAP? LEAP is the name that Churchill gave to this graduation requirement. It stands for Lancer Extended Application Project. There are as many ways for a student to complete this project as there are students. We want you to think about a future career and extend your learning and apply it in a concentrated manner and experience in that career. There are many ways in which to complete the LEAP. Please read about the LEAP here (pdf) and also check out the website for more detailed information. There’s even a link on that webpage to a short video you can watch. Note: IHS students who have successfully completed their Junior Seminar course have already completed the extended application requirement.
- LEAP Contracts due, Thursday, October 14th, 2021 (Contracts are available in the School-to-Career office and the counselors’ hallway beginning Monday, September 20th, 2021.)
- LEAPs completed through paid work experience are due the week of January 24th, 2022
- All other LEAP projects are due the week of April 4th, 2022
RTEC 101 is a class for seniors planning to attend Lane Community College next Spring or Fall. It can also be used as a LEAP project. The class is free and students can earn .5 or 2.0 college credit at LCC. Please click here for more information and to register for the class. My personal recommendation is that this class is a very good preparation for entering LCC and the instructor is super helpful.
Elevate by Connected Lane County
There are many opportunities to explore different careers with this nonprofit organization. A flyer is attached for more information. Seniors can also use the Mentorship Project-Based program to fulfill the LEAP requirement. Check out the attached flyer.
Coming Up in October
Join me in a series of workshops titled Getting Hired for the Holidays. It will be after school in the STEM building Conference room. No need to register – just show up. More information will be in the daily announcements and coming to student email inboxes.
- Monday, October 4, 3:35 pm – Creating a Stand Out Resume
- Tuesday, October 5,3:35 pm – Creating a Stand Out Resume (a repeat from Monday)
- Monday, October 11, 3:35 pm – How to Organize a Job Search
- Tuesday, October 12, 3:35 pm – How to Organize a Job Search (a repeat from Monday)
- Monday, October 19, 3:35 pm – Mock Interviews, practice your interview skills with an expert from a local employment agency
- Tuesday, October 20, 3:35 pm – Mock Interviews, practice your interview skills with an expert from a local employment agency
College & Career Center Updates
The year is off and running and the College & Career Center has many things scheduled to help seniors prepare for life after high school.
Talking to college admissions representatives is one of the most valuable things to do. Representatives cover information that isn’t found on a website or brochure. It is an opportunity to ask specific questions that pertain to the student. Even if a college isn’t what the student is looking for (or the student thinks they aren’t looking for) it is a valuable experience. Learning the college lingo and culture is the first step to ensuring success. All visits are virtual, at lunch in the College and Career Center. Specifics can be found on the CHS calendar, on the TV screens on campus, in 3rd-period announcements, and in the Principal’s newsletters. We will also send out weekly emails with information for the next week’s visits. The email will contain the link to the visit for those students who are not on campus during lunch.
It’s time to start talking money!
We are hosting two events to get us started.
Financial Aid Information Night – September 28th, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm via Zoom. We will cover what financial aid is, what the programs are and how to apply. We will have time for questions.
Scholarship Information Night – September 29th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm via Zoom. Come learn how and where to find scholarships, tips to apply, and how to avoid scams.
The link to both events will be sent out via email the week prior.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Oregon Financial Aid Application (ORSAA) for students who are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA is available October 1st! We are currently planning workshops to take you line by line through the forms. It’s not a scary as it looks! For 1:1 help, I have Zoom appointments beginning October 5th. You can schedule at chscounseling.as.me/houck.