Corvallis High School Newsletter

August 2015

Corvallis High School

August 2015

A Tradition of Excellence | Preparation for the Future

Summer Greetings from CHS! I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. While summer seems to have only just begun, we are already looking ahead with anticipation and excitement to the start of a new school. The 2014-15 school year ended on a high note with a graduation ceremony that truly celebrated the academic talents and accomplishments of our most recent graduating class. We have every reason to believe that the year ahead will be just as successful. We are looking forward to the example and leadership of our next senior class to set the tone for the year and to encourage our new freshmen class to become active participants in the CHS community. In the tradition of Corvallis High School, our 2015 graduating seniors did amazing work, earning over $6 million in scholarships to various universities. We have students attending colleges as far away as Europe and as close as OSU. We again had a Gates Millennium Scholar, who will receive full financial support for both his undergraduate and postgraduate college work. We have over 70 seniors enrolled in 509j’s Running Start program; these students will attend a full year at LBCC with the school district supporting their academic success. We again have a majority of our incoming senior class having already met their graduation requirements in Essential Skills. CHS has few changes in our staff roster for the coming year, but several are in the front offices. Paul Navarra is coming from Madras High School to serve as our new assistant principal. Anne Neves, most recently from Willamette University, takes over for Susan Locey as our new Operations Assistant in the main office. Across the hallway in the counseling department, from Lodi, California, Elizabeth Garcia will join us as our fourth counselor. We expect that this addition, along with the support we receive from a Trillium counselor, will allow our counseling department to become even more responsive and proactive in serving our students. The only new face among our teaching faculty will be that of Taylor Shields, who just this spring completed her student teaching experience in our mathematics department; Taylor will fill the gap left by Erika Gabonay’s departure. CHS is all about student success. We work hard to provide the supports that ensure every student has an opportunity to achieve at their (Continued on page 2)


In This Issue Principal’s Greeting ................................ 1 Career Education for Summer ................ 2 Important Dates: PLEASE READ ......... 3 Ways to Stay Connected at CHS .......... 4 Summer Means More Bicycles on the Streets .......................................... 4 Staff Appreciation ................................. 4 Volunteers Needed: Tutoring Center ..... 4 CHS Needs Volunteers: Packet Pick Up & Registration ....................................... 5 SEAC Information (Special Education) . 5 Spartan Garden Happenings ................... 6 CHS Booster Club BBQ ........................ 6 CHS Sports Spectator Costs ................... 6 Library News .......................................... 7 Spartan Sports (Spartan Activities, Getting Cleared for High School Sports, Fall Conditioning Weeks, Summer Practices/Tryouts, Volunteers Needed) ................................ 8 College Planning Night & Important Test Dates ...................................................... 9 Attendance Details for 2014-2015 ....... 10 Flash Alert Newswire .......................... 10 Deadline for September CHS Newsletter 10

Free Summer Meal Program ............... 11 Gratis Programa de alimentacion de verano ............................................. 11 CHS Summer Youth Camps Registration .......................................... 12 Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship Fall Session .......................................... 13 Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship Application ........................................... 14

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very highest levels. The week after school ended, CHS offered a math camp for students who needed to complete a few standards from earlier courses, and a writing camp for students who need to “bank” a work sample to meet the Essential Skill requirement for graduation in 2016. We will open the writing camp again in August to warm students up for the upcoming school year, and we expect to offer an August math camp for students entering Algebra 1 in September. An AVID orientation camp will also take place for our incoming AVID 9th graders. We are excited to be able to offer so many options for academic support for our students. 509j’s Alternative Pathways will also offer a credit recovery summer program, taking place in the CHS library June 30-July 31st. To participate, sign up through Eric Wright at College Hill; full attendance is required. It’s never too early to look forward to the coming school year! All students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year need to pick up a registration packet on August 12-14. If neither you nor your child is available during this time, please have a trusted friend or family member pick up this packet for you. New student registration is August 21st, with course placement testing available. Registration packets need to be completed and turned in August 25 and 26, with Lifetouch pictures being taken at that time. Orientation for new students is offered on September 8th. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 9th, after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Please look for more information and detail on the CHS website and in the “important date” section later in this newsletter. During registration please check to be certain that CHS has a current and accurate parent email and that you are signed up for the CHS listserv. These are critical ways for you to access important information. Also strongly consider filling out the bicycle registration form if your child will ever bike to school. This is a key tool for us to combat bicycle theft at CHS. Lastly, all school district offices are closed for the month of July, and the CHS office will reopen on August 5th. We’re anticipating a wonderful new school year in the fall. Have a fantastic summer! We are looking forward to a fun and successful 2015-16 school year. See you in August for registration! Colleen Works, Assistant Principal


Career Education for Summer! All students: summer is a great time to do career education. Career shadows and Extended Applications are normally NOT done during regular classes. Try getting one or both of these done during the summer. A career shadow is when you follow someone at their place of work for a few hours to really understand what they do in that occupation. CHS requests that you do not follow your parents or any staff at the school. Look outside of the areas that you already know and explore something new. Paperwork for this assignment is available from Mrs. Williams, Room 121A. This assignment needs to be done before the start of senior year, otherwise you will be put into Mentoring. Sometimes, the Extended Application (senior project) is something you are already doing during the summer. Perhaps you are a camp counselor or are working on your Eagle Scout project. See Mrs. Williams for ideas and/or paperwork. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Williams at [email protected] or 541.757.4480

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Important Dates Corvallis High School Important Dates for 2015/2016 School Year Office Reopens August 5th August 12, 13, & 14 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 Registration packet pickup All students who are currently enrolled need to pick up their packet (This includes incoming freshmen ) August 21 Registration for students new to Corvallis High School Freshmen 9:30-11:00 Testing Room 121 Freshmen 11:30-12:20 Forecasting Room 202 Sophomores - 10:30-11:20 Testing Room 202 Juniors and Seniors will need to schedule individual appointments to be held between 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Please call Linda Keller at 541.757.5901) REGISTRATION DATES August 25 10:00-12:30 Seniors Return registration packet with signatures on all forms, pay fees Lifetouch pictures/student body card August 25 2:00-4:30 Juniors Return registration packet with signatures on all forms, pay fees Lifetouch pictures/student body card August 26 10:00-12:30 Sophomores Return registration packet with signatures on all forms, pay fees Lifetouch pictures/student body card August 26 2:00-5:30 Freshman Return registration packet with signatures on all forms, pay fees Lifetouch pictures/student body card August 31 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-3:00 All Grades — Make Up Registration & Pictures September 8 New Student Orientation All incoming Freshmen & New Students get a tour of the building, pick up final schedules and meet new friends September 9 FIRST DAY OF 2015/2016 SCHOOL Year 3

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Ways to Stay Connected at CHS

Staff Appreciation

Parent Listserv: The CHS Parent Listserv facilitates CHS-related communication through the use of e-mail. The listserv enables quick and broad dissemination of messages to ensure that families are wellinformed in a timely manner without being inundated with e-mail.

Throughout the year, because of YOU (our amazing CHS families), we have been able to spoil our staff at Corvallis High School. We were able to provide every single staff member with a generous gift in December, and have treated them throughout the year to delicious days of various meals and goodies. Whether you donated a gift, sent in a treat, helped with a task, or contributed in any other way, please know that you made the entire staff feel special. They have been completely touched by your generosity and have been very vocal about ensuring that their gratitude is passed on to you.

To Subscribe to the CHS Listserv, send an e-mail from the address you want to get listserv messages from to: [email protected] More information can be found here: CHS Website: We also encourage you to regularly visit the CHS Website. The address is This is the location where you can access: Athletic team game and practice schedules, monthly GOOGLE calendars, Daily Announcements, School newsletters, PINNACE attendance/grades, staff email addresses, etc CHS Facebook Page: You can find our daily announcements and other pertinent CHS information on our Facebook page:

Summer Means More Bicycles on the Streets! With the great weather we’re enjoying comes an increased concern for bicycle safety. Please encourage your students to always wear a snapping helmet, and to obey traffic signs . And finally, remind them to be aware of motorists; riders should always assume the driver of a car that is so easy to see may not see the bicyclist.

The CHS Main Office will be closed from Monday, June 29, 2015, through Tuesday, August 4, 2015. It will reopen on August 5, 2015.


Thanks again for contributing!

Volunteer Tutors Needed for CHS Tutoring Center! CHS Tutoring Center is looking for committed volunteer tutors in various subjects, including English, Science, and Math. If you are interested in helping students, please contact Chieko Weiler at [email protected]

Please Donate Calculators! If you have extra scientific or graphing calculators, please donate to CHS Tutoring Center. Some students do not have them available to take tests or do homework. Thank you for your support!

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CHS Needs Volunteers to Help with Packet Pick Up & Registration Getting 1200+ high school students registered in August within a short window of time is a huge endeavor that requires parent volunteer assistance in order to be efficient and successful! Please consider helping with one or both of the projects below! CHS REGISTRATION PACKET PICK-UP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: August 12-14/9:00 am to 3:00pm If you can help out with registration, please visit: CHS REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Corvallis High School Registration will take place on August 25 and 26. We will also have a Make Up Day on August 31 and September 8. We need lots of help to get the job done and it is a lot of fun! Please sign up to work at one of the 10 Stations on one or more days: Tuesday August 25th: Seniors — 10:00AM to 12:30PM Tuesday August 25th: Juniors — 2:00 PM to 4:30PM Wednesday August 26th: Sophomores — 10:00AM to 12:30PM Wednesday August 26th: Freshmen — 2:00PM to 5:30PM Make-up Days: Monday, August 31st & Tuesday September 8: 9:00AM to 3:00PM. If you can help out with registration, please visit: If you have questions please contact Tracy Lengwin, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] Thank you so much!

SEAC (Special Education Advisory Council) Information SEAC is a volunteer group of parents & professionals that collaborate to plan & promote inclusion and academic success for students with disabilities, including those on 504 plans or Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Please join the Special Education Parent Listserv to get special education information and learn about future trainings in the coming months: Think you are already subscribed? Double check by logging into (or change your password): Information about the Special Education Advisory Committee meetings and trainings may be found on:  Flyers posted on the school bulletin board  The school district’s SEAC webpage—  Monthly school newsletters Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact: Kathy Pusztavari, Corvallis High School Representative/[email protected], 541.368.7411


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Spartan Garden Happenings Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship — Fall Session! Students—are you interested in learning about leadership, business management, community service, and growing sustainable foods? Apply for the Spartan Urban Farm Fellowship! Read the announcement and fill out an application (See pages 13 and 14). The fellowship will begin once school starts in early September.

Summer Update Summer has been a happening time in the garden! Several high school students have been working at the garden and Lincoln Farmers Market as part of the Spartan Urban Farm Summer Internship. The students are growing, harvesting, and selling their produce this summer! If you are interested in volunteering during the summer, either at the garden or at the Lincoln Farmers Market, contact Rebecca Fallihee for more information: [email protected] “Like” the Healthy Youth Program on Facebook, if you haven’t already! The Spartan Garden is sponsored by the Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program

CHS Booster Club BBQ Mark your calendars for the start of the year BBQ on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 starting at 5:30pm at the Spartan Stadium.

CHS Sports Spectator Costs Parents, friends, and relatives are encouraged to attend CHS sporting events each season. Some sports will involve a spectator charge. There is an entrance fee for all football games, volleyball games, girls/boys basketball games, and wrestling meets. Adults Students K-8th grade H. S. Students (w/ID Card Only) CHS students (w/ASB card) Visiting Students Senior Citizen (60+)

$6.00 $4.00 $4.00 Free $4.00 Free

Sports’ Passes: Single Family Pass…$45.00…includes 1 Adult Pass & up to 2 children passes (K-8th) Family Pass...$90.00…includes 2 Adult Passes & up to 2 children passes (K-8th)


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Library News Welcome to the CHS Library/Bookroom! We look forward to seeing you again and meeting new students and parents. Students use the library to study quietly, have quiet conversations and to access a wide variety of printed and online sources of information for their classes. Textbooks are checked out from the book room starting the first few days of school.

Registration Please bring all overdue library and text books with you, or money to pay for overdue books and fines in order to complete registration.

Thanks to Volunteers! Once again, thanks to our parent volunteers who helped in the library/bookroom during the school last year. If you would like to help drop by or contact library staff at 757-5900 or 757-5896 after school starts.

Textbook and Library Book Checkout Students must remember to bring their current ID cards to check out textbooks and library books. We also ask that students put their name in their textbooks and cover them immediately, we will have some book covers but if they want to use brown paper bags that they have at home that is fine.

Treasure Our Books Please remember to take care of the CHS Library books and textbooks. Cover textbooks with paper covers that tape only to themselves, and not to the book. Leave pages and book bindings clean and whole. Remember that we charge for tears, stains, or writing (except for names on the inside cover) in our books. If students see damage in books when they first check them out, they should bring the damage to the attention of one of our librarians. If for some reason your book gets wet, bring it to us right away as we have ways to save the book.

Donations and Lost Books: Please continue to donate books and supplies (Kleenex, sharpies, swiffer refill, brown paper bags or spare sheets of wallpaper for book covers) to the CHS Library or Bookroom and to look for and return our books that may have made it to your home without being checked out. Since our budget is small, students and staff depend on your donations. Judi Welever, Library Media Assistant 2/Textbook Coordinator 541.757.5896 or [email protected] Christine Stillger, Library Media Assistant 1 541.757.5848 or [email protected]


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Spartan Sports Spartan Activities and Athletics The entire Corvallis High School staff welcomes you to another year of Spartan Sports and Activities – with a special welcome to our newest “Sparts”. We encourage you to become involved in the many activities offered at Corvallis High. We believe that school-based activities are a significant avenue for extending the learning environment beyond the classroom. Activities and athletics are important in contributing to school climate and to a sense of community among students, staff, parents and other Corvallis citizens. As a member of a school team or activity, your behavior on campus, in the community and at other schools reflects on your program, your school and yourself. We are looking forward to a wonderful year with personal, program and whole school successes. Be a part of this great place. Get involved!

Getting Cleared for Fall High School Sports Athletic office will be clearing 2015 fall athletes on Thursday, August 13th and Friday, August 14th from 1:00-6:00PM in the Athletic Office. Sports physicals will be offered at the Beaver Sports Medicine on Wednesday, August 12th (only) from 1:00PM - 4:00PM. Cost for the physical is $25.00 with checks made out to CHS Training Room (scholarships are available).

Fall Conditioning Weeks - August 10th through August 14th Week of Aug. 10: Week of Aug. 10: Week of Aug. 10: Week of Aug. 10: Week of Aug. 10:

Volleyball Conditioning Camp: Football Camp: Girls Soccer Conditioning Camp: Boys Soccer Conditioning Camp: Cross Country:

6:30pm-9:00pm M-Th in CHS Gyms 6:00pm-8:00pm M-F on CHS Turf Field 8:00am-10:30am M-Th CHS Turf Field 5:00pm-7:30pm M-Th Fields at Crystal Lake Park 6:00pm-7:00pm Mon. 8/10 , Avery Park

Summer Practices/Tryouts - August 17th through August 21nd Football: B. Soccer: G. Soccer: Volleyball: XCountry:

9:00am-10:30am & 6:00-8:00pm - CHS Turf Field (M-F) 5:00pm-7:30pm – Fields at Crystal Lake Park (M-Th) 8:00am-10:30am – Taylor Field (M-Th) 3:30pm-6:00pm & 7:30-9:30pm in the CHS Gyms (M-Th) 6:00pm-7:00pm Avery Park (In front of Park & Rec Office)

Volunteers Needed for Sports Successful activities take a lot of support and volunteer time. In the past, CHS has been fortunate to have terrific support for its sports programs. Help doing things like taking money, working concessions, filming games, providing transportation are all needed. Helping out can be fun, and is always appreciated. In the fall, please say “YES” when asked to help. We start out needing team parents for each level of every sport, then those parents will ask others to help out where needed. If you are interested in being a team parent, please let your coach know at the beginning of the season.


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COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT & IMPORTANT TEST DATES College Planning Night 2015 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 6:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Attention: Parents, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, Please join us on Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 23, for our College Planning Night sponsored by Beyond CHS. We are excited to be having a college fair for your students with probably over 40 colleges starting at 6:15 p.m. in the gym followed by breakout sessions for students interested in going to college. Some of these sessions will be on essays, selecting a college, NCAA, the new SAT, honors colleges, financial aid and more. We hope that you will find this evening informative as well as an opportunity to talk with your students about their goals and making the most of their high school days. More information will be coming in late August/September so make sure you are signed up for the listserv. The listserv sends out lots of information, opportunities for your students, test information and much more. If you are not signed up, send an e-mail to: [email protected] with “subscribe CHS-Parents” in the body of that message. It is not too soon for freshmen and sophomores to attend!!!!

Important Changes to the PSAT and SAT: Also, sophomores and juniors who plan to take the PSAT, please be aware that the test is not on a Saturday this year but on Wednesday, October 28 during the school day. This was not our choice but it does cover some of what will be on the new SAT so sign up will begin as soon as school resumes. It is free to sophomores due to a contract signed by the state, the juniors will have to pay (TBA) but fee waivers are available. This is an excellent way to determine how well a student will perform on the SAT or whether they should take the ACT their junior year. It is also the only test for juniors that qualifies for national merit. So it is recommended that juniors take the test even though they may have taken it their sophomore year. One of the sessions that we will have on September 23 will talk about the changes to the new SAT and the changes in the scoring. Colleges have indicated they will accept either test during this transition. It has been suggested that students who scored over 160 (students brought those home in December) as a sophomore on their PSAT last year (October 2014) may want to take the old SAT which is given in October 2015, December 2015 and January 2016. The new SAT will begin with the March 2016 exam. This is a lot of information and we will try to keep you up to date as much as possible. SEE YOU AT COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT! Nancy J. Shaffer College & Career Advisor, Corvallis High School 541 757-5711 [email protected]


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Attendance Details for 2015-2016

Flash Alert Newswire

Parents and/or Guardians, please call the CHS Attendance Office at 541.757.5888 to excuse your student/s within 48 hours of their absence.

The Corvallis School District utilizes FlashAlert.Net as one means of communication. This website gives you access to emergency messages, such as breaking news or snow closure information, as well as news releases from participating organizations in several area states. Registration on this site is free and there is an option to receive information as an e-mail and/or a cell phone text message.

Reasons for Excused Absences: Corvallis School District ONLY recognizes the following reasons as valid excuses for an absence:  Illness, Medical or Dental appointments  Death in immediate family/Bereavement leave  Educational/occupational interviews  Field trips and school-approved activities  Legal or court appointments  Other reasons deemed appropriate by the school administrators and/ or Attendance office Administrative Asst. Unexcused Absence/Tardy: Corvallis School District will NOT recognize the following excuses for an absence:  Truancy/Oversleeping  Senior Skip Day (there is no official senior skip day)  Missing the bus  Shopping/haircut appointments  Birthdays, family visiting  Missing one class, to work on an assignment for another class Debbie Begin, Administrative Asst. CHS Attendance Office, 541.757.5888

Deadline for September CHS Newsletter Items for the September 2015 CHS Newsletter should be submitted as MSWord files attached to e-mails and sent before August 20 to [email protected]


To visit the website, go to: Information about closures, cancellations, delayed starts, or early releases will also be available via local media. TV stations include KOIN (Ch. 6), KGW (Ch. 8), KEZI (Ch. 9), KPTV (Ch. 12), KVAL (Ch. 13), and KMTR (Ch. 16). AM radio stations include 920/KSHO, 990/KRKT, 1240/ KEJO, 1340/KLOO, and 1580/ KGAL. FM radio stations include 95.1/KSND, 99.9/KRKT, 104.7/ KDUK, and 106.3/KLOO. This information will also be available in Spanish on 660 AM/KXOR, 880 AM/KWIP, and 95.1 FM/ KSND.

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