Congratulations to Valedictorian Brieanna Birch, Salutatorian Will Shugart, and all the 2015 Cyclones!
ATTENTION PARENTS OF RISING 9-12th GRADERS!!
The faculty of Chester High School has plans for an exciting and required school-wide reading activity for the summer. Your child should has received a paperback copy of GIFTED HANDS by Dr. Ben Carson and an assignment sheet. If your child did not receive a copy of GIFTED HANDS, they should contact the school right away. This school-wide reading activity will count as your child’s first grade in English, regardless of which semester he/she has English, so reading the book and completing the assignment sheet must be done by the first day of school on August 17th. Students will be held accountable for their knowledge of the book, will use their knowledge in other activities during BLAST time in August, and have opportunities to win prizes by reading this great nonfiction book this summer. The assignment sheet is also available by clicking here. We hope our Cyclones have a great summer break and will enjoy this exciting learning opportunity.
Be the first to try out the new eBooks from InfoBase--use the widget posted below--that are now available because of a grant Mrs. Podmore received from the Chester County School District Public Education Foundation. You need the username--which is chs--and the password--which is cyclones--to access these books.
Begin by typing biography in the search area below.
Band Pre-camp will be held from 5:30 - 8:30pm Monday, July 27th through Thursday, July 30th.
Beginning next school year, I am pleased to announce that our school will have its OWN security officer assigned specifically to our building. For years, the district has been working on a solution that would place a highly-qualified officer on each campus, each day. Currently, we only have four county officers who are supposed to protect nine buildings simultaneously---impossible. As part of the district’s long-range security plan, we have added more than 500 security cameras to our buildings, parking lots and athletic facilities. We have also made our schools more secure with locked doors and a buzz-in-only entry system. Assigning an officer to each building is the next step in this important plan.
Please know our district has taken great care in selecting a company with a long history who has the commitment to Chester County School District of providing our school with officers that are highly qualified, trained and dedicated to our children. Defender Services, INC. is a 58 year old company based in Columbia operating in 28 states, which provides a variety of services, including security for schools, universities/colleges, businesses and even nuclear facilities. Defender Services has strict guidelines of who qualifies to be a school security officer. The company first looks locally for highly-qualified individuals, such as former military personnel, state troopers, retired law enforcement, etc. Once all applications are reviewed and approved, the list of applicants is presented to district staff and principals. As principal of Chester High School, I will then be able to interview and select an officer who best matches the needs of our building. I want an officer who will build strong personal relationships with all Chester High students.
These officers will possess a current license issued by the State of South Carolina and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED). These uniformed officers will carry firearms and have the power to arrest and detain, and must be in good physical condition to perform their duties. Security officers will also receive D.A.R.E. training and will work closely with Dr. Graham, Ms. Reilly, Dr. Williams, and me to cover specific needs we may have here at Chester High. These officers will receive continuous training throughout the school year in school-specific law enforcement topics, such as Active Shooter scenarios.
Board Chair Denise Lawson asked that I share her thoughts on behalf of the Board of School Trustees:
The Board is united and has contracted with Defender Services, Inc. to bring a security officer to every school building. Right now, our four officers cannot possibly cover all nine school sites simultaneously. Our board members have children, grandchildren, friends, and neighbors working and studying in our schools every day. We want to make these buildings as safe and secure as is possible. Using the ten officers from Defender Services gives us an extra peace of mind. We are all committed to the well-being of the children of Chester County because this is OUR family, OUR community.
Student safety is a top priority for our district and for me personally. I understand that students cannot learn when they do not feel safe.
Chester High School strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to develop academic, social and emotional competencies. To this end, we are committed to developing creative, independent students who are prepared to contribute to local, national, and global societies.
Beginning in spring 2015, the ACT test will be used as a statewide assessment in South Carolina to meet state and federal accountability requirements. With the exception of students who are eligible for alternate assessments, the ACT must be administered to all students in the eleventh grade, including students with disabilities. Eleventh-grade students are defined as students in the third year of high school after their initial enrollment in the ninth grade.
Please read these documents for important ACT/WorkKeys Info:
ACT Basic Information
Accommodations Memo for Parents
The State Department of Education and ACT have determined that ALL students in 11th grade WILL take the science portion of the ACT on April 28th. This is a change from the original information given to school districts.
Click here for the Chester County Career Planning Guide for 2015-16. From Neil Rollins at CCSD:
Beginning September 22, 2014, students, faculty, and staff eligible for Office 365 ProPlus from their school can now take advantage of a new self-service sign up process. In the past, organizations were burdened with initiating the service, creating accounts and ordering the free licenses on behalf of their users. The new self-service model removes all of that unnecessary friction and delay by simply allowing eligible users to sign up for the service themselves, while maintaining the same level of control, flexibility and security institutions have come to expect from Office 365.
To check their eligibility of the ProPlus benefit, students, faculty, and staff can go to www.office.com/getoffice365 and enter a school-provided email address. Once validated, users over the age of 13 can create an Office 365 account and get access to Office 365 ProPlus, OneDrive for business, SharePoint Online, Office Online.
(Announcement from CCSD)
The Chester High School varsity football team will have a familiar face leading them next season. Coach Victor D. Floyd has been named the new head coach for the Cyclones and is eager to return to a program he knows so well.
“Coach Floyd is a perfect fit for Chester High School,” explains CHS principal Martie Tiller. “I really like his plan to move Cyclone football forward. I like his plan for academic success for his players, and I like his views on team discipline and training."
In 2007, Coach Floyd’s team was the 3A Upper State champions. Coach Floyd was named the South Carolina 3A Upper State Football Coach of the Year and the Region Coach of the Year.
In explaining his excitement at returning to Chester High, Coach Floyd said, “I’ve always felt like I left a job unfinished. I have an opportunity to come back and possibly complete a job. I’m not making any promises, but our goal is a state title. Chester has a lot of potential and talent and I believe this team can compete on a high level--year end and year out.”
Coach Floyd and his wife Yolanda are the proud parents of 14 year old Victoria and 7 year old Victor Jr. (Trooper). Floyd is a native of Nichols, South Carolina. He is a certified teacher with degrees from North Carolina A&T State University and the United States Sports Academy.
Parents/Guardians are now able to monitor their children's school meal accounts online!
- Create an account by going to www.K12PaymentCenter.com
- Click "Register Now"
- Select Chester County School District from the drop-down lists of school districts
- Fill in your information, input your credit or debit card information and you're ready to go!
***You will need your child's Student ID Number. This number is printed on report cards and on their student IDs. Please contact the school if you are unsure of this number.***
Once the account is established, you will be able to:
- Make payments for meals online securely using your credit card (*Small fee applies for each payment.)
- Deposit money into multiple accounts with just one payment, no matter which school your child attends.
- Get quick and easy access to your child's account 24 hours a day.
- See your child's meal purchases.
- Check your child's meal account balance.
- Get low balance alerts by email and/or text.
This web site is secure and utilizes all of the current industry privacy standards.
The locations of free Wi-Fi access for CCSD devices are:
Roddey Building in Chester, Pine Springs Park in Leeds, Baton Rouge Park, Lowrys Park, Edgemoor Fire Department, Fort Lawn Community Center, Blackstock Market, Lewisville Middle School parking lot, Great Falls Elementary parking lot, and all high schools parking lots.
Please see this video for information about the Teacher Cadet program. See Mrs. Anderson in Room A-1 to sign-up or learn more information about the program for next year. S2tem Centers SC Link
The S²TEM Centers SC CCSSM Implementation Team provides quality professional learning experiences and support resources for educators preparing for implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics.
PEARSON Common Core Institute - Spring 2013 - FREE (This link connects you to Pearson's annual webinars on the Common Core. The webinars are also stored here for future reference and review.)
All current and past webinars are hosted here for later viewing if you happen to miss one of the presentations.
Common Core Secondary Resources List Final.docx
South Carolina’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics provides an opportunity to tap expert knowledge from a variety of resources. However, it is important to be informed consumers regardless of the resource used. The following resources are considered to be aligned to and supportive of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and should be used as deemed appropriate to meet individual needs. The resources listed are grouped by
· State Professional Mathematics Organizations
· Gap Analysis, Progression and Unpacking Documents
· Curriculum Resources and Sample Tasks
· Teacher Content Knowledge Resources
· Math Tools
· Instructional Materials
Teachers, please complete at least 3 days ahead of when it's needed so you will have time to get approval. Click here for form.
Login to Office 365 (www.outlook.office365.com) SEE BELOW IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THIS
Send an email to:Send an e-mail to:
In the subject line, put:
CHS, Your Name (first and last)
In the body of the message, put as much information as you can about the problem you’re having.
One of the IT staff members will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Be sure to periodically check your email. You will receive updates as the problem is fixed and to let you know when it’s ready to be picked up.
The IT Office is in Room F-5.
How to sign-in to email:
You have to check your email through Office 365. This is how:
1. Login to your computer with your first initial, last name, and the last 4 digits of your student ID number. You set up your password this year when you logged on to a computer for the first time. (If you haven’t logged in yet, your password is password, and you have to change it right away.)
2. Click on the desktop icon for SIGN IN TO OFFICE 365 or open an internet browser (Chrome/Firefox, or Internet Explorer) and go to www.outlook.office365.com .
3. You will login with your regular username (first initial, last name, and last 4 digits of your student ID number) but you must add @chester.k12.sc.us after your 4 digits. John Doe’s log in would look like this: email@example.com . This is also your email address, if you want to give it to someone. Remember, when you graduate or leave Chester County School District, this account will no longer exist, so use it only for school-type stuff. Use your Microsoft/gmail/yahoo accts for everything else.
4. Your password is the same password you use when you log on to the network at school. Same password for the network and for Office 365.
Mr. Robert Jordan
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