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CCHS Fall Festival

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It’s not uncommon to find CCHS students on campus well after high school classes end at 3:30—many of our students remain on campus until well into the evening in order to attend their CNM courses.  On October 28, however, many of them found themselves hanging around CCHS for a different reason: to have fun!  This year’s open house took the form of a Fall Festival.  Plenty of food was eaten and games played while parents walked around E building and chatted with teachers and students.

One of the most successful events from the evening was the silent auction, run by Dr. Sarah Santillanes, our English and Yearbook teacher, and Lisa Mulroy, our Special Education Teacher and Testing Coordinator.  All of the items were donated by the CCHS community.  Parents, students, and faculty bid on handmade pottery created by Principal Abeyta’s father, artwork from CCHS students, baskets put together by CCHS families, and many, many other items.  In the auction’s final minutes, bidding was fierce, making for an exciting spectacle for everyone.

Those who ventured into the other classrooms were greeted with pizza, nachos and baked goods.  To warm the chill, hot cider and cookies were offered by English teacher Maria Ladd and Counselor Yesenia Beltràn.  Anyone wishing to get in some gaming were delighted to find they could play a game of Cornhole, social studies Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Blackjack, or Twister. 

The Festival was also the event in which our new CCHS t-shirts made their debut!  Sales are ongoing, so anyone who wasn’t able to snag a shirt then can still contact Dr. Bush to purchase one.  Shirts are $15 (small – XL) and $17 (XXL).

 All in all, it was an extremely successful night.  Altogether, over $1,000 was raised!  This money will be put towards funding snacks for students during testing, student council trips, yearbook expenses, the end of the year senior banquet, and prom.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the night a success!

Student Council Volunteers at Doggie Dash

CCHS Student Council members volunteered a total of 40 hours at the Doggie Dash on November 1st. The students helped out at the doggie carnival by making paw print paintings and hosting a dog costume contest. Student Council really enjoyed working with the dogs and would like to make it an annual service event. A big thank you to the CCHS Student Council members who volunteered!

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Duke City Marathon Relay

It turns out that our teachers not only teach, but they also like to run. Mrs. Toledo, Ms. Bielek, Mrs. Beltran, Mrs. Ladd, and Mrs. Mulroy competed on a relay team in the Duke City Marathon Relay on October 18th. Each teacher completed between 4.2 and 6.2 miles of the 26.2 mile race. The team finished in 4 hours and 8 minutes averaging a 9:20/mile pace. Not too bad for a team of  five teachers!

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CCHS student wins scholarship

College & Career High School is proud to have a scholarship winner in its midst!  Senior Clarissa Garcia has been awarded a scholarship from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council.  After learning of the scholarship from our counselor, Mrs. Beltràn, Clarissa got to work on her essay.  The Council asked applicants to write an essay about how Dr. King continues to influence not only our current society, but the applicants themselves.  Clarissa’s resulting essay was thought-provoking and phenomenally written.  In response to the prompt, Clarissa writes:

Even when times become hard for me because of who I am and how I’m perceived by others, I remember to stand strong because every single individual is important and brings something special to the world, the same message that Dr. King fought for many years to be heard and made a reality.

It is because of this eloquence that Clarissa will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 18, 2016.  News of her award and this celebration spread joy spread throughout the office.   “We are so proud of her!” exclaimed Principal Abeyta.  Mrs. Krall said that she “can’t think of a more compassionate and bright young woman who represents the qualities of Dr. Martin Luther King than Clarissa Garcia.”  The rest of the staff, like Mrs. Abeyta and Mrs. Krall, are very happy for Clarissa and know that she deserves this award.  We are all looking forward to seeing what the future holds for her.

10th graders reflect on their first month at CCHS

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Making a Change…for the Better!

Throughout Albuquerque students are now back in the swing of things at school.  Here at College and Career High School, our students are no different.  However, every year we welcome in a new tenth grade cohort; a group of students who are new to CCHS and new to Central New Mexico Community College (CNM).  Our mission is Dual Graduation—students who graduate from high school and CNM simultaneously!  Recently, we checked in with our new 10th grade students and their parents to see how these meaningful changes are coming along.

Students are Saying…

    ... My first day at CCHS was like entering a new world.  I was a little worried, but everyone was really nice.  College and Career High School has the best classes.  I had my first CNM classes on Monday and they were not what I expected.  In the first class, we jumped right in like we were going swimming.  I have my classes again today and I wonder what we will learn!

    ...CCHS appeared in my life when I received information from the principal, recruiting me to the school.  I decided I wanted to join because it was a really big opportunity that nobody would pass up.  It’s going to be a challenge but if I put my mind to it, anything is possible!  The college classes are awesome and I have really cool teachers.  This year is going to be hard but I know I’ll get through it.

     ....For once, my teachers actually care how I am doing and care about my education.  Now I have a reason to come to school.  For the first time in 4 years, I want to come to school.

     ...Going to CCHS was the beginning of a new era.  I didn’t previously know anybody, so I felt completely deserted.  Once I was here, I realized that making friends was easy!  That first day I was able to go home and tell my mom that I made friends—not a friend, but friends, as in multiple.  So far, not only have I gained friends (more than I’ve ever had) but I’ve gained a little fortitude that I will most likely never lose.

Parents are Saying…

     ...I’m loving CCHS.  Everyone is very helpful and the attitude is amazing.  These are the things that kids need to be successful so thank you all at CCHS for making this an amazing experience so far—for myself as well as my son. 

     ...My son told me that this is the first time he’s cared about school in 4 years.  Yay!

     ...Now that we have everything in place with the enrollment in CCHS, I’m very hopeful for a good semester for my son.  He is excited to be part of CCHS and I believe he will work hard to do well.

     ...Our daughter has already come home and said many positive things about her classes and how she enjoys it. She is so grateful that this program is offered. Her dad and I are too.  Last year we saw that she was enjoying her ROTC program but how bored she was with the other classes. They just weren't enough of a challenge for her. 


The teachers and staff at CCHS look forward to seeing where this semester, and new academic year, takes all of us.  One thing is for sure, we know it will be unforgettable!

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