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CCHS biology students are currently working on an exciting unit centered on the biosphere.  Issues relevant to this topic include biodiversity, animal niche, and the effects of population growth on the environment.  Coupled with the learning that we are doing in the classroom, guest speakers from the Animal Humane Society and the Rio Grande Zoological Biological parks will come to the classroom to give presentations on these same topics. 

Our classroom discussions will incorporate our knowledge of extinction, conservation, population curves and animal cruelty, as we relate these back to how the presenters apply these same themes in their professional life.  This will be a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of these concepts and their applicability in everyday situations.  Furthermore, students will be given many opportunities to apply their learning as part of a community outreach!

CCHS Mascot Contest

Now in its second year (the same as CCHS!), National School Choice Week gives schools of choice the opportunity to gain visibility while celebrating their unique status within their communities.  This year, College and Career High School was invited to participate.  So it was in the name of school pride that the administration decided to hold a contest in which students would choose the design inspiration for our mascot, Luna the Nightwolf.

We were lucky enough to receive four fantastic submissions from three of our seniors: Brandon Bennett, Ashley Balke, and Helen Comellas.  Copies of their submissions were placed around the school and the rest of the student body was invited to vote for their favorite.  Students proved to have many different opinions about each of the submissions, but one thought united them all: the choice was difficult.

The votes have been counted and the students have spoken.  It was a close race, but Ashley Balke’s submission came out on top, and CCHS used National School Choice Week (January 25-31) to celebrate Mascot Appreciation Week.  Ashley’s design was posted around the school and was officially submitted to CNM’s graphic department to be used as inspiration for Luna the Nightwolf.  We are so proud to have had so many students take an interest in the shaping of such an important part of our school’s history!

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STUDENT LIFE: THE CLASS OF 2017 ADJUSTS TO CCHS/CNM

Last semester was full of new experiences for the CCHS sophomores.  As dual-enrollment students, they soon discovered that attending CNM classes while managing their CCHS classes would be both challenging and rewarding.  One English-10 writing project focused on the “before” and “after” aspects of attending CCHS.  A sophomore describes this pivotal change:

     When school started at CCHS, I thought it was going to be easy because of the lax schedule and the down time.  I was comparing CCHS with my freshman year at my other school.  At that school, I was not expected to have much responsibility of, well, anything.  I wasn’t even expected to turn in homework.  With CCHS, I wasn’t exactly ready for the amount of responsibility they threw on my shoulders.  My level of responsibility doubled because I was at a rigorous high school and college at the same time.

     Overall, the transition to CCHS was hard but it made me actually do my homework, change my social life, and become adapted to the idea of more responsibility.  CCHS has helped me gain strength emotionally and mentally to help me strive towards my goals and be the best I can be.

The sophomores have shown a true commitment to their academic future and we are pleased that they are part of our growing group!

CCHS Students Qualify For Second Round of UNM-PNM Math Contest



Evelyn Morales and Diana Perales have qualified to compete in the second round of the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics contest. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNM and the PNM Foundation sponsor this yearly competition.  Nine CCHS student completed the 3 hour first round exam which was designed to test mathematical potential and ingenuity as well as formal knowledge.   The top 200 finalists in the state are invited to the UNM campus on February 7 to compete in Round II which includes prizes, guest speakers, lunch and the Round II exam.  It is quite an achievement for CCHS to have TWO students qualify for Round II.  Way to go, Diana and Evelyn!

News from the Classroom

Game of Life Project in Transitions to College Math

The 12th grade students in Transitions to College Math recently completed the “Game of Life” financial literacy project. At the beginning of the project, each student received a job with an annual salary and debt amount. The students were asked to create a monthly budget with a breakdown on how much money is to be spent on food, transportation, housing, loan payments, insurance, entertainment, and child care.

The project was broken up into 5 “years”, each taking one class period. The students received new updates at the beginning of each year. Some examples of the updates included getting married or divorced, having a child, getting a raise at work, getting in a car accident, and moving in with a roommate who chipped in on rent. At the end of each year students paid their taxes, recalculated their debt and savings, and evaluated how well they were adhering to their budget.

By the end of the project, some students were very financially successful and others were deeply in debt. The students enjoyed the project and realized that being financially independent is not as easy as they thought it would be.

CCHS Awarded Achievement Grant!

     Thirteen proposals from clubs and activities at middle and high schools throughout APS were funded by the APS Education Foundation’s Achieve Awards.

     More than $34,000 in grants were awarded to the proposals. ”This grant, which is relatively new, is quickly becoming our most popular,” said Foundation Executive Director Phil Casaus. “We had 50 proposals, most of them very deserving of funding, so it was a very difficult set of decisions for the committee.”

     The CCHS proposal was written by Mrs. Prentice and will help pay for student activities and senior recognition.

Announcing the CCHS Student Leaders Club

CCHS is submitting an application to CNM’s Student Activities for a charter student organization called CCHS Student Leaders.

 

If approved we will be the first dual-credit student club and one of 29 clubs on campus.  Approval will allow CCHS students to have access to CNM institutional funds to help create student life and activities within CCHS.  The CCHS Student Council also provides leadership training as well as leadership opportunities for CCHS students.

 

CCHS Student Leaders is open to any CCHS student interested in supporting the CCHS student community.  Please see Ms. Monje, Student Leaders CNM sponsor, or Ms. Bielek, Student Leaders CCHS sponsor, for more information.

FEBRUARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

RESTRICTED PARKING THURSDAY & FRIDAY, FEB. 26 & 27

Due to the CTE Open House on February 27th, the SB-1-( East) parking lot and the TC parking lot will be closed all day on Thursday, Feb 26th, and Friday Feb 27th.  The SB-2 (West) lot will also be closed all day Friday, Feb. 27th.  Please seek parking alternatives on these days.

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING

We are getting close to the PARCC testing week, March 2nd through March 5th.  Parents, please be sure that your students are present on these important days.  Your student will perform at their best if they are well rested, have eaten breakfast, and bring a snack.  It is very important that students arrive on time to their assigned testing room.  Individual testing schedules will be distributed the week of February 23rd.  Click here to read the letter recently sent to all parents regarding PARCC testing.

 

SKATEBOARD REMINDER

We wanted to remind parents and students, that CNM does not allow skateboarding on any campus property.  Students must dismount their boards once they are on CNM property.

Policies and Procedures for Inclement Weather for both CCHS and CNM

During Winter Months, Be Prepared for Possible Delays or Closures Due to Difficult Weather

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Dual Credit Textbooks

SPRING 2015 DUAL CREDIT TEXTBOOK CHECK OUT/CHECK IN PROCESS

Getting Textbooks/Distribution:

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Bell Schedule Reminder

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2nd Period:         9:00 am - 10:20 am

3rd Period:          10:30 am - 11:50 am

4th Period:          12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

5th Period:          1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

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