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The faculty of Chester High School has plans for an exciting and required school-wide reading activity for the summer.  Your child should have received a paperback copy of GIFTED HANDS by Dr. Ben Carson last Friday, along with an assignment sheet.  If your child did not receive a copy of GIFTED HANDS, they should see their homeroom teacher or guidance counselor tomorrow before leaving school.  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.

May will go quickly for our Cyclone Seniors.  Please be sure to read the information given out at the Senior Meeting on May 4th. 
Click here for Senior Guidelines. 
Click here for Senior Information.

We want to honor all our graduates with a ceremony they will remember with pride.  Please take a moment to read all these guidelines to be prepared for a great celebration.
New eBooks!
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.
New eBooks. Part 2
Summer School Info
Morning News

 May 22


Students with Overdue Library Books or Fines

If your name is on this list, take your library book, fine money, or English novel book to Mrs. Podmore in the media center right away.

Adams, Blake

Adams, Jailin

Adkinson, Julian

Amons, Jihad

Anderson, Steven

Baker, Danny

Barrentine, Ashlyn

Beam, Thomas M

Bell, Matthew

Bowser, A'nya

Boyd, Damario

Boyd, Malcolm

Brown, Shamara

Brown, Veronica

Bruton, Hailey

Burke, Tamia

Butler, Savannah

Caldwell, Alexis

Caldwell, DeAndre

Caldwell, Olivia

Campbell, Fredera

Campbell, LaQuash

Carter, Kierra

Carter, Savanna

Clark, Elizabeth

Clawson, Christian

Clawson, Jolene

Cloud, Justin G

Cloud, Mario Jemeil

Cockrell, Si'Tesha

Coleman, De'Ja

Coleman, KaNiaya

Coleman, Vaughn

Collins, Kelly Kaye

Connor, Katherine

Cooper, John Austin

Cornwell, Dantrell

Cousar, Shanekqua

Crank, Alexuis

Culp, Michaela

Dallas, Maddison

Darby, Delilah

Davie, Kenya

Davis, Eric Devon

Davis, Johnaya April

Davis, Naquavis

Davis, Nyema

Devoe, Jasmine

Dixon, Javarus

Donatello, Cameron

Dunham, Jerica

Dunovant, Carlos

Dye, Deija

Dye, Justin William

Dye, LaStacia

Edwards, Mikayla

Elkins, J Luke

Elkins, Steven

Emerson, Malayisa

Ervin, Donna Jade

Evans, Brhea

Evans, Chauldray

Faulk, Jabril Lionel

Fletcher, Donald

Ford, Julia Cassidy

Foster, La'Darius

Franklin, Brandon

Fuller, M Garrett

Gamble, Summer

Garcia, Jennifer

Gaston, Jamey

Gaston, Kayleigh

Gaston, Tyler

German, Jesse

Gilmore, Paul Brice

Gonzales, Javier

Gonzalez, Cristian

Grant, Matthew

Greene, Courtney

Greene, Kaitlyn

Greenwood, William

Gregory, Gabrielle

Griffin, Kaleb

Guy, Corey

Halifax, Joshua

Hall, Arsenio

Hall, Hannah Rae

Hall, Patrick James

Hall, Shardashia

Hall, Skilar Ranee

Hall, Tyreek Rshon

Hall, Zyquanna

Halsey, Marquavius

Halsey, Shena

Hampton, Jaden

Hardin, Da'quavious

Hardin, Raven

Harris, DeAndre

Harris, LaAsia

Heath, My'Quashah

Hemphill, Shundeera

Hicks, Michel

Hicks, Shyheem

Hill, Marcus Jermaine

Hilliard, Sara Jean

Hinton, Christopher

Hollis, Abbigail

Hollis, Torrey

Houston, Shelton

Howze, La'Dreco

Howze, Malik Taraz

Jackson, Jasmine

Jackson, Justin

Jackson, Rodrickez

James, Kayla

Jeter, Jay'Quaris

Jeter, Kimberly

Johnson, Adam

Johnson, De'nidre

Johnson, Gabrielle

Kearse, Kyra Ann

Kelly, Desmond Deon

Kennedy, DaAsia

Kershaw, Kei-Shawn

Killian, Zharia N.

Kinard, Christopher

Landry, Shadeau

Lanier, Austin Lee

Lawson, Nora-Ashley

Levister, James

Lightner, DaQuaveian

Lockett, Desiree

Lucas, Chasity

Mayfield, Alexous

Mayfield, Javier

Mayfield, Queeniesha

McAbee, Steven

McClurkin, Keyonna

McClurkin, Kiera

McCoy, Alexis Mona

McCruel, Ricky

McCullough, Alieshia

McCullough, Johnmond

McCullough, Justin


McGriff, Ethan

Meadows, Anastasia

Meadows, DyQuavios

Meadows, Khalil

Melton, Christopher

Melton, Octavia

Mills, Shamia Lachele

Millwood, Katie

Minter, Chrishauna

Minter, Tylik

Mitchell, Christopher

Montgomery, Ashley

Murray, Grace

Nelson, Renea

Nelson, Tyler

Nichols, Curtis

Outlaw, Cassidy

Parker, Robert

Peay, Jacquis

Peeples, Martravius

Piper, Maranda

Pittman, Summer

Pressley, Jeffrey

Price, LaJessica

Quinn, Eddie Wayne

Rambert, Diangelo

Ramsey, Joshua Cole

Reid, Jalyn Ty'Rese

Rhodes, Michael

Rickle, Joseph

Rivera, Antonio

Roberts, Hayley

Roberts, Joey Lane

Robinson, Cody

Robinson, Dontae

Sampson, Stanchez

Sanders, Jon-Michael

Sanders, Justin

Scott, Savannah

Simpson, Essence

Simpson, Jalen

Simpson, Xi'Quavious

Sims, Travis

Smith, Kassandra

Spivey, Stephen

Stephens, Gracyn

Stroud, Jeremy Amon

Stroud, Shi'Erin

Swilling, Richard

Thomas, Deandre

Thomas, Frances

Thomas, Jerald

Thompson, Albert

Thompson, Cornell


Thompson, Robert

Turner, Asia

Turner, Christopher

Vernon, Alicia

Walker, Alexus

Walton, Damion Allen

Watts, James T

Watts, Jayce

Welborn, John

Welch, Glendon Lee

Wickings, Adam

Wilkes, Daniel

Williams, Briana

Williams, Caymen

Williams, Darrell

Williams, Malik

Williams, Tywon

Williamson, Cheyenne Destiny

Williford, Bryson

Williford, Christopher

Wilson, Alexis

Wilson, Victoria

Woods, Montez'sha

Worthy, Tyrese

Wright, Corey

Wright, Devario

Wright, Jacob

Wright, Justin

Wright, Levi

Wright, RaDarrius

Wright, Tyaurice

Wylie, Christian

Wynn, Tierra Monet'

Young, Jayla Naque

Young, Kendale

A Note from Mr. Tiller

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.

New Athletic Site

Please go to for information about Cyclone sports!
CHS 2014-15 Info

CHS Mission

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.

Important ACT Testing Information

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
ACT Flyer
ACT Tablets
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.

hiTEC Handbook and Video for Students and Parents

Please click on the link below to access the electronic hiTEC Handbook.

(The required video that explains CCSD tablet protocol is underneath the Student Parent handbook.)

Student Parent Tablet Handbook.pdf

Mr. Stiver's Video link: (Click here.)

NEW!! Career Planning Guide

Click here for the Chester County Career Planning Guide for 2015-16.

Tech News for 2014-15

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 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.

2014-15 Student Council Officers

Click here for the list.

Welcome Back, Coach Floyd

(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.

New for Food Services 2014-15

Parents/Guardians are now able to monitor their children's school meal accounts online! 
  1. Create an account by going to 
  2. Click "Register Now"
  3. Select Chester County School District from the drop-down lists of school districts
  4. 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.

Hot Spots for CCSD Wi-Fi

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.

CHS 2014 Annual Report

2014 CHS Annual Report Newsletter.pdf
Click the link above to access the report. 

Cyberbullying Information

Mr. Ferguson created a "LiveBinder" of information about cyberbullying that contains a lot of very helpful information.  It's available at .

Teacher Cadets

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.

Over 5923 Free Audio Books Online

5,923 Free LibriVox Recordings:
LibriVox provides books in the public domain that they record as audio files from volunteers. Once the files are configured for generic use, the books are posted to the net for free.  All the audio recordings are in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.

300 Free Classic eBooks

300 Free Classic eBooks
Open Culture
: the best free cultural & educational media on the web. 
This list of Free eBooks has received mentions in the The Daily Beast andComputer World.

S.C. Digital Library for Chester County Historical Society Archives

S.C. Specific CCSS-M Resources

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.

Connections between the Common Core State Standards

Common Core Resources List (Plus Pearson's CC Institute Webinars

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


Coping With Traumatic Events

Click on the link below to access the needed information. 

Traumatic Events.docx

CCSD Media/Video Request Form

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.

Tablet Problem?


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  .

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   after your 4 digits.  John Doe’s log in would look like this:  .  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
CHS Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Faye Culp
CHS Teacher of the Year

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